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To craft a wedding

Well it looks like I will be getting married this year! Now I am not the kind of person who has always had a dream wedding in my head, in fact quiet the opposite. The idea of all this planning and cost and this very contemplation of a theme has quiet frankly scared the living daylights out of me! I mean since October I have been trying to work out just what me and Chris are like so I can come up with a theme and I just haven’t been able to muster one up. The only one thing I have been certain on the whole way through is that I want to try and craft as much of it as is humanly possible, that and I think it is just going to be a case of anything goes, as long as it either bright, cheery or a little bit daft. So from now on this blog will be a homage to this mammoth task, a place to collect my thoughts and maybe vent my stresses :). Wish me luck…

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Fabric Badge/Brooch/Hair Clip Tutorial









One of the comments I got back from the fabric in the post below was a friend wanting me to make one of the characters into a badge/brooch for a friend. I had a look at other tutorials on the net and found a few brooch ones but most of these involved turning fabric into a flower or sewing buttons/lace on etc to make them look pretty. These were all very good tutorials, but didn’t really serve the purpose I wanted, as they all obscured from the fabric a bit. So I trialled and errored and have written this tutorial for you.

1. First, find a fabric with some characters, illustrations, prints, flowers, anything you like, this is the fabric I choose:










2. Next, roughly cut around the design you wish to use. Cut from felt one piece the same size as the pattern you have just cut, and a rectangle just smaller than this design. You will also need cut 3 pieces of interfacing to fit on the pieces you have just cut out. You can get away without the interfacing, but I would suggest you use a stronger fabric than felt for the backing.









3. Iron the interfacing to the cut pieces (be careful the felt doesn’t melt, I lightly pressed on the back of the interfacing on a low heat)









4. With wrong sides together and using a very small straight stitch sew the outer image to the larger piece of felt as neatly as possible. You can hand stitch this if you prefer.










5. Carefully trim around the design cutting all layers. If, like mine, your fabric is cotton you will notice some fraying around the edges. You can buy special glue/no fray solutions to stop this and these will work perfectly. I however used clear nail varnish on this occasion which seems to have done the trick to stop any fraying.









6. Cut the rectangle of felt you made earlier just smaller than the back of the design and place this lengthwise. Neatly hand stitch the top and bottom on to the design being careful to only sew through the backing and not the front. People who know me well will know how much I hate hand stitching and so how much I detest this bit!










And there you have it, all finished.










You can now put safety pins through the backing to make a brooch, or hair pins to make a pretty hair clip, the world is your oyster.

I hope you liked my little tutorial, it was very simple I know but I hadn’t found anything on the internet which was similar. Please feel free to make these to your hearts content. If you do make one I would love to see your finished products so please post a comment underneath so I can take a goosey.

Happy Sewing

Monster Magic xx

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Looking for inspiration

So those that know me will know I have been struggling with motivation for quiet some time. Im not sure if this is just down to me finding other things in life I want to do instead, it’s been a busy year already, or the battle with UK regulations which has forced so many of us into a brick wall. But on a much happier note it looks like all it took was a cuppa with the sister in law, and a trip out with the mother in law to a stitches exhibition, and I am all fired up to go again. Yippee!

So what am I going to do? That is the next question. Following the visit to the stitches fair I got bought a pattern to make up a quilted cat. I really fancied trying my hand at something different and I just love the kittie, it really reminds me of little Leo. So off I went on the net in search of some fabric to make this up and I got completely sidetracked by this:

Isn’t it amazing! I am in love with this fabric and am so happily to have it now. I bought it from Emma’s Fabric Studio and it was a lovely super fast service so I would recommend and will likely be buying more from them in the future. Now the question is just what an earth am I going to make with it as I can’t make the cat quilt now? I have already had one suggestion from a friend that wants a brooch making from one of the cat sections. Time to trawl through some tutorials and see what I can see. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Other than that I have just been trying to tidy my craft room up to help organise and inspire me. It was that much of a tip though it is taking me days! I will have to post some pics again when it is spic and span as there is so much more clutter in there than when I first posted. Let’s also see if having an iOS app actually helps me keep this site up to date, fingers crossed.

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Thursday – Reindeers

These guys seemed to take an age, but I suppose it will trying to make 9 things at once! I love them now they are finished though. And the best thing about preparing your Xmas stock, getting the Xmas tree out in August to photograph them <3.

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New Ice Cream Cushions

As some of you may have already noticed from Facebook and Flickr I have been making some Ice Cream Cushions! I love these to bits they are so cute, I just want to go and make lots lots more! But for now there are a small few until I find a few more spare hours. Anyways, here they are, and they are now listed on Etsy as well!

Now it is time to go and put a few more long overdue items in the shop!

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Busy times!

