Hillary's have been getting bloggers craftiness going all across the country this month with an exciting Hillary's Craft Competition to create something awesome from 1m of their new fabric. So I thought, why not give it a go...
We got to pick which we'd like out of the 4 choices, I chose the Safi Turquoise as it fits in with our colour scheme throughout the house and is bang on trend this season. I wanted to make a noticeboard anyway as the Hoffice has been a dark man cave for long enough now and I have nowhere to put my blog stuff and I need organisation... Sorted...
Don't worry if you're like me and just fumble your way through pretending that you know what you're doing. As you can see, I'm not a technical wiz with these things and far from precise but it always turns out OK in the end... after a few tweaks.
I made this on the bank holiday weekend with a hangover, you know because that is what bank holiday's are for right?! It was fun and easy but in this crazy house, incredibly stressful. I had to cope with a few screams of 'MY TURN MUMMY!' and 'No, mummy, that is MY BUTTON!'. I had to take a few deep breaths and smile nicely whilst saying 'mummy needs to do this sweety, can you leave her be for a minute' through gritted teeth... oh and a few 'DON'T TOUCH THE SCISSORS!!' 'That is a staple gun not a toy... put it down!...' 'watch your brother's face'. You know, the usual things parents say whilst crafting with or around kids!
The Hoffice now looks much prettier and I am not going to stop there, I will create Hoffice domination and smother it in Aliceness. Mwahahhahahahahaha. Watch this space.
What you need:
- An old box canvas of the size you want it
- Fabric bigger than the canvas itself
- Wadding the same size as the material
- A spare bit of fabric the length of canvas
- A staple gun & Fabric Scissors
- Several meters of ribbon
- Lots of buttons
- A needle and thread & dress pins
What you do:
- Place the wadding and material flat, front side down and the box canvas in the middle.
- Fold over the box canvas and staple gun to the frame folding the corners in an envelope fold around the corners.
- Place the ribbon diagonally across the front of the material, starting in the corner, staple to the frame, then cut. Do the same a few inches from the first until you get to the other corner. Then again from the other side, weaving the ribbon over and under the original ribbon, creating a diamond shape with the ribbon.
- Where the ribbon crosses place a dress pin and turn the canvas over. Now you know where to thread the needle to sew the buttons on.
- Hem a spare bit of material and lay it across the bottom of the board creating a large pocket. Staple it to the back.
- You can create as many or as little pockets as you like by sewing buttons to the top of the pocket as dividers.
- With any left over material create some flowers or detail to make it more you.
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Disclaimer: This post is my entry into the Hillarys Craft Competition 2015. I was sent 1m square of the Safi Turquoise fabric with which to make my entry. All other materials were upcycled by me. All opinions remain my own. For more info check out the T&C's HERE