You all know how much I love making things for the children or our home but it’s not often I make any thing for myself. I was contacted by Amanda who owns Joe’s Toes, selling felt slipper kits, slippers and felt accessories, and asked if I would like to try a kit out. I chose a gorgeous slipper kit in seasonal red.
I’d love to say I slaved over the slippers but I really didn’t. The kit contained everything I needed to make a pair of slippers – outsole, midsole, insole, upper, wool and needle.
Last night I sat down after a really busy day, got out my kit and set to work whilst watching the XFactor (don’t judge me!). Within an hour I had finished and had a lovely new pair of slippers. I must admit I made a little mistake in matching up the holes on one of the slippers but it was easy to unpick a couple of stitches and start again.
What do you think? I absolutely love them. The felt is lovely and soft and cosy, and the colour is very Christmassy. My children were intrigued that I was making something to wear and I’m going to have to capitalise on that and get them stitching. Amanda kindly included a couple of stitching squares and colourful thread so they can have a go too.
Joe’s Toes stock felt slipper kits -in adult sizes 3 -10 as well as some ready made. They also sell iPad sleeve kits and a selection of pretty buttons and felt shapes for your own creations. Why not take a look and treat yourself!
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I’ve had a small pack of oven baked clay for ages and really wanted to use it to make something for Christmas. As I’d never experimented with it before I just decided to play around with it, so set out some greaseproof paper, a small rolling pin and some cookie cutters and stamps. I divided the clay in two and warmed it up by rolling it in my hands for a couple of minutes. Then I rolled it out between two sheets of greaseproof paper until it was 2-3mm thick and cut out some shapes.
I thought a little garland might be fun so used small cookie cutters of a gingerbread man and star and cut out a few shapes. Then I made a small hole in the top of each one with a toothpick (so I could thread them), laid them on more greaseproof paper on a baking tray and baked them in the oven. When they were done I left them to cool completely.
The clay was white with glitter so I decided to leave them unpainted. I threaded them onto some bakers twine to make a little garland. I love my little garland which will look great with our Christmas decorations. Not long til they go up now!
A lovely new craft book has landed! Make Your Own Woodland Creatures features 35 simple 3D cardboard projects. Using simple slotting techniques, you can make a whole menagerie using just cardboard, found paper and scissors or a craft knife.
From the crafty fox to the elegant stags, from the cute koala and her baby to the mischievous squirrels, every animal is specially designed by Clare Youngs to require a minimum of effort to put together. The projects are inexpensive, too, as cardboard is so readily available and easy to find, so anyone can have a go at creating a cute creature. You can then use them as highly individual decorations for your home or give them as gifts. Once you start creating, there really is a world of possibility for what you can make for yourself, or give to your friends.
There are 5 sections: Cute and Furry, Big Beasties, Birds of a Feather, Little Critters and Down by the Pond. Each project is well laid out with clear diagrams and there’s a helpful tips and techniques section too if you’re a little nervous about where to start. The book contains 5 pop-out creatures already scored and cut for you – just press them out of the pages and bring them to life.
This is a lovely book which would be great for any crafter. I like the way the animals can be made from your own choice of paper, and think some of the animals, such as the reindeer and partridge, could make a great impact amongst traditional Christmas decorations.
Make Your Own Woodland Creatures by Clare Youngs is published by CICO Books at £14.99, and is available from all good bookshops or call 01256 302699.