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Make Me: Paper Patchwork Art

Hello, it’s Lisa here and I’m happy to be back this month on decor8 with my Make Me column to share another simple and stylish craft project with you. It’s always lovely to change things up at home and adding colour with new artwork is a great – although not always affordable – way to do that. With this in mind I’ve created a paper patchwork as an inexpensive and fun way to inject some lovely fresh summery colour into your space. Ready? Good!

Make Me: Paper Patchwork Art

You’ll need:
* Coloured paper- Origami paper and gift wrapping paper are ideal. You could also use images from magazines or thrifted books
* Good quality white heavy weight paper measuring 16 x 19 inches
* A craft knife and cutting mat
* A pencil
* Glue

Make Me: Paper Patchwork Art

Step 1: Cut the coloured paper
Cut the paper into 3 inch squares. You’ll need 10 squares to make the artwork, but cut more than you need and you’ll be able to play around with the placement of colours and patterns to get your design right. Now cut the squares diagonally to make triangles.

Make Me: Paper Patchwork Art

Step 2: Design your art
Lay the triangles out on a separate piece of white and move them around until you are happy with the design. It’s easier to design your art and get a good idea of the finished piece if you do it on a white surface. You can lay the colours out in a pattern, or make the placement random like I have.
NOTE: Take a photo of your design for reference when you are happy with it, in case it’s disturbed by a breeze, your child or cat!

Make Me: Paper Patchwork Art

Step 3: Assemble the art
Rule a pencil line 6 inches down from the top of the white paper. Start the line 4.5 inches in from the left hand edge and finish it 2.75 inches in from the right. The pencil line indicates the top of the second row of triangles. Begin by gluing on the second triangle in the second row. The left hand point will align with the beginning of the pencil line. Make sure to add glue to all points of the triangles and smooth them down so they adhere. Then add the rest of row two, being careful to align the edges accurately.Now add all the rows underneath, and finally the top row of triangles.

Make Me: Paper Patchwork Art

Step 4: Admire your creation and hang it up!
Admire your creation, what do you think? Next, hang it! I love the look of art hung with washi tape, and thrifted frames can look fabulous sprayed white, even without glass.

Make Me: Paper Patchwork Art

Have fun creating your own art piece – whenever I make a new artwork I enjoy moving my things around and finding which of my vases and homewares coordinate with it to make a fresh new space in my home. I’ll look forward to returning next month with another fun and achievable craft project. In the meantime take some time out of your week to get creative! – Lisa xo

(images/text: Lisa Tilse)

Posted in Make Me on June 18, 2013

Make Me: Fabric Gift Bags

Hello, it’s Lisa Tilse here from the red thread. I’m delighted to be a new contributor to decor8 and I’m excited to be sharing lovely simple and quick craft projects with you each month with a new column called Make Me. I believe everyone has some creativity in them, and crafting is a wonderful way to get in touch with that. Handmade is good for the soul – for your soul when you stop to focus on making with your hands and heart, and for those who receive the gift of something handmade.

Make Me: Fabric Gift Bags

Even if you aren’t confident enough in your crafting skills to give a handmade gift, you can still put love and care into gift wrapping. This project is all about that – creating gorgeous unique no-sew fabric gift bags handmade by you. It’s quick and easy to make a batch of these in one session and you’ll have something ready for a little thank you or hostess gift.

Make Me: Fabric Gift Bags

You’ll need:
6.5 inch square pieces of cotton fabric, 2 for each gift bag.
Pinking scissors. These scissors cut with a zig zag line. They aren’t essential, but they give a lovely finish and stop the edges from fraying.
Double sided tape about a quarter inch wide.
Embellishments like ribbon, leather thonging, gift tags, feathers, pom poms, beads, or flowers.

Make Me: Fabric Gift Bags

Step 1: Cut the fabric
Cut the fabric squares with pinking scissors. Quilting shops sell fabric precut to this size, and ‘charm packs’ which are 5 inch squares, both with pinked edges. These gift bags are also a great way to use up fabrics you have.

Make Me: Fabric Gift Bags

Step 2: Apply the tape
Apply double sided tape on the wrong side of the fabric around three sides.

Step 3: Assemble the bags
Remove the backing from the tape and position the second square of fabric on top so that all the edges are aligned.
Rub along the taped edges with your fingernails to ensure both pieces of fabric are adhered to the tape. Easy!

Make Me: Fabric Gift Bags

Make Me: Fabric Gift Bags

Make Me: Fabric Gift Bags

Make Me: Fabric Gift Bags

Step 4: Wrap and decorate
Pop the gift inside. These fabric gift bags are strong enough to use for little gifts like jewelry, washi tape, gift cards, a lovely bar of soap, or a little wrapped sweet treat.

Have fun decorating! If you have any questions, please just ask me in the comments section below.

See you again in June with another Make Me column! – Lisa

(images/text: lisa tilse)

Posted in Make Me on May 28, 2013

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