Passions, Projects and Professions

It was probably just over a year ago when I really got into sewing. My dad got me a brand new sewing machine for my 19th birthday last year and that started off the addiction. I’ve always loved crafts, creating things, and browsing Pinterest for ideas, but over the last year I realised my love for sewing was the greatest. Ideally, one day, I’d love to own a store. Have my brand name above the door, cute tags on my stock, and loyal customers. Of course, there’s a lot of hard work, time and determination that go into this kind of thing, but now I’m ready to do what it takes.

I first started off by posting photographs of my handmade items on my Facebook profile, and when people I work with, family and friends started to take an interest, I began to sell. I set up a Facebook page and every now and then I’d find a day to make new accessories, and post them on there. Mostly I made, and still do, hair scrunchies. Those bulky hair ties we all used in the 90’s and early 2000’s. I realised quickly that, actually, these were a popular buy. I began to make Christmas themed scrunchies which were up on my page for all of 5 minutes before I had none left.

I’ve now got a Twitter and an Instagram account up and running to help promote my store, and I hope to start creating YouTube videos that contain crafting tutorials. I’d also love to write more blog posts on this venture I’m taking, so I apologise if it’s not your thing. I do have a post up already on how to make the scrunchies so you should definitely give it a read if you’re a crafty person, or fancy trying something new.

I’d really appreciate it if you’d check out my Depop store, where my items are available to buy instantly, and also my Facebook page, where you can send me a message if you’d like to order something! General prices for my scrunchies are:

£3 without ears / £4 with ears / £2 postage on orders with 3 items or less / £3 postage on orders with 4+ items

And here’s links to my store, page and accounts:

Depop Store / Facebook Page / Twitter / Instagram

Any follows, likes etc are greatly appreciated, and I’d love for you all to see me and my business grow!

If you have any enquiries you can email sewcuteitsknot@gmail.com and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

Winding Down for Autumn

Autumn and winter are definitely my favourite seasons, I love the weather and the festive holidays, and of course I love the excuse to drink hot chocolate (for breakfast, lunch and dinner) without it being weird. But this time of year comes with its disadvantages. The cold weather makes it hard to keep my disability under control, and the gloomy days makes it all the more difficult to fight my biggest demon: depression.

One thing that’s been useful to me for the last few years is making sure I have good night-time-routines to keep me grounded if things start getting rough. So, I thought I’d share with you some of the ways I like to relax after a crappy day.

A Cup of Tea a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

I think the first thing I do is make myself a cup of tea in one of my favourite mugs. I recently got a couple of new mugs, one of them is a super cute, spooky cat mug.

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How About Some Bubbles

Now I don’t get to do this very often, but when I do, I go ALL OUT.

A bath can be such a simple self-care step, and it can feel so good. I like to use Radox Bath Cream in the Coconut fragrance or a bath bomb. I recently used the Lush Rocket Science bath bomb and loved it.

If I think I’m gonna be spending a while in the bath, I’ll take my laptop into the bathroom and put it on the toilet seat, so I can watch some YouTube. And if I’m feeling extra adventurous I’ll take a cup of juice and maybe a snack!

I’m Gonna Have My Cake and Eat It

Speaking of snacks, one thing that always cheers me up is chocolate. I had my birthday earlier this week, so me and my boyfriend made the most chocolatey cake you could eat.

Other comfort foods of mine include macaroni cheese, chocolate spread on toast, and kettle chips.

Colour Me Pretty

This next thing is something that’s become quite popular. Adult colouring books are something I’ve enjoyed for a few years. I have 4 or 5 of these books: fantasy, snowflakes, cats, crazy patterns and more. I have a set of really lovely Crayola colouring pencils that are perfect for shading and they sharpen really easily. Colouring books are something you can really throw your imagination into and let go of whatever’s on your mind.

 

Crochet My Worries Away

Crocheting might seem like something that a lot of people would think of as stressful, or something you really have to concentrate on, and it can be. I’ve been crocheting for a few years now, and I find it both relaxing and rewarding. It’s very therapeutic and definitely creative, similar to adult colouring books. You can choose what to make, what stitches to use, what colour you want it to be. And when you have your final product it’s mood lifting, sometimes it’s truly amazing the kind of things you can create! If you have the patience to learn, I definitely recommend giving this a go. You can get a cheap set of crochet hooks and some inexpensive wool from places like Wilko, pound shops and craft stores. Use these to practice with. You can find plenty of beginners books, YouTube videos and maybe you even know someone who can teach you.

