[D.I.Y. FEATURE] Felt rose napkin rings

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Morning folks! I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far.

If you missed it last week, I just wanted to let you know that I did another little DIY for the gorgeous B.Loved Wedding & Lifestyle blog. This time, I’m showing you how to create some cute floral felt napkin rings that’s super fun and easy to do and will add a touch of springtime to your table setting. Not only is it perfect for the home but for weddings or any occasion! You can find the full tutorial HERE.

I do hope you like it. Happy crafting lovelies xx MbM_DIY-FEATURE_NAPKIN-RINGS-02

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**This is not a sponsored post but a collaboration with B.Loved Wedding & Lifestyle. All words and opinions, including images, are my own, dictated completely by my love for  DIY and styling**

[D.I.Y. Tutorial] Two-tone felt Floral Crowns

MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Floral-Crown_Main-WEBLast month, I had signed up to Bethan and Michelle‘s springtime challenge where they encouraged bloggers around the world to join them in making floral crowns to officially mark the arrival of Spring. So, further to my post of my floral entry, I had promised to provide you guys with DIY tutorial on how to get the look. It really is simple to make and took me roughly 15 mins from start to finish! 

Here’s what you need:

  1. Crafting Felt
  2. Ribbons (these are courtesy of Jane Means Ribbons)
  3. Pen
  4. Scissors
  5. Circular Templates – I used a saucer and jam jar lid!
  6. Glue Gun

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INSTRUCTIONS:

[1.] Select two sheets of felt of your colour choice (preferably contrasting colours) and then trace round your circular template so that you are left with a guide to cut around.

[2.] Try and fit as many circles to avoid any wastage. If you are confident enough to do so, feel free to free hand draw these circles directly onto the felt sheets. I used two different sized templates so that the flowers vary in size ever so slightly.

[3.] Cut out all the circles of felt. Remember that two felt circles in contrasting/complimentary colours together make up one rose.

[4.] With each set of circles, start cutting about a centimetre in width, from the outside towards the centre…..in a spiral motion as seen here in the images.

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[5.] Now comes the slightly trickier bit but also the fun bit! :) Take the centre of the spiralled piece and tighly twist the felt around the centre so that it forms the shape of a flower bud. While you don’t have to be super neat with this stage, try and ensure that felt is still tightly wrapped around so to avoid it falling loose later. You may add bit of hot glue along the way to ensure it stays in place.

[6.] When you get to the end, add more glue to stick the ends down neatly. You will now see how the two colours add depth to the flowers.

[7.] Repeat this with all the cut circles to create all your flowers!

[8.] Next up, take some ribbon and roughly cut to size the amount you think you’ll need – make sure you have enough for it to cover right round your hear as well as allow for it to be tied up in a bow. I cut my green Jane Means stitched ribbon to roughly 1300mm (about 51 316 in) to accommodate all the flowers and allow for enough leeway for adjustment. Place the cut piece across your work surface and start glueing down your flower buds to the ribbon working from the centre out – this way, you are certain that the flowers are placed centrally on to your ribbon. The reverse side of the ribbon will look messy but don’t worry, you won’t see this at all!

[9.] You can even add a small dollop of glue between each flower for a more secure fixing however, don’t put too much as it will make the crown too stiff to bend around your head! Leave them to cool for a few minutes (making sure it’s not stuck to the work surface!!) and you now have yourself a funky felt flower crown!! :) MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Floral-Crown_2-WEB

What do you think? Pretty easy right? And if I let you in on a secret…..the two tone-effect was completely unplanned! I was merely trying to speed up the cutting-out process by laying couple of sheets at time when I realised it actually works out to be quite effective by adding that extra bit of dimension to the flowers! So, through trial and error you never know what techniques you’ll come up with which is why these weekly DIY series of mine are her to encourage you all to just have a go with what you have and not worry about the limited resources!

MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Floral-Crown_7-WEBAnyway, I hope you enjoyed this and that inspires you to try this out yourselves. They’re perfect for all ages (even me!!) and ideal to make with the little ‘uns………By the way, don’t you just love my gorgeous little Goddaughter rocking my floral creation!!? :) So if you have a go, do remember to take some photos and share it with me on FB or Twitter with the hashtag #craftwithMolu.

