Friday, 31 October 2014

Halloween craft ideas that actually aren't lame

I find that a lot of Halloween decorations are just cliche and cheap (not the good kind of cheap). Which is why I decided to go and find something that is actually worth making! As you know by now, I love making lists, so you better enjoy this one :P

Owls have been *seriously* in fashion this year, and it's a trend I definitely approve of! So why not make some pumpkin owls? They are so easy and super cute. 


If you can make it yourself, I really don't see the point in going out and buying it. This witches hat is the perfect example, and I feel like it has so much more shape and character than anything I've ever seen in the shops! The best part about this is that you can paint it or even drape and staple fabric onto it, in any colour that you want! 

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I'm sure that we all remember doing this as kids, and it was fun! So why not do it again now? Easy decorations, sorted. 

Spider Web Art Project for Children with Watercolor Resist *Great Halloween idea for kids

This is another awesome example of something that you can do yourself without having to go to the shops.

DIY Skeleton Hands.

A simple and cheap way to put an old pool noodle to good use. 

Make faux chains out of pool noodles to use as Halloween decor.  {ribbonsandglue.com}

Finally, a spider that I don't have to run away from...

Beaded spider craft for kids

Awesome Crafty Halloween Costume Ideas

No Halloween list would be complete without costume ideas, so here are some amazing ones!

This looks so easy to do. All you do it stuff two gloves and sew them to the hood of a jacket. Easy peasy moose!

Yet another easy costume! All you have to do is sew on ears and a circle on the tummy. So cute!
(No post would be a Crafty Fox post without a photo of a crafty fox)

If you're looking for a Halloween costume for tonight and you have very little time, you've just found it. A transparent umbrella with ribbons tied to it- a jellyfish! 


This has got to be my favourite. What a clever idea! There are full instructions on the page. 

DIY Octopus Costume Giggles Galore

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Thread Sketching

Have you heard of thread sketching yet? If not, this is something that's going to blow you away. When I first saw it HERE, I was completely blown away. And I thought it'd be super hard. Thankfully, it turned out to be surprisingly easy! I've compiled a list of tips for starting out, enjoy!

Sketch the artwork out with a liner first, so that you have something to work over

Believe me, you're going to want to do this! I thought I'd just go ahead and start with the sewing machine because I'm very practiced at free hand sketching, but I made a big mistake! It's completely different (obviously), I just apparently didn't have the brain power to understand that :P


Start with simple shapes, and work over them when you are a bit more confident

ORIGINAL fiber drawing...bird series by mummysam on Etsy, $30.00

Use different colours and really just enjoy yourself. If it goes wrong, who cares? 

With embroidery thread accents

Mix and match thread sketching with applique ...or any other technique for that matter

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drawing with thread

Thread Sketching

When you're feeling confident enough, sketch things that you're really interested in. 

That way, you're less likely to get bored and move on to another project. I find this with a lot of things- I try to stick to how people say things must be done in tutorials and I end up getting bored. Rather choose your own subject and stick to it. This way it's unique and you're more likely to keep trying if you happen to make a mess. 

Thread sketch.

Don't be scared to experiment

You don't have to stick to using just a sewing machine or sewing by hand. Try mixing it up, for more intricate bits and pieces use hand stitching. That way you have more control over how it comes out. 

Machine thread painting and fabric applique, illustrating my very favorite quote from "Alice in Wonderland".

Just a few extras that I couldn't bear to leave out...

Beautiful Strings  The intricate style of textile artist Debby Smith is truly a pleasure to take notice of.   http://www.stringartfun.com/section.php/3/1/techniques

Thread sketches by Andrea Farina.

Thread drawing. Awesome for a baby nursery. Who's the artist, I wonder?

Original thread drawing portrait Esquire magazine serie

Sewing machine sketch - Pip Pittman

Drawing with thread - Free motion machine embroidery

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Organize your crafting and your home


I'll be the first to admit that I have a SERIOUS crafting problem. I have far too many crafting supplies and not enough space to keep it all. I feel super sorry for my fiance- he just can't keep things clean! So I've done some serious reorganizing in the last couple of days. I was very bedridden at the beginning of the week due to some odd sickness- so I was glad to have some light work to do with my craft supplies. 

Here are some totes awesome ideas I came across:

Organizing keys with different nail polish colours

This is absolutely genius. I haven't done it yet thought because I don't actually have many keys to distinguish between!


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Make a cellphone charging station out of an old bottle

I currently have a shampoo bottle drying out so that I can try this. One of my biggest frustrations is having cellphone cables tangled everywhere. This will definitely solve the problem!

