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The mission for 2020! Make what you love January 3, 2020 18:15 19 Comments

Make What You Love

I have no resolutions, they always feel like I'm setting myself up to fail because there's so little flexibility and life changes so much. But I do have a new mission for the decade and it's to live by the mantra "Make what you love" 

 LOndon Craft Club in 2014

(This is me on the LCC stand, at the Handmade Fair in 2014.)

London Craft Club was started on exactly that idea back in 2014. The plan was to make a business I love, providing a service I love, helping people make things they love, and giving me the opportunity to actually make things that I love on a daily basis. It's been six years and despite the occasional veer off-course that is pretty much still how it is here.  

This year, I want the workshops I create to really reflect and share the proper joy I get from the making process, and the pleasure of being surrounded by things I've made. I want other people to feel that brilliant buzz of being a maker! Just two days ago I was holding the glasses I'd etched some ferns leaves onto and feeling like I was standing a foot taller than I was that morning. Everyone should get that feeling.

So this is our theme for the year at London Craft Club - Make What You Love. Are you in? I hope so because I am popping with excitment to share it all with you! 

Check out what's coming up in 2020 and make what you love too. 

All my love

Sonia x

 


Free 2020 printable calendar for you January 3, 2020 03:35 20 Comments

Free calendar for 2020

Happy New Year to you! If you are still in need of a nice calendar to put all your new year plans into, we have one for you here! It's not too heavy on the ink if you're printing it at home. There's none of those strange download apps either - just click the link and the .pdf opens up there and then for you to save on to your computer. 

Download free 2020 calendar

2020 free printable calendar

I'm not doing resolutions this year, they're so guild-laden to start the decade! But I do love a goal, and I have some personal ones to put in here. I have so many apps but an actual real life calendar on the wall makes a totally different impact, it's just so unavoidable. I'm going to put a few workshops in my diary - have a look at some of ours ;-)

I feel bad about the paper - so I've started shredding all the crappy bits of correspondence I get so I can make it into new paper. I totally love this new craft so you may well see it pop up as a workshops soon! 

 


How to use fabric to decorate your Christmas cards November 17, 2019 10:11 207 Comments


Christmas card

We love Cath Kidston fabrics for interiors,  but we wanted to make some Christmas cards with it too.  You can join our workshop at the Cath Kidston London Picadilly store, or if you can’t make that here’s our handy How-To.

You will need:

  •  Cath Kidston fabric
  • Fusible facing
  • Sharp scissors
  • Double sided tape
  • Blank cards (white and Kraft
  • Fine black ink pen
  • Extra card embellishments 

Step One

Iron the fusible facing onto the back of the fabric. Make sure you put the shinier side on the fabric and protect your iron and ironing board with baking paper. This is to to stop you fusing the facing to your ironing board or melting the facing on to your iron! When you're done, let the fabric cool

 

Step Two

Draw your design on the back of the fabric, and cut it out with your sharp scissors 

 

Step Three

Use the double-sided tape to stick your fabric elements down.  Add details with your pen and embellishments

 

Step Four

Pop it in an envelope and post!

 

Book your place on the workshop here


How to create a cute Christmas wreath November 16, 2019 13:23 193 Comments

Cath Kidston Wreath

A wreath adds a lovely festive dash to any door! We’re making a wreath using artificial foliage and Cath Kidston fabric, because if you use it for many years to come it’s good way to avoid waste at Christmas. Join us for a workshop in Cath Kidston's Manchester store  or follow this DIY!

You will need

  • A plain wreath base. We’re using a twig base, but willow or metal frames are just as good
  • Thin florist wire
  • Pliers
  • 3 artificial eucalyptus stems
  • Some artificial yew or other foliage
  • A glue gun and glue sticks
  • Pine cones
  • Bark stars or other wooden embellishments
  • Cath Kidston fabric

 Step One

Use the pliers to trim the eucalyptus stems down to about 20cm, and to cut some lengths of florist wire about 10cm long

 

Step Two

Choose a point to be your focal point on the wreath. Arrange the stems on the wreath pointing out from the focal point. Push the wire through the wreath base and twist it round the bottoms of the stems to secure them. Don’t worry if the centre looks a bit of mess at this stage! Arrange the stems and use the glue gun to secure them in the position you like.

 

Step Three

Dress the focal point for the centre of your wreath using pom-poms, pine cones, berries and wooden embellishments. Use a combination of florist wire and the glue gun to secure them in place at lots of points.

 

Step Four

Add a few more smaller embellishments to the rest of the wreath - we love the tiny mushrooms and gingerbread men

 

Step Five

Take some of your Cath Kidston fabric  and make a little snip in the edge. Use the snip to start a tear in the fabric, and rip until you have a 5cm wide strip. Pull all the excess threads away and you’ll be left with a pretty frayed edge. Tie the ribbon round the top of the wreath, then tie a big bow.

 

Step Six

You can put a little piece of string through the back of the ribbon to hang your wreath. Pop it on a door and feel the Christmas vibes!

 

Book your Cath Kidston Wreath workshop here

Wreath


How to make a felted stocking November 15, 2019 21:57 149 Comments

Stocking
This is the perfect Christmas craft for
beginners, especially if you want something that can use year and year again! We’ve teamed up with Cath Kidston for the second year to bring you a this as a workshop too. Book here and if you can’t make it, here’s a DIY for you. 

You will need: 

A plain burlap, linen or cotton stocking

A medium felting needle with handle

A felting sponge or brush 

Some balls of yarn that are wool or a wool mix with a high proportion of wool (at least half)

A water soluble pen

Step One

Assemble the felting needle. Pull the wooden insert out of the handle and lay the needle in the groove. Make sure you push the thin end of the insert back in to the handle until the needle is snugly in place 

Felting needle

 Felting neee

Step Two

Draw your design on with the water soluble pen

Water soluble pen

 Step Three

Put the sponge inside the stocking. Lay the wool down on the stocking and push the needle right through the wool, stocking and sponge. This will pill some of the wool through the stocking, lightly attaching it it.  Rough out you design in this way.

 Felting

Build up the design

Step Four

Once you’ve built up a bit of your design, repeatedly stab the wool into the stocking making sure the sponge is behind the are you are felting. This process will gradually felt the wool, making it mat up and attach to the stocking. 

Joy

 Step Five 

Felt your whole design.  When you’re done, gently pull the sponge away.  To remove the water soluble pen marks, lightly spray tve stocking in water. 

Your stocking

Step Six

To add a rustic bow, take a piece of fabric and make a little snip in one edge. Rip the fabric from the snip and pull off any excess thread, leaving a pretty frayed edge. Use it to make a bow to stick or sew on the back of your stocking. Lastly, gang your stocking somewhere Santa will see it! 

Book your ticket to this Cath Kidston workshop here 


Stocking


Your craft hobby can make you more confident at work. October 20, 2019 13:26 301 Comments

Confidence through your craft hobby

I was delighted to see Stylist Loves, the regular email from Stylist Mag, highlighting how craft can build confidence at work. (Not least because they flagged London Craft Club as the place to go get a good hobby.)

It wouldn't be the first time that science has started to confirm what those of us who craft already know. The idea that a skill you develop as part of your leisure can actually increase your confidence, and that you can benefit from that increase in all areas of your life, is not a surprise to us.

knitting

We already know that simply being able to make stuff impresses other people, which leads to compliments which leads to increased confidence. That's not just anecdotal either, there's a study to support that. Even if it's obvious, it's good to remember. It also proves that your compliments to other crafters are worth their weight in gold. Keep on dishing them out! 

