Tag Archives: Plush

The Sunday Round Up

4 Apr

This week’s Sunday Round Up is all about a few of my favourite Etsy sellers!! I love featuring them here and hopefully introducing new artists and makers to my blog readers.
(click on the banner or shop name to link through)

An illustrator who takes the nerd and turns it into something animal themed and amazing! This one is definitely me.

Savannah of Sleepy King is a maker of amazing animal plushies. Especially woodland creatures. I love her plushies and hope to own one at some point, maybe a fox or Ramona Rose. She’s pretty.

Rebecca of Rar Rar Press creates some amazing letterpress posters and cards with a sense of humour and a wise word or two. I particularly love the one below (so true!!)

My internet is playing up right now so I’m going to have to leave it at this for now, although I’ll definitely be featuring more soon! I hope you like what you see and help to support these lovely independent artists and makers at some point, if you haven’t already. Much love and health on this Easter Sunday.

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

Tutorial Tuesday!

2 Feb

Welcome to a new feature here at Crafty Foxes! I’m so excited about this as it’s been something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Tutorial Tuesday will be posted once a month on the first Tuesday of that month. I love it when tutorials are posted on other blogs and thought it was about time I did the same! Posting once a month also means that I can come up with some amazing ideas for you guys and gals to enjoy. You never know, if I think of too many things you might get more than one a month!

My first tutorial is going to be Valentine’s themed. I can’t believe that it’s February already, I’m still getting used to it being 2010!!! Valentine’s day is less than 2 weeks away now but my little tutorial is something that you could easily make for yourself, the one you love or another loved one like family and friends.

Stuffed hearts

Materials:

Felt square in your chosen colour

Contrasting embroidery thread

Brooch back finding

Sewing needle (you will need something sharp but large/strong enough to go through two layers of felt)

Scissors

Polyfil stuffing

Optional: Heart template – I always freehand when I cut out my shapes as it makes each one unique and is what I love about crafting!

Once you’ve decided how big you want your heart, draw and cut out your template. Use chipboard or a sturdy cardboard so you can use it again and again! Then cut out two felt heart shapes from your template. If you decide to freehand cut out a rectangle from the felt square about the size you want the heart to be. Fold the piece of felt in half longways (from top to bottom) and then half again sideways (from left to right) before cutting from the second folded side – doing this gives you a pretty even heart shape, trimming can be done later if one side is bigger.

Sew the brooch backing onto one of the hearts you have cut out. Do this with the contrasting embroidery thread you’ve chosen. I always sew the brooch pin a little higher than normal as the weight from the stuffing makes the brooch a bit floppy if you do it any lower.

Now it’s time to sew the two sides together. You want the wrong sides facing when you do this. Start with a small knot on the wrong side at the bottom of the heart, near the point, a few millimetres from the edge. Then you want to sew the two hearts together using a backstitch. You’ll notice that this gives you a wrong side of stitching at the back where the brooch pin is – after making a few it gets neater but don’t worry about it as people aren’t looking at that side!! Hand stitch around until you get halfway down the opposite side and stop.

Stuff your heart with polyfil in the small opening that you haven’t yet sewn up. You can fill them as much or as little as you want. When you’ve finished doing this, continue sewing up the remainder of the heart. I always find that it’s a little harder to do this when I’ve over-filled the heart and sometimes pull a little bit of stuffing out. When you get to the end you can tie a little knot on the wrong side (inside the heart) and snip the thread. Trim the edges if you need to.

Et voila! Your very own stuffed heart brooch ready to wear for your Valentine’s night out or to give to a loved one!

I’ve been making my heart brooches and giving them as gifts since last summer and finally sold them at my mini-stall at the London Christmas Craftacular last year. I make my brooches out of felt as the ends don’t fray like normal fabric does but you can make them out of whatever you choose – if you do make them from normal fabric I recommend machine sewing around the edge with a zigzag stitch to reduce the fraying or you could use something like FrayCheckor Fray Stop Spray.

I really hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial! Let me know if there is anything you don’t understand or think I could improve on with my instruction giving. And link to your creations in the comments here so I can see what wonderful things you are making!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

(All photos in this tutorial have been taken by myself. Please link back here if you use any of them.)

The Sunday Round Up

24 Jan

Today’s Sunday Round Up is dedicated to my favourite woodland (and London suburbs) animal, the FOX! In all the time I’ve had this blog I’ve not done a dedicated blog post to foxes – how this has happened, I don’t know! Without further ado, this Crafty Fox will show you a few of my favourite foxy things.

As Silje says in the description for this print, “It’s 2010, and the fox is the new owl!”. I love this print and if I get a reasonably well-paid job, this will be my reward as soon as payday arrives!!!

I love this print by studiolyon on etsy. It’s so simple and I like the woodgrain effect that’s been blended in behind the fox’s fur.

