Friday, March 6, 2015

DIY Marquee Letter Night Light - Tutorial

Sponsored by the lovely people at Spotlight in celebration of National Craft Month

It's been a long time since I've blogged about a craft other than sewing, but what better time to do it than National Craft Month? Last week I was invited to attend Spotlight's launch of National Craft Month and it was fantastic to attend and get a sneak peek behind the scenes of a store that I shop at all the time.

I met some of the people who make the decisions about new fabric ranges and craft products and was able to chat to them about cool new stuff and even check out new exciting quilting fabric ranges that are not released yet. Fun!

Upon leaving, the team at Spotlight gave us a very generous goodie bag and inside was this Heidi Swapp Marquee Love letter. I'd never heard of Heidi Swapp but some quick research told me she is a super famous scrapbooker.

Lucky for me my goody bag contained an L for Lucinda! Lucy has mentioned a couple of times that she'd like a night light like her sister's, so I decided to decorate it for her bedroom.

To decorate the L marquee letter, I used:

- A black polka dot sheet of scrapbooking paper
- An exacto knife for paper cutting
- Aqua coloured decorative washi paper
- Two AAA batteries
- Cutting mat

Inside the marquee letter kit is a traceable letter. I used this as a template to cut out the scrap booking paper.

Next I used the exacto knife to cut out the small holes for the lightbulbs. They don't have to be perfect, so long as the small bulbs can easily fit through.

Once the holes are cut, fit the scrapbooking paper into the letter. It should fit nice and firmly and stay in place.

To add some colour and detail to the outside of the letter, I used this decorative aqua washi tape. Run the tape carefully around the whole shape until covered as desired.

Next - time for the lights! Very Hollywood! Once the globes are clicked into place, the kit has very straightforward instructions on how to arrange the wiring in the back. Each LED light just clips simply into the back of the globe.

And voila! One night light for a very happy little girl. A very quick project - it only took me about 15 minutes!

There are unlimited ways you could decorate these letters - paint, glitter, different washi tapes, sticker embellishments, stamps. Dannielle from Style for A Happy Home went for a glitter paper marquee letter, you can check out her DIY here.

These would be really cool at a wedding (they have an ampersand symbol in the range too) or just as a fun decorative light feature at home. I also think they would be a really cute kit to give as a kid's birthday gift with a couple of extra art supplies for decorating.

For my many US readers *waves hello* - you guys can buy these Marquee Love letter kits at Michaels.

I was invited to attend Spotlight's launch of National Craft Month (Lucky me! Thanks Spotlight!) and this product was provided as a gift, but all other items used in this post were purchased by me. I will also be compensated for this blog post. I only partner with brands that I think are a great fit for the content on my blog and share projects that I think my readers would be interested in.  Check out my disclosure statement for more info. 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Economy Block Cushion

It's been a cushionpalooza around here lately! After my Spike the Echidna cushion that was quickly adopted by Anna, Lucy decided she wanted a special cushion for her bed too. Who am I to refuse? There will come a day when my kids will probably be embarrassed by me making things for them, so I'll embrace their enthusiasm for now!

I made nine of these economy blocks using this tutorial by Red Pepper Quilts. Instead of any kind of theme or colour scheme I just decided to go random and scrappy. Somehow it works!

I can't decide which blocks are my favourite but I think the sweetcorn block and the kid on the scooter are up there! Fussy cutting is fun but I made an absolute mess of my stash searching through for prints that would work well at a 3" square size. For more info on fussy cutting I put together a guide a couple of weeks ago - check it out here.

For the back I kept with colourful theme and used a piece of this pretty Valori Wells fabric I've had in my stash for a long time. 

As with past cushion projects I've made, I used Ms Midge's tutorial on sewing an enclosed zipper.

I've been enjoying making so many cushions lately and I was thinking we could have a sew along and make a cushion to share via instagram or link party? Would you be keen to sew along?

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Limited Edition Quilted Sewing Machine Covers

There has been lots of interest in my Quilted Sewing Machine Cover, which is one of the most popular post on my blog. I've had a number of requests to sell the original, or make them and sell via my old Etsy store.

I love the project and decided it was time to make some new ones. I had a lovely time choosing fabric and making three special machine covers to sell directly to my readers.

Pink & grey! Sold out!

Bluebird Park! Sold Out!

Happy Go Lucky!  Sold out!

All the machine covers are fully lined and made with top quality quilting cottons. The dimensions are 18" wide, 10" high and 8" deep, made to fit most simple modern machines.


I won't be making anymore in the near future, so once they are gone, that's it!

You can also use my tutorial and make one for yourself!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Spike The Echidna Cushion

I know this pattern is called Hazel the Hedgehog...but being Australian my kids are not too familiar with hedgehogs. As soon as the block was finished they named her 'Spike the Echidna' and it stuck!

When Angie from Gnome Angel announced that she was hosting a Hazel Quilt-A-Long using Elizabeth Hartman's pattern during February I decided to join in. This year I am making a point of trying new things and participating in more sewing events. It's a good way to push myself and try new things, and also join in and connect with the online sewing community.

I started off with just one block and it took some time. I love this orange leaf print and knew it would be perfect for Spike's spines. The leaves give it some additional pointiness (is that even a word?) and then I went for solids for the body and a low volume grey spot for the background. Despite the accuracy of the block, it's not paper pieced. (making it more appealing for me!)

I knew that making a series of these blocks for a quilt would be too much right now, so I decided upon a cushion. First I added more of the background fabric to make the block large 16" x 16".  I basted it and I used my hera marker (a little device that draws a crease into projects rather than a pencil or pen mark) to draw up a simple criss cross (Kriss Kross - jump jump!)* design for the quilting and I quilted in a pale grey thread.

Finally I bound the cushion (my first time binding a cushion!) with the same fabric as the spines. It finished it really nicely as I didn't want to add any other colour.

The back keeps the colour scheme but I used a grey with larger white polka dots that I had floating around in my stash. To conceal the zipper I used this tutorial by Ms Midge.

Spike was very quickly claimed by Anna and now has a happy life living as a feature cushion on her bed next to her pet pillows!

Make sure you pop over and check out all the other variations of Hazel from the QAL over at Gnome Angel's link party!

*yep I was a teenager in the 90s and now that song is stuck in my head.
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