Friday, 21 April 2017

Denim Jacket Patches

Last year I treated myself to a beautiful Levi denim jacket. I've been putting super cute pins on the top pockets, and loving how awesome it looks with outfits. I had been thinking for a while I would like to sew some patches on it, just a couple though, I didn't want it overloaded.

I specifically picked four lovely patches out for it a little while ago, but I had never got around to sewing them on. With the weather getting a bit warmer, and hopes that I can get my denim jacket out again growing higher, I decided to get my ass in gear and finally sew them all one. I just went for two on the front and one on each arm just now. Though I am still considering a massive back patch.

Patch jacket

Patch jacket

Patch jacket

Patch jacket

Patch jacket

Patch jacket

Patch jacket

Patch jacket

These are all iron-on patches but I chose to sew them on, so if I ever wanted to change them I haven't ruined my lovely jacket.

I also sewed this awesome Return of the Living Dead patch on Donald's jacket while I was at it. Patch suppliers are listed below.

Patch jacket

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Felt Leatherface

The start of April marked mine and Donald's third wedding anniversary, which in case you didn't know, was the leather anniversary. I was planning on getting him something Leatherface, from Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as we're both big horror fans, but I couldn't find anything cool enough. So I decided to make him a little felt Leatherface to put in with his actual present (which was Lego, because we're totes adult).

I used this gingerbread boy template to cut out the little person shape from felt, and then I free-handed all his details. I glued these on with fabric glue, stitched some details on like his face and mask, and then glued a plain, black person shape on to the back to hide all the messy bits.

Felt Leatherface

Felt Leatherface

Felt Leatherface

He really has no purpose other than looking cute, so Donald's had him sitting in his car where he keeps his iPod, but I wanted to make something to fit with the anniversary as I've managed to stick to the theme for the last two year and didn't want to ruin it. 

Hilariously Donald got me a cute wee Leatherface figure to go with my present, which was a giant Power Rangers figure! Yes!

Sunday, 2 April 2017

I Heart Gin Cross Stitch

I am crafting away, I swear, but I'm making quite a lot of stuff I can't show off quite yet, so my blog is looking rather blank.

However, my friend Eleanor got married at the weekend, and I did whip her up this cute wee wedding present. I learned on her hen do that both her and her now husband are super keen on gin. I had a cross stitch kit that came with a cute frame that said I heart tea or I heart gin pattern, so I obviously went with the gin option!

I've actually made a few I heart gin cross stitches before, so I knew they were really fast to work up. 

So here's the finished piece!

I love gin cross stitch

I love gin cross stitch

I tried to make really small folds in my fabric this time, so I didn't have to actually iron the finished project. I just rolled it over with a lint roller a few times and it was ready to frame. However, I think I only got away with that because it was so small! I am cross stitching a huge project just now and it's so crumpled I know it's going to need a lot of ironing.

I've been reading more about finishing my projects and making them look nice. Some places say to wash them then iron them on the reverse (with a towel over the stitches), but I had read the instructions on this kit and it suggested just ironing and using a lint roller to get rid of any fluff and stuff, because washing the project might make the colours run. I actually saw someone post a photo on Instagram where all their colours has run, so I think I'll keep avoiding washing things for fear of this happening. Imagine all that work going to waste!

This is also the first thing I've made this year that goes towards my New Year's list this year...which doesn't bode well for the rest of the list if I'm honest.

This project is a step towards completing my New Year's List. You can check out my progress here.


  • Clear as many craft kits as possible.