Some years back, I worked on an amazing project that focused on improving teenagers confidence. It worked by getting them involved in sport through events that they organised themselves. They achieved things they wouldn't have expected of themselves, and they tangibly benefitted from the experience. I've often felt the similarities between sport and craft on that front are similar - that we take something on with quite low expectations, and surprise ourselves with what we can achieve. The right teachers and mentors can help speed that along and magnify the effect. It's a great feeling to achieve something you didn't think you could and it stays with you. Incidentally, it's a great feeling to facilitate that for someone else, so we're luck at LCC that this our work

Happiness

We also know that leisure time can be spent doing a hobby in order to recharge and replenish our resources for our work. So the less craft-like your day job, the more you will benefit from craft in terms of work confidence. Again, this confirms what we hear all the time at craft club - achieving in an area unrelated to where you think your expertise lies is a great boost! 

So there you have it - if you don't do anything makey for a living, you're most likely to benefit from taking it up as a hobby. Let's get you started! Click for workshops

 

 

Read Stylist here and the actual study here 

 


The quiet part October 13, 2019 08:35 423 Comments

The quiet part

At a social event, it's not normally a sign that things are going well if everyone is sat in silence. But at London Craft Club events, it's pretty much always a mark of having done our job well. 

The wonderful part, about an hour in, is when the conversation turns to concentration, and all you can hear are the little noises of making. Paper being cut, the hiss of burning wood, the click click of knitting needles, and not much else. Mindful Pyrography craft workshops allow you to become immersed in creating and making

Getting in the flow of crafting is one of the great rewards of making things with your own hands. You stop thinking about the world, and focus entirely on what you are doing as time flies by. 

It's great having a lovely thing that you've made, and there's definitely a buzz from learning a new skill. But most of all I love the sense of zooming in on one activity and immersing yourself in getting to know the material you are working with.

Craft workshops are a great way to relax and meditate

Silence over a shared activity feels like an extra luxury. Normally I find myself filling the time I spend with people by talking, whether I have something to say or not. A shared activity opens the door to sitting in comfortable, companionable silence where I'd normally be pulling out the stops to be interesting and entertaining. It makes for a good mix of sociable and relaxing. 

I've lost track of the number of times I've noticed a tired shoulder or wrist, and looked up to realise hours have passed by and I haven't thought about anything except what I'm working on. This year one of my resolutions has been to do more making where the end result is in the distant future, so I can focus on mastering the skill and the material. 

Have you got a craft you can totally lose yourself in? Or if you're looking to find one, check out our What's On page


Super quick flower clip May 23, 2019 13:53 2 Comments

Flower clip diy

Summer is here and the fun is starting! Here's a quick flower hair clip DIY that's great for festivals, parties and just generally hanging out in the sun. 

Briony wearing a hair clip

You can get faux flowers in all sorts of places now - IKEA does a lovely selection, but you can get them in lots of random places too. If you get a spray, just twist all the flowers off and use them as individuals

Glueing flowers

You probably don't need instructions for this one! Grab your flowers and a glue gun (or super glue, or even florists wire if you don't have a glue gun) and attach three of the biggest brightest flowers you can. 

Check out our very own Briony wearing a super colourful one we made up for her for a party. It looks amazing with her hair, doesn't it! 

Check out our Hen Party Flower Crowns if you like these, we do have a really glorious selection of flowers. See more here

 


Mother's Day crown craft with Paperchase! March 22, 2019 12:07 2 Comments

Mummy is best

Last week we had a fabulous time helping some kids make these cute crowns to wear for Mothers Day. It was part of a collaboration with Paperchase, so we used all their gorgeous stickers, cards and embellishments to make it glam as possible. Download the templates to cut out one yourself here - just tape on a length of ribbon the back to stabilise it and so you can tie it round your head. Choose from gems, hearts or flowers! 

DOWNLOAD TEMPLATES FREE

Crowns and ribbons

kids loved it!

 


What it was really like to make those giant Peg Boards January 27, 2019 12:31 186 Comments

Giant Pegboards

We love Pinterest of course, but it does tend to tout a project as "quick and easy" even if it's a week long marathon. So when we needed some brilliant display furniture for our studio, we thought we'd road test some peg board DIYs

Step one - find a timber yard

First I went to B&Q and Homebase but they didn't have nice pale plywood, only the very red stuff with the nasty splintery edges. So I went to BuildBase, a trade builders merchant. I know it's 2019 but still lots of people tell me they feel a bit out of their depth in these places. Don't, they want your money just like anyone elses.

I explained that I'm not an expert and need guidance and asked for a good quality plywood with an attractive pale colour, 12mm thick. I chose the specific piece I wanted with a nice grain and no dirty marks, and a man with a forklift helped me get a two and half metre board off the pile and over to the cutting area.

Step two - cutting

The boards are 122cm x 244cm. Plan your cuts in advance, and draw it out. I should have done a better drawing than this as the guy kept wanting to look at it.

board measurements

Don't go at the weekend if you can avoid it, because they don't like doing projects at busy times. I got three 144 x 66cm boards and then from the off-cuts cut a 15cm strip and two 12cm strips to make shelves. Then I got them to cut the shelves into 56cm, 32cm and 18cm lengths. Expect to be charged for each cut, but only between 20p and 50p. 

Buy one piece of dowel (wooden pole) for the pegs. I like 12mm because the shelves are also 12mm thick and it looks good together

Step three - more maths

Workout the holes spacing as you want. I used 8cm between hole. Top tip! remember your measurements are from the centre of the hole, not the edge of each hole. Here is my working out! Mark the dots on the board. 

Holes

Step four - drilling

This is the hard bit. You need scrap wood to put under your plyboard so when you drill through the boards, you don't then drill the floor itself. There will be sawdust everywhere, be aware. In the air, in your hair, on the shelves, everywhere.

You need an 11mm drill bit which drills a snug hole. A 12mm hole is too big. It's a scary looking sod but really it's no different to a normal drill bit. It has a helpful spike in the middle to help you position the drill.

Ideally you'll have a pillar drill fitting like this - but beware that the one you buy fits your actual drill. 

KNEEL ON THE WOOD YOU ARE DRILLING. Sometimes the wood catches on the drill and spins round, this is dangerous. Your body weight will prevent this. 

Start drilling slowly, then speed up once it's gone into the wood. Go slowly again as you come out the back to avoid splintering the back of the wood as the drill punches through.

Step five - cut the dowel

Use a hand saw. Put the dowel on a chair and put your foot on the dowel to hold it steady. Saw close to the edge of the chair and don't saw hard, just gently back and forth until the cut is done. If there are splinters sticking off the end, cut them off with scissors.

Step six - sanding 

Use sandpaper to finish off the shelves and dowels to a nice smooth finish. 

Phew. 

That was not at all quick and easy, it was a lot of heavy, messy hard work that will leave you with aching arms, sawdust everywhere and three of the most amazing fabulous wonderful huge peg boards for about £50. (£70 if you buy a pillar drill fitting. So a saving of about £530. 

Would you like to make a smaller version of these in our workshops? Let us know, we do respond to your suggestions! 


Christmas bauble make December 16, 2018 09:36

Here's a quick and easy Christmas bauble make for you! 

Baubles

You will need:

Thick paper or card
Pritt stick
String or thin ribbon
Either sharp scissors or a scalpel and cutting mat
This template  

Optional

Glitter or glitter glue
2 beads with a large central hole

How to:

Cut out 6-10 paper bauble pieces using the template

Fold each one in half 

Bauble

Put a line of glue along the fold on the outside

Stack the folded pieces on top of each until you have a good stack. 

Baubles

Lay your string or ribbon along the fold (add the beads top and bottom if you have them)

bauble

Open out your bauble and stick together the two sides. 

If you want you can apply glue to the paper edges and roll in glitter 

 


Christmas Tree free printable by Hannah from Utensils0 December 15, 2018 14:59

This Christmas if you're looking a little extra detail, what about this sweet, modern Christmas tree printable by botanical paper artists Hannah Miles of Utensils0?

