TUTORIAL :: Make the cutest Easter bunny softies from socks

Easter doesn’t have to be all about chocolate – skip the sugar rush (and the aftermath!) and give the kidlets these sweet little Easter bunny softies. Start with a pair of baby’s cotton socks, follow the tutorial, and with a bit of hand sewing you’ll have handmade gifts in no time.

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Hop to it (sorry for the pun) and get making for Easter. All the children that have seen these sock Easter bunny softies have adored them… maybe add a couple of little Easter eggs and you’ll have a guaranteed hit.

 

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Temple & Webster’s artisan handmade market

Online shopping destination Temple & Webster launched their handmade market this morning featuring the beautiful work of seven Australian artisans. The collection of makers is curated by Jacqui Fink of Little Dandelion and includes Georgina Brown, Beth Emily, Gemma Patford, Kylie Johnson of Paper Boat Press, Alison Fraser of Slab and Slub, Kenya Paterson, and me.

 

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I’m flattered to be included in this group of talented women and to have my work so beautifully shot with theirs. You can read more about all the artists on the Temple & Webster blog.

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I created a small range of limited edition decorative vessels for the artisan’s market which feature ceramics together with tactile textured elements of leather and raw edged linen which are stitched, woven and crocheted. I enjoyed experimenting with the ceramic element in combination with the texture and contrasts of the other materials and techniques, and I love how they have evolved and turned out.

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The Temple & Webster artisan handmade market is online for this week only, and the featured items are available at a reduced price during this time. This is the first in a series of handmade markets that Temple & Webster will be running this year, so sign up for their newsletter and stay in the loop. I have no doubt the talent in each themed market will be amazing. A huge thank you to Temple & Webster for supporting and showcasing handmade in this way, and to the always lovely Jacqui Fink for asking me to take part, for her love of handmade, and for seeking out and championing talented Australians.

 

 

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Hello – a catch up post

Hello lovelies! I’m back from an extended break. I didn’t mean to stay away so long but it was the summer school holidays and I wanted to spend time hanging out with Roxy and recharging my batteries after a hectic end to 2013. And then time just got away – as January always does – and all of a sudden we’re well into February! I’ve still been hanging out on Instagram, so you can always find me there (@theredthread) and see what I’m up to. Here’s a bit of a catch up from my Instagram feed.

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I managed to get our Christmas tree up and decorated on the 23rd December! I promised Roxy we could leave it up until school went back… so I just packed it away last week! The tree came down and other decorations went up.

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Craft ideas for the holidays from SCOUT magazine

I’m looking forward to the slower pace between Christmas and new year to get in and get some larger craft projects done – not for tutorials, just for me. Just for fun. How about you? I thought I’d give you more of a peek inside my e-magazine, SCOUT, to tell you about some of the craft projects that you’ll find inside. You can make a himmeli wreath from my step by step tutorial and there are printables to make some really fab watercolour paper gems. There’s  three different coloured watercolour gems to print, so you can mix them up or stick to one colour palette.

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Within the pages of SCOUT you’ll find other tutorials – from simple to more complicated – from easy indigo dyed beads to a fab faceted gem patchwork cushion, and more! If you purchase a copy of SCOUT magazine before Christmas eve you’ll automatically go in the draw to win wonderful prizes: a selection of lovely things that I featured in SCOUT and some of my hand woven baskets too. I’ll post all the giveaway details here in the next day or two and you can find all the details in SCOUT too of course.

You can find my previous posts about SCOUT digital magazine here and here.

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Here’s an idea :: pillowcases as gift wrap

I’m very much into using all sorts of fabric for gift wrap at the moment (there’s a twelve page section about it in SCOUT magazine), and it occurred to me that with all the gorgeous bed linen around that pillowcases can be more than just Santa stockings for kids. They’re perfect for wrapping gifts like beach towels, bulky homewares or even a framed print (with bubble wrap too!). The trend for mismatched bed linen makes the additional gift of the pillowcase a bonus.

Use pillowcases tied simply at the top with thick ribbon, add some pom poms too. Or just put the gift inside then fold the pillowcase around it. Wrap yarn or ribbon around several times – easy and effective!

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Some that I’m loving at the moment that would be so perfect as gift wrap… and on my bed too (top to bottom):

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I’ll be back in the next day or so with some more gift wrap ideas. If you’re looking for inspiration you also might like to check out my patchwork origami gift boxes and no sew fabric gift bags tutorials. How are you getting on with your gift wrapping? Me? Nothing to show as yet!

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