STRAWBERRY HOT WATER BOTTLE COVER

DIY Strawberry Hot Water Bottle Cover

It is getting COLLLD down here in Sydney. Isn’t it amazing how quickly things can go from lovely warm sunny days to bam, it’s freezing, wear a coat or your limbs might fall off. But it’s not all bad. If you’re anything like me it means plenty of down time indoors, with a coffee in hand, TV on, wrapped in a blanket.

With snug days in mind I decided it was time to make hot water bottles cool again. Sure, they are a bit daggy and not the most efficient way to get cosy, but when you transform them to be a giant piece of fruit, how can you resist it’s cuddly charm?! Would make for a fun gift idea for a family member too.

I found a thick red dish mat in The Reject Shop the other day and it’s so soft and squishy I couldn’t wait to transform it into a giant fruity delight. A couple of minutes on the sewing machine later and this happy fellow is ready to keep you cosy on the couch.

Are you a hot water bottle person??

Fiona x

SUPPLIES-BAR

  • Thick material or bath mat
  • White material for the seeds
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Green hot water bottle

GET-YOUR-CRAFT-ON

It’s super simple. Lay down your hot water bottle onto your red fabric and cut a strawberry shape, leaving a couple of cm room for sewing.

Now cut a 2nd piece using your 1st as a template.

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If you’re using a bath mat like me, put the hemmed edge at the top so you don’t have to re-hem it. If you’re using regular fabric, fold over the top of your strawberry shape and sew across to give it a neat hem.

Place your two berry shapes together, good side facing in, and sew around the edges with your sewing machine. I did a tight zig zag stitch to keep it nice and secure. If your fabric is as thick as mine it may need to be pulled through the sewing machine as you go but just be a little tough with it and you’ll get there.

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Fold your strawberry right side out. Now to attach some seeds! Just cut out some tear drop shapes from some white fabric or tea towel like mine, and hand stitch them in place with a couple of quick stitches.

All done!

DIY strawberry hot water bottle cover

ETSY CRAFT PARTY

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Every year,  a big event comes around which brings together all of the craft enthusiasts across Australia for a glorious day of meeting and making – it’s the Etsy Craft Party. It’s like a regular craft workshop, but on steroids. This year it’s on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th of June and the theme is right up my alley… paper! They’re calling it Kaleidoscope: Paper Taking Shape.

Paper is my all time fave material for getting crafty (well, obviously, because I’ve started my own paper goods business)  It’s such an easy material,  doesn’t require special tools, is super affordable, but mostly I love the way you can transform a simple sheet of ordinary paper into something magical with just some snips and folds. Just try googling some paper art ideas for inspiration, there is SO much you can do with it. Weaving, intricate paper cut details, origami, 3D shapes, collages, wall hangings. The list goes on. There is also something really lovely about the simple, fragile and tactile nature of paper. It’s something we use every day but with a bit of love, it can be something really beautiful.

Etsy Craft Party

Etsy, the ultimate online marketplace for buying handmade things and craft supplies, will be hosting a number of free parties around the country, including a giant one at The Rocks in Sydney among the Vivid Festival (double the fun). If you can’t get along to one of the local parties how about throwing one of your own? Register it on the Etsy site, grab some friends, some pretty paper and drinks & nibbles, and see what ideas start coming to life! Don’t forget to download your free craft party kit with printables and guides here too.

I’m so excited to see what everyone creates!

Fiona x

5 WAYS TO USE CREATIVE DUCT TAPE

5 ways to use creative duct tapes

Following the worldwide washi tape obsession there’s a new big sister in town that’s taking the craft world by storm, creative duct tape! OH yes. It’s basically affordable, giant washi tape and opens up a whole new plethora of project ideas. The Reject Shop have some new ranges in store so I’m pumped to be able to collaborate with them and show you 5 really simple ideas for using this nifty product.

These creative tapes are far less tacky than regular duct tape you’d get from the hardware store, so although this means you can’t use it to fasten heavy items, it does mean they are completely removable and so perfect for places like walls (hello DIY head board) or other pieces you don’t want damaged with grose sticky residue.

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HEAD BOARD

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We’ll start with the VERY simple one. A tape head board might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you are after something different this quick idea might do the trick. These tapes from the Reject Shop are low tac so peel off really easily too (great for us renters!)

The design options are endless too – think of the shapes you could make! A city skyline, pointy triangle top, picket fence… have fun with it.

Just be sure to wash down your walls first to get rid of any dust that will prevent the tape from sticking.

