Make your own adorable pots (minus a pottery wheel, or Patrick Swayze).
Fran from design blog Fall For DIY has cleverly combined two wonderful things: craft and trickery. Like many of us, she doesn’t have a giant kiln lying around, so found a loophole to create and enjoy the look of clay without the messiness. Pop down to an art supplies store and follow the easy steps on the blog to construct your own adorable pots (minus a pottery wheel, or Patrick Swayze). Creative shenanigans: our favourite kind.
If you ever get the chance to study hand-embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework, do it. Humayrah from The Olde Sewing Room did, and now she’s whipping up these bloody incredible creations. Crazy-amazing, right? She goes wandering in the woods near her home in Bedford, England to gather inspiration in the form of leaves, twigs, feathers and other enchanting bits and bobs, then often incorporates these found treasures in her final pieces. Cop a squiz at all her latest stuff over on Insta, then save up your clams to get a Humayrah original.
Would you love to have a pet but can’t afford the maintenance? Are you looking for a best friend who fits right in your pocket? Alternatively, are you a normal person who loves dogs? So quit screaming "YES" at all these rhetorical questions and bust out some yarn, because the crafty types at Pom Maker have the perfect tutorial for creating a wee pom pom Bichon Frise! It's easy to make and adorable to look at – plus, everyone knows fluffy animals are cuter than hairless ones (sorry to any naked cats reading this). Get the full rundown over this-a-way. Woof.
It’s a scientific fact that one can never have too many tote bags (especially now the big supermarkets are banning them).
It’s a scientific fact that one can never have too many tote bags, especially now the big supermarkets are banning them, and just imagine the extra satisfaction that would come from making one yourself. There’s no such thing as too much smug. The House That Lars Built has put together this excellent tutorial for a rainbow woven bag. Being kind to the environment while celebrating its beauty and getting your craft on? Yes, please!
The hodge-podge nature of this DIY means that you literally can’t screw it up (and yay for that).
I have a tendency to anthropomorphise pretty much EVERYTHING (something I noticed my young son has inherited; I recently overheard him having a conversation with a deflated balloon) – and my craft work is no exception. The joy of making this blanket lies in getting the shapes to work just right together. Partly that’s a matter of choosing which colours and patterns will work – and partly it’s about finding their ‘personality’. My shapes started off hanging out in neat straight lines, but they soon descended into chaos, as was their wont. If you decide to make your own shapes lap blanket, I urge you to have fun playing with the shapes – you might even get to ‘know’ them.
1m neutral coloured cotton fabric 1m bright coloured cotton fabric 1m quilt wadding 5m bias binding scraps of several patterned and plain fabrics cotton thread to compliment your fabric pins tape measure scissors tailor’s chalk sewing machine iron
1. Cut out a range of fairly geometric shapes from your scraps of fabric.
2. Lay out your neutral coloured cotton and begin to arrange your shapes on top. Cut and add more shapes as necessary and move them around until you have a pattern you’re happy with.
3. Once you’re happy with your pattern, pin each shape in place.
4. Using a zigzag stitch, sew around the edge of each shape, removing the pins as you go.
5. Check your wadding and both cotton fabric pieces are all exactly the same size and trim as necessary. To assemble your blanket, lay out your bright coloured fabric (face-down if it has a right side). Lay your wadding on top of this. Then finally, lay out your piece with the stitched shapes on top (face-up). Pin the layers together around the edges.
6. Sew along the length your fabric at roughly evenly spaces intervals to quilt the layers together. I’ve done this at different angles to give a slightly haphazard look. Repeat across the width of your fabric this time, so you’re forming a kind of grid of quilting. You can leave large gaps or sew lots of lines, depending on the look you want (I’ve just done a few, widely spaces lines). Sometimes the fabric layers shift a bit with sewing, so trim any new overlaps.
7. Now it’s time to add your binding. Cut a piece of binding 2cm longer than one edge of your blanket. Unfold one of the folded edges of your binding. Lay your binding face-down along the edge of your blanket so the unfolded edge lines up with the edge of your fabric and the binding overlaps by 1cm at each end. Pin along the fold-line where your binding is unfolded, then sew along this line. Fold your binding back over, so it’s now right-side up, and press. Repeat along each edge.
8. Turn your blanket over. Fold the binding over the edges and pin in place. Hand-sew your binding in place to finish.
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Treat yourself to wall-to-wall fun at the crafty markets this weekend.
