Thursday, 29 October 2015

Fabric Gift Tag Tutorial - Japanese Furin Wind Chime for Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Linky Party + Giveaway

Have you already started thinking about wrapping up Christmas presents? We bet you have! It's an important part of the present, isn't it? We have an easy tutorial today for making Fabric Furin Wind Chime Gift Tags. The Japanese Furin is a beautiful and poetic wind chime or wind bell. The Furin is traditionally hung from the eaves of a house or in front of a window. The sound of these wind chimes is a symbol of mental relaxation and said also to bring good luck. 

These Fabric Furin Wind Chime Gift Tags, once the present has been unwrapped, can really be used as a wind chime and make a pretty decoration. 

Here is what you will need to make a Fabric Furin Wind Chime Gift Tag:
  • Small pieces of fabric to make the Furin bell shape: four pieces about 3"x2 1/2" (7,6x6,4cm), two for the lining of the bell and two for the outside.
  • Metal bell
  • Embroidery thread or thin cord
  • Strip of thick paper 5"x1" (about 12,7x2,6cm)
  • Eyelet and pliers for inserting eyelets

Start by drawing the bell template or print our .pdf template hereOur bell shape is about 2 1/2" high and 3" wide (this includes a 1/8" seam allowance).

 Fabric Furin Gift Tag

Use this template to trace and cut out four pieces of fabric, two for the lining of the bell and two for the outside. 

Place one piece of the fabric for the outside of the bell on one piece of lining fabric, right sides together. Sew along the straight line at the bottom. Repeat for the other two pieces of fabric.

Open the seam pressing flat in the center. Now place the fabric pieces you have sewn right sides together and sew right around the edge, leaving an opening (on the lining fabric side) for turning right side out. 

Once turned right side out, close the opening and then push the lining inside the bell shape.

Insert the eyelet (after making a little hole) with pliers onto the paper tag and tie the tag using embroidery thread or a thin cord. Tie a knot on the paper tag and a knot to fix the metal bell into place. Pass the other end of the thread through the inside of the fabric bell and out through the center. Tie a loop above the fabric bell to hang the gift tag. To keep everything in place, turn the fabric bell inside out and tie a knot close to the top of the inside of the fabric bell.

Write a name and message on the paper tag and add a stamp. Fix the gift tag to the present with a piece of washi tape to finish off. Here is your Fabric Furin Wind Chime Gift Tag, a present in itself, to keep and hang up as a pretty decoration. Christmas themed fabric will make for a keepsake Christmas decoration!

If you'd like to see our first tutorial for the Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Linky Party, then have a look here for: Fabric Covered Drawing Pins

 Fabric Covered Drawing Pins

You are still in time to enter the Ho, Ho, Ho and On We Sew Linky Party here for a chance of winning this incredibly beautiful Liberty fabric generously offered by Duck Egg Threads.

The winner is Vicki with this crowd of Snowmen!

  Duck Egg Threads

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Monday, 26 October 2015

Fabric Covered Drawing Pins Tutorial - Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Linky Party + Giveaway

Have you already joined the Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Linky Party? If you're sewing something for Christmas then enter this fun linky party for a chance to win some beautiful Liberty fabric offered by Duck Egg Threads.

The first of our tutorials for the Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Linky Party is a very quick make and a useful present: Fabric Covered Drawing Pins. Choose a special fabric and gift these drawing pins in a pretty box or small jar. A box of them is a good stocking filler too!

Here is what you will need:
  • Self cover buttons, sized 15mm (you can use a different size if you like)
  • Small pieces of fabric to cover the button. We used Bonnie and Camille's Miss Kate mini charms to cover our buttons
  • Metal drawing pins (not covered with plastic)
  • Hot glue gun

Start by covering your buttons. As we can’t find, at the moment, flat backed self cover buttons here in Italy, before covering the buttons we took out the metal hook from the back, using a pair of pliers. To cover the button, draw a circle on the fabric about 1/2” inch wider all around the button, cut out the fabric and then fix it over the self cover button. Close the back of the button following the product instructions.
You can really enjoy yourself covering the buttons with fussy cuts from scraps of fabric to create special themed drawing pins.

Using a hot glue gun, put a dab of hot glue on the head of the drawing pin and glue the pin to the back of the self cover button, centering it. 

Now you just need a pretty box or small jar to pop your new (and original!) Fabric Covered Drawing Pins in.

Don’t forget to enter the Ho, Ho, Ho and On WeSew Linky Party here to join in the fun and for a chance of winning this incredibly beautiful Liberty fabric generously offered by Duck Egg Threads.

The winner is Vicki with this crowd of Snowmen!

  Duck Egg Threads

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Sunday, 18 October 2015

Liberty Fabric Giveaway for Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Linky Party

Christmas! Yes, we've said it out load. We know we've all started thinking about Christmas even though we're trying not to mention it yet! Many have been following Fiona of Celtic Thistle Stitches and Paula of Mud, Pies and Pins with their Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Linky Party during the year, getting ahead of their Christmas and Holiday crafting. If you have already got to work or are planning to start in the next few days, then don't miss this month's Linky Party, with a very special giveaway prize. One lucky crafter from this month's links will win three F8th's of beautiful Liberty fabric from Duck Egg Threads:

 Duck Egg Threads

duck egg threads

Sarah, who has generously offered this lovely prize, has a wonderful selection of Liberty fabrics in her online shop. In Sarah's shop you can also subscribe to the We Love Liberty Monthly Club, delivering a special Liberty bundle each month!


Please check out all our generous sponsors too for your Christmas and Holiday crafting needs:

Crafty Trimmings

Logo Sew Hot

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Quilting Fabric at the Fat Quarter Shop

We would like to thank Fiona and Paula for inviting us to co-host this month's Linky Party with Sandra of Sandra Sews. Until the end of the month we will be posting tutorials for Christmas and Holiday ideas and cheering on your holiday crafting. So don't miss out, you still have plenty of time for a Handmade Christmas!

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And now for the Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Linky Party, open until the last day of October:

Monday, 12 October 2015

Handmade Autumn - The Creative Factory

We're enjoying Autumn here, before the Christmas rush starts! Eating chestnuts, walking around local village autumn markets, getting used to the school/sports schedule again! The days are sunny and just a little fresh, perfect Autumn weather. We've even got our Autumn "Bucket List" Mobile out for the season:

We made this mobile last year for a competition. We even won! Here is the post where we explained how the mobile was made.

We love Autumn. OK, we love every season, but there is something cosy about Autumn that makes this time of year so special! We're off to... collect acorns!

This year our friends at The Creative Factory have organised Handmade Autumn and if you'd like to take a look, here are the links to all their projects:

Handmade Autumn by The Creative Factory

Well worth taking a look, there are so many lovely ideas!

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