Saturday, 7 October 2017

My Pouch Vintage Etsy shop is now open for business

handmade vintage fabric rabbit shaped lavender sachet

My Pouch Vintage Etsy shop has now reopened!
In my online shop, you will find handmade homewares, vintage fabric and trims
Pouch Vintage has temporarily been closed whilst I studied a supporting teaching college course.
I've always loved having an online shop and have been running my business on Etsy since 2007.
I also love making items for my shop, so I've started to stitch again.
There is a fresh batch of Lavender Rabbits and Lavender Owls now listed.

handmade vintage fabric sleepy owl lavender sachet
I have been making these little guys since 2009. They have always been one of my bests sellers.
I have sent them to new homes all around the United Kingdom...and across the globe to Australia, the USA and Japan, to name a few.
New vintage fabric colourways will be listed as and when I complete them.
Each owl and rabbit is handmade by me using vintage fabric and filled with dried lavender.

handmade vintage fabric sleepy owl lavender sachet and pumpkin
Alongside my handmade homewares, I sell a wide range of vintage trims.
Perfect for adding a retro twist to your next crafting project.
If you're looking for inspiration, then you might like to read my blog post: "15 creative ideas for using vintage trims, ribbons, fabric scraps and haberdashery items"

pouch vintage selection of vintage trim and ribbon

pouch vintage stack of vintage trim and ribbon in etsy store

If you have any questions about the items in my online shop, please don't hesitate to contact me...I am always happy to help.

And finally, if you would like to follow me on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, I would love to connect with you there :)

Monday, 2 October 2017

Join our Instagram crafting community in October

I can't believe how quickly September flew by. We're into a new month, which means time to introduce October's hashtag. If you post crafty photos on Instagram, we'd love to see them in our gallery. Simply add the #craftingismytherapy_october hashtag to join in. We will feature a selection of photos throughout the month. Also look out for our round-up at the end of the month.

Looking back to the previous month, September's gallery was full to the brim with goregous projects. A big 'thank you' to everyone who used the #craftingismytherapy_september hashtag. Below is a grid featuring just a small selection of the creatives makes tagged last month. Aren't they amazing? Head over to September's gallery to see all the makers who got involved.

Top row, left to right: @claregetscrafty, @themessybrunette, @ella_makes

Middle row, left to right: @annehaakt, @forthejoyofcraft, @zeensandroger

Bottom row, left to right: @thisgeeklove, @tangleandstitch, @jellybean_junction

I know lots of you have beautiful Instagram accounts and I love the supportive nature of the creative community over there. Please feel free to tag as many crafty images with #craftingismytherapy_october throughout the month. At the end of the month, Jennifer and I will choose our favourite images and put together a round-up post over on Instagram. You can find my Instagram here

The focus of our hashtag is crafting for pleasure, basically taking some ‘me-time’ to unwind in our busy lives. It doesn’t have to be a finished project, we love seeing work in progress, planning posts or tutorials too.

– Please share the love and comment on other people’s images added to the gallery.
– If you share your images and use the hashtag #craftingismytherapy_october on any social media channels that would be great. This will help us to grow the community. We will retweet all your posts via Twitter if you mention us (@pouchvintage/@JenniferJain )
– And finally, if you would like to follow me on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, you’re more than welcome!
Jennifer Jain’s links are here too: Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Join our creative Instagram community in September

A new month means a new hashtag - join us for #craftingismytherapy_september over on Instagram. All crafts welcome. Head over to our gallery to see the beautiful creative projects already added.

Apologies for late posting of my August round-up...I blame it on the 'back to school' effect. We're all getting back into a work and school routine and it's all a bit of shock to the system. Anyway, better late than never I always say :)

The above grid below shows just a small selection of images from our August hashtag.

In August we welcomed lots of new faces and I’m constantly inspired by all the images added to our gallery. We’ve had another busy month again with just under 300 images tagged with #craftingismytherapy_august. Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous pictures with us. Click here to see the August gallery in full…so many amazing crafts to look at

Also a big 'thank you' to Teresa from Shirley Rainbow for being our guest co-host in August. You can see her round-up blog post here.

Back to September, we'd love to see what you've been making and creating. I know lots of you have beautiful Instagram accounts and I love the supportive nature of the creative community over there. Please feel free to tag as many crafty images with #craftingismytherapy_september throughout the month. At the end of the month, Jennifer and I will choose our favourite images and put together a round-up post over on Instagram. You can find my Instagram here

The focus of our hashtag is crafting for pleasure, basically taking some ‘me-time’ to unwind in our busy lives. It doesn’t have to be a finished project, we love seeing work in progress, planning posts or tutorials too.

