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52 Weeks Later …

If you’ve been following my blog you’ll know all about my 52 and Thrifty Too! project 🙂  If not, then all you need to know is that last year I set myself the challenge of making 52 projects in 52 weeks.  The idea was to try and use up items from my rather large stash of craft materials!  If I didn’t have something I needed, I gave myself a budget of £52 for any other bits and bobs as required, but that was to last me the whole year.

  

Well, I finally manged to complete the challenge!  It’s been a really interesting process and one I’ve thoroughly enjoyed.  Over the year I’ve tried my hand at different techniques and I’ve made a wide range of items including a pair of curtains, an apron from an old tea towel, a mobile featuring gift tags from my wedding, several wreaths, a French knitting mat, a Liberty project bag, some handmade paper and much more besides.

 

I was surprised by how much I already had that I could make use of, and when I totted up how much I’d spent it came to only £31.93 (which included buying a set of drawers and some paint) meaning that the average cost of each project was only 61p!

Every single one of the 52 projects is detailed in the blog so you can see exactly how I made them.  I hope you enjoy reading about them all and please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions, or leave me a comment 🙂

 

I’m enjoying a few weeks off now but am already thinking about another project for later in the year.  Watch this space …

Liberty Patchwork Curtains

 

For a while now I’d been looking for some curtains for the small window at the top of the stairs, but couldn’t find any I liked the look of.  I didn’t have any large pieces of fabric in my stash either, so hit upon the idea of using my Liberty stash to make some patchwork curtains instead.

 

 

 

Once I’d measured the existing curtains, it really was just a case of sewing my stash fabric together until I had 2 pieces the right size.  I started out thinking about which pieces to put with which, but I ended up going for a random design as there were just so many bits of fabric and I didn’t really have the room to lay them all out and experiment.

 

I made sure that I pressed all the hems open as I went along to make sure the curtains would lie flat.

 

 

 

Once the patchwork fabric was the right size for the curtains, I hemmed it and sewed some tape (which I had to buy) along the top.

 

 

 

 

 

It was then time to gather them to size, pop on the hooks and hey presto!

I wasn’t sure about whether to line the curtains or not, but I’ve got two large cotton sheets waiting in the wings in case they’re needed for the job 🙂

Granny B’s Granny Purse

I have to admit to loving small purses for change and other bits and pieces, so after my clasp purse I thought I’d have a go at crocheting a granny square purse.  I always show folk on my workshops all the different things that you can do the humble granny square, and these little purses have to be one of the easiest.

To begin with, you need a granny square!!  The size of the square will depend on what size you want your finished purse to be and the number of rounds you have to crochet will also depend on the thickness of yarn that you’re using.  I still have an enormous stash of double knitting yarn, so decided to use that for my purse.

 

My top tip for working the first round of any granny square is to pop a hair grip into the circle you make when you join your 4 chain stitches together.  This is where you’ll be working all the trebles and it can sometimes be really hard to spot.  If you pop a hair grip in then you’ll always be sure of exactly where your hook needs to go.

Keep going until your square is the right size and don’t worry if the edges don’t look straight or the corners don’t look particularly pronounced.  All you need to do is block your granny square.  To do this, lay your square flat on the ironing board (or on one of those rubber children’s mats which are ideal) and pin it into shape.  Now just simply give it a steam with the iron, leave it to dry, and it will look beautifully crisp and square like!

The next step is to cut out your lining.  I laid my granny square on to my chosen fabric and cut it out leaving a good 1.5cm allowance all the way round.  I then ironed the seam allowance towards the wrong side of the lining fabric, and laid it onto the granny square so that the wrong sides were facing.  I popped a short piece of ribbon in under the lining at one of the corners, then carefully hand sewed the lining to the back of the granny square, making sure to secure in the ribbon.

Once the lining is secure you can fold in the bottom right and bottom left corner to the centre of the square and sew up the two edges.

All that’s left to do is to sew on a button and that’s your purse complete!

I just have to decide what to use it for now.   Maybe somewhere to store all my stitch markers perhaps?