20 July 2018

Floral Crochet Wreath

Crochet is the ultimate thrifty craft because you can take little scraps of yarn and make something beautiful! 


Here I have used scraps of cotton yarn to make flowers. The patterns were all found for free on YouTube. 

I have then used a hot glue gun to adhere them to a heart-shaped wicker wreath. If you don’t have a wreath, one can easily be made by cutting a heart shape, about an inch wide from cardboard and painting it to blend in with the wall you will be hanging it on.

Hot tip: After crocheting a flower, coat the back with PVA glue so it holds a nice shape

Some great flower tutorials on YouTube:




28 May 2018

Free Pattern - Cross Stitch Retro Daisies

An easy pattern for a beginner, these Retro Daisies will look great stitched onto 14 count Aida cloth. Enjoy!

15 August 2017

100 Hexies In 100 Days 2017

There's a fun, free sew-a-long on Instagram that I thought you might like to know about...and it involves prizes!

It is being organised by @sewfoxymama

Participants will be sewing 100 English paper pieced hexagons in 100 days, starting on August 14th but don't worry there is still time to catch up!

Be sure to use the hashtag #100hexies100days2017 to be included and so you can check out other people's work.

You can post every day or just post a picture of your seven hexies once a week. I will be doing that every Tuesday. My Instagram account is @jessiehjackson

Here are the hexie templates I will be using:
Free Printable 1.5 inch hexagons

I just printed hem out, cut around them loosely and stuck them on some light cardboard (cereal boxes are great) with a glue stick.

I then let them dry and cut on the lines.

If you need a tutorial to show you how to do English paper piecing, there is one here:
English paper piecing for beginners

You can also do a glue basting method if you prefer to be quick about it:
Tutorial by Sew What Sherlock

Have fun and see you on Instagram!

19 December 2016

Colour In A Christmas Angel

Get a free printable Christmas tree angel here from Activity Village.

It's a great, free tree topper.

27 November 2016

Miniature Christmas Ornament In A Matchbox

This tutorial is for a small origami ornament in a matchbox. A perfect Mini Christmas gift.

1 sheet of red origami paper, divided into 4
Red, Green, Gold thread
Strip of Christmas paper
Small MDF embellishment


Fold an origami Santa boot, following these instructions:

Cut 20 cm of each colour thread. Fold th3 threads in half. Tie an overhand knot. Glue the boot together, encasing the knot.

Allow to dry.

Cut a strip of Christmas paper to wrap around the matchbox case. Glue it down.

Tie the string around the matchbox and tie a double knot. Thread on the MDF embellishment and tie a Bow. Trim the ends.

Place the origami ornament neatly inside.

29 October 2016

Quick and Easy Round Crochet Rug

I am working on this round Crochet knee rug as a Christmas gift for my grandmother. Her favourite colour is green, so I am using 8 ply green wool and a 5 mm bamboo hook.

I am following these great directions on the Look What I Made Blog