Thursday, 28 November 2013

The Secret Surprise Christmas House Tutorial

I have had some fun over the past few weeks developing an idea I had for these cute little houses as I thought they would look great sitting on a Christmas table with a little treat inside, but how to get the treats inside! This is what I managed to put together.

To make this house I used 2.5mm card stock (grey card). Cut out the house pattern (this link will take you to the pattern)

 Score the fold lines with a knife. This is now the outside of the house.

 Paste and cover the inside of the house with a decorative paper and trim the paper level with the card.

Fold the sides of the house up so they meet and using pre pasted paper tape or scotch tape, secure the sides together  

  Using your house pattern trace around it on a piece of fabric that will cover the outside of your house. Now ADD 1 cm around all the pattern before you cut it out.

  Glue the base of the house into the middle of the fabric

Clip the 1cm seam allowance into the corner. Glue the sides on and wrap the excess around the sides of the house. Clip the top so it will over lap and go inside the house

Fold in the 1cm seam allowance and clip in 1cm at the roof break point

Glue the front and back. Glue and fold the fabric inside the box over the point. You will need to mitre this for a nice point

 Glue the 2 roof pieces onto the roof fabric and cut out leaving a 1cm seam all around 
Cut the corners off the fabric to make it easier to mitre, as you glue it to the card.

 I use this bone folder to flatten the fabric in position, and I would not be without it!

 Cut 2 pieces of fabric (6.5cm x 3cm) to attach the roof pieces to the house and then turn the edges under 1cm on both sides. This is your hinge

 Take 1 hinge and fold in 1/2, glue 1/2 of the hinge inside the house. Repeat on the opposite side 

 Position the roof onto the house and then glue the remainder of the hinge into position. A bit fiddly but you will get there. 
Cut 2 pieces of decorative paper to cover the inside of your roof. Glue these into position.

  Cut 2 pieces of ribbon and glue to the outside of the roof

 Cut a piece of ribbon to go around the ribbon on the roof and tie together to pull the roof closed
Now decorate the house with doors, windows and any other embellishment that you fancy

And fill with sweets for a special surprise

You now have your own little house

Have a great week

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Saturday, 16 November 2013

Post Cards in the Mail

It was a good feeling this week to finish and post the fabric post cards to the members in the Postmar'd Art group in the current exchange that has taken place over the last few months.  The theme that I chose to trade in for this round was Teapots and the Deck of Cards that will continue through next year until we get a full suit.

The King of Hearts and the 4 of Hearts where the 2 themes I had to interpret into fabric post cards.
I found some red and gold fabric in a shop in Arab Street. How could I interpret the "King of Hearts"? I remembered a movie I had seen many years ago called the King and I, so I searched the internet for images and found this great picture that captured the moment. I printed the images onto the printable cotton fabric that I purchased from a local quilt shop and then trimmed it with the red fabric and added a gold heart.

I was now onto the 4 of Hearts so I decided to work with the same read fabric as I loved the gold design, and as we were heading into Christmas this fabric seemed perfect.

I used Heat n Bond lite, to fuse the hearts onto the fabric.

As I had 6 cards to make I made an overlay of where I wanted the hearts to be on the cards so that I could position them in place before ironing.

  Once the hearts where in place I added some stitching lines to give the card some design. Tear Away was used to stabilise the fabric. 

The number 4 was cut out with scissors and a craft scalpel which worked a treat for the tricky inside

To give the cards stiffness I ironed it to a stiff fusing that I use when making bags.

With the front finished I now needed a back for the cards. 
 The fabric was cut to a A4 size and ironed to the stiff fusing which meant it would go through my computer for printing.

The fabric was cut to post card size 

And sandwiched together on my machine, which badly needs a service as it is not behaving, but I can not part with it yet!

For the Teapots post cards,I found this image of the Japanese cast iron teapots in my local paper and loved their rustic look. In my fabric drawer I had a great piece of hand dyed fabric that would give the card the rustic image I was looking for. I added an old Chinese coin and some wooden beads to finish off the card.

 What products do you use to make the fabric art cards firm?

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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Making Boxes

Over the last few weeks I have been experimenting with making different styles of boxes.

For this  box I cut the card from 1.5mm card stock and moulded it into shape and secured it with paper tape before covering the box with fabric. 

A Japanese friend brought  back 2 box kits from Tokyo so we both had fun putting these boxes together

I loved learning the different ways which the Japanese construct their boxes.

This box has a really interesting shape to it. It is covered with a Japanese rice paper.

I covered this box with some paper in my stash.

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