Christmas crafty paper art downloadable printable by Hannah Miles of Utensils0 is the perfect decoration for you Christmas table

Click here to download the free template! 


Batty For Halloween October 6, 2018 22:06

London Craft Club halloween diy craft ideas Halloween may be our favourite time of year, but that doesn't mean it's all fun and games and fake blood. Throwing the Halloween party of the century can take up all your time (and money) if you're not careful. So we have created four speedy and thrifty craft projects using one simple Halloween shape - the classic bat. If bats aren't your thing you can choose any shape you like, just make sure it's easy to cut out so you can rope the kids/your friends/the neighbours into helping...

No party is complete without decorations, so we whipped up some spooky garlands to hang around the house. Cut bat shapes (or whichever shape you've chosen) from sheets of coloured or patterned card. We chose silver glitter card because who doesn't love an excuse to make everything glittery? Punch holes in your card shapes, and string together with thread, ribbon, or anything you have handy!

London Craft Club DIY craft ideas of Halloween parties or Trick or Treat

Forgotten the party favours? Don't worry, we've got you covered with these DIY felt bat wands. Cut two bat shapes from your felt and glue together with a wooden stick and lengths of ribbon sandwiched between them. Remember, bats don't just have to be black - we love using pastel colours for Halloween to mix things up a bit.

London Craft Club DIY craft ideas of Halloween parties or Trick or Treat

The devil is in the detail (too many Halloween puns?!) when it comes to throwing an epic party, so make sure even your drinks are scary with these easy peasy decorated cups. Grab some plain glasses or glass bottles, and decorate with mini bat shapes cut from self adhesive vinyl. Add a coloured straw and it's ready to fill with your potion of choice.

London Craft Club DIY craft ideas of Halloween parties or Trick or Treat

And finally, it wouldn't be Halloween without a spot of trick or treating, so make sure your little monsters have something to carry their swag home in. Our DIY treat bags are decorated with bat shapes cut from iron on vinyl - cut out and use your iron to stick them to the fabric. You could even personalise with their names!

London Craft Club DIY craft ideas of Halloween parties or Trick or Treat

So there you have it - four super quick Halloween DIYs to save your sanity, that are easy on the old bank balance too. If you make any of them we'd love to see your photos - tag us @londoncraftclub and we will share some of our favourites. Happy Halloween and Happy Craftoween everyone!


Download the free printable Halloween mask October 6, 2018 22:06 2 Comments


Halloween spooky mask - download the free printable todayTo make this spooky Halloween mask, designed by Hannah from Utensils0, you will need:
This pdf template printed onto A4 white paper
Black card
Masking tape
Double sided tape or glue
Invisible tread
Ribbon
Scissors or Scalpel
Optional hole punch

Halloween spooky mask - download the free printable today

1. Cut roughly around the mask and masking tape it to the black card

Halloween spooky mask - download the free printable today
2. Using scissors or a scalpel cut through both the template and the card at the same time

Halloween spooky mask - download the free printable today
3. If using scissors lightly fold it over to cut the eye holes. Use a hole punch to punch out the ribbon holes. Alternatively use a scalpel to do it all.

Halloween spooky mask - download the free printable today
4. Masking tape the bat template to the black card and cut around them.

Halloween spooky mask - download the free printable today
5. Fold and shape the wings of each bat

Halloween spooky mask - download the free printable today
6. Using double sided tape on the back of the bat you can stick them onto the mask where you like.

Halloween spooky mask - download the free printable today
7. You can also stick some invisible tread to the back of the bat and seal it in with a small piece of card, and using double sided tape where you want the bat to hang from.

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Go scare people!!! I love love love Halloween, it's the one time we can really go for it with the dressing up and the decoration. What do you do at Halloween? Are you doing a scary doorway for Trick or Treating? Got any tips or ideas to make it really spooky? Would you make this mask?

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Spooky Halloween printable by Utensils0 October 6, 2018 22:04

Halloween printables for grownups

 

October is the month where the online community is split into two groups; those that are obsessed with all things Halloween, and those who aren’t. Here at London Craft Club HQ we have been pinning Halloween inspiration, and plotting our trick or treating costumes since July, so it’s no secret which group we fall into.

Utensils0 free printable for Halloween

But today is the first day of October, which means it is officially Halloween month, and we are allowed to kick our Halloween obsession into gear at last! So to celebrate our favourite holiday of the year we have a totally FREE Halloween-themed printable to help you get into the spirit (get it, spirit?!) of things with us. Click here to download it

Halloween printable by Utensils0

Created by our resident paper artist (and fellow Halloween lover) Hannah Miles, each sheet contains a selection of hand drawn images for you to print out and use as you wish. We turned ours into spooky straws, ghoulish garlands, and wicked window decorations. But why not get creative and see what you can create. Halloween cards or party invites perhaps? The printables are the perfect beginners craft project - no crafting experience required! All you need is some white card, a printer, and a pair of scissors. Even the kids can get involved (be sure to supervise little ones when using scissors.)

 

Halloween printable free download by Utensils0

 We hope you’ll love using our free printables – if you make something using them then we’d love to see your photos. Be sure to tag us on social media (we are @londoncraftclub) so we can see what you’ve been making!

 

Halloween printable

 


Summer printables roundup June 17, 2018 07:00

Our lovely Hannah has made us tons of printables over the past few years - here are the best of the Summer ones! 

Summer bunting Pineapple Printable boxes
summer cloud Lips pinata

Quick easy no-sew cushion May 25, 2018 00:33 4 Comments

London Craft Club free non-sew projects

Try this really quick no-sew cushion cover you can make with a metre square of fabric. You can use a dress with a pretty print that's doesn't fit, or any nice piece of fabric you like. 

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London Craft Club no-sew cushion DIY

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London Craft Club no-sew cushion DIY

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London Craft Club no-sew cushion DIY

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London Craft Club no-sew cushion DIY

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London Craft Club no-sew cushion DIY

The finished cushion:

London Craft Club no-sew cushion DIY

After this one, we've tried a new variation that Amber invented:

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London Craft Club no-sew cushion DIY

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London Craft Club no-sew cushion DIY

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London Craft Club no-sew cushion DIY

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London Craft Club no-sew cushion DIY

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London Craft Club no-sew cushion DIY

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London Craft Club no-sew cushion DIY

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London Craft Club no-sew cushion DIY

This works well if you tear rather than cut the fabric, so you get a nice frayed edge that you pull excess threads away from. 

We hope you try them out!

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London Craft Club no-sew cushion DIY

Our next post is a no-sew sleep mask, so check that out next. Would you like to see our lovely tote bag no-sew make next week? Here's a peek...

https://londoncraftclub.co.uk/blogs/printables

 


Here's our scrapbusting no-sew sleep mask project May 24, 2018 07:00

London Craft Club no-sew eye mask free tutorialRecently we were challenged to make a bunch of stuff out of fabric without using any needles. Here's one of the many projects we came up with - it's a ten minute job max, and needs a dark fabric, a decorative fabric, pinking shears, a bit of ribbon and some Bondaweb. Here we go:

You will need

London Craft Club no-sew eye mask free tutorial

About Bondaweb

It looks like a sheet of very fine gauze, and has comes with a white backing paper a bit like baking paper. It melts into a glue when hot. Take off the white backing paper, and just lay the gauze between to layers of fabric. Then iron slowly, with no steam, using a pressing rather than a rubbing motion. The gauze melts and bonds the layers together. Make sure no Bondaweb is showing between the fabric layers, as it will ruin your ironing board and your iron! If in doubt, sandwich the fabric between the white backing paper, which can be ironed, to protect the iron and board. When it cools, the glue sets and your fabric is stuck together. It's also a bit stiffer, and it wont fray as the glue has stabilize the edges. Super handy stuff!

