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October 22, 2019

Coleraine's newest cafe; The Catching Pen, proved to be the perfect spot for our afternoon of sewing for our lovely relaxed Scrunchie Crafternoon. Hayley made us feel very at home as we took over the half of the cafe used as a community space, nestled in with great tunes and delicious hot drinks, platters of homemade slices and copious crafty materials!

The lovely ladies who joined us picked out their favourite fabrics, hand-stitched their first scrunchie over relaxed chatter, then learnt how to make the pattern for, cut and sew different types of bows. We took things up a notch for other scrunchies, using sewing machines to wizz through them like a happy little sweat shop fuelled by chai lattes and brownies.

The creations made were simply lovely - from crushed velvet and silk to cotton and organza filled with sparkles, they were as unique as the ladies who stitched them. We used a lot of recycled material from vintage dresses, pre-loved clothing and bed-linen, plus some new fabric and u...

August 9, 2015

We are still firmly in the grips of winter down here in Victoria's Western District, so our last Crafternoon had to be something warm and cosy in front of The Roxburgh's lovely open fire. Fuelled by their famous wood-fired pizzas, copious wine and Lindt hot chocolates, we made miniature heat bags in the form of be-hoot-iful owls stuffed with scented barley, and they rock!

 

Don't take my word for it, just see how cute they turned out:

 

------------     You can find your FREE printable tutorial at the bottom of this page     -------------

 

We learnt the basics of hand stitching, focussing on the running stitch, back stitch, cross stitch and blanket stitch. Pip Lincoln's 'Make Hey! While The Sun Shines' Craft book has an adorable page covering some of these stitches, and you can read my review of the whole book HERE.

 

We also attached buttons and bows, embroidered tiny little beaks and added felt details, so even those new to sewing left feeling pretty accomplished with their n...

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