Happy crafting lovelies! xxx

 

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[D.I.Y. Tutorial] St. Patrick’s Day Banner

MbM_DIY-Tutorial_St.Patricks-Day_WEB-MAIN(a)Hey lovely people! I hope you’ve had a lovely week so far! St. Patrick’s Day coming up, there’s going to be a lot of green splashed about, so I thought I would do something in aid of all the impending shenanigans. Last year I made a lot more food-based prettiness, so this time it’s going to be more crafty fun. We’re going to be checking out the parade on Sunday for the first time since being in London and I know for a fact that I’m going to have to sport something ludicrously green… all in the name of some fun and laughter, I guess! ;)

Anyway, this week’s DIY tutorial is a cute little felt banner with one of my favourite Irish quotes….although I’ve taken the original and tweaked the “I’m” to “he’s” as a tongue-in-cheek being I’m married to an Irishman. To be honest, I was going to make this for a t-shirt I thought I’d wear on Sunday but decided to make the banner instead half way through cutting the letters. I’ll probably use fabric paint to create the t-shirt later. So here’s what you need for this project:

  1. Crafting felt (a green one for either the letters or the background or two shades of green for both)
  2. Adhesive (glue gun or fabric glue)
  3. Twine
  4. Pen
  5. Scissors
  6. Dowel or a BBQ skewer (forgot to include that in the image below)

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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Free hand draw out the letters of your desired quote (you can pick from “Kiss me, I’m Irish“, “Luck of the Irish“, “I’m your lucky charm“) directly onto the felt, using a fine-nibbed pen. It really doesn’t matter if it’s not perfect. It’s all about the handmade charm!
  2. Cut the letters out using a pair of scissors.
  3. Place the letters roughly onto your background felt sheet (mine was A4 in size) so you get a good idea how it’s aligned.
  4. Stick the felt letters down using either fabric glue or glue gun. Make sure the glue is applied neatly to avoid any stringy mess!
  5. Take a piece of dowel or BBQ skewer and cut it to fit the width of the felt sheet. Once cut to size, tie the twine at both ends once you’ve figured out how long you want it. I cut mine to roughly 40-50cm in length. Then apply some glue gun (for this part, the glue gun is better than fabric glue) along the length of the dowel and press it gently against the reverse side of the felt. And that’s all there is to it!

MbM_DIY-Tutorial_St.Patricks-Day_WEB-1Now all you got to do is find a place to hang the lovely banner – this one i’ve made is currently hanging up in our kitchen. You should have seen my husband’s face when he saw it ;) I may have to take it out with me on Sunday or perhaps have the same quote on a t-shirt or a placard. :D Anyway, I hope you have fun with whatever you choose to do. It is super quick to make and you don’t really need a lot to make it. If you don’t have felt, then try it with card. Happy crafting and don’t forget to share any of your creations with me and add the hashtag #craftwithmolu with your images! xxx

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[D.I.Y. Valentine’s Special] Embroidery Hoop Love Heart

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Okay, so our second Valentine’s Day Special DIY project is this quick and easy wall hanging made out of embroidery hoops, scrap fabric materials and felt! I’ve seen these around for a while (so I can’t take any credit for it) and had actually wanted to make an installation of these hoops using scraps of colourful silk Sari material but much to my biggest disappointment I ran out of time and the logistics of making them all in one city and then assembling it in another was a bit more challenging that anticipated. A real shame really as it was going to be the backdrop for the guest book/photo area and it really would have been something else! *sigh* Ah well…..someday I shall get the chance to do it!

Anyway, here’s a small one I made for this tutorial which I thought would be absolutely adorable for Valentine’s Day – whether its a gift, or part of a wall hanging installation, this is the most cost-efficient and visually effective project you could do. Again, just a few simple materials and a bit crafty enthusiasm you can make something rather special. This literally took me 30 mins! So what’s your excuse eh? ;)

SUPPLIES:

  1. Small Embroidery Hoop (you can get this at any craft store, haberdashery or online)
  2. thread and needle
  3. scissors
  4. pencil
  5. Fabric scraps
  6. Crafting felt

