Halloween jam jar pumpkins

A quick idea to make with the little ones.

Decorate jam jars with orange tissue paper and PVA. When dry cut shapes from black paper and stick on to create spooky faces. Much cheaper than buying pumpkins, a lot less mess and you can reuse them every year! To make it extra safe you could use plastic jars and battery powered candles.

Halloween jam jar pumpkins

How to make Fabric storage bins.

Just thought I’d quickly share this fabric storage bin I made for my littlest. I love having extra storage in the playroom but with my littlest learning to walk I’m less keen on boxes and other things he can hurt himself on. So I made this fabric bin. It worked so well I’m definitely going to make more and the good thing about them is it is do easy to scale up the idea.

I started by cutting two circles which I had made using an embroidery hoop to draw around.
I used patterned fabric for the outside and plain fabric for the inside.
I then cut a circle of interfacing and ironed that on to the patterned fabric to make it more rigid.
I then (this is the technical bit!) wrapped a rectangle of fabric around the edge of the circle to measure out how long it should be. You could use maths to work this out but I didn’t and it worked fine for me. Just add on a cm seam allowance.
Then cut two of these rectangles again one patterned one plain. Repeat the interfacing process with the patterned fabric.
Now with right sides together pin the patterned rectangle to the circle turning as you go. Make sure you turn out the seam and pin.
Sew the seam and then around the circle.
Remove pins.
Repeat for the plain fabrics.
Then rights sides together insert the plain fabric bin into the pattern fabric bin. Line up the seams and pin around the top. Stitch around the top leaving a hole for turning.
Turn the lining out through the hole and push down into the patterned fabric.
Finish by top stitching around the edge.

Top ten Halloween sewing projects

Here is a quick round up of all the Halloween themed sewing I adore at the moment. I hope you will to. Please take the time to have a look at the links. Please be aware some are for Etsy stores. I have not been asked to promote these stores I just love what they are making!

1. As you know I love a bit of embroidery and this Pumpkin girl design by Green bean baby is just so cute.
Pumpkin girl, Apple boy, Acorn girl Fall Friends Autumn Halloween Digital Embroidery Patterns. $3.50, via Etsy.
  Pumpkin girl

2.This yo yo pumpkin by Elizabeth Coughlin designs is stunning and is such an inventive way to use them.
yoyo pumpkin :)
Yo yo pumpkin

3. This jedi costume by simplistically sassy is so cool. I just have to get the boys into star wars in time for Halloween!
Step By Step Jedi Robe Tutorial by Simplistically Sassy. Star Wars boys halloween fancy dress costume
Jedi robe tutorial

4.I love this dino hoodie by see vanessa craft I could see my boys wanting to wear this all year around, not just for Halloween.
Diy Dino Hoodie - Simple Halloween craft. Upcycle an old hoodie for this DIY Halloween costume. #favecrafts
dino hoodie

5.I love this Halloween bunting by backyardprims it’s such a cute way of decorating and great if your not into too much scary stuff. Also you have just gotta love bunting.
Halloween Bunting Garland Mini Fabric Bunting Banner Photo Prop Flag Fall Decor Birthday Party Bunting Garland
halloween bunting

6.These are great patchwork pumpkins by positivelysplendid. They are great Fall /Autumn decor and would look great on a mantle or as a centre piece on a big table.
Plush Patchwork Pumpkin Tutorial | Positively Splendid {Crafts, Sewing, Recipes and Home Decor}
patchwork pumpkins
7. These trick or treat purses by Lovelia would be great to get for the kids but I must admit I am very tempted to get one just for me.
Mine are slightly different, I did Frank, pumpkins, bats, spiders, ghosts and werewolves. The spiders legs are yarn the bats wings are purple and I used fabric markers for the pupils instead of beads. This pic was great inspiration though. I have ideas for robots, octopi, and zombies as well.
trick or treat purse

8. In case you missed it before I’ve included my tutorial on how to make a Halloween pencil topper. It’s a great quick craft and only uses a small amount of materials.

How to make a Halloween pencil topper
9.If you don’t fancy dishing out loads of candy to the kids why not make some quick key rings and give those out instead?
How to make a skull key charm
10. Finally I’ve also included a link to one of my free cross stitch patterns. You can download the PDF file and it is yours to sew!
 
skull cross stitch PDF

Happy Halloween sewing!

Still life sketchbook – reflections

These are drawing and prints from my still life sketch book on reflections. I approached the theme in two ways looking a still life objects and surfaces that were reflective and using reflective materials and techniques in my work. As you can see the work evolves greatly as the sketchbook develops and by the end I have created a series of screen print ideas that are very far removed from my initial starting points. 

Board clips continual line drawing

Pie plates continual line drawing

Still life continual life drawing and watercolour

Still life continual line drawing marker pen

pie plates resist watercolour

pie plates continual line drawing paper and masking tape

board clips resist watercolour

still life biro and watercolour

still life inks

still life pen and ink

apple reflective print

apple reflective print

apple pen and ink

apple reflective print. Pen and ink

apple watercolour, pen and ink

apple oil pastle

apple oil pastle

banana reflective print

banana reflective print

pear resist watercolour

apple watercolour

orange watercolour

still life pen and ink

still life pen and ink

still life inks

still life inks

still life inks

still life pen and ink

still life pen and ink

rubbings

rubbings

rubbings

rubbings

fortunately the milk crafts roundup

Here is a quick round up of the activities we did on our theme Fortunately the milk. I meant to blog more about this but we were having to much fun to spend time on the computer. 

Intergalatic space painting using paintbrush flicking and sponge printing on black card.

Pom pom and pipe cleaner green globby aliens.

Paper dinosaur stand ups using slit card

Pirate themed colouring in.

Paper green globby aliens cut outs and colouring

Paper plate and paper bowl intergalactic space ship

Pirate cupcakes.

How to make your own exploding volcano

This was from our ‘fortunately the milk’ project and I must say if you don’t mind the smell of vinegar for a bit it’s well worth doing as kids love it.
You will need:
  • a small pot,
  • a tray, 
  • some playdough, 
  • 100ml of white vinegar coloured red with food colouring 
  • two teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda.
Mould your playdough around the small pot to create a volcano shape and place on your tray.
We added dinosaurs to our tray, Professor Stegs friends are about to meet a horrible end!
Place two teaspoons of bicarb in the pot.
Pour on the vinegar
Watch the volcano erupt and bring an end to the dinosaur population.
Open a window or do this outdoors as the vinegar reaction can be a bit smelly.