DIY: Make Your Own Mini with Scraps

I’d like to take this opportunity to share this adorable mini album tutorial from Dear Lizzy with you all. Enjoy!

(Original post blogged Here)

diy: make your own mini with scraps

One of the pretty elements of my Dear Lizzy spring line is the fabric paper. Here’s a cool way to use those scraps and some simple embellishments to make a mini album.

Use your score blade to score the 4″x12″ fabric paper spine every 1″.

Remove the adhesive backing and adhere the creases together.
Attach 4″x4″ pieces of paper to the fabric tabs. (Some scrapbook adhesive work if not try fabritac or hot glue.)
Hold the ribbon where you want it then
use a 4″x3″ piece of adhesive backed fabric paper as the outside spine cover which also holds the ribbon in place.
Add your photos with layered flowers, tulle, glitter buttons and glitter brads and attach to each page. Rotate where you place them so the book can sit more closed.
I used pictures and journaled about my little q-bear. This quick mini makes a great gift too!

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Posted by elizabeth kartchner at Wednesday, July 07, 2010
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Clowning Around: Part Three: Knitted Leg-Warmers

Clowning Around: Part Three: Knitted Leg-Warmers

I’ve made my dress from my pattern and now it’s time to jazz up my daughter’s clown costume with some funky accessories. Since the skirt of the dress is quite short I thought it would look cute with some striking stripey flared leg warmers. While I was buying the fabric for the dress I grabbed a couple of balls of wool in red and yellow for these and some matching arm bands (which you can find a tutorial for in part four).

These leg warmers are designed to start just above the knee and finished at the ankle with a flare – if you want a different length, say starting just below the knee, you’ll have to bare this into consideration when you are measuring.

Measuring:

Everyone knits at different tensions and of course many factors such as needle size and wool type / size makes a difference to the size of each finished piece. To ensure the correct measurement of these pieces I first knitted myself a test patch 30 stitches x 30 rows and measured this piece to roughly work out how much I would need for each leg warmer using the same wool and needles. I worked out that approximately 4 stitches would yield an inch in width and as far as the length goes I was happy to keep measuring the piece as I knitted until it was the desired length.

I got my daughter to stand straight and still, measured her from the knee downward and around her ankle at the point I wanted the leg warmers to flare around and…

…Heres the basic knit pattern I used for each piece (which of course will be subject to your alterations as necessary but as with the dress pattern, I am hoping these details will give you an idea).

To create a piece roughly 13″ x 13″

(Explanation of measurements: 13″ x 13″ will achieved a rough square of knit. The top will be folded over to create a turn over of around 1.5″. Once sewed together to create a tube for the warmer the piece will be attached together along a diagonal, the bottom to be flared as so will measure the 13″ knitted and the top to be cut to size and elasticated to fit the smaller circumference of the top of her knee – if this is too confusing, don’t panic, read ahead as the pictures will help explain this better as the tutorial continues.)

  • Size 4.5 mm Needles
  • Wool, 100% Acrylic Aran Wool
  • Cast on in Red; 50 Stitches

(If you’re new to knitting, this video tutorial will show you how to cast on with one needle)

  • Row 1: Pearl all in red
  • Row 2: Knit all in red
  • Row 3: Pearl all in red
  • Row 4: Knit all in red
  • Row 5: Pearl all in red
  • Row 6: Knit all in red
  • Row 7: Knit all in red (this is where the fold of the turn-over at the top of the leg warmer will be created – just like the top of a sock!)
  • Row 8: Pearl all in red
  • Row 9: Knit all in red
  • Row 10: Pearl all in red
  • Row 11: Knit all in red
  • Row 12: Pearl all in red

Now add your yellow wool: Here’s another video to show you how:

  • Row 13: Knit in yellow
  • Row 14: Pearl in yellow
  • Row 15: Knit in yellow
  • Row 16: Pearl in yellow

From this point in, until the very end you’ll be knitting four rows in red (K,P,K,P) and four in yellow (K,P,K,P) to create your stripes. remember.

