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Friday, 26 January 2018

Turn Old Christmas Cards into Ring Gift Box Part 2




Turn Old Christmas Cards into Ring Gift Box Part 2


Have you ever wondered what to do with all those old Christmas cards after the silly season?
Well, today I am going to share with you what we like to do if we can't recycle our cards locally...See below for all the details...but we also have a great YouTube Video for you to check out too...To help with some of those tricky parts.

Supplies that you are going to need
Old Christmas Cards (Square  Cards)
6.5" Quilting Ruler or larger
School Ruler (30cm or 12" in Length)
18mm Rotary Cutter
Pencil
Eraser

grab all your supplies and
Let's get Started



Step 1. Take your card and cut in half.
Then take the top front of your card and mark a
X in the middle of the card with your lead pencil.



Step 2. Now we get to do some folding.

Next, You take your card and Turn it on point,
and take the corner of your card and bring it up to the centre of the cross,
that you just marked on the card.
Now that you have made the crease unfold that,
and take your corner and fold just a little into that crease.
Then fold it on itself, and then again till it lines up to the centre line.
Repeat on all 4 sides.
As you may not understand exactly what I am trying to say,
     I have included a step by step instruction video
for you to work along with.




Step 3. Once you have made all your creases
Erase out your marked cross. As you can see from all the creases, it
has made what looks like a little box in the centre.
Now take your pencil and mark the corners of that box/Sq

Step 4. Now get your scissors, turn your card on point again and cut to the first
dot on the right and the repeat on the lefthand side. Turn your
card to the opposite of where you just cut and repeat.


Step 5. Next, we are going to assemble the ring box as you can see from the pictures below, you need to take the sides that you haven't cut, and we are going to fold them in again. This is going to make the sides of your box. You may need a little glue to hold this in place. Once you have done that. Spin your card and repeat. You can use our Video here.



Step 6. Next, we fold our sides in to secure our ring box. Place a little dab of glue or double-sided tape to secure, permanently in place
. And that is it you have finished your ring box lid.




Step 7. Now that we have made our top of the gift box, we move
onto forming the bottom of our gift box.
Take the other half of your card that you set aside.
We are going to do the same thing as we did the top but first,
we need to trim some of the cards from two sides of the card, we only have to remove a quarter inch from each of these sides...

IMPORTANT: If you haven't seen the Step by Step instructional video now is the time to view it as you will be able to see the following in more detail...
Only remove a quarter inch from two sides of your card...if you remove any more than this then your gift box bottom will be too loose. If you are still not sure, then watch this video to show exactly what we have done.


Step 8. Repeat steps one to step six. making sure that all your sides
are secure and glued into place.


Tada, you have now made your own little gift box to use for anything
you like...I have used them for all sorts of things
in the past from wonder clip holders to making Little Sewing Kits as gifts for my sewing friends and even Jewellery for my girls...


I hope you like what we have shared with you today.
We always love seeing what you are making,
so why not head over to our Facebook group and Join in the fun
of sharing what your gift boxes with the community.

If you haven't already Subscribed to our YouTube Channel, then
Head on over and hit that Subscribe button and the little bell
beside it so you don't miss out on any future posts.

                                
Until Next Time
Happy Quilting & Crafting ") N





Sunday, 21 January 2018

February's What's On at Darvanalee Designs Studio


February's What's On at Darvanalee Designs Studio 


These are the classes we are running In-Store at 
Darvanalee Designs for February 2018
you can find all the relative information on Facebook 
on our EVENTS tab, as you can see we have lots going 
on this month...and for those of you that are not local, but 
would still like to join in the fun of getting creative 
We have thought of you too... You can now find us on YouTube
we have lots of different tutorials going live this month, everything from 
Block of the Months to paper crafting and sewing 
there will be something for everyone, February also 
see us start to Vlog/Blog about the construction of our 
Recording studio...Be sure to Subscribe to the Channel, as not 
to miss out on any of our future uploads 

Click here for Facebook EVENTS page
 Click here to SUBSCRIBE to our Channel
PRINT YOU COPY HERE
Programming subject to change without notice 


And remember we have an active community 
building on Facebook...
For Support, Tips'n'Tricks, Live Streaming 
and more
Until next time 
Happy Quilting/Crafting N ") 









Friday, 19 January 2018

Turn Old Christmas Cards into Gift Boxes Part 1



Turn Old Christmas Cards into Gift Boxes Part 1 


Have you ever wondered what to do with all those old Christmas cards after the silly season?
Well, today I am going to share with you what we like to do if we can't recycle our 
cards locally...See below for all the details...but we also have a great YouTube Video
for you to check out too...To help with some of those tricky parts.


Supplies that you are going to need 

Old Christmas Cards (Rectangle Cards)
6.5" Quilting Ruler or larger 
School Ruler (30cm or 12" in Length)
18mm Rotary Cutter
Pencil
Eraser
Scissors
Glue Stick
Wonder Clips
Paper Creaser

grab all your supplies and 
Let's get Started 


Step 1. Take your card and cut in half. 
Then take the top front of your card and mark a
X in the middle of the card with your lead pencil.



                                           Step 2. Take the short side of the card and fold to
the centre of the marked cross and repeat to the opposite, 
Pressing to create a Crease. 
Now take your long edge of your rectangle 
and do the same thing, creasing into the centre cross,
making sure that you are making a good crease in your card.
you can check out the Video for a clearer image 




Step 3. Once you have made all your creases
Erase out your marked cross.

