GIVEAWAY

I am doing a giveaway on my Instagram for a gorgeous cat cushion

All you have to do is follow my Instagram and tag three friends:)

Please enter!!!

 

https://www.instagram.com/gembobs_crafts/

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Back from Paris!

Well I’m back in the lovely York now, it’s been an amazing two weeks I have enjoyed it so much and havnt stopped! My favourite things that I did in Paris were:

  • National History Museum, just beautiful grounds and the zoo is fab
  • Centre of Pompidou, saw amazing works by Kandinsky and Klee!!
  • The Louvre, obviously amazing but the outside grounds and the funky pyramid glass statues are gorgeous
  • Wondering around all the pretty streets, walking along the river and seeing the Notre dame and other pretty buildings.

So that’s my favourite things that I did but obviously everyone is different and likes different things etc.

I’m quite glad I’m going back because I havnt been able to do anything crafty in TWO WEEKS. I am actually getting withdrawals now because I normally sew everyday. I don’t know what other people do? On the evening like what do you do when you havnt got any crafts to do???

I’ve got five orders from etsy to make, a bag to send, and two people have requested some handmade curtains for me to make so I’m gonna get straight into the orders. I’ve been updating my SEO on my etsy site so hopefully that will help as well.

Kind of want to make other animals but not sure which ones? What are you favourite cushions in my shop and what would you like to see more of?

Bye bye bloggers!!

Lots of home inspiration

Hi there, sorry I’ve been abit absent lately!! I’m busying doing lots of crafts and working on my degree. Just thought I’d show you what I’ve been working on in my home and hopefully inspire people to get creative themselves!
Oh and also I have a lovely old Jones sewing machine that I bought for £12.00 at my local auction in north yorkshire 🙂 I’m not going to use it, it just ties in lovely with my fabric shelves!!

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Painted and upholstered chairs

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Butterfly heaven! (There my favourite animal!)
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Tried to make a dream catcher ... I think I'm going to add a few more bits to it though such as beads & feathers
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I know these are normally for children's room but I think they look pretty! Also the headboard is upholstered!
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Lots of fabric that is colour coordinated!
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My lovely old sewing machine 🙂
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My sewing space... includes a blackboard and notepad if I get ideas.
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And this is also something I won at an auction for £5.00, it's all handmade full of sequins!!

Flow Magazine

This magazine is my favourite read ever.. Honestly its such a lovely, escaping, mindful, interesting, peaceful, inspirational magazine that fills you with hope and ideas! Please take a look at their website and trot down to WH Smiths and get one!! You will not regret it honestly!!

 

Here is a link to the websites inspiring quotes which everyone loves a bit of!

http://www.flowmagazine.com/category/quotes-that-inspire-us

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DIY Fabric Covered Plates… Dishwasher Safe!!

DIY Fabric Covered Plates… Dishwasher Safe!!

MATERIALS:

  • Various fat quarter or fabric scraps
  • Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge
  • Scissors
  • Paint Brush or Sponge
  • Dishware

Dishwasher Safe Fabric Platter DIY


HOW TO:

Dishwasher Safe Fabric Platter DIY
Step One: Cut various sized strips of your fabric to accommodate the dish size.

Step Two: Making sure your dish is clean and dry, paint a thin layer of mod podge on it.

Step Three: Place your fabric on top of your mod podge, and gently smooth out any creases or bubbles.

Step Four: Cut off excess fabric on the sides. Repeat for all sides, or all around your dishware.

Dishwasher Safe Fabric Platter DIY

Step Five: Once your fabric is on your dishware, use a paint brush or sponge again and paint a thin layer of mod podge over your fabric. Make sure you cover the entire fabric, as well as the edges.

Step Six: If a monogram is desired, cut out your monogram letter, and apply it to your dish. Once again, paint over the monogram with the mod podge as you did in the previous step.

Step Seven: Allow mod podge to dry fully. If desired, you can add another layer of mod podge to your creation over the fabric for added security. (I did.)

Dishwasher Safe Fabric Platter DIY
And you are done!


Dishwasher Safe Fabric Platter DIY

Dishwasher Safe Fabric Platter DIY

Half the cost of custom dishware, for double the handmade present WOW factor. Imagine the possibilities.

Thanks so much http://www.mesewcrazy.com for the amazing blog post.

Happy Sewing!

Pillow/Cushion with a Pom Pom Trim!

I am currently in the process of moving into my new flat (Yey) So i will be making lots of beautiful things to fill my home with… So the next few posts are dedicated to home decor…

Enjoy!

How to make a cushion with a pom pom trim

Gather your supplies:
– 2.5 yards pom pom tassel
– fabric of your choice
– 18″ pillow form
– straight pins, marking pen, needle and thread, scissors, sewing machine

pom pom pillow sewing tutorial

Step 1:

Cut your fabric. Cut the back panel to 19″ x 19″ and 4 front pieces to 10″ x 10″ each.

