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My Poppet : your weekly dose of crafty inspiration

My Poppet : your weekly dose of crafty inspiration: April 2012

My Poppet : your weekly dose of crafty inspiration

Monday, 30 April 2012

Product Review: Tefal Steam Generator Iron

Product Talk by Nuffnang

Guess who did a little dance when she was offered to review the new Tefal Steam Generator Iron? As a crafter and sewer, an iron is my most important piece of kit after my sewing machine, so I couldn't turn down the  chance to give these fancy steam generators a try. In the interest of full disclosure, I was not paid for this review but did get to keep the product. All opinions are my own.

Product: Tefal Steam Generator Pro Express
Even though I do (occasionally) iron clothes, I've reviewed the iron from a crafter's perspective.
How does the Steam Generator differ from a normal iron? I'm glad you asked!
It has a base station that holds a reservoir of 1.8L of water which pumps high pressure steam through a cable to the iron. I've always just had a conventional iron so was really dying to give this a try.

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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Kids Craft: Doughnut Garland

Yesterday we had a small party at home for Emma's 3rd birthday. She is a little obsessed with doughnuts (calls them pink bagels, lol), so I thought a doughnut themed party would be fun.
Whilst the cake was baking, we made this pretty garland together with bits and pieces from the craft drawer.

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Saturday, 21 April 2012

Optus MeTV: The Verdict (and yummy Salted Butterscotch Popcorn!)

Sponsored by Nuffnang

Last month I posted on the new Optus MeTV internet service that arrived on my doorstep.
Now here is the verdict you’ve all been waiting for with baited breath!
Just to recap, MeTV is an internet TV service which also lets you record, pause and rewind free to air television.

What I like about MeTV:

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Thursday, 19 April 2012

How To: Dip Dye Wooden Cutlery

I acquired a ton of this 'disposable' wooden cutlery recently which was crying out for a fun and colourful makeover. With Emma's birthday approaching I thought it would be a pretty alternative to the usual plastic fare widely on offer.
To ensure the cutlery would remain 'food safe' I used food colouring rather than paint or fabric dye for this project.

You will be able to find this wooden 'eco' cutlery and most good party supply stores and some supermarkets. The rest of the materials you probably already have sitting in your cupboards.

Liven up a party, barbecue, picnic or even lunchbox with these colourful eating accessories.
Here's how...

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Thursday, 12 April 2012

How To: Embroidered Toasties

Today's tute comes from Nellie at  (where the craft inclined go to download e-patterns that teach as you make!).  Nellie is currently running a ‘have-your-say giveaway’ where you could win one of four printed pattern sets, and when each set is worth $47.45(AU), you should definitely put it on your to-do list! The winners will be announced on the 30th of April so stay tuned to the Dabbles blog and facebook page.  

I love embroidery but haven't ever posted an embroidery project, so when Nellie offered this cute French Toastie bib project, I couldn't resist. So cute!  She also includes some very clear diagrams to teach you the various stitches used.
Take it away Nellie...

One of my favourite friends is having her first baby in the next couple of months, (Maud, if your reading this – Spoiler Alert!!). I love her to bits, so I wanted to hand embroider her some baby bibs as a gift. Both the parents are French, but the newbie will be a little Aussie, so I thought one bib should have a picture of French toast and the other should have a toast triangle with Vegemite!

Today, I will show you how to transfer the French Toast template to fabric, then how to fill it in using Back Stitch, French Knots and Long and Short stitch. You can then apply a similar method to the Vegemite design.
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Thursday, 5 April 2012

How To: DIY Tee Pee Tent - part 2

My sister asked me to help her make a Tee Pee for my niece Eva. It was fun to make and took us a couple of leisurely afternoons. This Tee Pee is a fun weekend project that can be used either indoors on a rainy day, or in the back yard when the sun is out. We've made it with an old bed sheet to save money on fabric. This is a very detailed tutorial so this project will stretch over two posts.

I know you are all super excited to get started on your Tee Pees. This part requires some basic straight line sewing skills. Don't be intimidated by all the measurements and charts, there are lots of diagrams and pictures to guide you through every step.

Link for Part 1 - Making the frame
So here is Part 2 - Making the outer covering of the Tee Pee

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Sunday, 1 April 2012

Sew School Giveaway

So excited about this impromptu Giveaway thanks to The Haby Goddess. Jodie has offered My Poppet readers the opportunity to win one of 2 Sew School Courses valued at $49 each.

Jodie's online sewing course is so convenient (no baby sitters needed) and includes 30 online lessons over 6 weeks covering all the important bits, starting from scratch.
More info on the Sew School website.

This course and giveaway is open to everyone, wherever in the world you may be.
To enter just leave a comment telling us:
- What sewing skill you would like to learn or find most difficult (mine is putting in zips)
- Where in the world you are (country is fine)

Make sure you have a valid contact email so we can contact you if you are the lucky winner.
Comment entries close midnight (Melbourne time) on the 5th of April and 2 x winners will be announced here and contacted on the 6th of April.

 Good Luck!

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