Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Where are we?

In case you are wondering where we are, you can find us on Instagram @ellaandnesta. We have been enjoying ourselves looking at everyone's creations and all the ideas whizzing around on IG. At the moment we're super summer busy, so Instagram fits in very well with making the most of time shortage!



You have probably seen quite a few of these Charm Square Fabric Trays and they really are fun and fast to make. The free tutorial is on A Spoonful of Sugar here.


We made two with some favourite apple fabric and used a bright red polka dot fabric on the back of one and linen on the other. The polka dot is definitely our favourite! 


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Sunday, 21 June 2015

DIY Tutorial for Recycled Fabric Vase Covers - Coprivasi for Handmade Summer - The Creative Factory

The Creative Factory è tornata con Handmade Summer. Ci siamo appassionate ai vasi pensili che abbiamo visto ultimamente su Internet. Abbiamo trovato tanti bei tutorial per creare vasi pensili e così ci siamo divertite a crearne con della fettuccia delle magliette super colorata. Visto che il nostro gatto ha lentamente eliminiato (con i suoi salti poco precisi sul davanzale della finestra) tutti i vasi abbinati, anziché comprarne di nuovi (ancora!) abbiamo deciso di coprirli con tessuto maglia riciclato. Ecco allora un tutorial per creare dei Coprivaso di Stoffa Riciclata.

The Creative Factory is back with a Handmade Summer. We have fallen for the hanging planters we've been seeing lately. We have found lots of good tutorials for making fabric hanging planters and so we had fun making our own with colourful t-shirt yarn. As our cat has slowly eliminated (with his not so precise jumping on the windowsill) all our matching vases for plants, instead of buying new ones (again!) we decided to cover our mismatching ones with recycled knit fabric. So here's a little tutorial for making Recycled Fabric Vase Covers.





Ecco che cosa serve per creare i Coprivaso di Stoffa Riciclata:
  • Una vecchia tuta
  • Un vaso per piante
  • Forbici oppure una rotella per tagliare

Here is what you need to make Recycled Fabric Vase Covers:
  • A worn out tracksuit
  • An old plant vase (flower pot)
  • Scissors or rotary cutter

Misura l'altezza del vaso che vuoi coprire e poi ritaglia la base di una gamba della tuta due volte l'altezza del vaso. Taglia via l'orlo del pantalone e poi gira a rovescio.

Measure the height of the vase you'd like to cover and then cut the bottom of one trouser leg twice the height of the vase. Cut off the seam at the bottom of the trouser leg and then turn inside out.


Cucire la base del tubo. Inserisci il vaso dentro la tasca che hai creato e poi segna con gli spilli la stoffa in più sui lati del vaso per seguire la forma del vaso. Disegna una linea lungo i bordi del vaso.

Sew the bottom end the tube you've cut off with a 1/4" seam. Slip the vase inside the pocket you have made and then pin the extra fabric on the sides of the vase to follow the shape of the vase. Draw a line along the edges of the vase.



Togli gli spilli e cuci lungo le due linee che hai disegnato. Adesso pizzica gli angoli alla base e, dopo aver inserito ancora il vaso nella tasca, disegna una linea su questi angoli, seguendo la forma del vaso. Togli il vaso e cuci lungo le linee. Se vuoi puoi tagliare via la stoffa in più, lasciando un piccolo margine.
Gira il coprivaso sul dritto ed ecco il tuo Coprivaso di Stoffa Riciclata. Puoi rigirare verso l'esterno la stoffa che avanza sopra il bordo del vaso perchè aggiunge un bel dettaglio al coprivaso, dato che la stoffa della tuta all'interno è più chiara.

Take the pins out and sew along the two lines you have drawn. Now pinch the corners at the bottom and, after slipping the vase in the cover again, draw a line on these corners following the shape of the vase. Take the vase out and sew along this line. If you like you can cut off the excess fabric, leaving a seam allowance. 
Turn right side out and you have your Recycled Vase Cover. You can turn back the excess fabric at the top of the vase or cut it off. Turning the fabric back on the outside will add an extra detail to the vase cover as the inside of the tracksuit fabric is a lighter colour.



Abbiamo coperto i nostri vecchi vasi con i Coprivasi di Stoffa Riciclata e poi gli abbiamo appesi con le retine che abbiamo creato. Ci piacciono tantissimo! Se cerchi un buon tutorial in italiano per creare retine per vasi pensili allora dai un'occhiata qui (Grazie Carmen!).

We've covered our old flower pots with the recycled fabric vase covers and slipped them into the new hanging planters we'd made. We love the result! If your looking for a good tutorial for making fabric or string hanging planters then take a look here.



The Creative Factory ha preparato tanti tutorial divertenti per Handmade Summer qui:

The Creative Factory has a lot of fun Handmade Summer tutorials for you here:



Happy Summer!



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Summer Gift Party - Origami Garland by Craft Patisserie

E' il primo giorno dell'estate e siamo pronte a festeggiare ufficialmente il Summer Gift Party. In realtà noi abbiamo iniziato a festeggiare già dalla nostra iscrizione a questo swap party ideato da Lisa @ Piccolecose ed Antonella @ Blog a CavoloAbbiamo avuto il piacere di ammirare le bellissime ghirlande create dalle blogger partecipanti ed abbiamo aspettato con trepidazione per sapere chi sarebbe stata la nostra swap partner. Abbiamo festeggiato quando abbiamo conosciuto la simpaticissima e talentuosa Carla di Craft Patisserie. E quale emozione quando abbiamo ricevuto la sua spettacolare ghirlanda origami:

It's the first day of summer and we are ready to officially celebrate the Summer Gift Party. Actually we started having fun from when we first joined this swap party invented by Lisa @ Piccolecose and Antonella @ Blog a Cavolo. We had the pleasure of admiring the beautiful garlands made by all the bloggers who had joined and we waited with anticipation to find out who would become our swap partner. We celebrated when we met the fun and extremely talented Carla from Craft Patisserie. How exciting when we received her wonderful origami garland:



Impacchettato con cura, che gioia scoprire tutti gli incredibili dettagli dei vestitini origami. Un lavoro bellissimo, perfetto!

