Makes a useful, basic and inexpensive tool just a little prettier…
Plain, wooden clothes pegs are useful in the craft room for box making, clamping glued items and stacking papers as well as storing cords and fabrics
Glued on a shelf in the utility room they are great for holding odd socks until their ‘sole mates’ re-appear or holding dog leads out of the way
And in the kitchen they keep packets and bags closed to stop spills
Functional is good but prettified and still functional is even better, so a stamping session took place this week.
Prettified, these pegs will also add a final, rustic touch to attach a tag and close a gift bag.
Maker’s tip: I used a floral stamp and placed it on an acrylic pad, took the ink pad to the stamp and then rested the peg on the stamp to get the right position. It is easier than trying to balance the peg on a work surface then tap your much bigger stamp on top of it.
Use the right ink to avoid smudges and stains- I used stazon – or découpage pretty papers with something like modpodge to keep them durable…
Back in love with individual card making…
I cut feather shapes on my scan n cut, mixing scraps from various paper collections focussing on green, brown and blue.
I dry embossed my panel of card at half inch intervals on a score board then stitched on the feathers in columns.
I used a neutral cotton and an old needle which is kept for paper stitching but didn’t need a special foot or stitch settings.
The panel was stuck on a base made from matching pearlised card and a few sequins adhered
Inside a lone feather was glued in place on a plain paper insert and outside a few dots of gold Stickles finished it off.
A simple recipe for gifts with a hand made touch
Grate quality soap into a microwaveable jug. I combined some French milk soap and mini tablets collected from posh hotel stays.
Add a little water (start with a tablespoonful, you can always add more if the mixture is too dry) to soften the mix when you heat it, plus a few drops of almond oil and any dried petals or herbs. 30 seconds max in the microwave and it should almost rise or fluff up so give it a quick stir, then add a couple of drops of essential oil. Stir again before pressing into a silicone tartlet mould.
Leave to cool in the fridge for 30 minutes before unmoulding and wrapping in greaseproof paper.
I added dried lavender harvested in the summer to some of mine, they look very rustic so I made some smart birdhouse boxes on the scan n cut to present them in.
A crafty trick to personalise two plain cushions…
We printed two old photos on to xcut adhesive fabric (in sepia tones to match the linen and ‘frame’). This goes through a standard ink jet printer and has a canvas/linen finish.
The adhesive isn’t strong enough for practical use, it kept lifting at the edges, and yet is too thick to machine sew through so I cut a frame from heat and bond backed fabric, which just overlapped the edges of the photo, and ironed that over it. Now the cushions can be sat on or plumped and stay in shape.
The frame was a scan n cut library shape but could well have been cut by hand. The cushions are b&q standard but the final effect really uplifts them.
These won’t be washable but make a lovely gift.
I ve made sets of wine glass tags today, using up Christmas paper and ribbon scraps. Feels good to have some mini gifts made ready.
I cut bauble shapes 65mm wide on the scan n cut and welded a central circle 17mm in the middle to create the gap for the stem.
To fit the tag around the Stem, I cut a slash from edge to centre (by hand as it was quicker than going to the software to set it up) and threaded scraps of ribbon through the bauble tops.
I added stickles to some of the less decorative papers but for a disposable mini gift, they really weren’t necessary.
In some sets I added napkin holders, (from scan n cut canvas projects , just a strip of paper with angled slashes at either end to loop round a serviette) with Christmas elements added to make a little Christmas buffet kit.
Presented in vellum envelopes, these would make a great craft fair goody. How much would one charge for a dozen tags in a set though? though
From the outside a boring old book but open it up …
we cut out the centre of pages of volumes of the “history of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire” (2 volumes so far, 6 left in the set) to create a hidden recess to store goodies away from prying eyes
We started by sealing the outside edges with Mod Podge, when it dried a Stanley knife was used to cut out a rectangle starting a few pages in and cutting down through to about three quarters of the way through the book. We then sealed the exposed cut edges with more mod podge
Tips from my crafty assistant: seal the outside of the pages for stability first; cut from the corners out for neatness; don’t make the rectangle too big to weaken the frame left behind.
To finish, the recess was decorated with stickers
I plan to put some chocolate money inside and label the wrapped gift ‘some valuable reading inside’
scan n cut to decorate my tablecloth to peg bag project
the old oilcloth tablecloth has been taking up space in my fabric pile and all I can think of using it for is peg bags, any ideas?
I used a smallish plastic hanger ( note to self remember to keep hangers when next buying stuff in m&s as stash now depleted) and traced around the width of the hanger on the reverse of my oilcloth. I gave myself a half inch seam allowance and some wriggle room as the oilcloth doesn’t stretch.
The fabric length was cut at one and a half times the planned length of the bag (this gave me the back and folded up to make the bottom of the bag front. When this piece was cut I folded it in half lengthwise to check it was symmetrical
To get the top front of the bag a separate piece of fabric was cur to match the width and shape of the back piece but length to just more than half of the planned bag size.
I planned the cutting so the cut pieces finished on the bias bound edge of my tablecloth. This saved a hemming step. (That is why the right edge of my front does a little bend in the picture, I thought it would look stylish, actually it just looks wobbly).
The two pieces were stitched wrong sides together leaving a small gap to put the hanger through. I then Turned them right sides out and creases were finger smoothed out (even a cool iron melted a prototype).
I cut shapes from external use vinyl on the scan n cut to decorate (and cover the iron damage on my prototype) and trust the project will enjoy a good second life somewhere