 

Dont Judge a Book By It’s Cover 

I love books. Reading allows you to enter a different world. It gets you invested in the characters to a point where you can forget your own worries, even if it is for 30 minutes of the day. It’s a great way to wind down before bed. I’ve been loving Louise Pentland’s book Wilde Like Me.

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If you wanna feel cosy while you get stuck into your book, why not light a few candles, turn your bedside lamp on and turn the main light off. You could also get yourself one of those cool lamps that clips onto your headboard or your bedside table, I don’t have one but they’ve always seemed handy!

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This is the candle I’ve been burning. I can’t describe the scent, but it’s sweet and yummy, and really is perfect for autumn. It was 99p from Home Bargains and it burns really well!

Time to Rest Your Head

When I’ve had a crap day, sometimes it’s beneficial to get an early night. I like to make sure I’ve had a drink of water or milk, been to the loo and taken my makeup off. It’s always cosy to have a matching pyjama set, and sometimes I like to have a soft toy to hold. I’ve been cuddling up with my new Crush Tsum Tsum.

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I do also live with my boyfriend so it’s nice to have some quality time with him to chat about our days. And this is usually the time of the evening when our hamsters are awake, so sometimes we’ll get them out for a cuddle and to give them a little treat.

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And then it’s time to drift off into a deep sleep. I can’t sleep with total silence, so I usually put on some YouTube. I’ve been loving falling asleep watching either Zoella or Tanya Burr Vlogmas playlists.

I’d love to know what you guys do to relax on a chilly autumn evening, so leave me some comments! Be sure to follow me and subscribe via email if you want to see more of my content 🙂

 

My 20th Birthday: Shopping and Cake

Coming to the realisation that I’m no longer a teenager was no easier, nor harder, than I thought. I still feel 17, so turning 20 was no hardship. I never really bother celebrating my birthdays. As you get older, it matters less. You’re either working, or your partner is working so you’d be spending it alone. But this year I had the time off, and so did my boyfriend. My birthday was on Tuesday 19th (September), but I wanted to spend that day doing absolutely nothing. So, on the Monday me and Stephen (boyfriend) made out way into town so I could do a little bit of shopping courtesy of my birthday money. I thought I’d do a chatty post to talk about what we got up to and show you what I got. I’m not 100% sure I can remember all of the prices, but I’ll try my best to give an educated guess.

Primark

First things first, we nipped into Primark (we finally have a Primark in our town!). I always pick up way too many things in Primark, and I’m great at bargain hunting. If there’s a cute top hiding somewhere, and it’s in the sale: I’ll find it.

Primark are going full force with the Disney merch at the moment, and it’s really not a bad thing. I picked up this huge Mickey Mouse coffee mug. It’s like two normal size cups of coffee in one. It’s great if you’re exhausted, but need to stay up late doing assignments, or writing blog posts. Not so great if you don’t want a caffeine high. I’ve actually been using it more for drinking tea. I’m pretty sure this mug was £4.

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I was browsing around the clothing section, and came across a rack of super soft jumpers. On further inspection i realised it was again Disney merch. I had to have one. They were only £8 I think. I went with Donald Duck because I loved the (rather Christmasy) green colour.

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The next thing is something I never leave Primark without buying: Socks. Usually I get those pack of 3, cartoon character decorated, trainer socks (or shoe liners as Primark sometimes labels them). But I thought I’d live life on the edge and buy some ankle length Harry Potter socks. I plan to wear these over tights when I’ve got my dungaree dress on. I think the socks were around £2.

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Next thing i grabbed was something I’d needed for a while. A new purse. My old purse was covered in scratches, wouldn’t close and was just too big. I wanted something small and plain, but then, as I walking around the key-ring stands after Choosing my purse, I found a huge black pom-pom. It looked super fluffy and they all had letters on them, so I grabbed one with a K for Katie. It may seem tacky to lot of people but for some reason I was drawn to said pom-pom and it matched the purse. So it went in the basket. The purse was £4 and the pom-pom was probably about £1.50??

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This next item was something I’d been eyeing up in Primark for a couple of weeks. Every time i went in I wanted it, but I couldn’t justify spending £3.50 on it. So when I saw it reduced to £1 I couldn’t say no. It’s this funny little fake grass plant. It’s not the most amazing looking fake-plant, but none the less, it’s cute. And the pot is pink. 

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Another tiny purchase was this pretty candle holder. It’s a sparkly gold reindeer who cost £1.50. How could you say no to this? (it did come with an unscented tealight but I’ve already burnt it).

