Astar's Craft - 3 June
Crafts to satisfy the needs of those interested in -
1. Recycled fashion - t-shirt into a fashionable shrug top..
2. and those who love to garden - arty concrete stepping stone..
Recycled fashion - turn a t-shirt into a beautiful shrug top.
Things to gather -
- long sleeved t-shirt in a colour to suit
- sharp dress makers scissors
- matching thread
- matching ribbon or cord
- pins and measuring tape
- sewing machine
Note - at the moment Spotlight have sewing machines on special for under $200.00 - great investment at a great price&
Take your t-shirt and lay it out flat on work surface.
(Back on bench, front facing you.)
Find the exact middle of t-shirt by folding in half and marking with a pin. Lay back out flat again, then cut up centre front and remove neck band.
Then, slightly round off the neck edge down the front section by a couple of cm, as this will make it easier to form casing&
Turn t- shirt inside out, then fold over cut edges about 3cm to make a casing.
Pin and sew around to close.
Take the ribbon or cord and fix one end to a safety pin.
Thread this through casing tying or knotting off each end.
Pull tight and tie up under bust.
Additional extra embellishing - decorate around the neck edge with handmade roses or buttons or beads
Handmade decorative concrete garden stepping stones...
Seriously gorgeous way of adding interest to your garden& I'll need about a dozen of these for my new resting garden&
Things to gather -
- Plastic saucer - about the size of a large dinner plate.
- Readi-crete or premixed rapid setting concrete - you can get it from Hardware stores but the best to use for this project is Mortar and plaster mix& cost around $15.00 for a large bag.
- mixing bucket and stick or old spoon
- and about ½ to 2/3 cup of PVA glue.
- coloured glass beads or marbles
For safety - rubber gloves and a mask
To achieve the correct concrete consistency - just think thick porridge
But roughly my mix was about 4 cup concrete to enough water to achieve as indicated - that porridgey dropsy thickness
+ mix to fold in the PVA glue.
Once concrete is ready, pour into plastic dish and pat down like a stiff mud pie.
Decorate top with glass beads.
Leave in dish for a good 24 hours to completely dry before removing, and then shade dry several more days before placing in and around your garden.