Wednesday, 4 June 2014

DIY Beach Bag Tutorial

Who's looking forward to going to the beach this summer? How about making a your own personalised beach bag?

Disclaimer: I received free products in return for this post! All opinions are my own.
Thanks so much to Fantastic Ribbons for supplying me with a gorgeous selection of buttons and a roll of grosgrain ribbon.

I don't know about you, but here at Sprout's House we are counting down the days until we can feel the sand between our toes, build some sandcastles and just generally catch some rays. So what better way to get in the mood than make a beach bag - perfect to carry all those beach essentials!

selection of buttons - my packet contained about 150 buttons in a range of sizes, patterns and colours. 

3m of ribbon - I used a roll of Peacock Blue Side Stitched Grosgrain ribbon.

1 canvas tote bag
PVA glue and small brush
selection of thread to match your buttons
A4 paper

1. Open Word, type your chosen initial. Choose your font and enlarge the letter until it fills the page. Print out.

(I narrowed it down to the three fonts above before choosing the middle one. 
From left to right ~ Contribute - Free Version size 560 Bold; Harrington size 840 Bold; Lucida Calligraphy size 560 Bold)

2. Cut out the inside of the letter so that you're just left with  an outline.

3. Place the outline on your bag. Choose the buttons you're going to use and arrange them inside the letter.

4. Carefully lift away the outline. Adjust the buttons if you need to and then start gluing on to the bag. (Don't worry too much about the buttons being completely secure as this is just a temporary measure until they can be sewn in place.)

5. Sew the buttons on. I used coordinating thread, but do whatever you fancy.

6. The next step is to pin the ribbon to the top and bottom of the bag. Decide where you're going to place your ribbon - I left a centimetre gap between the ribbon at the top of the bag, but just matched the ribbon up with the seam at the bottom of the bag. The beauty of this side-stitched grosgrain ribbon is that you can use the side-stitching to help disguise where you have sewn it to the bag.

7. Thread your needle with white thread and knot the end. In position A, push your needle through the ribbon from back to front so that it comes out in position B at the end of one of the side-stitches. Pull the thread through until the knot sits on the back of the ribbon. Tuck any excess thread behind the ribbon so it is hidden.

8. Push the needle back through the ribbon at the other end of the side-stitch (position C) and pick up a little bit of the canvas material before exiting at the beginning of the next side-stitch (position D). Your stitches should be completely hidden by the white stitching on the ribbon.

9.Repeat until both edges of the ribbon are securely attached to the bag. To ensure that the ribbon does not fray fold the end over before stitching into place. Repeat the process for the bottom section of ribbon. 

10. Fill your bag and head to the beach!

How are you preparing for Summer? 
Why not pop over to Fantastic Ribbons for some more inspiration?

Sprout’s House

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Sprout's Play Shop Tutorial

Here's a really cheap and easy way to make a play shop for your little one.

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Sprout's Daddy and I purchased this set of shelves from eBay for about £15 - it was originally the top from a dresser.

The shelves came with these little pieces of wood that slotted into either side of the shelves to help them balance on the bottom half of a dresser.

We decided to turn the shelves upside down so that they would be more stable. Then we sanded and primed them using a gloss primer.

Once dry, Sprout's Daddy used an off cut of wood to add a top to the (upside down) shelves. He sawed off the ends of the shelf supports and used them to fill in the little gap underneath the new top. These were glued in place and then the off cut was glued and nailed to the top. The curly parts of the supports were glued to the front of shelves to hide the where we had attached the new top and make it look a bit prettier! All this was sanded and primed too.

The final job was to paint the shelves - I used Crown's Non Drip Gloss in Duck Egg Blue and gave it a couple of coats.

For the shop, we used a mixture of food packaging we had saved, some bits that Sprout's had received as presents and then we also bought a few bits and pieces too.

(In case you're interested, the grocery set (white rice, brown rice, sugar etc), food group baskets, till, scales, cupcakes and lollies are all from GLTC.)

Once everything was arranged on the shelves and Sprout officially opened the shop I decide that although the curly sections had prettied up the front it still looked a bit bare. So I made a simple banner.

Using Word, I chose a really simple font (easier to cut out!) and typed in the letters I wanted. I printed it out and cut out each letters. I chose some off cuts of fabric, drew around the letters and then cut them out. I glued each letter on to some ribbon and then stuck the ribbon to the shelves using mini glue dots from Hobbycraft.

Have you re-purposed a piece of furniture recently? Was it for you or for you children? Share your ideas in the comments.

Sprout’s House

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Sunday, 25 May 2014

Happiness is Homemade Link Party

Welcome back for another great week at Happiness is Homemade Link Party!!
What are your plans for Memorial Weekend? Going camping or having a staycation at home?



Friday, 23 May 2014

Friday Pin Fest

It's time for Friday Pin Fest! Link up below and join in the fun! Happy weekend everyone!

Hello & Welcome!
Friday Pin Fest at A Conquered Mess and A Peek Into My Paradise
Hey there! Who's ready for the weekend?! I know I am! Boy, am I glad summer is nearly here. My kids and I are definitely ready for the break... And the summer fun! We always have at least one water day so I am very excited for that! But for now, I'm in survival mode with all the end-of-the-year activities. I'm sure a lot of you are on the same boat - ha! While we wait for summer to get here, why not begin the fun right now?! Let's see what everyone's been up to and get this party started!

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Happiness is Homemade Link Party!

Hi Everyone! I hope you all had a good Saturday. The sun was shining in our neck of the woods which made such a difference!! Sprout and I spent most of the day in the garden pottering (me!) and paddling (her!) - yes it really was hot enough to break out the paddling pool. Amazing!!
For the next two weeks, I'll be co-hosting the Happiness is Homemade Link Party so please join us and link up below!!

Welcome back for another great week at Happiness is Homemade Link Party!!!
We hope everyone had a great Mother's Day Weekend!!