Posts Tagged ‘VW themed crafts’

It’s 2013!!!!!! Hope that you had a fabulous Christmas and managed to stay fit and healthy; Thankfully everyone at Bully Bus HQ did 😉

I’m glad to report that my little chat to Santa just before the big day really did pay dividends as the good natured elf managed to squeeze a brand new sewing machine down the chimney – a whizzy one that does way more stitches than my trusty old Brother machine ever could and is much easier to use when creating free motion embroidery….. theoretically…… 🙂

In truth I’m a bit of a neat freak and everything has to be just so; It’s hard to allow wonky lines and frayed edges to exist in my work but I’m trying really hard! And I do like the whimsical, slightly naive look it creates……

My first bit of free motion embroidery using my new machine.

My first bit of free motion embroidery using my new machine.

So! A little zippered coin purse was the first project to be completed whilst also cooking the Christmas dinner for six (How’s that for multitasking?); Occasional breaks in the proceedings to check on things in the kitchen, a few sneaky trips to the tea trolley turned into a mobile drinks bar (aka the Jolly Trolley) and highly delighted squeals from me and a round of applause from the crew upon completion.

And Mr Other Half now wants a ‘manly’ version to keep his pennies safe 🙂

My little zippered purse holds all my treasures - I love it!!!!!!

My little zippered purse holds all my treasures – I love it!!!!!!

I’m thinking that 2013 may shape up to be the year when the sewing machine rules!!!!!! We shall see………………….. 😉

Well! The silly season is definitely upon us and preparations are well underway with decking the halls at Bully Bus HQ.

The final theme for this year is ‘Christmas’ and this week I’ve been making some tree decorations – VW themed of course 😉

Want to have a go too? Here’s how to make your own splitscreen bus decoration out of scraps of wool felt …….

101_1401First you’ll need to create a few templates for the main body of the bus, the top, bumper and windows. I drew mine on to pieces of card and then traced round each shape on to the reverse of the felt before cutting. I also wanted to add a holly and jingle bell berries embellishment – but luckily I’ve got a sizzix die that makes light work of that bit of cutting out!

101_1409Now to start piecing everything together; The first job is to sew the windows in place.

101_1411Now add the splitscreen top to the main body of the bus and sew.

101_1413Attach the bumper.

101_1415Add button headlights.

101_1416Make two little loops out of black satin ribbon for the wheels, add a loop for hanging and then sandwich the front and back pieces together before stitching all the way round to finish. Secure the holly ‘berries in place with a few stitches and ‘Hey Presto!’ You’ve got yourself a cute VW themed decoration to hang on the tree……

Looks lovely dun't it?

Looks lovely dun’t it?

These are really easy to make and don’t take too long to stitch together; Why not have a go for yourself and trim your tree with the classiest decorations around?

Happy Stitching Folks!!!!