For the front, place two 10″ x 10″ pieces on top of each other right sides together and sew a 1/2″ seam down one side. (If your print is a directional print, make sure you pay attention to which way your fabric is facing, so it will be correct once the pillow is finished) Do the same to the other two 10″ x 10″ pieces. Iron the seams open.

pom pom pillow sewing tutorial

Now you have 2 front pieces. Place one on top of the other (right sides together) and sew a 1/2″ seam down one side. Again, make sure your fabric is facing the right direction. Iron the seams open. You now have one ‘front’ piece’. Set aside.

pom pom pillow sewing tutorial

pom pom pillow sewing tutorial

Step 2:

Take your pom pom tassel and pin it around all 4 sides of the back panel. Make sure you pin it with the pom poms facing in. Sew or baste the tassel in place using a 1/4″ seam allowance, making sure to back stitch at each end.  I like to do this so when you sew the two panels together, you don’t have to worry too much about the tassel moving around.

pom pom pillow sewing tutorial

pom pom pillow sewing tutorial

Step 3:

Once your tassel is in place, you are almost done! Lay the front patchwork panel on top of the back panel (right sides together) matching up all 4 sides. Pin in place leaving about a 6″-7″ opening at the bottom of the pillowcase for flipping and stuffing.   Sew all around (except for the opening) with a 1/2″ seam allowance, making sure to backstitch at each end.

pom pom pillow sewing tutorial

Step 4:

Once your panels are sewn together, trim all 4 corners making sure not to cut the stitching. Flip the pillow right side out and poke out the corners with something pointy, like a turning tool. I use a knitting needle, works great! Stuff your pillow form through the opening.

pom pom pillow sewing tutorial

pom pom pillow sewing tutorial

Step 5:

Fold in the opening and pin closed. Using a needle and thread, sew the opening closed.

pom pom pillow sewing tutorial

With Thanks to http://www.annkelle.com/diy-pom-pom-pillow/

DIY hair bands!!

DIY Hair Bands In Every Color

80 hair bands! Easy. 20 yards of elastic in 20 colors. Some even with glitter.

Now the question is: what the hell am I supposed to do with eighty hair bands?

Materials:

  • stretch elastic (I purchased mine here) (I used 5/8″ elastic on the glitter and “fold over” elastic for the rest)

Instructions:

  • Measure elastic equivalent to wrap around the circumference of your wrist, leaving an extra inch on each side
  •  Cut the elastic (a sharp scissor is best to avoid fray; cut on a slight angle)
  • Hold the two ends of the elastic together and wrap them around one finger. Pull the two ends through the loop. (do not pull on the edges of the elastic or it will fray)
  • That’s it! I added mine to a card (actually recycled extra RSVP cards from our wedding) and added fun names to give as gifts.
  • Be impressed with yourself.

*Clarification required: By purple hazing, I just mean rocking out. Not doing psychodelic drugs 1960s-style.*

** Not going to make them? Anthropologie’s really are awesome (see here) or ShopBop sells a set of 18 (see here) **

this tutorial is from the amazing site http://www.loveumadly.com    🙂

Hi! Update!!

Hi all! Just thought i’d update you on all thats been going on in Gembobs Crafts.

Well first my cat gave birth and we have a new little kitten! He is called CJ and is sooo mega cute! He has been helping me with me sewing!!

Imageaww!! 🙂 and we have a new puppy.. also very cute.

 

Anyway! the reason i haven’t been posting much is because ive recently got quite a few orders so i’ve been sourcing out some new colour specific fabrics, and i’ve lent my grandmas sewing machine because she has a zipper foot because i’ve been making cushions at last! finished me first one the other day yey!! 

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haha my sewing table!!! 😀 ive got white cotton on one and black on the other 😛 lazy i know!!

Also… completely random but look at the size of the eggs we have been getting from out chickens…Image

wow! hope your all okay and been crafting alot!

byee x

Happy!!

Happy!!

Been very productive these past couple of days.
*Took new photos with a white background of all the crafts i have got in stock. Uploaded them on my Etsy Site!! 🙂
*Been thinking of new ideas.. what to make next.. starting to make funky cushions to sell
*Bought some very expensive pinking shears for my crafts.. i like to know that my items will not wear away and fray so i think it is a good investment
*got a knock on my door earlier for a massive order of elephants and babygrow elephants which i LOVE to make 🙂
Yey so things are going good in the world of crafts.

If you have any suggestions on what to make next.. please email me and have a look at my website..
http://www.gembobs.co.uk

thanks for reading guys!!!