Tutorial – Doll-size Wing Chair

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I love anything miniature, and seeing how my L-shaped corner couch tutorial is one of my most popular posts, I decided to respond to all the miniature lovers out there. Here is my tutorial on how to make wing-back chair . Very easy, barely took two hours.

Step 1: Prepare the pattern. I sketched mine myself, about 12cm high. Cut it out, trace it onto cardboard, and cut out 4 side pieces, 2 for the back and one two for the seat.

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Step 2: Place left side, back and right sides next to each other and cut out a pieces of fabric to wrap around the cardboard with about 1 cm allowance for wrapping. Glue the flaps around the cardboard pieces with glue gun. Make incisions around curves for smoother wrapping.

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Step 3: Do the same for the other panel. One will be used for the outer side of the chair and one for the inside.

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Step 4: Glue the inner panel to the outer panel and the seat in the middle. I’ve also added a strip under the seat.  The seams between the panels were covered with grey yarn.

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I love how “Grandmother” it looks, so for me, this seat had to be placed in the kids’ room, next to the rocking horse and baby crib.

Make it and love it!

If you are crazy about miniatures, you will probably like these posts, too:

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DIY – Knitted Doll

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Still cleaning my old craft folders, I found this little cutie that I knitted when I was really into knitting amigurumi.  It it a sweet little doll, about 20cm high. I love the eyes! The doll does not have a mouth, but I think I love that, too. By the time the doll was finished, my patience was running out, so I opted for a felt dress. Very happy to share with you this free pattern found here. Below is the original version, too cute!

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Quilted Animal Rug

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Another weekend, another craft!

In my previous post I mentioned that I was donated a bag of fabric from one of my blog followers (thank you, kind giver!), and so I’ve been raking my brain for something to do with all those fabric scraps. All the pieces are tiny and odd shapes, some are curtain cut-offs, and some are trouser cut-offs – a very eccentric assortment, I’d say.

I decided that the best use for this assortment would probably be a quilt, however, to my utmost excitement, I came across this little quilted fox rug! You can find the initial designer’s fox here, however I had to use whatever scraps of material I had, so mine ultimately looks like MY craft.

And the best part is that it is so easy to make!

Start off by drawing half of the animal outline on  parchment paper. Cut it out and place onto foam material (which I later substituted with a fleece material), trace, flip and trace the other side.

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Mandarins, nom nom, it’s Christmas time soon!

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Cut 5 cm wide strips of different colour fabric (although I went for the same stretch and thickness fabric) and lay it out for each side, sew together. I used a beautiful thick curtain fabric for the back.

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Sew all layers together: the face, the lining and the back. The face and the back should be facing each other with the right side. Leave a little opening where the tail should go, to turn the piece inside out, and also attach the tail. I did make some decorative stitching once it was turned inside out, but that was only because this craft finished so quickly and I wanted to dwell on it some more.

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Don’t forget the ears! I used some brown felt material for the ear tips and white material for the inside of the ears. Same white material was used for the tail tip.

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Assemble all the pieces. I thought about adding eyes, but that made it look too real…

SAM_5586Concequently, it has found its new home in my children’s play house. Perfect for our little reading nook.

Make it and love it!

If you liked this craft, perhaps you would like to see what else I’ve been up to:

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Tutorial – Dress-up Nurse Apron

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Today both my kiddies had to get vaccinated, and to take our mind off of it, our answer lay with Dress-up Nurse Apron. Nothing like a theme fitted craft!

Just recently I’ve been donated some fabric scraps, all sizes and all colours. Just so happened, I found all the fabric scraps that would work for me. Perfect to turn our stressed up day into a dressed-up day.

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I’ve cut out whatever pieces would make up the nurse apron, leaving enough space for seam allowances. I also planned to make a little red cross on a white circle.

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Next step was to tidy all sides, and work on the little red cross. Looked tidy enough. I also added some rushing on the skirt piece, to make it more girly.

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The remaining steps were about putting all the pieces together, hiding as many seams as possible.

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All I need to sew now is a little nurse hat. In good time.

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DIY – Embroidered Hand prints

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Whoever came up with this beautiful idea is a genius! I love the idea of immortalising families’ hand prints. And stem stitch could not be easier! Anyone can do it – so I did!

When idea started circulating on Pinterest, I had everything to make this craft – fabric, embroidery floss and family with kids. It was easiest to get my own hand print. I had to convince my husband to get his hand print, I remember saying “Trust me, you will love it”. I might say that a lot to him when I am trying to convince him of the validity of my next craft. With my daughter it was relatively interesting, too, we made it into a game, and it took us a few fun-filled attempts. Getting a hand print from my baby son was a little more challenging, only because the time was never right. If he was awake, he was fed and if he was asleep, you wanted to keep it that way.

The choice of floss could have been a little more creative, and yet I went for blue, red, pink and baby blue.

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It is amazing how much the hand prints looks like our family. So personal!

Super easy, super fast! Make it and love it!

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Dip Painting with Chalk Board Paint

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The weather in Cyprus has been exceptionally warm, working outside on some pending projects seems like a holiday. I finally got around repainting this old bedside table/console.

Completely forgetting to take the “BEFORE” pictures, I am glad my supportive husband has taken some photos and put them together in a collage…

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Painting furniture is  not a novice, however doing it perfectly is a rarity. I have painted Lexie’s toddler kitchen and some mirrors and frames, but I have been known to skip steps. This time I went all out – the sanding, the primer, three layers with a new roller each time.

Starting this project, I bought masking tape, rollers, primers, sand paper, etc. I had some green chalk board paint, which I have used in the past and it prooved to be very durable and covered well. So, the long process began. I sanded, painted with primer, and started with the paint. However, once I’ve painted the bedside table (I call it that, but I am not sure if that’s appropriate, as it is slightly larger than a bedside table. When I bought it, it was sold to me as a console desk.. by the way, I bought it for 10 euro).

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Once it was ready, it was all green.  It was the only paint I had then, so the console was painted all green. It looked too green.

That’s when the idea came. Why not add some acrylic paint into white primer and turn it into dip painting project?

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Dip painting was a new concept, so I did my best. My first attempt, I’ve put masking tape where needed, however I didn’t press masking tape to adhere it. Some paint leaked under the tape, as demonstrated by the pictures above. Second attempt was much more successful. As always, learning from my mistakes.

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If you liked this, maybe you would like to check out my other projects:

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Tutorial – how to paint a pet from a photograph

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It is terrible how easily “side-track”-able I am! I finally decided to organise my photographs, perhaps even create a photo album, which lead me to browsing through my many folders. Big mistake! I stambled upon many past projects, and now feel the need to blog it. The hope is usually to inspire someone else, and if not, then to catalogue my past endeavours.

Here is a dog, namely pug that I painted couple years ago using a wonderful tutorial on youtube.

All you need is a canvas, paints and paint brushes. You would have an advantage if you had tracing paper, but you can work around it, too. You also need a nice picture of your pet. I didn’t have a pet, so google had to share it’s pet pictures with me. Here is one I found – the Pug.

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Just follow the tutorial and your inner artist, and you get a wonderful painting of your (or someone else’s) pet!