Getting crafty and creative

There’s a creative streak running in my family. My grandad on dad’s side painted, grandma on mum’s side is always cross-stitching or making cards to sell, my mum keeps beautiful scrapbook diaries, and then there’s my little sister, perhaps the most creative of us all.

Amie and I were always making things as kids, not necessarily functional things, more pretty and crafty things. We also both loved to write, me scribbling stories and Amie penning poems. In recent years, I’ve sadly had less time to get out the glue, fabric, needle and thread, but where my craft projects have been neglected Amie has become a prolific maker of beautiful things.

Papercraft butterfly

"We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it's forever." Carl Sagan

“We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it’s forever.” Carl Sagan

One of my favourites is this lovely papercraft butterfly. To make it Amie downloaded an outline from the internet, fastened it over the top of her chosen coloured card, then cut out the shape.

For the butterfly mount she glued some coloured card or paper over a chocolate box divider for height. For the quote mount she used an old box and glued the card to that. Then she attached both mounts to the backing card, which she’d measured out using the frame size of the box frame.

The butterfly was attached by the body with a foam glue dot. The final touch was added by bending the wings to give the butterfly lift.

Crochet hook travel case

Something I’ve always wanted to try my hand at is crocheting. Amie made this little item to hold her crochet hooks from leftover scraps just the other day.

Here are her instructions on how to make one:

Crochet travel hook holder

Crochet hook travel case

You will need:

size 9mm hook

chunky wool

elastic strip

piece of material

needle and thread

button

Slip knot onto hook.

Chain 30 stitches ( I just measured chain against hook, with at least a couple stitches either side).

Chain 2 more ( from your initial chain). This will count as the first double crochet.

Row 1: dc into bottom of each chain.

Row 2: chain 1, dc into each chain (at this point, you’ll be able to see the hole between each dc – this is where you dc into).

Continue until desired length, depending on how many hooks you have/plan to have.

sl st (slip stitch) and pull thread through the loop (last chain) and cut, leaving a bit of wool left dangling.

Choose a button.

Fold your crochet rectangle in thirds and see where button needs to be placed.

To create chain loop for button, measure where you want your loop so that it corresponds with your button.

Then tie your wool through the selected chain (on the outer edge of your crochet piece).

Chain however many you need to fit your button (7 for mine) and sl st and tie off as before with your main piece.

(You can always test that the loop fits your button after sl st, as this can be undone).

Sew button in place.

Measure out material against crocheted rectangle. Allow for 1/2 inch/1cm seam allowance.

Fold over material and tack to secure if you wish.

Iron folds flat.

Measure out elastic strip.

Secure elastic to material (this will be what holds your hooks in place).

Allow for gaps between hooks.

Pin elastic to ensure that it doesn’t slip about whilst stitching.

Use hooks to space stitches or just gestimate 🙂

I just used vertical stitches, at the correct intervals, to secure my elastic.

Tuck ends of elastic under material and make sure loose ends of wool are also tucked between the crochet layer and the material layer.

Pin

Simply use a small running stitch to secure.

There’s a lot of trial and error with this sort of experiment!

For crocheting tips and patterns plus other creative ideas, Amie suggests checking out www.themakingspot.com

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