Tag: Easter crafts

Pasqua: cestini porta-uovo in stoffa

How to make a fabric egg-cup for Easter

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Ecco un lavoretto di cucito facile facile per Pasqua: cestini porta-uovo in tessuto! Se non mangiate le uova vere, potete usarli per l’ovetto di cioccolato. Sono carini e si realizzano velocemente, con pochissimo materiale: servirà solo qualche avanzo di stoffa, teletta adesiva (facoltativa), ovattina o altro materiale adatto a creare una leggera imbottitura (ritagli di pile o di un vecchio asciugamano andranno benissimo); filato in tinta e tutto l’occorrente per cucire (si possono cucire anche a mano).

A mini-sewing project for Easter. These cute fabric egg-cups (for real eggs but also for the chocolate ones!) are easy and quick to make and require only a few supplies: some fabric scraps, iron-on interfacing (optional); fleece or other soft material for padding, thread and sewing supplies (you can also sew them by hand).

Porta-uovo-stoffa-fare-11) tagliare due quadrati di stoffa 12×12 cm; due quadrati di teletta adesiva della stessa misura (facoltativo*); un quadrato di ovattina 10×10 cm.

1) cut two 12×12 cm squares of fabric; two 12×12 cm squares of iron-on interfacing (optional*); one square 10×10 cm of fleece.

* se decidete di usare la teletta: fissatela sul rovescio del tessuto, con il ferro da stiro, seguendo le istruzioni allegate (tipicamente ferro caldo ma senza vapore e frapponendo un panno umido). Io ho rinforzato con della teletta leggera solo uno dei due quadrati, quello che sarebbe diventato la base del cestino. Volendo si possono rinforzare entrambi, per un cestino più rigido, o non rinforzarli affatto, per un cestino più morbido.

* If you decide to use the interfacing, iron it on the wrong side of the fabric squares, following manifacturer instructions. I used – light weight – interfacing only on one of the two pieces: the one that would become the bottom of the cup. You can interface both (you will get a stiffer and more defined cup), or none (you will get a softer cup).

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2 e 3) sovrapporre i due quadrati di stoffa dritto contro dritto, puntare con degli spilli e cucire con un margine di 1 cm lungo tutti i lati. Lasciare un’apertura su un lato, sufficiente per poter rivoltare il lavoro e inserire l’imbottitura senza difficoltà. Ricordarsi di fermare i punti in corrispondenza dell’apertura.

2 and 3) pin the two squares of fabric wrong sides together and stitch all around with a 1 cm sewing allowance. Leave an opening on one side, big enough for you to be able to turn your work right side out. Backstitch the ends of the seam.

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4 e 5) rifilare i bordi e spuntare gli angoli; Sovrapporre l’imbottitura e rivoltare il lavoro. Questo passaggio è un po’ noioso e non ho una foto esplicativa, purtroppo. L’importante è cercare di inserire bene gli angoli dell’ovattina negli angoli della stoffa (se avete mai infilato un piumino in un copripiumino dovreste avere un’idea di cosa intendo!)

4 and 5) cut the excess fabric and clip the corners. Turn the square right side out and insert the fleece through the opening. This step can be a bit tricky and I don’t have a good picture to explain it (sorry about that!). Make sure the corners of the fleece match the corners of the fabric square. You can hold them together, from the inside, between your thumb and your index finger, and pull out, like you would do to insert a duvet in its cover (…).

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6 e 7) ripiegare i margini dell’apertura verso l’interno e stirare bene il tutto; ribattere tutto il perimetro con un punto dritto piuttosto lungo: in questo modo si andrà anche a chiudere l’apertura. Segnare dei punti su ciascun lato, distanti 2,5 cm dall’angolo.

6 and 7) Turn the edges of the opening in and iron your square flat; topstitch all around: this way you will also close the opening. Mark each side with a fabric marker, at 2,5 cm from the corner.