– Please share the love and comment on other people’s images added to the gallery.
– If you share your images and use the hashtag #craftingismytherapy_september on any social media channels that would be great. This will help us to grow the community. We will retweet all your posts via Twitter if you mention us (@pouchvintage/@JenniferJain )
– And finally, if you would like to follow me on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, you’re more than welcome!
Jennifer Jain’s links are here too: Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Join our Instagram crafting community in August + Posca Pen Giveaway

August is here - doesn’t the Summer seem to be flying by? A new month means a new hashtag for our creative Instagram community. We'd love to see your crafty makes throughout August - just add the tag #craftingismytherapy_august to include your images in our gallery.

This month we are collaborating with Posca Pens to giveaway a ‘uni-Posca Pastel Packs’, which includes a set of Signo Pastel Ink pens and a pack of Pastel Posca PC-5M pens. These pastel pens are perfect for summer crafting. Posca pens work brilliantly on all sorts of surfaces so you could use them for decorating stones and shells from the beach. Why not try drawing some summery designs on your windows (it washes off!). The Pastel Ink Pens would be perfect for writing those holiday postcards or filling out a holiday journal or scrapbook.

I wrote a blog post last Summer when Posca kindly sent me a set of their pens to review. I absolutely love these pens, click here if you’d like to take a look at my review from 2016.

I'd also like to introduce our new co-host for August - Teresa from @shirleyrainbow_tb. Teresa is a regular contributor to our Instagram community. Here Instagram feed is full of crochet and embroidery projects and I always love the colour palette she uses within her work. You can see more of Teresa’s creative exploits over on her blog. We also have to say a big ‘thank you’ to July’s’s co-host, Jen from Crafticland, we’ve loved having her on board!.

In July we welcomed lots of new faces and I’m constantly inspired by all the images added to our gallery. The grid below shows just a small selection of images from July’s hashtag. We’ve had another busy month again with over 300 images tagged with #craftingismytherapy_july. Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous pictures with us. Click here to see the gallery in full…so many amazing crafts to look at

Top row, left to right: @makingpolly, @a_saucy_stitch, @themessybrunette

Middle row, left to right: @jellybean_junction, @craftpod_, @sumoftheirstories

Bottom row, left to right: @zeensandroger, @shirleyrainbow_tb, @sunna_crochet

I know lots of you have beautiful Instagram accounts and I love the supportive nature of the creative community over there. Please feel free to tag as many crafty images with #craftingismytherapy_august throughout the month. At the end of the month, Jennifer and I will choose our favourite images and put together a round-up post over on Instagram. You can find my Instagram here

The focus of our hashtag is crafting for pleasure, basically taking some ‘me-time’ to unwind in our busy lives. It doesn’t have to be a finished project, we love seeing work in progress, planning posts or tutorials too.

– Please share the love and comment on other people’s images added to the gallery.
– If you share your images and use the hashtag #craftingismytherapy_august on any social media channels that would be great. This will help us to grow the community. We will retweet all your posts via Twitter if you mention us (@pouchvintage/@JenniferJain )
– And finally, if you would like to follow me on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, you’re more than welcome!
Jennifer Jain’s links are here too: Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

Giveaway terms and conditions
The prize is a set of Pastel Posca and Signo Pastel Ink pens.
To enter the giveaway you must tag at least one relevant photograph on Instagram with the hashtag #craftingismytherapy_august.
At the end of the month we will pick a winner at random from everyone that has used the hashtag.
The winner will be contacted by direct message on Instagram.
Giveaway is only open to residents of the United Kingdom
If the winner does not respond within 28 days then we reserve the right to reallocate the prize.
The prize will be provided and dispatched by uni-ball
The giveaway will remain open until 11.55pm (GMT) on Thursday 31st August 2017.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Join our Instagram crafting community in July

I can’t believe we’re into July already, June seemed to fly by. A new month means a new hashtag for our creative Instagram community. We'd love to see your crafty makes throughout July over on Instagram. Just add the tag #craftingismytherapy_july to include your images in our gallery.

This month we are delighted to announce we are working in partnership with Sugru to host a giveaway. One lucky person will be able to win a Sugru Create and Craft Kit. To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is to share a crafty photograph on Instagram using the hashtag #craftingismytherapy_july (please see full terms and conditions below).

Sugru is a mouldable glue and a brilliant product for crafters. The Craft and Create kit will help you to discover new techniques to fix, craft, emboss, texturise, design and upcycle. If you are looking for inspiration, head over to Sugru’s ‘Craft and Design’ gallery. I particularly love the idea of creating hand stamps, which you can see below...

