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Ask a Crafty Question

Let’s face it: One of the reasons you came to visit The Crafty Mummy is because you had a question and you were looking for an answer.

Perhaps you wanted to know how to make something.

Perhaps you wanted to know a clever tip or trick that would make your crafting life easier.

Perhaps you wanted information about a particular craft so you could decide whether you wanted to give it a try.

Perhaps you just wanted some inspiration and enjoyment in your day!

I get it.

I read websites and blogs for all of those reasons and more.

But what if you didn’t find the answer to your crafty question?

I’d really like to help!

Ask me a crafty question and I’ll try to answer it. I’d love to create an article that answers your question – whether it is a little one or a big one!

Just leave a comment below and I start thinking about your answer…

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Bunting Panel Tutorial http://thecraftymummy.com/2015/03/bunting-panel-tutorial/ http://thecraftymummy.com/2015/03/bunting-panel-tutorial/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 http://thecraftymummy.com/?p=19952 What colour scheme would you choose for a baby girl? Would you go with the traditional pink, or lean towards her bolder cousin, red? Would you steer away from tradition completely and choose blue, or green, or yellow? My friend went with a pink and white theme for her baby girl party recently. She was...

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What colour scheme would you choose for a baby girl? Would you go with the traditional pink, or lean towards her bolder cousin, red? Would you steer away from tradition completely and choose blue, or green, or yellow?

My friend went with a pink and white theme for her baby girl party recently. She was planning pink and white food and decorations, and I remembered I had some bunting panels stashed away that might work for her theme.

One was various pastel shades with white, and the other panel was adorable babushka dolls in pinks, mauves and lemon. She chose the babushka dolls and it came up beautifully. This bunting was so pretty I kind of didn’t want to give it away! But I know it will be loved and enjoyed more at her house than at mine.

The back of the bunting pieces is a tiny pink and white check which I think came from my mother in law’s stash originally. It is all joined together with pale pink bias binding.

Here’s the quick “how to”…

handmade bunting and chairs

 What You Need

  • Printed bunting panel – I found my panel at Spotlight
  • Backing fabric enough to match your panel, mine required about 1m
  • Bias binding or ribbon – I used 6m of bias binding tape
  • Usual sewing supplies

What To Do

  • Cut the panel and backing fabric together using this quick tip that I shared the other day – Quick Tip: Cutting Bunting Panels.
  • Putting one panel piece and one backing piece right sides together, sew down one long side to the point and up the other side, lifting your presser foot and leaving your needle down at the point to pivot. Leave the top (short) side of the triangle open.
  • Repeat for all your panels – I chain pieced mine: just sew the first then without cutting the thread, lift the presser foot and gently pull it out from under the needle, then place the next panel under the foot and sew the next one – this saves a lot of cutting and loose threads to trim. Once you have done all of them, snip the little joining threads to separate them.
  • Turn them through and press them – again I wrote a trick for this using a simple tool you can make from cardboard – Sewing Tip: Ironing Edges.
  • Fold your ribbon or bias tape in half lengthways and iron it flat so you have a long folded strip.
  • Slip the raw top edges of your bunting panels into the fold and pin along the strip. Then stitch them into place, cleverly covering the raw edges inside the fold.

pink bunting chairs

Don’t want to fiddle with turning through the panels? Try this tutorial for raw edged bunting:

Don’t have a printed bunting panel? This tutorial also shows how to cut your own triangles:

bunting tutorial red white Christmas

Looking for smaller bunting? Try this Mini Bunting Tutorial which shows how I cut a printed bunting panel into smaller triangles:

Christmas mini bunting

 

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Sewing: Money Bags http://thecraftymummy.com/2015/03/sewing-money-bags/ http://thecraftymummy.com/2015/03/sewing-money-bags/#respond Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 http://thecraftymummy.com/?p=19953 If you’ve been following my blog for a little while you will have heard me mention Tuckshop before. I often drop in and help in my kids’ school Tuckshop as a volunteer and I love it. The ladies are all other mums so I catch up on the school news. The work is easy and...

