I am in the Easter swing. I have been trying to develop an Easter bunting that would be fresh and spring like. I thought I'd got it finished when my crafting friend told me my Easter eggs didn't look Easter egg shape! Back to the drawing board. However, I adapted then into ovals and have now put them in my shop. See what you think!
So, I've decided to start trying my hand at making printable templates! I've always made unusual cards. When I was a child, it was always my aim to make a different sort of card for my parents at Christmas. They had pop-up cards, cards with windows, sliding cards - there's a whole box of them in my parents' attic waiting for me to transfer into mine!
Given my two most favourite things in the world are fabric and paper, it seemed like an obvious progression. So, I have been testing my brain and computer ability, trying to make some simple items I could put on sale. So far there is a cute little Henna Heart Gift Box (check out the free downloadable JPEGs I created and used - they're yours for free - be creative) and some simple gift bags. Next on the list are some party bags and an Easter banner! Hopefully I can get the Easter item ready before Easter - you never know!
I thought you might like to see how the Toadstool Pin Cushion developed. Hopefully you will have seen the final version (far right) on my Etsy site?
It started one morning, when I decided I needed a new pin cushion. I dragged out some felt and cut shapes and sewed stuff on in a rather haphazard fashion, but with a basic design in mind. I was so pleased with the first version, everyone in the family had t have a good look at it.
Having lived with it for a couple of days, I realised it looked more like a large lollipop! So I set about trying to get the top flatter and wider. A bit more cutting and sewing and I got something a bit more like the vision in my head - but still not perfect. Then it struck me ... a piece of circular card would stop the top from blooming out underneath. It also had the added bonus that I wouldn't lose needles in the toadstool top!
With a bit more experimentation I managed to get the gills underneath and a decent sized toadstool cap. Success! My final version, complete with a-symmetric stalk designed to make it easier to hold, was wrapped up as a Christmas present for my sister. I hope you like the final version?!
So I know I said I was creating an envelope clutch purse. I have. Well ... almost. I was about to make my final version and photograph myself making it for the pattern instructions. But I got distracted. I'm not on to a tiny heart coin purse. It popped into my head one evening and now I just have to get it done. I've cut out my fabric, I've just got to make up some samples. Sadly, I'm quite excited. So, I'll be up with the sun tomorrow morning to get sewing.
Oh ... and I haven't forgotten the envelope clutch. I'm going to try (promise) to get it on Etsy next weekend!
So I returned from my holidays to find a huge pile of post on the door mat! Having ploughed my way through the magazines full of things I never knew I needed to the handful of plastic bags asking for my old clothes ... I had an idea. How about an envelope clutch bag? I worked it through in my head, made the pattern, cut out the fabric and started to sew. What I ended up with was a kind of fabric doughnut! Don't ask me how as it worked perfectly in my head. It took my 14 year old daughter to figure out I'd sewn up both ends and had nowhere through which to turn the fabric. Doh!I think it's all sorted now. I now need to make up a couple of purses to check it all works and it should be on Etsy by the weekend. Fingers crossed!
Well ... it's been 10 days since I sat for three hours on a plane to southern Spain. The idea being to relax and recharge. But us creative sorts find it almost impossible to blank out.I think now I am beginning to go a bit stir crazy. On a trip to Mijas Pueblo I started to wonder if I could make a pattern for a sombrero or even one of the obligatory fringed t-shirts you see hanging in slightly faded touristy shop fronts! However, I did get a more sensible idea for a passport cover; something more funky than the raw burgundy cover I have now. Something with pockets or zippers or flaps? I don't know yet. I've no doubt missed the holiday market, but that's me all over. Running in at the last minute wandering what everyone else is looking at!Back to business next week!
I have finished another pattern! A reversible puff bag. It's so cute and I really enjoyed putting it together. I love the balloon and gingham fabric together. Then all I had to do was persuade my daughter to model holding the bag! Difficult when she's glued to the Simpsons!
It's one thing to have an idea, it's another to be disciplined enough to take a photo of each of the stages, then adjust the photos, insert them into a document and write up the instructions. That's before I start on the pattern. That involved peering at the pieces and gluing together shapes in MS word. Not ideal, but it works for me.
I think I may try making myself a version in a fabric that's a bit more "grown up". I think it would make a great evening bag. What do you think?
Welcome to Craft Pixie's very first Blog!
It's a daunting task, starting an online store, setting up a website and now chattering away to no-one in particular. In fact, I could be chattering away to no-one at all!
Craft Pixie has been live since May 2013. It began with my husband insisting he reclaim the dining room table. So I have been confined to a small corner in my bedroom. I have to leave myself half-an-hour before I go to bed to locate any cottons or pins that may have made it under the duvet!
At the moment I have been working away tirelessly, trying to get as many of my pattern ideas as I can onto paper and up onto Etsy. It's hard work given this is not my day job. I've found it more challenging than I thought. Testing the ideas, translating ideas into instructions, improving my photography skills and getting to grips with Photoshop and PDFs.
I really hope you like what you can see already?!