I'd also like to introduce our new co-host for July - Jen from Crafticland. Jen is a regular contributor to our Instagram community. Jen’s website is full of tutorials designed to encourage you to get making. The idea behind Crafticland is think about the crafty supplies you may have sitting unloved in a cupboard somewhere & matching them up with a tutorial from Jen’s website. It’s a great idea and Jen is big part of the creative community over on Instagram.

June was a busy month for our Instagram community, we welcomed lots of new faces and I’m constantly inspired by all your creativity. We also have to say a big ‘thank you’ to June’s co-host, Rosina from Zeens and Roger. She did a sterling job of spreading the word about our community. Head over to her Instagram feed to see more of her colourful crochet creations.

The grid below shows just a small selection of images from June’s hashtag. I love seeing the wide variety of crafts...thank you so much for sharing your beautiful images with us. Click here to see the gallery in full…

Top row, left to right: @crafticland, @themessybrunette, @sewpopby
Middle row, left to right: @shirleyrainbow_tb, @sfmgs, @iamtheodoragoeswild
Bottom row, left to right: @sumoftheirstories, @jellybean_junction, @ella_makes

I know lots of you have beautiful Instagram accounts and I love the supportive nature of the creative community over there. Please feel free to tag as many crafty images with #craftingismytherapy_july throughout the month. At the end of the month, Jennifer and I will choose our favourite images and put together a round-up post over on Instagram. You can find my Instagram here

The focus of our hashtag is crafting for pleasure, basically taking some ‘me-time’ to unwind in our busy lives. It doesn’t have to be a finished project, we love seeing work in progress, planning posts or tutorials too.

Grab the Crafting is my Therapy badge to display on your blog:

Me You and Magoo

– Please share the love and comment on other people’s images added to the gallery.

– If you share your images and use the hashtag #craftingismytherapy_july on any social media channels that would be great. This will help us to grow the community. We will retweet all your posts via Twitter if you mention us (@pouchvintage/@JenniferJain )

– And finally, if you would like to follow me on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, you’re more than welcome! Jennifer Jain’s links are here too: Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

Giveaway terms and conditions
The prize is a Sugru Create and Craft Kit.
To enter the giveaway you must tag at least one relevant photograph on Instagram with the hashtag #craftingismytherapy_july.
At the end of the month we will pick a winner at random from everyone that has used the hashtag.
The winner will be contacted by direct message on Instagram. If the winner does not respond within 14 days then we reserve the right to reallocate the prize.
This giveaway is open to international entries.
The prize will be provided and dispatched by Sugru.
The giveaway will remain open until 11.55pm (GMT) on Monday 31st July 2017.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Join our Instagram crafting community in June

I'm a little late with writing a post for June's hashtag due to the half term holiday.

We'd love to see your crafty makes throughout June over on Instagram.

Just add the tag #craftingismytherapy_june to include your images in our gallery.

We will pick a selection of our favourite images throughout the month.

I'd also like to introduce our new co-host for June - Rosina from Zeens and Roger. Rosina supported our craft-related linky from the beginning and is now a regular contributor to our Instagram community. I'm a big fan of her colourful crochet projects, head over to her Instagram feed to see more...

May was our busiest month yet and our gallery was chock full of gorgeous creative projects.

The grid below shows just a small selection of images from May's hashtag.

I love seeing the wide variety of crafts...so much creativity!

Top row, left to right: Zeens and Roger, The Messy Brunette, shirleyrainbow_tb

Middle row, left to right: Cherry Peg, Crafticland, Making Polly

Bottom row, left to right: Rainbow Vintage Home, ella_makes, Yarn and Blarney

Last month our guest co-host was Maura from The Messy Brunette. She has written a lovely round-up of her time as co-host, head over to her blog to find out more.

The focus of our hashtag is crafting for pleasure, basically taking some ‘me-time’ to unwind in our busy lives. It doesn’t have to be a finished project, we love seeing work in progress, planning posts or tutorials too.

Don't forget to add the #craftingismytherapy_june hashtag to your creative images over the next few weeks, all crafts welcome...

Monday, 1 May 2017

Join our Instagram crafting community in May

A new month means a new hashtag for our Instagram crafting community. The focus of our hashtag is crafting for pleasure, basically taking some ‘me-time’ to unwind in our busy lives. It doesn’t have to be a finished project, we love seeing work in progress, planning posts or tutorials too.

