I joined in Nins fabulous Scrap Bag swap again this year and received a fabulous bag of scraps from Megan! Thanks Megan
Just before Christmas I got a little bit addicted to making rope baskets from this tutorial. I made a few plain rope baskets and then really wanted some colourful ones so I started wrapping strips of fabric around the rope and these were created.
Today I'm going to show you how I did it so you can make some coasters!
Scrappy Rope coasters
You will need:
I've been collecting scraps in this plastic bucket (classy) for several years and keep it nearby in my sewing room to pop those precious leftovers in.
Take some scraps of fabric and tear them into strips about a centimeter wide.
Wrap your first strip around the cotton rope
Twist it into a little 'snail' and start sewing (with a wide zig zag stitch)
Continue twisting it around itself
Add in new pieces of scrap fabric strips as you need to
Ta da! One scrappy rope coaster!
Be sure to check out the other bloggers joining in the Scrap Bag Blog Hop
A friend of mine was gifted a beautiful scarf hanger from a friend of her's a few years ago and I have also seen them pinned on Pinterest.
When were were in Tucson in December 2012 I found the most gorgeous glass and ceramic knobs at Jo Ann's and World Traders and I wrapped them carefully and bought them home to Australia. And then wrapped them carefully and bought them home to NZ (ha).
My Dad is a furniture maker and collects all sorts of pieces of wood. I raided his wood shed and found a piece of picket fence.
I roughed it up then my trusty sidekick helped me paint it teal.
I roughed it up again with some sandpaper when it was dry.
Over the weekend we were cleaning out our garage and we pulled out each of the kids photo boards I made for their 5th birthdays.
They had a great time looking at them again, a lot of laughing and begging me to put them up in their rooms. Although they are starting to show some wear and tear I thought it would a great project to share on here.
For each of their 5th birthdays I made photo boards showing their growth from newborn to 5. They and our birthday guests have always enjoyed looking at these at their 5th birthday party.
(I also have made my Dad one for his 60th and it was also a hit... so they could be for any milestone birthday).
I started with two sheets of foam board. I cut one in half and attached it to either side of the whole sheet to make 'flaps' that held the board open. I just taped these with packaging tape on the back.
Oops.. all those international moves have lost letters along the way!
For each child I made sure I had a recent picture enlarged for the centre of the board.
I then arranged as many photos as I could from new born in one corner across to five in the other.
I was thinking I would do this for each significant birthday such as 13 and then 21 years.
Or maybe for a certain thirteen year old this year I might do a photo book instead.. with a double layout for each year and room for memories, comments.
We had a great family day at Hamilton Zoo on Monday (that'll be a whole post in itself)
We've been rearranging and sorting (with A LOT more to go). I am determined to cut the crap this year.
On Wednesday I saw my surgeon and got great news! He walked in the room and the first thing he said is 'its not cancer'. YUSS!! very happy. It was another benign papilloma.. and it's all healing well.
Our pool is the best thing we ever bought I think. It is getting used constantly and is such a perfect size.
We bought this old beauty on Trade me for a whopping $26. It was a bit of a drama getting it in the house when the castors fell off but we used one of the kids skateboards to wheel it in (nothing like a bit of Kiwi ingenuity!). It needs a tune but this little Miss is excited about starting piano lessons. Me too! I plan to learn as well.
Lots of zucchinis turned to marrows overnight ended up as the yummiest pickle! (and homemade curry powder to make sure its gluten free - didn't think to read the spice packet labels. Here's a hint, buy the Eco brand not Gregg's for spices)
I finally joined the hexie bandwagon. I need to work on my joining but LOVE these!!