Personalised Bracelet with stickers

Bracelet with blanks (see below)
Coordinating stickers
Photos, quotes, maps, etc as desired

Print off your desired quotes, photos, pics etc onto medium card, about 160gsm (paper doesn't work so well), ensuring that you have resized them to the size you need - I'd suggest a few practice prints on paper first.

Once you're happy that you have your pictures to size, one sticker at a time, peel the stickers from their backing and carefully place them over a picture, pressing down well to ensure you have no bubbles and smoothing the back

Carefully cut out your stickered pictures, I found that small sewing scissors worked best

Put a small amount of ModPodge onto the first bracelet blank making sure it covers the surface and carefully place your first stickered picture onto the glue-covered blank, pressing down gently but firmly.  Wipe away any excess glue that appears when you press down.

Continue this, one at a time, with the remainder of the blanks, wiping away any excess glue as you go.  Leave the bracelet to dry - I left mine for 24 hours to be on the safe side.

Wear and enjoy :)



Linen Laundry Bag

Vintage linen towel with detail
Ribbons - approx 1 inch wide:
 - 1 piece approx 12" in length
 - 1 piece approx 48" in length
Vintage buckle (if wanted)

Firstly wash, dry & iron your towel

After choosing which side will be your finsished side, turn in one of the long edges, at least 1 inch, iron flat and pin.  Sew along the bottom edge of the turned-in edge - you are forming your channel for your ribbon later.

Once you have made your channel, fold the towel in half, right sides together, making sure you also fold in any lace or edging as you will want this to be on the outside of your bag.  Iron and pin your edges together...

this vertical edge is the edge with turned in lace

Start by sewing along the bottom edge of the bag, then up the side with the turned-in lace - this edge maybe rather thicker, so be aware of that - ensuring you stop sewing just before you get to the "channel" you made earlier.

Turn the bag the right side out and stitch the channel inner-sides together - you need to hand stitch this to ensure you don't seal up the channel - a few stitches will suffice. 

Now, put a safety pin in the end of the long piece of ribbon and slowly insert into the opening, work along the channel until the ribbon appears at the other end, and pulling gently to gather your bag's opening make sure you have pulled the ribbon through sufficiently so that when the bag is open the ribbon is equally through. 

If you want to use a vintage buckle, add this now, alternatively you can add little bells to the bottom of the ribbon, or buttons, or anything else cute that will stop the ribbon from being pulled out of the bag.

Take the smaller piece of ribbon and make a loop, hand-sew the loop just inside the top of the bag, opposite end to the pull-ribbons (see below).  There you have it, you can now hang your cute vintage laundry bag on a hook or door handle and start to use. x


Photo Coasters

ModPodge or other glue varnish
Sponge Brush
Sand paper

Print out your chosen photos, take into consideration the pictures themselves, I found it took a little trial and error to get the right photos size-wise

Carefully draw round your coaster onto your photo (I did it on the front to ensure I had the placing correct, but if you do this ensure when you cut you won't see the marks) and cut out


Using either your sponge brush (or soft bristle brush if you want the textured look), coat your coaster with the glue varnish

Press your photo gently onto the coaster, ensuring there are no bubbles, and leave to dry (this can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour)

When they are dry, paint a coat of glue varnish on the top of the photo, ensuring you cover it completely, and let it dry fully before putting on a second coat - you need to let the first coat dry fully to ensure you don't get air bubbles.  In between the coats you can gently sand down any overhanging corners

I found that two coats was enough to seal the photo coasters; when they're completely dry enjoy!



Personalised Print

If you're interested this is just a quick tutorial, but it's really an easy thing to do to create a personalised print. You will need a photograph of whatever it is you want your print to be - either your house, or a favourite building, in fact it can be anything, even a photo of the two of you.

You'll also need some type of photo software, I use Adobe Photoshop, but if you haven't already got one, you can download one for free, such as Picasa found here.

With your photo software, you want to take your chosen photo then using your software add an artistic "filter".

Use "photocopy" (or the equivilent) to get it looking like this...

I chose a dark brown as my colour rather than black as the photo I chose seemed to suit it better.
It's as simple as that, but have a play around until you find a finish that you love as there's so many to choose from, here are just a few...

coloured pencil

stained glass

neon glow - how creepy! - great for a Halloween invite or card
Once you're happy with your picture just print it out onto a piece of good quality card and frame it.

Alternatively, these can also be made into cards to send to people, or shrunk down they can be used as a logo on personalised stationery; I've recently taken a photo of our house and using the technique here, created a card to send to a friend. You could even create a cute gift of personalised stationery for someone...

The options on your photos are almost endless. Have fun!


Personalised Valentine's Card

You will need: Card, printed map, ruler or bone folder, glue, scissors, pencil

Choose location(s) that are special to you and your significant other. You will need either the maps themselves to scan in, or you can find what you need online. Print out onto medium weight card your desired map location(s)...

Using either a template, or drawing freehand, pencil out the heart shape onto your map, placing your specific location in the middle of the heart, or where you think looks best.

Cut out your shape.

Taking a new piece of card in whatever colour you prefer, I've gone for the (rather obvious) red, using either a bone folder or a ruler, fold your piece of card in two, then work out where you'd like to place your heart(s) on your card. Once you have them positioned where you'd like them, use a little glue on the centre of the back of the heart and stick down onto the card.

There you go, quick & easy & you have (what I think is) a lovely, personalised card for your loved one. You can also do this with mini versions of the hearts all over the card...

And if you want to do the same thing as artwork all you need to do is frame them for a cool travel momento. x


Table Runners

Firstly decide whether you are going to have a length-wise or width-wise table runner, then measure your table accordingly, not forgetting to add whatever overhang you'd like.

Choose your fabrics - one for the top and one for the bottom - although I chose a plain backing, you can always have two patterned fabrics, so that the runner can be used on both sides.

Iron your fabric, then, using either tailor's chalk, or a pencil, mark out your measurements onto the fabric's wrong side.  My runner's come to a point at the end, but do whatever you prefer.


When you're happy with your drawn outline and size, carefully cut out your pieces of fabric - you should now have one backing piece and one top piece.  Iron them again if necessary.

Pin the two pieces of fabric best sides together.

Using a complimentary colour thread in your machine, start to machine the two pieces together, starting one of the points, leaving at least a 1cm margin, and removing your pins as you machine round.

Remember to leave an opening of approximately 3 inches.

Remove from the sewing machine and turn the right side out, ensuring you push out the points, I find  the blunt end of a pencil works well.

Turn in the raw edges of your 3" opening and iron - this will help you when sewing this up.  Using a slip stitch (if you don't know how to do this the internet is full of helpful diagrams & instruction), stitch up the opening.

Iron the table runner.  Bingo, you now have a beautiful table runner for either Christmas or any other time of the year if you use a favourite fabric. x


A Swan

Take your chosen piece of origami paper (5x5" square) with the pattern facing you

Fold the paper in half diagonally from right to left, using your nail or a ruler to really press the fold.  Unfold.

Fold each of the bottom edges inwards towards the first fold in the centre, it'll be in a kite shape now (as below).

Fold in each side edge once again towards the centre.

Fold the bottom point up to the top point.

Fold down the narrow point approximately an inch
(I folded mine down too much, hence it's large 'beak' in the last picture).

Holding the swan in one hand gently pull up on the 'neck' of the swan and crease along the bottom of the neck when you have it in the right position so that the neck remains in place.

Then gently pull the head up slightly and again crease to hold it in place.  Hey presto - you have a swan.

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