Step 4. Now get your scissors and on the shorter end of the right-hand side
cut into the first horizontal Crease, now repeat on the left-hand side.
These will form the ends of your boxes. 
Now repeat to the opposite end on of the card.




Step 5. Next, we get our Glue Pen and the right-hand side little tab as shown in Video
and we put a dab of glue on this tab and stick to the end the end of our box, 
as you can see the box is starting to take shape.
 Repeat at the opposite end. 

Step 6. As you can see we have some excess card left at each end. 
We are now going to fold these over our ends, 
this will give us a nice even finish to the top of our gift box. 
                                                       As you can see in the Video
                    you need to add a little bit of glue and a couple wonder clips to secure.




Step 7. Now that we have made our top of the gift box, we move
onto forming the bottom of our gift box. 
We are going to do the same thing as the top but first, 
we need to trim some of the cards from one long side and one short side of the card, we only have to remove a quarter inch from each of these sides...
IMPORTANT: If you haven't seen the Video now is the time to view it as you will be able to see the following in more detail...
Only remove a quarter inch from one short and one long side of your card bottom...if you remove any more than this then your gift box bottom will be too loose. If you are still not sure, then watch this video to show exactly what we have done. 



Step 8. Repeat steps one to step six. making sure that all your sides 
are secure and glued into place.

Tada, you have now made your own little gift box to use for anything
you like...I have used them for all sorts of things
in the past from wonder clip holders to making Little Sewing Kits as gifts for my sewing friends and even Jewellery for my girls...



I hope you like what we have shared with you today.
We always love seeing what you are making,
 so why not head over to our Facebook group and Join in the fun
of sharing what your gift boxes with the community. 

If you haven't already Subscribed to our YouTube Channel, then 
Head on over and hit that Subscribe button and the little bell 
beside it so you don't miss out on any future posts. 

                                   Join me next week for part 2 of our gift box series where
I will be making a little ring box. 

Until then 
Happy Quilting & Crafting ") N 


              




Friday, 12 January 2018

Block of the Month (BOM) January 2018

       


Block 1
Goose in the Pond 

                                                                                  

So let us get started!

What you Need:
1 fat Quarter White Fabric - Background (either plain or tone on tone)
1 Fat Quarter Blue Fabric ( Either plain or print) 
Sewing Machine with ¼” foot
Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat
Quilting Ruler 
Matching Threads
Thread Snips 
Best Press 
Iron & Ironing Pad 


Cutting Instructions:

You can Find your printable cutting instruction HERE
and 
a colouring page for you to use HERE
or you can use the table below

Printable transcript HERE

From the White Background Fabric 

Cut 6 3¼” Squares then cut diagonal to yield 12 triangles  

Cut 5 2⅞” Squares

Cut 20 1¼” Squares

Cut 4   2⅞” x 1¼” strip  


Blue Fabric

Cut 6 3¼” Squares then cut diagonal to yield 12 triangles  

Cut 16 1¼” Squares

Cut 8   2⅞” x 1¼” strip  



Now onto the Assembly of your Block

and Don't forget we have a Video Tutorial for you


to follow along with you can find the Video
HERE

*****Note****

We are using Quarter inch seam allowance throughout the pattern and pressing Seams Open. Please Reduce your stitch length
2.0 or 1.8 depending on your machine.




First, we are going to create our Half Square Triangles (HST)

you will be creating 12 of these. Reduce your stitch length to 2.0,
then Take your white and Blue triangles
with right sides together sew an
¼"inch seam allowance from one corner
diagonal to the opposite corner.
Now Press open.
Your HST should now look like the picture below
Repeat with the remainder of the triangles.
This should measure
2 ⅞ inch square


HST



Next, we are creating our 9 patches
you will be creating 4 of these sets

as pictured here. Remembering to use a
¼” seam allowance and press your seams open
square up to 2 ⅞ inch square


9 patch 


Now we are making our Strip sets and we have 4 of these 

Strip Set 

Now let's Assemble your Block 
You can use the assembly video 
or you can follow along with images below 
the choice is yours ") 

it will be 2 ⅞ inch square

Step 1.
take 4 of your HST and 1 Plain 2⅞” white Square and assemble as pictured below 

Step 2. 
Take 2 HST, 2 9 patches, and 1 strip set and assemble 
as shown below.


Step 3.
Now take 3 of your  2⅞” white squares and 2 strip sets
and assemble as shown.


Step 4.
Take 2 HST, 2 9 patches, and 1 strip set and assemble 
as shown below. 


Step 5.
Take 4 of your HST and 1 Plain 2⅞” white Square and assemble as pictured below.


Step 6. now assemble all your rows and pictured below in 
the order following the arrow Directions 

Sew top strip to 2nd strip 
then sew the 2 you have just sewn together to the next strip 

then the next one to the 3 that you have just sewn.
nesting your seams 

and finally, take your last strip of your block and sew it 
to the 4 you have just sewn together
make sure that you are nesting your seams 

Your block is now assembled and ready to be set aside 
do not trim your block until we have all 12 finished 
your Block will measure APPROX 12.5" it may come in at a little less (DO NOT TRIM)
If your block is slightly smaller do not stress as long as we have a
¼” around the block we will not lose any points when it comes to final
Assembly of your quilt. Set this block aside.  

Finished Block 

I hope you enjoyed your first Block of the Month.
Join us again next Month for another Block 

Happy Quilting ") N