spray paint dreams…


Thank-you to : http://fatbuddhastore.blogspot.co.uk/2009/09/pantone-spray-paint.html

Just imagine if this was not just a concept but reality! As this image is from 2009, it would seem that Pantone spray paint may well remain just a dream.

I was inspired to investigate spray paint projects when the following arrived in my in box one morning:

There have been so many times that I have passed over naff tins because I knew that covering them with paper wouldbe slow and painful! Spray paint is the answer!

I often spy baking tins too…no longer safe from my clutches!

Of course a major part of the success of these two projects has been the use of  Krylon spray paint.

An hour of fruitless internet searching led me precisely no-where…it appears this make is firmly an American beauty!

None-the -less I carried on searching for tips about spray painting techniques.

Thanks to Becky Higgins for the following pdf which gives loads of top tips for beginners:


Inspiratation is all around:

This was made for a baby’s nursery, and I can envisage something similar for craft storage.

After a little more investigation I came across something called Marabu Do-It Spray. This sounds like it covers a multitude of surfaces and comes in a wide range of colours:

Of course I will need to  road test it…

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remake it: sewn pyramid paper pouch

A new series of posts using recycled and/or recyclable materials.

1. A gift pouch.

Inspired by a 1970’s fav! Not sure if these were/are peculiar to the UK?

So evocative of long, sunny, carefree days!

Lovely Jubbly!

I used  paper that was free in ‘Craft Seller’ (issue 13/August 212). This project would also be a great reuse of wrapping paper (although not really thin stuff!), and also old magazine pages;  something with some weight because of the sewing and to hold the final shape

I wanted to make a little sweet bag to give to one of the girls leaving sewing group this week; I enjoy machine sewing paper and  knew that this would be a quick project!

Fold a piece of A5 double sided paper in half, but without making a crease:

Next up sewing! I used a zig-zag stitch as when I used a running stitch the paper perforated too easily.

You should now have an open top pouch:

The pouches are now ready to be filled! I chose smarties!

The pouches could hold all sorts of things, including small gifts. I will be making some more for my boys to give out at school as thank-yous to the staff.

If putting in something like biscuits, then popping the biscuits inside a small glassine bag or wrapping them in greaseproof paper first will prevent staining the pretty paper!

The final stage is to sew up the pouches. This could be done by sewing straight across the top.

However, I like the ‘pyramid’ effect created by taking the side with the seam and ‘pushing’ it across to meet the opposite side of the pouch. The photo below will do a better job than me with this explanation!

Instead of sewing the sides of the pouch they could be closed with the use of washi tape for a pretty edging, or plain sticky tape.

I also think these would make lovely invitations; the invite itself could be printed onto the paper and thus hidden inside, or a slip of paper could be popped inside with all the party details.

I am sure that there are many more uses for pretty pyramid pouches!

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t-shirt monsters: week 2

It was week 2 of t-shirt monster making at the remakery this afternoon.

So lovely to see the girls…keen and raring to go!

Unfortunately we are going to need a third week to completly finish.

It’s something to consider when I plan the course for next term; I sense that they would prefer to finish one project each week, and certainly in two.

I will need to try to keep an eye out for projects that can be completed in an hour!

Speed sewing here we come!

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a {t-shirt} monster mood board

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  2. goddesshobbies.blogspot.co.uk
  3. sewfearless.com
  4. manifattive.blogspot.co.nz
  5. kidindependent.com
  6. blog.revoluzzza.com
At yesterday’s remakery sewing club, the girls and I tackled t-shirt monsters!
I decided to collate a mood board to introduce the concept and I took in some of my own children’s monster softies.
I wanted the girls to design their own creatures on paper first ( we used old brown paper which gave the process a realistic ‘designer’ feel).
The shapes were varied, and, by its’ very nature the project lent itself to simple outlines.
Fabric choice was next! Lots of old t-shirts were harmed in the making of these monsters!
I was really pleased to see the girls give their selections a lot of thought and they all decided to have a different colour for front and back.
Lots of lovely chat took place; I was particularly pleased that they related the making of the creatures to the making of their pin-cushions.
‘This is like the pin-cushions, we will sew the pieces together, turn them inside out and stuff them.’
Next week we will begin the process of adding features and in so doing will learn how to sew buttons, add patches and generally give each creature lots of personality!
vintage textile softies
This image, above, is amazing! I have spent a long time looking at it and spotting something new!
The simplicity is totally deceptive…this must have been quite a process, selecting, disgarding until the creator was finally happy.
Denise Litchfield is the artist.


