Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Free tutorial - Recycled felt hand warmers


Recycled felt hand warmers - by TheFeminineTouch @ Uniquely UK


This is a really useful project using herbs and foodstuffs you will have in the kitchen / garden and old worn out sweaters from your wardrobe or bought from a charity shop for a few pounds.  


It's a great way to keep your hands warm too. Lovely little valentine gift x

For this project you will need:


2 or 3 coordinating wool sweaters (at least 80% non machine washable wool).

Washing machine.

Bowl of rice

Bowl of home grown and dried lavender (or shop bought)

Needle, scissors, pins and cotton thread

Instructions

Step 1: Put the wool sweaters in to the washing machine along with a couple of old towels and some washing powder. Wash at 60 degrees.


Step 2: Cut up the sweaters along the seams so that you have piece of fabric to work from. 


 Step 3: Cut out a square template from a piece of paper (I did mine 5” x 5”) and pin to the felted fabric. Cut out 2 squares.

  

Step 4: Cut out heart shapes from other coordinated  felt fabric using a template found on the Internet (just type “heart template” into Google and print out).

     






Step 5: Lay the heart shapes on top of one of the cut out squares

 











Step 6: sew the smaller heart to the centre of the large heart.




 












Step 7: Now pin and stitch the larger heart to the centre of one of the squares

 















Step 8:  With right sides together sew up the sides of the square , leaving a gap wide enough to enable you to stuff the square

Step 9: Turn the square right side out and stuff the square with uncooked rice and dried lavender. One large spoon of rice to one teaspoon of lavender.

Step 10: Sew up the gap – see this great Video from my Uniquely UK colleague Simmi - http://gracesfavours.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/tutorial-how-to-ladder-stitch-secret-to.html






 I created some of these by eliminating the square and just sewing up the larger heart shape. A bit more fiddly but I think the end result is even better. 





Just pop these in the microwave for 2 -3 minutes where they will be nice and warm and smell sweet too.

Remember, if you make any of these great hand warmers , then send photos to Uniquely UK and we will feature them on facebook or in our blog (or both).

Please feel to make as many of these as you like for personal use, but I would ask that you don't sell the finished items. Please do not reproduce any or all of the tutorial, without linking back to here.

And if you want to keep your feet toasty in bed, then here are some hand knitted hot water bottle covers from TheFeminineTouch available from UniquelyUK.





Thursday, 23 January 2014

Valentine's Card No-Sew Felt Tutorial

Hi, it's Simmi from Grace's Favours here with a little tutorial for you as it's that smoochy time of year coming up again.

Here's what we're making:


It's a fairly simple tutorial, so I'm going to put the step by step instructions in the comment field for each photo.

If you're looking for presents to go with your handmade card, have a look at Uniquely UK for masses of gorgeous pressie ideas!

Obviously you can change the slogan, but as it's supposed to be a jigsaw puzzle I chose 'We are a perfect fit!'

Materials:

Card (I had a pre-fold card in my stash, but you can always fold in both ends to meet like a door)
Thick red felt (if you want to make your felt thicker you can glue two layers together but it doesn't matter if it's thinner felt)
Paper
Pencil
Ruler
Red Pen
Glue

Instructions:

1. All the materials you'll need

Fold the piece of paper in half and draw half a heart shape as shown

Cut out the heart shape (with the paper folded over so you have a perfect heart shape)

Using your pencil, draw around the heart onto the felt.

Draw a jigsaw shape into the heart. I went straight down the middle, but you can do it in any shape and on any angle you like.

Cut the heart into two pieces according to your jigsaw line

Draw around the jigsaw line, using one side of the paper template (it doesn't matter which you use)

The trickiest bit is to cut out the heart and cut the jigsaw line into the shape keeping both sides looking perfect... small cuts and take it slowly is the best advice.

Your cut out heart should look like this when placed back together.

Using your paper heart, work out where to draw your lines on the card (you may need more or less lines, depending on what you want to say)

Write your message in pencil first, to make sure it fits on ok.

Go over the pencil writing with your red pen.

Then stick your heart onto either side of the card, so when it's closed, the heart fits together.

If you don't want to use a card like the one above with two doors, you can use a standard folded piece of card and either stick the heart pieces together, or just apart to make the jigsaw shape more obvious.

When the red pen is dry, rub out the pencil marks and you're done :-)

I hope you all have a very Happy Valentine's Day!

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