How to: Square felt necklace

November 15, 2013

My son gave me the idea for this necklace. He was watching me sew and wanted to do the same. I gave him a needle and thread and cut some felt squares and he began threading. I thought it was a nice activity for him and could buy me some time to finish my sewing. To my surprise I liked the strand he made and that’s how this necklace came about.

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What you will need

  • necklace chain
  • 4 jump rings
  • 2 eyepins
  • 4 semi-precious stone beads

Step 1: Thread felt squares together Cut felt/fabric squares and thread together. Felt can be found in fabric stores, alternatively you could string together pom-poms or cotton jersey from older t-shirts.

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Step 2: Assemble the necklace Sew a jump ring to the ends of the fabric strand. Thread 2 beads through an eyepin and make a loop at the end. Measure chain to a desired length – my chain was 14 inches in length. My necklace had a finished length of 10.5 inches.  Attach the threaded beads to the fabric strand on one end and the other to a chain. I added a clasp on one end so that I could put the necklace on easily.Choocha_Feltnecklace_7 Choocha_Feltnecklace_5

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side note: These felt fabric scraps came from a beautiful wrap Hilary Radley felt coat I found in a second-hand store afew years ago. (It was a mere $8) I thought the coat was too long so I trimmed the coat and there was enough extra material to make this necklace and also a cover for my drawing tablet.

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How to: Ipad/tablet case cover

April 15, 2013

I’ve been using my Bamboo drawing tablet (in place of a mouse) for a few months at work in an effort to reduce shoulder strain. After months of carrying my tablet to and from work wrapped in bubble wrap, I finally sewed my case in a few hours one wintery afternoon. It was surprisingly very easy to make a cover for your tablet or ipad.

It’s a very simple felt cover secured with some magnetic clasps. It has an inside flap which inserts into the felt case providing alittle extra cushion for your device.

This felt fabric was came from a beautiful wrap Hilary Radley felt coat I found in a second-hand store afew years ago. I thought the coat was too long so I trimmed the coat and there was enough extra material to make a cover for my drawing tablet and  this lovely felt necklace too – see here for tutorial.

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What you will need:

  • Fabric – you’ll need fabric at least 3 times the area of your device
  • magnetic snaps (for purses and totes)
  • small strips of leather or belt webbing

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  • Optional: To add some shape and rigidity, I inserted a cross stitch plastic canvas in the middle panel and sewed a piece of velvety fabric over top to secure plastic canvas. (Cross stitch plastic canvas can be found at Fabricland or in the craft departments of Target, Walmart or alternatively use any other flexible, sturdy material).

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Step 1: Make a hole close to the edge of the leather strap using an awl and attach the magnetic snap. Place a dab of glue, and fold the leather strap over the snap and glue in place.

Here’s a detail of how the closure will work in the finished stage.

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Step 2: Attach the matching part of the magnetic snap to the felt fabric about 1 inch from the edge.  Fold the fabric over to cover the back of the snap and sew a seam.  

Sandwich the leather straps between the 2 pieces of fabric (Place leather strips on the same horizontal with the snaps so that it will close properly.) Sew fabric together.

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Step 3: Assemble together Trim the flap on an angle so the flap can easily insert into the device cover. Sew case together at the sides and flip inside out. Add some top stitching if you want and you’re done.how to ipad case, DIY ipad tablet case

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Traditional chinese medicine

March 31, 2013

I just love looking at packaging from different parts of the world. We saw a Chinese herbal doctor and acupuncturist while we were visiting my parents in Hamilton. The Chinese herbal shop had quite a famous reputation for curing all sort of ailments from arthritis to chronic health issues. The shop was really interesting place to visit – It had an old world feel and looked like it hasn’t changed since it opened over a decade ago. The shop air was thick with various scents of herbs.

My husband got a selection of herbs that would last afew weeks and promised to get the body back into balance. The recipe was simple; boil the aromatic herbs (some may say pungent or stinky) for one hour and drink on an empty stomach. “To your health.” Do you integrate alternative medicine with your lifestyle?

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autograph

February 4, 2013

I saw my favourite illustrator – Oliver Jeffers yesterday (at totsaplalooza) – he was drawing/telling his wonderful stories to kids of all ages. I felt like I was a kid again. His hand was dancing as he drew his figures and wrote his words.

I asked my son about his favourite moment from the afternoon and he said it was eating a cupcake, eating fruit salad, eating cookies, eating carrots + dip and oh yes — the picture drawing that were on the big t.v.

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How to: Mittens for babies

January 23, 2013

My son bolts out of bed everyday (that includes weekends too) and says, “Let’s get the day started.” He looks forward to everyday, playing, drawing and building.  Even though I forget, I’m reminded to have fun everyday. Wishing you all a year full of curiosity and wonder.

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Here’s a simple way to make some mittens for your wee little ones. These red ones were hand-me downs for when my son was afew months old. I thought it was such a great idea that I made a few larger versions until he was 18 months. It doesn’t take much fabric and old polarfleece shirts are perfect for this project.

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What you will need:

  • polarfleece fabric (enough fabric to cover your baby’s hand)
  • decorative ribbon or string
  • optional – windstop fabric

Step 1: Trace the shape of your babies hand. Cut 4 mitten pieces. Cut 2 cuff pieces that is twice the width of the opening. Use some warm and cosy polarfleece. I doubled mine with a thin layer of windstop fabric.

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Step 2: Sew or serge the edges of the mittens. Sew the cuff, fold over and attach to the base of the mitten. I also attached some string so that it could be threaded through your babies snowsuit. Stay warm!

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