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Denim Pen Case

My Crafty Creatives box 15 was waiting for me when I got home from work today… But I can’t tell you about that till Saturday, all i will say is that it is great and I felt like it was made especially for me.

What I can show you is the little project I made last week from the recycled denim, braid and star studs In box 14. I thought that the denim looked about the right size for a pen case, I am loving to zentangle and doodle at the moment and like to carry my pens with me so this was a perfect project.

I gathered my materials; denim, braid, a zip, star studs and some fabric for the lining I chose some vintage style flowery fabric.

gathering materials

I decided to have the braiding at the top and cut two strips to size, one for the front and one for the back.

Cutting the braiding to size.

Choosing lining and cutting it to size.

All of the fabric to make the case.

To make a zippered case/purse.
The main thing to remember is the sandwich;
Denim right side up
(i have put the braid in here right side facing up)
Zip right side facing right side of denim
Lining right side facing right side of denim
and that is your sandwich.

Making the fabric and zip sandwich.

Pin your sandwich, i fold the ends of the zip into the seam to neaten the finish.

Pinned sandwich.

Pop your zipper foot on your sewing machine and stitch, you could hand sew this using a back stitch.

First side sewn. 

Attach the other side in the same way, using the same sandwich.
Open out so that you have right side of denim facing right side of denim and right side of lining facing right side of lining, halfway open the zip.
Starting on the bottom of the lining side, stitch all the way round leaving a 3-4″ gap as seen in the picture.

Stitch round the outside leaving a gap to turn through.

Trim the corners and turn through the gap.

Turn the case right side out.

Before closing the hole in the lining attach your star studs.

Adding the stars.

Almost done.

Stitch up the hole in the lining.

Finish by sewing the hole in the lining.

Fill with pens or pennies or make up and enjoy!

Finished case filled with pens being used in another project.


Box of Goodies

I came across Crafty Creatives on Facebook a while ago, they send you put a crafty box of goodies every month it costs £12.95 including postage. Each month has a different theme, with projects and other wonderful bits and bobs. It was their first birthday box in July and after looking at all of the lovely boxes so far I though this would be a Good time to try it out.

Here is my unboxing…

crafth box

It came in a pink bag, so I was already more excited, inside the bag is a brown box, inside the box is gorgeous brown paper with flowers on it and a cute little sticker,  positively giddy now, I peel the paper back to reveal a birthday card and a leaflet with instructions for the projects.

Under the card was a huge selection of products.

nside the box

I had to take all of the bits out to see what they were.

crafty bits laid out

the box is flower themed, the instruction sheet shows you how to make 5 different flowers and the box has everything you need to make each of them and some other pretty things. And a Birthday Balloon :)

all of the bits from the box

The first project I tried was the French beaded flower,  I have never tried this technique before despite having a whole book showing how to make hundreds of types of flowers this way.

the first thing you have to do is thread a load of beads onto wire, a load of beads!

beads on wire

Then you make the first petal.

petal number one

Just 4 more petals to make.

five petals

some stamens out of blue beads and wire and assemble into a flower shape.

french beaded flower

Then wrap the wire tails with florist tape to make the stem, done. I am really happy with this, it is really pretty, I think all it needs now is a  brooch back.

beaded flower

beaded flower

I am looking forward to trying another flower and getting my next box.

Origami Box – How To

I have been making some origami boxes recently, they are so easy to make and really cute.
The boxes in the picture are made with patterned craft papers, but you could use whatever you have to hand: printer paper, magazine pages, wallpaper works well or you could even make a good use for all that junk mail we get!

While making one of the boxes I photographed each step, I have made these into a guide to share with you.

The boxes are excellent for jewellery, other small gifts or you could just make the base and put trinkets in it.

Making step 17Box Base

Click here for the step by step instructions Origami Box

Shopping and Olympians

Mum and I went out for a little shopping trip today to pick up some essentials for Tex Mex night on Saturday, Sombreros and fabric for ponchos. I promise to update you on how that goes, i am sure the piccys will be great.

While we were out we saw a man sitting, but not on anything!illusion sitting man

Then a little further on and round the corner there was a man floating!

floating gold man

After the floating men we reached the shop that we got the sombreros from, coming out of there we were right next to part of the route she Scottish Olympians would be coming allong and they were due any minute.

There they were…


Unfortunately just as Sir Chris turned round and gave us a smile that hand in the picture covered him completely :(

There was such a great atmosphere, everyone waving, shouting and cheering. It felt quite exciting.

I am glad I was there to see that, especially after going to see the torch before the Olympics, it does make you feel included, to just be there and show your support and see how proud everyone is of our Olympians.

I got to see Sir Chris 😀

First Post on the New Site

Hello and welcome, i hope you like the new look site, It is still a work in progress, there are a few products there to start us off. Now there is a first blog post and I am working on some galleries.

What else have I been up to? Demonstrating how I designed and make owl brooches and keyrings at Mugdock Makkers Art and Craft Gallery.

How owls are made

The last craft fair I was at was ‘away with the faries’  in The Lighthouse in Glasgow. Not only was I craft fairing, I was badge making too, helping lots of kids and grown-ups design their own badges. My favourite badge making customers were two 20somethig girls who I think were the happiest customers of the day, gutted that I don’t have a picture of them to show you.
My craft table had the usual assortment of crafty goodies with the addition of some new and newish items.

Craft fair table
Juggling bags in sets of three, choose from the pick and mix box with plain colours or a matching set, each set comes with a free instruction set and a demonstration if you ask! £8.00 a set
Mini make your own felt brooch kits with all of the materials you need to make a felt strawberry.
Purses with inside pockets to separate your cards from cash starting at £8 coming soon to the webshop.
New bags, just the right size to fit your phone purse and keys, with a long shoulder strap leaving your hands free for shopping, drinking, holding children’s hands or whatever else you need them for. They close with a zip to keep your important bits and bobs safely inside. At the moment they come in 100% Wool or Silk with cotton lining and knitted straps in wool or wool mix with a cotton core, cant have those straps stretching can we?

Bags on Craft table

 The purple wool bag right at the front was popular and was snatched up early on by the lovely Tracy from AbraCraftDabra who make amazing 3D cards. I was sad to see it go, it was a favourite, but I know it is going to a good home.
More bags to come soon, i think more purple/lilac pieces of fabric are needed as it seems to be very popular at the moment.

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