Tuesday, 3 May 2016

What To Make With Jersey Yarn

I always get so overwhelmed whenever I go shopping for fabric or crafty supplies and always end up buying stuff that I think looks great but have no idea what to do with it. This was exactly the case with jersey yarn! So I thought I would put together a little post about my favourite projects that use jersey yarn. Enjoy!

1. Macrame: This is my absolutely fave thing to do at the minute. The photos above are from a workshop that was hosted by Stitch Up in Leeds that I had the pleasure of helping with. We showed the lovely group how to make neon plant hangers using basic macrame techniques. They turned out so well and now I just want to make them all the time. If you are not aware of the work of Jen at Stitch Up, please go and check them out! They teach craft and yarn based skills to the masses and spread the crafty love. It's an amazing organisation and one that I love being part of. If you are around in Yorkshire and want to get involved head over to the Stitch Up twitter page to find out more.

2. Jersey Baskets: I tried out the Zpagetti yarn from LoveKnitting by making some nesting baskets. They were really easy and crocheted up nice and quickly. There are loads of free patterns online for these and just use basic stitches, so great for a beginner.

3. Rugs: Now this is something I really want to try. I'm going to be moving house soon and really want to make a jazzy rug for my bedroom. I've found loads of inspiration on Pinterest so I'll keep you posted on my progress.

4. Jewellery: I always think these would be great little presents to send in the post. You can easily make bracelets and necklaces and often you don't even need hooks or needles, or can do it with your fingers. I pretty good way to try out finger knitting if you haven't done it before. Also it's a  really good one for kids to try!

5. Cushions: I am loving the abundance of knitted cushions and blankets that are popping up at the moment, and you can easily make your own. A lot of the time it is just basic stocking stitch, so again, it's great for beginner knitters.

Take a look at my current favourite yarn on the market to get some inspiration for your next project.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

DIY Off-The-Shoulder Top

This has been my favourite DIY this season so far. It is perfect for spring and super duper easy to make. I can't wait to make loads more of these for the summer. To make your own off-the-shoulder top you will need to get yours hands on about 1.5m of fabric (you need enough to go around your body and your arms), elastic (to measure all the way around your shoulders), pins, scissors and a sewing machine. 

Step one: Measure out all of your fabric. You need to end up with four rectangular pieces; two that measures from the top of your shoulders to your waist and around to the side of your body (one for the front and one for the back), and two that measure from the top of your shoulders to where you want your sleeves to end. Cut all four pieces out and hem the bottoms of each of the sleeves. Leave the body pieces as we will hem them at the end.

Step 2: Sew the sleeves to the body. Place the sleeve on top of the front body piece so the top edges match up (with right sides together) and so that the raw edges on the sides of the two pieces line up too. Pin in place and sew. Pull the sleeve round and pin onto the piece of fabric that will be the back (make sure that the seem faces in) and pin in place and sew. Do the same with the other sleeve. 

Step 3: Sew your side seems. Turn your top inside out and line up your fabric so your side seems line up neatly. Pin together and sew on a machine. Make sure you sew right to the bottom of the sleeve, otherwise you will end up with a hole under the armpit. Now you should have something that resembles a top! Wahoo! 

Step 4: Add in your elastic. Still with your top inside out, you are going to fold over a small amount of fabric all the way around the top of your garment. This is where the elastic is going to pass through so make sure it is wide enough!! Pin in place and sew all the way around the edge of the top. Make sure you leave a little gap to put your elastic in (I've made that mistake many times!). Now you need to thread your elastic all the way around the top. You might find it easier to attach a safety pin to the end of it so you can drag it around. When it gets all the way to the end secure the two ends of the elastic together with a couple of hand sewn stitches and hand stitch the opening of the fabric tube closed.

Step 5: Hem the bottom of your top. And you're done!