Top Sewing Tweets of the Week

Here’s our regular round up of those eyecatching tweets spotted this week.


1. All in a good cause

Great to see youngsters getting involved.


2. Sewing Bird

Never seen this before but I kinda want one now!


3. Innovative

Well, I can certainly see the attraction of this solution.  Not quite sure how she looks when she takes off her leggings!  Aren’t Sharpies permanent markers …?


4. Mixed Materials

An unusual use of sewing patterns, methinks.


5. Straight out of the shower and into a dress

This is terrific – and who would have thought of using a shower curtain like this?  And waterproof to boot!


6. A Labour of Love

Top Sewing Tweets of the Week first available on Crafty Bug – Sewing, Quilting, Embroidery and Needle Felting at http://sewing.craftybug.co.uk/sewing/top-sewing-tweets-of-the-week-19-may-2017/


A Crafty Way to Recycle Your Pringles Tubes

Sometimes it’s the simpler craft projects which are the most effective.  This infographic shows how you can re-use household waste such as an empty Pringles can, and by applying a spot of découpage, end up with a neat storage receptacle.  You get to enjoy the original contents of the Pringles tube, you reduce your waste and end up with a useful container for spaghetti which looks good on your kitchen shelf.  A win win situation all round!

Image source: click here.

Re-using Pringles containers is highly topical at the moment as the Recycling Association has said that they are one of the most challenging items to recycle given the mix of materials used to produce them.  You may be interested to take a look at this article which appeared on the BBC Website suggesting some different uses for a Pringles tube once the contents have been munched.  Most of the ideas aren’t particularly crafty – hence our suggestion above – but I do rather like the re-invention as toys for pets.  Those guinea pigs nibbling away at their treat tubes are very cute!

A Crafty Way to Recycle Your Pringles Tubes originally available on Crafty Bug – Papercraft at http://papercraft.craftybug.co.uk/decoupage/how-to-recycle-my-pringles-can/


Top Tweets of the Week

Here we’ve gathered together some of the most eyecatching and interesting tweets of the week regarding papercraft in its varying forms.

1. Kemono Friends: Crested Ibis Movable Papercraft

2. Paper Vase and Felt Carnations


3. Cherished Memories


4. Intricate Paper Sculptures

This is just amazing!


5. Climb Every Mountain

No difference as far as I can see!


6. Sometimes, that’s just how it goes!



Top Tweets of the Week originally seen on Crafty Bug – Papercraft at http://papercraft.craftybug.co.uk/papercraft/top-tweets-of-the-week-15-may-2017/


Easter Dress

It’s always great to see what craft and sewing projects people have been working on and this girl’s dress for Easter is no exception.  Mum Jess is a just loves sewing and regularly makes clothes for her children.  Here’s an excerpt from her blog showing off the Easter dress she made for her daughter, Ava.


Here we go with the Easter dress posts! Are you surprised I made them this year?  Ye me too.

I’m also showing you the last dress I made first, so it’s all over the place here folks. Welcome to my life.  snort.

This kraken. I swear. She does all her poses. The only ones that were suggested by me are the basic shots.  Everything else is ALL AVA.

K anyways. the dress. I actually made another outfit for her for Easter and then strongly disliked how it looked with Sadie and Charlotte’s dresses (I’ll still blog it, I love it but not all of them together), so I whipped this one up Saturday morning before Easter. Luckily it’s definitely a whip-uppable dress! I used my darling friend Melissa’s pattern which I’ve made once before, the Lizzy dress. (oddly enough, the other time I made this pattern it was also for an Easter dress!)


I sewed up a size 5, with the short sleeve option. Love this perfect gold button I found in my stash to use! The fabric was I believe, from Hobby Lobby awhile back. It’s fairly stiff quilting cotton so not perfect for clothes, but for this dress shape it worked fine.

Article source: click here.

I think you’ll agree that Jess has done a brilliant job and that Ava clearly loves posing in her new dress!


We recommend:

To make a similar girl’s dress you may like this polka dot fun fabric available from Minerva Crafts.  Or perhaps this yellow floral print available here.

