Monday, November 17, 2014

Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial

Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial

Have you got your Christmas craft on yet?  Well it's time to make some cute ornaments then!  These ones are extra special because you can add your children's photos for a personalised touch.  They'd would make a great gift for Grandma and Grandpa too!

You will need:

Green felt
Embroidery Thread
Sewing Needle
Ric Rac, lace, buttons, beads for decorations.

Let's get started!
You'll need to practice your drawing skills and draw yourself the template of the tree (or cheat and print one from your computer, I wont tell).

Cut out two trees, on one of the trees cut out a circle in the centre.

Next cut out a strip of felt about 1cm x 6cm and sew it onto the inside of the back piece.  This is a "shelf" for your photo, so it doesn't slip out of place.

On the front piece add your decorations.  Lace, ric-rac, buttons and beads are all perfect for this.  Sew them on until you are happy with how you've decorated your tree.

Your next step is to do a blanket stitch around the inner circle.  If you don't know how to do one, there are lots of tutorials online on how to do a blanket stitch, I recommend watching one on You Tube.

Next you are going to make a slit in your back piece for the photo to slip into.  Just take some sharp scissors and make a cut approximately 3.5cm long.

It's time to join the two pieces together.  Sandwich a piece of ribbon at the top in between the two and then join them with a blanket stitch.  This is how your ornament should look now:

The last step is to find the perfect photo to put in your ornament!  Cut to size if needed and then insert into the slip at the back.

Congratulations!  You are done, it's small enough to slip into a card for the Grandparents or hang it straight onto your tree to enjoy!

Thanks for doing some Christmas craft with me today, I hope you had fun!

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

A Newsy Update

So, things have been crazy and wild here of late.

We are on school holidays, which means I have all four of my gorgeous children home with me.

In between, playdates, sleepovers, trips to the park and indoor swimming, we've been having some crazy weather in Victoria.

I'm talking trees down over roads and power lines and torrential rain and wind kind of crazy.  We are just at the back end of 16 hours without power.  Whew.

Anyhow, amongst all this fun, I've just launched a new Ladies Wear line in my Joyfoolery shop.

I spent a lot of time trying to find the perfect fabrics to make these clothes out of and I went with my love of ombre and ordered the most beautiful cottons in subtle colour gradients.

I have also been trying to find the perfect designs and have found some very unique ones.  The skirt design is by Australian, Nicole Mallalieu, and it is a stunning fit.  The yoke makes it extremely flattering as does the A-line shape.  It's available in sizes 8-18.

I've also just released the very first Joyfoolery Newsletter!  I hope to get this out monthly and include latest releases and discount codes for my lovely loyal customers.  You can sign up here:

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So that is all my news for now, what have you been up to?

Christie xx
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Friday, August 16, 2013

Needle Felting

Recently I received an email from a very cool new website called "The Amazings".  They offered to let me do one of their courses for free in exchange for a review.  

When I popped over to their site and saw all the wonderful online courses available and how it was run, I couldn't resist giving it a go. 

They've set up online tutorials run by "elders" to teach the uninitiated how to do their craft. 

I chose their Needle Felt a Furry Friend class as needle felting has always intrigued me.  So I had the lovely Sue guide me through making my first ever needle felted furry.

They make it easy for you and give you a list of all the equipment required for your class, so I gathered all my tools together (and took a photo lol):

Then I drew the design of my furry friend:

Then I sat and created as I listened/half watched Sue's tutorial.  (You can only half watch as otherwise you'd stab yourself with the felting needle.  And that hurts, I know coz I did it...twice).  It was such a personal course, I felt like I was in the room having a private lesson with Sue, such a great way to learn.  It was also great to discover that Sue gets a percentage of each course sold!

My little bat!  Not quite as cute as my drawing, but not bad for a first effort!

I turned him into a key ring/bag tag.  I'm sure we'll get some use out of him that way.

Some other classes that caught my eye were "Make your own natural beauty products" and "Handsew a Heirloom Patchwork Quilt".  They have a great competition on currently, if you enrol in their Free Motion Embroidery class you go in the running to win a sewing machine!

Big thanks to The Amazings for offering up this opportunity, I love what you are doing!

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