Diy Envelope Liners.

Diy Envelope Liners

I've been making a lot of things with wool lately like these weavings and these crocheted hats which mean it's been a while since I made and shared a paper project. I made a couple of birthday cards earlier this week and was looking for a way to jazz up the plain envelopes. I decided to make my own diy envelope liners and thought I'd share them here as well.

Here's how I made them.

Materials needed to make Diy Envelope Liners

Materials needed to make your own Diy Envelope Liners:

Decorative paper, plain envelopes, card, scissors, a pencil, ruler and some glue or double sided tape.

How to make Diy Envelope Liners

1. Lay your envelope flat and trace around it onto some card.

2. Cut out your envelope shape. Trim 3/4 inch off the bottom and a 1/4 inch off each side, this will ensure it fits easily into your envelope. You don't need to trim anything off the top.

3. Trace around your envelope liner template onto some decorative paper and cut it out. I like to use scrapbook paper but wallpaper would also work well.

4. Slide your liner into your envelope. Make sure to push the liner to the bottom of the envelope so it leaves the envelope glue clear. Fold the top of the envelope down including the liner and crease.

5. Open the envelope and glue the liner flap down using a glue stick or some double sided tape. Don't tape the bottom of the paper as it makes it harder to slide in.

6. To finish fold the envelope flap back down.

I love envelope liners. They're such a simple yet effective way to add personality to your cards or invitations and the best thing about them is they can be easily customised to fit any size envelope. Give it a go and let me know how you get on.

Diy Envelope Liners

Like this? You might want to check out my other envelope tutorials, diy origami envelopes, simple diy scrapbook paper envelopes and my diy pocket envelopes.

Easy Diy Crochet Hats - 2 Ways.

Make these easy Diy Crochet Hats - 2 different ways using the single crochet stitch

Are you looking for an easy crochet project for beginners? Yes, great, me too. I think these diy crocheted hats might be exactly we've been looking for. All you need to know is how to chain and single crochet. Easy, right?

I've always wanted to learn how to crochet properly. Before making these hats I'd only ever crocheted two things, a giant granny square baby blanket and a cowl that wasn't totally successful. The problem with only making these two things is that I only knew how to make these two things! I didn't know any of the basics, I had no idea how to read a pattern or even what a single crochet actually was so when I found what looked like a really easy and free pattern over on Lion Yarns website I didn't know where to start. Enter Craftsy.

Use one of Craftsy's online classes to learn how to crochet

Craftsy is an online community where you can take online classes, buy supplies and share your projects with other makers. They have something for everyone including sewing, quilting, cooking, paper crafts, jewellery making and a crochet class that takes you through the basics and beyond.

I've taken a few of their free classes before so I knew exactly where to look when I decided I wanted to know more about crochet. The class takes you through all the basic stitches, how to read a pattern, working in rows and the round as well as troubleshooting any mistakes you make along the way. My favourite thing about Craftsy has to be the app. It means you can access any classes anytime and anywhere. You get to learn at your own pace and can keep any classes you buy forever, perfect for when you want to re-watch and refresh your memory.

You can currently buy the crochet class here for £12.77 (around $20) and I think it's well worth it.

After going back and learning the basics here's how I made my easy diy crochet hats two different ways.

Make these easy Diy Crochet Hats - 2 different ways using the single crochet stitch

1. Start by making the initial chain. This will be the height of your hat. I used a size 7 (4.5 mm) crochet hook and chained 40 as I wanted my hat to be slouchy.

2. Single crochet into the 2nd chain from the hook and then into each chain.

3. Chain 1, turn and then single crochet into each stitch.

4. Repeat crocheting rows until you're happy with the length. I crocheted 75 rows which measured around 48 cm. The amount of rows you crochet will be the circumference of your hat, I found the best way to measure this was to tie some wool around my head and then use this as a guide.

Remember your crochet will have some give in it so make sure to take this into consideration.

5. Fasten off the end of your wool. You should now have a rectangle made up of rows of single crochet. Mine measured 32 cm by 48 cm.

6. Thread some wool onto a blunt needle and thread if through the end of the rows on one of the long sides of your rectangle. Pull the wool to gather the top and tie it tightly. You may need to sew the top to close the hole completely.

7. To finish the hat whip stitch the sides closed. Each hat used just under one 100g ball of wool.

Make this easy, slouchy Diy Crochet Hat

And here's my finished slouchy crocheted hat.

How to make a ribbed knitted effect in crochet

For my second hat I wanted to try making a ribbed knitted effect I'd seen here. I made it in exactly the same way as the first hat except I crocheted into the back loop of each stitch only. You crochet the first row in exactly the same way as above but when it comes to all the other rows you crochet into the back loops only. It's the front loops sticking out that give it that ribbed effect.

