Block Printed Wrapping Paper

Last year we enjoyed printing Christmas & thank you cards with my eldest daughter’s designs, so this year we had a go at printing wrapping paper. This was a great project that we could all get involved with. My four year old did the design this time; a sweet reindeer drawing that made a great print.

 
Materials

1 roll of Plain wrapping paper

Block printing ink

Ink tray

Lino cutter

Ink roller /brayer 

Lino sheet

Paper

Pencil

Marker pen

Wooden block (cut to size of design)

Strong craft glue

1. Draw out a design. Using a thick marker pen on the lino.

2. Cut out the areas around the marked section. Trimming off excess lino. Glue to wooden block.

3. Roll out some ink and apply a very thin layer to the lino. 

4. Do some test prints for positioning and ink density.


5. Apply a very thin layer of ink after each print for an even finish.

6. Print the red noses. We used a flat crayon dipped lightly in ink but fingertip will do too.

7. Leave to dry.

8. Ready to wrap gifts!

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Make a Children’s Apron 

Materials

Oil cloth 

Invisible thread 

Apron tape 150cm

Cotton thread to match rear side of oil cloth

Cotton thread to match apron tape

Paper Scissors 

Fabric scissors 

90/14 machine needle

Teflon machine foot

Pattern paper

Pencil 

Set square 

Sew on Velcro (2cm wide and 7cm length)


1. Draw pattern using set square for straight edges and making the arm curves not to severe otherwise it won’t hem well.

2. When happy with pattern, cut the oilcloth 

3. Cut x3 50cm of apron tape

4. Double fold the end of two of the strips of apron tape and stitch with coordinating cotton

5. Hem the arm curves with a single fold (approx 0.8cm) and stitch in place, using invisible thread in the spool and cotton thread that matches the backside of the oil cloth in the bobbin.

6. Stitch the two unhemmed tapes in position as shown above

7. Stitch the remaining tape to the two points shown above.

8. Hem the remaining edges

9. Change the bobbin thread to the colour that matches the tape. Fold back and stitch all four points where tape is attached 


To make the neck strap adjustable… 

10. Cut the neck strap 11cm up on the right and hem both ends.

 

11. Sew 5cm of the hook side of Velcro to the short part of the strap and sew 7cm of the loop side to the long part making sure they fasten as pictured below.

Make a cushion cover

Cushions are an easy way to update a room by adding colour, texture and reflecting the changing seasons or celebrations throughout the year. 

They are simple to make and a luxurious and professional finish can be obtained for a fraction of the cost of a retail equivalent.

We have a nearby shop that sells the scraps from a high end furniture upholstery workshop. The fabric for the cushions I made here cost £4. It’s always worth having a root around in a remnants box.

MATERIALS & EQUIPMENT

Fabric (medium weight)

Fabric scissors

Pins

Pattern paper

Ruler with set square 

Pencil

Matching strong cotton thread

50cm invisible zip

Sewing machine

Overlocker (or alternative seam finishing materials)

METHOD

I’ve run out of pattern paper so I used some baking paper to draw the pattern. This makes a 50x50cm cushion cover. Each piece, as shown below, has a 1cm seam allowance. 

(Adjust measurements to your requirements – always remember to add 1cm seam allowance).

   

Use a set square to get the right angles straight. Double check all the measurements, cut the templates and pin in place on fabric. 

If you are using fabric with a pattern, remember to pin template according to pattern. If using velvet, be sure that the grain flows in the same direction for all the pieces.

I made two cushions so folded fabric to cut x2 pieces at the same time.

 

 
Cut fabric and overlock the edges. If you don’t have an overlocker, fabric glue will seal edges or iron on webbing, binding or zig zag stitch.
 
Machine stitch the open zip in place with an invisible zip foot. 

It should like this from the back (picture above)

And like this from the front (pic below)  

Change machine invisible zip foot to a zip foot (looks like a regular machine foot that’s been cut in half).

Next, with the zip open, sew 8cm in from the sides of cover to close the openings on both ends of the zip (sew as close to the zip as possible – you’ll be able to feel the zip through the fabric). 

The gap shown in the above picture should now be sewn together so there should be a neat finish when opening and closing the zip.

Pin front and back pieces together with the wrong side showing (making sure grain and pattern is matched) **Leave zip open halfway -so cushion can be turned the right way after stitching edges.

Sew all edges leaving 1cm seam. 

Turn the cover the right way through the open zip and gently push the corners out with a blunt intrument such as a knitting needle.

Insert a duck feather cushion pad. 

I’ve used a 56cm cushion pad but one up to 60-70cm can be used for extra plumpness.

   

Felt Chicks

This little chick makes a lovely gift or looks great dotted around the house for Easter celebrations. A looped ribbon can be easily added to make a hanging decoration or a rattle insert can be put in. Multiple  chicks with loops can be attached to a length of cord which will make a pretty garland for a nursery or can be used to make a sweet mobile to hang above a crib.