I'm delighted to announce that Maura from The Messy Brunette is joining us as guest co-host in May. I've long admired Maura's blog and love seeing the creative projects she works on each month. I think there aren't many crafts she can't turn her hand to! If you love crochet and embroidery, then do head over to her Instagram feed...because you're in for a treat.

Join Jennifer Jain, Maura and I over on Instagram by tagging your images with #craftingismytherapy_may.

If you'd like to see last month's gallery in full, you can head over to Instagram by following this link

Below is a grid of a selection of images added using the #craftingismytherapy_april hashtag...

Each month the hashtag will change to reflect the month we are currently in. At the end of the month Jennifer Jain and I will feature a selection of our favourite images...

What are you making at the moment? In April I completed my 'Helping' embroidery hoop.
Even though it has taken me a while to finish, I'm really pleased with the way it has turned out.
I'm going to stretch the finished piece onto a canvas to hang on our wall.

If you'd like to see more, head over to the Me, You and Magoo Instagram account to see more of my craft projects.

– Please share the love and comment on other people who join in with the hashtag.
– If you share an image please use the hashtag #craftingismytherapy_may on any social media channels, this will help us to grow the community. We will retweet all your posts via Twitter if you mention us @pouchvintage, @JenniferJain or @messymaura
– And finally, if you would like to follow me on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, you’re more than welcome! Jennifer Jain’s links are here too: Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. And here's Maura's: Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Win a bundle of vintage trims in my instagram giveaway

Enter my instagram giveaway and win a bundle of vintage trims

*GIVEAWAY* to celebrate the reopening on my Etsy shop, I'm holding a vintage trim giveaway over on Instagram

To enter, please leave a comment & tag two people who you think might like to enter my giveaway...

vintage fabric trim instagram competition and giveaway

The prize is a bundle of vintage fabric trim:
4 yards of scroll trim in mustard yellow
4 yards of ditsy floral trim in crimson
4 yards of woven trim in sage & scarlet

These trims are perfect for appliqué, collage, mixed-media artwork, scrapbooking and much, much more...

win a bundle of vintage trim in my instagram giveaway

Head over to my Instagram feed to find out more...

You have until Wednesday evening (26/04/17) to take part

I will choose one winner on Thursday (27/04/17)
Open to international entries
Good luck!

instagram competition to win selection of vintage fabric trim

Thursday, 13 April 2017

How to create Easter Bunny Bunting using toilet roll tubes

Aren't toilet roll tubes one of the most useful resources for crafting with children?
There's a 101 uses for these cardboard cylinders and I always like to hold a few back from the recycling box.

How to create Easter Bunny Bunting using toilet roll tubes

This week we made some Easter Bunny Bunting using loo roll tubes to create the printed outline.
This super-simple craft is perfect for trying out over the Easter weekend.

All you need is:
- Toilet roll tubes
- Plain paper or card
- Paint
- Googly eyes (or you can draw your own eyes)
- Felt tip pens
- Hole punch
- String

Simply use one end of the toilet roll tube to print the round face of the rabbit.
Then flip the tube round, press and squeeze in two places to make the ear shape.
See the image below to get a better idea of the shapes you need to create...

creating bunny prints using a cardboard toilet roll

Dip your toilet roll tube in paint colour of your choice and then print away.
You can make as many as you like, depending on how long you want your bunting to be.
Then leave your printed bunnies to dry.
Once dry you can start adding some detail.

easter bunny crafting project for children

creating easter bunny prints to make bunting

We added googly eyes and some other details with felt tip pens.
Don't try to be too uniform...each one of our bunnies is different and I think it adds to the overall effect.

using toilet roll tubes to create spring bunny prints

Next we made some holes in the ears using a hole punch.
Finally we threaded the Spring bunnies onto some string...
And there you have it, your completed Bunny Bunting!

I have shared this project over on Instagram using the hashtag I co-host - #craftingismytherapy_april
We'd love to see what you've been making & creating this month...
Come and join the "Crafting is my Therapy" Instagram Community. Use our monthly hashtag to add your creative images to the Crafting is my Therapy gallery.
Head over to my Instagram to find out more...

Me You and Magoo

I'm also linking up with Trash2Treasure hosted by the lovely Fiona over on the Coombe Mill blog

Sunday, 5 February 2017

How to repurpose loom bands into a DIY woven heart

I don't know about you, but we seem to have alot of loom bands hanging around the house.

I though I would share this creative way to reuse them to make a woven heart.