Step 1

Use the Bondaweb to bond two layers of your darker fabric together. Make sure the pretty side is showing on one side, and the back of the fabric is showing on the other (for those who sew - it's right side to wrong side)

London Craft Club no-sew eye mask free tutorial

Step 2

Now bond the second fabric onto the dark fabric. Make sure the pretty side of the fabric is showing, so both sides of the mask have the good side of the fabric showing. (Wrong side to wrong side)

London Craft Club no-sew eye mask free tutorial

Step 3

Cut out your sleep mask. Pinking shears give a nice zigzag finish, and the fabric shouldn't fray as the Bondaweb will have sealed the edges

London Craft Club no-sew eye mask free tutorial

Step 4 

Fold the eye mask in half lengthwise and snip a little triangle out where you want the hole for the strap to go.

London Craft Club no-sew eye mask free tutorial

Step 5 

Add the ribbon 

London Craft Club no-sew eye mask free tutorial

The finished mask is reversible

London Craft Club no-sew eye mask free tutorial

Quick, super hand and great for using up scraps! 


Try this Lips Pinata DIY April 7, 2018 23:17

The internet is pretty divided on the date for  National Kissing day. Is it 13th April? Or maybe its in June or July? Whatever date it really is, Hannah has made this sweet little lips pinata DIY for you
You will need:
Masking tape
Scissors
Double sided tape
Red tissue paper
London Craft Club free Lips pinata download by Utensils0 for National Kissing Day
Cut around the templates. You should only need 2 of the long strips but you can have the others for spares in case you need.
London Craft Club free Lips pinata download by Utensils0 for National Kissing Day
Stick masking tape strips all the way around the lip shape, leaving a couple at the bottom out.
London Craft Club free Lips pinata download by Utensils0 for National Kissing Day
Stick the strip of card to the masking tape, following around the lip shape. When you get to the curves you can lightly bend the card to follow around those shapes to ease it to stick aligned.
London Craft Club free Lips pinata download by Utensils0 for National Kissing Day
Leave a section unstuck at the bottom to allow you a flap to add in sweets and goodies. Do the exact same steps with the back panel, leaving a gap at the bottom. Put the sweets in and lightly tape up with a strip of masking tape.
London Craft Club free Lips pinata download by Utensils0 for National Kissing Day
Fold the tissue paper up to the strip width that you'd like (maximum 3.5 cm), cut up into the tissue paper from one side to create a fringe.
London Craft Club free Lips pinata download by Utensils0 for National Kissing Day
Put your scissors inside the tissue to cut the edges that are still connected on the fringe.
London Craft Club free Lips pinata download by Utensils0 for National Kissing Day
Start adding the fringe to the lip shape beginning from the bottom to the top. To begin with put the double sided tape onto the tissue paper so you know you'll align it right to sit at the bottom, afterwards you can either attach it to the lips where you know the next layer will sit or on the tissue directly if you find that easiest.
London Craft Club free Lips pinata download by Utensils0 for National Kissing Day
As you go trim the edges that fall past the edge of the lips to keep the shape. You can begin to add smaller strips all the way around the edge and back, just make sure you start at the very bottom and work your way up.
London Craft Club free Lips pinata download by Utensils0 for National Kissing Day
When you get to the teeth stick down the fringe and trim away the parts that cover the tooth shape. Continue adding tissue all the way up and around till you have covered all the lips.
London Craft Club free Lips pinata download by Utensils0 for National Kissing Day
 
Enjoy this little project!
London Craft Club free Lips pinata download by Utensils0 for National Kissing Day

Colourful Inksplash Gift Tags DIY February 13, 2018 00:00

Gorgeous gift tags inksplat DIY from London Craft Club

Here's a quick DIY I did when I was tidying up after a Brush Lettering workshop. We use a ton of lovely colourful inks, and gorgeous water colour paper, so this is a great way to use up left over materials: Here we go: 

You will need:
- Our gift tag printable on thin plain paper (Download it here)
- Watercolour paper
- Scissors
- Three coloured inks
- painbrush with a pointed end (you get one like for free in our Brush Lettering workshops)
- ribbons
- masking tape
- you might need a little kitchen paper

Gorgeous gift tags inksplat DIY from London Craft Club


Step one: 
Roughly cut out the templates - but don't cut right up to the line

Gorgeous gift tags inksplat DIY from London Craft Club


Step Two:
Stick the template on the watercolour paper and then cut through both layers of paper

Gorgeous gift tags inksplat DIY from London Craft Club

Step Three:
Punch a hole in the top of the tag

Step Four:
Paint patches of clean water onto the gift tag

Step Five:
When the water is still very wet, dip the tip of your brush in a colour, then dip just the tip of the inky brush into the water and watch it spread

Step Six: 

Repeat with more colours. If you put too much colour in, you can dab a little water away with kitchen paper. 

Leave them to dry. If the paper curls up, lay a piece of kitchen paper over it and iron it on a medium heat with NO steam. Add your ribbons, and you're done! 


Crafty Galentine's cards and more! February 4, 2018 10:18

 

Galentines Day with London Craft Club

It's time for waffles and cocktails! Galentine's Day is on the way and we've got some lovely printable cards for the crafty gals in your life - the printable is free, just scroll down. As ever it's designed by Hannah of Utensils0, our fave paper artist. And to top it off we've got a Pinterest board with crafty Galentine's ideas

London Craft Club x Utensils0 Galentines card printable free downloadYou will need:

This pdf - download it and print onto card, at least 200gms
Scissors or a scalpel
Optional:
Bonefolder
Sewing Needle
Thread
Glitter
Glue

Print out the pdf onto card and cut along the black line to separate them 

London Craft Club x Utensils0 Galentines card printable free download

Fold the cards in half - use a bonefolder to get a really clean fold

London Craft Club x Utensils0 Galentines card printable free download

You can gift them as they are or have the option to get crafty with them! Add some glue dotted around and sprinkle on some glitter or go ahead and do some cross stitching.

To cross stitch, first make the holes you'll stitch through. To do this, push the needle through the end of each cross. 

London Craft Club x Utensils0 Galentines card printable free download
Then thread up a needle and stitch your crosses. To keep the tail hidden, start by pushing up from the back to the front (making the holes in advance makes it a lot easier!) 

Then thread up a needle and stitch your crosses. To keep the tail hidden, start by pushing up from the back to the front (making the holes in advance makes it a lot easier!) 

How cute are they!

Then thread up a needle and stitch your crosses. To keep the tail hidden, start by pushing up from the back to the front (making the holes in advance makes it a lot easier!) 

We'd love to see your versions if you make one! Tag us on Instagram @londoncraftclub


A free Puffin printable for Bird Day! January 5, 2018 00:00

It's 5th January and it's Bird Day, which makes it the perfect day to share our gorgeous free printable by Hannah of Utensils0. Hannah chose a puffin for her printable, because they are on the endangered species list and they are a reminder that we need to think carefully about how we impact the lives and habitats of the animals we share the planet with.

So what can you do today to help celebrate Bird Day? Well you could do worse than put a bit of food out for your local birds so here's some advice from the RSPB about how, what and when to feed birds. 

To make this easy printable you will need:
Scalpel/Scissors
Double Sided Tape
Washi Tape
Ribbon
Puffin printable for London Craft Club by Utensils0
1. Print the puffins onto card and cut around the edges, you'll need to use a scalpel for at least the inside of the legs. *top tip - Move the paper around while you cut rather than trying to cut at odd angels, You can cut slightly inside the lines as well to avoid white edges.