Easter Dress initially published on Crafty Bug – Sewing, Quilting, Embroidery and Needle Felting at http://sewing.craftybug.co.uk/dressmaking/easter-dress/


Top Sewing Tweets of the Week

I have come across several tweets related to sewing in general and though I’d share my favourites with you.  Some people are just so brilliant in what they say and do.  I hope you agree.

1. Oh so true!

This tweet doesn’t have a pretty picture for once but I thought the sentiment was oh so true.  It’s all a matter of perspective after all ….


2. All my own work …

Not me, I’m afraid.  But this tweeter seems to have been a busy bunny with a fabulous outcome.


3. With help from puss!

Any excuse for a cute cat picture.


4. We’ve all been there

I’m sure this picture will resonate with all!


5. Beautiful Birds

These look so delicate and really rather gorgeous.



Article originally seen on Crafty Bug – Sewing, Quilting, Embroidery and Needle Felting at http://sewing.craftybug.co.uk/sewing/top-sewing-tweets-of-the-week-7-may-2017/


Yarn Bombing on Whitchurch Bridge

The residents of Pangbourne and Whitchurch on Thames are enjoying a rare treat at the moment.

Mr Toad says it’s time for Tea



A community art project has brought together almost 100 local people who have all contributed to producing a wonderful display of needlework and woolcraft artworks which are covering the Whitchurch Toll bridge over the river Thames on the Berkshire, Oxfordshire border.

Balloons over the Thames

Inspired by the Thames Path, the combination of knitted and crocheted panels and needlework, quilted and embroidered scenes feature characters, events animals and birds connected with the river Thames and the surrounding area.

A family of crocheted ducks


Flowers from the Riverside

One of the most common questions I heard was “What happens to it when it rains?”  Well you’ll be happy to know that even after some heavy downpours everything still looks as good as new!


Animals from the river bank


The installation is being displayed from 29th April through to the 14th of May. If you’d like to visit, the organisers, Gill and Alison, would be delighted to welcome you not only to enjoy the artworks, but to enjoy coffee and cake at the Art Cafe by the tollbridge.

Co-organiser Alison Livsey with her Dragonflies

The organisers hope to raise around £2000 for a range of charities.  If you would like to contribute, please visit the Thames Path Together Community Art Project’s Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/stmarys-stjohns/yarnbombalert


A number of retired servicemen from the Royal Hospital Chelsea have also taken part


Article originally published on Crafty Bug at http://www.craftybug.co.uk/general/yarn-bombing-whitchurch-bridge/


Father’s Day – Embellishments For Your Own Cards

For readers resident in the United Kingdom or the United States, Father’s Day is now not far away, occurring on Sunday 18 June in 2017.  Although many may think it as a recent invention, perhaps cynically designed to help the card industry sell lots, it has it has been celebrated on St Joseph’s Day (March 19) in Catholic Europe since the Middle Ages.

Rather than buy ready made cards for your father, this celebratory day provides the ideal opportunity to design your own card or use a card design template. You can personalise it with all sorts of embellishments relevant to your loved one.  This is the time to be adventurous and even quirky, adding different levels of detail as you feel inspired.  For some interesting ideas to get you started, you might like to check out other people’s handcrafted father’s day cards.

You can choose to reflect Dad’s interests and hobbies on the card – for example, you could add beer related card toppers for a home brew expert, sports motifs for an athletic dad or even birds for a keen ornithologist.


Express Yourself Red and White Football Icons DIY Embellishments Pack
Football fans might appreciate a footie themed Father’s Day card which could be made using these card toppers.
Express Yourself Gardening Stick-On Card Toppers 9 Pack
If your dad is a keen gardener, this set of card toppers would allow a themed, fun card to be produced.
Altenew - Best Dad stamp set
Rather than using card toppers, if you fancy stamping a card for Dad, you might like to try this set of stamps.
How about this for a man who likes his golf?


I’m sure any father would love to receive a hand made card so why not get your creative juices going and create that personalised, special card?

We’d love to see and share your creations, so why not get in touch with us, via the comments section below?

Article originally seen on Crafty Bug – Papercraft at http://papercraft.craftybug.co.uk/card-making/fathers-day-card-embellishments/