Let us set the scene, it’s December and people around you are busily panic buying and running out of time to prepare for Christmas... But, not you! You have a sense of accomplishment because your makes are all finished and ready to hand out or post. All you need to do now is pour a glass of mulled wine and relax!
As all seasoned crafter's know, Christmas is FAST approaching and it's never to early to start your festive crafting! Whether you're making cards, gift bags, or festive decor, we know how difficult it can be to get started!
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For these coasters you need to use the 2” square, 1.5” square and 1.5” quarter square triangle dies from the Build-A-Block™ dies. Prepare your fabrics as follows:
Fabric A (dark fabric)
Cut two 2” squares
Cut seven 1.5” squares
Cut eight 1.5” half square triangles
Cut four 3x9cm (1.25x3.5”) border strips
Cut four 3x11.5cm (1.25x4.5”) border strips
Cut two 7.5x106.5cm (3x42”) backing pieces
Fabric B (mid-tone fabric)
Cut one 2” square
Cut six 1.5” squares
Cut four 1.5” half square triangles
Cut four 3x9cm (1.25x3.5”) border strips
Cut four 3x11.5cm (1.25x4.5”) border strips
Fabric C (light fabric)
Cut one 2” square
Cut six 1.5” squares
Cut four 1.5” half square rectangles
Cut four 12.5x12.5cm (5x5”) squares
Sew the two backing pieces of fabric right sides together and press the seam open. This means that all four sides of each coaster can be sewn up and they can be unpicked at the middle seam for turning through to the right side.
Sew four pieces of fabric together as shown in the Build-A-Block™ instruction booklet to create the following blocks: 4 Patch / 9 Patch / Shoofly / Friendship Star.
Sew the border strips onto each block, right sides together.
Iron fusible wadding onto the wrong side of the blocks. Place blocks onto the backing piece, right sides together.
Sew around the edges of the coaster on the backing piece using a 0.5cm (¼”) seam allowance, then trim any excess fabric and snip the corners to reduce any bulkiness on the finished coaster.
Use a seam ripper to open the centre seam on the backing panel of the coaster from Step 3 to create a turning gap and turn the coaster through it, pushing out the corners.
Stitch the turning gap closed by hand then press the coaster. Quilt the coaster as desired.
Repeat steps 3 to 5 with the remaining quilt blocks to complete your coasters!
Choose a block from the Build-A-Block™ booklet and use the dies to cut out the pieces you will need as per the instructions. For this project we have chosen to use the hourglass block following the instructions to create a 12” block.
Sew your block together following the instructions in the Build-A-Block™ booklet. Repeat Step 1 and this step to create an additional
This wall hanging is made up of two full blocks which have been turned on point. To fill in the areas around the turned blocks, you will need to create four half blocks to fill in at the sides.
To finish the blocks on the front of the wall hanging, cut out some extra squares to fill in and square-off the top and bottom.
Cut out four 5cm (2”) border strips for the sides and top and bottom of the wall hanging. Stitch the side borders first and then stitch the bottom and top borders in place.
To create your hanging loops, cut three strips of fabric measuring 15x6.5cm (6x2.5"). Fold and iron the fabric in by 0.6cm (¼”) on each side of the strips, then fold them in half along the length and topstitch all around to hold in place.
You will now need to cut out a backing piece of fabric and wadding the same size as your wall hanging.
Place your wall hanging front and backing fabric right sides together, placing the hanging loops along the top edge, sandwiched between the front and back. Make sure the loops are facing inwards.
Now place your wadding on top and sew all the pieces layers together, but remember to leave a gap for turning the wall hanging out to the right side.
Turn the wall hanging out through the turning gap so the right side is now facing. Stitch the turning gap closed by hand and press the project.
As an optional finishing touch, create a fringe using Sirdar yarn. Crochet a foundation row of chains that will fit across the bottom of your hanging and work a row of double crochet into the chains, then work a further row of double chains, and cast off.
Attach the crocheted trim to the bottom of your hanging using a zigzag or decorative stitch.
Use a crochet hook to attach 46cm (18") lengths of yarn to make your fringe. Once these are attached, they will create a fringe measuring approximately 23cm (9"). Once all your lengths are attached, you can knot your fringe or leave it free.
If you do not want to crochet a fringe, you can purchase and use a pre-made decorative trim of your choice.
Have you had a go at making your very own Cute Companion? These fabulous crochet kits from Threaders by Crafter's Companion, use a selection of our wonderfully soft and fluffy cotton yarns. Each kit contains a clear instruction sheet, crochet tools, stuffing and all materials needed, making them perfect gifts for crocheters of all ages and abilities!