Puffin printable for London Craft Club by Utensils0

2. If you'd like to make a greetings card use double sided tape stick the two sides together.

3. If you'd like to make gift tags use either washi tape or a hole punch to attach ribbon to the birds.

Puffin printable for London Craft Club by Utensils0

4. Cut the flying puffins out for wall decorations, or add ribbon to hang them around your home.

Puffin printable for London Craft Club by Utensils0

The possibilities are endless!

 


5 ways to forage yourself a DIY Christmas December 19, 2017 18:41

This year we have all been obsessed with plants - not just the super cool succulent thing, but the good old spider plant, ivy, cheese-plants, ferns... In fact all things green and growing have been sneaking into our houses everywhere. Pantone have even made Greenery their colour of 2017. And as Christmas trends are set in July, it's no surprise that this year it's been a foliage frenzy for Yuletide. 

London Craft Club has been trying out a thrifty DIY foraged Christmas to see how the foliage trend works at Yuletide

This is brilliant news, because I have saved a ton of money! And how often do I say that about crafting? Here's how:

1 - Midnight garden raids
I'm out at night nicking the deadhead hydrangeas up and down our street. One from each garden. No-one will notice. Shabby chic wreath on it's way

2 - Saving the garden fence
Ripping a lot of that dusty, cob-webby ivy off my poor garden fence is paying off because I'm bringing it indoors to wrap round all the banisters. I don't mind spiders

3 - Rosemary is impossible to kill
Yes, Rosemary, my one and only reliably alive garden plant that isn't a weed, just keeps on giving. Smells great, looks great, and keeps growing back

4 - Visits to the park with an ulterior motive.
I actually love standing around the adventure playground in the cold! Kids, you can help me carry all the tangly brambles and weird potentially poisonous berries home. 

5 - Any old leaf will do
Yes, if it's green, red, blue or white, wrap it round an embroidery hoops with some of that not-actually-sticky florist tape and actually it's quite hard to go wrong. I happen to have a 3 foot wide metal hoop, and this took me half an hour using just bits from my garden and £2 worth of flowers.  Because at the end of the day, leaves are really beautiful.

Here's my Pinterest board of foraged Christmas inspiration

Foraged wreath made from a London garden - London Craft Club show you how.

Have you tried it? I'd love to see what you made. How did you avoid spiders and bits of bark all over the kitchen? Can you glue gun ivy? Let me know how it went or what you think! 

 


Download and make this beautiful Christmas luminary star December 16, 2017 03:54

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Every month Hannah from Utensils0 shares one of her downloadable papercraft projects for you to make at home. This month it's a beautiful Christmas luminary star:
You will need:
Template printed onto card stock (download it here)
Scissors
Scalpel
Metal Ruler
Glue
LED Tealight
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1. Print the template onto the card stock of your choice, cut around the outlines of all the shapes.
London Craft Club and Craft Work host all sorts of creative learning experiences in London
2. Using a scalpel lightly score the lines on the rectangle shapes, follow the lines that are dotted. Tip - you only need to lightly brush across enough to mark the paper but not cut it.
London Craft Club and Craft Work host all sorts of creative learning experiences in London
3. Bend the bottom tabs all the same way.
London Craft Club and Craft Work host all sorts of creative learning experiences in London
4. Zig zag fold the vertical lines on the rectangle, gluing one to the other with the vertical tab.
London Craft Club and Craft Work host all sorts of creative learning experiences in London
5. Carefully glue the horizontal tabs onto the blank star shape, lining up the best you can with the edges of the star. Any extra can be cut off to neaten up the base.
London Craft Club and Craft Work host all sorts of creative learning experiences in London
6. Cut out the stars and moons from the other star shape. Tip - Move the star shape around rather than trying to cut at awkward angles, to get a smooth curve on the moons cut a little bit, move the star and cut a little more at a time.
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7. Lightly score the dotted lines for the tabs.
London Craft Club and Craft Work host all sorts of creative learning experiences in London
8. Lightly score all the dooted lines going through the middle of the star.
London Craft Club and Craft Work host all sorts of creative learning experiences in London
9. Fold down all the tabs in the same direction.
London Craft Club and Craft Work host all sorts of creative learning experiences in London
10. Fold all the long lines starting from the triangle tip to the centre point downwards.
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11. Fold all the short lines from the centre point to the convex point upwards.
London Craft Club and Craft Work host all sorts of creative learning experiences in London
12. Once all the folding is done you can bend over the longer tabs so they can glue behind the shorter tab next to it.
London Craft Club and Craft Work host all sorts of creative learning experiences in London
London Craft Club and Craft Work host all sorts of creative learning experiences in London
London Craft Club and Craft Work host all sorts of creative learning experiences in London

Super sweet Advent Calendar by Utensils0 November 22, 2017 21:26

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Download this adorable free desk calendar by Hannah from Utensils0

You will need:
PDF printed double sided onto card (Download here)
Double sided tape
Scalpel
Metal ruler
1. Print the PDF onto each side of your A4 sheet of card. How your printer does this will depend on the printer you have, you can do a test run with a piece of paper to make sure you've got the trees the right way up

2. Fold the paper in half with the colour trees on the inside

3. Unfold the paper and cut along the grey lines of the triangles using a scalpel and metal ruler.
 

4. Very lightly score the bottom of each triangle to help them open later on.

5. Stick the double sided tape around the edge on one half, fold it to stick it shut.

Each day you can watch your tree grow with each door you open!


My free printable colour tool! November 17, 2017 19:35

 

Download Sonia Bownes's free printable tool to find colours that go

If you've ever thought Colour Theory sounds a bit technical, don't worry! Here's a super easy tool I made that you can download for free. It uses different colour theories to easily throw up new and surprisingly good colour combinations. 

 Download colour tool now

 

Colours that go

 


What they don't tell you about carving pumpkins October 29, 2017 10:28

Carve the ultimate Halloween pumpkinHalloween just isn't the same without pumpkins! Our top tips for carving pumpkins are

1. Get your kit ready. To go pro, you need a big bowl, a big spoon for scraping, a long craft knife, a lino cutting tool, a mini drill, a whiteboard pen and some sticky back vinyl for stencilling. That will cover all eventualities but of course one sharp kitchen knife will do...

What do you need to carve the ultimate pumpkin

2. Make the hole big enough
Sounds obvious but it’s easy to make it too small and then scraping it out is a nightmare. Use a whiteboard pen to draw it on if you have one handy

London Craft Club top tips for carving amazing pumpkins

3. Scraping it out takes ages…. and ages
Scrape out the seeds, and if you’re industrious you can wash and roast them for eating. Then scrape out the pith. Scrape and scrape and scrape until you can just start to see the light of a candle through the skin. 

London Craft Club has the techniques for carving great pumpkins

4. You don’t need to cut all the way through
Lino cutting tools make the most beautiful lines in pumpkin skin. If you’ve scraped it out enough, then you won’t need to cut all the way through for the light to shine through and you can make lovely spooky designs. And if you do an “O” the middle won’t fall out

Lino cut tools on pumpkins

5. The ultimate tool is a mini drill
Draw or stencil on your design, then drill tons of tiny holes along the curves, close together. Then push the drill back into one of the holes, and push it  gently sideways towards the next hole. Use your lino tool and long knife to mix up techniques to get perfect accuracy.

6. Spray the finished pumpkin with very diluted bleach to stop it going mouldy. Don't ice or refrigerate it, it wont help. Really, there's not much you can do to stop it suddenly going mushy and stinking, sorry.

7. It does take a bit of practice!
But as an example of how accurate you can get, here's a pumpkin that we were comissioned to make for Ardell (yes, the lashes people)

Accuracy

We're not carving properly until Monday or Tuesday, so keep an eye on our Istagram and Facebook to see what we make. Are you going to be carving pumpkins? Let us see what you make, we love to see your handiwork! 


