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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Beautiful *Lolita* Lace Cuffs -*with tutorial*- on: October 01, 2014 06:03:40 AM
Beautiful *Lolita* Lace Cuffs

These lace cuffs are simple and lots of fun to make! The best thing about them is that you dont even need a sewing-machine :-D


This is what youll need:

Please note: In order to hand-stitch these cuffs, your choice of lace is EXTREMELY important! Try to get the same lace as the lace that is pictured. It MUST be stretchy. It costs more than normal lace, but is well worth it. In fact the successfulness of this entire project is pretty much dependent on the lace you use. Obviously you could make these cuffs using a serger/overlocker too Cheesy

Here is a close-up of what the lace I use looks like:
The front:

The back:

This lace has stretch as you can see on the right-side

So far Ive come across 2 variations of this lace. One type just has lace at the bottom, while the other type has a pleated satin-type fabric at the bottom with a layer of lace on top.

Now that you have your supplies, lets get started!

First you need to cut the edge of your lace at an angle. This will ensure that your ruffle doesnt look like its been swallowed-up at the back seam.

Next we need to treat the raw edge, as we dont want it to fray. You could use something like fray-check, or watered-down mod podge, if you want although I cant guarantee that it wont leave a scratchy edge. Personally all I do, is fold over the raw edge (towards the wrong-ride of the lace), and stitch it with overhand-stitch.

Here is another picture which might show it better...

Take the lace and place it around your wrist so that you can see how long the lace strip needs to be. Dont stretch the lace out  much when you measure, and dont leave a seam allowance. We want the cuff to fit snug and not be too loose around our wrists - yet it still needs to be able to stretch over your hand. Mark the point where the 2 edges meet around your wrist. We are now going to cut the other edge of the lace at an angle, so that it flares out towards the bottom. Treat the raw edge in the same fashion as you did previously.

You can now proceed to stitch the cuff together, although it could make the task of stitching on embellishments slightly more challenging. Alternatively you can stitch on the embellishments first, taking care to find the middle of your cuff, to ensure your embellishments are centred.

To stitch your cuff together, fold your cuff in half, right-sides facing, and stitch together using overhand-stitch. I find that using over-hand stitch leaves a neat edge, and kind-of 'overlocks' it.

Now for the FUN part embellishing your cuff! I like using ribbon with different widths. You could create 3 separate stacked bows or 1 layered bow. Let me show you what I mean.

I would also recommend cutting the edges of your ribbon in an inverted V shape to lessen fraying, or treating the edges with fray-check.

Have fun and embellish to your hearts content. Think ribbon, beads, sequence, jewels, chain - the possibilities are endless!


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial - and if you use it to make some lacey cuffs of your own, please be sure to share your handiwork. I would love to see your cuffs Cheesy
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Stitching INCHIES Craftalong *JOIN IN ANYTIME!!* on: May 23, 2014 11:16:18 AM
Stitching INCHIES Craftalong!

Cake Smiley by oh_merci on Flickr

  • Do you like to embroider, but just find that you don't have the time?
  • Are you an embroidery noob, who would love to 'practice' new stitches?
  • Do you like stitched samplers?
  • Do you want to have some FUN?

Well then this Craftalong might be JUST for you!! Cheesy

This Craftalong is inspired by the "39 squares" stitchalong.
Read more about it here --->  http://39squares.blogspot.com/

finished2 by inspireco on Flickr

Basically you embroider a square for each year of your life (your age). You might have to use rectangles that take up 2 or 3 squares to make it come out right...

See more examples here ---> http://www.pinterest.com/marybethburrell/39-squares-stitch-a-long/

You are welcome to follow the above premise, or to stitch single loose inchies - The choice is yours!! Make as many or as few as you like!
Only requirement: The stitched square must not be bigger than 2"x 2".

Starting June 1st, I'll be listing some themes, prompts, and challenges right here, to serve as inspiration for your inchies. You are however more than welcome to do your own thing too.  Wink

This website contains all you need to know to get you started!


*In the mean time, prepare your fabric, gather your embroidery threads and embellishments!
Stitching officially starts June 1st! *woot woot*

Missed the starting date?? - This is not a problem! You are welcome to jump into this Craftalong AT ANY TIME!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / My Yarn Wreath (with mini tute) on: December 07, 2013 07:53:26 AM
My Yarn Wreath,

I whipped up this wreath completely from stash.

I didn't have a base so I made one from cardboard. I used an old cardboard box for this. Basically I started with the biggest circle (I traced around a plate for the outside circle and used a small bowl for the inside ring). I used a craft knife to cut the circles out. This was the most difficult part. I then cut out 2 smaller rings, to glue on top of the 1st ring so that my wreath base would be more 3 dimensional. I used woodglue for this.

