The Crafty Nomad Has Moved

The Crafty Nomad Has Moved
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Monday, November 17, 2014

New Website and Blog

It's official: I'm moving!

I have been working on my new website for my sewing classes business and have decided to move my blog over to it too.  So if you want to keep seeing updates from me then you'll need to update your blog feed to the new address:

Would love you all to come along with me.

Just click on the logo and come and check it out.

Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Think Pink Kindle Covers

Given that it is Breast Cancer Awareness month here in the UK I decided to do my bit.  So I have made 6 Think Pink Themed Kindle Covers to sell to raise some money for a Breast Cancer Research Charity.

Contact me if you would like to order one! (Number 6 is already sold!)
 Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

D.I.Y Olaf Growth Chart Tutorial

So a while ago I saw this really cute image of Olaf from Frozen on the front of a kids magazine.  He was holding his head way above his body and I thought that's how most kids feel, they just want to be taller!  So I thought the image would be great on a Growth Chart.

This is what I came up with!


Felt: Turquoise; brown; black, white sparkle and orange
A Tape measure
Some snowflake ribbon to hang it up with.

I used felt for all of it.

Cut all the pieces out.

So you get a nice little pile of felt goodies.

Position them and pin them in place.

Attach your tape measure, I cut mine so it started at 40cm I think and finished at 150cm.  I pegged this in place with the side facing up that has both inches and cm on it as there was a nice black line running down the centre that I could stitch on.  Plus a lot of people in the UK still work in imperial method of measurement.

Now stitch all your pieces in place! I found that working with larger pieces of felt was tricky and sometimes it puckered.

I then sewed another piece of turquoise felt to the back to cover the stitching and secured the ribbon in place in between.  Then I used some scalloped pinking shears to trim the edges.

I was really happy with the end result.  I made two little pegs with snowflakes and initials on so my niece and nephew can plot their heights!  Hope they like it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Dare I say the 'C' Word....

Yes it is getting closer to Christmas!! So to market today I took along some sweet Christmas Stockings.  I will be listing these on Etsy.

They have a chalkcloth label on the cuff so you can write a short message or the recipient's name.  I have used a grey linen for the body of the stocking and then added a bright cuff.  I have lined them with a simple white cotton.  I love all the different Christmas fabrics that are on the market, so this way I get to showcase them against the lovely grey linen.

I'm also planning to personalise some of them with the recipient's initial on the body of the stocking using the same fabric as the cuff.  Think that will work well.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Some happy little Chicken Bunting

My sister lives near Stratford-upon-Avon (UK) and has just finished renovating a barn conversion that is to be rented out as a holiday let.  The result of all their hard work is truly stunning.  You can see it here.  If you are ever on holiday that way I heartily recommend it!! Naturally!!

On the dining table is an oilcloth tablecloth with little chickens on it.  My sister gave me the offcuts, so I made it into a string of curved bunting that I thought she could hang in the house somewhere.

It was a really narrow strip of fabric with just two rows of chickens.  So instead of doing big triangular bunting I decided to make this curved shape to get the most out of the fabric.  I was able to use every hen with very little wastage this way!

Hope she likes it!

Have a lovely day!