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Loving…button heart pillow

I bought a packet of white and cream buttons from a charity shop, and couldn’t figure out what to do with them.  I eventually decided to sew them onto a pillow cover for our spare bedroom.

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What will you need:

  • a pillow/scatter cushion cover of your choice, or some fabric to sew up into a cover later.
  • a selection of buttons
  • needle and thread (I used embroidery thread)
  • embroidery hoop
  • scissors
  • heart template (mine was printed onto an A4 sheet)
  • pencil or Frixion marker

First off, if you are a sewer or crafter I can really recommend that you buy a Frixion marker (by Pilot).  You can find them at most stationery or craft stores.  The ink disappears when heated, so you can trace any pattern onto fabric or paper, then blast it with a hair-dryer, and it disappears!

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Print out the heart template, cut around the edges and trace onto your cover or fabric.  You can also trace the pattern by taping the paper and cover onto a window or piece of glass.  After that you’re able to sew on the buttons to fill up the space (this is where an embroidery hoop really helps).  Don’t pull too tightly between the buttons, otherwise the fabric will pucker.  When you’re done you can put the cover in the washing machine (gentle cycle) to wash off the pencil outline if neccessary.

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If you like my “LOVE” cross-stitch cover, you can find the original post here.


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Loving…dip-dye pegs

A couple of weeks ago I decided to spruce up some boring clothes’ pegs by dip-dying them.  I had some normal craft paint lying around, which did the job perfectly.  I think they’d make a great addition to any gift wrapping, or even to just use around the kitchen for sealing bags.  You could even stick a magnet on the bag to keep notes on the fridge.  They would also work well for wedding decor, to attach place cards to glasses or twine.  The possibilities are endless!

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I used some Heritage craft paint, but you can use whatever you like, as long as it’s not too runny, otherwise it may drip.  Mine was actually too thick, so I had to use a toothpick to smooth off the edges.  I found it worked quite well to attach two pegs together, since you can hold onto the second peg while dipping, and then that acts as the base while they’re drying.

What will you need:

  • wooden pegs (the good ol’ fashioned kind)
  • craft paint
  • toothpicks
  • a protected surface (covered in cling-wrap or something similar)

Everything is pretty self-explanatory, just clip the pegs together in pairs, and get dipping!  You can use a toothpick to make a straight edge, or to wipe off any excess paint.

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Loving…crochet baskets

I spotted these amazing neon crochet baskets a few weeks ago, and I new I just had to make my own.

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I decided to make a smaller and simpler version, using normal string and some colourful wool.  I battled to find a simple crochet basket pattern to suit my limited stitch vocabulary, but I eventually managed to put together a pattern based on a few others.  I think they turned out quite nicely.

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What you’ll need:

  • string/twine (from any craft shop or hardware store)
  • crochet hook (I used a 5mm)
  • wool in contrasting colour (I used double knit, you just need to make sure that your wool and string have more or less the same thickness)
  • scissors
  • basic crochet skills (chain, slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet)

Pattern:

ch – chain
sl st- slip stitch
sc- single crochet
dc- double crochet

  1. ch 5, join with sl st to form ring.
  2. ch 3, 11 dc into ring, join with sl st into 3rd ch of first stitch (12 dc in total)
  3. ch 3, 2 dc into each stitch, join with sl st into 3rd ch of first stitch (24 dc in total)
  4. ch3, *2 dc into first stitch, 1 dc into next stitch*, repeat around, join with sl st into 3rd ch of first stitch (36 dc in total)
  5. ch3, *2 dc into first stitch, 1 dc into next stitch, 1 dc into next stitch*, repeat around, join with sl st into 3rd ch of first stitch (48 dc in total).  If you want a basket with a larger diameter, you can continue in this fashion until desired (ie increase the number of single dc stitches with each round)
  6. sc into back loop of each stitch of the previous round.  This will form the bottom edge of the basket.
  7. Complete the side of the basket with either one sc or one dc into each stitch of the previous row, until sides have the desired height.  Swop to coloured wool to create stripes, or a top edge.
  8. Finish off with a row of sc.

I hope that all makes sense!  These little baskets are perfect to store little things around the home, but you can make them as big as you like.

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