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The last thing I grabbed from Primark were some gorgeous black, velvet/suede thigh high boots. I have chubby legs, so finding thigh high boots that fit is a nightmare. When i tried these on I couldn’t have been happier! £18 well spent. They have ties on the back with gold ends, and they’re super comfy to wear over jeans with a pretty jumper.

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Home Bargains

I only bought two things from home bargains. That was a Halloween candle and a plastic Christmas tray. The candle was only 99p and it smells AMAZING. I’ve been burning it constantly and it’s barely moved, so if you’re looking for some yummy festive candles that’ll last forever, get yourself over to Home Bargains. They had Christmas and Halloween candles, and they had some cute ones in stained glass jars. I got the plastic tray to put candles on when I’m burning them. I have sticky back plastic covering my little side table, and sometimes the heat from candles make the candle jar stick to the plastic. The tray was only £1 so it saves ruining my table. And it’s pink, so I probably would have bought it anyway.

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Cat Rescue Charity Shop

I love going into charity shops and so does my boyfriend. I’m a sucker for cute ornaments, anything girly and anything pink. First thing I saw was the Hello Kitty money jar for £1. We always have change lying around, so I thought we’d start using that and try and save up some cash. But it is just damn cute whether you wanted to use it for money or not. Then upstairs they had more items. And I found this tiny sleeping cat ornament for 50p. I love cats and as soon as I saw this I knew I was buying it.

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Copenhagen Flying Tiger

I don’t know if many of you have this store in your town, but when this shop opened in my town I was instantly obsessed. Some of the items in there are so bloody cool, stuff you’d get on websites like Not On The High Street. Flying Tiger has such a wide range of items: stationary, kitchenware, candles, storage, plushies and even cool drinks/snacks. The prices are shocking. Shockingly cheap. I once got a surprise goodie bag from Tiger, it was only £2 so I wasn’t expecting miracles. I got mostly crafty bits in it (which I love anyway) but the stuff would have added up to around £10! Anyway, when I went in the other day I saw these bunny rabbit lamps. They slowly change colour and look so pretty at night time. They were either £2 or £3 each. They also had owls too!

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Clintons

I originally went in Clintons to get myself a Tsum Tsum (to add to my already way too big collection). As soon as you walked through the door there was a feature table with spooky Halloween items on. Now, I’d already bought myself a new mug from Primark (cute mugs being another thing I collect) but I couldn’t resist when I saw this spookily adorable cat mug. It’s an off white with gold sparkles and stars, and a cat design the whole way around. And the handle IS A CAT. £10 I didn’t need to spend but I wasn’t leaving it behind. And then we went over to the Tsum Tsum table. I picked up a small Baby Dumbo (£3.50), and then took a quick peek under the table where I saw a medium Crush Tsum Tsum (£10). Yep. I got both. No regrets. And then by the till I saw a Disney Inside Out shopping bag with Anger on the front (£1.80). If you keep up to date with me on twitter you’ll know I have an obsession with fabric shopping bags. So I got that too.

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The Rest of the Day

I did pop into Superdrug to get some concealer, and ended up getting concealer, eyeliner and a setting powder from Collection on the 3 for 2 offer. With the offer, my student discount and some points I had on my loyalty card, it all came to just over £4. Bargain. Then we had to nip into Wilko to get some food and treats for the Hamsters. After that we went to Burger King for some well earned food.

My Birthday Day!

So as I said, I wanted a chilled birthday. Me and Stephen spent it in bed watching TV. We also baked me a birthday cake! The recipe we used was Tanya Burr’s Sunday Cake recipe. If you love chocolate cake then go and check it out because it tasted amazing. We went way over the top decorating it, but had plenty of decorations left over to munch on that night. I’d already seen my family in the days leading up to my birthday, my dad took me out for a birthday meal, my mum popped round with my card and some cake.

I had a lovely birthday and I definitely enjoyed treating myself (even if I did buy too much).

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Sewing: How To Make a Bunny Ear Hair Scrunchie

Hi guys!


Today’s post is going to be a little different, but it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while. You may know that I love to sew, crochet and do many other crafty things, so I thought I’d start doing a few posts here and there on my little makes. I wasn’t sure how popular this kind of post would be, or whether I should make a separate blog if I was going to post this kind of thing, but after giving it a think, I decided that blogging is all about expressing yourself. And you all read my blog because you either like what I post, care for my opinion, or enjoy seeing what I get up to. And sewing happens to be a big part of my life. I’m still going to do beauty/lifestyle posts, but I want to try this style of post for myself. It would just be a huge plus if you all enjoyed it. So I’ll get into it! 

