How to make an origami crane

Morning all!

Have you been over to check out our facebook page?  or checked us out on Instagram?

Once you’ve had a perusal, grab your origami papers and get ready to fold!

You don’t have to use origami papers. Wrapping paper or any thinnish type of paper will do. I got a lovely pack with clouds on from Tiger stores. Sadly they don’t have an online shop and my nearest is about 60 miles away. *sob, sob*

I apologise for some of the pictures, they were taken during nap time so time was of the essence and the sun kept disappearing.

If your paper has a front and back, lay it face down on your work surface.

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Fold the right hand side over to the left hand side and crease well. Open back out.

Fold the bottom up to the top, crease well and unfold.

FLIP! you should now have the pretty side facing you.

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Take the bottom right corner and match it to the top left corner. Crease and unfold.

Repeat for bottom left to top right.

Turn the piece on it’s tip so it looks like a diamond. Lightly re fold the creases you made in the first two steps so that the paper is standing on the 4 corners.

Pinch the 4 corners together.

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Put the top bit with the left bit and the bottom bit with the right bit and you will end up with a smaller diamond. Lay it down on the work surface with the open bit at the bottom and the closed point at the top. With me so far?

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Take the topmost right corner and fold the bottom edge up to meet the centre fold. Repeat for the left side. Flip the piece over and repeat right and left on this side.

Fold the top point down, crease, then back up. Flip, repeat on other side.

Open the sides out so it looks like a diamond again. Pick the topmost piece up from the bottom and carefully open the shape out. you will need to give the creases at the top a bit of a poke from the inside. Go back over the creases once the piece is flat. Flip. Repeat on the other side.

Fold the upper most piece on the right against the centre fold. Repeat on the left. Flip.  Repeat on the other side.

This next step is a bit tricky to write down but easy to do so follow the pictures if I’m not making any sense. Squidge is a technical term.

Take the upper most piece on the right and lift it so that the side opens out a little. Fold the bottom point up and then squidge the side bits back together. Repeat on the other side.

They can be even or not. You’ve now got the head and tail with the wings in the middle. Choose which end is going to be the head of the crane. Open that side up a little and fold part of the tip down. Squidge the bits back together.

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WINGS! We are nearly there!

Now, gently, very gently, but a little less gently if it isn’t doing anything, take a wing tip in each hand and pull. Gently. The middle section should start to flatten out. If it needs a little more encouragement, hold the wings closer to the body and pull again. BE GENTLE!!. or you end up with a ripped crane.

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Now do a little dance! You’ve made your crane.

Keep an eye out on instagram and facebook over the next few days for inspiration on how to use them.

Kx

 

 

Foundation single crochet help

Bonjourno!

Ive had some rare hooky time today and realised just how much I hate doing foundation chains. I decided it was about time I got over my fear of the foundation single crochet ( US terms). Ive been trying for ages to get my head around it and it just baffled me.

I came across this video on youtube from www.crocheteverafter.com :

She explains the process really well and I’ve actually managed to make my first fsc! Hurrah!

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Unfortunately, I then got distracted by chocolate. Oh well. It needs a bit of practise but yay for learning new things.

What crafty baffler have you recently overcome?

Kx

Cheap and easy teepee cushion

I made a tee pee for the Mini Beast’s first birthday. I got a super tutorial from pinktoesandpowertools.com and whipped it up in a couple of evenings.

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The casings for the poles were made from some upholstery velvety type fabric ( a devil to work with), some lilac dress fabric ( that I had never made into a dress) and a single duvet from a local home store that matches the wall paper in her bedroom. The poles were inch thick dowlings from B and Q that I cut down to size.

You will notice from the pictures that the poles are not wooden coloured. My sweet little daughter is called Mini Beast for a reason. She has a tendency to test things to destruction so the poles were wrapped with silver duct tape to avoid them splintering if she decided to plough into them.

I really wanted somewhere nice and cosy that she could go and take a book, cuddle teddy, plot more ways to distract me and get into my wool stash and maybe, just maybe have a sleep. That last part was seriously wishful thinking.

The types of cushions I had seen inside teepees on Pinterest all looked a bit firm and were quite high off the floor for someone who had yet to master getting down from things without falling on her face. I wanted something soft and squishy that was easily washable. Space is also at a premium in our house (ironic I know given that this post is about a tent in the middle of my living room) so it would be great if it could serve two purposes.

I was sorting through my fabric stash when I came across a double duvet that I had used half of to make a curtain for MB’s bedroom door. A quarter of the duvet cover would be enough to fill the space in the bottom of the teepee AND it was the bottom of the cover that was left so it still had the poppers on. A quick shimmy with the scissors and I was left with the bottom right quarter of a double duvet cover. (See pictures below for visual instructions.)

 

Teepee cushion tutorial

 

I then turned this inside out so it was right sides together. With the side with the poppers on at the bottom, I stitched the open side seams together and then the top seam so that I was left with a large square envelope with a poppered opening. Once I had turned it right side out it was time to come up with a stuffing.

Remember the need for it to do two jobs AND be washable? *Light bulb moment* Quick trip down to Argos for the biggest, thickest, cheapest duvet they did. I came out with a king-size, 15 tog polyfilled squishy lovely. Once home, I folded it into quarters, popped it inside the newly made cover and popped the poppers together. Et voilà!

A super squishy, fully washable cushion for the teepee and hidden storage for the guest duvet.

The duvet cover was about 3 pounds from a charity shop and the duvet was about 15 pounds. It took less than half an hour to cut and sew so it is a nice easy make and suited my budget.

It is also highly favoured by the cat, no higher praise could one wish for.

Let’s see your teepees and cushions. Email your pictures to katie@buttonsandpickles.com and we’ll get them added to our pinterest board for all to see.

Kx

 

No Knead Bread and Rainbow Yarn

Morning! And Happy Tuesday to you!

Well this last week has been full of lovely things. The Sun finally got its hat on ( hip hip hip hooray!) and little E thankfully dropped a night feed so we now only wake up somewhere between 1am and the dreaded 3 am. This extra sleep has meant I’ve finally had enough energy to try some crafty, homely things.

Wednesday saw me trying no knead bread for the first time. I saw the recipe first on Attic24’s site back in Jan. If you don’t have a pot with a lid to put in the oven you can use a Pyrex bowl and tin foil. You are looking to create a steam oven to bake the bread in so I recommend laying two lengths of foil out in a cross shape on the kitchen work top. When the pot comes out of the oven after its initial heating it is absolutely ROASTING hot (as you would expect 🙂 ), place the pot in the middle of the cross, plop your dough in and then pull the tin foil up and crimp/scrunch together over the top so you don’t have to touch the sides. Unfortunately, it all got eaten before I got a chance to take some pics.

My next loaf will hopefully have jalapeno and cheddar in it. Will takes pics and post progress asap.

I decided to treat my yarn stash the other week and signed up for Little Boo Yarns’ Rainbow yarn club, this is what the post fairy brought this week:

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Eeeep! Isn’t it gorgeous?! I shall be turning it into a bunny for E.

Sorry to type and run this week, the munchkin has just woken from her nap and is demanding food.

Hope you are all well, enjoy your week.

Kx