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Felt ball

I made felt balls for my baby. Of course he/she won’t use it for a while but this little project kept me busy for a few hours. Felt balls are super easy to make, many tutorials online. I tried two different techniques : One over a ball of wool, adding layer of roving and poing … Continue reading

Alphabet hat

I just finished a hat for my friend’s daughter Zélie. It’s inspired by a hat she already wears but that’s really becoming too small. It’s the first time I knit something without a pattern. As I made notes along the way, this is officially my first pattern. I’m tempted to share it but at the same time I find it quite complicated to produce clear instructions. I anyone is interested, do get in touch.

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Washable baby wipes DIY

Washable baby wipes can be a good alternative to disposable ones. They reduce waste, reduce packaging waste and are chemical and fragrance free if you choose the right baby product. Or so I hope anyway (baby’s not here yet so I haven’t tried). A friend uses them and loves them.
Washable wipes are à bit extensive for what they are so I ordered some organic fabric online and made them myself.

I chose to use 2 different types of terry because they have different feels to them and don’t absorb the same way. Bamboo is definitely softer but I like how cotton feels with baby lotion on it. Of course you can choose to use only one type, in which case you should double the amout you use.

Here is a little tutorial to make you own.

To make 40 wipes you need :

50 cm of organic cotton terry (in 150 cm)
50 cm of bamboo terry (in 150 cm)
Embroidery thread (you can use several colours) or coloured thread.

And your usual needles, scisors, fabric pen or chalk and a sewing machine.

First mark and cut fourty 12,50 x 15 cm rectangles in each fabric. Mark the 12,50 cm in the width of the fabric, 4 times and the 15 cm lengthwise.

Then pin a rectangle of each fabric together, riche side facing out.

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Using interlock stitches on your machine, ses along the edges of your rectangles and all four sides, making sure both layers are trapped in the seam. It’s fun if you choose to vary the color of thread you use.

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Then remove pins and cut the edges clean, making sure you don’t cut the seams. Wash several times and then iron (if you can bare to) before using your wipes.

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My tip : try to do all the cutting, then pinning, then sewing in one go. You’ll get way more efficient that way.

I tried to make some smaller ones to use instead of cotton pads to remove my make up. The sensation on my skin is quite different but also quite nice.

A good picture

I was really happy with my christmas projects, especially the scarf/cape I made for my Mum. Naturally i thought I’d put it up on the blog with some explanations to make it. I was really close to doing that when I realised that the pictures I took of Mum wearing the scarf were all really bad. The light isn’t good, the item does really stand out and the pictures aren’t flattering for Mum.

Ok, so taking good pictures is a challenge and makes a huge difference between blogs that I want to read and blogs that I frankly don’t really look at. And it’s frustrating not being able to take a good shotSome argue the camera is key. Well I have a decent digital reflex, something that should allow to get interesting depth in the picture and frame things properly. I also have an iPad that can really do the trick. But still, my pictures aren’t so good.

So one of my goals for this blog, along with posting more projects (I’ve been quite productive lately), is to imporve the quality of my pictures so I can be proud not only of what I made but also of how I show it. There is plenty of inspiration and tips online, on A beautiful mess for example, where they give tips for lifestyle and outfit photography and more. For now, we’ll have to do with pictures the way they are, but I haven’t said my last word.

 

Head piece

Continuing with small wedding DIY projects, this is last night’s creation: a little head piece/bridcage/fascinator (I’m not always sure what the appropriate name is).

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Anyway, after long hours spend sewing feathers and removing thems, more long hours spent trying to sew a lovely piece of fabric – left over from my wedding dress (I know, it’s yellow !), multiple attempts to attach the veil to the fascinator, I finally succeeded in making something both simple and elegant, slightly retro looking and than I’d be happy to wear for more than  few minutes.

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Wedding invitations

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Seven weeks to go before our big day. It’s about time (indeed) to send out invitations and rsvp to our guests. All of them received save-the-date cards back in the automn and a lot of our friends already confirmed. Still my baker and I want to have something a little more official, and a way to count or guests and get into more precise planning for food etc.

On the picture are the invitation in yellow, the rsvp card in bleu and the envelope. It took me some time to figure out not just what to write but how to present it, what sort of design we wanted and I could achieve on my own. And I’m really quite proud of the result, I think it’s amazing what you can achieve at home with a little patience and creativity. Also this was very inexpensive (about 25€ for the cards and envelopes, plus what it used of the printer’s cartridge).

The little garland design on the side are stamps I made with special rubber from a japanese store (could also be found online) and a few gouges. Making your own stamp is such an easy way of making cheap and very personal design.

I am particularly pleased with the result because these invitations are very us, and very much in the line of what our wedding is going to be: simple, colourful, homemade and pretty.

Go on crafty brides, make your own invitations, have fun and save money !

Wine glasses tags

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So I’m getting married to the best guy ever in less than 3 months. We decided to make everything ourselves, mostly for budget reasons but also because I’m a maker and it really makes sense to us this way.

Still for budget reasons we decided to rent plates and glasses from a local event planner. It’s cheap, but we can only rent a set per person (and a few extra). This means that people will have to keep their glasses throughout the evening.

But this never happens in real life, you go to a party, you leave your glass somewhere you think you’ll remember. Later you end up getting yourself a fresh glass because you can’t remember if yours is the one on the right or on the left, or if you did indeed leave it on the corner of that table.

Tonight’s project is an answer to this problem (which I think I’ll reproduce for future parties at home as well.
It’s a very simple idea, we’re simply going to give our guests little tags with their names on to keep track (hopefully) of their glasses (or at least one, let’s hope).

I made a stamp from japanese stamp rubber and stamped blue for water and red for wine (dead simple). I still have to make a seperate stamp for champagne and write the names of our guests when they confirm their presence.

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Do you think this will work ?