DIY ‘bat country’ Mouse Mat

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I did say that I would share what I did with the other cork pot stand – so here we go, a more manly mouse mat made as a birthday present (see my original one here)!  I’d like to mention that I have never read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, so I’m hoping that this is an alright representation.  This time I experimented by drawing on the cork with Sharpie instead of the acrylic paint I used on my own mat and I actually think it turned out better.  The mouse glides much more easily over it.

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Bedroom Makeover 1: DIY Cork Mousemat

DIY cork mousemat

Lately I’ve been trying to turn my bedroom into a place that I look forward to coming home to, rather than a place that I dump my stuff in while I’m not at work or uni.  I’ve recently received a new desktop (first blog post on this baby!), but the mouse is useless on my desk.  I thought making  a cute mousemat would be a good place to start with my bedroom makeover and luckily found a couple of cork pot stands on sale that were the perfect size (in case you haven’t noticed, I really like the look of cork – see my cork noticeboard and cork coasters)

What you need:

mousemat supplies

  • Cork base
  • A design (my mum kindly created a stencil for me using her fancy-smancy printer)
  • Acrylic paint and paintbrush
  • A piece of felt
  • Glue

Here’s how: 

1.  Paint the design onto the cork (I stuck the stencil on, used a brush to stipple on the paint and peeled the stencil off once the paint was almost dry).

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2.  Paint around the edges (use tape if you want a straight(ish) line – mine still isn’t perfect, but I tried).

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3.  Cut the felt slightly smaller than the cork and glue onto the back.

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4.  Leave to dry properly before using.

Ta-da!  This seems to be working well so far.  I was a bit worried the paint would need fixing with something, but I’ve been using it for a bit and nothing has come off on my mouse.  I’m turning the other cork mat into a present for a special someone, so I’ll probably be posting about that later.

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DIY Tote Bag (take 2)

When I was in the craft shop looking for a plain tote to use for my moustache tote bag and discovered that they were only £1, I ended up buying several.  This one has been my sitting-in-front-of-the-television-on-a-rainy-day project, but as I’ve had so much else going on, it’s taken several months to complete.  This is also why there isn’t a picture for every step (sorry!).  I’m so pleased with the final result though.  Here’s how you can make your own:

What you need:

  • A plain tote bag
  • Sheets of felt in different colours
  • Several colours of embroidery thread and a needle
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A scrap of paper and pen
  • Cellotape
  • Black puff paint

How-to:

1.  Iron the bag to get rid of any wrinkles.

2.  Draw your design onto the scrap of paper and cut it out.

3.  Place the template onto the felt and tape around the edges (this makes it easier to cut the felt).  Repeat a bunch of times.  The template will probably grow with the amount of tape used on it, so you may need to cut it back to the original size once or twice.

4.  Thread the needle and sew wings onto the birds (I’m no expert at sewing, I just went over the same spot until the lines looked thick enough.

5.  Using the puff paint, dot eyes onto each of the birds (you could probably sew on a single black bead instead to create the same effect).

6.  Decide on layout and arrange the birds on the bag.

7.  Place a dab of glue into the middle of each of the birds (don’t spread it out to the edges or you will never be able to get the needle through to sew on the outline and attach them to the bag.

8.  Secure birds properly by sewing around the edges.

Farm Friends Felt Finger Puppets

This week seemed to last forever, so by the time my day off rolled around I need some crafting therapy.  These adorable finger puppets seemed like the perfect project.


Although I was supposed to be helping to make them for a story time, they were so cute that I ended up making a couple for myself.  The pattern and instructions are from Floral Blossom’s Etsy store  (both from the Farm Friends pack which can be found here).

These were relatively simple to make, but as I’m not particularly good at sewing by hand or at cutting in a straight line, there is definitely room for improvement.  Both the pig and the sheep were made from various colours of felt, the faces stuffed with cotton and little back beads used for eyes.  I recon if these were fully stuffed they would make cute decorations for the Christmas tree and I just might try this out nearer Christmas time!

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felt bears for a story time.

Last week, I had the chance to help out Library Quine with preparing an activity for her Soft Toy Sleepover.  You can check out her post (including the rhyme and pictures of the whole activity) here.

We ended up cutting out a bunch of teddy bears so that each participant would have a chance to bring one up to the front and I think they are ADORABLE.  They are made of felt and the faces drawn on with paint pens.  I’m especially fond of the green one on the top row who ended up looking a little chubby in comparison to the rest.  I wish my job was this fun!

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cuties.