HOMES+ MAGAZINE SPRING DIY’S

Yesterday I squealed in the supermarket like a frenzied little girl. The latest issue of Homes+ Magazine is out and the DIY projects I put together for them look INCREDIBLE after Jackie Brown worked her styling magic on them. Feeling an urgent desperation to buy a bunch of lovely blue things for my house now.

DIY Triangle Cushions in Homes+ MagazineDIY Leather woven baskets and plywood pegboard shelves

I’ve wanted to try my hand at some triangle shaped cushions for a while so was glad to finally get that one out of my system.

The wooden plant stand, leather woven baskets and pegboard shelves were all inspired by homeware items I’ve seen for sale elsewhere and thought “I could totally make that”… and this is where probably where 90% of my tutorial ideas actually come from! You should try thinking this way too – next time you spot a nice item in store, think about how it was made and if it would be easy to replicate at home. I think you’ll be surprised how many expensive-looking things are easy to pull together if you just have a go. Then you’ll have a beautiful item at home that you can look at with pride knowing that you made that with your own blood sweat and tears (..ok maybe not tears…probably just sweat).

For the full step by step tutorials of these pretties and more, pick up the September issue of Homes+ mag in shops now or you can buy it online at  Zinio (my new fave site for reading online).

Also if you download the Viewa app on your smartphone, you can scan the magazine’s page to load to the how-to video where you can see my crafty hands in action.

Fiona x

(All images from Homes+ magazine. Photographed by Andrew Finlayson and James Henry)
 

DIY wooden plant holder

 

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

DIY FABRIC PLANTER BAG

diy-fabric-planter-bagdiy fabric planter bag from Craft Hunter

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

DIY Elbow Patches

Make your own elbow patches to jazz up a cardi or jacket. It’s super simple and I’m now completely obsessed with them!

The general how-to is so easy –  on a piece of paper cut out your patch shape and use this as a guide to cut the fabric for your patches. While your top is on, mark where you want the patch to be on each elbow with a texta. Quickly measure the distance from the wrist to make sure that each side is the same. Pin the fabric in place then just sew the edges.

Here are a few of my faves for elbow awesomeness:

Images from:

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DIY Potato Printed Cushion

Don’t you love seeing modern craft projects that take you back to kindy days? I remember printing shapes on paper with potatoes back in kindy thinking it was the bee’s knees and clearly I haven’t changed a bit because this DIY idea made me RIDICULOUSLY excited 25 years later!

Potato stamp printed cushion

It’s a one hit wonder as the potato obviously wouldn’t last too long, but it’s a perfect project for DIY-ers who just want a quick and simple way to spruce up some fabric. I kind of love how it is faded in some areas too, gives it more of an industrial feel. If you want to cut your design onto something that will last longer, try a small block of rubber or lino instead which you can just pick up from craft stores.

Head here to check out the tutorial on Grandma Glamour

Really like her orange and black combo. Cute huh?

DIY Cloud Cushions

I don’t know what excites me more –  the super cute cloud shape or the awesomely nifty idea of using a 2nd hand knit jumper for the fabric. Hooray for cheap materials!

These two were intended for a nursery, but I’m calling it – they’re for adults too.

You can read more about this great idea from the amazing Mandi at Making Nice in the Midwest here.