Tutorials

Free Gift Box Download

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Gift Box

This is my Christmas gift to you guys, to thank you all for being so awesome!

You can download the PDF here (right click – save as) which has the box pattern on it.

The instructions can be downloaded here (right click – save as)

Sleepy Kitty Eye Mask Tutorial

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

My health means that I often have to take an afternoon nap as I’m just so exhausted all the time. Our bedroom is the lightest room in the house so a daytime nap is tricky when you’re laying in full sunshine! I had a look online at eyemasks and decided I could make my own instead.

I’ve created a downloadable pattern so you can make one too! I have used a sewing machine for mine but you could easily hand sew this if you don’t have a machine. This pattern is for personal use only, please do not use the pattern to make things to sell. Thank you.

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You will need

  1. Felt – main colour plus darker accent colour and some black.
  2. Elastic
  3. Thread the same colour as the main fabric colour
  4. Black embroidery thread

You can download the pattern here – Right click, save as

Cut out the felt using the pattern. The black won’t be visible but it helps block out the light.
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Sew the accent colour felt triangles to one of the main pieces as shown.
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Pin one end of the elastic to the side of the black fabric then put the mask on your face, wrap the elastic round the back of your head and pin into place on the other side so that you get the perfect fit. Sew the elastic in place.
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Put all the layers together with the plain felt at the back, the black in the middle and the piece with the triangles on the front. Sew around the edge. I used a zigzag stitch.
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Embroider the black eye lines on with black thread.
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Trim any loose thread and then you’re done!
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Chair Makeover

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

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You will have seen yesterday that the chair in my office is really boring. It’s the cheapest office chair Ikea do and is a very dull grey colour. I can’t really complain seeing as it was only £12.99.

The back rest has two main pieces that are just pushed together so it’s easy to open it up to reveal how the fabric is fastened on. It’s just a flat piece of fabric with a string around the edge that has been tied tight to hold it in place.
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I took the fabric off, flattened it out and used it as a template to cut out cat fabric. I simply stitched the cat fabric onto the original chair fabric, making sure to not go too close to the edge to interfere with the draw string.
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Then I just put the fabric back onto the plastic and foam back-rest and tied it back up.
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The back of the back-rest just pops back in with a bit of pressure and seals in the edges of the fabric.
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It’s that simple, it took about ten minutes.
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The seat of the chair is covered in much the same way so once I’ve got some more fabric I’ll cover that too. A once boring grey chair is now a cool cat chair.

Cat Ears Tutorial

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

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I made these cat ears to wear whilst I’m working on my stall, the kids love them (which gets the parents and their money over to my stall :D)

You’ll need fur fabric, felt, a hair band, glue and a needle and thread.
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Cut two triangles of fur fabric for each ear, about half an inch bigger than you want the ears. Make sure the pile on the fur is going downwards towards the base of the ears.
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Cat Hair Band Tutorial

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

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You will need: Felt (two colours), paper, thread, a hair band and some glue.
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Create a cat head template with paper and then use it to cut out two pieces of felt. Cut two triangles out of the other colour felt for the tabby markings.
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Stitch the triangles on to one of the cat head shapes and then add a nose and mouth.
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Take the other cat head shape and glue it onto the underside of the hair band. I used a hot glue gun but I’m sure other glues would work.
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Using blanket stitch, sew the piece with the face on, onto the felt with the hairband in between.
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Voila!
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If you try this, I’d love to see your results.

Peg Bag Tutorial

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

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Even boring household stuff isn’t safe from my cat obsession. We’re always losing clothes pegs so I made a bag to put them in when they’re not in use.

For this you’ll need some fabric and a coat hanger. I used a kids plastic one from Ikea. I cut the coat hanger so that it was as wide as I wanted the bag to be.
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Cat Pouch Tutorial

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

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This pouch is so simple to make and looks really great. You can make it in whatever size you like, even adding straps to turn it into a bag :)

What you’ll need
Fabric, lining fabric, facing and a magnet clasp.
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Decided how big you want the pouch to be a cut a piece of the main fabric, adding half an inch all round for the seams. Then cut another piece the same width but about 50% longer as pictured. Round off the corners (only the two lower ones on the smaller piece). Cut the same pieces from lining fabric and facing.
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Cat Shopping Bag

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

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I’ve got lots of different cat fabrics but only small pieces as they can be pretty pricey. To save spending lots I like to use the cat fabric as a feature on a larger plain item. I came up with this shopping bag idea a few days ago and have made a few now as they’ll be really useful. I hate plastic bags and always try to use my own bags, however I wanted something different to the canvas bags you see everywhere.

