Posted on July 18 2014As winter sets in and picking garden flowers for your hair becomes rare, adorn yourself with simple fabric flowers to make it feel like spring again. Experiment with different sized flowers and petal shapes and even mix and match the fabrics used in each petal, the garden grows no two flowers the same so why should you?! Skill Level Beginner Materials 1 x Quarter Fabric Pack – First Love 1 x Fabric Sticker 2pk – Greeny Scissors Glue Gun Brooch backs, hair clips, necklace base of choice Instructions Fabric Flowers 1. Make yourself a 5 petal flower template. The size of your template will be the final size of your flower. 2. Fold your fabric in half wrong sides facing in. 3. Trace and cut 5 of your flower template on the double fabric. 4. Place a dot of glue in between the two layers of each flower to hold them together. 5. Place a dot of glue in the centre of the front of 4 of the petals and fold the petals in half. 6. With the remaining petal, place a dot of glue in the centre and pinch all the petals up together. 7. Start layering the 4 folded petals in a cross fashion (as pictured) securing with a dot of glue each time. 8. Place a dot of glue in the centre of the flower and place the fifth petal in, press down to squish it amongst the other petals. Fabric Leaves 1. Make yourself a leaf template. 2. Cut a piece of fabric sticker double the size of your template. 3. Trace the leaf onto one half of the fabric sticker. 4. Remove the backing and fold the fabric sticker in half so its now double sided. 5. Cut out your fabric sticker leaf. 6. Place a dot of glue at one end of the leaf and pinch the sides together at this end to give your leaf shape. Affix your leaf (or leaves!) to the back of the flower with a bit of glue. Attach your brooch back, hair pin or clip to the back of the flower. Attach a cluster of flowers together onto a piece of fabric and sew or glue onto a necklace base. This project was created by Dailylike Design Team member Sam Dunne of Dunne with Style.
Posted on May 26 2014
Sewing definitely seems to be making a come-back at the moment, so we thought this would be a good opportunity to bring you this handy sewing tool DIY. Design Team member Magdalena has definitely stepped things up in regards to the humble pin cushion - transforming the functional but sometimes boring sewing aid into this little delight. You won't want to hide this one in the sewing cupboard! Skill Level Intermediate Supplies Required 1 x Dailylike Quarter Pack - Leaves 1 x Dailylike Fabric Sticker - Alley Template Embroidery needle Embroidery thread in various colours Hobby fill (stuffing) Felt (A6 piece for base of pin cushion) Scissors Rice Instructions Print and cut out the template pieces. Pin your template pieces to your chosen fabrics and cut them out. The base of the pincushion is to be cut from felt. Place the hair fabric piece onto the face fabric piece, pin in place and stitch around the hairline using a sewing machine or by hand-sewing. Use the facial feature markings on the template as a guide to embroider onto your fabric face using embroidery thread to backstitch and long stitch. Cut two small circles from the fabric sticker and attach to the face to create rosy cheeks, or you can embroider some cheeks on instead. Lay your body piece over the bottom of the neck, pin in place and stitch around the collar leaving the raw cut edge of the doll’s clothes visible. Repeat with back of head and body. Sandwich your front and back doll pieces (head and body stitched together) with right sides facing each other. Pin and stitch around the edges leaving the bottom edge unstitched. Snip all around the edges being careful not to cut through any stitched lines. Turn right side out and use hobby fill to stuff the head and neck. Hand-stitch a running stitch around the outside of the circle and gently pull the thread to gather the circle into a dome shape. Insert some stuffing and pull the dome shape closed. Repeat with second circle to create two buns for your doll’s hair Use a ladder stitch to attach the buns to each side of the dolls head making sure placement of buns is symmetrical. Add some hair ties by wrapping some embroidery thread (in a contrasting colour) around the base of the buns. Insert more stuffing through the base of the doll’s body and hand stitch the felt piece onto the bottom of the fabric body using ladder stitch. Before closing the gap, insert some rice between the stuffing and felt to give the bottom of the pincushion some weight and stop it from tumbling over. Stick your pins into the buns and create a “necklace” by inserting pins around the dress collar
This project was created by Dailylike Design Team member Magdalena Franco of The Craft Revival.