A lot has been going on over at Monster Magic trying to prepare for the craft weekend this weekend. Business Cards, setup items, making of enough stock, the list is endless but I am hopeful I can manage to get everything done in time. I re-furbed the Folksy shop, took new pics for 90% of the stock and did a new banner, I am very pleased with how it is looking now.  I have also managed to make this blog accessible via so now there is a much easier way to remember how to fine me!

Despite all this going on however I have also been able to make some more yeti’s and have got on with some custom orders. You can see pics of the new yeti’s below. I am definitely loving the white!

So take a look at the new look shop, nip onto flickr for a glance at the full photoshoot pics, become a fan on facebook, and if you are in Nottingham at the weekend come along to sneinton market and  say hello in person.

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An Inspiration!

I love it when you sit down with a few things in front of you, and after just a few moments and no real thinking at all ,you start to create something fabulous. This is my favourite kind of inspiration, and it happened to me this week. I went off to my local haberdashery the other day and there was a bundle of lace for 40p, I thought, well, I might as well have some of that. I got it out the bag the other day and looked at it, the next thing I know I had created these two lovely little creatures. I call them Owlbeasts, nothing like the ones in wow mind, but the name fits them nicely, Sarah, I think you might like these!


I think they are so cute, and they are perfect keyring size so I bought some keyring fobs and thats what they are. As I now need to move into actually trying to sell things I figured I might as well make a few more in some different colours. After a few hours work and many cups of tea you can see the end result, and that I think I may have got a little carried away :)

owlbeasts all

I did spend a bit too much time on these little fellows though, and It meant I have not had much time to make any larger plush this weekend but I have some evenings in the week to do that. Also, today I baked! Orange and Ginger cookies, they are so yummy and still soft in the middle. Now I just have to try and moderate myself to one at a time which is much easier said than done!

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And the verdict…

Well a big thank you to everyone, especially Alys and Orlando for the weekend, I did actually manage to make some sales which I think is fab!  Here you can see a pic of all the plush monsters in their photo shoot before they went off to sale. Don’t they all look gorgeous! My fave is definitely Booberella in the yellow down the front.


The purchased monsters definitely favoured around the cat like ones. Although this is lovely as I love them all, I do wish some of the more unique ones were more popular. Betty as every was well loved though, who can resist her fluffyness!

So now I need to move on and make more. Obviously I will make new versions of the sold ones and will prob make some of the popular ones in a variety of colours  to appeal to a wider audience. I also decided that I needed a smaller monster range in the ‘I love those, but I’m not sure I want to spend that much’ market. This, the fact I love the colours and shape of Booberella and that my new handbag needed some brightening up have all inspired me to make the first experiment into plush monster keyrings.

keychain 1

I do absolutely love her,  she is appox 3 inch square, and I can’t wait to perade her around on my handbag tomorrow :).  She needs a little working on, as you can see her claw on one side has got sewn up which I need to try and avoid. Also, I think that next time I will embroider the face on. It is nice to be able to machine it on, but I am not a fan of the X eyes, they are not really cute enough and it is hard to machine sew anything else on such a small scale.

Well, I will be back soon with some more updates. Alys may be taking the monsters to a craft fair at the weekend so we will see how that goes as well. Also Harry Potter on Weds! I can’t wait :D

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I dropped my shop off :)

I’m a little excited now as I have now dropped all my Monster Magic items off for the Open Studio on Sunday. I can’t wait to see how it goes and to go and view them all on sale.  I am also looking forward to viewing the other items that will also be on offer there.

I would love to stick a picture on here of what will be there but I don’t want to spoil the surprise for anyone that may be in attendance.

Lets hope it all goes well.

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Hello 2009!

Hi all, sorry for being missing from cyberspace for some time. I regret that most of my time lately has been spent playing computer games instead of crafting and I haven’t had much in the way of inspiration. I have also been enjoying the summer and have turned my hand to gardening! I think I am getting a little obsessed by it now ,who would have thought.

Now, my wonderful friend Alys Power, who makes fabulous jewellery, is going to be having an open studioin her home with some guest crafters and so I decided what better way  to leap into the selling world than in the good hands of a good friend. I started off thinking ‘not enough time’ just make anything out of what you have in the house, but after doing that for a couple of days it fully gave me my inspiration back for making monsters!


So above is a full range of catnip monsters, they are small and cute but I have to admit I don’t love them as much as I do my proper monsters! There are currently a few new Monsters in the making and I will update with a pic of these soon, I plan to have a photo shoot with them, so we will who has the biggest ego! I have definitely progressed though now, and wherever possible, I am sewing the monsters on the machine instead of by hand. They may not be 100% perfect but they are filled with charm.

So for now I have best stop typing and start sewing and I promise to blog my new monsters soon. I will also update the shop after the open studio on Sunday 12th July so I know what I have left.

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