Friday, 17 March 2017

Spring banner DIY

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hello...I'm back (so soon)
I have been inspired by spring light and lovely fresh colours and so have made some new DIY's for the new season. First up is this spring banner, very easy and fun to make and can be adapted to any words and colours. Here's how...

You will need:
white card or thick paper, scissors,ruler, letter stickers, circle stickers, string, large eyed needle, hole punch and some yarn/pom pom maker and wooden beads for the trim (optional)

1: cut out 8 rectangles measuring approx 10cm x 6cm and then cut out a triangle shape at the bottom on all the flags.
2: punch holes in the top (see pic for placement)
3: add stickers and letters to the flags
4: if you have a pompom maker you can make 2 pompoms to add at each end (see below for alternatives)
5/6: cut a length of the string 130cm approx and thread a pom pom and 2 beads on to the string then add the flags in the correct order and then add the pom pom and beads at the other end, tie off each end of the string with a loop.

Other ideas...use brown or coloured card instead of white, hand paint your words on if you don't have stickers or cut them out of coloured paper, use shop bought pom poms or use larger beads. Change the wording for each season, birthday, etc. Make a few to spell out messages... the options are endless.
have fun!! I'll be back soon with more spring ideas and some cute bunnies x x  

Friday, 3 March 2017

hello and a D.I.Y

hello...after 15 months of silence I wrote a blog post!
Last year we got an allotment and had a great time digging, planting, growing veggies and flowers. I made some little bird scarers (wind socks) to keep the pigeons away from the seedlings. We hung them in the trees and on sticks...I think they did the trick because we had pretty good crops and they brightened up the plot while we were waiting for things to grow. I made some more to hang in trees in our garden and as they were easy to make I've done a quick tutorial so you can make your own. See the steps below...
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You will need:
one plastic water bottle
felt scraps (for features)
bright coloured fabric pieces and scraps
bakers string
small sharp scissors (to make the hole)
pins, sewing machine, thread, scissors, tape measure

1- cut the plastic bottles into 1.5cm hoops (you will need one hoop per wind sock) the hoop will form the rigid top part of the wind sock, measure the circumference of the hoop and cut out a piece of fabric 2cm larger and approx 18cm deep
2-3  from the felt cut out the eyes and nose, position them on the fabric (right side up) and stitch on (you could glue on if you prefer)
4- cut 4 strips of contrast fabrics measuring 10cm long x 2cm, space them out evenly along the hem and stitch them on.
5- fold the wind sock in half and sew together the two long open edges using 1cm seam allowance. turn right way out and fit the hoop inside at the top. make a hole at each side at the top (through fabric and hoop) and thread/tie some string through to make the hanger. (this also keeps the hoop and the windsock together)
They are great for adding some colour to the garden but you could also make them for kids rooms or nurseries. Hang by the window and they will blow happily in the breeze.
If you are making them for indoors you could use cardboard tubes to make the hoops instead of plastic bottles and you could glue it all instead of sewing. 

Hope all is clear :) I am keeping comments switched off for now just to see how it goes but you can always send me a message on FB or instagram.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

shop update and thank you discount voucher...

hi, I'm not sure if there is anybody still reading blogs these days but I am going to keep posting here with shop updates and tutorials just in case. I have been busy with my digital printed fabric, I am so happy with how they turned out and have made up some cushions and a patchwork using them. they are now listed in my etsy shop
As a little thank you for those who still pop by, here is a voucher code for 20% discount, just type TEAWAGON20 at the checkout to get your money off. (Valid until 20th November) There are lots of new prints, postcards and some one of a kind christmas stockings so you could do a spot of early christmas shopping :) 
I'm working on a few book commissions again but when they are finished I will be thinking up some festive how to's to share in december. x x thanks for reading x x

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Patchwork panels...

a while ago I was working on some fabric designs, at the same time I was also making up some vintage patchwork quilts. The vintage fabrics were lovely but my supply was running out. So I thought about designing some fabrics I could use in the patchworks...

the large flower print in the background is also available
  then that idea developed further into a patchwork panel design... how very '70s and retro I thought.
so I designed a panel based on my quilts below.

The panel is printed with different squares of retro inspired patterns which look like a vintage patchwork you can simply sew it up with wadding and backing and make a super quick quilt or you could use it for cushions or bags, anything you like really. 

the panel is printed by a UK company called Woven Monkey and they will print any design digitally onto a selection of different fabrics...they also have an option to set up an account so others can buy your designs too.

I had a think about how to make this work so the panels would be available for you to buy and make your own quilts and this seemed like the best way.
To buy the patchwork panel you can visit the shop here and choose the design you want, then pick the size (sample/FQ/or metre) For this quilt I ordered a metre of (Pop Patchwork) onto 100% cotton. ** Please note the layout may look distorted until you click on the metre size then it will look as it will be printed** Printing takes around 7-10 days. 
One panel makes a quilt approx 100cm x 145cm and all you need to do is add the backing, binding and wadding. To make it look more realistic I top stitched along the squares. It took me less than three hours to make up this quilt. 
I realise this fabric is not for the true quilters amongst us, but thought it was a good way to offer up all the designs on one panel and would be ideal for beginners. Also it does work out cheaper than buying all those different fabrics.
I will be adding more designs to the site too, so keep checking back.

* If you are wondering where the comment box has gone I have de-activated it because I wasn't able to check often enough and it was full of holiday home spam...if you want to get in touch you can message me on FB//Etsy or instagram as I check there regularly, sorry for the inconvenience :) thanks for reading x x

Monday, 14 September 2015

what's going on?...

over at littleteawagon?? A quick update on the new look shop....during the summer I was very busy working on new prints and new designs for a little relaunch of my business.. a few people have asked me why I don't sell vintage fabric anymore. The simple answer is I don't really have enough left., when I first started out my work was kind of defined by the fabrics I found, at first buying them was easy and I had a lot (and I mean a LOT) but as time went on my customers began asking if I could sell some of the fabrics I used, which I did and so the fabric cupboard slowly emptied.(I have saved a few of my favourite ones which...when I can bear to will be bundled up for sale too) In the last couple of years it has become so difficult to source any decent ones that I decided to concentrate on my other passion - Graphics.
I always knew that littleteawagon would have to evolve to keep going and that styles and tastes change over time and that's a good thing I think...So, the new prints are listed now and also a new range including digital download printables. I've tried to cover different age ranges, genders and interests but if you have any suggestions please let me know. I've also have been working on a range of greeting cards and some fabric designs which will be used in new home wares, lots more ideas are in the pipeline as well so pop back if you can.
link to shop in sidebar x
thanks for reading x