Broomstick Lace Cuff

This has got to be one of our favourite projects to recommend in a long time.

This crochet lace bracelet from Cult of Crochet is super chic.

crochet-bracelet3This crochet technique, termed broomstick lace, gives a delicate lacy effect. Try it in different yarn colours to match your wardrobe.

The step-by-step instructions include great photos to make it easier. But note, the instructions have been adapted to cater for left-handed crafters. Head to Cult of Crochet for these instructions. If you want the original instructions, head to Daylilies Creative.

So, no excuses – both left-handed and right-handed crafters are catered for.

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Vintage Toddler TeePee

As Summer approaches I can’t wait to get my toddler into the garden and away from the TV!

I thought I would make her a Vintage Toddler TeePee to enjoy tea parties in. It was so easy so I thought I would share the pattern.

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1. You need four metres of fabric (I used a polycotton with a strawberry and butterfly print from our shop), four poles (I used garden canes) and a sewing machine. I also made use of my overlocker (also called a serger) but it’s not essential.

2. Cut the fabric into four triangles. I simply folded the fabric in half and cut them all at the same time so they were symmetrical. Cut the tops off each of the triangles approx 5cm from the tip. This it to leave a space for the poles to poke through.

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3. Start to sew the long edges together with right sides together. Keep sewing until all four triangles have been sewn into a pyramid.

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4. Cut a hole in one piece to form a door. The size of this depends on how tall your toddler is! I made mine 60cm tall for her to crawl in. I serged the edges but you can neaten them by adding bias binding or just folding the edges over to form a hem.

5. Time to make the tubes for the poles. With wrong sides together, sew a new seam over your existing side seams to make a tube for the poles to fit into. At approx 5cm from the top, turn a right angle and sew back towards the edge, This is to form a casing otherwise the fabric slips off the poles.

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6. Finally, neaten the top and bottom by either serging the edges or perhaps zig zaging round.

7. Insert the poles and welcome your toddler in to play!

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Added Extras

I sewed a pocket onto the side of my teepee so my toddler could put her teddy in. I also waterproofed it from light showers using a waterproofing spray. Lastly, I added a bow with some stiff ribbon to hold the four poles in place.

If you make your own Toddler TeePee, please do share your photos with us at info@craftybaba.co.uk!

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Making a Liberty print Jewellery roll

 

So I sell fabrics and I enjoy it. I like selecting fabrics that I think people will get pleasure from owning and there’s none less so than a Liberty print. I happened across a small quantity of lawn cotton Liberty fabric one day and have been selling it since via my e-bay shop here.

This particular print was so popular it literally fell off the shelves but I was lucky enough to be left with one small rectangle, too small to sell. I quilted it with some 1oz wadding and then made a cotton lining for the roll (just some pockets and a couple of ring holders). It took an hour to put together so it’s super quick but so pleasing on the eye.