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Sewing Money Bags

If you’ve been following my blog for a little while you will have heard me mention Tuckshop before. I often drop in and help in my kids’ school Tuckshop as a volunteer and I love it. The ladies are all other mums so I catch up on the school news. The work is easy and I feel like I’m contributing to a service that many families in our community would miss if it was unavailable.

I often help process orders and count money, but the Tuckshop convenor is the one who has to lug all that money to the bank at the end of each day. It must be tiresome, especially recently when the cloth money bags provided the bank have gone walkabout!

So when I had a few minutes last week I dug out the leftover upholstery fabric from this chair cushion and made a couple of simple zippered bags for her to use on the bank runs. I basically just made them as I would make pencil cases or coin purses but without the interfacing and adjusting the size to be about the size of an A4 sheet of paper.

A quick project that I know will get lots of use!

Have you ever helped out at your kids Tuckshop or canteen? Did you enjoy it?

money bags

More Reading

How to Cover a Chair Cushion

cushion for glider rocker

Another Money Bag Tutorial

zippered money pouch tutorial

 

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In some sewing projects, the sewing is tricky.

In others, the ironing or pressing after the sewing is tricky.

This was one of those projects where ironing edges was tricky.

I have often found that when I am making something that requires me to sew a seam then turn the item through and press, it can be difficult to get the seam to lie perfectly flat. It is easy to get a little fold in the edge by accident as you run the iron over the fabric. The perfectionist in me hates this!

pink bunting

Here’s my pretty pink bunting pieces waiting to be pressed after I turned them through. I knew it would be a boring but necessary task.

Before I got started though, my brain started ticking…

ironing bunting trick

How could I get those edges really neat?

I just needed something that I could sit inside the fold to push it out as I was pressing.

Something that was flat, and a little pointy like my triangular bunting.

Something that I could run the hot iron over without bleeding colour or melting it.

bunting edges ironing

I used a piece of thick cardboard. It had been part of the packaging for scrapbooking pages – back when I used to do a little playing with paper and photos!

I simply trimmed the card into a strip, an inch or so wide, then trimmed a point at one end to fit neatly into my triangle.

It worked a treat!

The pressing was easier and quicker when I didn’t have to fiddle so much to get each triangle flat before I could apply the iron.

You have to try this!

See my quick tip for cutting bunting panels:

Quick Tip Cutting Bunting Panels

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Crochet Stitches Charts http://thecraftymummy.com/2015/03/crochet-stitches-charts/ http://thecraftymummy.com/2015/03/crochet-stitches-charts/#respond Sat, 14 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 http://thecraftymummy.com/?p=19975 Did you realise that crochet charts can be written in either U.S. or U.K. crochet stitches? I had been crocheting for a while before I realised this, and it is one of the first questions I have been asked each time I have published a tutorial for one of my crochet blankets.               In the midst...

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Crochet Stitches Chart US & UK

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Did you realise that crochet charts can be written in either U.S. or U.K. crochet stitches?

I had been crocheting for a while before I realised this, and it is one of the first questions I have been asked each time I have published a tutorial for one of my crochet blankets.

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In the midst of working on another crochet related article, I created these charts and I couldn’t resist sharing them with you straight away.

The one above shows you the equivalent crochet stitches in U.S. and U.K. terminology.

The one below shows you the common abbreviations for each of the stitches so you can recognise them when you find them in a pattern.

crochet stitch abbreviations

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Quick Tip: Cutting Bunting Panels http://thecraftymummy.com/2015/03/quick-tip-cutting-bunting-panels/ http://thecraftymummy.com/2015/03/quick-tip-cutting-bunting-panels/#respond Sun, 08 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 http://thecraftymummy.com/?p=19939 If you’ve ever used a printed panel to make bunting, you will know they are such a quick project. The panels come printed with triangular shapes and you only need to cut them up. It is much quicker than having to measure and cut triangles from plain fabric. In the past I have used these...