Brisbane, you lucky ducks – Finders Keepers is coming back your way! We’re bloody chuffed to be escaping the miserable Melbourne weather and joining you for the crafty market – along with over 200 other stall holders. Yep, this thing is going to be huge. We’ll be bringing copies of our extra-cosy bumper issue 84 (chock-full of bonus goodies, including a puzzle book illustrated by Ashley Ronning), along with our brand new stationery range (yippee!) and heaps more. Come along and say yoo-hoo to the frankie team, then get your fill of design, fashion, homewares, general crafty awesomeness, and delicious snacks, too. We’re pumped! The magic happens at the Brisbane Showgrounds, The Marquee Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hill today (midday till 9pm), Saturday (9am till 6pm) and Sunday (9am till 5pm). Entry is five buckaroos.
“There were a few months when I felt the need to just shove it down everyone’s throats. To say, ‘This is next-level handmade!’”
The Finders Keepers markets are a beaut place to hang out. You get to check out stacks of pretty handmade goodies, nibble on tasty treats, and maybe bag a few nice things to take home. You can also spend an entire day (or two) just marvelling at the craftsmanship of the stuff at folks’ stalls. Pretty much everything at the Finders Keepers markets is handmade, which makes it extra-special – not only for the buyer, but for the seller, too.
Brisbane maker Alice Nightingale tells us a little bit about what it’s like to sell handmade fashion and accessories in our latest book, Look What We Made: “When I first started selling at markets I found it difficult to deal with hagglers. Every single market, someone would come up and try to barter. I would be like, ‘No, sorry I don’t do discounts. This piece was hand-printed, hand-cut, handmade, I drove all the way down here. This dress presents so much of my work.’ Usually they’d be like, ‘Oh, all right,’ and they’d buy it anyway, but it was a problem: so many people assumed that I had designed the dress and then had it made overseas. Documenting my work on social media has helped so much, because when I post endless photos of me sewing or embroidering or cutting fabric, people can see the labour that goes into the label. There were a few months when I felt the need to just shove it down everyone’s throats. To say, ‘This is next-level handmade!’ It can feel obnoxious, but it really helps.”
If you want to check out Alice’s very pretty garments – along with a whole slew of other makers’ items – be sure to pop past the Finders Keepers markets in Brisbane this weekend: Friday (midday to 9pm), Saturday (9am to 6pm) and Sunday (9am to 5pm). The action’s happening at Brisbane Showgrounds, The Marquee Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills. Head over this way to check out the full lineup.
Cable-knit jumpers always make us feel cosy and also project an image of a gentle old fisherman who may or may not actually exist. Anyway, it’s definitely sweater weather and we’re loving this lampshade craft idea by Farm Fresh Therapy. Add a wonderfully cuddly feeling to your home this winter and hey, feel free to put on a matching sweater if you want to play matchy-matchy with your new lamp friend (we won’t tell anyone).
Make your life complete with an embroidered dog no bigger than a grape.
Some works of art inspire us to sit quietly and reflect, whereas others make us want to hoot and holler. These tiny embroidered animals by Going Going Factory are absolutely in the latter category. Seriously, try feasting your eyes on a delicately-stitched Yorkshire terrier no bigger than a grape and tell me you don’t have the urge to shout, ‘WHAT?!’ while doing a little jig. There’s even a Shibe and broccoli badge, which is a combination we never knew we needed so badly.
Download this special lamington scarf pattern and join a bunch of fellow stitchers in a synchronised knit-a-long this winter.
We were pretty darn chuffed to hear about Megan Elizabeth’s new website, Making Things, which allows folks to download crafty patterns and instructions in a super-handy way. We were stupendously chuffed when Megan and the team offered to create a scarf pattern exclusively for frankie folks to knit this winter. It’s inspired by one of our favourite treats, the almighty lamington, and all you need to do to get your mitts on it is pop over to makingthingsapp.com/frankie and sign up to create an account; the Lamington Scarf will be the first pattern you see on the website’s homepage. Download it for free, get stitching, then share your progress with us on Instagram using the hashtag #mtfrankiekal. Oh, and be sure to join the frankie Lamington Scarf KAL group once you're logged in; designer Bex will be on hand as of Friday to answer any questions you may have. Happy knitting everyone! We can’t wait to see your snuggly handiwork.