Enamel pin fabric bunting display

Do you collect enamel pins? I started my collection a year or two ago, and until recently had them all pinned to a tote bag. I started getting worried about scratching up my pins when using the bag, which I carry with me every day, so I started to brainstorm other ways to store and display my pin collection.

I saw this beautiful pin pennant project idea on the Frankie blog, and then had a brainwave – why not display my pins on fabric bunting?!

all the little happy things - enamel pin fabric bunting display

To make sure the bunting was sturdy enough for my pins, I opted to quilt each individual flag. This was a great way to use up some of the scraps of fabric and batting from my past quilt projects!

all the little happy things - enamel pin fabric bunting display

These are the steps I followed to make my bunting:

  1. I first drew and cut out a paper template for my flags, then cut my fabric and batting – one piece of batting and two pieces of fabric for each flag.
  2. For each flag, I places the fabric pieces right sides together with the batting on top, then sewed around the sides, leaving the top edge unstitched.
  3. I then flipped each flag inside out so the batting was sandwiched between the fabric, pushing out the corners with the end of a chopstick.
  4. I pressed each flag flat, then quilted around all of the edges, about 1cm in from the edge.
  5. I cut out a long length of gold ready-made bias binding, then enclosed the top of each flag with the binding.
  6. The last step was to fold and sew down the rest of the bias binding to enclose the raw edges, and then my bunting was ready to hang!

all the little happy things - enamel pin fabric bunting display

The picture ledge in our lounge room was the perfect place to hang the bunting, and I had a lot of fun arranging my little pin collection on the flags! And when I want to wear one or two of my pins, it’s super easy to remove the pin I want from the display.

all the little happy things - enamel pin fabric bunting display

I’ve listed out each of my pins below, in case you’re interested in any specific ones!

all the little happy things - enamel pin fabric bunting display

  • Charlie Brown and Snoopy pins purchased from Snoopy Town in Kiddy Land, Harajuku
  • Toy Story alien pins purchased at Tokyo DisneySea
  • Mini Genie pin purchased at the Disney Store in Japan

all the little happy things - enamel pin fabric bunting display

  • Cactus pin came free with a purchase from the old A Beautiful Mess shop
  • Bob’s Burgers Louise Belcher and Erotic Friend Fiction pins from Newbury Comics
  • All My Friends Are Dead pin from Newbury Comics

all the little happy things - enamel pin fabric bunting display

all the little happy things - enamel pin fabric bunting display

all the little happy things - enamel pin fabric bunting display

I’m so happy to have a proper home for my little pin collection, and I love that this project is both functional and beautiful!

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Snow White Disneybound – yellow Clemence skirt and apple bow headband

This September, Dannii and I are heading off on holiday to Japan, and towards the end of the trip we’re spending a couple of days at Tokyo DisneySea! I discovered that we’ll be there for the Halloween special event – and this year, guests are allowed to wear Disney costumes every day of the Halloween season!

Rather than try to run around DisneySea in my full Jasmine costume and very heavy wig, I’ve decided to try Disneybounding, i.e. putting together a Disney character-inspired outfit from my normal clothes. Naturally, being me, I ended up making a couple of pieces instead of just working within my existing wardrobe… but hey, now I’ve got a sweet yellow skirt (my favourite colour!), a cute headband, and a Snow White-inspired outfit!

Snow White Disneybound

To me, Snow White’s outfit has three main elements – a blue top, a yellow skirt, and a red bow headband. I already have a navy blue t-shirt that I love, so I just needed to make the yellow skirt and red bow headband. I decided to add a little apple motif to the headband as well, as an extra nod to Snow White’s story.

Snow White Disneybound

I made the skirt out of a self drafted pattern, following the directions for the Clemence skirt in Love at First Stitch. Since the shell fabric (cotton poplin) was a bit sheer, I opted to line the skirt with cotton lawn as well. It’s lovely, bright and lightweight, and I also added pockets for some extra practicality!

Snow White Disneybound

To make the headband, I measured out a length of red glitter fold-over elastic, and sewed the ends together (overlapping a little) with the zig-zag stitch on my machine. For the apple bow, I made a big bow out of scrap satin and grosgrain ribbons – I made a loop with the wide satin ribbon, pinched the centre of the loop and wrapped it with the skinnier grosgrain ribbon to make the bow shape, and then glued the ends of the grosgrain ribbon in place with regular craft glue. I drew an apple shape and cut it out of red glitter foam, then cut leaf shapes out of green felt and glued them in place. I glued the foam apple to the centre of my ribbon bow, then added a brooch back to the back of the bow so that I have the option of removing it from the headband in future. All in all, it was a pretty quick make – I think it took me about half an hour from start to finish.

Snow White Disneybound

Snow White Disneybound

I’m really pleased with how the skirt and headband turned out, and I can’t wait to wear this outfit at Tokyo DisneySea!