Hack Alert - add a terazzo pattern to anything fabric! October 15, 2017 10:17

 

Here's a quick cheat for adding a terazzo pattern to anything fabric. 

You will need

  • Iron-on vinyl
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Fabric item
Terazzo fabric hack for craft DIY afternoons - make a terazzo pattern purse

Step One

Cut thin strips of your iron-on vinyl

Terazzo fabric hack for craft DIY afternoons - make a terazzo pattern purse

Step 2

Cut little shapes from the strips. The key to the terazzo look is to change direction half way through each cut, giving jerky irregular-shaped pieces 

Terazzo fabric hack for craft DIY afternoons - make a terazzo pattern purse

Step Three

Put your fabric item on an ironable surface first! Then lay the little pieces in a random pattern. Be sure to have the sticky side of the vinyl down,  you can usually tell from the finish which side is which. The very even side with no marks is usually the side that should be facing up. 

Terazzo fabric hack for craft DIY afternoons - make a terazzo pattern purse

Step Four

Iron the shapes on. Press with the iron but don't move it about. Check the instructions for how long as different brands needs different timings. But do press hard, it helps the bond to form

Terazzo fabric hack for craft DIY afternoons - make a terazzo pattern purse

Step Five

Peel off all the protective transparent layer on top of the shapes, and you're done!

Terazzo fabric hack for craft DIY afternoons - make a terazzo pattern purse

You can use this hack on any fabric at all, I'm doing t-shirts next! Here's the not very full Pinterest board 

Terazzo fabric hack DIY that's super easy - iron-on vinyl transfer


Pleather necklace DIY September 9, 2017 13:32

Recently I did an Instagram Story about a necklace I made with some leftovers I had from a workshop we'd done. It got lovely feedback I decided to make it into a proper DIY. Here's the original pic

London Craft Club pleather or leather metallic DIY statement necklace

And here is the tutorial. You will need:

  • Pleather or leather scraps
  • Rigid sticky-back vinyl. This is the stuff we use to make lampshades, but you could exchange the vinyl for sticky back foam or felt
  • Scissors or a scalpel and cutting mat
  • A holepunch 
  • Chain and jumprings
  • Doublesided tape, I like stix2anything

Metallic pleather or leather necklace DIY by London Craft Club's Sonia Bownes

 

1. Stick the scraps of leather or pleather onto the sticky side of vinyl or whatever you're using, to give it a bit of rigidity and thickness

Metallic pleather or leather necklace DIY by London Craft Club's Sonia Bownes

2. Plan a design based on the shape of the scraps you have

Metallic pleather or leather necklace DIY by London Craft Club's Sonia Bownes

 

3. Trim the pieces with scissors, or for a neater effect scalpel and ruler, to match the shapes in your design

Metallic pleather or leather necklace DIY by London Craft Club's Sonia Bownes

 

4. Peel off the the backing paper from your vinyl/felt and stick the pieces, face up, on the sticky side. Make sure they butt up neatly against each other 

Metallic pleather or leather necklace DIY by London Craft Club's Sonia Bownes

 

5. Trim away the excess vinyl/felt so that only your front pieces are showing. 

Metallic pleather or leather necklace DIY by London Craft Club's Sonia Bownes

 

6. I adding these extra bits made from the trimmed scraps using double-sided tape. They did the added job of hiding the not- so-perfect joins (this wont be a problem if you use a ruler and scalpel)

Metallic pleather or leather necklace DIY by London Craft Club's Sonia Bownes

 

7. Punch a hole in the top two corners. You can pierce a hole with a spike but the holepunch gives such a satisfyingly clean and neat hole 

Metallic pleather or leather necklace DIY by London Craft Club's Sonia Bownes

 

8. Add a chain

Metallic pleather or leather necklace DIY by London Craft Club's Sonia Bownes

 


April Showers printable April 9, 2017 08:16

Welcome to April! Here's a raindrop mobile project for you to try if you find yourself stuck in doors on a rainy day, designed for us by Hannah from Utensils0
London Craft Club free printable April showers with Utensils0You will need:
This pdf template printed onto coloured paper
Glue
Scissors
Invisible string or thread
A hoop (eg. embroidery or bangle)
A smaller hoop for hanging (eg. keyring)
London Craft Club free printable April showers with Utensils0
1. Cut out all the rain drop shapes that you want and fold them in half. Tip - with thicker paper or card you can score a line lightly down the middle to help you get a straight fold.
London Craft Club free printable April showers with Utensils0
2. Glue down the fold to stick it to the fold in another rain drop. Repeat this as many times as you like, use at least 4 shapes for each rain drop.
London Craft Club free printable April showers with Utensils0
3. Using one of the folds glue down the centre of your collection of rain drops to affix the invisible thread or glue inside.
London Craft Club free printable April showers with Utensils0
4. Tie your thread first to the large hoop, adjust the lengths of the thread to make the drops look like they're falling. Once it's tied tightly to the larger hoop continue with the thread to your smaller hanging hoop and tie it on to there. Repeat this till all your raindrops are in position.
London Craft Club free printable April showers with Utensils0
Be as ambitious as you like, your April shower could be as small as a bangle or as big as a lampshade!

OOOh, a free printable Mother's Day card by Hannah from Utensils0 February 25, 2017 20:05

As ever, we're on it for Mother's Day! Hannah from Utensils0 has produced this gorgeous free downloadable card for you to print, cut and construct at home. What better card for your awesome Mum than this Beyonce inspired design!

You will need to download this pdf 

Print the PDF on lightweight card
Scissors
Double sided tape
Foam Squares (optional)

Hannah from Utensils0 has designed this gorgeous free printable Mother's Day card for you to download. Print the PDF onto light A4 card. If you don't have a blank card you can use the blank half as the card folded in half.

Cut around the quote and flowers you want to use.
1. Print the PDF onto light card, you can use the right half as the card if you don't have a blank one. 2. Cut around the quote and flowers you want to use. 3. Cut strips of card and concertina it, stick this on the back of your quote or flowers with double sided tape. 4. Use a mix of foam squares and concertina card to make the elements stand out from the card.  Now you're ready to celebrate!
Cut strips of card and fold it in to a concertina. Stick this on the back of your quote or flowers with double sided tape.
1. Print the PDF onto light card, you can use the right half as the card if you don't have a blank one. 2. Cut around the quote and flowers you want to use. 3. Cut strips of card and concertina it, stick this on the back of your quote or flowers with double sided tape. 4. Use a mix of foam squares and concertina card to make the elements stand out from the card.  Now you're ready to celebrate!
Use a mix of foam squares and concertina card to make the elements stand out from the card to make a 3D design.
1. Print the PDF onto light card, you can use the right half as the card if you don't have a blank one. 2. Cut around the quote and flowers you want to use. 3. Cut strips of card and concertina it, stick this on the back of your quote or flowers with double sided tape. 4. Use a mix of foam squares and concertina card to make the elements stand out from the card.  Now you're ready to celebrate!
Now you're ready to celebrate!

Download this free printable feather headpiece from Utensils0 January 29, 2017 10:24 177 Comments

Free download - beautiful printable headpiece of pheasant feathers from Untensils0

This February we're thinking about all the hen parties and wedding coming up, so Hannah made this gorgeous paper printable headpiece. Just remember this page when you suddenly realise you're supposed to have a hat...