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Quick Tip  Cutting Bunting Panels

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If you’ve ever used a printed panel to make bunting, you will know they are such a quick project. The panels come printed with triangular shapes and you only need to cut them up. It is much quicker than having to measure and cut triangles from plain fabric.

In the past I have used these panels to make Mini Bunting by backing the panels with other pieces from the same panels. For this project I wanted to use a different fabric for backing and I realise there was a quick way to cut all the pieces at once and save a little time.

cutting bunting panels tip

Cutting the Bunting Panel and Backing Fabric Together:

1. Lay down your cutting mat first. I’ve been loving this extra large mat that Mum gave me last Christmas as I can cut lots more fabric without having to move it. Thanks, Mum! (Find a similar mat here on Amazon – Affiliate link)

2. Lay down your backing fabric. I’d suggest you use a backing fabric that is non-directional. Mine is a small pink and white check.

3. Lay down your printed bunting panel on top.

4. Add a few pins to keep your layers together then start cutting out the triangles.

I used a rotary cutter and 12″ ruler, and had all my pieces cut in less than half an hour.

Just be careful to make sure that the section you are about to cut is over the cutting mat so you don’t damage your table top.

tip for cutting bunting

Look out for my finished bunting soon.

More Bunting Tutorials

mini bunting tutorial  bunting tutorial red white Christmas

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Thank you, Pinterest!

I just discovered a new feature and I LOVE it!

The screen that pops up when you are pinning a pin using your computer version of Pinterest now looks like this. The pin you are pinning is on the left hand side and on the right you have your list of boards ready to pick the board you will pin to.

To edit the pin description, there is a little pencil next to the current pin description. Click the pencil and you will be able to edit.

On the right, you have a Search box, then the 3 most recent boards you have pinned to. Below that is the rest of your boards.

My favourite thing thought?

If you start typing in the Search box, Pinterest now pulls suggestions from your list of boards. For me with 135 boards to choose from, this is making my life so much easier! I often know which board I want to pin to, but I also know that I’m going to have to scroll right to the bottom of my list to click on it. Sigh. Now it is much quicker.

Thank you!!

Once you hover over the name of the board from the now much shorter list, a Pin button appears and you can click the button or the board name to pin. Then a red tick appears and the pop up disappears.

Right at the bottom of the pop up screen are two options to share your pin on Facebook and Twitter so you can tick the boxes for those before you select the board to pin to.

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How to Sew a Swimming Bag http://thecraftymummy.com/2015/03/how-to-sew-a-swimming-bag/ http://thecraftymummy.com/2015/03/how-to-sew-a-swimming-bag/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 http://thecraftymummy.com/?p=19899 Do your kids do school swimming? Mine do, every year in first and fourth term. Here in Queensland, lots of families have pools at home so we get kids swimming early to make sure they will be safe in the water. Our school has a pool too so the students do swimming as part of...

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Tutorial: How to Sew a SwimmingBag

Do your kids do school swimming? Mine do, every year in first and fourth term. Here in Queensland, lots of families have pools at home so we get kids swimming early to make sure they will be safe in the water. Our school has a pool too so the students do swimming as part of the school curriculum every year.

Practically speaking, that means each week they have to take togs, towels, caps and goggles with them – and try not to get them mixed up with their friends’ gear in the change rooms – then bring them home wet after school. I’ve always sent the swimming gear in a separate bag so that they can just take that to the pool area, but it needs to be waterproof for the wet gear coming back home.

This year I decided to make a swimming bag for Mr Happy using laminated cotton. You might remember that I used laminated cotton a while back to make a bag for Little Miss’ sleeping bag and shared the tutorial over at Sew Mama Sew. This laminated cotton is bright red with bicycles all over it – very funky! – and distinctive enough that he won’t lose it.

While I was sewing I snapped a few pictures so you can make one too!

