Thursday, 4 October 2012

Make & Craft Magazine Blog Tour and Book Giveaway

Welcome to today's stop on the Make & Craft Blog Tour and thank you to Amy for yesterday's super post!! If you've been following the tour so far you'll know that the first issue of Make & Craft Magazine goes on sale on the 12th October. There are lots of options for subscription available on the Make and Craft Website including 3 digital issues for just £1. There's also a monthly book club on the Make and Craft forum where new books will be discussed each month! As if all of this wasn't exciting enough, every blog on the tour has a copy of a craft book to giveaway, more on that later...

For the benefit of first time visitors I'm a painter and crafter who loves sewing and making accessories, cushions and decorations (and blogging about it all).  I recently opened my Etsy shop and you can find me on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Hellocotton.

I thought I'd join the party and celebrate the launch of the new magazine with a simple DIY to get us all in the mood for a bit of crafting. Here's some no-sew scrappy bunting, made from up-cycled materials.

You will need:
Some old shirts, pajamas or any other non-stretchy cotton fabric
Scissors
Tape measure
String

Cut (or tear) the fabric in to strips approx 5cm x 40cm.

craftypainter: no-sew scrappy bunting DIY
If using patterned fabric, like I did, begin by folding the strip into thirds along it's length so that the pattern remains on show (1).  Fold the strip in half and lay under the string (2), pull the tails of the strip through the loop to form a knot a bit like a neck tie (3). You may need to work the fabric a little to get it neat (4).
craftypainter: no-sew scrappy bunting DIY
Keep adding strips evenly spaced until you have reached your desired length (or used up all the materials) and space the strips evenly along the string.
craftypainter: no-sew scrappy bunting DIY
 And that's it!! Super easy for emergency party bunting!!
 
Now for the giveaway... To celebrate the launch of the new magazine, Make & Craft have teamed up with Search Press and given me a copy of Lorna Knight's Handbook of Sewing Stitches (RRP £9.99; ISBN 9781844488124) to give away to one of my readers.


An invaluable resource for sewers of all abilities, this guide offers practical help with all of the essential hand- and machine-sewing techniques, from stitches and fastenings to fabrics and seams. 

This is a brilliant book jam packed with 250 pages sewing techniques including hand stitches, machine stitches and decorative stitches and is really well illustrated. The book also has a textile directory which includes advice on working with all kinds of fabrics.

To get your hands on this great little book simply register as a member on the Make and Craft Website and leave me a comment below. One reader will be chosen at random on the 14th October. If you're not lucky enough to win this handy book you can find it on the Search Press website. Order by phone on 01892 510850 quoting “Make and Craft Blog Tour” and Search Press will give you free postage and packaging.

And finally hop on over to knitnrun4sanity tomorrow for the next stop on the Make & Craft Magazine Launch Party Tour!! If you 've missed any of the previous stops on the tour you can find the full list here!

Thank you to first timers and regular readers for stopping by and good luck everyone!!

32 comments:

  1. Love the bunting project, really simple and effective!

    so looking forward to getting my first copy of the magazine!

    Claire

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    1. Thanks Claire, me too can't wait to get my hands on it. x

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  2. That is a quick project. I'll have to keep it in mind. I like that the book has a textile directory. With all the different fabrics out now I need that.

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  3. A big hug crafty thank you from Make and Craft for your lovely blog post today.
    We love it! The book sounds brilliant and a very handy book to have.
    We really wanted to down tools and start making your bunting to decorate the office today, but have to resist, work to be done..
    Can’t wait for the weekend to make and craft!

    We’ve added you to our craft blogs page on the website. Click the craft blogs logo from the home page: http://www.makeandcraft.com/make-craft-community-blogs/

    Thank you for taking part in the blog tour. Katharine

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    1. Thank you Katharine, I have really enjoyed taking part in the blog tour, discovering all these lovely new blogs!! x

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  4. The bunting looks lovely - just right for a girly party! Looking forward to the new crafty mag, too.

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    1. Thanks Linda, me too. I've never subscribed to a craft magazine so really looking forward to it.

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  5. I can't sew but would love to learn! This book might just give me the beginner's confidence I'm looking for...

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    1. It really is a great little book, more stitching techniques that you can imagine, including the basics.

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  6. Ooo great minds think alike!! I really enjoyed this post. Thank you for the great tutorial. :)

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    1. Look forward to seeing your post tomorrow!!

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  7. Thanks for the tute, great for my market table as well!! Love to sew but need to learn a lot, book would be extremely helpfull! Love from the Netherlands!

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    1. Great idea for the market stall. I'll have to remember that if I ever get round to doing one.

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  8. I love a good stitch dictionary! I own lots of knitting and crochet ones but I don't have many sewing ones.

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    1. This would be a great addition to your collection! Good luck!

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  9. Love the idea of emergency bunting! Great tutorial :)

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    1. Thank you, it's so so easy and is a perfect quick fix.

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  10. Your bunting is fab - what a brilliant idea and so quick to make, too! I'm enjoying the blog tour too. The book looks great, doesn't it?

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    1. Thank you for you comment. I have just been checking out your blog. I have heard about it already on Twitter and must join in sometime with Handmade Monday!

      It's a great book, I had to check it this evening for advice on working with brocade fabric (pesky stuff!).

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    2. This is a lovely idea Michaela! I enjoyed reading it, thank you :)

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    3. Thank you, it was lots of fun to make too :)

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  11. I like your idea for quick bunting and I'm loving finding new crafting ideas. The book look like a great addition to every crafters library and this is another book I would love. The launch of the Make and Craft magazine is so exciting and its exciting too trying to win one of these give aways.

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    1. The blog tour has been such a good way to find new blogs to follow and brilliant way to celebrate the launch of the magazine. Can't wait for my copy!

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  12. Your bunting is such an inspring idea Michaela, thankyou for sharing it with us :)

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    1. Thank you Hannah, I'm glad you liked it :)

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  13. This looks a great book - I'd love to win a copy!
    I love your bunting!
    I've registered at the M&C website!

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  14. Hi! Great blog! I'm registered on the make and craft and would love to win this book so that I can get better at sewing more complicated things!

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    1. There are some really great techniques both practical and decorative. I'm looking forward to trying 'cut work' although it looks quite technical!

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  15. Registered on the site and desperate to win this book!

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    1. Excellent, thank you for entering!!

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