Archive | November, 2012

DIY sweet Christmas bunting

29 Nov

If you follow my blog you would know that the other day I revealed that this year is the first year in a long time that we will be putting up the tree and decorating. I really wanted to make some fabric Christmas bunting, but I have so many projects on the go right now and trying to fit them in around Lil M and it’s only 4 weeks until Christmas I put it aside. But as I was going through supplies I have to decorate our star (one of the on going projects) I found off cuts of red card, and I always have an abundance of kraft card (I buy this stuff constantly by the ream baby ahaha) and an abundance of bakers twine, I thought I could make a simple bunting in little time (in under an hour it took in fact!).

It is super simple and I’ve even made a template you can print here for the bunting backing and the hearts and stars, so no excuses! Download template here. 

MuskaElvis_Christmas_Bunting_Template

Firstly cut an A4 sheet of kraft card into quarters

Score/fold 1cm from the top (this is where you will secure the backing to twine later)

Using the template cut in the peak at the base of the card

Using the hearts and stars template, use them to trace around onto your red card, then cut out

Glue the hearts and stars onto the centre of each backing piece

Turn your backing over and place double sided tape over the top edge where you scored and made the fold, then place the bakers twine (or ribbon or string whatever you like) in the crease of the fold and then fold the edge over to secure the twine in place. Make sure you leave a good length of twine on the outer edges as you will need this to tie onto something wherever you will hang it. Then place each backing alternating starts and hearts, a backing card length of space between each other until you have no more.

Then voila! Done in under and in under an hour! I did 10 pieces and that made quite a long bunting, you can make it as long or short as you like. Have fun! x

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Printable Christmas Card & Gift Tags now up! And my fav picks for a bit of Christmas inspiration!

27 Nov

I can’t believe it’s 4 weeks until Christmas!?!? Are you organised, or are you going to wing it in the last week? Well no matter which you are Muska & Elvis’ Printable greeting card and gift tags will have you sorted! Designed by me, taking the colours only shyly away from the normal red and green, they are still there, just added a bit of blue and yellow to make it more fun and colourful!

Only $9.95AUD print as many as you like!!!! So if you forget a card right up until Christmas eve, no need to fret my dear your printable will have you covered!
Click the link here to check it out on my Muska & Elvis Etsy store.

In the past few weeks I have come across some awesome Christmasy things to inspire you, for decorating, entertaining, and just to get into the Christmas vibe! Below are my fav’s and I’ve seen so many DIY wreaths and pre made wreaths, that I will be doing a post on just that this week or the next , so you still have time!

Happy looking, I hope I’ve tempted you! x

1. 24 cm cake stand matt Emerald + Ella 2. Theodor santa sack Country Road  3. Scandinavian red tape Made590  4. Pantone bauble Seletti 5.Blank Xmas tag set Blank Goods 6. Handmade fabric birdie wreath Down That Little Lane  7. Clay gift tags polka dots Mud by Nest  8. Cotton Xmas symbols ribbon Inky Co  9. Retro paper chain Emerald + Ella  10. Christmas scratchie bon bons Paper2 11. Scrabble Christmas crackers Lark Made 12. Petal Christmas stocking by Little Lamb Lark Made 13. Mistletoe stocking hooks Lark Made 14. 3pc Blank stacking houses Blank Goods 15. Christmas cross stitch cake stand Pink Frosting 16. Christmas paper straws with printable flags Etsy Retro Rox Vintage

It’s not too late to sew yourself a very Merry Christmas!

18 Nov

Ok so Christmas has really crept up on us super fast this year yes!?!? Its November and about 6 weeks until Christmas!?!? I have to confess something…… I haven’t really been into Christmas that much in the past few years, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE spending time with family and friends and I love to give gifts, but the Mister and I stopped putting a tree up, it happened once as we were on our honeymoon over Christmas one year, then the next we did it, but then the year after we were going away right after NYE and then we were away again last Christmas. But this year is Lil M’s first so back to the decorating it is and I am super excited about it this year, even though Lil M has no idea really hehehe.

So being her first, she needs a stocking, I thought it would be nice if I could make it myself, I had planned on making a patchwork one, but then I came across these fab cut and sew panels at Spotlight! They were perfect and so easy. So I bought a panel for Lil M, a panel for us (there are 2 stockings per panel) and for approx $12.99 a panel it was a steal! I also bought a few pom poms to sew along the edge just to add a bit more zing to it!

These stockings were so easy that I made it during her morning nap (and I cut and pinned the other 2 ready to go and did those later that afternoon)

I also bought cut and sew decorations which I am working on now and I will post soon. Im a big fan of cut and sew, I have bought a few for gifts to friends who are beginner sewers and I think they are great for something really easy with an awesome result. Below is me creating my stocking and also a few of my favourite  cut and sew projects that you can purchase online!

Give them go, it’s such an easy and rewarding project!

This is what one panel looks like, with all your guides and instructions printed onto the fabric.

I wanted to line mine with calico, so I cut them out onto calico also.

I then pinned and sewed on my pom pom trim to the outside.

I then attached the lining (facing the outer pattern in together with a piece of calico, then flipping over as seen in the image after.

I then cut some ribbon and looped it and placed in between the panels (fronts facing in), before sewing the panels together.

And then finished!

And ours (I tried to make the Mister’s as manly as possible not even a bit of ric rac! Despite the girly love hearts hehehe)

Below are some  favourite cut and sew of mine you can purchase online,
This one is from The Red Thread Mimi the Sweetie Petite Kit

This cut and sew calendar tea towel by Addilou on Spoonflower

The unique, Burgular Bird cut and sew tea towel from GabiReith on Etsy

Cute as a button (mushroom) Ipad bag from bippidiiboppidii on Spoonflower