Yearly Archives: 2015

3D, Buy, Papercuts

Pergola Lovelies!

This post is a Thank You to Mary for sending me her beautiful and gorgeously lush photographs of the pergolas she made from my templates. Didn’t she make a really super job of them?!

I love the orange and white – juicy colours that really pop. I love all of them, actually, the Christmassy ones, the chocolate and white Woodland Pergola and the lilac and white. Finally, the classic and classy all-white snowflake dome – sophisticated and stunning.

Mary bought the templates from my Etsy site and had her first model made within the first day of purchase (I think that’s correct allowing for time zone issues – Mary is in the USA).

Thank you for sharing them with me and I’m delighted to showcase them here (with Mary’s permission).

Hope you enjoy looking – I do!

To see my other templates, click the Etsy logo on the page to visit my shop.

Chat, Other, Sewing

Case of the E-Reader Solved

I’m in proper poke, pull, tug and faff mode today. Cupboards are getting a sort out. Fabric mountains are getting folded into submission and am getting ready to start making my favourite Advent Jubblies.

I make sweetie Jubblies for lots of occasions and always love how they turn out, you can see them here here, here, here and here! This time of year I look for the little Christmassy chocolates, the Santas, Snowmen and Cadbury miniatures, etc, to fill them with. The miniatures are becoming as hard to find as hen’s teeth and reindeer poo, though. They must have been discontinued as I haven’t seen them in a few years now. The really hard part, though, is not scoffing them all before December!

The same goes for the Halloween sweeties. We always buy a couple of big tubs of Celebrations, Roses, Quality St, etc, and big bags of chews. The hard part is not eating them before the 31st.

Anyway, Getting back to what I started, first I tidy up then become MrsMakeMessFun – that is the way of things.

I made the basics of an e-reader case a couple of months ago. Straightforward construction. Three long layers in a sandwich. Top layer with long lines of embroidery stitching, a batting layer and a lining layer.  They fold down to form a case, raw end inside covered with bias-binding then stitched together all round and bound with satin bias binding on the outside.

I had got as far as pinning and tacking the bias binding then just left it. I’m a bit rubbish at machine stitching bias binding. I have seen a good few You Tubes that clearly show me how bloody easy easy is it but I cannot finesse it. Drives me bats. So it was abandoned in favour of nicer, easier things to do.

Until last night. I put my big lady knickers on and faced up to it and stitched it down with a pretty triple zig-zag stitch. It’s not perfect but it’s my best attempt yet. Just as well, as it’s for an e-reader and is to be a birthday present for a friend.

Am pleased with my progress so am definitely improving. Having battled the bias and battened it down, I made it a button hole and stitched on a pretty wooden button.  Done. There were a few pieces of embroidered wadding around so I pinked the edges and stitched onto a luggage label to make a gift tag.  They kind of go together, what do you think?

Someone asked me why I put the ‘www.thesingingtree’ on the pictures – it’s because they can end up on Pinterest. How many times have you seen something on Pinterest and thought you’d like to visit the site and read/see a bit more only to find it’s a link of a link….? I have and have given up on many occasions.

Anyway, if you post pictures and want people to see them on your site as well as Pinterest, add your link on the image and that way they’ll find you.

Be good and play nicely.



Woodland Pergola – now for sale on Etsy

Labours of love. Ah. Where would we be without some passion in our soul? Making this woodland pergola had my soul dancing, I’m telling you. It was hard work with lots of intense focus but I loved it. It will be tweaked because some of the cuts are so fine and flimsy they demand more care and caution than a clumsy mumsie like me can always give.

As first cuts go, though, I’m fairly (very!) happy with this. I designed it in Illustrator and cut with machine. The slots that connect the structure together need to be fairly closely aligned and quite slim and I didn’t trust my skills with the scalpel to do it all by hand.

It has foxes, hedgehogs, rabbits, flowers, leaves and stars topped off with tiny little acorns and leaves at the top. And all put together in layers to form a lattice, slice-form structure. Up against the light you can see details clearly. It’s not so easy to see them when it’s not in direct light, though, so will be cutting the next one with contrasting papers.

This one shows the hedgehogs a little clearer.

I like the ways the foxes have come out, tail-to-tail looking back at one another.

See what I mean about some of the cuts being to fine? That’s a 1C coin being held next to the acorns to give you a better scale of it.

And, being a slice-form, it folds flat!

*** All tweaks accomplished. One thing I did change was to make the acorns on top far more of a solid to give them more strength and also, they actually look prettier for it.  Now for sale on Etsy: Woodland Pergola

Thank you for looking. Hope you like it.

Cutting files, Free, Pop Ups

Free Dracula Pop-Up Template for Halloween

Here you go! A free Dracula pop-up card template. When you open the card with him in the middle, he stretches his arms wide to take a wicked nibble as vampires like to do!

This pop-up is based on Frankenstein pop-up on Robert Sabuda’s site. The instructions for how to fold and stick Dracula down on your card are the ones that Robert Sabuda has created a slideshow tutorial for on his Frankenstein so follow the link here:

Robert Sabuda’s pop-up Frankenstein

You can get the Free Dracula SVG file here:

Drop me a comment to say Fangs for the template when you get a mo!

3D, Buy, Christmas, Other

Christmas Pergola template now for sale on Etsy

This beautiful Pergola template (SVG format) is now for sale on Etsy. It was originally created back in 2010 here and modded to make it easier to construct. I’ve finally got round to photographing each step and documenting the assembly instructions. Phew!

The great thing about it is that it’s a slice-form and folds up flat which makes it ideal for mailing to family and friends for Christmas.

Thank you for looking!

PS: I did all the graphics – the baubles and layout, etc, in Illustrator and Photoshop. If you’d like to know how they were done, drop me a line and I’ll write up a free tutorial.

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