You will need some webbing, I’ve used cotton webbing which is usually available in the ribbons and bindings section of fabric shops. Also, you’ll need fabric for the main bag, lining fabric (I used a pillow case) and some pretty cat fabric for the pocket. Pins are essential in making this too.
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Cut your bag fabric to the size you want your bag plus a seam allowance of half an inch all the way around, you will need two. Then cut two of the lining fabric the same width but an inch shorter than the outer fabric.
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Business Card Holder Tutorial

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

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I am always forgetting to take my business cards out with me. If I get comments on the necklace or badge I’m wearing I feel stupid when I can’t give them a card so I’ve made a case for them. Now they’re in my bag, protected in a nice case so they don’t get tatty, I’ve no excuses!

 

You’ll need fabric, a hair elastic and a button.  Make sure to have some cards to hand so you get the sizing right.
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Lay the cards on the fabric you’ve chosen for the outside of the case. You need to leave a gap between them for the fold. Cut the fabric, leaving a gap of 1/2 an inch around the cards, cut two. Cut two pieces of the pocket fabric the same height but an inch or so shorter, as pictured.
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Fold the pocket pieces in half and iron. You can also stitch along the fold for a nice neat look. Place an outer piece right side up, then place the pocket pieces on each end with a gap between them in the middle. Place the hair elastic on one side and then lastly place the last piece of outer fabric right side down on top.
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Sew around the edges, leaving a gap to turn it the right way out. Trim edges and cut off corners.
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Turn right side out. Poke something like a knitting needle into the corners to make them pointy. Iron.
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Stitch around the edges and along the middle. Make sure you leave enough space for the cards to fit in the pockets when you’re going around the edge!
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Sew a button onto the front to hold it closed.
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Now you can put your cards in :)
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If you make a case I’d love to see it!

Cute Cat Hair Bow

Monday, September 12th, 2011

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Now my hair is finally getting long I can start making pretty accessories for it. These are super simple to make and you only need a little scrap of fabric. You can experiment too with layers of fabric or using lace instead of ribbon.

I didn’t realise until reviewing the photos that black fabric isn’t a good colour to use in a tutorial as you can’t see all the stitches! Hopefully my descriptions make sense, if not, ask away and I’ll try to explain or retake the photos using lighter fabric.

Here’s what you’ll need:
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Fabric, coordinating ribbon, needle and thread, a hair clip and a hot glue gun.

Measure a piece of fabric that is as long as you want the bow to be x2 and then add half an inch for the overlap. The same goes for the width; twice what you want the bow to be, plus half an inch. I used a piece 8.5 inches long by 4 inches.

Sew lengthways into a tube, right sides together. Turn it inside-out and press it with an iron. Have the seam running along the centre rather than at one of the edges.
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With the seam on the inside, fold each end of the tube into the centre, overlapping the ends by half an inch.
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Stitch loose stitches across the centre, through all the layers, and pull to scrunch the middle of the bow together. Secure with a few stitches.
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Take a piece of ribbon and starting at the centre of the bow, lay it out to the edge and fold back towards the centre. Fold it again where it reaches the other side of the bow and repeat so you have two loops of ribbon on each side like mini-bows.
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Stitch the ribbon in place.
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With the glue gun, attach the centre of the bow to the hair clip. Then take another piece of ribbon and glue the end to the inside of the clip (you may need to remove the springy bit to do this, it just pops out).
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Wrap the ribbon as tight as you can around the centre of the bow and the hair clip twice and then glue the end down and trim off.
Glue the bow ribbons in place on the ends of the hair clip to maintain their position and to hide all of the metal of the clip.
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Voila!
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