Struggling to get started with yours? Check out these wonderful videos from Lizzy Curtis and give it a go yourself!
Our multi-media decorative panel dies will help you to add the most beautiful detail to many of your projects, and can be used on a broad variety of fabric including thick leather, denim, glitter fabrics, wadding and many more, as they are made deeper than traditional dies.
However, we've wanted to demonstrate how versatile these are by showing you that you can create a stylish card too, as these dies will glide easily through, cutting intricate design detail and creating a stunning finish.
Use the Ultimate Pro to score and fold a gatefold card blank from one sheet of black cardstock. Cut two panels from the remaining piece of black cardstock measuring 10x20.5cm. Use the Tessellating Triangle Panel die to repeat die-cut the pattern onto both of panels.
Trim one of the die-cut panels from Step 1 to create two pieces measuring 3.5x20cm. Tip: this step is easy if you follow the lines of the die-cut pattern.
Cut two pieces of white cardstock measuring 7x20.5cm and one measuring 14.5x20.5cm. Use Collall Tacky Glue to adhere the black die-cut panels onto the white pieces, slightly offsetting the narrow strips as shown to leave room for the die-cut hearts in Step 7.
Cut a 9.5x7cm piece of white cardstock, stamp the sentiment onto it then layer it onto black cardstock. Create the embellishments for the card by die-cutting hearts from black and white cardstock. You will need three layered hearts for the card front and four for the inside.
Use Collall All Purpose Glue to adhere the large panel featuring the die-cut design to the inside of the card blank. Affix the stamped sentiment on top and glue embellishments in place as shown.
Glue the remaining die-cut panels onto the gatefold card front. Secure the three heart embellishments onto the left gatefold panel so they overlap the edge as shown. Make sure you only apply adhesive to the sections of the embellishments that are placed on the panel.
Your stylish, die-cut decorative panel card is now complete!
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Last week saw the launch of our fabulous new Build-A-Block™ patchwork system.
Now you have your fabric dies you'll want to experiment! So, how about this lovely tulip cushion project to get you started?
This is the first step-by-step guide in our dedicated Build-A-Block project series, to help inspire you and illustrate the versatility of this amazing system...
We have chosen to use five complementary fabrics for this project, but feel free to select your own colour choices or even use up your old scraps!
You will need
39.5x39.5cm (15.5x15.5”) of wadding
54.5x81.5cm (21.5x32”) of backing and border fabric
16.5x15cm (6.5x16") of lining fabric
30.5x30.5cm (12x12”) of cream fabric
20.5x20.5cm (8x8”) of pink fabric
12.5x12.5cm (5x5”) of mint blue fabric
7.5x7.5cm (3x3”) of yellow fabric
Square cushion pad Gemini die-cutting machine
Basic sewing kit
Choose a 12” block design from the Build-A-Block™ instruction booklet and use the dies to
cut out the pieces as per the instructions. For this project, we have chosen the Tulip block.
Sew your block together following the instructions in the Build-A-Block™ booklet.
Cut out four border strips measuring 6.5x139.5cm (2.5x55”) and then attach these to the
outside of your block, starting with both sides and then attach the top and bottom. Cut a
piece of wadding the same size as your cushion front. Secure it behind the quilt block and
quilt the piece as desired.
Cut two pieces of fabric for the back of the cushion measuring 16.5x40.5cm (6.5x16") and
38x40.5cm (15x16") respectively. Cut a piece of lining fabric measuring 16.5x40.5cm (6.5x16").
Sew the lining piece and the backing piece measuring the same size right sides together along
both short and one long side. Turn them the right side out and iron them flat.
Take the larger back panel, turn it over 0.6cm (¼”) on the 40.5cm (16") side and iron it. Turn it
in once again and topstitch it down. This gives a nice neat edge on the finished project.
Place your front pattern block piece facing up, lay the piece from Step 5 face-down onto it with
the un-sewn side at the top. Next, place the piece from Step 6 face-down over both of them
with the topstitched hem just short at the top.
Sew around the edges of the cushion, making sure not to catch in the topstitched hem of piece
from Step 6.
Turn the cushion the right side out, iron it flat and insert your cushion pad to finish.
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This week we launch our fantastic new Dimensional Dies!
We have loved seeing all of the ideas and samples from our design team, they are such an inspirational bunch!
We are sure that you are going to have plenty of project ideas to keep you busy when your collections arrive, but we'd love to share the fantastic ‘Cherry Tree Lane’ with you, by design team member, Nick Roberts.
