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Simple Handmade Crafts: A Guide for Beginners

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
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Curious about craft but not sure how to get started? To inspire you to give crafting a go, we asked six bloggers to come up with a craft that’s simple to make at home or on holiday. Each are inexpensive to make and require little specialist equipment, making them a wonderful keepsake or thoughtful gift.

Take a look at the full guide below, or scroll down and follow the links to see the single guides as created for us by some very talented craft bloggers.

Simple Crafts: A Guide for Beginners.

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 To see each of these tutorials individually and to check out the websites of the talented crafters who kindly created them for us follow these links below:

Upcycled Phone Cosy by Live It. Love It. Make It

Spiral Earrings by e-eliseETC

Penguin Finger Puppet by Craftsonsea

Fabric Bow Keyring by The Things She Makes

Winter Spiced Candles by ReallyPrettyUseful

Crochet Tablet Cover by Beak Up Crafts

If you make anything from our craft guide, why not take a picture of it and let us know – we’d love to see! Share your photos with us on Facebook or Twitter using the #SimpleCrafting hashtag.

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.

Simple Handmade Craft Guide: Upcycled Phone Cosy

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
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Mobile phones are notorious for getting scratched screens, especially when they’re rattling around in a bag or pocket! To get around this, why not create a handmade phone cosy to keep your smart phone protected from damage and scratches? If you’re not sure how then read on for this tutorial, created by H and Sammy from Live It. Love It. Make It. on how to create an Upcycled Phone Cosy using a scrap of denim.

Simple Crafts: Upcycled Phone Cosy

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“We love making these phone pouches as gifts for our friends and family, everyone has a phone that needs a cosy place to live in and stay protected.”

You will need

Materials to create an upcycled denim phone pouch

a scrap of denim, a felt square, embroidery thread, sewing needle, scissors, a pen and a phone to use for size.

How to

Simple Craft Tutorial: Upcycled Phone Case Steps 1-2-4

Step 1. Take your scrap of denim and place the phone you want to make the case for (or a similar one) and draw around it leaving a 1.5cm distance around the phone.

Step 2. Cut out the shape and use it to cut a second piece the same size.

Step 3. Use these denim pieces to cut two more pieces the same size from the felt. Then trim away a little from the edges of the felt to make them slightly smaller than the denim.

Step 4. Using the phone as reference, mark one of the denim and felt pieces about 0.5 cm down from the top of the phone.

Simple Craft Tutorial: Upcycled Phone Case Steps 5-2-8

Step 5. Trim away the top above where you have marked and do the same on the other pieces. Cut a small triangle in the top centre.

Step 6. Take your embroidery thread and stitch a simple line across the top of both the front and back pieces of your phone cosy.

Step 7. Place both pieces felt side together and sew all the layers together. Don’t sew too close to the edge so you can leave space to fray out your edges.

Step 8. To finish off your cosy, pull at a few of the threads on each edge to give it a worn, distressed look.

Simple Craft Tutorial: Upcycled Phone Pouch

And there you have it a lovely little quick and easy gift for anyone young or old, If you want to get fancy why not personalise it by embroidering an initial or name on the outside of the person you would like to give it to?

This Upcycled Phone Cosy tutorial was created by, and contributed to our craft guide by H and Sammy from Live It. Love It. Make It. You can also find H and Sammy on twitter, instagram, facebook.

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.

Simple Handmade Craft Guide: Spiral Earrings

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
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Jewellery is the ideal gift, either for yourself or for someone else! Erin shared with us this easy to follow tutorial to make a pair of spiral earrings; once you’ve made the earrings, why not try making a matching bracelet and necklace?

Craft Guide Earrings Simple Tutorial

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This tutorial will show you how to use basic wirework techniques to create a pretty pair of earrings – a perfect project for beginners! This method can also be used to make a charm for a matching necklace, creating a lovely gift set.

What you need

Materials to craft spiral earrings

sterling silver wire (0.6-0.8mm diameter works well), six Jade rondelle beads (tutorial uses 4x6mm), wire cutters, round and flat nose pliers, a pen & a small file (optional)

Steps one and two tutorial for handmade earrings

Handmade earring tutorial step three

Step 1: First up is creating the beaded charm for the earrings. Start by cutting a piece of wire approximately 2” long then use your flat nose pliers to bend the very end of it round into a small loop – this will be the centre of your spiral.

Step 2: Take your flat nose pliers and clamp the centre loop still with one hand then begin to wrap the length of wire around it with the other. After two or three complete wraps you should be left with a small spiral.

Step 3: Use your pliers to bend the wire at the end of the spiral at a right angle away from it then thread on the three beads.

Handmade earring tutorial step 4

Handmade earring tutorial steps five and six

Handmade earring tutorial step 7

Step 4: To turn this into a charm bend the remaining wire at right angle just above the top of the last bead then use your round nose pliers to create a small hanging loop completing your first charm. Repeat this process to create one for the second earring then set aside whilst you work on the earring wires.