Posted on May 07 2014Have you heard that aprons are back on trend? Make something that’s pretty and practical and in keeping with the ever-popular retro revival. This apron would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift, or a lovely present for a friend. Give it on it’s own or together with a handmade ceramic coffee cup or a cookbook. You can’t go wrong with handmade. Skill Level Intermediate You'll Need 1 x Dailylike Quarter Pack - Beach 1 x Dailylike Quarter Pack - Sometimes 1 x Bias Tape Bobbin - My Buddy Rotary cutter Fabric scissors Self healing cutting mat Fabric ruler White thread Sewing machine Pins Iron Instructions Press all the fabric pieces and trim the edges slightly if necessary to make them square. Set aside the lime green and linen fabrics – these won’t be cut and will be used for the front and inside of the apron. :: Patchwork Pocket :: Take the remaining four fabric pieces and cut a strip from each that measures 20cm tall x the full width (long side). Set aside the other pieces of fabric. From the 20cm tall strips cut the following: Blue floral – 2 strips. 20cm x 10cm, and 20cm x 5cm Blue raindrop – 2 strips. 20cm x 10cm, and 20cm x 7cm Orange with white circles – 3 strips. 20cm x 10cm, 20cm x 7cm and 20cm x 5cm White with orange dots – 3 strips. 20cm x 7cm and two strips 20cm x 5cm Lay the strips out in order to match the photo. With right sides together, piece them together using a quarter inch seam allowance. Press the seams flat and all in the same direction.
Turn the pocket over and press the other side. Take the piece of white fabric you set aside and trim it so it’s 20cm tall x the full width. This is the pocket lining. Place the pocket lining right sides together with the patchwork pocket and sew them together with a quarter inch seam allowance. Open out and press the seam to one side. Now fold the piece in half along the seam with the right sides facing out, and press along the folded edge. Make sure the top raw edges of the patchwork pocket and the pocket lining align. If they don’t, trim them so they align and are straight. Cut a piece of bias tape that is a couple of centimeters longer than the top of the patchwork pocket. Lay the bias tape and pocket down and starting at one end, open the tape up and place the top raw edges of the pocket and lining inside the fold. The top of the pocket should sit along the fold of the tape. Work your way along the tape, opening up a bit at a time and sliding the pocket in. Pin the tape and pocket together as you go. Sew the pocket and tape together close to the bottom edge of the tape. Set the pocket aside. :: Apron :: Take the piece of orange fabric you set aside and cut a strip 10cm tall x the full width. With right sides together sew it to the long side of the linen fabric using a quarter inch seam allowance. Now sew the piece of lime green fabric to the opposite side of the orange strip (as shown). Press the seams flat. Fold the whole piece in half, bringing the lime and linen fabrics to meet at the top. The orange strip will be folded along the centre and will form the bottom hem of the apron. Press the fold. Trim the sides of the apron if necessary. With the right side of the apron facing up, place the patchwork pocket on top. The bottom of the pocket should be 11cm from the apron hem. Pin in place. Sew the bottom of the pocket to the apron, a few millimetres in from the pocket edge. Baste both sides of the pocket to the apron by sewing a few millimetres in from the edge. Trim off any excess fabric on the sides of the pocket. Now we are going to divide the large pocket into three sections. Counting in from the left hand side of the pocket, ‘stitch in the ditch’ between strips 3 and 4, and between strips 7 and 8. This means that you position the sewing machine needle so that it stitches exactly along the join of the strips and the stitches won’t be visible.
There will now be three smaller pockets. Cut two lengths of bias tape that are a couple of centimetres longer than the sides of the apron. Open out one end of one piece of tape and fold in the raw edge. Align the folded edge with the bottom hem of the apron. Pin the tape in place along the side of the apron in the same way as on the pocket. Sew together. Repeat with the remaining piece of tape on the other side of the apron.
Fold four half centimetre pleats along the waistband and pin in place. The pleats are 10.5cm and 19.5cm from the left edge of the apron, and the remaining two are the same distance in from the right hand edge of the apron. Baste along the top of the apron and set it aside. :: Waistband and Ties :: Take the piece of blue floral fabric you set aside and cut two strips 12cm x the full width of the fabric. Take the piece of blue raindrop fabric you set aside and cut a strip 12cm x the full width of the fabric. Join the raindrop fabric between the two pieces of floral fabric to form a long strip (as shown). To sew together place right sides together and use a quarter inch seam allowance. Fold the top and bottom edges of the strip over by 1.5cm and press. Fold the strip in half lengthways and press. Open one end of the strip and fold each corner in on a diagonal (as shown). Fold the strip over again to from a pointed end and pin in place. Repeat on the other end of the strip. Lay the waistband strip out and open the centre raindrop section. Place the apron, right side up, so the top raw edge is centred on the raindrop fabric and overlaps it by about 1cm. Pin in place. Baste the top of the apron to the raindrop waistband. Remove the pins. Fold the waistband down over the apron to enclose the raw edge and pin it in place. The floral apron ties should still be folded in half. Pin the folded ties and starting at one end, sew along the bottom of the entire length of the ties and waistband stip. Your stitching should be about 4mm or an eighth of an inch in from the edge. Press the apron and admire your sewing skills. This project was created by Dailylike Design Team member Lisa Tilse of The Red Thread.
