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DIY Christmas cards rebooted – as seen in Grazia!

DIY Christmas cards

It’s officially under a month until Christmas. I haven’t done any shopping yet, but I did get my Christmas cards made early this year, thanks to a bit of motivation from Grazia magazine…

They contacted me after seeing last years’ cards wanting a little tutorial for a Christmas craft feature in the magazine. You can see the full article in this week’s bumper festive edition of the mag – it’s on the iPad too so I got an early peep last night!

Here are some extra snaps of the cards I made:

DIY Christmas cards
DIY Christmas cards

The photo ones are made with Instagrams that I snapped last winter. I got them printed as cute Polaroid-style prints from Firebox and fixed them to the cards using photo corners and washi tape. Then I just wrote a message on each one using a Sharpie. These are probably my favourite of the bunch, and definitely the easiest to make.

DIY Christmas cards

More embroidered cards; you can see my instructions for these here. Pro tip: stitching with metallic floss is REALLY not fun. It took me about five times as long to do those glittery baubles as with the normal cotton floss. But ooh, shiny.

DIY Christmas cards

The washi tape ones are similar to the ones I made last year, just with an updated design. Step-by-step instructions for this one can be found in the Grazia article.

Hope you like! Are you making cards this year?

Reminder: fair tomorrow

A little reminder that I’m doing the Cabbages & Kings designer-maker fair tomorrow at Abney hall on Stoke Newington Church Street. Tonight is all last-minute prep!


I can’t promise that Wonder Cat himself will make an appearance, but as you can see he’s applied his rigorous quality control…

Screenprinted cushions

Screenprinting

It’s been far too long since I crafted anything – I miss it. So this morning I literally dusted down my sewing machine and whipped up these little cushions.

Screenprinting

I printed the designs on Wednesday night at The Make Lounge‘s superb beginners’ screen printing class taught by Helen Rawlinson, whose studio happens to be very near to me in Stokey. We used the paper stencil method: basically instead of faffing around with exposing your design onto a screen, you just cut the design from paper and lay it under the screen to act as a stencil. It also means you can re-use the blank screen for short runs of lots of different designs. I was really impressed that you could get such flawless results from this method so will definitely be trying some more printing at home.

The envelope backs use fabrics from my stash. A nice gentle project to ease me back into sewing… I want to tackle a patchwork quilt next.

Screenprinting

I made these bags in the class, too. Fun!

Screenprinting

Quick diy Christmas cards

For more Christmas card craft ideas, click here

Christmas cards
diy Christmas cards

Two weeks today until Christmas! I spent a lazy Saturday evening, with Strictly on the telly and baked Camembert in the oven, making my cards and wrapping presents.

diy Christms cards
diy Christmas cards
diy Christmas cards
diy Christmas cards

The cards and tags are just basic shapes made from patterned washi tape and wrapping paper offcuts.

diy Christmas cards
diy Christmas cards

Here’s the best way to shape the washi tape: cut with a scalpel on a plastic board. It peels off quite easily for transfer onto the card.

diy Christmas cards
diy Christmas cards

Isn’t my Charley Harper birdie wrapping paper pretty? It’s on sale at Fred Aldous right now. All my other supplies were from there too (except the heart paper, which was from Daiso in San Fran), including MT patterned tape at the best prices I’ve seen. Yay Christmas!

London Christmas craft markets

Get ready for a handmade Christmas – here’s a (non-exhaustive) list of festive craft fairs in London.

November 21st – Decmeber 10th: Handmade-Christmas at Exmouth Market

November 22nd to December 15th: Handmade in Tooting (and Crafty Pint market on December 3rd)

November 25-27th (Holborn) and December 2-4th (Deptford): Cockpit Arts Open Studios

December 3rd: North London Vintage market in Crouch End

December 1st – 24th: The Temporium by Dezeen, Covent Garden

December 7th – 11th – The Workshoppe, Clerkenwell

Deceber 10th: We Make Christmas, Battersea

December 10th-11th: The Crafty Fox Christmas Markets, Brixton

December 17th: Rich Mix Christmas Market, Shoreditch/Bethnal Green

Did I miss any? Leave a comment and I’ll add it!