Brooch holder

I love vintage brooches and try to wear them on jackets often

i have turned their storage into a display with this project

a piece of corduroy and contrast linen which was three inches longer and wider were sandwiched (right sides OUT) around some batting so that the corduroy was centered on the bigger fabric giving an equal border.

the border was pressed in half and then folded over the edge of the cord and pressed agin then pinned in place, creating the look of bias binding

I top stitched around the frame that was created (twice, once at the crease and once on the outer edge to sharpen it up).

the corners were folded as hospital corners on a bed with the long edges on top, to create a mitre effect but these were left unsewn so I could poke a curtain rod through the channel created when I sewed the frame

I threaded cord through the convenient hole in each end of the slim metal curtain rod (an adjustable one designed for net curtains) -and knotted it to secure it

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Jeans to … sewing challenge

Take one pair of jeans and too many hours on Pinterest and let us see what we can make….

so far the bottom of the legs have been chopped off and made into two simple storage pots.

I boxed the bottoms (the tops really to preserve the hems) and lined with some dotty fabric and some wadding. One leg had a longer lining piece to create a bigger contrast cuff

These will be used to store ready readers and sunglasses.

If I made them again and had enough firm form interface I would use that to make the sides more rigid but these will do the soft storage job

Now back to Pinterest to see what else to try … I have ppreviously made a garden apron/belt, some  oven gloves and mitts -see earlier posts-  so want to expand my jeans recycling repertoire

Washi tape cards

Oh dear, I was Trying to use up supplies as the cupboards are full, but a sale in paperchase undid my efforts

bAck homeI made two quick cards, just lining up the range of tapes direct on to cream linen effect card bases.

For the first I stamped in the gap, taking care to line it up.l I then realized if I put the greeting on first I could easily line the tape along it so for the second I stuck on a greeting (my handwriting scanned into scan n cut, cut three times on card and layered to create dimension) before taping around it

in both cases the tape is glamorous enough (Paperchase  peacock collection, only four pounds for 8 rolls) to leave off embellishment but some gems on one and black stickles on the other just finished it if

now back to my resolution about not adding to the craft hoard!

Drawing with scan n cut (save money on stamps)

I want my handmade cards to be personalized and usually light-hearted so stamping a message isn’t the answer for those special cards. The scan n cut draw function with the universal pen holder means my gold gel pen can deliver a professional greeting, even direct on to this kanban linen look note card.

To add dimension I used the cat die from the crafts beautiful free gift this month and foam mounted it .

confession, although the card looked fab, clean and classy without, I had to add scan n cut ric rac border of gold top and bottom to hide a glue splodge

I also used the draw function to write ‘thanks’ inside.  By keeping all the elements to gold this card looks understated and grown up. Love it

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PS a dog version might be contemplated if I can work out the greeting !