Fancy a more sustainable snap at your festive table this year? This Christmas cracker of a tutorial (oh yes they did!) will have you repurposing your recycling, reducing your rubbish & reusing resources!
These crackers can be refilled time & time again & stored away for the following year without fear of the snap losing it’s spark!
The core of these crackers is a plastic milk carton & the snap sound comes from a knotted elastic band that pings on a milk bottle top & makes a satisfying SNAP sound! A fantastic re-purpose of your old rubbish… Don’t you agree?
UFOs… That’s UnFinished Objects, we all have them don’t we? Well 2014 is going to be the year I’m going to be Miss Complete And Finish Off, as well as Miss Start A-New… Yes sirree! (well that’s the plan.) It was in this post I talked about Best Effort Resolutions so here we are on task one of that and I’ve just spent a good few hours scouring my sewing space trying to collate all of my UFOs for a good sort through and here they are….
We’ll start with one of the high priority finishes I really need to get done before the intended recipient is a teenager. I started this quilted playmat for a very good friend of mine about 2 weeks before the arrival of her baby. Why on earth I thought I’d get a whole quilt made in a fortnight is another thing entirely but I did, and of course I failed miserably only having completed 4 blocks of this quilt with the theme “You Are My Sunshine”. She had the baby, I ended up buying her a baby gift and this has sat unfinished since then and she’s since moved to France and the baby is 8 months old. Oops. I really want to get a wriggle on with this one.
Happy New Year! This is the traditional time to make New Year’s resolutions, did you make any? I haven’t made New Year resolutions for about 15 years now. I believe that some people are just not suited to them and I gave up on resolutions as a pointless whim that I never kept past the end of January and just resulted in me feeling bad so I figured “why bother?!” Continue reading “Best Efforts Resolutions?”
Deck the halls with boughs of holly, tra la la la! It feels like it’s been Christmas for months at Plush Towers, our Christmas sales seems to start quite steadily in March for some of you early birds but as I adore Christmas amazingly I’m not sick of it yet. I decided we needed some festive bunting for our next open day so set to work designing some Christmas appliqués and thought it’d be rude not to put together a tutorial.
**Update** I’m delighted that this tutorial was republished in Love Sewing magazine’s November issue. Don’t worry if you missed it, the full tutorial is here but here are the pretty pictures that were published in the magazine