Next I cut batting into long strips and wrapped it around the cardboard base.

My wreath base ready for decoration!

I wrapped the wreath with some fluffy white wool. I find that fluffy or eyelash type of yarn gives the best overall finish.

And then I embellished it with some beads. Basically I put a small bead on the pin, followed by a sequin and then a slightly larger bead and stuck the pin into the base. This method I used for all the beads.

I tied some thin metallic ribbons around the wreath, and curled the edges with a scissors.

The red ribbon is made from felt, and the silver 'baubles' are polystyrene balls covered in tinfoil. The dangling heart is a polystyrene heart covered in tinfoil too.

Everything on the wreath is 'pinned' on. That way I can easily remove all the embellishments and use the base again for a Valentine or Easter wreath.

C&C welcome! I'm also happy to answer any questions  Cheesy

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Tassel Charm Bracelet on: April 12, 2013 03:22:35 AM

This bracelet was quick and easy to make Wink. I started off by 'fixing' the tassels to the bracelet with jump rings.

I then came up with the thought that it would be great to mix and match tassels instead of making several different bracelets. So I attached lobster clasps to the tassles, so you can make one basic bracelet and then 'customise' the bracelet to suit your mood or outfit.

What do you guys think??
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Beautiful Bangles *TUTORIAL* on: April 05, 2013 12:51:09 AM
Beautiful Bangles *TUTORIAL*

What you'll need:

- Plastic cold drink bottle - cylindrical shape
- Sharp scissors to cut through the plastic
- Double sided scrapbooking tape
- A needle and thread
- Thin batting (wadding)
- Fabric - preferably something that doesn't fray too much
- Scissors for cutting the fabric and batting
- Some sequence and beads for decoration

Here's what you do:

1. Remove the sticker/wrapper from the plastic bottle and give the bottle a wash.

2. Decide how broad you want your bangle to be. The batting is going to add some thickness so remember to take this into account.

3. Next you are going to cut your bangle.

It's easier cutting the bottle from the inside - like this:

As opposed to cutting it from the outside:

4. You now have a strip of plastic which is going to form the base of your bangle. Measure it around your wrist making sure that it can fit over your hand. Make it slightly looser as the wadding layer is going to slightly restrict the size and leave a slight overlap. Using a little piece of double sided tape - stick the edges together into a bangle shape.

5. Next cut your wadding. You need to cut it double the width of the plastic strip and long enough to fit around the bangle completely. Run a strip of double sided tape  right down the centre.

6. Remove the backing paper and stick the wadding around the bangle.

It should now look like this:

7. Next you need to wind some cotton thread around the bangle to secure the wadding in place.

8. Add another layer of wadding and repeat step 7.

9. We are going to add one more layer of wadding to smooth everything out. This time we are going to sew it together instead of winding cotton thread around it.

It should now look like this:

10. Now we are going to add some colour!  Wink

Cut a strip of fabric big enough to cover your bangle - remembering to include a slight overlap. Wrap the fabric around your bangle, and stitch the short edges together (seam) using invisible ladder stitch.

11. Now for the most difficult part. You need to secure the fabric to the bangle using overhand stitch. Try and stitch as neatly as you can.

12. You're almost done! Embellish your bangle by sewing some beads and sequence to it.

Thanks for looking!  Wink
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mini Potions Cupboard on: March 28, 2013 12:47:59 PM
Recently I was challenged to make something Harry Potter themed. This is what I came up with - An Altered Matchbox!

This is the inside of the matchbox. The little bottles are beads:

This is the outside. The 'glass' is a small little piece of transparency.

I had a lot of fun making it  Cheesy
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A Rabbit named Talio! on: March 21, 2013 04:40:15 AM
                     A RABBIT NAMED TALIO

Talio is made from felt and completely hand-sewn (using my own pattern).
He also managed to sneek in just before Easter  Cheesy
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My first attempt at quilling on: March 11, 2013 09:09:30 AM
I've been very intrigued by paper quilling for quite some time now. I finally gave-in and purchased a quilling kit over the weekend and I'm hooked!  Smiley

Here are my first 2 attempts:

A sunflower:

and an orchid:

They're not perfect, but they were loads of fun to make and I can't wait to get started on a third design  Cheesy

Edit: Just finished my third card - a cherry blossom card

9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / PJ Bear on: December 29, 2012 05:34:13 AM
Meet PJ Bear!

Here he is getting into the festive spirit!

I used this free pattern to make him:
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Wee house on: December 29, 2012 05:17:26 AM
I finally got round to finishing my self-made cardboard wee house  Cheesy

The exterior
*I added a matchbox for size reference:

The interior
I made all the furniture myself, with the exception of the brown coffee table in the upstairs living area. I mainly used scraps of fabric and bits of cardboard.

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