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Well it’s finally 2014! And I hope that everyone had a very merry Yuletide break and managed to remain relatively unscathed by the excesses of alcohol and food that the season brings.

I must admit that it was a fairly quiet and cozy time at Bully Bus HQ spent mainly with Mr Other Half and the bullies of the bus. Plenty of time to eat far too much rich food whilst lazing in front of rubbish TV; A typical Christmas for us in many ways!!!! 😉

The latest jobs to do on Plot 29 were tackled with great gusto though – It’s now sporting a new fence, the shed has been moved and yet more digging is underway……….

Plot 29 on the final day of 2013.

Plot 29 on the final day of 2013.

But rather than run the risk of this turning into an allotment themed blog every time I decide to add a new post, I’ve resolved to create Plot 29’s very own space in the blogosphere – An online record of how it’s all shaped up since those keys were handed over at the end of October and hopefully an opportunity to share the successes and failures I have no doubt I’ll be coming up against as the growing season commences.

There’ll be no more mention of allotment related stuff here………. well, maybe an occasional hint at what’s going on from time to time……… and definitely a link to the new blog once it’s all up and running, lol, but other than that my lips are sealed :0)

It’s back to a bit of a weekly crafting challenge on here – With the aid of a little Pinspiration and an occasional dip in to a random tutorial generator.

You can view it here: It’s highly addictive!!!!!!

I’m off in to Leeds to brave the sales queues and grab some essential crafting supplies to get me started; Have a great day folks!!!!!!

My first appearance in ‘Craftseller’ magazine 🙂

I’ve been celebrating having a few more moments of fame over the last few weeks…….. as I’ve had a quick mention in ‘Craftseller’ magazine; Blink and you’ll miss it though!

Anywhoo, back to Earth and another quick make for this week’s post – Fabric Flower Hair Barrettes.

Felt clad flower barrettes by Wulli Bulli (aka The Big Blue Bully Bus).

This is another one of those projects that doesn’t take too long to complete and is great for using up any scraps of fabric and felt that you may have lying around. You will need: a needle and thread, scraps of wool felt, a vintage button, a blank snap fastening hair barrette, 6 small circles of lightweight fabric, sharp scissors and a marker pen.

It’s time to use the Sizzix machine again and blow the dust off that ‘Circles’ die 😉

Start by making your flower; Fold a fabric circle in half and place a running stitch close to the outside edge.

When you pull the thread the fabric will gather in gentle folds to form a petal shape.

Repeat this step another five times in total before gently pulling the thread tight to form each of the flower petals. Secure in a ring with a few stitches.

A few stitches at the end will form the ring centre of your fabric flower.

Now we’re going to make the felt cladding……. start by tracing an outline around the blank barrette – make this larger so that you have space to stitch around the outer edge.

Don’t worry about the pen marks – they’ll be hidden on the inside of your work.

Cut out two identical pieces of wool felt; make a little slit in one piece to feed the snap mechanism through.

Mark where to make the hole for the snap mechanism with two little dots – use sharp scissors to make a little slit and then feed the snap through.

Attach your fabric flower to the other piece of felt using a few concealed stitches. Sew a button in the centre to hide away any raw edges.

Nearly there!

Now all that needs to be done is to sew the two halves together; I use a blanket stitch but, like last week, it’s up to you as to which stitch you ultimately decide to use. Just remember to work all the way around so that the barrette is safely clad in its little felt overcoat. Finish off with a knot hidden under one of the petals.

In just a few hours you can make a garden full of these!

These barrettes are great to use on even the finest hair as the felt cladding offers extra protection from the hard metal edges; And they’re brilliant for babies too!

Happy Crafting Folks! 😉