Thimble (or Money) Pips

January 10, 2016 at 1:09 pm | Posted in Other Crafts | 1 Comment

My nieces are not so little anymore, so in addition to their traditional book they tend to get a bit of money from me these days. Since just putting the money in an envelope is boring, I’m always on the lookout for nice ways to package things. Luckily, with enough time left before the holidays, I stumbled over this tutorial for thimble pips.

I immediately realized that those would be perfect to package a bill or two, and I’m sure teenage girls have always a little something to put into a pretty container. So off I went, and here are the results:


Just a few scraps of a pretty fabric are enough to make one of those. They are a bit fiddly, but I followed the tutorial pretty much exactly and they came out great.


It’s all in the presentation

November 2, 2008 at 2:49 pm | Posted in Other Crafts | Leave a comment

So, after making some nice earrings, where do you put them? They definitely don’t come with a nice jewellery box from the store! 😉 One possibility is to make a box for them to live in, also very nice if you want to give a pair away as a present. Origami to the rescue. There are literally dozens of different patterns for origami boxes out there, but I wanted one with an integrated lid, so I ended up with this one.

To make sure the earrings wouldn’t rattle around in the box, I cut a piece of felt the size of the bottom of the box, stitched a couple of buttonhole bars on it, and attached the earrings:

The felt fits snugly on the bottom of the box:

And this is what the closed box looks like:

It’s not perfect, since this is the first time I made that pattern, and I haven’t been making any origami for a while, but you certainly get the idea. Using really nice paper would make that a really classy box for a nice present, all handmade. 🙂

Beaded Jewellery

January 20, 2008 at 3:53 pm | Posted in Other Crafts | 1 Comment

Although I usually don’t wear a lot of jewellery, I sometimes have the urge to make some. Here are the results of some small projects I made a while ago:

Beaded Jewelry

The bracelet was embroidered an a light blue fabric band 2.5 cm wide, the closure is a piece of velcro. For the embroidery you take all the beads for a whole line on the needle, take the needle down at the end of the line and on your way back to the beginning you couch the thread down between the beads. I cut the band a bit more than twice as long as the finished bracelet, so I could make a nice clean backside by folding it back over the embroidery and sewing the edges together.

The brooch is about 4.5 cm in diameter. I made it mostly in a 90 minute workshop at a crafts fair a couple of years ago. You take a pretty dense fabric, lay it double and draw the form you want (a circle in my case). You then sew it together, cut out the form including a seam allowance and turn it inside out. Fill the little resulting pillow with wool and sew shut. Then you start to embroider the beads on it, using a double thread and always stitching through all the layers, so the filling gets compacted. When finished, this leads to the pillow being really stiff. Attach the fastening needle to the back and voilà, a finished project!

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