Recently we were challenged to make a bunch of stuff out of fabric without using any needles. Here's one of the many projects we came up with - it's a ten minute job max, and needs a dark fabric, a decorative fabric, pinking shears, a bit of ribbon and some Bondaweb. Here we go:
You will need
It looks like a sheet of very fine gauze, and has comes with a white backing paper a bit like baking paper. It melts into a glue when hot. Take off the white backing paper, and just lay the gauze between to layers of fabric. Then iron slowly, with no steam, using a pressing rather than a rubbing motion. The gauze melts and bonds the layers together. Make sure no Bondaweb is showing between the fabric layers, as it will ruin your ironing board and your iron! If in doubt, sandwich the fabric between the white backing paper, which can be ironed, to protect the iron and board. When it cools, the glue sets and your fabric is stuck together. It's also a bit stiffer, and it wont fray as the glue has stabilize the edges. Super handy stuff!
Use the Bondaweb to bond two layers of your darker fabric together. Make sure the pretty side is showing on one side, and the back of the fabric is showing on the other (for those who sew - it's right side to wrong side)
Now bond the second fabric onto the dark fabric. Make sure the pretty side of the fabric is showing, so both sides of the mask have the good side of the fabric showing. (Wrong side to wrong side)
Cut out your sleep mask. Pinking shears give a nice zigzag finish, and the fabric shouldn't fray as the Bondaweb will have sealed the edges
Fold the eye mask in half lengthwise and snip a little triangle out where you want the hole for the strap to go.
The internet is pretty divided on the date for National Kissing day. Is it 13th April? Or maybe its in June or July? Whatever date it really is, Hannah has made this sweet little lips pinata DIY for you
Cut around the templates. You should only need 2 of the long strips but you can have the others for spares in case you need.
Stick masking tape strips all the way around the lip shape, leaving a couple at the bottom out.
Stick the strip of card to the masking tape, following around the lip shape. When you get to the curves you can lightly bend the card to follow around those shapes to ease it to stick aligned.
Leave a section unstuck at the bottom to allow you a flap to add in sweets and goodies. Do the exact same steps with the back panel, leaving a gap at the bottom. Put the sweets in and lightly tape up with a strip of masking tape.
Fold the tissue paper up to the strip width that you'd like (maximum 3.5 cm), cut up into the tissue paper from one side to create a fringe.
Put your scissors inside the tissue to cut the edges that are still connected on the fringe.
Start adding the fringe to the lip shape beginning from the bottom to the top. To begin with put the double sided tape onto the tissue paper so you know you'll align it right to sit at the bottom, afterwards you can either attach it to the lips where you know the next layer will sit or on the tissue directly if you find that easiest.
As you go trim the edges that fall past the edge of the lips to keep the shape. You can begin to add smaller strips all the way around the edge and back, just make sure you start at the very bottom and work your way up.
When you get to the teeth stick down the fringe and trim away the parts that cover the tooth shape. Continue adding tissue all the way up and around till you have covered all the lips.
It's time for waffles and cocktails! Galentine's Day is on the way and we've got some lovely printable cards for the crafty gals in your life - the printable is free, just scroll down. As ever it's designed by Hannah of Utensils0, our fave paper artist. And to top it off we've got a Pinterest board with crafty Galentine's ideas.
You will need:
This pdf - download it and print onto card, at least 200gms Scissors or a scalpel Optional: Bonefolder Sewing Needle Thread Glitter Glue
Print out the pdf onto card and cut along the black line to separate them
Fold the cards in half - use a bonefolder to get a really clean fold
You can gift them as they are or have the option to get crafty with them! Add some glue dotted around and sprinkle on some glitter or go ahead and do some cross stitching.
To cross stitch, first make the holes you'll stitch through. To do this, push the needle through the end of each cross.
Then thread up a needle and stitch your crosses. To keep the tail hidden, start by pushing up from the back to the front (making the holes in advance makes it a lot easier!)
How cute are they!
We'd love to see your versions if you make one! Tag us on Instagram @londoncraftclub
It's 5th January and it's Bird Day, which makes it the perfect day to share our gorgeous free printable by Hannah of Utensils0. Hannah chose a puffin for her printable, because they are on the endangered species list and they are a reminder that we need to think carefully about how we impact the lives and habitats of the animals we share the planet with.
So what can you do today to help celebrate Bird Day? Well you could do worse than put a bit of food out for your local birds so here's some advice from the RSPB about how, what and when to feed birds.