Today I’m going to show you how to make this style of pretty, pink hair scrunchie (I usually just call it the Bunny Ear Scrunchie).

The Scrunchie (Piece A)

1. Piece A will be the main part of the scrunchie. Here are your measurements:

I usually start at the edge of the fabric, this way there’s less waste, and the rough edges won’t matter. Mark 3.5 inches width, and do this several times along the fabric to ensure that you get an nice straight line. Do this until you reach 16 inches length ways. Join up your marks, and cut out Piece A. 

Now you need to fold Piece A in half along the short edge, so that the patterned side (or side you want to be showing when your scrunchie is done) is on the inside. Use 3-4 pins to hold this in place (I use Hemline Pearl Head Pins). 
You want to leave roughly 2 inches either end and do NOT sew them, leave the ends open. You’ll see why later on. Once you’ve sewn along Piece A, turn it out so that the pattern is facing outward. 


2. Next you need your elastic. The elastic needs to be roughly 9mm width, and it needs to be between 6-7 inches long. 

 

Threading the elastic through Piece A is the next step. To make this easier I usually attach one end of the elastic to one end of Piece A using a safety pin, this prevents the elastic from pinging out of the other end. You can also put a safety pin on the other end of the elastic so you can grab onto that when threading your elastic.


 Once you’ve got both ends visible, you need to overlap them and run a stitch over them to secure them in place. Do this a few times to make sure its nice and strong. 


3. This part can look tricky, and can be quite fiddly if you’ve not done it before so be patient and take your time. This is where the two ends on Piece A that weren’t sewn come in. You need to grab each end and put them back to back (patterned sides touching) ensuring they aren’t twisted. 

Go ahead and sew the edges together. Once done, the scrunchie should fall into the right shape. 

I’ve popped a pin through this to hold it together.

All that’s left to do for this part is to sew along the scrunchie to close the hole. It will then look like this.


It doesn’t matter that you can see the stitching, as this is where you’ll tie on the ears. And here is the scrunchie!

The Ears (Pieces B+C)

1. First of all you’re going to need to make a template. You’ll need a piece of card, A4 size will be plenty big enough. Or you could use some cardboard from something like a shoe box. Anything will do as long as it’s fairly stiff. I’ve written the rough measurements on my template so you can get a rough idea of how big it needs to be, but it doesn’t have to be exact. 





Its a case of trial and error. You may want to practise the template sizing by doing a few good ones and testing them on some scrap fabric. The easiest way to do it, and how I make mine, is to fold the piece of card in half, just drawing on the half of the shape. Then while it’s still folded, cut it out and it will be symmetrical. I’ve folded my template in half to show you what I mean. Just draw that half on the card, and once you cut it out you’ll have the full template. 
2. Once you’ve got your template sorted, you’ll want to fold your piece of fabric in half. Then place you template on top and trace around the edge, but leave roughly half an inch to allow for the seams. 

You can now take off your template. At this point you’re ready to cut out pieces B+C, but to make this easier you can use some pins to hold the two together neatly while you cut the pieces out. Leave the pins in when you’re done as they’ll help to keep the pieces in line when you sew them together



3. So, now you can sew carefully around the edges, following the curves and making sure you get those pointed tips. However, you need to leave a gap along one of the straight edges because this is how you’re going to turn your work out. 


Before turning your work out, you need to trim any excess fabric from around the outside of the seem. This gives the seams a neater finish and they’ll fold a lot nicer. 


4. Once you’ve completed step 3, you’ll see that there’s an open seam again. A bit like how you did on the scrunchie, you just need to sew along that edge to close it. The fabric should fold nicely into itself. And then it’ll look like this.


5. TIE THE EARS ONTO YOUR SCRUNCHIE!

Just tie the ears around your scrunchie so that they hide the stitching, and fiddle around with them until they’re in the perfect position. And then it’s done! 




I hope you enjoyed this post! If you don’t fancy making these yourself, you can head over to my facebook page where I sell all the accessories I make. There’s anything from hair scrunchies, to chokers, to crocheted matching baby sets. I also make seasonal hair scrunchies, my christmas themed ones are my best seller. And this year I’m adding Halloween scrunchies to the range!

So head over to my page for a browse, give it a like and invite your friends. Keep an eye out for more sewing tutorials on this space!

Thank you for reading, and let me know if you decide to have a go at making these. If you do, tweet me the pics (@peachmilkshakes).