Keep An Eye Out For ….

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Mar 212019
 

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Time To Keep An Eye Out For …

Collecting Things For Future Crafting Projects

It’s time to keep an eye out for things for future crafting projects.

Have you been given one of these –

I don’t mean this particular brand and flavour of Easter Egg, but rather any Easter Egg in a box with base and lid and four clear acetate sides.

If you’ve been by my blog in the past you may have seen that I put some wirework trees I made into display boxes I made (have a look towards the bottom of the post – here – if you missed seeing any of them).

I think these Easter Egg boxes will make great display boxes for similar projects without the need for measuring and cutting. They could be decorated as plain and cleanly, or as distressed and fully embelished, as you want.

I think that, after Easter, I might do a video of me makeing a tree in a display box.

And if nobody else has bought you an egg – go on and treat yourself!

And while you are looking at Easter goodies, go through all packaging before they go out with the rubbish.  Even if a box isn’t fully acetate all round there might still be a piece of acetate at the front that’s strong enough to use as a card front or in a shaker card, especially if it is rounded like the side of an egg.

Then there’s the coloured foil many eggs are wrapped in. The ribbons, some with little bells or other charms attached that come with other shapes of Easter treats, are great to embelish cards as well.

And speaking of ribbons – don’t forget that the inside of the shoulders of clothes are a good source of different coloured, narrow, ribbon.  Unless you are a person who uses these ribbons to hang the piece of clothing then the ribbons might as well be removed and repurposed.

And while we are talking about clothing – have you got a drawer, tin, or jar, where you put all the spare buttons that come attached to pieces of clothing in case you lose one?  Have you been through the collection to see how many of them you actually still have the garment they match? If the piece of clothing is long gone then you might as well use the buttons for your crafting.

Got any old clothing you are going to throw out during your spring clean?  Any of them knitted items that can be unravled and made into pompoms or tassles?  Any old jeans that can be made into trendy bags, or perhaps a small cover for a tablet or mobile phone?  Just because something is not your size or taste any more doesn’t mean that it couldn’t still be useful to you in some way.

And consider donating to charity shops as well rather than just throwing away.

Another thing that can be kept is envelopes. Brown as well as white or coloured ones.  Open them out and you can find some have a patterned inside, and the brown ones have a craft card look than can be used for matting and layering or makeing vintage look flowers.

Paper Flowers

These flowers are ones made from the three pieces cut out from this envelope.  The colours look different because of the different lighting when the photos were taken.  The bottom right flower has had some gold ink wiped over it straight from the ink pad.

I made these using the method I showed in the “4. No Tools Paper Flowers 02” instructions I’ve posted previously. I just folded over the outside edge of the spiral to give a different look.  I used Pinflair Glue-It to stick the flower together at the base.

Of course, white flowers could be made from waste white envelopes as well.  Or any other colour envelope that happens to come your way.

Any More Tips?

Is there anything you could suggest that should be kept to re-use for crafting?

Put your tips in the comments below.

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I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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Recycling a Hoodie

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Sep 292018
 

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Making A Backpack From A Hoodie

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A few years ago my youngest sister bought a hoodie top for our two youngest nephews.  The boys loved them, and wore them over whatever they were wareing to go to Sunday School for several years (my sister had bought them a bit too large for them so that they had growing room which meant they had good use from them).  They boys have grown quite a bit since then and there is no way they could squash into the hoodies any more.

We’ve started having a bit of a tidy up of some of their old clothes (unbelievable how much little clothes of all sizes there are around this house in all sorts of cupboards and corners considering they don’t actually live here), but none of us wanted to throw out or give these hoodies to charity, which is where much of the other stuff is going, but we wanted them to be useful for something.  So I gave them a couple of suggestions – use the tops to cut up as part of a patchwork quilt or turn them into snuggle cushions.  One of the nephews did want his top made into a snuggle cushion but decided that he’d make it himself.  The other came up with his own suggestion – he wanted his hoddie made into a backpack that he could carry a few bits like a bottle water around in.

Having looked at the hoodie, and had a good discussion with him about what he had in mind, it was decided that the best way to go about it would be to remove the sleeves and stitch up the holes. Put velcro (or any other hook and loop fastner) along one edge of the front pocket and sew up the other hole to prevent stuff falling out, because the pocket is a long one that goes from side to side with two openings to put hands in to keep warm, not  really deep pockets for storeing things. We decided that the sleeves could be used as part of the straps and the hood as a flap to close the top of the backpack.

Finishing off by sewing across the bottom and putting in a bag bottom stiffner to give it some structure.

That was the plan!

This is how I got on with it.

The hood was removed and the two halves were separated.

Each half was a double layer stitched an inch from the front so I opened the double layer out.

I sewed down flat the bit that was the front edge of the hood.

The sleaves were also removed, the elasticated cuff removed and the underarm seam unpicked.

These are what I wanted to use as straps so I cut the pieces in half and then cut off a triangle of material to give me two straight pieces from each arm.

These were all individually folded so the edges were inside, and then sewn down the middle.

This left me with the body of the hoodie ready to sew together the arm holes.

I also sewed down one entry to the pocket and hand sew a piece of hook and loop fastening to the other side.

Then sewing on the hood piece to the front starting in the center and then sewing out to each side so that the piece was properly centered.

I cut off the extra that wasn’t needed and sewed a hem around the created flap.

A strip of velcro was then sewn inside the flap and onto the back of the backpack.

I then sewed on the straps, one at each shoulder and one near the bottom a couple of inches in from the sides.

I then got my nephew to put the backpack on his back so that we could decide how much of an overlap to put when sewing the top and bottom strap pieces together.

Once the straps were sewn I turned the backpack inside out and sewed the bottom together.

I also sewed across the ends to give the bottom a squared off bottom.

I cut two pieces of Clover bag bottom stiffener and stuck them together.

Then it was simply a case of turning the newly created backpack so that it was the right side out. Making sure the corners of the bottom were pressed to the bottom before dropping in the bag stiffener.  It’s not been attached in any way at the moment as just placeing it at the bottom of the backpack means it could be removed if the backpack needs to go in the wash. If nephew wants it stuck in the future it could be.

And here is nephew with his finished backpack.

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That’s it for today. More card making and other crafting before too long, so please do pop in for a look again.

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Aug 202018
 

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More Recycled Cards

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I’ve been going through a big batch of old Christmas cards that I’d got put away in my box of Christmas Card makings after cutting off the backs.

I started by triming any that needed trimming to around the same size, then matting and layering each image.

I then took a pack of pre-scored, kraft card base cards and used double sided tape to attach my matted images to the card fronts.

I used peeloff “Nadolig Llawen” greetings (Welsh for Happy Christmas) on the card fronts. And an insert with “Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda” (Welsh equivelent for Happy Christmas and a Good New Year) on the inside.

This is the second card with this image.  It’s amazing how many cards with the same images on are amongst the cards I’ve got in my stash to recycle.

 

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So, that’s it for today – another assortment of recycled quick and simple cards that are small and flat enough to go throught the UK post using a standard size stamp.

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I’m on a Christmas card roll at the moment so I’ll have some more Christmas card posts to put online over the next few weeks, so please do pop back to have a look.

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