I was thinking about making a needle case when I came across this tutorial by Skebba. A little letter needle book, perfect! I adapted the pattern slightly. Then the thought came to me, my needle case could do with a companion, a pin cushion. Keeping to the postal theme I designed a parcel pin cushion, over stuffed and tied with string. I think this postal pair would make a perfect present.
Debra Collins over at Creative Ramblings has created a very clear tutorial on how to turn a Mason jar into a useful container for your sewing kit. This is a perfect idea for a gift, Christmas is just around the corner! You could fill it with a tape measure, embroidery scissors, a couple of sewing thread bobbins and maybe even make a case for needles. I think it's a really nice idea and not too difficult.
When I was making my knitted bead necklace I had thought, as I reach the midway point of a 'bead', it had the appearance of a flower. I had to experiment with this notion, the photographs show the outcome. I am quite pleased with it and with a few more tweaks in my pattern I might make a bunch!
To make these lanterns follow the instructions for the Lantern Tutorial I used four umbrellas for each of my lanterns. First take apart the umbrellas by removing their sticks and cutting off the cardboard struts. The umbrellas are still quite 'springy' so when you apply them wrap cling film tightly around the glass or jar to keep them in place. I think I left them for about 30 minutes then removed the cling film and left them to dry.
After making the trivet my next object of delight is a coaster. I like doing mosaics but instead of using ceramic tesserae I used beer bottle caps. This would make a great gift for a husband, dad, brother or any other beer loving person!
I decided to make the seventies tiles I bought into something practical instead of just letting them gather dust in the shed. It would be a shame to keep that retro pattern hidden. The tiles are all corner tiles so I decided four placed together would make a useful trivet.