Download the pdf here and print it out, then cut out the feathers

 Free download - beautiful printable headpiece of pheasant feathers from Untensils0

 Snip into the tops and some of the sides of the feathers to give them texture

Free download - beautiful printable headpiece of pheasant feathers from Untensils0

 Once you’ve decided on your layout glue the feathers on top of each otherFree download - beautiful printable headpiece of pheasant feathers from Untensils0

Check the angle you want the slide to sit on your feathers to make it lie the way you want it to - Glue the flat side of the hair slide and stick it to the back

Free download - beautiful printable headpiece of pheasant feathers from Untensils0

Free download - beautiful printable headpiece of pheasant feathers from Untensils0

 

Wait for the glue to dry and wear it out with pride


Autumn Leaves Printable Garland November 20, 2016 06:44

A lovely free downloadable printable for you by Hannah of Utensils0. 



London Craft Club printable free downloadable Autumn Leaf Garland by Utensils0You will need:
This PDF printed onto coloured paper
Scissors
Tape
Scissors

London Craft Club printable free downloadable Autumn Leaf Garland by Utensils0

Print out the leaves template on coloured paper. Cut out the shapes London Craft Club printable free downloadable Autumn Leaf Garland by Utensils0

Once you have lots of leaves, use the tape to stick them onto string to hang up as bunting!

London Craft Club printable free downloadable Autumn Leaf Garland by Utensils0


Free Autumn leaves lantern printable from Utensils0! September 25, 2016 00:29

Download this free autumn (fall) leaves lantern printable by Utensils0. It’s the perfect quick DIY craft to decorate your hall or home whether it’s for Halloween or just the longer evenings. It’s a quick craft that anyone can doTo make this gorgeous Autumn lantern by Utensils0 you will need:
This PDF printed onto card
Scalpel
Cutting Mat
Metal Ruler
Battery powered tea light or fairy lights
1. Print the PDF onto card. If you'd like to use a dark coloured card, print the template off onto white printer paper and  tape it over the top of the dark card. Then cut through both at the same time and discard the white paper when you're done

Download this free autumn (fall) leaves lantern printable by Utensils0. It’s the perfect quick DIY craft to decorate your hall or home whether it’s for Halloween or just the longer evenings. It’s a quick craft that anyone can do

2. Cut around all the black lines of the leaves

Download this free autumn (fall) leaves lantern printable by Utensils0. It’s the perfect quick DIY craft to decorate your hall or home whether it’s for Halloween or just the longer evenings. It’s a quick craft that anyone can do

3. Cut out the slots and around the lantern shape

Download this free autumn (fall) leaves lantern printable by Utensils0. It’s the perfect quick DIY craft to decorate your hall or home whether it’s for Halloween or just the longer evenings. It’s a quick craft that anyone can do

4. Curve the lantern around putting the tab shapes into the slots to hold it in place

Download this free autumn (fall) leaves lantern printable by Utensils0. It’s the perfect quick DIY craft to decorate your hall or home whether it’s for Halloween or just the longer evenings. It’s a quick craft that anyone can do

5. Pop the battery powered light in the centre. You'll have the perfect seasonal light to brighten your autumnal evenings!

Download this free autumn (fall) leaves lantern printable by Utensils0. It’s the perfect quick DIY craft to decorate your hall or home whether it’s for Halloween or just the longer evenings. It’s a quick craft that anyone can do

5. Pop the battery powered light in the centre. You'll have the perfect seasonal light to brighten your autumnal evenings!
Download this free autumn (fall) leaves lantern printable by Utensils0. It’s the perfect quick DIY craft to decorate your hall or home whether it’s for Halloween or just the longer evenings. It’s a quick craft that anyone can do

August's High Summer Printable August 26, 2016 01:16

Here's our latest printable from Utensils0! We thought we'd leave it up to you what you wanted to do with our selection of watercolour goodies but here's what we did...

.... click to download for free... 

Free downloadable printable - Summer cactus tropical fruit and flamingo

Free downloadable printable - Summer cactus tropical fruit and flamingo

Free downloadable printable - Summer cactus tropical fruit and flamingo


Download our gorgeous baby shower invite by Utensils0 July 9, 2016 13:08

This month's free printable is a super cute baby shower invite, designed by Hannah of Utensils0. And if you're organising a baby shower, check out our top 5 tips here!
You will need:
Plain white A4 Card, ideally 180 gsm or more
Scalpel
Metal Ruler
Cutting Mat
Glue
Printable Babyshower DIY Invite with palm leaves and yellow stripes
Cut the print out in half
Printable Babyshower DIY Invite with palm leaves and yellow stripes
Fold the front of the card in half
Printable Babyshower DIY Invite with palm leaves and yellow stripes
Using your scalpel and ruler cut down either side of the blocks along the grey solid lines
Printable Babyshower DIY Invite with palm leaves and yellow stripes
Very lightly score the dotted lines across the centre of the blocks
Printable Babyshower DIY Invite with palm leaves and yellow stripes
Turn the card over and score lines on the top and bottom of the blocks.
Printable Babyshower DIY Invite with palm leaves and yellow stripes
Fold the blocks in half and pop them out folding along the lines you made at the top and bottom
Printable Babyshower DIY Invite with palm leaves and yellow stripesGlue the back of one side, and stick it down on the inside of the front half of the card (make sure you have the colourful lines and the Baby blocks on the same sides, so it reads right when you open it)
Printable Babyshower DIY Invite with palm leaves and yellow stripes
Repeat with the other side sticking down from the fold outwards
Printable Babyshower DIY Invite with palm leaves and yellow stripes
Now you're ready to customise with your own message on the front and all the information of your big bash on the inside!
Printable Babyshower DIY Invite with palm leaves and yellow stripes
Printable Babyshower DIY Invite with palm leaves and yellow stripes

If you need to say thank you, you need this! May 13, 2016 15:28 1 Comment

May's printable from Utensils0 is a gorgeous tropical thank you card - keep it handy on your desktop ready to print out when you need it, or make up a few to keep in a drawer.

Thank you card by Utensils0

You will need:
This PDF
White or pale coloured card folded in half or a prefolded blank card
Scissors or a scalpel
Glue or double-sided tape

Printable for thank you card from Utensils0

Pick which type, flowers and leaves you'd like to use and cut them out with scissors, or use a scalpel to cut out more detail

Cut out your leaves and words
To give them a 3D effect, bend and curl the petals and leaves between your fingers

Bend the petals and leaves
Cut 1cm strips out of card and fold them into a concertina like this

Concertina
Glue or double sided tape the concertinas to the flowers and leaves and text you've picked. The bigger the concertina the more your items will pop out from the card.

Glue them down
Arrange them onto your blank card and glue or double sided tape them into place.

Your card!

Now you're ready to say thank you for your wedding or birthday gifts or just send your thanks to someone special!


Our April printable is this cute cloud by Utensils0 April 6, 2016 18:57

April printable
You will need:
This pdf printed onto white card (the thicker the card the more stable the cloud)
Scissors or Scalpel
Glue
If you want to mount it on the wall you will also need:
Invisible or white thread
Coloured card
Clear Tape
Double Sided Tape
April printable 1
1. Print the template onto white card (you can use a strong card or mount it onto cardboard if you want to store heavier items) and cut around the shapes.
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2. Score the lines on the long thin template on the opposite side to the black lines to hide them inside the shape and bend them. If you are making a cloud with a hole in the top to use as a caddy, all is well. If you're doing the wall version without the hole, glue on the extra section to one end of your long strip.
April
3. Starting with the flat section, glue the long strip onto the bottom of one of your cloud shapes, making sure you have the tabs the right way round for the bumps. The side with the dividing folds is for the smaller two bumps.
April
4. Glue the triangle tabs and shape the paper to follow the curve of the bump as you hold them together, do this on both sides.
April
5. Once you have it all stuck down, fold down and glue all the exposed tabs on the other side, and stick your remaining cloud shape to it.
April
6. Pop nice things in your cloud caddy. Hannah from Utensils9 has put her wooden knitting pins in, excellent choice!
April
6.If you're closing the cloud for decoration now you can cut out raindrops from coloured card and glue them onto your invisible tread, use some clear tape to affix them behind your cloud. Pop it up on your wall with some double sided tape wherever you like!