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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut out a heart template out of card or paper (or use anything you already have about in the house like a cookie cutter etc) and make sure it fits the size of your embroidery hoop. The size of hoop I used was a 6.5″(16cm) in diameter.
  2. I used the fold-over paper method to create a template. This way, you can still free hand draw your heart but with the guarantee that it’ll be symmetrical. This is up to you of course. If you do go for it, simply fold a piece of paper in half and then draw half of the heart onto the folded edge of your paper (as you can see in the images)
  3. Use the template to trace the heart onto your felt fabric. I kept it traditional and opted for a red felt heart.
  4. Carefully cut around the outline so that you’re left with a perfect little felt heart.MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Embroidery-Hoop-VD_1-Web
  5. Now pick a scrap of fabric you’d like to use as your background piece onto which the felt heart will be adhered to. I had lots of 20x20cm bits of floral fabric so used one of them for this project that would compliment the felt heart. YOu can temporarily tack the heart to the centre of the fabric piece before placing it in the hoop.
  6. Place the fabric over the inner part of the hoop (if you’ve never used these before then note that there are two rings; an inner and outer one which you can separate by loosening the little screw). Make sure it is centred with the hoop – use the felt heart as your guidance. And once you’re happy with the positioning, place the outer ring over it and screw tightly into place. You’ll see that the fabric will stretch out nicely when doing so. And now start stitching around your felt heart, again you are free to pick what style of stitching you want to use but a simple running stitch does the job fine! Just a little FYI – make sure the screw part of the hoop is on the top and in line with the top of your heart (you’ll see why in the last couple of points)
  7. Trim any excess material around the hoop so that it isn’t visible when you turn it the right way round. Now you can choose to stick these edges down onto the edges of the hoop or alternatively, if you cut close to the edges enough that would more than suffice.
  8. Turn the hoop around to check if the edges are all tidy,
  9. Then take some ribbon, twine or coloured cord and tie it around the screw fixture. And there you have it. You’re very own little wall hanging fro Valentine’s Day (or any other lovey dovey day!)

MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Embroidery-Hoop-VD_2-webNow obviously you can take it to a much different level by adding embellishments or personalising it but by showing you how its done with just the bare minimum materials is so that you can see how easy this is to make and how far basic materials can go to come up with something unique. What I love about this is that you can use all kinds of fabric materials – that’s the beauty of this project. So if you have lace, vintage florals or any kind of left over fabric and trimmings at home…..you know where to use them! Just have fun!! And if you need inspiration, go on Pinterest! ;)

Happy crafting lovelies! xxx

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[D.I.Y. Valentine’s Special] Stamped Felt Love Hearts

MbM_Felt-Love-Hearts_MainMorning folks! It’s Monday, a brand new start to the week and back to the grind! But with Valentine’s Day looming I’m sure there’s plenty of you stressing over what to get and what plans to make……especially for those planning to propose! OOooOOooHHH! ;) Thankfully we don’t have to share all this anxiety as we’re not big into this day as the rest but that doesn’t stop us appreciating all the LOVE that’ll be in the air this week! :) Well, I’ve actually decided to do a two part DIY series this week for you, if you prefer the more handmade approach…..call me biased but I do think it speaks a thousand more words than commercially bought gifts :D

So my first Valentine’s Special DIY post is making these cute felt love hearts. I knew I wanted to do something that combined  rubber stamps and writing messages so instead of making clay ornaments or cookies with words stamped into them, I decided to use the same concept but on crafting felt. All you need are FOUR key materials to make these bad boys which I think would be perfect as either ornaments or as a gift in it self. Oh and you can totally make them much larger too, which would really be awesome! I was a little restricted with time which is why I kept them small but a felt cushion would be one to do the next time, me thinks! :D

SUPPLIES:

  1. Crafting Felt
  2. Scissors
  3. Thread + Needle
  4. A-Z rubber stamps + Ink
  5. A heart-shaped template
  6. Stuffing 

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INSTRUCTIONS: MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Love-Hearts-VD_1-Web

  1. 1. Use a heart-shaped template to trace around on your felt sheet.You can free hand draw this, do the folded-over paper method or like me, use something you may have about in the house.
  2. Once the outline has been draw onto your felt, carefully cut around it using a good pair of scissors
  3. If you’re making the one felt ornament then you will need to cut out two identical hearts out of felt for the front and back panel but if you’re making more then cut the amount accordingly.
  4. Pick out the letters you need to create your words/messages and get a good idea of how the words would sit within the heart shape – obviously, you want to centre the best you can. Dab the stamp onto the ink to ensure the ink has been covered thoroughly (not too much though!) and then gently place it onto the felt for a couple of seconds. You may find that if you press down a little too hard, any ink caught on the edges of the stamp would also appear on the felt! Now this could be part of the charm otherwise, try and avoid this by being gentle.
  5. It is up to you if you want messages or words on both panels so that you have two on the one ornament. Otherwise you could just stamp the front panel and leave the back panel blank. Alternatively, if you fancy it, you could have a different colour or material for the back panel…..the choices are endless! :)
  6. I used a bit of left over red felt for the loops (roughly 1cm in width and 10cm in length….once double it would be 5cm in length). You can use ribbon, twine, thread or cord for this and the length is up to you to play with. The one I opted for fits perfectly round door handles or picture hooks.MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Love-Hearts-VD_2-Web
  7. Add a dollop of glue to fasten the ends of the felt loop and then again when you stick it to the inside/reverse side of the front panel.
  8. Now pick a thread of your choice and once you’ve place both the front and back panel together (you can use a dressmaker’s pin to hold in place) stitch carefully around the heart. I opted for red to keep it in line with the red used for the stamped words and the loop. The stitching can be dead simple; I’ve used a basic ‘running stitch’ done it but if you’re much more advanced or have more time on your hands then feel free to others like the ‘blanket stitch’ or ‘whip stitch’
  9. Remember not to stitch around completely as you will need to add the stuffing! So when you’re like 3/4 done (or what you think is enough room to insert the stuffing in) then gently add the stuffing – you really wont need much…probably like the size of your hand. Well, depending on the size of your heart, you can figure how much you’ll need.
  10. Once stuffed, finish of the stitching and hey presto – you have some cute little stamped felt ornaments! Its as simple as that! :)