I created this woven heart using:
- round wood slice (I bought mine from our local wood recycling centre. You could contact a tree surgeon, or maybe use an offcut of wood)
- paper heart template
- small nails
- hammer
- loom bands, but you could use elastic bands too

First I created a heart template in paper and stuck it to the wood with blu tack. I then tapped the nails in around the shape of the template. Finally I looped the loom bands onto the nails. It's as simple as that.

My design is super-simple, so you could adapt the idea to make it more intricate. You could fill the centre of the heart with more nails and criss cross the loom bands. Or maybe go for a more elaborate shape. How about using a whole rainbow of loom band colours?

I am really pleased with the way my DIY project turned out. I'm planning on making some more to put on our allotment. I may try a star shape next or my initials. I'd love to hear your ideas...

If you'd like to see more creative projects, head over to my Pinterest...I'd love to connect with you over there!

I am linking up with Trash to Treasure over on www.coombemill.com

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Free beatles inspired valentine embroidery pattern

I created this Beatles-inspired embroidery hoop for Valentine's Day last year. I wanted to share the pattern with my blog readers. You are welcome to download and print the pdf pattern featured at the bottom of this post.

There's something so uplifting about the Beatles "All You Need Is Love". Reading about the song online, the Beatles said this song: "cannot be misinterpreted. It is a clear message saying that love is everything". With this in mind, I was inspired to stitch a section of the song.

I transferred my template onto a piece of vintage fabric, but it works equally well on plain fabric.

I created my hoop using backstitch in a bergundy thread.

You could use any stitch or colour thread - how about embellishing the text with your own design ideas? Maybe some extra hearts or flowers.

Click on the arrow in top right corner of the image below to open in a new window. Free to download and print...enjoy!

If you love crafting, you might like to join our new Instagram community. Tag your creative images with #craftingismytherapy_february to join in. The hashtag will change to reflect the month we are currently in. Head over to my Instagram account to find out more...

I'm linking up with these lovely blogs:

HomeEtc over on thetwinklediaries.co.uk and mummyofboygirltwins.com

Friday, 20 January 2017

Join our new Instagram crafting community

We're currently taking a break from hosting the "Crafting is my Therapy" blog link-up.

But we're still keeping the creative vibe alive over on Instagram.

making neon pink pom poms

Join Jennifer Jain and I over there by tagging your images with #craftingismytherapy_january.

The focus of our new hashtag is crafting for pleasure, basically taking some ‘me-time’ to unwind in our busy lives. It doesn’t have to be a finished project, we love seeing work in progress, planning posts or tutorials too.

Each month the hashtag will change to reflect the month we are currently in. At the end of the month Jennifer Jain and I will feature a selection of our favourite images...

What are you making at the moment? I am currently a bit obsessed with making pom poms. I haven't made one using two pieces of cardboard since I was a child. I had forgotten how much fun they are to make. I love winding the wool around and around and then cutting the yarn to reveal the fluffy pom pom.

Making pom poms is a great way of using up all those spare bits of yarn you may have hanging around. You can experiment with mixing colours, they look great with clashing shades, anything goes!

To make a pom pom using the 'old school' cardboard hoop method, you will need:
* cardboard, cereal packets are ideal
* two circular objects to draw around, one larger than the other. I used a ceramic tea cup and an egg cup to make the 'doughnut' template. Make sure you cut out two 'doughtnuts' to wind the wool around...
* scissors
* wool, any shade and texture, the more colours the better!

They are really simple to make. Just take the two cardboard 'doughtnuts' and start winding the wool around and around. Build up the wool to the thickness you require. The thicker the wool is wound around the cardboard, the denser the pom pom will be. Once you have finished, carefully cut the wool from the cardboard. Be sure to slide the scissors between the two pieces of cardboard when you cut around. Once the edges are all cut, take a piece of yarn and tie the middle part that is between the cardboard doughnuts making sure you have a nice knot. Snip the cardboard doughnuts off.

Any doubts about how to make a pom pom? Take a look at this WikiHow tutorial for more images

Have fun! Be warned, making pom poms can become addictive :)

making a pom pom using old school cardboard method

navy blue and neon pink handmade pom pom

making handmade pom poms

If you'd like to see more, head over to the Me, You and Magoo Instagram account to see more of my craft projects.

– Please share the love and comment on other people who join in with the hashtag.

– If you share an image please use the hashtag #craftingismytherapy_january on any social media channels, this will help us to grow the community. We will retweet all your posts via Twitter if you mention us @pouchvintage or @JenniferJain

– And finally, if you would like to follow me on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, you’re more than welcome! Jennifer Jain’s links are here too: Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

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