 

PAPER PLANTER/STORAGE BAG

5 ways to use creative duct tapes

Following my fabric planter bag tutorial last week, I wanted to show you guys how easy it is to pull of this project with paper too. I gave this one a geometric pattern made from mixed black and white tapes. I’m loving how crazy it all looks against the quirky plant! (side note –  yes this is totally a fake plant from Ikea – I have a knack for killing any plant in my possession so I am 100% pro-plastic!)

Start by cutting a bunch of triangles in all different shapes and sizes. This was the fun part for me. I cut dozens of them and stuck their corners to the edge of my desk so I could pluck them off as needed. Then just arrange in a crazy manner, leaving about 15cm at the bottom and 20cm at the top.

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Tape your two edges together to form a tube like this

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Then fold your bottom up by approx 12cm (there is no rule to this measurement, just have a play depending on how big you’ve made your tube)

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Then you want to fold in the two edges to form a diamond like this

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Then fold down the top and bottom to the centre and tape down with sticky tape, then cover with a piece of the duct tape

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Now when you’re folding down the top, it’s easier if you squeeze the the neck of the bag as you roll down. It’s going to get crinkly and some triangles may semi-come off but embrace the mess, you’re going to tidy it all up later. Roll down 2-3 times until it’s at a height you want.

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Now just tidy up your triangles and add some extras to cover the back seam.

Fill with nic nacs or a plant. If you’re using a real plant be sure to pop a little plastic bag around your pot plant so any water drips are caught and don’t damage your paper.

 

MINI BUNTING

5 ways to use creative duct tapes

This has got to be the easiest bunting tutorial you’ll ever see. Really cute idea for hanging around the home.

Just snip off a piece of tape about 15cm long. Fold around the 5cm mark. I started by pressing a finger in the middle at the bottom and flattening it outwards. If you’re having trouble lining it up just peel it back and start again. You can always just snip off any accidental over hang too – it doesn’t matter as you only see the front anyway!

 5 ways to use creative duct tapes

Snip the end to be a point or two points. then pop your piece of string across the top and just fold down the rest to secure it.

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MINI DRAWER PULLS

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I hung my mini bunting behind my computer in my study so decided to match it with some drawer pulls on the wooden Ikea drawers I have. They look ridiculously cute and loving the patterns against the light wood. Why haven’t I tried coordinating things more often!

Follow the same steps as above to make your little pointed flag, and just pop it onto the drawer. I kept mine nice and secure with super glue. Any strong glue will work like E6000 too. 5 ways to use creative duct tapes

 

CHEVRON SERVING BOARD

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I picked up this rustic wood serving board on my last trip to The Reject Shop and always wanted to decorate it somehow but wasn’t sure how, as I wanted it to be washable. Luckily thanks to this tape being removable you can put whatever shape you want and just throw it out when your’e done! You could write a word, give it an all over print, or do as I did and give it a chevron pattern.

There’s two ways of going about this chevron design. Either cut out a stencil out of scrap paper, place on the non-sticky side of your tape and cut around it with scissors, or you can do as I did and place the tape straight onto the board and cut your design out with a stanley knife and ruler. It is a chopping board after all!

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Disclaimer: This DIY project has been sponsored by The Reject Shop. All opinions and content are my own and I only ever work with brands I feel are a fab fit for the blog. Thank you for supporting the brands that make my Craft Hunter journey possible!

RAINBOW GIFT TAGS

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Amy from Make Parties knows the way to my heart. Colourful, cute and simple – this little gift tag project has it all!  Wouldn’t they also look super cute strung in a row for a party garland, or hung on the wall in a kids room?!

I love really quick projects like this. They’re my fave type of craft because they can be squeezed in when you only have a bit of scrap paper and 10 minutes to kill but want to make a little surprise for a friend. Let it be noted – cute little crafts aren’t just for kids, folks. I dare you not to smile if someone gave you one of these fellows!

Thanks for sharing, Amy!

Fiona x


 

Let’s make a happy rainbow cloud! It’s super simple and just in time to keep your spirits up this chilly season…

SUPPLIES-BAR

Rainbow Gift Tags by Make Parties

 

GET-YOUR-CRAFT-ON

Cut your coloured paper into 1cm strips. Trim them to whatever length you like – I made mine about 15cm long.

Rainbow Gift Tags by Make Parties

Stick down each strip on the back of the tag one by one using your washi tape. Try and line them up as best you can – it might take a couple of goes.

