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Thinking the Future – Purses you can make yourself

Here is a list of modern purses I like:

  1. The Starbucks Wallet

Why spend money on a place to put your money?

2. The Minimalist Wallet

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http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/home-organizing-new-uses-for-old-things/favorite-new-uses/binder-clip

3. The One piece of leather and Elastic band wallet

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http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671783/slender-wallets-that-wont-uglify-your-skinny-jeans?utm_source=twitter#8

4. The “I’m from the 80s” Wallet

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http://diyfashion.about.com/od/diybagsandpurses/ss/Cassette_Wallet.htm#step1

5. The Duct Tape Wallet (I’ve made a few of these and they’re great!)

6. The Recycled Bottle purse

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PET BOTTLE PURSE / recycled / recycling // www.zittaschnitt.com

 

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Astronaut Pattern – My Little Crochet Doll

You’ve all been very patient and I hope the wait was worth it (blame all the work at Uni).

Finally the next patten has been finished and is ready to make.WP_20150809_002

The astronaut pattern has a jump suit, made with a few rows, but mostly rounds in single crochet (double crochet to us Brits). It has a zip at the back, buttons wouldn’t do for an astronaut.

The boots are worked in BLO, giving the soles a ridged effect similar to the ones used on the moon.

The helmet has a plastic covering to keep oxygen in.WP_20150809_005

But most important, the front panel has working LED lights. Of course, when you’re playing on the dark side of the moon you need some lights to see your way.

I buy my electronics from Kitronic, a UK company. They’re easy to find on line, but Maplins are starting to sell sew-able electronics too (although expensive from them).

If you’re stuck please email me and I’ll see if I can help.

So, finally here is the pattern

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Crayon Play 3 – Making the Gloves

Chalky, what fun!

But I suppose his arms can get in the way.

So what if the crayon wasn’t on the end of a toy foot, but on the end of your fingers?

That’s how I came up with my Crayon Gloves.

A pair of gloves, with a crayon on each tip. No lost crayons, no arms getting in the way. And you don’t need to learn to crochet.

You can find the tutorial here:

Let me know what you think.

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Makey Make – Polymer Clay Notebook

I know!

I’m thinking the same thing.

Another post in such a short time!

This is the third video and I think I’ll have a break for a short while before I make another one.

This time it’s to make a fabulous Notebook necklace from polymer clay.

It only uses white clay, but has a few tools. If you make jewellery you should have most of the tools needed. You’ll also need a necklace chain if you want to turn it into a necklace. You could even turn it into a ring.

Hope you like it.

 

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Zipper felt brooches

Tomorrow, 10.30am – 12.30pm at Inkwell, Chapel Allerton, £6 each. We’re making Zipper heart brooches ready for Valentines day next week (yep, it really is that soon).

For those who can’t be with us, here’s the instructions…

1. Draw your simple design onto paper..

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2. Pin the paper onto a piece of felt

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3. Take your zip and trim off the fabric edge, leavng the metal or plastic teeth.

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4. Whip stitch the zip into place, making sure the thread fits tightly between the teeth.

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5. pick out the paper centre, use a needle to get into tight areas.

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6. Needle felt small bits of felt to the centre of the brooch.

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7. Keep going until the brooch is filled.

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8. Add buttons, brads or other embellishments

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9. Turn the brooch over and sew the brooch pin onto the felt.

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10. Cut out the brooch and draw around it onto another piece of felt. Cut this second felt piece out.

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11. place the second piece over the first and mark the two pin ends of the brooch. Make a small cut where you have marked and place the second piece over the first, pulling through the pin ends.

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12. Blanket stitch around the edge, making sure you stitch through both front and back felt pieces.

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13. Pin the brooch on and enjoy!

There are many designs on the internet, have a google around, some are simple, others very intricate. There are also other ways of making the brooch, mostly by using a glue gun, but the thought of young people loose with glue guns scared me a bit (plus I only have one) so I came up with a way of making the brooch without hot glue dripping from little hands!

What’s next…

Saturday 22nd February, 10.30am, Inkwell, £6 Spinning.

No, not spinning on a bike (that’d be very interesting to see) we’re going to make our own little drop spindle and do a bit of spindle spinning, making our own wool. We only have two hours, and already it sounds like it’ll be popular.