Wrapped up carefully, how lovely to discover all the incredible detail in the little dresses. A beautiful job, perfect!



Una domanda per Carla: ma quanti washi tape hai?! Una varietà enorme di nastri per decorare, tutti una festa per gli occhi! Adoriamo le bandierine tra un vestitino e l'altro.

A question for Carla: how many rolls of washi tape do you own?! An enormous variety of tapes to decorate, joy for our eyes! We love the little flags between the dresses.



Grazie Carla per la tua ghirlanda Summer Gift Party che già riempie la nostra casa di gioia e dolcezza. Ce ne prenderemo cura!

Thank you Carla for your Summer Gift Party Garland that fills our house with joy and sweetness. We will look after it carefully!


Ed ecco la ghirlanda che abbiamo spedito a Carla: la ghirlanda che diventa scrapbook per raccogliere i ricordi dell'estate. Le è piaciuta e noi siamo contentissime! 

And here is the garland we sent to Carla: the garland becomes a scrapbook to collect summer memories. She really liked it and we are really happy!


Speriamo che Antonella e Lisa stiano già ideando un altro divertente swap party perchè noi non vediamo l'ora di partecipare di nuovo!

We hope Antonella and Lisa are thinking of another swap party because we can't wait to join again!



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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Le Challenge #23 - SINGLE BUTTERFLY

A single butterfly in the garden made me stop in my tracks. Time seemed to freeze as I watched my daughter Lucy skipping after that butterfly. For a moment I wasn't there anymore, I became Lucy or rather myself as a child following a butterfly in my Grandma's beautiful garden. 


Childhood memories rushed in front of my eyes and for a fraction of a second I couldn't move. You might think I'm exaggerating but I swear it was like when you smell something you haven't smelt for years and it makes memories suddenly come into your mind. Hasn't that ever happened to you?


To capture the moment when a single butterfly stopped time for me in the garden that day I made this special Hairband. I used a single butterfly from Rashida Coleman-Hale's magical Night Sky from the Moonlit collection for Cotton + Steel and decorated it with tiny beads. 


Le Challenge


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Saturday, 6 June 2015

Free Summer Craft Magazine - Handmade Happy free tutorials and downloads

If you don't know Heart Handmade UK then you should take a look, this site is packed with lots of free tutorials and lovely photos. Now is a good time to visit too because the new summer edition of the free craft magazine Handmade Happy has just been published. 

Handmade Happy 2015 Cover - click through for free magazine download

We are really excited because our project for Folding Heart Placemats is included in this issue. We had the wonderful opportunity of working with Ombretta from A Sunday Morning with... for this tutorial. Ombretta's free printables are always so pretty and very useful too!



The project includes Ombretta's tags and envelope templates and our tutorial for making Folding Heart Placemats, fun and useful for picnics and eating outdoors.


This free summer craft magazine is packed with fantastic ideas, using different techniques, from sewing to papercrafts, from crochet to working with Hama beads:

How to sew a lace top - click through for free magazine download

You can also download for free all the past editions of Handmade Happy magazine!




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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Summer Gift Party

Una ghirlanda ispirata all'Estate? Come resistere a questo divertente swap party ideata da Lisa @ Piccolecose ed Antonella @ Blog a Cavolo? Ecco qui la nostra ghirlanda per l'Estate:

Bunting with a Summer theme? How can you resist this fun swap party invented by Lisa @ Piccolecose and Antonella @ Blog a Cavolo? Here's our Summer Bunting:


Questa stoffa di Terrys Fabrics con le cabine da mare, era perfetta per una ghirlanda estiva e ci piaceva l'idea di trasformarla in una decorazione in divenire. Abbiamo usato questa bellissima stoffa di cotone pesante e la tela di iuta per creare le bandierine. Lo spago sotto ogni bandierina permette di aggiungere i ricordi dell'estate:

This fabric by Terrys Fabrics with beach huts is perfect for a Summer garland and we liked the idea of transforming it into an ever changing decoration. We used this beautiful thick cotton fabric backed with burlap to make the flags. The twine under each flag is for adding your Summer souvenirs:


dai legnetti "lavorati" dalle onde ai piccoli tesori naturali trovati in spiaggia,

from little sticks the waves have "smoothed" to natural treasures found on the beach,


dalle cartoline ricevute dagli amici ai biglietti dei musei visitati durante l'estate.

from the postcards friends have sent to tickets from museums visited during the Summer.


La ghirlanda diventa uno scrapbook appeso da ammirare tutti i giorni dell'estate.

The garland becomes a scrapbook to hang up and admire all Summer.


Speriamo tanto possa piacere a chi la riceverà: dal 3 giugno al 15 giugno inizierà lo swap ed i festeggiamenti!

We really hope the person who receives it will like it: from the 3rd to the 15th of June the swap starts and so does the party!





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Sunday, 31 May 2015

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