This article is so hard to read ( a little easier via the link). However it is worth squinting at, to gain an insight into Denise’s  process.

This would be perfect for me to have a go at…the combination of linen and Liberty would work particularly well!

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needle books + ruffles= the remakery

Each week at the remakery I make a table centrepiece; this week I decided to make a crepe paper ruffle!

Using the tutorial from


The ruffle was easy and quick to sew. Dana’s instructions regarding tension and stitch length were spot on! I did also (as she suggested) hold on to the thread whilst stitching and this really made effective ruffles!

The girls at the remakery loved the ruffle…using it as a headdress and scarf as well as for the intended table decor!

This week we focused on making needle books. The girls chose their own fabrics and used templates to cut out the correct sizes.

Using a simple running stitch down the centre of both pieces of fabric created a needle book!

A piece of ribbon was sewn securely at either end to tie the book together, and the girls proudly displayed a selection of pins and their sewing needle!

I was impressed with how carefully they made their fabric and ribbon selections; for them this was very important!

I also realised, that for them, the work before the actual sewing does not equate with the precision that they want!

I don’t think that ‘perfect’ is important, but they do, and so are often disappointed if their cutting is a little wonky or their stitches are not ‘neat’.

It is a thin line between stressing the importance of the preparation and the importance of creativity, individuality and fun!

I do also recognise that success breeds enjoyment and encourages us to ‘have a go’ at the next project. This is why I want my sewing groups to be about creating an end product and not a series of ‘lessons’.

For next week’s session I let the girls choose between a t-shirt monster, an apron and a bag.

The overwhelming answer was a t-shirt monster…can’t wait…a chance for some real individuality with this kind of project!

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liberty and linen

As promised yesterday I am sharing images of the final stages of my diary covers.

Above is the finished product from the front, below is the inside view

On the whole I am fairly pleased with the finished result; I am always happy with a Liberty and linen fabric combination!

I used the tutorial from http://bloomandblossom.blogspot.co.uk/2009/02/journal-cover-tutorial.html.

I found the instructions and images very clear and easy to follow…although I was very slow!

The only thing I changed was the seam allowances; I just find it so difficult to sew .25 inch (6mm) seam so I increased it to .5 inches (12mm)

I am certainly going to have to speed up (hugely) if I am to make 38 of these.

I guess setting up a ‘production line’ would be the best option, and making a template so that I do not have to measure everything 38 times!

I am also thinking of making the covers in one piece and adding a fabric embellishment to the front, rather than this construction which uses two pieces of linen and one piece of cotton. This would save time and would also be more forgiving of errors!

I hope my very important person likes them; I delivered them to his office today…time will tell!

Tomorrow is the third session of the remakery sewing club. We will be making needle books…I am determined to take some photos this week, I haven’t found time in the last two sessions.

a book {cover} deal!

Image credits:

  1.  http://www.etsy.com/listing/86972051
  2. http://www.jcrafts.com/eg/shop/shohin.asp?Shocd=W03262&PageNo=1&bunrui1=12&bunrui2=14
  3. http://www.etsy.com/listing/33364874/fabric-alphabet-book

As mentioned last week a very important person asked me if I might be interested in a book {cover} deal!

The Headteacher at my little boys’ school (very important person!) approached me with a request to make slip covers for the staff diaries!

Somewhere mid conversation I remembered to ask ‘how many?’  Ours is a small one form entry school, I expected the number to be about 15.  I remained calm as the Headteacher replied ’38’.

The temptation was to say ‘oh my goodness no you need somebody much better than me’, instead I found myself suggesting that I make up a sample for inspection.

Since then I have been researching fabrics and styles; I had a pretty clear idea of what I thought would make the perfect cover.

It had to be hard wearing (being lugged around to and from school for an academic year would take a toll), it had to appeal to male and female members of staff, it had to be cost effective ( the question of budget is one that has not yet been discussed!), and I wanted it to be distinctive enough to say ‘handmade’ but not ‘homemade’!

Image credits:

  1. http://www.etsy.com/listing/83123605/
  2. Sincere apologies, I have mislaid the source for this second image; I will keep searching and update post.
  3. http://messyjessecrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2009_08_01_archive.html

As can be seen from the images that I gathered, linen with an accent of some sort is clearly my thing.

The tutorial and inspiration that I finally settled upon is from:


Tomorrow I will be posting about my version…a sneak peek :

Thank-you for reading.