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Rainbow Gift Tags by Make Parties

Flip it over and give it a happy face! You could even put your name on it and turn it into a bedroom door decoration. Attach the cord and that’s it!

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All images by Make Parties
 

DIY FABRIC PLANTER BAG

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These fabric storage/planter bags have seriously grown in popularity over the 12 month’s haven’t they? You’ll probably struggle to find a homewares store without at least one version of them. Whether it’s for displaying your pot plants or storing your nick nacks, they’re an awesome addition to your home and considering how ridiculously easy they are to make and customise, you really should jump on the train and make one up for yourself!

Mid-last year I created this DIY planter bag project just for Winkelen magazine and since then I’ve made this project at least 5 more times, either out of fabric or paper. They’re such awesome gifts and are really cute for just around the home. I thought it was about time I shared the full tutorial on Craft Hunter for you so you can re-live the inspiration!

For this one I used some Ikea fabric for the patterned side, and I just used white cotton for the inside. If you want yours water tight, try a laminated fabric for the inner layer.

SUPPLIES-BAR

  • 2 pieces of fabric for the outer layer 45x65cm each
  • 2 pieces of fabric for the inner layer 45x65cm each
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Sewing pins
  • 2 pieces of craft foam or scrap cardboard
  • Sewing machine and thread (or needle and thread)

GET-YOUR-CRAFT-ON

Measure out and mark up a 40 x 60cm rectangle onto the back of 1 piece of fabric (obviously go bigger if you have a large plant though!) Place on top of your 2nd piece of fabric so the backs are both facing out and pin around the sketched rectangle. Sew 3 sides of your rectangle with a simple straight or zigzag stitch, leaving one of the shorter sides open. Trim around your sewed edges with your scissors.

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Place both hands inside your pillow and flatten it out so that the seam is facing up and is in the centre. Push a pin through the seam and ensure its centred with the seam on the underside.  Mark a 20cm straight line across the point.
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Sew across the line, trim off the fabric and then repeat for the other side of your bag. You should then be left with a base that looks like this:
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Repeat these steps for your 2nd fabric design and when you’ve finished, place your liner bag inside the other. To keep the bag sitting up nicely I placed a couple of pieces of craft foam in between the layers, cardboard would work a treat too.
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Roll down the two pieces of fabric from the top and you’re done! Be sure to pop a drip tray under your plant pot to protect the fabric, if you haven’t used a laminated fabric.
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diy fabric planter bag from Craft Hunter

CRAFT WORKSHOPS AT THE SYDNEY FINDERS KEEPERS!

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Hi friends!

Exciting news – I’m going to be hosting some crafty workshops on the 8, 9 & 10th of May at the Sydney Finders Keepers Markets thanks to the guys at Daily Like. SO excited to be able to meet some of you in person and get crafty together!

If you haven’t visited the Finders Keepers markets yet I firstly recommend you definitely get that sorted stat as it’s unlike any market you’ve been to. More of a mini festival with cool things for sale really. Here’s the details:

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In my 1 hour workshops I’ll be showing you how to make a rad fabric wall hanging like the above. You’ll have free reign on all of the super cute Daily Like products and, better yet, there is no sewing involved so you can purely just focus on your design skills to make this wall flag life-changing-good! The workshop or the finished product are such a cute gift idea for Mother’s Day too as it conveniently falls on Mother’s Day weekend.

As well as my wall hangings there are workshops to make a selfie softie (aka an adorable cushion with your crafted self portrait on it like the below – urmm cute!!) with Sarah from Daily Like and also a surprise paper garland with paper craft queen Rin Dawson of Papered Thoughts

Booking are essential so don’t miss out, lovelies!  Head over here to book.

Timetable:

FRIDAY 8TH MAY 2015

6.30pm – 7.30pm Fabric Wall Hanging with me!

8.30pm – 9.30pm Surprise Garland with Rin of Papered Thoughts

SATURDAY 9TH MAY 2015

10.30am – 11.30am Surprise Garland with Rin of Papered Thoughts

12.30pm – 1.30pm Fabric Wall Hanging with me!

2.30pm – 3.30pm Selfie Softie with Sarah of Dailylike

SUNDAY 10TH MAY 2015

10.30am – 11.30am Surprise Garland with Rin of Papered Thoughts

12.30pm – 1.30pm Fabric Wall Hanging with me!

2.30pm – 3.30pm Selfie Softie with Sarah of Dailylike

Hope to see you there!

Fiona x

Selfie-Softie