Here's close-up of the ribbed crochet.

How to make a ribbed knitted effect with crochet // close-up

To finish my second hat I made a giant pom pom. I used some leftover wool from this weaving and attached it to the top.

Easy Diy Giant Pom Pom Crochet Hat

And now for some silly pictures of me trying to model the hat. I don't think I have a future as a hat model but the other half did tell me that my hat made me look like a Smurf which I think I'm taking as a compliment.

Easy Diy Giant Pom Pom Crochet Hat

Let me know if you decide to give crochet a go or make one of these hats. I'd love to know how you get on. They're really easy, I promise.

Don't know if Craftsy is for you? Why not sign up for a free class and see what you think or download this free pdf The Beginners Guide to Crochet to get you started.

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Light and Buttery Chocolate Chip Shortbread.

Recipe for buttery and crumbly chocolate chip shortbread

I made a batch of these delicious, crumbly chocolate chip shortbread biscuits on the weekend and wanted to share them here with you. I love baking and it's something I'm trying to make more time for. After all there's nothing quite as satisfying as sitting down with a cup of tea and dunking a biscuit you made yourself is there?

The secret to this recipe is the cornflour. It helps give it that crumbly, melt in the mouth texture and I have to say I'm a fan. I've tried a few different recipes and I think this is the best and dare I say it maybe even fool-proof. They're light and buttery and impossible to resist. An instant crowd pleaser. Try them for yourself and let me know what you think.

chocolate chip shortbread dough

This dough can be stored in the fridge for a couple of days or frozen for up to three months. Wrap it tightly in cling film or wax paper and make sure to twist the ends closed. If you freeze the dough already sliced you can even bake it straight from frozen.

Recipe for buttery and crumbly chocolate chip shortbread

Ingredients for Chocolate Chip Shortbread (makes 12 - 15 biscuits).

250g softened unsalted butter,
50g caster sugar (extra for sprinkling),
250g plain (all purpose) flour,
125g cornflour,
50g chocolate chips.

Cream the softened butter and sugar together in a bowl until it is pale and fluffy.

Sift the flour and cornflour into the bowl and mix together with the creamed butter and sugar until you have a smooth dough that is no longer crumbly.

Add the chocolate chips and knead until evenly distributed.

Form the dough into a log shape and wrap tightly in cling film smoothing as you go. Chill the dough in the fridge for at least an hour.

While the dough is chilling you can preheat the oven to 170°c / 325°F / Gas mark 3.

Remove the dough log from the cling film and slice it into rounds about 1/2 inch thick. Place on a lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for around 30 minutes or until pale and golden.

Remember if you cut your rounds thinner than 1/2 inch you'll need to adjust the baking time accordingly.

Allow the shortbread biscuits to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. While the shortbread is still warm sprinkle liberally with sugar and leave to finish cooling.

Recipe adapted from Cookie Magic.

I added chocolate chips to my shortbread but you could add some nuts or dried fruit or if you're feeling particularly adventurous you could try a handful of chopped rosemary or lavender.

Recipe for buttery and crumbly chocolate chip shortbread

Recipe for buttery and crumbly chocolate chip shortbread

Want more? You can find my other sweet and savoury treats here.

3 Diy's I'd Love To Make.

3 Diy's I'd Love To Make

1. I think this Diy Mid Centruy Wall Clock from Sugar & Cloth is exactly what our living room needs.

2. I've fallen in love with the simplicity of this Diy Floating Shelf from Place Of My Taste.

3. Looking for the perfect diy gift? Try one of these Diy Leather Envelope Clutch from Alice and Lois.

A Quick Note On Why I'm Truncating My Rss Feed.

A Quick Note Or Why I'm Truncating My Rss Feed

If you subscribe to this blog through rss or email starting this week you're going to see some changes. I know this is how a lot of you prefer to read this blog so I wanted to give you a heads up and explain why from now on certain posts will be truncated meaning you will only see the first photo and paragraph of each post with a link to the full post on the blog.

As you know whenever I share a tutorial I include links to craft supplies I've loved and used so you can easily recreate the project using the same materials and products. To do this I use Amazon affiliate links, this means that if you click and purchase on a product I receive a small commission. I recently discovered it is against Amazon's Terms of Service to include these links in email or rss feed. As these affiliate links are what help support this blog and enable me to make more craft projects to share with you, all future posts containing Amazon affiliate links will only be available in full on the blog.

Truncating my blog feed wasn't something I wanted to do as I know a lot of people, including myself can find it really annoying to have to click over to a site after already taking the time to subscribe. Hopefully only truncating the posts containing the Amazon affiliate is a good compromise.

Thank you so much for reading. I really do appreciate each and every one of you who has taken the time to read, share, subscribe and support this blog. It means a lot.

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