In celebration of our new season fabric prints, we called upon our crafty blogger pals to take part in a make & do challenge! read more
(Please note: This competition is now closed and no further entries will be accepted as of 27th of May 2015)
Share a love for handmade? From paper crafts to stitching and sewing, we love trying our hand at a new DIY project. With this in mind, we called upon four of our crafty blogger pals to share their love of make & do and take part in ourÂ exciting Stitch & Sew blogger challenge using our new season fabrics.
We invited the brilliant Kate, Tamsyn, Claire and Fran to take part and sent them each a crafty bundle containing everything they would need to complete their make & do. Handpicking our most-loved prints of the season, we sent each blogger fabrics to choose from with a few crafty essentials to help them on their way. There was only one rule for the challenge – be as creative as they liked!
Read on to discover their crafty creations and how you can win a Â£50 Laura Ashley voucher…
Kate fromÂ Beak Up CraftsÂ
I really hope you like my entry for the Laura Ashley #sewandstitch challenge as itâ€™s for something a bit special â€“ the first bit of decor for our new nursery.Â We still havenâ€™t got a cot â€“ or anything else for that matter yet â€“ but hey, that doesnâ€™t mean I canâ€™t start making pretty things for it!Â Iâ€™ve seen so many beautiful handmade mobiles on Pinterest but Iâ€™ve always quite fancied making one for our baby myself, as it means a bit more and is more personal I think.
For Kate’s baby mobile tutorial clickÂ here.
Tamsyn fromÂ The Villa On Mount PleasantÂ
I was so delighted when the lovely people at Laura Ashley invited me to take part in their Sew and Stitch challenge, and even more delighted when a beautiful parcel of fabric arrived at my door!Â I decided to make rosettes with my fabric, as not only are they easy to make (my approach to sewing is rustic at best, so if I can make them, anyone can!) but theyÊ¼re also great for adding a decorative flourish to all sorts of things.Â Plus these fabrics are absolutely perfect for making rosettes as they retain their lovely ruffled shape so well.
They would be lovely gathered en masse as party decorations or as a focal point in a childÊ¼s bedroom, or you could make smaller rosettes to decorate a handmade bag or cushion.
For Tamsyn’s fabric rosettes tutorial clickÂ here.
Claire fromÂ Celebrate Creation
My #sewandstitch crafty idea is a magnetic memo board. I made a cover for a baking sheet out of the blooming Poppy Meadow fabric Laura Ashley kindly sent me. I added ribbon a third of the way down so that I could hang some pegs on it, which I customised using the pretty buttons included in my crafting bundle. I also sewed a button and ribbon to the top of the board so that it can be hung up or as the memo board is already magnetic, any notes/to do list’s stay put too!
For Claire’s magnet memo board tutorial click here.
Fran fromÂ Fall for DIY
Three months ago we welcomed a new furry little addition to our family.Â Since that time we’ve learnt the hard way to cover wooden furniture, blockÂ off prized possessions and move household wires to higher ground. SeveralÂ phone chargers later and we’re still grappling with the latter. AnÂ unorganised wire hanging down from a table or desk will, in just a minute,Â become a new rabbit chew toy. We can’t blame the rabbit, it’s in her natureÂ so we needed to find a failsafe way of keeping the wires secure andÂ organised.
These wire tacos are the perfect solution. I call them tacos but they’reÂ for anything but eating! Folded and stored away the wires are safe fromÂ nibbling and stored in a more organised and pretty way than the usual mess.
For Fran’s savvy tech tacos tutorial clickÂ here.
If like us youâ€™re simply blown away by these inspiring make & do creations (weâ€™re feeling eager to get our craft on!) we would love for you to choose your favourite blogger craft below and you could win a Â£50 Laura Ashley voucher to kickstart your next DIY project! Simply click on the blogger below and enter your details.
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Terms and Conditions:Â The closing date forÂ the Stitch & Sew giveaway is Wednesday the 27th May at midnight. A winner will then be drawn at random and then alerted by email. The prize is a Laura Ashley Â£50 gift card to be used in store. No cash prize alternatives will be given. The competition is only open to UK residents and you must be 18 or over to enter. There will be one entry per household.