Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Joining the Design Team

A few weeks ago I saw this blog post over at The Sewing Boutique's blog.  They were looking for designer/makers to join their Design Team and come up with some crafty makes each month.  This sounded like so much fun so I emailed to apply straight away.  Imagine my delight to find that they'd chosen me to be a part of the team! 

You can read a blog post about little old me here on The Sewing Boutique's blog.

So, I hear you ask, what exactly does being a Design Team member entail?  The lovely Rhiannon will send each of us members a mystery package, roughly once a month, and we have to design and make something with it. 

The first package arrived a couple of weeks ago and here's what was inside -

There was a sheet of (super soft!) red, white and blue felt, a mixture of red, white and blue buttons - and a Union Jack one!  Also a bag of sweet gingham bows. 

The briefing for this task was to create something to help celebrate the Jubilee. 

We didn't really have any big Jubilee plans so I decided to make it more a day for Joshua - who's almost 3 and had the day off nursery.  Since we were all at home I thought it would be a nice idea to have a little picnic - we seem to have been very lucky and had a dry day with sunny spells!  The first thing I got Joshua to do was make a crown. 

I cut the white felt into strips 2.75" and then sewed them together at the short ends to make a band long enough to go round his head.  I put velcro at each end to enable a better fit.

I then cut the red and blue felt into triangles (jewel?) shapes and allowed Joshua to glue them on.  He does a lot of glueing at nursery and he really impressed me with his skills! 

Joshua - crafting in his jim-jams!

He then chose some buttons to adorn his bejewelled crown.  And here he is modelling it later in the day once the glue had dried -

It's a little blurry because it is virtually impossible to get a 2 year old to stand still for more than 1 second!!

I had some felt left so decided to do some quick little projects.  You can't have a Jubilee picnic without bunting, so I cut out some teeny triangles and glued them onto a length of cotton tape, here it is strung up at the window -

I also dug out some cocktail sticks and made some little cake toppers.  Here they are stuck in some lovely homemade cherry vanilla cupcakes -

If you'd like to buy any of the fab materials I've used in this challenge you can head over to The Sewing Boutique's online store, they sell fabrics, haberdashery, and lots of lovely extras! 

You can also see here what the other members of the Design Team created with their packs of Jubilee felt, buttons and bows!

I can't wait to see what will be in the next mystery package!


  1. Congratulations on your appointment and completing your first assignment! Lovely, sweet makes.

  2. Joshua looks super stoked with his crown! I love how you made it into a celebration day while creating gorgeous items - so very different from what the rest of us had done! I can't wait to see what we all do with the next pack :D

  3. Congrats on your Design Team position, so exciting!

    I love your mini bunting and cake toppers. Your boy looks so cute in his crown :)


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  5. Great designs! I really like the cup cake toppers and it was nice to see how much you made out of one lot of goodies! Looking forward to seeing what else you receive and make :-)

  6. Oh well done on becoming a team member! Love the jubilee stuff too!!

  7. Hi there, this is such a cute blog, I love how creative you are. Consider yourself followed ;-)

  8. This is cute! Looking forward to the next package :D

  9. Joshua looked like he had great fun :) Love the cute bunting and cake topppers you made. Can't wait to see whats in your next package x


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