You will need

Paper

Pencil

Scissors (fabric and paper)

Circular object to draw around (diameter 7cm)

Felt fabric (yellow and orange)

Cotton thread (yellow and black)

Sewing needle

Soft toy filling

First draw out your pattern. I would have done a downloadable one, if only I knew how to set that up! Anyway this way you get to do it all from scratch which is great because you can adjust and create patterns for different animals for future projects.

  
1. Draw around circular object  (7cm diameter)

2. Use scissor handle to draw head shape. Then draw ‘shark fin’ shape on right for the tail.  

3. Use the circular object to draw from back of head to tail. Round off the bottom of head and tail.

4. Draw a small triangle (approx 1.5cm sides)

5. Use the top of circular object to draw top part of a semi circle. Do the same on opposite side to create an oval that 7.5cm wide and 4cm high.

  
6. Draw points at the sides of the oval (shown above) taking the shape to 8.5cm wide. It should look a lemon or an eye. 

7. Draw a shape the same as the tail (you can trace it from the tail). Round it off to create the wing. It should be 4cm long and 2cm at the widest part. 

  
8. Cut templates out

9. Cut the shapes from felt. Orange for the beak. Everything else yellow. Also cut two pieces of all but the ‘lemon’ shape for which you’ll only need 1 piece.  

I made three chicks and find it easier to cut all at once. 

   
10. Mark with pencil where the eye will be stitched then stitch using black cotton. I did 4 stitches, two crosses that made a small 8 point star.

  
11. Fold the widest part of the wing and hand stitch in place. Repeat with the opposite piece.

  
12. Stitch the ‘lemon’ shape piece to the bottom side of chick with the seam exposed. I chose to hand stitch with a back stitch. 

  
13. Place the opposite piece in place and stitch around leaving the top and front of the chicks head unstitched. (If you are making a garland, hanging decoration or mobile stitch in the loop/ribbon/ties at the top)

  

14. Using pen or knitting needle to reach the tail, begin to fill a little at a time, gently separating the filling to give a smooth finish. The children loved doing this (If you are making a rattle put the insert in with the filling)

    
15. When it is just about full, stitch in place the beak. Keep filling as you stitch until it is closed. 

  
Ours have been named Aleela, Rosie and Bill. 
  

 A fun little project that the children can be involved and enjoy playing with. 

Hope you will enjoy making these, tag my Instagram account chrissie_white I would love to see your finished pieces 🙂


Christmas Stocking

I had some left over hessian so decided to make three mini Christmas stockings for our daughters. I asked the eldest two what they would like on theirs and they chose “doggie” and “snowflakes and presents”

Materials

Pins

Ruler

Scissors

Pencil

Pattern paper

Hessian fabric

Thick wadding or felt

Coloured felt

Binding

Ribbon
  
  

First sketch a basic outline of a sock. Draw onto pattern paper including fold over piece (see below). Add 1cm seam allowance. Cut x2 sock piece and X1 fold over piece.

Including Sean allowance the sock opening width is 15cm and length of fold over piece is 30cm 

Draw template and cut simple applique felt shapes. Stick and/or stitch to front sock piece

  
  
Sew edges of wrong sides (not opening). Sew in binding then turn right way around

  
Cut wadding  

 

Stitch the two short sides together and fold over to slot into position on the sock. Stitch in place.

 

  

Sew 5cm of bias to make loop. Stitch loop to stocking. 

Sew ribbon to hide the fold over seam and tie into a bow. 

       

They are a lovely size for little gifts and little hands and hopefully will last many years. 

Hand printed Christmas Cards

To make lino print Christmas cards you will need –

  • Soft Lino block sheet (grey)
  • 4″ brayer / roller
  • Lino cutting tool set
  • A4 sheet acrylic perspex (3mm thick)
  • A6 cards
  • C5 envelopes
  • Pencil
  • Lino printing ink
  • Baren
  • Greeting message stamp and ink pad

*there are different types of starter kits available too.
You will need a good sized surface to work on and make sure to protect table if necessary. 

Pencil sketch design onto lino sheet. Images and text need to be in reverse. Once happy with design, carve out all the areas that will be blank. You may want to practice on spare lino first to get used to the right pressure needed to cut and size of tools needed. *Always cut away from body and other hand*

  
Using a small amount of ink, roll out onto acrylic perspex sheet making sure there is only a fine and even layer on roller. 

Roll the ink evenly onto lino design. 

Place lino block on a test sheet, use baren to give an even print. 

Carefully peel away lino and if happy reapply thin layer of ink to roller and print onto card. Each time reapplying ink and using baren for even print.  

Keep an eye on paint on fingers, being careful not to get fingerprints on cards.

  

When cards are dry, stamp in greeting massage. 

  

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