What You Need

  • 2 rectangles of laminated cotton – 50cm x 45cm (20″ x 17.5″) each
  • 2 lengths of cord – 190cm (75″) each
  • 2 metal eyelets and kit to attach them – mine 11mm
  • Usual sewing equipment

Note: I use a 90 needle in my sewing machine when I sew laminated cotton, just to compensate for the thicker fabric.

swiming bag 1

What To Do

1. On one short end of each rectangle, fold over a hem of about 15mm to the wrong side of the fabric and stitch in place to create a casing for the drawstrings later.

swimming bag 2

2. Place the two rectangles right sides together with the casings at the same end. You could pin them in place ready to sew, or you could use pegs or Clover Wonder Clips (like in my picture) to hold the pieces. The clips don’t put holes in the fabric which is great for laminated cotton that you want to be water tight.

swimming bag 3

3. Sew the two pieces together on three sides, leaving the casing end open.

4. Clip the corners and turn through. You don’t need to finish the edges because laminated cotton doesn’t fray – so easy!

swimming bag 4

5. Add eyelets to the two bottom corners using the instructions on the packet. (In brief: create a hole in the fabric where you want the eyelet, then put the piece with the tall centre through the hole from underneath. Sit the other half on top, then use the paddle piece and a hammer to flatten them together.) Find similar on Amazon: Dritz Eyelet Kit (affiliate link)

Sadly, my eyelet skills were pretty off and my eyelets look terrible. Not sure where my brain was when I used the wrong plastic piece to hammer them down! I’m sure yours will be much better.

swimming bag 6

6. Finally thread the two cords. Take one piece and thread it through one side of the casing then fold and through the second casing. Even out the ends and loop one through the eyelet on that side of the bag. Tie the two ends together with a knot.

Take the second piece of cord and thread it through the casing starting on the side opposite the eyelet you’ve just used. Go through the first casing then fold and back through the second casing. Even up the ends and thread one through the empty eyelet on that bottom corner. Tie a knot.

swimming bag 5

Here’s a diagram that will hopefully make the threading clearer:

threading cords swimming bag

Your bag is all done! When you pull the two cords, it will draw the top closed, and you can even wear it as a back pack.

swiming bag finished

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5 Reasons to Attend the Stitches & Craft Show http://thecraftymummy.com/2015/02/5-reasons-to-go-stitches-craft-show/ http://thecraftymummy.com/2015/02/5-reasons-to-go-stitches-craft-show/#comments Sun, 22 Feb 2015 23:30:00 +0000 http://thecraftymummy.com/?p=19818 In March 2015, the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre at Southbank plays host to the Stitches and Craft Show. This show is always worth the time with hundreds of stands and so much to look at. It also caters to all kinds of crafting – perfect for a crafty mummy like me who likes to...

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In March 2015, the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre at Southbank plays host to the Stitches and Craft Show. This show is always worth the time with hundreds of stands and so much to look at. It also caters to all kinds of crafting – perfect for a crafty mummy like me who likes to dabble in lots of different things! There is always plenty of fabric and quilting related stands but there are also scrapbooking and yarn and paper and beads and so much more. The Show runs from March 19 to 22 (that’s Thursday to Sunday) and is open each day from 10am to 4:30pm.

Here are my “Top 5 Reasons” why you really don’t want to miss out on this show.

1. Learn with Fabulous Classes

For me the greatest incentive is always about learning new things or expanding my skills, and the Stitches and Crafts Show is a great place to learn. There are demonstrations and classes that you can get involved in to learn everything from jewellery making and quilting to scrapbooking and embroidery. Some of these classes and workshops involve a small cost and perhaps pre-booking, but some of them are free with your entry to the show. There are even activities for the kids. See the complete list of classes with times and booking information here.