Snow White Disneybound

Handmade greeting cards

There are a lot of lovely greeting cards out there (one of my favourite brands is Able and Game!), but generally I prefer to make my own. I like the process and the ability to personalise the design of a card to the recipient! Here are a few cards that I’ve made recently.

all the little happy things - handmade greeting cards

This is a fairly simple birthday card that I made for a good friend. I used washi tape, coloured card, gold Thickers and a few bits of ephemera from the Maggie Holmes ‘Open Book’ collection.

all the little happy things - handmade greeting cards

This is an easy card I made to celebrate our friends getting engaged! I used a Project Life card from the Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic kit. The card originally said “You & Me”, but I covered the words up with a strip of textured paper, which I embellished with a wood veneer heart and some stamping. The gold spot border is made up of strips of washi tape.

all the little happy things - handmade greeting cards

This is the wedding card I made for the same couple! They had a rustic, colourful theme for their wedding, so I tried to match their wedding colours by making confetti out of washi tape. This was a pretty easy process – I just placed strips of washi tape on a small piece of baking paper, punched out the circles using a regular hole punch, and then removed the baking paper from each little circle so I could stick the circles to the card base.

all the little happy things - handmade greeting cards

This card was made by repurposing an old birthday card I received a few years ago. I cut out the front balloon motif and shaped the corners with a corner cropper. Then I just mounted it on red card, and added a few copper hexagon sequins from a past Studio Calico kit!

all the little happy things - handmade greeting cards

Lastly, here’s a card I made for an upcoming wedding. I played around with layering for this card. The blue layer is a nice textured card, which I embellished by making dots with a gold paint pen. The second layer is a bit of star-patterned vellum, right underneath the wood veneer heart. I coloured the wood veneer heart using a metallic bronze Sharpie – it has a nice coppery metallic finish, which was hard to capture in the photo. And the final layer is a few black Amy Tangerine Thickers, spelling out the initials of the couple. The whole card has a sort of constellation theme to it, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out!

That’s it for now, but I expect to add posts to this series every few months or so, as I make cards throughout the year. Do you prefer to buy or make your greeting cards? Let me know in the comments!

Fun with gold foil – lyric tote

After the success of my gold foil cushions, I decided to try another fabric project with Deco Foil – a tote bag featuring lyrics from my favourite Sia song!

all the little happy things - gold foil lyric tote

I used the same technique that I used for my cushions – trace the words onto fusible web, adhere to the tote, then iron down the foil. It was a little fiddly to cut the individual letters out of the fusible web, as the backing paper wanted to lift off the smaller shapes before it had been ironed onto the tote, but if you’re careful it’s all pretty manageable.

I ironed down the words one row at a time to make sure everything stayed in place – when you’re working with lots of small shapes, it’s definitely easier to do one small area at a time. Another tip is to make sure the fusible web has cooled completely before removing the backing paper, because if it’s still a little warm, the paper will lift off bits of the webbing, resulting in more ‘patchy’ foiling in certain places. You can see where this happened on the word “I’ve” on my tote.

all the little happy things - gold foil lyric tote

All in all this was a fairly easy project, and it took me about an hour and a half to complete from start to finish. I really like how the gold foil looks against the plain calico. I get ‘Elastic Heart’ stuck in my head whenever I look at this bag now, which is definitely not a bad thing!

all the little happy things - gold foil lyric tote

DIY gold tech accessories

For most of my life, I’ve been a silver girl. Jewellery, home decor, crafting – I’d always pick silver over gold. But these past couple of years, I’ve noticed myself gravitating towards gold instead of silver. Gold foil on my cushions. Gold-toned jewellery. Gold accents on my Project Life pages. I think it’s time to accept the fact that I’ve become a golden girl!

In that vein, I’ve embraced gold and made some golden tech accessories. I made a simple mousepad, a case for my iPod and earbuds, and a few cord organisers. My favourite crafts are the ones that are functional as well as pretty, and these definitely fit the bill!

all the little happy things - gold tech accessories

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Using up leftover supplies – a Princess Jasmine-inspired tsumami kanzashi headband

I have a pretty big stash of miscellaneous leftover supplies from past projects. Sometimes when I get the urge to make something, I reach for my stash to see what I can whip up without having to buy anything new.

all the little happy things - Princess Jasmine-inspired tsumami kanzashi headband

all the little happy things - Princess Jasmine-inspired tsumami kanzashi headband

This tsumami kanzashi flower brooch/headband is a little craft that I put together on Saturday morning, just using bits and pieces that were leftover from bigger projects. I picked colours and embellishments that were reminiscent of Princess Jasmine’s outfit – turquoise, sapphire and gold. The only ‘new’ thing I had to buy to finish it off was the brooch back! Here’s the breakdown of the supplies I used:

  • Satin fabric scraps and rhinestone from my Princess Jasmine costume
  • Printed cotton fabric scraps from the single bed quilt I made for my niece
  • Gold sequin trim and gold elastic leftover from my Wonder Woman costume
  • Turquoise felt leftover from when I ran a kids’ workshop on making felt phone sleeves

all the little happy things - Princess Jasmine-inspired tsumami kanzashi headband
I’d never made a tsumami kanzashi flower before, so I just searched for tutorials on Google until I found one I liked. The whole thing came together in only a couple of hours, and I’m really pleased with how it turned out! The flower can be detached as a brooch, and the headband can be used on its own as well.

all the little happy things - Princess Jasmine-inspired tsumami kanzashi headband
This is the ideal hair accessory for a Princess Jasmine Disneybound, and I’m looking forward to adding this bit of Disney-inspired whimsy to my outfits in the future!