1. Print the puffins onto card and cut around the edges, you'll need to use a scalpel for at least the inside of the legs. *top tip - Move the paper around while you cut rather than trying to cut at odd angels, You can cut slightly inside the lines as well to avoid white edges.
2. If you'd like to make a greetings card use double sided tape stick the two sides together.
3. If you'd like to make gift tags use either washi tape or a hole punch to attach ribbon to the birds.
4. Cut the flying puffins out for wall decorations, or add ribbon to hang them around your home.
This year we have all been obsessed with plants - not just the super cool succulent thing, but the good old spider plant, ivy, cheese-plants, ferns... In fact all things green and growing have been sneaking into our houses everywhere. Pantone have even made Greenery their colour of 2017. And as Christmas trends are set in July, it's no surprise that this year it's been a foliage frenzy for Yuletide.
This is brilliant news, because I have saved a ton of money! And how often do I say that about crafting? Here's how:
1 - Midnight garden raids I'm out at night nicking the deadhead hydrangeas up and down our street. One from each garden. No-one will notice. Shabby chic wreath on it's way
2 - Saving the garden fence Ripping a lot of that dusty, cob-webby ivy off my poor garden fence is paying off because I'm bringing it indoors to wrap round all the banisters. I don't mind spiders
3 - Rosemary is impossible to kill Yes, Rosemary, my one and only reliably alive garden plant that isn't a weed, just keeps on giving. Smells great, looks great, and keeps growing back
4 - Visits to the park with an ulterior motive. I actually love standing around the adventure playground in the cold! Kids, you can help me carry all the tangly brambles and weird potentially poisonous berries home.
5 - Any old leaf will do Yes, if it's green, red, blue or white, wrap it round an embroidery hoops with some of that not-actually-sticky florist tape and actually it's quite hard to go wrong. I happen to have a 3 foot wide metal hoop, and this took me half an hour using just bits from my garden and £2 worth of flowers. Because at the end of the day, leaves are really beautiful.
1. Print the template onto the card stock of your choice, cut around the outlines of all the shapes.
2. Using a scalpel lightly score the lines on the rectangle shapes, follow the lines that are dotted. Tip - you only need to lightly brush across enough to mark the paper but not cut it.
3. Bend the bottom tabs all the same way.
4. Zig zag fold the vertical lines on the rectangle, gluing one to the other with the vertical tab.
5. Carefully glue the horizontal tabs onto the blank star shape, lining up the best you can with the edges of the star. Any extra can be cut off to neaten up the base.
6. Cut out the stars and moons from the other star shape. Tip - Move the star shape around rather than trying to cut at awkward angles, to get a smooth curve on the moons cut a little bit, move the star and cut a little more at a time.
7. Lightly score the dotted lines for the tabs.
8. Lightly score all the dooted lines going through the middle of the star.
9. Fold down all the tabs in the same direction.
10. Fold all the long lines starting from the triangle tip to the centre point downwards.
11. Fold all the short lines from the centre point to the convex point upwards.
12. Once all the folding is done you can bend over the longer tabs so they can glue behind the shorter tab next to it.
1. Print the PDF onto each side of your A4 sheet of card. How your printer does this will depend on the printer you have, you can do a test run with a piece of paper to make sure you've got the trees the right way up
2. Fold the paper in half with the colour trees on the inside
3. Unfold the paper and cut along the grey lines of the triangles using a scalpel and metal ruler.
4. Very lightly score the bottom of each triangle to help them open later on.
5. Stick the double sided tape around the edge on one half, fold it to stick it shut.
Each day you can watch your tree grow with each door you open!
Here's a quick DIY I did when I was tidying up after a Brush Lettering workshop. We use a ton of lovely colourful inks, and gorgeous water colour paper, so this is a great way to use up left over materials: Here we go:
You will need: - Our gift tag printable on thin plain paper (Download it here) - Watercolour paper - Scissors - Three coloured inks - painbrush with a pointed end (you get one like for free in our Brush Lettering workshops) - ribbons - masking tape - you might need a little kitchen paper
Step one: Roughly cut out the templates - but don't cut right up to the line
Step Two: Stick the template on the watercolour paper and then cut through both layers of paper
Step Three: Punch a hole in the top of the tag
Step Four: Paint patches of clean water onto the gift tag
Step Five: When the water is still very wet, dip the tip of your brush in a colour, then dip just the tip of the inky brush into the water and watch it spread
Repeat with more colours. If you put too much colour in, you can dab a little water away with kitchen paper.
Leave them to dry. If the paper curls up, lay a piece of kitchen paper over it and iron it on a medium heat with NO steam. Add your ribbons, and you're done!
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