2. Amazing Quilt Display

Studio Art Quilt Associates has a display of  50 art quilts from internationally renowned quilters. These quilts travel the world to different shows and will be a highlight of the event if you’re into fabric and textiles. I love being inspired by lovely quilts online but there is something very special about being able to see quilts up close. I find it fascinating to see how quilts are quilted and those tiny stitches are never very clear in photographs so seeing a display is always a drawcard for me. Get a little peek at the quilts here.

3. See New Products

There are always new products being released in the crafting world whether it is new sewing machines, fabrics, threads or dies for cutting machines. Having so many displays and stands from so many companies al in one place gives a great opportunity to catch up on new products and often see them being used as well. The friendly staff are always willing to answer questions and I find I go home with a bunch of business cards to look up later as well.

5000 poppies

4. Bring a Handmade Poppy

The 5000 Poppies Project will have a special display wall at the Show where you can add your poppy to the collection. This incredible project aims to collect 5000 handmade poppies to commemorate 100 years since the landing of the ANZAC soldiers at Gallipoli and I believe they have already collected that many and more.

Read more about the 5000 Poppies Project at their website and find free patterns to create your contribution.

5. Shopping!!

Who could forget the opportunity for shopping!? Many companies who have a booth at the Show offer special discounts just for those couple of days so there are always bargains to be found. Plus having so many stands in one place is so convenient.

Your Chance to Win Tickets

Now that I’ve convinced you that you need to check out the Brisbane Stitches and Craft Show from March 19 – 22, 2015, I can offer you the chance to win a ticket!

I have TWO Family Passes to the Brisbane Show to give away. These entitle the holder to Single Day Entry for 2 adults and 2 children valued at $40 each.

To enter tell me in 50 words or less what you would most like to see at the Show and why. You might want to pop over to the Show website to check out more information.

Fine Print

  • Only one entry per person.
  • This is a game of skill, not chance. You must answer both parts of the question for a valid entry – 1. what you would most like to see? and 2. why? I am looking for creativity and unique answers.
  • You must leave a valid email address for me to contact you for a valid entry.
  • Only open to Australian residents – apologies to my overseas readers.
  • Entries open with this post on Monday 23rd February 2015 and close on Saturday 28th February 2015 at 8pm Brisbane time.
  • The 2 winners will be chosen from the valid entries and contacted via email before midnight Tuesday 3rd March 2015.
  • If any winners don’t contact me, after 4 days I will choose a new winner to replace them.
  • Once I have been in contact with the winner, I will announce the winner and pass on their details to the sponsors who will send out the prize.
  • I can’t take responsibility for any issues in the delivery process.

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Disclosure: This post is not sponsored but I was gifted tickets to attend the show – I can’t wait! Images from the Stitches and Craft Show website

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Valentine’s Day turned out to be the perfect day for me to start a new crochet blanket for someone I love!

This next afghan blanket is going to be a mixture of navy blue, lime green, chocolate brown and stone. These were the colours requested by my sweet son and since I actually had the colours he wants and didn’t have the colours that my daughter wants for her blanket, his will be the next project.

Note to Self: Must go shopping for more yarn for Little Miss’ blanket before all the yarn disappears from the stores again!

Anyway I started with the navy and decided to try out a new method for starting.

Previously I have created a chain of crochet the length I wanted for my blanket, then created the next row in my chosen stitch. I always find that first row really tricky as my chain is often a little tight, no matter how much I try to keep it loose as I’m making it.

So this time I went back to my Crochet Tutorials and Inspiration Board on Pinterest to find a tutorial I knew I had pinned for a method of creating the foundation row without using chain.

Find the tutorial for Chainless Foundation over at Little Monkeys Crochet. I have seen other tutorials that are similar but I loved the pictures on this one. I found it so easy to recreate Rebecca’s steps and quickly got the hang of creating my foundation row. I made mine double crochet but she also has tutorials to create a Half Double Crochet Foundation and Single Crochet Foundation in the same post.

It did take longer than creating a chain, but I saved so much time as I created the second row that it was totally worth it.

Pin the tutorial for later by clicking here.

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