Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sewing: Easter Bunny Basket Tutorial

I made these bunny baskets back in April 2008. They were pretty easy and for the most part, I made them with supplies I already had hidden away in my room from my husband on hand.

What you will need:

  • 2 pieces of felt for the head and bottom, also some scraps to make the eyes and nose. Just the cheap stuff that comes in 8.5x11 will suffice;
  • Wadding/batting;
  • Template plastic;
  • 2 fat quarters in coordinating fabric (unless you've got some bright, happy scraps);
  • Black DMC type thread for the mouth;
  • A white pom-pom thing for the tail;
  • 2 buttons;
  •  Double sided tape.

I decided to shut the gate after the horse had bolted, of course, so I'll need to explain some of the steps without photos.

  1. First off, you will need to design your bunny's face shape. I started off with tracing a circle from a plate onto a piece of scrap paper. The approximate diameter is 6". I then drew my bunny one ear. I kept sketching over the ear until I was happy with the shape. I then folded my paper in half and traced the other ear so they would be matching.
  2. I cut this paper bunny out and traced around it onto the sheet of template plastic. Cut the bunny out of the plastic.
  3. Use this template to cut out the bunny's face from the felt and from a piece of batting.
  4. This is the time where you will need to sew the bunny's face on (see above photo).
  5. Now you will need to cut out a bunny's head from the fabric. It will need to be about 1" larger than the template.
  6. With the fabric piece, take your double sided tape and pull the fabric tight and stick it down. The tape will need to be at the very edge of the fabric as you do not want to sew through it. Alternatively you could use a spray adhesive, but I didn't have any.
  7. Taking the plate you used for the face, you will now need to basically repeat the above steps but for the back of the bunny. This will be a plain 6" circle.
  8. Make sure you stitch the tail pom-pom on now. Trust me, it sucks to do it after you've sandwiched it.
  9. Next we will make the 'basket' part of the basket.
  10. Don't sandwich just yet!!

Now for the 'basket' section:
  1. Cut a piece of fabric 12"x12'. Cut a piece of batting 5.5"x11".
  2. Iron the piece of fabric in half wrong sides together. Also, iron the end 1/4" each end and a 1/4" on each side.
  3. Place the batting inside and sew around the edges. It should look a little something like in the top photo. It should end up the same size as the batting you cut.
  4. I quilted stripes in mine lengthways about an inch apart (just for decoration really).

Next for the handle:
  1. Cut a piece of fabric 2"x11".
  2. Iron it like you would create bias binding (in half lengthways with the edges tucked under).
  3. Sew along the length of the handle, don't worry about the ends.
Now for the sandwich:
  1. Layer your bunny's head so that the handle is between the batting and the plastic, right in between its ears.
  2.  Start to sew around your bunny's head close to the edge. You will need to sew slowly as you are sewing through the template plastic and you don't want to break a needle. Don't worry if the batting is visible.

Further handle instructions:
  1. Now that you have the handle sewn to the head, you now need to sandwich it on the back half of your basket as well.
  2. Repeat the above instructions and you should have something that resembles the photo below.

Now for the 'basket' part:
  1. You need to find the centre bottom of your bunny's head and the middle of the long length of your basket fabric.
  2. Line the two middles up and then work the fabric along the edge back to the start of it so you can start sewing.
  3. Place your fabric edge just inside the bunny head's edge and sew slowly until the end of the length.

This was the point where I thought the basket would be too slack and I sewed in a pleat.
  1. The back of the pleat is 1", so the folds are 1/2".
  2. Sew pleats on both sides.

Now to sew the bottom on.
  1. Basically, it was exactly the same as when you sewed the basket portion on to the head, except it is slightly more fiddly, but persevere as you are almost finished!

After you sew your pretty buttons on top of the pleats, you have completed your bunny baskets!

And yes, you will see the batting, but it gives your bunny a furry look which I quite like.

But you will also get some cute baskets and hopefully even cuter photos!

I'd love to see your baskets if you make them by leaving a link in the comments!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Layout: Spin

A bit sad face here, this is my last layout for D-lish Scraps. I have really enjoyed the last 6 months of being on this particular design team.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Layout: Hugs

This is my last month with D-lish Scraps, so this is my second last share for Amanda's store.

For this layout, I created a really cool heading out of wire. To do this, I wrote the word down on a scrap piece of paper and then I traced it with the wire. The word probably would have come out nicer if I had better cursive writing. Printing I can do, running writing, not so much.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand, the layout I made. I even scrapped the smaller size this month as I just wasn't feeling like filling up a 12x12 page.

Right now: I'm totally digging on the colour orange. What's your favourite scrapping colour at the moment?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Project Life: Meeting Becky Higgins

So, I've been scrapbooking for about 12 years. When I first started I would rush out and buy the newest Creating Keepsakes magazine every month. I loved that magazine. Becky Higgins would do her monthly sketch and I always marveled at how easy she made scrapbooking look.

I remember hearing about Project Life in 2007. All I knew of it, was that it came in a kit. I didn't delve too much further into it at the time as I wasn't scrapping much.