Nick thoroughly enjoyed designing and assembling this card. Here is the finished item, along with his step-by-step instructions. We do hope you enjoy giving this a go!
You will need:
House Concept Die Set / House Accessories Die Set / Garden Party Die Set / Cottage Stone Embossing Folder / House Brick Embossing Folder / House Accessories Stamps Set / 12 x 12 Coordinating Matt Card Pad / 12 x 12 Coordinating Patterned Papers / A3 White Centura Pearl 'Hint of Silver' cut to 8 3/4'' x 16'' plus extra for windows etc / Mat Black Card / A4 Sheena Stamping Card / Acetate / Selection of Distress Inks / Shaped Nestie or Similar / Leonie Pujol Kite Stamp from Tangled Tails or similar / Clarity Skyline Mask or Similar / Glossy Accents / Tacky Glue / 3D Glue Gel.
Cut the base section of your house, either overhang the part you don’t want to cut, or if using a manual machine, secure 2 pieces of thick card over the part you don’t want to cut, as soon as you feel the resistance, reverse.
Draw lines upwards from the sides of your house to help re position the die (see photo) Position the die lining up the cut line on the die onto your pencil mark. The distance between the bottom and the roof needs to be 5 3/4''. Repeat this cut as in Step 1 to avoid cutting the whole house.
Using a craft knife and ruler, cut along your drawn lines to join the 2 dies cut shapes.
Leave an extra tab at the top, approximately half an inch to secure to the background later.
Repeat the first 3 steps to make your second home, This time slightly smaller, also remove the roof section of this one to add variety (see photos). Also cut away the outhouse.
Lightly draw a line at 8'' across your card, this will be your scoreline later. Take a sheet of torn copier paper to create your landscape. Using an applicator of your choice blend Mowed Lawn Distress ink downwards from your mask. Repeat this step, moving your paper sideways also to stagger the hills. Three or 4 levels look great.
Take the skyline mask, secure to your card, using black soot, built up your colour lightly, you really want a deep grey tone rather than black. Move the mask and repeat adding dimension to your card. Next Build up the blues for the sky, Shaded Lilac and Blueprint Sketch.
Place your smaller house on the card to help position your concept die. Use the notches either side to position on your pencil line and TAPE in place, cut and manipulate the pop-up.
Use the green card from the pad to create the grass. (Top Tip) cut the card to the required width, lay it against your house, place a ruler either side of the house and draw a faint line for the recess. Next position the card at the back of your card, lay the ruler against the front of the house and this will give you the depth. Cut out and secure to your base with Tacky glue.
Take a sheet of Card the width of your base, emboss using the Cottage Stone folder. Then colour randomly with a mixture of Black Soot, Gathered Twigs, Vintage Photo and Frayed Burlap to give a realistic road, secure in place using Tacky Glue.
Emboss the smaller house using the House Brick folder, then select your colour of choice for tinting the brick.
Use a Dark Grey alcohol marker to colour the roof section of your main house. Use the brick stamp from the collection to add detail, then colour the bricks, choose 3 or 4 shades for this.
Cut the window frames and window inserts from Centura Pearl white, then acetate and a chosen pattern for your wallpaper, using just the outside die. Repeat for the required amount and layer up.
Cut the tree from Black and a brown from the coordinating pad. Layer using Tacky glue leaving a thin shadow behind.
The fence will need 2 or 3 layers as it is only attached at the back of the house, stage the joins so it doesn't bend using Tacky Glue. Form enough for either side of the house with an inch or so extra to allow securing.
Stamp the door in place on the main house, then on a piece of card stamp another to secure in place on the smaller house. Position and secure the windows in place with 3D glue gel for dimension. Add the roof trim and eves.
Add the fence, securing behind the house. Then add window boxes, using the grass for foliage. A nice welcome mat looks nice here, cut and stamped onto self-adhesive Burlap/Hessian. Position the tree using Tacky Glue and trim.
Cut some blossom and leaves from the Garden Accessories set, shape them with a ball tool and add. Use the smallest of the blooms for the window boxes.
Use a royalty-free image and reduce in size. Position a basic circle die over the image and draw around it. Carefully trim around any bits outside the circle to allow you to position the die. Top Tip: Make sure the die is underneath any parts you don't want cutting, legs, bag etc. (See Photos).
To finish your card, add extras of your choice, keeping the perspective with the card. Add some fallen leaves and grass to the scene to make it more realistic and your card is finished. Then you can decorate the outside to match.