I think these are great for all ages, adults and kids alike! I know I’d much rather recieve these anyonymously than a card ;) Oh and hey, you could add a bit of dried lavender if you want that extra bit of ‘romantic’ touch! Anyway, enjoy your valentines crafting and as always, if you give any of my DIY projects a go please do share them with me on my Facebook page (and hashtag it with #craftwithmolu) I get such a kick out of seeing them. Much love xxx

 

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[D.I.Y. Gifts] Handmade Felt Notebook sleeve – 2

MbM_Felt-Book-Cover_4Since making one of these for my father-in-law for Christmas, I’ve been dying to make another but never quite found the time; there was always something or another that hindered my plans. So when I remembered I had to get a little birthday present for a friend of mine, I decided this would be the perfect excuse to make one! :) Like me, she’s always full of creative ideas and quite the list-maker too, so I got her two black A5 Muji notebooks to which I designed the felt case around for a perfect fit. I loved the idea of still using greys and black with a pop of colour and seeing as my friends loves her pinks, I decided to opt for a hot pink. Like the last one, I used the grey for the base, black top half and hint of pink in the stitching and the front detail. It’s sleek, edgy yet uber feminine! I’m now thinking I need to make one for myself as these are my favourite colours too – goes so well with my phone, lippy and jewellery! :D Oh and to personalise it further, I cut out the letter ‘N’ out of pink felt and added that to the front of the case.

What do you think? Yay or nay? Well, at least now I can say I’ve done a ‘His and Hers’ set of felt notebook sleeve! ;) And I REALLY hope the recipient loves it!!!  xx

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[D.I.Y. Tutorial] Making felt swirl brooches

MbM_DIY-Tutorial_Jan_1-webWell folks, as my new years resolution, I’ve told myself that I would be extra organised with my blogposts on here and to do so I will be scheduling weekly and monthly posts in the hope that they are easier to accomplish even when things get a little too manic on the work/life front. After doing quite a bit of festive crafting last year, I think it prompted me to raise the game a bit and start getting more done….especially when it’s the one thing that keeps me sane! So, my first 2014 mission is to provide you with weekly DIY inspiration in the form of tutorials and it will take place every Wednesdays as a kind of ‘mid-week refresher’ so that it gives us all the spur of creativity we need! The intention is that all of the tutorials are my own but if I do have that odd week were for whatever reason I am unable to deliver, then I will see that I find you inspiration from other fellow crafters I admire. Sounds like a plan…..or is it more a challenge? Hmm ;)

Anyhoo, these felt brooches are super easy to make and I started making them after finding some leftover scraps of felt from when I made the Notebook Sleeve as a Christmas gift for my father-in-law. Rather than chucking them away, I decided they could be turned into something…..and the results were far better than expected where you end up with some pretty nifty (and professional looking) brooches! So, here’s what you will need:

Materials:

  • Crafting felt – you can buy these from any craft stores and even online
  • Scissors / Stanley knife – to cut out the strips of felt
  • Glue – any good crafting glue that works on fabric or better yet, glue gun for extra strength!
  • Brooch pins – preferably with a flat backing bit to it so that it stays on more rigidly.

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Instructions:

  1. Cut out 1cm width strips of felt from your chosen colours and then roll each strip tightly into these little swirls. You can dictate how big you want them from how much of the felt you use up. I made an assorted bunch of sizes so when it came to making the smaller ones, I just cut the strip to my desired length. This can be done prior to rolling or while rolling. to secure the end of the strip, use any good craft glue for fabric or glue gun. I used the latter which gives a much sturdier finish.
  2. Once you’ve made up all the swirls, roughly place them next to each other to configure your desired pattern, or just play it by ear as you are gluing them together. Again, use the glue to fasten it all together in place – just be sure to do this part neatly as you wouldn’t want any strands of glue visible on the ‘good side’ i.e. the side that will be exposed. To ensure that the back of the felt swirls is nice and flat, use the worktop as guidance but obviously make sure you don’t leave it there for it to get stuck to the surface! The glue gun would be perfect here as it helps reinforce the joints a lot better and dries a lot quicker as long as you apply a thin coat without burning yourself! Leave it to cool and set for a couple of mins.
  3. Once your felt swirls have cooled and set, place it on another scrap piece of felt, slightly bigger than your design and with the ‘good side’ facing up. This will become your backing piece onto which the brooch clip will be fastened to and it acts as another piece of reinforcement! Try to use a subtle colour for this piece or one that was predominately used in your swirls so that it blends in and discreet – you don’t want it to distract from the main swirly pieces. Now, to get the exact shape to fit your design, trace around the design with any kind of pen (one that wont leak into the material)
  4. Then cut out the backing piece and stick it onto the reverse side of your felt swirls using your glue. Press down onto it gently but firmly so that the it sits flush with the edges of the swirls. Again, try to be neat when doing this so that you keep the brooch from any unwanted signs of dried glue because felt does show this and it doesn’t look pretty! Once dry, take the brooch pin (with the flat backing to it) and add a dollop of glue onto it before fastening it firmly onto the back of the felt piece. Do check that you are happy with the pin alignment before you fix it to the back i.e. its the right way round so that when you wear your brooch it sits correctly.

Et Voila! You have you’re very own bespoke brooch ready to wear! It took me about 20-30mins to make this brooch up and really pleased with how well it turned out for such a simple method so there’s nothing stopping you making your own little version. And what I love about this technique is that the designs are endless….you can create headpieces, pendants, earrings, and any kind of embellishment really. So go dig out some felt and try this DIY project out! And if you give it a go, then I would LOVE to see what you come up with so please do post a photo of your final piece on my Facebook Page and tagging it with #craftingwithmolu  – that way I can have a nosey and perhaps even pick out a favourite for a little surprise treat? Now if that aint an incentive to get you crafting then I don’t know what is! ;)

Happy crafting folks!!! And do remember to share your images!!! x x

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[D.I.Y. Gifts] Handmade Felt Notebook sleeve

MbM_Felt-Book-Cover_mainHello folks! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and enjoying your much needed R&R over the holidays. I cannot believe how quickly the last week flew by and it’s not long till we ring in 2014! Well, before we do, I wanted to give you a little glimpse into a Christmas gift I made for my father-in-law.

One of his presents was a little black notebook we got from Muji which we thought would be perfect for all his notes, addresses and passwords but we decided it would be nice to present it in a bespoke or personalised sleeve of some sort. Having failed to find any that suited the size of the notebook, I decided it was probably best I make one….and so I did! :) I had lots of felt kicking about so picked out some masculine colours (black and grey) and added pop of yellow to give it some life. Time was of essences so I wasn’t able to experiment with many design ideas so kept to a very simple fold-over style into which the book could slot into. Used red thread to sew the edges with to add that subtle accent……Et voila!

It’s not super perfect being the first and final draft but I guess that adds to the overall handmade look. Both my hubby and my father-in-law were happy with it so that is a good sign! I must say, even in the short space of time, I really had fun making it and now itching to make more! So if you fancy one…..you know who to come to :D

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[D.I.Y. Christmas] Handmade felt napkin ring holders

In keeping with my last two blog posts, I have another little festive DIY craft project to share with you where I show you how to use a few basic materials to make some rather effective napkin ring holders in a short space of time. This idea came out of materials I had been using whilst working on Christmas gifts and decor in the last two weeks, so it pretty much demonstrates how to use up what you have kicking about in a very quick and cost-efficient way; if you’re time-conscious or the last-minute type then this will be perfect for you! You could even get the kids or the entire family involved too….it’s that simple! :)

MbM_FESTIVE-CRAFTING_napkin-rings_11. Baker’s Twine  |  2. Crafting Felt  |  3. Craft or Gift-wrapping paper  |  4.Ribbons  |  Fabric Glue

Cut the crafting felt sheets of your desired colour into strips; ideally around 5cm in width and 21cm in length. If, like me, you have some crafting felt that come as a4 sheets then just use the 21cm width of the sheet as your reference and divide it up into five even strips. Otherwise, work out what suits you with the amount of felt you have and how many napkin ring holders you’d like to make.

Once the required number of felt strips are cut out, it really is up to you how you decorate or embellish it. For the ones I made here, I played around with the glittery gold gift-wrapping paper, twine and some gold ribbon I had kicking about to come up with six different yet simple design combinations. There are of course plenty more variations one could come up with but in the one hour time frame I had, these the options I conjured up. So what do you think? Will you have a go yourself and let me know?

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