  • Row 17: Knit in red
  • Row 18: Pearl in red
  • Row 19: Knit in red
  • Row 20: Knit in red
  • Row 21: Knit in yellow
  • Row 22: Pearl in yellow
  • Row 23: Knit in yellow
  • Row 24: Pearl in yellow
  • Row 25: Knit in red
  • Row 26: Pearl in red
  • Row 27: Knit in red
  • Row 28: Knit in red
  • Row 29: Knit in yellow
  • Row 30: Pearl in yellow
  • Row 31: Knit in yellow
  • Row 32: Pearl in yellow
  • Row 33: Knit in red
  • Row 34: Pearl in red
  • Row 35: Knit in red
  • Row 36: Knit in red
  • Row 37: Knit in yellow
  • Row 38: Pearl in yellow
  • Row 39: Knit in yellow
  • Row 40: Pearl in yellow
  • Row 41: Knit in red
  • Row 42: Pearl in red
  • Row 43: Knit in red
  • Row 44: Knit in red
  • Row 45: Knit in yellow
  • Row 46: Pearl in yellow
  • Row 47: Knit in yellow
  • Row 48: Pearl in yellow
  • Row 49: Knit in red
  • Row 50: Pearl in red
  • Row 51: Knit in red
  • Row 52: Knit in red
  • Row 53: Knit in yellow
  • Row 54: Pearl in yellow
  • Row 55: Knit in yellow
  • Row 56: Pearl in yellow
  • Row 57: Knit in red
  • Row 58: Pearl in red
  • Row 59: Knit in red
  • Row 60: Knit in red
  • Row 61: Knit in yellow
  • Row 62: Pearl in yellow
  • Row 63: Knit in yellow
  • Row 64: Pearl in yellow
  • Row 65: Knit in red
  • Row 66: Pearl in red
  • Row 67: Knit in red
  • Row 68: Knit in red
  • Row 69: Knit in yellow
  • Row 70: Pearl in yellow
  • Row 71: Knit in yellow
  • Row 72: Pearl in yellow
  • Row 73: Knit in red
  • Row 74: Cast off on a pearl

(This way I have a small strip of red at the end for stitching the ruffled trim along the bottom.)

If your pieces are curling up atΒ  the edges you can take a cool iron and with a damp tea towel on top of each piece gently iron out until your pieces are easier to work with.

Next I pinned over my turn overs which will form the top piece of each leg warmer

and carefully stitched them into place

At this point I’d like to make it clear that if you prefer to hand sew these together with a large wool needle and wool that’s absolutely fine. Using the machine is simply a personal preference of mine and there are no hard and fast rules here. The wool here is much thicker than fabric that would normally go through a machine so I sewed this piece with the foot up and turned the wheel manually by hand.

Remembering the measurement I’d taken and jotted down of the circumference of the area just above my daughters knee where I want the top of the warmer to sit and allowing around 1″ – 1.5″ extras since the area will be elasticated I folded the piece in half with the reverse on the outside and pinned at a diagonal to form my flare.

I stitched along this line using a machine like before and trimmed the excess

I then hand sewed the edges to ensure the piece holds together and doesn’t fray

If, unlike me, you are really good at knitting then you could easily knock up a piece that was flared without cutting down and stitching like this. If you’re terrible at knitting you could just make the leg warmers with fabric.

Even though I’ve stitched the openings of the top fold together I can still insert my elastic by using a safety-pin and threading it through one of the holes in the knit itself at the point of the stitch line on the inside.

Once I have it all the way round, exit the fold in the same way and tie the elastic together at the back, trim the excess and tuck into the back of the leg warmer.

To finish the piece, add a red silky ruffled trim around the bottom in the same way as I showed you on the dress in part two of this tutorial

Stich along the red edge that you allowed yourself while knitting

Do the same for the second warmer and voila! Two super cute and funky 70’s style clown striped leg warmers!

Don’t forget to check out part nine below to see them with the full outfit!

If you’re completely new to knitting Video Jug has a great selection of video tutorials from the real basics to the pro stuff: Click here to visit Video Jug

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Clowning Around: Part One: The Pattern

Clowning Around: Part Two: Making The Dress

Clowning Around: Part Three: The Underskirt

Clowning Around: Part Four: Knitted Leg-Warmers

Clowning Around: Part Five: Knitted Armbands

Clowning Around: Part Six: Bow Tie

Clowning Around: Part Seven: Hair Ribbons

Clowning Around: Part Eight: Baton with Swirly Ribbons

Clowning Around: Part Nine: Full Materials Needed Breakdown

Clowning Around: Part Ten: Final Full Outfit Images

Clowning Around: Part Eleven: The Carnival Parade Goes Live!

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Pictures from Our Alice in Wonderland Themed Tea Party!

I managed to take some pictures before the food was demolished by my family. Here’s some snaps that may bring a little inspiration your way if you are planning a tea party of your own…

I put my paper lanterns next to the mirror to make it seem as though there were more of them.

I added hand-written parcel tags to food items with “Eat me” written on.

I filled jars with sweets topped with gingham and ribbon and filled bottles with colourful water and added “Drink Me” tags.

Homemade lemonade is always a family favourite on a summer’s day at my house.

… and of course no tea party is complete without strawberries and doilies πŸ˜›

I find that a sliced baguette topped with ham, tomato and cucumber slices go down better than soggy old sandwiches.

