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Hearts & Kisses Felt Tic Tac Toe Set DIY for Valentine’s Day

We’re in the Valentine’s Day spirit! And here is a cute DIY you can make play with your Valentine courtesy of Laura Howard! Over to you, Laura!

Hearts and Kisses Felt Tic Tac Toe Set DIY for Valentine's Day

Instead of Noughts and Crosses, why not play a game of Hearts and Kisses! Use colourful wool blend felt to make this felt game board and pieces decorated with hearts and X-shaped “kisses”. For even quicker crafting, glue the felt game pieces together with craft glue and make a board from colourful card.

Tools & Materials:
The PDF template sheet.
Wool blend felt in Fuchsia, Cotton Candy, Purple and Wisteria.
Sewing thread to match the pink felt.
Stranded embroidery thread to match the light purple felt.
A sewing needle and pins.
White tissue paper.
A ruler and a pencil.
Sewing scissors or embroidery scissors (these are great for cutting out small felt shapes!).
Optional: an air-erasable fabric marker.

To make the Tic Tac Toe set:

1. Use the templates provided to cut 12 circles from bright pink felt and 12 circles from light pink felt. Also cut out six bright pink hearts and six crosses.

2. Sew each heart and cross onto a contrasting felt circle with backstitch and matching thread, as shown.

Hearts and Kisses Felt Tic Tac Toe Set DIY for Valentine's Day

3. Join the decorated and plain felt circles together using blanket stitch and matching sewing thread (if you prefer, you could use whip stitch or running stitch instead of blanket stitch).

Hearts and Kisses Felt Tic Tac Toe Set DIY for Valentine's Day

Hearts and Kisses Felt Tic Tac Toe Set DIY for Valentine's Day

4. Cut out two six by six inch squares: one from light purple felt and one from dark purple felt. Use a ruler and a pencil to create a square paper template, or use a ruler and an air erasable fabric marker to draw the squares directly onto the felt.

5. Trace the grid from the template sheet onto a piece of white tissue paper. Pin the tissue paper to the dark purple square so that the design is centred in the square. Tack the paper to the felt with large stitches, remove the pins and trim any excess tissue paper overhanging the edges of the felt.

Hearts and Kisses Felt Tic Tac Toe Set DIY for Valentine's Day

6. Sew along the four lines with running stitch and light purple embroidery thread. Use three strands (out of the six in the skein) and try to keep your stitches evenly sized and spaced.

Hearts and Kisses Felt Tic Tac Toe Set DIY for Valentine's Day

7. Remove the tacking stitches and carefully tear away the tissue paper, revealing the stitching.

Hearts and Kisses Felt Tic Tac Toe Set DIY for Valentine's Day

8. Pin the dark purple and light purple felt squares together so the edges line up neatly. Sew around the edges with blanket stitch, using three strands of light purple embroidery thread as before.

The blanket stitch finishes the edges neatly and creates a bit of extra decoration, but if you prefer you can use sewing thread for less visible stitching and sew around the edges with whip stitch or running stitch.

Hearts and Kisses Felt Tic Tac Toe Set DIY for Valentine's Day

Hearts and Kisses Felt Tic Tac Toe Set DIY for Valentine's Day

Hearts and Kisses Felt Tic Tac Toe Set DIY for Valentine's Day

Don’t you love this? We do!

Hearts and Kisses Felt Tic Tac Toe Set DIY for Valentine's Day

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Tutorial! Vegan leather star headband

We have these really cool packs of vegan leather in stock, but what can we make with them?! We put the question to the super talented Laura Howard and this is the third of four tutorials she’s written for us! Find all of the tutorials in the series here.

Vegan Leather Star Headband Tutorial

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

I’m so excited to share some ideas for using these awesome packs of synthetic leather. I love this stuff (especially the super-cool metallics – they’re so shiny!), it looks great and it’s really easy to cut and sew. There are loads of things you could use this fun faux leather for. Hair clips, bracelets or cuffs, patches, keyrings… you could even use your leftover scraps to add some interesting texture to cards or gift tags.

Today I’m sharing a tutorial for how to make a star headband! Show off the gorgeous metallic faux leather with a star headband! You can add lots of stars to make a super star crown, or just add a couple of stars for a bit of subtle glamour.

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

To make the headband you will need:

* A synthetic leather kit
* A sewing needle
* Sewing scissors
* An air-erasable fabric marker pen or an ordinary felt tip pen
* The headband template sheet – click here to download and print the PDF
* A plastic headband
* Coordinating felt (I used black to match the headband)
* Craft glue
* A glue gun and glue
* A heatproof mat for the glue gun
* Newspaper or scrap paper to protect your workspace

To make the headband:

Use the templates provided to cut out as many stars as you want – I cut one large star and four small stars. Trace the star shapes onto the back of the leather using a pen then cut them out with sewing scissors.

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Cut pieces of felt slightly bigger than each star. Turn the stars over and place them on some newspaper or scrap paper. One by one, cover the back of each star with a layer of craft glue and then firmly press a piece of felt on top covering the star completely. Turn the felt and attached stars over and set them aside to dry.

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Once the glue has completely dried cut away the excess felt, leaving stars which are leather on one side and felt on the other.

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Use a glue gun to stick the stars to a headband. Add a line of glue down the centre of one of the stars, on the felt side. Carefully press the star into position on the headband, holding it in place until the glue has dried enough to stick it firmly. Repeat to add the rest of the stars.

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

IMPORTANT: take care when working with the glue gun as the glue gets very hot! Always place it on a heat-proof mat when not in use, and use newspaper or other scrap paper to protect your workspace. Work slowly, squeezing the gun with care to control the amount of glue you’re using and keeping your fingers out of the way of the hot glue.