Porta-uovo-stoffa-fare-8-a Porta-uovo-stoffa-fare-98 e 9) con un lungo e robusto ago, far passare tra i due punti una cordicella sottile o un filo da ricamo. Tirare, annodare e chiudere con un fiocchetto. Ripetere per tutti e quattro gli angoli. Ecco fatto:

9 and 10) connect the marks together with the help of an upholstery needle and thick cotton thread. Close with a nice bow. Repeat for all four corners. And there you have it:

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In alternativa, si possono chiudere gli angoli praticando una cucitura perpendicolare, così:

Porta-uovo-stoffa-fare-13 You can also close the corners with a perpendicular seam, as shown in the picture on the left. Repeat for all four corners, then decorate the cup with buttons, ribbons, fabric flowers or whatever else you like:

Dopodichè, il cestino può essere decorato come più ci piace. Io ho usato dei bottoncini a forma di fiore:

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Con lo stesso metodo, semplicemente cambiando le misure dei quadrati di stoffa (ma potrebbero anche essere rettangoli), si possono fare cestini di varie dimensioni e per vari usi. Io ho fatto un portapane coordinato ai porta-uovo. Insieme, mi fanno pensare ad un picnic sul prato! Buona settimana e alla prossima!

With the same method, you can make bigger baskets: just cut bigger fabric squares (or rectangles!) I made a bread basket to go with my egg-cups, and I am ready for a pic-nic! Have a good week!

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Un’altra idea per Pasqua? qui i miei coniglietti-calzino!

Here another craft project for Easter: socks bunnies!

 

Old socks, new friends! A recycling project for Easter.

Per leggere l’articolo in Italiano clicca qui.

I have an insane passion for socks! I especially love the striped ones, but other patterns are ok too. I own many of them and it never seems to be enough!

I love my socks so much that, even when they are old and worn-out, I don’t want to throw them away.

A while ago, while browsing on Pinterest, I came across the fantastic tutorial made by Jayme of Rawr Creatures”: how to make a sock teddy bear!  I love her site. Please take a look at her creatures, they are amazing! Probably she likes socks as much as I do!

Of course, I immediately started making sock teddy bears.  I made a few of them and gave them away as gifts. Each of them has now a special place in the house, and in the heart, of some of my friends. That happened before my blog was born. Perhaps one day I will post something about my teddy bears around the world!

This week I was again browsing across the web and I bumped into “Craftpassion”. Again: how to make stuffed animals out of socks. In this case, bunnies! As Easter is approaching,  the crafting fever made me drop any other activity and start my Old-Socks-Easter-Bunny-Project!

The suggestions from the above mentioned sources combined with the previous experience with the teddy bears resulted in this:

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I have now three new friends! Aren’t they cute?

Do you want to give it a try?

As there are such good and complete tutorials already online – see above – I only want to give here a quick impression on how I have cut the socks to make my own bunnies.

Taglio calzinoLeft picture: the sock is inside out, already cut. The foot and the heel will become the head, and the leg of the sock will become the body+legs of the bunny. The arms are cut out from the second sock.

The rest is only sewing on the wrong side (by hand or with your sewing machine), turn it on the right side and stuff it with some soft material. Because I am impatient and wanted to finish my bunnies the same day, I have decided to sacrifice a pillow for that. But you don’t have to…you can buy some at any craft-store! When you are done, sew the parts together and give your creature a life by adding eyes, nose and accessories.

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Right picture: all the parts have been sewn and turned right side out. Ready to be stuffed.

 

 

 

This is the magic part of the whole project: add buttons, a little embroidered nose, a scarf and suddenly you’ll have your new best friend in front of you!

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Sweet!

If you are planning to give the bunny to a baby, then maybe skip the buttons and find some other solution for the eyes (embroidery?). Babies love to eat their toys and buttons can be harmful in case they come off.

Do you also love socks? Do you know any other way of re-cycling, up-cycling,-re-using them? Let me know!

And, if you happen to make a bunny or some other animal, I’d love to see them!

Happy Easter!

Buona Pasqua