TUTORIAL :: Make a gorgeous gold paper storage sack

This tutorial on how to make gorgeous gold paper storage buckets is an excerpt from my digital magazine SCOUT. If you aren’t familiar with SCOUT magazine this will give you a little complimentary taste of the 148 pages of wonderful things to make, bake and give. Stay tuned tomorrow for exciting news on what’s happening with SCOUT in the new year.

Super stylish. Super easy to make. Super practical. These crushed paper storage sacks are all that and they’ll cost you less than a dollar each. They’re perfect for holding craft supplies, stationery, make-up, plants or even Christmas gifts. Even though they’re made of everyday brown paper, they’re actually very durable. The secret is in the making: when you scrunch up paper it becomes softer and is less likely to tear.

 

How to make gorgeous gold paper storage sacks :: tutorial on theredthreadblog.com

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LATELY IN MY LIFE :: Byron Bay Holiday

I have a lot of things that I’ve been meaning to post that seem to slip through the blog cracks after I’ve shared little bits on Instagram. Our road trip to Byron Bay in the last school holidays is one of them. We rented six beach houses with four other families (and extended family members too) which were grouped together in a gated area right on the beach just outside of Byron. It was perfect. There were four 10 year old kids – all only children – who had such a fun time hanging out during the day and having sleep overs at each others houses at night. We took turns at cooking dinner and hung out together on the deck at night. There was swimming, beach combing, sand sculpting, walking, kite flying, board games, sparklers and glow sticks, and water bomb fights.

The weather was a bit patchy but we didn’t want to hang out in the sun all day, so it was perfect.

the red thread at Tallow beach

I bought this gorgeous big hand carved spoon at the Byron Bay markets.

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We visited the Crystal Castle which has the most divine lush gardens and a labyrinth with an amazing calming and peaceful energy. The kids and a couple of the mums spent an afternoon horse riding on the beach.

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And I spent a morning teaching children to felt, and an evening teaching a workshop making woven fabric vessels, both at Meet Make Create, hosted by lovely Nikki of Paper Runway. Her studio space is light and bright and the perfect space for workshops, especially because it is upstairs from the fabulous cafe 100 mile table. If you’re up Byron way check out Meet Make Create for creative workshops, and keep an eye on Paper Runway for the fabulous events Nikki runs.

the red thread weaving workshop

There was a mandatory visit to the Big Banana at Coffs and the Byron Bay light house, as well as lots of cafes and a few local markets.

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All of which made it the perfect family road trip.

 

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Make a braided cuff bangle using Hama beads

Make this braided cuff bangle with my tutorial, using just Hama beads (aka Perler beads) and memory wire. It’s a great accessory for under $10, and the perfect craft for older children to do in the school holidays.

 

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You can find my step by step tutorial to make this cuff bracelet on Tuts+

 

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Etsy and abcd Sydney craft party this weekend

Join us this weekend for a fun afternoon giving your old photos new life with collage, embroidery and watercolours. I assist Steph (of Bondville) in hosting abcd socials for creative folk and this Saturday we are excited to be collaborating with Etsy for their worldwide Craft Parties on Saturday 7th June 2014. Bring copies of old photos, share a pot of tea and conversation with other friendly creatives, and get your craft on. As always, abcd socials are free to attend.

 

abcd etsy Sydney craft party

Tara from Dudley Redhead, Fiona from Fiona Kate and I will help you with techniques and ideas to transform photos into works of art worthy of framing.

Date:
Saturday 7th June from 3pm – 5pm

Location:
Erskineville Town Hall
104 Erskineville Rd
Erskineville, NSW 2043

RSVP is essential – head here to order your free ticket. If you can’t make it, look out for the #abcdsocial and #craftpartyAU hashtags on social media.

Our always popular abcd social goodie bag will have a craft twist for this event. Bring along some craft supplies from your stash to include in the goodie bag – your small crafty pack could include paper, yarn, fabric, tags… anything that will inspire others. Everyone who participates will go home with a bag full of crafty goodness. To participate in the goodie bag fun you must RSVP by this Thursday 5th June.
We will be just down the road from the Sydney Finders Keepers market, so you can walk on over after you’ve done some market browsing.

Be in the running to win a $100 Etsy gift card.
Simply share your Craft Party pics on social media using the hashtags #CraftParty and #CraftPartyAU and you’ll go in the running to win one of three $100 Etsy gift cards. This competition is open now until June 13 so start sharing your Craft Party prep pics today! Full terms and conditions

Hope to see you at the Craft Party!

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TUTORIAL :: Sew an apron with a patchwork pocket

Make a linen apron for yourself or as a gift – it’s pretty and practical and aprons are cool in a retro revival way. This free sewing pattern uses lovely fabric and trims from Daily Like. I created the tutorial for them, so pop over to the Daily Like blog for the full how to.

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Head to the red thread blog craft tutorials page and be inspired to get creative this week.

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