Mother’s Day is 9 May and you don’t want to wait for the last minute dash to get mum a gift to make her feel extra special. We have some great Mother’s Day DIY gift ideas from Spotlight to spoil mum this Mother’s day.
MOTHER’S DAY SCULPEY EARRINGS
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- Sculpey (White, Mai Tai and Latte)
- Sculpey tool kit
- Baking paper
- Jewellery pliers
- Earring hooks
- Crimp beads
- Gold rings
Step 1 – Think about the design you want to create and draw a rough design out to help you figure out how many pieces/what shapes you will need to create. You need to think through your design so that you make sure you have holes in the right places to ensemble your pieces together once they are complete.
Step 2 – To create the pink colour mix 2-parts Mai Tai with 1-part Latte and blend in your hands until the colours are completely mixed together.
Step 3 – To create the pattern effect roll out the base colour of Sculpey to about 5mm thick. Place smaller bits of other colours of Sculpey over the top and again use the rolling pin to blend the colours together.
Step 4 – You can either use the sculpey shape cutters to cut out your different earring shapes or you can cut things out free hand using the Sculpey cutting tools.
Step 5 – Once you have your shapes created and cut out of Sculpey you can lay them onto baking paper and use a toothpick to put holes into your shapes for assembling later. Some pieces will need 2 holes in each shape, refer to your design to determine where and how many holes are needed. You can also use the toothpick here to create patterns in the Sculpey, small dots or long straight lines creating interesting details for your designs.
Step 6 – Bake your Sculpey in the oven between 2 sheets of baking paper for 15mins at 130C. Let cool before handling.
Step 7 – Now using the pliers and jewellery accessories you can assemble your earrings. The possibilities are endless so let your creativity go wild and see what creations you come up with!
DO NOT PRESS. Using remaining yarn, attach a fringe through eyelet holes at cast-off edge as pictured.
DIY TOILETRIES BAGS
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Small toiletry bag
Outer fabric – 20cm of 112cm wide Printed Cotton Duck/Drill
Lining Fabric – 20cm of 112cm wide Printed Cotton Duck/Drill
20cm of fusible light/medium interfacing
40cm open ended zip
Step 1 – Enlarge template to size needed – download template here
Step 2 – Mark the middle of top edge on each side of outer & lining fabrics. Mark the middle of the zip on the outer edges. Separate zip. Pin each side of the zip to the curved edges of the right side of outer fabric, aligning the middle marks on the outer edges of the fabric and zip. Sew zip to fabric using a zipper foot, leaving the ends of the zip overhanging, do not trim off. With right side facing, pin lining fabric over the outer fabric, aligning outer edges and middle markings. Sew together with zipper foot.
Clip curves and turn right way out. Lightly press flat and top stitch around outer edges of fabric 3mm in from zip.
Step 3 – Mark the middle of the longer edges of the gusset pieces. At these marks, fold fabric in half, press. Sew around outer edges leaving a 5-7cm opening in the middle base for turning out. Clip corners and turn right way out, press flat with opening allowances to inside. Top stitch along the top folded edges of the gusset pieces.
Step 4 – Replace zip head to zip and slowly do zip up with right side of the bag facing inwards. Flatten out each side opening of the bag matching the zip with the middle base seam. Pin in place.
Place one of the pinned base edges on top of the opening side of one of the gussets, overlapping by 1cm. Pin and then sew together 7-8mm in from base edge. Trim excess zip back to edge of seam. Ensuring the zipper head is back into the bag body, repeat on the other side pinned edge with remaining gusset piece.
Fold gusset over onto the bag to enclose the raw seam, pin and sew in place 1cm in from folded edge.
Step 5 – Pin outer edges of gusset to thelining of the bag in desired position. (The angle of the edges of the gusset that is sewn to the lining will alter the opening of the bag. Try different angles to achieve the desired look before sewing in place) Hand sew in place.
Turn bag right way out, press.