You may remember me introducing you to my own brush lettering workshops over here on the blog, back in November? A big thanks to all you lovely people that have booked on to the eight classes I’ve taught already under The Lovely Drawer. As ever I’ve really been enjoying teaching but I also wanted to take a moment to introduce you to another workshop I’m running. I’ve taken my digital session exclusively to the Lovely Drawer going forward so now there’s a next step to further how you can use your lettering.
Hooray! Finally another DIY on the blog. Forgive me for not being able to create as many recently. It’s hard to keep up with the many ‘hats’ that I wear on a regular basis. I’ve been merrily thinking up more and more craft projects during my Wednesday morning swims (exercise plus DIY planning) and now I don’t seem to have the time to keep up with how many are on the list…oops!
Happy Sunday! Here’s a fun DIY idea for the weekend. After the DIY wall clock I made a while ago, I really fancied dreaming up a desk clock that could stand of it’s own accord. In all fairness it doesn’t have to sit on your desk, it would work just as well on a shelf or even on your bedside table too. To make this a reality, I turned to my age old friend, clay. We really are the best of buddies but for this project I decided to use the air dry version rather than the stuff you bake as I didn’t have anything oven-safe to sit it on to hold it’s shape. If you do however (i.e something with a clean right angle) then go for it! Oven bake clay is definitely easier to work with if you have the choice. I also added a marble effect because you can’t really go wrong with blush marbling can you? It’s always a winner in my eyes and paired with a brass set of hands, it’s a perfect combo.
- Paint dashes onto your canvas with the fabric paint and allow to dry. Cut two rectangles 3cm bigger than your phone from the felt and then do the same from your spotted fabric but leave an allowance of about 6cm at the top. I doubled up my spotted canvas with a plain canvas layer to give a more solid white. Line all fabric sheets up.
- Fold the longer top edge of your spotty fabrics over the felt and iron down to hold in place. Then on a sewing machine with the white thread, stitch a straight line to secure.
- Then reverse your sides and pin together, leaving a material allowance around the edge. Check that your phone slots in and out.
- Use your sewing machine to follow the pins. Curve the corners as this will make it neater when you finally turn it out.
- Trim the excess fabric. Cut a few small slits in the excess around the curved corners.
- Turn your pouch out. This may take a bit of manoeuvring.
- Thread the tapestry thread through a needle and hand stitch into the corner of your pouch forming a loop.
- Thread on the beads, pushing them close to the fabric and then tie a knot in the loop to fix them in place.