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

22 September 2016

Handmade Paper Mini Christmas Card and Envelope Tutorial

A lovely touch for Christmas is a handmade card. Mini cards are cute and can bed attached to a small present under the tree. This card and envelope has been made from handmade paper but any paper you like can be used, rice paper, scrapbook paper, sheet music or wrapping paper would also work well.

Mini envelope template
Copy paper
Glue stick
Handmade paper
Green paper scraps
Craft knife

Do an internet search and find a free mini envelope template you like. Print it and adhere it to some cardboard (a cereal box works well) and then cut it out.

Trace the template onto a piece of handmade paper using a pencil. Cut it out on the line.

Score the envelope flaps with a ruler.

Fold the envelope and glue the flaps down.

Cut a piece of handmade paper, which will be folded in half to make a card, mine was 7cm X 5cm. Make sure your measurements are slightly smaller than the size of your envelope.

Fold in half.

Draw a tree and use a craft knife to cut it out.

Cut a scrap of green paper to fit behind the tree cut out. Mine was 3cm x 4cm.

Place glue on the inside of the card, around the tree edges.
Attach the green paper.

A cute mini card and envelope.