I'm back

I have just got back after some time away. I hope everyone has enjoyed the holidays so far and have found time to relax and be with loved ones. If like me, you enjoy wrapping gifts and crafting you have probably been in your element. Whether you love cooking, giving handmade gifts or festive crafts, it is the perfect time of year to get busy making. 

Scarf gift wrap

I wanted to try something different in the way of wrapping a present. Then I remembered I have this nice scarf that I don't do anything with. Hey presto, with just a scarf I had simple, stylish and free gift wrap. Why haven't I tried this before? Unlike most present wrapping there was no paper/sellotape/glue or ribbon needed, so very eco-friendly. It was also very low maintenance to put together, it took me all of 10 seconds to do. It is an especially nice thing to do if the person you are buying for likes scarves, as it is two gifts in one.  

Whilst I just used the simple pull opposite ends together to tie the knot technique above, there are quite a few scarf knotting techniques out there. If you want to try some other knot types head over to the Lush website. They have a few video clips showing you how to achieve different types of scarf knotting (including knot-wrap bow, flower and string bag). If you love wrapping gifts it is worth a look. 

Lush also sell recycled scarves to use as gift wrap and have their own scarf wrapped gift sets. Lush products and a lovely scarf! I am tempted to get one for myself.

(P.s/ this post was not sponsored by Lush, I just really like their stuff!)     

Festive gift wrapping

Snowflake confetti + embroidery thread =  decorative winter garland for a present. So easy to make. What do you think?

How-to make a curtain from a scarf

Have you got a scarf that you love but never wear? Maybe you could turn it into a curtain for your home, its easy. 

All you need is a scarf
This is how to make one:
1, Measure your window first. Make sure the scarf is both long enough and wide enough to cover the window. If it is to long, cut off the extra fabric from where the top of the curtain will be (allowing for the extra length needed for the casing). 
2, Next, make a casing for your curtain pole. You can do this by folding over (to the back) the side of fabric that you want to be the top. Sew a straight line along the top leaving an inch or two margin depending on the thickness of your curtain pole. Cut off or leave any tassles/fraying on your scarf according to your preference. That is it! 
You can add a bit of vintage glamour to your window by putting up a lace panel. Lace can be dyed any colour to match the scheme you already have. No one does this better in my opinion than Pearl Lowe. You can find inspiration on her lovely website
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