Five minute handmade cards

In my ongoing effort to save money, I’ve decided to no longer pay $5 for a card every time a birthday or event rolls around.

Several years ago, before I had a sewing machine and started crocheting, my craft of choice was scrapbooking. Along with scrapbooking I made all my own greeting cards, but the time I spent making these cards was ridiculous, and definitely not possible now that I’m a mother/teacher/sewer/crocheter/cook/cleaner/wife/etc/etc.

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Thankfully, I’ve just discovered Washi tape (yes I realise I’m very late coming to the party on that one!), and so after stocking up on about $15 worth of tape and using some card stock I already had, I’ve made 20 cards, that are ready to go for the next birthday/engagement/baby, for a fraction of the price that I would be paying at my local newsagent.

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and the best part, each card only took a few minutes to make.

How I did it:

  1. Found some quotes I liked on Pinterest by searching ‘love quotes’, ‘birthday quotes’, ‘baby quotes’ etc.
  2. Typed my quotes into a word document and placed them where I thought they would look best on the card.
  3. Cut some A4 card in half and adjusted my printer settings, then printed a few of each quote onto cards.
  4. Folded the cards and decorated with Washi tape.

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The most time consuming part is getting your layout and printer settings right, but once you have that sorted, you can print as many as you like within a few minutes. The tape decoration is a two minute job.

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Quick, cheap and simple. Perfect.

Abby xx

 

 

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Folding a Fitted Sheet

I’ve finally learned how to fold a fitted sheet!

It only took me twenty something years.

Instead of the usual, scrunch-it-up-in-a-ball or the messy attempt at folding method, I watched a video on how to fold fitted sheets properly, and now my sheets look like this…

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If only I had a linen cupboard to stack them neatly in! For now it sits neatly piled on a bench in our laundry.

I found this little gem of a video on Facebook.

 

You’re welcome!

Abby xx

4 Fantastic Craft Tutorials.


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1. Crochet Giraffe Pattern (My version pictured above)

This was one of the first crochet projects I ever completed. I’d only made beanies before attempting this giraffe. It took me a long time because I had to learn all the stitches as I went, but the end result was well worth it!

2. Reuben The Pink Fluffy Unicorn Crochet Pattern (My version pictured above)

This is the second crocheted toy I ever made. I found the tutorial easy to follow, and love the end result!

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3. Reversible skirt tutorial (My version pictured above)

I made my own Easter version of this for Miss E. It was a quick and easy project that I completed in one afternoon.

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4.  Tissue Paper Pom Poms – (My version pictured above)

These were super simple. They took me about 10 minutes to make, 10 minutes to hang and cost only $9 dollars in tissue paper. Cheap, Easy and the look great!

A longer list might have been ‘Craft projects I’ve started and never completed’. The thrill of a new project is just too alluring to wait until I’ve finished one project before starting the next.

My main project at the moment is the blanket I mentioned here. Amazingly, I’m still going, though I’ve just run out of grey and blue wool, so I may be stalled until my next trip to Spotlight!

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It won’t be long before I can use it to keep me warm, while I’m still working on it. That’s if I’m not distracted by another project in the meantime.

Happy crafting everyone!

Abby xx

Free Cloth Book Tutorial

 

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We have no shortage of books in this house. We’d have 30+ board books alone, but not one single cloth book!

Miss E is going through the ‘I must put everything in my mouth’ stage, and I was a little concerned that her paper and board books might not survive. So I pulled together some fabric scraps and made this cloth book.

Follow the tutorial below if you’re interested in making your own.

Materials

4 fabric page pieces 12×6 inches

fabric scraps (cotton, flannelette, drill etc)

wool

foil / cellophane / muesli bar wrapper

buttons, ribbon, or any other embellishments you would like to use. Keep in mind that anything you put in your book needs to be able to be secured firmly to prevent it becoming a choking hazard.

Instructions

Cut out your fabric page pieces and the images you plan to sew into your book from fabric scraps. Each 12×6 in page piece will make up one half of a double spread. I chose to make one of my fabric page pieces out of two different fabrics, the sausage dog fabric and the blue floral fabric. If you’re making single pages, add an extra 1/4 inch to the width of each piece so that when you sew them together, your new double spread is the same size as your other pages.

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Once you’ve cut out all of your pages and pieces, arrange your decorative fabric pieces on your page and sew them on.

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You may like to add extra interest to your book by creating flaps, or sewing interesting items to your pages. I madethe fin on this fish double sided so that it would flap, and plaited some wool to sew on to the dogs as lead’s.

If you’ve made any single pages, place one page on top of the other, right sides together and sew a 1/4 inch seam down the right side to create a double spread page. Open your new double spread and iron the seam flat.

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To make the love heart page ‘crinkly’ I sewed foil to the back of the shape. There is probably a product made specifically for this purpose, but I just used a clean muesli bar wrapper. Cellophane or foil wrapping paper could work as well.

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The foot on your sewing machine may slide around a little whilst sewing the foil, so it’s best to slow down and take your time with this part. Once you’ve sewn your foil on, trim the excess off before sewing the love heart piece to your page.

Now that you’ve finished sewing the decorative pieces onto your pages, place two page pieces right sides together. Pin and sew a 1/4 inch seam around the edge, leaving a 2 inch opening so that you can turn your work inside out afterwards. Repeat for your other pages.

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After you’ve turned your work inside out, take care to push all the corners out, then press with a warm iron. DO NOT IRON THE FOIL. We don’t want to melt your good work! Instead, just iron the edges of the page, staying clear of the foil.

Next, sew a line around the edge of your pages approx 1/8 inch from the edge. This will make your work look neater and close over the opening we used to turn your work earlier.

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Now you’ve completed your pages!

Finally, place your double spread pages on top of each other, in their correct order, and sew a centrefold.

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Tie up any loose ends, and you’re done!

Ta Da!

Here’s my cloth book from start to finish.

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and here’s Miss E enjoying her new book!

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Play with your pattern and images to personalise your own cloth book, and if you’re an instagrammer, please tag me in your creations (@mummydoesntbake). I’d love to see your work!

Abby xx