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

A huge thank you to September Pictures for taking photos for this post (tutorial photos taken by Laura herself) and to Sophia for her excellent modelling!

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Saturday 4th November is Christmas Crafts Party Day in our West Hampstead shop!

Yes folks, it is nearly that time of year again! Time to drink mulled wine…to listen to Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas on repeat…time to update your Christmas card list…and time to party!

Christmas Crafts Party

Christmas at The Village Haberdashery officially starts on Saturday 4th November and we are kicking things off with a Christmas Crafts day! We’ll have a craft table full of mini make and takes including gift tags, felt ornaments, Christmas cards and more.

Stamped gift tags

Plus we’ll be serving up mulled wine, mince pies and chocolates to get you in the festive spirit!

Plus shop our fun selection of Christmas craft supplies and kits, cards and gift wrap. We can’t wait to inspire your Christmas crafting this year!

Here are the quick facts for the event:

Date: Saturday 4 November 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm
Location: The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead
Cost: Free

Also be sure to check out all of the Christmas themed classes we have coming up here.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

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Mod Podge fabric-covered tray tutorial by Chloe Hardisty

We are huge fans of decoupage in the shop and Mod Podge is our product of choice. To inspire you to give this craft a try, we’ve got an awesome DIY by Chloe Hardisty, the designer behind the brand Cotton Clara! We stock Chloe’s fun modern cross stitch banner kits and covet all of the DIY’s on her blog so we are super happy that she deigned this project for The Daily Stitch. Take it away, Chloe!

Mod Podge tray tutorial

I love using Mod Podge to upcycle furniture and other household objects, I’ve transformed cupboards, stools, the possibilities are endless! But if you want to start simple with this technique, this tray project is the perfect place to begin.

Mod Podge tray tutorial

What you will need:

Start by making sure your chosen tray is clean and dry. I got my tray from Wilkos for a couple of pounds. You could use an old tray you have, just be careful if it has a pattern on it, that the pattern doesn’t show through the fabric you’ve chosen.

Mod Podge tray tutorial

Now lay you fabric out, wrong side up, and draw around your tray, giving yourself enough extra fabric to wrap around the rim of the tray. I did this freehand but you might want to be a bit more precise with the way you do it. Cut the shape out.

Mod Podge tray tutorial

Mod Podge tray tutorial

Now coat the tray with a layer of Mod Podge, make sure it’s an even layer, not too thick. Take your fabric piece and lay it over the tray taking care to keep it central so you have an equal width of extra fabric to wrap around the sides.

Mod Podge tray tutorial

Mod Podge tray tutorial

Smooth the fabric down, working on the edges especially, its useful to use a dry brush to get the fabric right into the edges. As I was working with a round tray, there was always going to be an element of gathering, but get it as neat as you can. If you find the Mod Podge is seeping through the fabric, don’t worry as we’ll be covering the top of the fabric in another layer of mod podge later on.

Mod Podge tray tutorial

At this stage, leave the tray to dry. This should only take an hour or two

Now turn the tray upside down, and cover the underside edges with Mod Podge. Now start to fold the edge of your fabric over, making slits in the edge of the fabric where needed, to allow the fabric to sit neatly. As you go along, you can be adding more Mod Podge to the top of the fabric to try and get it to sit neatly and as close to the tray as possible. Leave this to dry.

Mod Podge tray tutorial

Now turn the tray back over so it’s right side is up. Cover the whole tray in another layer of Mod Podge. This will make the tray pretty much water proof, and wipe clean, although be careful, if you leave standing water on the tray, it will mark and damage the surface.

Mod Podge tray tutorial

Once this has dried, turn over the tray one last time and give the underside a final coat of Mod Podge to fully seal and stick the edges of fabric down.

Mod Podge tray tutorial

Mod Podge tray tutorial

Annie here again: How fun is this tray? What fabric do you want to use?

Mod Podge tray tutorial

Mod Podge tray tutorial

Mod Podge tray tutorial

Mod Podge tray tutorial

Mod Podge tray tutorial

Mod Podge tray tutorial

Want to learn the art of decoupage in real life? We have a wonderful class coming up with the artist Gabriela Szulman at our West Hampstead shop and you can find out more about that here.

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Easter project inspiration!

Here’s a few things you may not know about how Americans celebrate Easter. I know traditions vary from family to family, but I think mine are pretty typical.

1. The main chocolate gift is not an egg, like it is here, but a bunny! And the ears are the best part. I always think the egg/bunny disconnect between my two countries is really funny.

2. We dye Easter eggs, usually using little kits of food-safe dye. My first Easter in England I bought fancy duck eggs because I thought they needed to be white (most eggs that you’ll find at the supermarket in America are white). Since then I’ve just bought normal brown eggs and the colours that come out are really gorgeous. My mum sends the kits from America. It’s totally okay to eat the eggs after they’ve been dyed.

3. Kids get an Easter basket filled with mostly sweets (and the bunny) and also other little treats. It’s usually the same basket every year and it’s usually filled with fake plastic grass and plastic eggs filled with sweets. I’ve also had to bring over the plastic eggs and grass and believe me – it’s really hard to find an easter basket around here! In my family the basket was hidden in the house and we had to find it.

I got sucked down the rabbit hole (heh) on pinterest and found a lot of lovely Easter craft ideas that reminded me that Easter is really right around the corner and I need to place my order with my mum for my essentials. Pop over and have a look if you fancy some Easter/spring crafting! Some of these are no-sew, cooking or just random prettiness.

Easter Craft Project Ideas Curated by The Village Haberdashery

 

 

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