Monday, 18 July 2011

Shabby chic!

Shabby chic has been the theme of today's crafting. 

Shabby chic - the use of used, worn, or inexpensive components to make stylish goods.

Now you can't argue that that doesn't sound good! 

I decided that I needed  a few small items for my craft fair so I wanted to have another go at some key rings.

But first - a bargain find, at the same charity shop I found all those delicious buttons on holiday... A great little wooden mug tree for hanging my little handmade bits 'n' bobs on -

Looks ok huh?  And it was only 50p :)

I started by crafting a shabby Union Jack key ring -

This was from the instructions in the current issue of Homestyle Sewing magazine - as previously blogged here

I then decided to try some other kinds of key rings, so I emptied out the bag of scraps I'd received from Julie in our recent scrap swap and played about with them putting funky combinations together.  Here's the key rings I came up with -

I think they look pretty cool.  I can't believe I made all these from scraps - I just added in some buttons and ribbons from my stash (and some key ring loops).  I joined circles of fabric together with a button in the centre, sewed a back on and frayed all the edges. 

These are my favourites -

Pretty pastels

Vibrant blues and reds
I am loving the look of all the frayed-ness! 

Phew, another item to tick of my list of stock. 

Linking up to -

Making Monday Marvelous Linky Party The Girl Creative
Sumo's Sweet Stuff Sew Happy Geek


  1. Love the frayedness too! You'll have to let us know how you get on at this craft fair!

  2. These are beautiful! Great job! :)

  3. Beautiful keyrings, I love the shabby chicness of them, I love the pink one, it's so cute.
    What a fantastially productive day you've had.
    Have a great week - Ju xx

  4. I love the union jack key ring.

  5. The Union Jack keyring is cute with its pastel colors. :-D Gives it a feminine touch.

  6. Adorable and easy!

    I would love for you to share this with my readers.

  7. Those key rings are super cute!!
    Thank you for linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    I hope to see more of your creativity this weekend!

  8. These are so cute. I would love it if you would stop by the crafty link party I just started and link up this craft (and/or any others).
    :) Rachel


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