Our latest printable is this pair of papercut gift boxes February 29, 2016 23:16

A big thanks to Hannah of Utensils0 for this months gorgeous gift boxes.
Printable trinket or gift box craft DIY project by Utensils0To make them you will need:
This pdf printed onto A4 white card - we suggest 120gsm or heavier
Scissors
Scalpel
Glue
7.5 cm square of coloured paper
Cut out the base and lid, using a scalpel cut out around the grey design shapes. Fold along the dotted lines; for thicker card you may need to score along the lines to help you fold it neatly.
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Glue the tabs of the base to join it together. Glue or blue tack (if you want it to be changeable) the 7.5 cm square behind your cut out lid design.
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Glue the tabs of the lid in the same way as the base. Now you have your box to gift or store pretty things!
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Celebrate the Pantone Colour of the Year with our free Printable mobile February 9, 2016 13:20

Pantone have for many years been at the front of colour trends and their Colour of the Year is always super influential. Last year's Marsala, a sort of reddy earthy winey brown nailed the trend for richer, colours, particularly in interiors. This year they've embraced the pastel trend that has been a firm crafty favourite from some time ... in fact they liked it so much they couldn't pick just one colour. For the first time ever they've gone for two colours - Serenity and Rose Quartz 

Pantone Colour of the Year 2016

We rather love this combination so we've made you a downloadable diamond mobile to celebrate. Get the printable here.... sadly we can't guarantee your printer will get the colour just right, so if you want to splash out a bit use a Matt Photo Paper for the best effect. Here's a tutorial on how to assemble it

Serenity and Rose Quartz mobile

Thanks to Hannah Miles from Utensils0 for putting the mobile together for us! 


Top picks and tips for printable Christmas gift tags December 22, 2015 18:19

Yes we do love a printable! Having whiled away a good few hours looking through the Christmas gift tags on offer, we've put together a Pinterest board of our favourite free printables. And scroll down for a few tips on making best use of them.

our pick of the Christmas gift tag printables

1 - use card rather than paper if you can, it doesn't curl with the ink moisture and obvs is less likely to tear off. If you need to use paper, chose a mostly white design and you wont get so much curl. 

2 - you can print onto brown paper for a nice effect, just cut it into A4 sheets

3 - also choose mostly white desings if you don't want to muller your ink cartridges!

4 - some of the designs  have heavy outlines - try to cut inside the lines so avoid a tatty uneven line showing around the edge

5 - if they aren't in an easy-to-print .pfd file format, right click and save the image direct from the webpage, then insert it into a Word doc so you can choose how big it will print out.

6 - check for alternative colourways, often there are a few on offer if you dig about. 

7 - using a scapel and metal ruler is best for neatness

8 - practise with the hole punch or you could ruin your lovely printable with a wonky placed hole! 

9 - if you have a wobbly hand, try decorative edging scissors; they cut pretty shaped edges and you can get them cheap as chips from Hobbycraft or Amazon. They can hide a world of unevenness! 

10 - now you know why you keep all those tiny bits of ribbon each year! Use them to attach the labels to the gifts. If you didn't save ribbon scraps then try jute string or kitchen string. 

Check out our DIY wrapping board while you're there, we all know the wrapping is one of the best bits of a crafty Christmas! Enjoy 

 

 

 


Quick paper decorations for Christmas December 5, 2015 10:15

Here's a quick tutorial for some super easy and simple paper decorations.

Download here....

tutorial by Utensils0


One way to keep your resolutions front of mind! December 1, 2015 20:53

This year the trend has been to move away from goals (run 26 miles, lose 26lb, save £26k etc) towards positive behaviour changes (use running rather than shopping or eating to combat stress!) 
For those of you who made a slew of New Year's resolutions, that dreary second week back at work can be a tough time to keep on track. Continuing our love affair with printables, we've put together a downloadable banner to help you keep your plans front of mind. It's a proven technique to help you succeed. 
Click here to download the printable - be warned, we didn't want it to fade into the background it so  it's BRIGHT!!!!
Download London Craft Club's free printable banner

Meet Hannah from Utensils0 and make a paper pineapple August 27, 2015 16:24

We're really excited to be teaming up with Hannah Miles, the paper illustrator behind Utensils0.

Hannah Miles of Utensils0

Hannah's going to be passing on some of her amazing paper skills in our Christmas card workshop in December, but to whet your appetite try out this fab paper pineapple tutorial.

You will need
•    Scalpel or scissors
•    Paper (200gsm or less) printout of the pineapple template Download it here
•    Glue or double-sided tape
•    Ruler
 
Print out your pineapple template and cut around the shapes. Don’t cut off the white tabs, you’ll need them to assemble your pineapple.

TIP: Standard printer paper will give a thinner but easier to fold pineapple. Lightweight card will give you a sturdier fruit. We recommend you use paper or card that is below 200gsm
Fold all lines on the pineapple – make sure the colour is on the outside!  You can use a ruler to guide you as you fold the paper. It helps you fold straighter lines especially if you are using  thicker paper
Glue or tape the white tabs, and stick them to the back of yellow tabs to create the curved sections at the top and bottom. Don’t tape up the long side of the pineapple yet
Carefully glue or tape the tabs on the hexagon base and stick it on – tuck the white tabs inside the body of the pineapple.
To close the pineapple body glue or tape last tabs. Tuck them inside and stick them in position. TIP: This will be a bit fiddly, it’s best to put your hand in from the top so you can start at the bottom and work your way back up to the top
To make the leaves, glue along the bottom of the leaves. Then start at the largest end and roll the leaves, so that they stick as you go.
TIP: Roll the leaves so that the bottom gets slighter lower with each roll, so it looks nice and like the pictures. Once the leaves are stuck you can curl each leaf between your fingers giving them a nice spiky shape.
Pop the leaves inside the hole at the top of your pineapple to complete the look!

Free Paper Flower Tutorial and Template June 7, 2015 22:28

Today we hosted a  Making Paper Flowers workshop at the Duckpond Market. Click here to download the full tutorial and the templates you need. Enjoy!

Press to shape your petals      Add the stamen      

Paper blossom branch

 


Quick denim pouch bag tutorial March 8, 2015 00:00

A fifteen minute pouch bag tutorial for you.

15 minute pouch bag made from old jeans

This denim pouch-bag is minimal, practical and very fast to make. You need an old pair of jeans, a pair of scissors (or ideally pinking shears) a skinny belt, a rubber band, and a pair of extra large rivets. Superglue is optional.
Pick one leg of your jeans! Pinking shears are those scissors with the zig zag blades. Cutting with them stops fraying, but if you don't have pinking shears, use normal scissors and stick your bag in the wash before you put the belt on. You'll get a shaggy soft finish on the edge. NB this only works on denim!
Chop of the hem, and then lop off a 10" (that's 25cm) section of leg, leaving you with a denim tube.
Turn your tube inside out, and wrap a hefty rubber band round one end, about 3cm from the end.
Turn the tube back the right way out to form a pouch, and squish it into a nice shape. Arrange the plainer of two seams up the centre of the pouch

Set two 14mm eyelets through both layers of fabric at the open end of your tube. I wont give instructions because they come on the packet, which you buy here http://amzn.to/1x7qsGk. You want this one with the tool.

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It should look like this, with the eyelets going through both layers of denim
Thread your skinny belt through the eyelts like this, and do up the belt.
If you want your pouch to keep it's shape, use superglue to glue the belt to the back of the bag. Make sure you're happy with the position of the buckle before you glue!
Ta da! This is a silver belt from COS, in case you wondered.
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