I found some fab playing card coasters on eBay which are perfect for the Alice in Wonderland theme!

Teacups and saucers make great decorations if you have enough spare to dot around.

A very merry unbirthday to everyone!

Edible Teacups!

Today’s the day of our Alice in Wonderland themed tea party. I just knocked up these little beauties and am quite tickled by how wonderful they look…

Here’s how to make your own:

What you Need:

  • Ice Cream Cones
  • Biscuits
  • Jelly Ring Sweets
  • Sweets to Fill the “Cups”

With a knife, cut the tops off your ice cream cones (do this carefully as they are brittle and you need to achieve a straight cut so they don’t topple over).

Cut a jelly ring in half and stick it on to the side of your cone top to form the teacup handle (the inside of the sweet is sticky and so will hold fast just fine).

Pop, you teacup on a biscuit “saucer” and fill with sweets. Job done!

How cute are these?

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Egg and Dairy Free Cupcakes

Fairy Toadstools

Shabby Chic Bunting

Eco-Friendly Fabric Bowl Covers

Three ~ Pack of Shabby Chic Country Cottage Style Fabric Eco – Friendly Bowl Covers in Red Gingham

Perfect for catering, picnics, parties and bbq’s, this economically friendly pretty cotton bowl lid eliminates the need for foil wrap or clingfilm and is a far more attractive way of keeping flies off your salad or proving your dough. Made from adorable red gingham for a shabby chic country cottage feel and lined in cream polka dot cotton.


The price shown above is for a pack of three bowl covers, in three sizes, small, medium and large.

The small cover fits a standard cereal size bowl measuring approx 5.5″ (12.5cm), the medium is measured to fit approx 9″ (22.5cm) bowls and the large cover will fit a bowl approximately 11″ (28cm). They are elasticated so there is a small amount of room for manoeuvre. To measure your bowls to ensure a correct fit, measure as shown in the diagram:



Please Note: These are not intended for long-term storage and care should be taken to keep containers upright as the covers do not create an air-tight seal.

Machine washable on a cool wash, iron with a damp tea towel on top.

All our items are gift wrapped for free ~ Each item is carefullyΒ  gift wrapped in colourful tissue paper, tied with parcel string and topped with a beautifulΒ  hand written Lily P Chic tag. Each parcel will then be sealed in a plastic bag to prevent any water damage that may occur and finally wrapped in heavy duty brown paper parcel wrap for postage. If you are buying this item as a gift for someone and would like the gift wrapping items kept separate so that you are at liberty to view the piece and then wrap yourself please add a note to your order.

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As Promised…

Here’s a picture of my Mum’s birthday cake that I made today…

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Egg and Dairy Free Cupcakes

Handprint Keepsakes

Mini Bunting

Egg and Dairy Free Chocolate Cupcakes!

My eldest daughter is allergic to dairy and eggs, even the smallest amount can result in a nasty facial eczema which can be rather upsetting for her.

You can only imagine then how utterly delighted she was when I came up with this recipe through a fair amount of trial and error for totally egg and dairy free chocolate cupcakes (with butter-style frosting none the less!). My friends have told me that if I hadn’t said they would have been none the wiser.

So, to make a start on the latest section to the Lily P Chic blog ~ “Recipes” here’s my:

Egg-less, Milk-less and Butter-less Chocolate Cupcakes.

What You Need:

Ingredients (for around 12 cupcakes):

(For the cakes)

  • 1 and a half cups of Self Raising Flour
  • 1/3 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable or Sunflower oil
  • 1 cup Cold Water
  • 2 tsp vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp Vinegar

(For the frosting)

  • 1/3 cup Dairy Free Margarine
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 and a half Cups Icing Sugar
  • 3 to 4 tbsp Soya Milk
  • Food Colouring
  • Sprinkles / Silver Balls / Decorative Items etc

Equipment:

  • Paper Cupcake Cases
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Whisk (Hand or Electric)
  • Measuring Cups & Spoons
  • Bun Oven Tray
  • Cooling Rack

Method:

Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees (gas mark 5)

Sieve all the dry ingredients for the cakes into a bowl

Mix gently and then create a well in the middle where you can add your wet ingredients (leave out the vinegar at this stage)

Mix everything together until smooth and silky. Add the vinegar and stir through until mixed evenly.

Spoon out equal parts into bun cases and pop in the oven for 25 – 30 minutes.

Allow your cakes to completely cool on a wire rack before topping with frosting.

To Make the Frosting:

Cream the dairy free marg, sugar, salt and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the soya milk to achieve a smooth consistency. Separate the mixture into a bowl for each colour you intend to make, add a few drops of food colouring to each batch and mix well.

Spread a decent spoonful of frosting onto each cupcake and let your children decorate.