One of my favourite things is this craft kit from Red Velvet Art. Elsie’s drawings are sooooo cute! Loves!

These foxes from Sleepy King have been on my wishlist for a while. Little Red is my favourite!

I saw this print on etsy a while ago and was suckered in by the little sleeping fox on the girl’s head. I love this style of painting too so it’s a winner for me!

A fox on a bike? Why not?! Haha.

I linked to this a couple of posts ago and bought it recently as a small gift to myself (I’d been eyeing it up for a while and Lady Luck had a New Year’s half price sale. It was meant to be! Hehe). It’s currently my most worn necklace!

And finally, a favourite from the ladies over at Polka Dot Robot. Genius!

I’ve got a few posts planned for this week, including a look at my current WiP’s (work-in-progress’s). I hope you’ve all had a great weekend and have a fun week ahead!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

Pretty Things Thursday

19 Nov

Hello to all you lovely blog readers out there!! This week’s Pretty Things Thursday is full of pretty things I’m coveting right now! And yes, a few of them are from the latest RVA update that happened last night. So let’s begin!!

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These are the four items that are on my most wanted list right now. I especially love the DIY Advent Calendar Kit. Such a great idea and as I’m not a huge fan of the chocolate ones anymore, this is definitely something that I want to do!! The sewing machine brooch is another personal favourite as I’m doing more and more on my sewing machine and becoming more confident with using it.

2)

These creatures from Super Ninon have made my heart skip a beat recently. I love the expressions each of the plushies have on their faces! My favourite so far is definitely the foxy(?) lady in the bottom picture. Check out Super Ninon’s stuff on her flickr, her blog and buy these beautiful creations and more from her etsy.

P.S. This purse is my favourite out of all the ones she has in her etsy shop. Isn’t it beautiful?

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Rachel’s inspiration wall and boards always inspire me and are always pretty. This is her November wall. Can’t wait to see what December has in store!

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My obsession with pompoms will definitely be transferred into my Christmas presents this year and this is the perfect way to incorporate them!!

So this is a short but sweet one as I have to go make my lunch now before I set off to work! I hope you’ve enjoyed these pretty things as much as I have! Have a great Thursday – what have you got planned?

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

Pretty Things Thursday

5 Nov

After a week away, Pretty Things Thursday is back! Yay! I’ve been having some time off work so it’s given me a chance to find lots of pretty things in all sorts of places.

Holiday journal

I’m really getting into journalling lately, thanks to this lady, and the photos of all her art journals are getting the creative and journalling juices going. I haven’t done it for a while but it’s slowly becoming one of my favourite things to do again.

Fleece baubles

Christmas has started already for me as I’m handmaking each of the Christmas gifts I’m giving this year. Heidi Kenney’s amazing plushie baubles are a great decoration for the holidays and for those who’ve broken their fair share of the glass ones over the years! Hehe.

Amazing giveaway

Possibly the cutest giveaway I’ve seen in a while over at Elsie’s blog. Of course I entered, and I also entered for my sister, who right now is very deserving of a pick-me-up/random present.

Sad robots

This picture makes me happy and so sad for the poor little robots all at the same time! My heart just dies and smiles – it’s sooooo gosh darn CUTE!!!

heart

My favourite image on this long collage is the very top one. A little bit of knit graffiti always goes down well with me and how pretty is it? I’ve only recently found this ladies blog, but it’s very inspiring. Check her out.

So, it’s 11.49pm here in London, so I better blog this before Thursday officially ends!! Hope you’ve all had good days out there.

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

 

The Sunday Round Up

4 Oct

So here we are. It’s Sunday again and the only day I’ve had to blog!! I’d be blogging more at the moment if it wasn’t for being really busy at work and also the fact that we currently only have one computer in the house which my lovely boyfriend is currently writing his MA research paper on. I can cope with not much computer time with that reason so I apologise to all my lovely readers for the lack of posting, but it’ll hopefully get better soon!!

So, what have I been up to this week (or rather weekend)? I went to see Mark Thomas, a political comedian and really funny with my boyfriend and a couple of his friends, and I’ve been working away at work. Craftwise, I’ve managed to get the good stuff done this weekend, as is always the way! So what have I done, I hear you ask? These things…..

Autumn =

This is what Autumn is for me right now – crochet, Perler beads, buttons and crafts in general. I’m having such good times right now with my craft stuff and keep on having to tell myself that I need to stop focussing on stuff for me soon and knuckle down with making things for my Etsy shop launch!!

Granny Chic Purse

Hootie the Owl

These are the things that I managed to photograph while there was good light this weekend. The granny square crochet purse and the owl plushie were both projects for the RVA Autumn Craft Class. I’m having sooo much fun doing this class and can’t wait until the next projects are loaded up each time. Of course I have a few that I want to do before others but they’re all exciting and such good ideas. Really hoping I can take part in the next class.

