Easy Papercraft Valentines Decoration

I made this valentines decoration today. Easy peasy valentines-themed papercraft decoration. You can make them with any decorative paper, left over wrapping paper, foil or plain coloured paper.

Paper heartsStep 1 – Cut out paper hearts from a range of papers. I used a cookie cutter for the stencil and a fab book of paper patterns. The contrasting papers look great once they are put together.

Step 2 – Fold all the hearts down the middle. Collect a range of ribbons. Some of these are from the tags you get in new clothes!


Step 3 – Stick a ribbon onto the back of one of the hearts using sticky tape.

Sticky tape

Step 4 – Stick two other hearts onto your first heart, so that you have a set of 3.

Set of 3 hearts

Step 5 – Fold each heart along the crease again to make sure they are 3-dimensional.

Step 6 – Attach to a ribbon or decorative twig to brighten up your home.

Valentines hearts


Step 7 – Sit back and relax with a coffee whilst you enjoy your handiwork.

Coffee heart


Yarn Bombing – am I missing something?

Wool for yarn bombing

Yarn bombing – I just don’t get it.

I like a bit of crochet or knitting as much as the next person (maybe more than the average person), and I’ve been known to knock up some pretty nifty creations with a bit of wool – but to me Yarn Bombing is bringing the craft into disrepute.

Who wants to see trees, benches and bridges covered in knitted stockings? It’s unnatural and spoils the beauty all around us. If trees were meant to wear leg warmers then people would have been doing it for generations. If benches were meant to come wrapped in wool then they’d also come with blankets and cushions. Granted, some colourful rib might brighten up a drab corner for a day or so, but as soon as it rains (and rain it surely will) we’re left with soggy knitting draped randomly here and there. Not nice.

Yarn bombed tree
A tree wearing leg warmers (Image: Wirral Globe)

Once Yarn Bombing has been imposed who will be brave enough to remove it without being branded a killjoy? There’s no way I’m going near it without several layers of Marigolds on. Just imagine the creepy crawlies and germs that move in to the woollen haven. Yuk!

Our local celebrity the Beeman of Beeston was Yarn Bombed recently – and does he look happy about it? No he does not.

the beeman
The Beeman “Get these bloody things off me!”

The only Yarn Bombing I’ve ever appreciated was a tree in the grounds of Nottingham Trent University which was adorned with tiny woollen decorations hanging from the branches. Yes, I can appreciate the artistry of that, and it looked amazing. But like many art installations it was intended as a temporary spectacle and was removed after a couple of weeks.

Unfortunately most Yarn Bombing consists of a garish patchwork covering which gives the impression that all knitters and hookers (people who crochet – OK?) lack taste and sensitivity. I like my trees to look like trees, not like extras from ‘Fame’.

So, Yarn Bombers – what do you have to say for yourselves? Perhaps there is some great crafty secret that no-one has told me about yet, which makes Yarn Boming a good thing? If so, just get in touch and let me into the secret. Until then, please cease and desist. Instead why not gift your wooly creations to a living, breathing person? Or even your dog. Actually, on second thoughts please don’t be so cruel to your dog.

Free pattern for Craft Pocket Tote Bag

free pattern craft pocket tote bag

I tried to find a little bag for my daughter to hold a load of knitting and craft items for Christmas. The few bags I found in the shops were either expensive or quite fuddy-duddy in design – not suitable for a girl (or a grown-up who likes a bit of style).

So, armed with a pattern from Better Homes I have designed and created my own. I had to adapt the pattern as it was the wrong shape and size for what I wanted, although it was broadly the right design of bag. I also had to convert it from inches to cm as I am a metric lady!

The fabrics were bought locally, and are similar to Cath Kidston designs and are by Clarke and Clarke. It took a little while to adapt the pattern but all in all it took me about two to three hours to make this. At points you are sewing through lots of layers of fabric, which is the only tricky bit.

Free pattern craft pocket tote bag
Plenty of pockets!

I have adjusted the sizes so that there is less fabric wastage as I have enough fabric left over to make another one!  You could add pockets on the interior by sewing more fabric on to the main bag pieces before you sew the two together.

I have since made another one in red dotty PVC fabric as a present. PVC can be tricky to work with as every stich punctures the plastic so you can’t unpick if you get in a mess! The up-side is that here’s no need for iron-on interfacing as the fabric itself is firmer.

This free pattern is attached as a PDF below. I’ve added a great fabric selction to my store for easy linking.

Please share your photos of completed projects!

Craft Pocket Bag Pattern