My baby girls first birthday cupcake cake!

A batch I took to the Mother and Baby group on my daughter’s first birthday to celebrate. the kids loved them (and the Mum’s did too).

Later today I’ll be using this recipe to make a large cake for my Mum’s birthday – Once it’s finished I’ll add some pictures.

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We’d love to see your own cakes, send your photos to us and we will include them in our gallery. You can email your pictures to us at

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Flying Fish

Make Your Own: Towel Cake

Pack of Handmade Shabby Chic Vintage Style Fabric Ribbon Tied Envelopes

Pack of Handmade Shabby Chic Vintage Style Fabric Ribbon Tied Envelopes

This pack is available to purchase from the Lily P Chic eBay listings:

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These fully lined handmade fabric envelopes are an absolutely adorable way to lovingly store you special keepsakes, sentimental items, love letters and more. Sometimes something is just too special to stuff into a boring old paper envelope.

Each envelope is made from quality blue floral on white print fabric, embellished with a red gingham love heart patch, fully lined in cream polka dot fabric, and is lovingly finished with two lengths of white tape ribbon to tie shut and a hand embroidered white, pink and black Lily P Chic label.

Closed each envelope measures approx 10cm (4″) x 13.5cm (5.5″) and the price given is for a pack of two envelopes.

Machine washable on a cool wash, iron with a damp tea towel on top.

All our items are gift wrapped for free ~ Each item is carefullyΒ  gift wrapped in colourful tissue paper, tied with parcel string and topped with a beautifulΒ  hand written Lily P Chic tag. Each parcel will then be sealed in a plastic bag to prevent any water damage that may occur and finally wrapped in heavy duty brown paper parcel wrap for postage. If you are buying this item as a gift for someone and would like the gift wrapping items kept separate so that you are at liberty to view the piece and then wrap yourself please add a note to your order.

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Shabby Chic Bunting

Love Heart Pendent

New Products Now On Sale!

12 ft Shabby Chic Vintage Style Fabric Bunting in Red Gingham and Floral Print

This gorgeous decorate piece is a generous 12 foot in length (approx 365cm). The bunting comprises of 11 delightful 20cm across, 25cm drop (approx 8″ x 10″), double sided handmade flags in lively red gingham, white and blue floral print and a off-white polka dot. Each flag is stitched to a length of white tape ribbon with a short amount at each end for pinning up, and the entire piece is lovingly finished with a hand embroidered white, pink and black Lily P Chic label.

This bunting is our standard size – for our mini bunting please see our other listings.

Perfect for summer BBQ’s, picnics and birthday and tea parties. Ideal for kitchen decor, children’s bedrooms, baby’s nursery and much more.

Machine washable on a cool wash, iron with a damp tea towel on top.

All our items are gift wrapped for free ~ Each item is carefullyΒ  gift wrapped in colourful tissue paper, tied with parcel string and topped with a beautifulΒ  hand written Lily P Chic tag. Each parcel will then be sealed in a plastic bag to prevent any water damage that may occur and finally wrapped in heavy duty brown paper parcel wrap for postage. If you are buying this item as a gift for someone and would like the gift wrapping items kept separate so that you are at liberty to view the piece and then wrap yourself please add a note to your order.

Matching items available from Lily P Chic ~ Please take the time to browse our other listings.

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New Products Now On Sale!

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6 ft Shabby Chic Vintage Style Fabric Mini Bunting in Red Gingham and Floral Print

Perfect for summer BBQ’s, picnics and birthday and tea parties. Ideal for kitchen decor, children’s bedrooms, baby’s nursery and much more.

For decoration purposes where our standard size bunting is not delicate enough, this gorgeous and cute 6 foot length (183cm) of mini bunting comprises of 11 delightful 10cm across, 12.5cm drop (4″ x 5″), double sided handmade flags in red gingham, white and blue floral print and a off-white (or cream) polka dot. Each flag is stitched to a length of white tape ribbon with a short amount at each end for pinning up, and the entire piece is lovingly finished with a hand embroidered white, pink and black Lily P Chic label.

Machine washable on a cool wash, iron with a damp tea towel on top.

All our items are gift wrapped for free ~ Each item is carefullyΒ  gift wrapped in colourful tissue paper, tied with parcel string and topped with a beautifulΒ  hand written Lily P Chic tag. Each parcel will then be sealed in a plastic bag to prevent any water damage that may occur and finally wrapped in heavy duty brown paper parcel wrap for postage. If you are buying this item as a gift for someone and would like the gift wrapping items kept separate so that you are at liberty to view the piece and then wrap yourself please add a note to your order.

Matching items available from Lily P Chic ~ Please take the time to browse our other listings.

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