Posted on April 29 2014There’s nothing more thoughtful than a handmade gift, so surprise your Mum this Mothers Day with a gift that is a step up from the days of making her paper chains and finger painted cards. This zip pouch is the perfect protector for an ipad, notebook and pen or even a travel make-up kit. It is even keeping the contents of my Mary-Poppins-like handbag organised. Customise it to suit your Mum by choosing fabric that she’ll love from the huge Dailylike range. Happy Mothers Day to all the Mums, and if your babies are a bit too little to whip you one up for Mothers Day (as mine are!) steal a few moments of the day and make one for yourself, you deserve it! Skill Level Intermediate Materials 1 x Dailylike Quarter Pack - Wedding 1 x Dailylike Bias Tape Bobbin - Wedding 1 x Dress Zip 25cm Prepare Before you start sewing, cut your fabrics to the following sizes: 2 x pieces 29 x 23cm from print 1 (back and front of pouch) 2 x pieces 29 x 23cm from print 2 (lining) 1 x piece 55 x 12cm from print 3 (frill) Instructions Select one piece of fabric (print 1) and place facing up. This will be your pouch front. Lay the zip face down along the top edge of the front piece as per photo. Place one piece of lining (print 2) face down on top and pin together along the top edge. Sew along top edge as close to zip as possible. If you have a zipper foot for your sewing machine, use it here, as it will allow you to sew closer to your zip. Fold back lining, so that the front and lining are now back to back on one side of the zipper. Place your second piece of print 1 fabric face-up. This will become the back-side of your pouch. Lay the zip face down along the top edge of the back piece Place the second piece of lining (print 2) face down on top and pin together along the top edge. Sew along top edge as close to zip as possible. Open up so that the front and lining are back to back on one side, and the back and lining are back to back on the other side of the zip. Press with an iron. Sew 1/8” in from the zip along both sides. This will attach the front and back to its respective lining. To make your frill, fold your piece of fabric (print 3) in half along the long edge with right sides together. Sew along the short edges. Open up and press with an iron. Sew along the top (open) edge of the frill. Increase your stitch length to 5.5, and sew a second line of stitching approximately 1/8” underneath the first line. Make sure you do not knot/stop the thread at the start or finish of these rows otherwise your frill won't gather! Pick up the top threads only at one end and pull to create a gather. Gather enough so that the finished frill is 25cm long. Cut a piece of bias 31cm long. Open up and lightly press. Pin it to the front piece only (not the lining!), approximately 5cm below the zip. Pin the frill so the top edge aligns with the centre of the bias. Sew along the frill. Fold over the top of the bias and press with iron. Sew along the bias. I used a zigzag stitch reducing the width and length to 1 at the base of the bias, but you could use a straight stitch it you prefer. Open up the zip and lay flat so that the 2 pieces of lining are face-to-face and the front and back are face-to-face on the other side of the zip. Sew around all four edges leaving an opening of about 2” at the bottom of the lining side. Use the zipper start and end (where it opens and closes) as the guide for your seam allowance – it will be approximately ¾”. Trim corners and any excess fabric in the seam allowance. Turn inside out through the opening in the lining. Fold the seams in in the opening, press with iron and sew across the opening. Tuck the lining back into the pouch. This project was created by Dailylike Design Team member Sam Dunne of Dunne with Style.
Posted on November 26 2013For something a little different, our Quarter Fabric Packs are just lovely for gift wrapping. The beautiful tactile feel of fabric makes your gift feel extra special!We have used Red Ribbon Quarter Fabric Pack along with Red Ribbon Fabric Tape to create these bright and fun fabric wrapping ideas for you. We'll have some tutorials on fabric wrapping in the New Year, but in the meantime have fun experimenting!