Remember the large box of keys my husband bought home for me to upcycle?? It prompted some thoughts about keys, the symbolism of our homes. If we are fortunate our home can mean so much; warmth, stability, security.
I thought it would be fun to create a picture of former childhood homes brought together to our married home (especially with Valentines coming up).
If you would like to make map heart picture for Valentines (engagement, wedding gift etc) you will need a printer, keys, and a box frame.
Start by searching for free maps on line (in the UK you can use Maps4free). Enter the location. Using the snipping tool highlight the area you wish and copy onto a word document, repeat for the second two locations. I copied snippets across which filled approximately half the word document per image. Print off the map for the three locations.
Cut out three hearts, the first two of the former homes being identical size the third a little larger. Mine measure approximately. You can download a template here.
Print two templates. Use one as a guide to cut out your hearts (I suggest cutting slightly larger), place on top of your outline shapes and adhere with a glue stick.
Using copydex place a key on each map (this covers the red your are here marker from Maps4free). Allow to fully dry, trim to size and frame in a box frame.
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I confess to spending far too much time on Pinterest – browsing many inspiring images often sparks ideas. I love the beautiful Shibori style dying images popping up. It’s time to have a go.
My original thoughts were to use denim (you may have noticed I love denim!) using a easily available household dye for light denim, with the plan to try bleaching darker denim another time.
I started with light denim, folding, scrunching, tying then dying in denim navy Dylon dye.
Here are my experiments:
Fabric folded in in half and then pleated as if a fan. This was wrapped round with string.
Fabric folded into squares. Each corner held with a bull dog clips.
Gathering the fabric into a ball, held with rubber bands.
Fabric gathered loosely with a running stitch, then held/ties with rubber bands.
Fabric bunched up and held with rubber bands.
Once dry I played with ideas for hand embroidery to compliment the designs. Finally I made a shibori style denim heart pencil case! I really should make myself a pencil case with the with words printed on Hands Off but it would make no difference, no doubt my pens will soon be borrowed!
Shibori Denim Heart Pencil Case
You will need:
Iron interfacing onto the wrong side of the denim pieces.
Cut out three heart shapes from your denim. I folded the denim in half so I could cut out both sides of the heart at once.
Apply bondaweb to the reverse of the denim, place wrong side of the denim on top of the shibori denim and iron in place.
Hand stitch to embellish the hearts, then machine stitch twice around the heart. This photograph shows a finished heart, a hand stitched heart and the heart as it starts.
Alternatively you can cut out three hearts, bondaweb on top of the main denim bag and embellish.
Now you have finished the decoration of the pencil case its time to sew the zip in.
Place one piece of lining right side up then place the zip long the top edge. Then place the right side down of the denim, edges aligning. Pin, then machine stitch (use a zipper foot) through the three layers.
Fold back and press. Top stitch, this stops the lining becoming caught up in the pencil case zip.
Repeat for the other side of the zip.
Unzip the zip by three quarters. Fold out so the right sides of the lining face each other, and the right sides of the bag face each other. Ensure the zip lies towards the lining.
Stitch round leaving a turning gap along the long edge of the lining.
Turn right sides out, then slip stitch the turning gap on the lining.
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I love sewing for friends and family, when it involves creativity (shortening trousers is not quite so interesting!). A recent whats app conversation with my sister – in -law led to the plan to sew her a door stop. The family live in Amsterdam, in a property they purchased in 2016. I am yet to visit (but its booked, yeah) I thought it would be fun to make the doorstop to represent their property. My Mum kindly supplied me with a photograph so the doorstop design could be a surprise.
This is the property.. not quite a super tall lovely pastel coloured property I was imagining. A little artistic license led to me omitting the balcony’s.
If you would like to make your own doorstop you will need:
Two main panels 10 by 8″
Two side panels 10 by 5 1/2″
Roof 8 by 5 1/2″
Two pieces 8 by 3″
Zip 8″ long
Handle 8 by 6″
Fabric scraps for windows and doors
Strong interfacing or Annies Soft and Stable (you will notice all my photographs do not have this, I realised at the end it was needed!)
Apply interfacing or Annies Soft and stable to sides, front and back panel’s and roof. Start by sewing the side panels to the front panel. This is to enable you to pattern match if required.
Fold the handle in half lengthways, right sides together, and press. Stitch along the length to create a tube.
Turn right sides out, press then top stitch along both long edges. Place along the middle of the roof and baste into place at each end.
Lets sew the zip in next. Turn an press 1/4 along the long edge for both pieces. Place along the zip and pin in place. Stitch to secure.
Now for the fun part – personalising your doorstop. I have worked from the photograph taking measurements to ensure the proportions of the windows and door are in roughly correct.
The door measures 2 3/4 by 2″, with the window highlight above the door measuring 3/4″ by 2″.
The large windows are 2″ square and the small windows 1 1/2″ square.
Use bondaweb to adhere the window and door pieces to the front panel. Having a pattern on the base fabric helped me keep the pieces straight when positioning.
Place ribbon to represent the door frames. I suggest using a glue stick to hold the ribbon in place allowing you to neatly top stitch to secure.
Lastly sew the doorstop together. Place right sides together, sewing in the roof, adding the back panel and then finally the base. As you sew in the base ensure the zip is partially undone so you can turn right sides out.
Fill with lentils or rice – it will take quite a few!!