Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Making Gifts

I have come to the conclusion that I am quite talented so why not put my talents to use. Each year I spend so much on presents for children when my girls are invited to birthday. Also I have 5 Nieces and Nephews plus friends kids. Wow just tired thinking about it. 
I have now decided that I am going to make gifts for all those I can. I started on the weekend getting a reserve of presents up.

Mini kids heat pack 

I made these small kids heat bags that i can put with winter birthdays. Very cute and colourful I know my girls love them.
All i did was get 2 cotton 5inch squares and 2 flannel 5inch squares. place the 2 cotton squares right sides together. place flannel one on top and one underneath. sew all 4 layers together. leave small hole to fill. turn right side out and press. fill using funnel with 3/4 cup rice. then put straight stick across to close opening. Mircowave for 45secs.

Crayon Roll

Great gift for littler ones. Crayon Roll. holds 16 Crayons
you need: 
2 - 5 x 16.5inch pieces of cotton
1 - 6 x 16.5inch piece of cotton FOLDED lengthways 
1 - 5 x 16.5inch piece interfacing
1 - 30 inch ribbon
1 - 44 inch ric rac

Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the 5 X 16 1/2 piece of fabric that you want to be on the inside.
Line up the bottom edges of the folded piece and the piece with interfacing, pin together. Starting over from the edge 1 1/4 inches sew lines parallel with the edge starting from the top of the crayon pocket, back-stitching at the top to reinforce. Sew the lines one inch apart across the pocket. You will have 1 1/4 inches on each side.
If you want to use ric rac, pin it around the edge as shown. Fold the ribbon in half and pin it on the edge. On the one I didn’t use ric rac I did a blanket stitch around the edge when finished.
Pin remaining piece of 5 X 16 1/2 inch fabric right sides together with the pocket piece. Sew around edges with 1/4 inch seam. Leave about 3 inches across bottom for turning.
Trim corners, turn, press and top stitch being careful to catch all layers of the opening to close.

Now to brainstorm and think of some more ideas that i can make for kids gifts. I would love some more ideas if anyone out there can help :)

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Fantastic Give away

Never have I wanted to win something so much.
Below is the best give away I could imagine. Even if I don't win I will be going here for sure. Get a group of crafty girls together and away we go.

Check this gorgeous retreat out for yourself. 

As part of the launch of Victoria's newest Crafters Retreat,
The Retreat Woodend is having a GIVEAWAY!

Grand Opening on July 14th and taking bookings now.

A giveaway valued at $950!!!!

The Retreat Woodend is offering one lucky person and up to NINE of their friends, the chance to win a whole weekend at The Retreat.

Interstate and International people you don't miss out - if you are unable to claim the prize due to distance, you will receive a voucher for $100 to spend at the Fat Quarter Shop online fabric store.
Yes, that's right ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS!

What do you need to do?

Book a weekend at The Retreat to receive TEN entries into the giveaway. Yep, ten.


Blog it. In order to receive one entry into the giveaway, all you have to do is blog about it. Please include a link to our website:
Then just come back here and leave a comment telling me that you blogged and add a link so I can verify your entry.