Jewelry/ makeup compartments out of yogurt cartons 

Yes, this is not in English, but any fool could figure it out :) What a brilliant idea. 

Yarn organisation with tins

This doesn't only have to be used for yarn, I would also use this to store things such as t-shirts of small scraps of fabric. If you put these horizontally they can be used for craft supplies, like in the tutorial above. 

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The best way to keep clothes from slipping off of hangers... 

I have a lot of clothes made out of very soft fabrics so this can be a big problem sometimes! 

Pillowcase Storage

I never thought of doing this before- it's a really clever way of keeping things together. Store duvet sets inside of their covers, it's far neater and you won't end up with stray covers!


Stationary Organisation

This is something I really need to make. I have far too many pens, pencils, crayons... I'm starting to save those toilet rolls!


Keep things neat!

This works amazingly. I've been doing it a lot with all of my lace and ribbons, too. Except with lace and ribbons I wind the things around a craft stick and then peg them at the end. It's so nice and easy to store things like this, and you don't end up with frustrating threads and bits and pieces tangling everywhere. 

Embroidery Floss and Clothespins  Keep embroidery floss from unraveling and getting lost by wrapping it around a clothespin.

Just a brilliant idea...

I always end up with scraps that are just ugly and end up being thrown away when I get frustrated. This is a really cool idea to combat the problem, especially if you have a spare shelf or a spot on top of your fridge that could do with some decoration. 

How To Organize Your Yarn Contest Winner - Great tip for storing extra scraps of yarn!\

Just a few extra tips...

Store winter clothes away in empty bags during summer. This way your wardrobe is less of a cluttered mess, and those bags don't just sit empty in storage. 

Use small console jars to keep crafts organised, I recently did this and it's pretty much the best decision I've ever made :D You can get jars from Consol for very decent prices, which is what I did. Check out their catalogue HERE
 
You can also decorate them with washi tape for a super pretty crafty feel. I labelled my jars with my paint marker :)

Keep watching this space, I'm going to make a set of organisation printables soon, for your free use ^.^


Thursday, 9 October 2014

Quick Update

Aaah... What a long and terrible day. I've been writing tests literally all day. My first one was at 10, the second one at 2, and I just finished my last one now (it started at 7). I am very happy to announce that I will shortly be escaping this hell we call Humarga (the Humanities computer lab) and going for a delicious, well deserved cocktail. I am an absolute lover of cocktails, although I don't have them often. I find that they lead to bad decisions and awesome memories. 

Anyway, now is a very happy time. I'm finally done with tests for the next week or two, and most of my major assignments are done *sigh of relief*... Which means that I have some time to do some sewing! Gypsy skirts are next on my list, I have some absolutely gorgeous fabric that I can't wait to get started on, and I want to try doing some patchwork too


Well, it's cocktail and pizza time, it couldn't have come sooner :P Have a good evening everyone!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

The most creative pin cushions

So, I recently wrote a post and got super inspired by ideas for pin cushions. I'm super surprised by how few sewers have actually made their own pincushions! It's a project that'll only take you an hour or so, and there are so many options. To show you this, I decided to compile a whole lot of amazing ones that have inspired me. Some are sadly only for sale, but aren't hard to figure out! The rest have amazing tutorials. Enjoy!



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Foxy Pincushion Wristlet

Felted Puffer Fish Pin-Cushion


DIY Hedgehog Pincushion: Cute, Easy and Cheap | The Humble Nest





Old Salt Shaker Jar Lid...re-purposed into a sweet pincushion using bits of old lace & stained muslin!  Could pin a small vintage brooch on the front for added charm.

You'll love this if you're a fan of "Up" :)

Fun project! House Pincushion with template and how to with image transfer mod podge - via Radmegan


diy pear pin cushion might be a good decoration for the girl's very hungry caterpillar party!

Green and Brown Embroidered Kiwi Fruit Felt Pincushion

Eyeballs, anyone?

pincushion, doll,  eye made with fabric and felt

♡ This pin cushion !♡
I need to learn how to fluff up felt- it's such a beautiful craft that I just haven't attempted yet!

That's Woolly Something: woolly sheep pin cushion


This one looks like a lot of work... It's the kind of thing I'd spend an evening doing, but I'd have to be sitting in front of the TV with a glass of wine or I may get bored!



I thought I'd save my favourite for last- although I suppose I can't really say that anything is my favourite. These are all so awesome- but this one is definitely beautiful!