Other things I’ve been in love with this week include –
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This gorgeous recipe card kit from RVA – I’m starting to get itchy feet about baking again and am in love with the leaf Perler bead board that comes with it.

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And as I am the Crafty Fox, it’s only natural that I should fall completely and utterly in love with this – the ‘You’re a Fox Craft Kit’ also from RVA. If I’d been flush this month and wasn’t having to save myself and my funds for the Knitting and Stitching Show, this would have been mine straight away!! But I can wait until next month – fingers crossed there are some left!

Also on my wishlist right now is fabric from the Echino collection. I again have fallen in love with the colours, patterns and designs those fabrics have. I’ve not managed to find them here in the UK yet in any of my local fabric stores (although lots of online ones) but have lots more to check out in person!

So a great weekend all round and hopefully I’ll have a chance to jump on a blog mid-week (the boyfriend’s paper is due on Friday though, so no promises). Otherwise next Sunday will be an amazing one – the day after the Knitting and Stitching Show. Expect many yarn-themed photos!!!!!!

Oooo, and remember to enter my giveaway a couple of posts down!!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

The fun begins!

17 Sep

The Red Velvet Art Autumn Craft Class has officially begun and I’ve (almost) completed my first project.

Front Cover of mini album

Love this fabric!

Front and Back covers

Album and pages ready to be filled

Blank pages awaiting stuff

Knitting

Embroidery

(The design for the embroidery page is from Sublime Stitching and is from the Handmade Nation pack, unfortunately now sold out)

Crochet

Sewing

I loved how creative this project made me and it really pushed me to create something different and unique. Rachel, a personal thank you to you and your brain for thinking up this wonderful project!! I can’t wait for the next one now! It’s also been really interesting to see what everyone else has come up with and really inspiring too. So happy that this was my anniversary present, which also happens to be today 🙂 Don’t know what we’re doing as my boyfriend has planned it all so we’ll just have to wait and see.

I also completed this little project yesterday – it’s a belated birthday gift for the little girl of one of our friends. The original drawing was done by my boyfriend and I was the one who turned it into a cute Brownie Owl plushie. I could have done a few things differently but overall I’m quite happy with how it turned out.

Brownie Owl

That’s my new sewing machine in the background too – a very early Christmas present from my mum and dad. They’re the greatest! (See, I am using it, haha).

So there are a few other things going on in my life but I’ll reveal all when the time is right (and no, I’m not pregnant…it’s a baby of another sort, although not a puppy or kitten either unfortunately). Time for me to go relax for a little bit before I rev up the craftometer again!

Crafty love from a Crafty Fox xx

Baby showers and lonely dollops

24 May

So I can finally blog about some of the crafty bits I’ve been working on over the last few weeks! Yay! A few of the items were gifts for Lucy, one of my fellow Crafty Foxes, who is expecting her first baby. We had a baby shower for her today at her parent’s house and couldn’t have asked for such a perfect day weather wise for it. We had Bucks Fizz (and non-alcoholic versions), cucumber sandwiches, cupcakes (made by me) and an amazing blueberry muffin cheesecake from a local cafe (and also Lucy’s favourite). It’s the first baby shower I’ve been to as well and it was lots of fun just hanging out in the garden, eating and opening gifts.

So my contributions to the little man’s wardrobe included some hand-embroidered items. I am still yet to finish another couple of bits for him but had to give Lucy some of the pieces today.

Telling everybody that mama is crafty!

Telling everybody that mama is crafty!

 

The finished rocket ship from our second craft group meeting

The finished rocket ship from our second craft group meeting

 

lil rocker onesie (shaking those lighting booties!!)

lil rocker onesie (shaking those lighting booties!!)

 

So these were the pieces that I gave Lucy and had loads of fun doing them, although tangled thread got very frustrating at times. The crafty fox bib was my way of truly personalising something for her and I put a bit of her and her partner’s personalities into the onsesie, knowing that they both have a complete love of rock music! It was so much fun to do and such a quick and easy way of making something plain into something personal and beautiful. Can’t wait to finish off the other ones I have. (All patterns used on the onesies -apart from some of my freehand stitching- were from Sublime Stitching)

The other thing I did during this time was make a small plush toy for one of my friend’s at work. I bought the ‘Softies’ book a while back and when I took it into work, one of the guys I worked with expressed an interest for the lonely dollop, a poo shaped plush by Shawnimals. So I took it upon myself to make it.

Senor Dollop

Senor Dollop

I had to shrink the original pattern down as the felt I had wasn’t big enough, but it turned out okay. Wish I could have gotten a little more definition in the shape of the poo (I never thought I’d be saying that ever!! Haha), but on the whole the project was really quite easy and only took me a couple of hours to complete.

Well, that is all for today’s update but I will definately be better with my updates from now on as I have a plethora of ideas stored away for future projects!!