Then 5 years later I saw this Project Life thing again popping up all over my Pinterest news feed. I loved the way it looked and I loved the simplicity of it. Needless to say I got hooked on it pretty quickly.

I love my 2013 album. It's not quite finished. I just have our snow holiday spread to finish off, but otherwise, it is all done.

So when the opportunity to meet the creator of Project Life, I first baulked at it. I wasn't sure if it was necessary. I mean, it's just paper and glue after all.

In the end I went. Not only to meet Becky, but to meet other Project Lifers as well.

And there were plenty of us!

We even had a group shot of the people who attended from our Penrith Crop Nights.

I was a little bit smitten with Becky. She was so lovely and took the time just to chat.

Yep, a good afternoon indeed.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Project 365: 31 January - 07 February

Another installment of photos from my Project 365.

31. Scrapping the night away at the Penrith Project Life crop. I still can't believe it's been successful!
1. Stephen bought me flowers. Just because.
2. Luke getting his hair cut. Short back and sides with a little spike.
3. I love these trees in the park across from my work. There's nothing better than sitting under them eating lunch. Well, maybe going home from work is better, but it doesn't make a good story.
4. The GPO building in Martin Place.
5. I love how Pixie stands in her bowl to eat.
6. Another dentist appointment to fix my broken tooth. Yeah, remember this post?
7. Ok, I'll admit it, both Steve and I like playing with the train set and trying to come up with ways to get tracks inside tracks and still link them back up.

And that is 8 more days of my life documented.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Cooking: Sloth Cake

Kate wanted to have a little get-together for a few of her friends for her 13th birthday. Kate loves sloths. So I may have foolishly put it into head that having a sloth cake would be cool. I couldn't disappoint her, so I turned to the interwebs.

(Un)surprisingly, there aren't too many sloth cakes out there on the net. In the google search, the sloth cakes quickly gave way to just sloth photos and memes.

I did find one on Pinterest and unfortunately the pin did not lead to any information, so I was left to my imagination and inexperience at cake decoration.

And then I made this and freaked myself out completely because it actually looked like a sloth cake (if you squint):

 And here's a little closer look at the big guy.

A few things to help the next person:

  1. Brown is a tough colour to be made from a simple 4 pack of food colouring. I used green and red and a lot of finger crossing.
  2. Chocolate does not mix well with fondant (when thinking of substitutes for food colouring).
  3. If the legs are put too high on a sloth, you may get funny comments from friends.
  4. It wasn't near as hard as I thought it would be. Roll a few balls for belly's and heads, then roll some sausages for arms and legs, and you're pretty much good to go.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Project Life: January

This year I decided to tackle Project monthly, instead of weekly. In saying that, I still feel as though I'm doing it weekly, just without the weekly title cards.

So back here I shared my front page. It's been quite some time since I did that page (and I haven't kept to any of those 'resolutions'!). In the meantime, I have finished the last 3 months of my 2013 album. And you want to know something?

It feels fantastic to finish!

Anyway, here's the first couple of weeks from January:

Hopefully I can get some more done tonight! :)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Project 365: 23 - 30 January

Oops, so I'm a little behind in posting.

Here are another 8 photos from our life in January.

23. Jinx and Pixie are finally starting to play together.
24. Meeting new scrappy friends.
25. Luke's birthday dinner.
26. Amy on Australia Day.
27. The kids all tuckered out after back to school shopping.
28. My birthday.
29. Luke at the dentist.
30. I almost forgot my photo. Almost, but didn't. ;)

I'm seriously loving the project this year, no rules, no lists, just a quick snap. :)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Layout: High Five

My second February layout for D-lish Scraps.

I love these photos of Steve and Amy. So long ago it makes my heart ache a little.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Project Life: Printable Tabs 2

So I printed the last lot of tabs off and I look at the sheet and I thought they were pretty ordinary.

And then I cut them out.

That changed my mind completely. They became something that I actually wanted to use. And use I did! So much so, that I decided I needed more!

It's pouring with rain here today in Sydney and I thought while the kids were watching a movie, I would see what I could do about creating a new sheet of tabs.

And this is what I made.

A bit of the same, but I found the sentiments useful.

I have some different theme lists I have been working on, like Summer, Travel, etc. I'll see what I can do for March. ;)

Here's some links:

For some reason the png is small this time. I'm not sure if it's right, let me know if it's not and I'll see what I can do. 

It's set to 8.5" x 11" again.

If you have any ideas for theme sets, let me know.

Enjoy! :)

Layout: You Colour My World

You know, I kind of blinked and I missed February.

But, looking back on the photos, we had a good month. A busy month.

I can say, hand on my heart, that while I'm sad this year is already off to a flying start, I am not sad to see the back of summer. I love Autumn. It's my favourite time of the year. :)

So, it's been a whole month since I have posted on this here little blog.

I have a February D-lish Scraps layout to share.

And I'm pretty pleased with myself. After scrapping for 12 years, I have finally, finally, done a layout with this title. I was trying not to, but 'Chalk' just didn't seem to cut it.

D-lish is also having a DT call at the moment. I can say, that this has been an amazing team to be a part of. In addition, the products are so fun to use. The call is on Facebook, so you'll have to find them there to get the details.