Step 5: To make an earring wire take another 2” length of your wire and use round nose pliers to create a loop at one end just like the one created in step 4 – this will allow you to attach on the charm.

Step 6: Bend the length of wire around a pen or other small round object to create the curved shape then use flat nose pliers to bend the other end of the wire outwards slightly. Again, repeat this process so that you have two earring wires. If the cut ends of the wire are sharp you may wish to file them down slightly.

Step 7: Use pliers to carefully open up the loop on your first earring wire and thread on your charm, then use the pliers to close the loop securing the charm in place. Repeat this for the second earring and you’re done!

To see more of Erins lovely crafts and creations visit her website, e-eliseetc and you can follow Erin on twitter @eeliseetc.

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.

Simple Handmade Craft Guide: Penguin Finger Puppet

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
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Finger puppets are so much fun, no matter your age and creating them is even more fun! Why not try out this easy to follow tutorial to make a penguin finger puppet? Once you’ve created the penguin why not try other animals and create a whole zoo of finger puppets? They’re fun to make and fun to play with!

Sykes Cottages Craft Guide Penguin Puppet

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What you need

Handmade Felt Penguin Finger Puppets: Materials

How To

Handmade Felt Penguin Finger Puppets: Steps One to four

 

Step 1: Draw a template of your penguin onto a folded piece of paper and cut it out to create two penguin shapes; one for each side of the puppet. Use this to create a template to make sure that the puppet will fit your finger by pinning the sides of the paper template together and placing it on your finger.

Step 2: Pin the paper templates to your black felt and cut out around them to create the front and back of your penguin.

Step 3: Take one paper template and draw the white part of the penguin on to it and cut this out to create a template for the penguin’s body. Now pin this to your white felt and cut around the paper template to create the white part of your penguin’s body.

Step 4: Use your orange felt to cut out a beak and two feet.

Handmade Felt Penguin Finger Puppets: Steps Five to Seven

Step 5: Pin the white body onto one of your black shapes and sew into place, then sew on the beak and feet.

Step 6: Pin the two sides of your puppet together. Begin stitching from the inside out of your puppet to ensure that any knots used to secure your thread will be hidden on the inside of the puppet. Remember, don’t sew along the bottom of your puppet – otherwise your finger won’t get in!

Step 7: Once your penguin is stitched together, fix the googly eyes in place with super glue. Your puppet is now ready to play with!

For more craft tutorials by Kate visit her blog, Crafts On Sea. You can also follow Kate on pinterest, instagram or like her page on facebook.

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Penguin Finger Puppet

 

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.

Simple Handmade Craft Guide: Fabric Bow Keyring

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
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This craft for a fabric bow is super simple and easy to customise. Once you’ve created a keyring, why not try out different fabric patterns and fastenings to create really unique pieces? You could attach them to zip pulls, hair clips, necklaces or anything else your heart desires!

Sykes Craft Guide Fabric Bow Keyring

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What You Need

Easy craft idea: A Fabric Bow Keyring

Fabric, scissors, fabric glue, a key ring and iron (unpictured)

How to

Easy craft idea: A Fabric Bow Keyring

Step 1: Cut three lengths of fabric measuring 15cm x 4cm

Step 2: For each piece of fabric, neaten the edges and provide structure by making a 1cm fold on either side. Run small dots of glue along the centre of the fabric to stick the folds in place. Leave to dry fully. To further bond the fabric, run a hot iron over the seam.

Easy craft idea: A Fabric Bow Keyring

 

Step 3: Take a length of fabric, raw edges facing up, and mark the centre with a dot of glue. Bring each end to meet in the centre and hold in place to secure. Allow to dry and do the same with a second piece of fabric. These will be the bows.

Step 4: To create the bow tail, cut 4cm off one end of the remaining length of fabric to make it 11cm long. Keep the bit you cut off as this will be used to hold the design together.

Step 5: As an optional final detail, create triangular cuts at either end of the tail length of fabric. Run glue across the raw edges to neaten and prevent frayed edges.

Easy craft idea: A Fabric Bow Keyring

Step 6: To assemble the bow, layer the two fabric bows on top of the centre of the bow tails. Hold in place by wrapping the final piece of fabric across the centre, leaving a small loop at one side, then fix it in place with glue.

Step 7: Once dried, add the keyring to the loop and you’re done!

For more fantastic crafts from Sophie visit her blog, The Things She Makes or follow her on twitter.

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Bow Keyring

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Leanne Dempsey

By Leanne Dempsey

A lover of reading, eating and shopping Leanne will often be found spending time with her two pugs or snapping away on instagram. A big fan of the city, She likes nothing more than getting away for a weekend break in the UK, her favourite places being London and Bath.