Cath Kidston Heart Garland

Last night I had the pleasure of joining some friends (Crafty Glitten and Miss Dotty) at a Cath Kidston craft evening which started with cake, YUM!

Cath Kidston Cake

The craft evenings are always super popular so Crafty Glitten and I teamed up to try and get through on the phone to book places. The project is kept a secret until the night which I like as I always wonder if we will be sewing, gluing or generally making a mess!

We each made a Heart Garland of our own selecting Cath Kidston fabric and backing it with sticky felt to give it some structure. Who knew that sticky felt existed?!!! Not me!Cath Kidston Heart Garland

The butterfly fabric is part of the new ‘teen’ range, but we all swooned over it. I chose the blue provence rose fabric. Once all the hearts were made (after a few sewing machine jams), we strung them onto embroidery thread.

Cath Kidston Heart Garlan

Cath Kidston Heart Garland

Pretty huh?! I am going to be hanging mine in my craft room as we already have a heart garland I made this week in our fireplace.

A lovely evening as usual, full of chatter, relaxed crafting and a little bit of sneaky shopping!

claireabelle

Cath Kidston Fabric Flowerpots

Cath Kidston Fabric Flower Pots on claireabellemakes

A couple of weeks ago I attended a Cath Kidston Craft Evening organised by Jenny and the Magic Feather to make these lovely fabric flowerpots. I wasn’t able to blog about it until now, as the craft evenings are so popular they hold two a month for the same project, and the second evening was today.

Here were our supplies for the night. Don’t those plastic spatulas remind you of art class at school?! There is always much excitement when the button pot comes out.

Cath Kidston Fabric Flower Pots on claireabellemakes

After a cup of tea with fellow Cambridge craft blogger Suki from The Owl Club, we entered the shop with great excitement and settled down for an evening of pretty floral fabrics and mod podge. GLUE! This was a perfect project for me as I love craft glue and my gardener has been trying to teach me a bit more about plants lately too.

Cath Kidston Fabric Flower Pots on claireabellemakes

I opted for a floral rose fabric (left hand pot in the above picture) as it matched my oven gloves and could be used for a house plant in my kitchen. I need to cut slits in the bottom so a plant can drain. I decorated it with pale pink ric rac and a felt flower.

The best thing about the evening for me was meeting such lovely people and chatting about craft, hobbies, jobs and our newly formed Cambridge City WI group. There was a real buzz about it as many ladies had heard about the group. Our publicity has obviously worked!

We also had time to do a second smaller pot, so I chose the blue cherry fabric and decorated with some ribbon and a button.

Cath Kidston Fabric Flower Pots on claireabellemakes

Here are the group’s finished pots!

Cath Kidston Fabric Flower Pots on claireabellemakes

You can read my post on the previous craft evening here. Also take a look at Jenny and the Magic Feather’s blog post about the evening here.

There are plenty of tutorials online for covering a flower pot in fabric. My favourite is this one by Christine Chitnis as she uses teracotta pots and a great selection of fabrics.

Thanks to Jenny and the Cath Kidston girls for another great evening. This project totally fed my addiction for craft glue and covering things!

claireabelle x

Cath Kidston Craft Evening

Last night I had the wonderful pleasure of joining 11 other crafty ladies in Cambridge for a Cath Kidston craft evening. At an absolute bargain of £2.50 for materials, tea and cake – it was an opportunity not to be missed.

Hugely excited and with my shopping list mentally prepared (15% off too!), I arrived to find the Cath Kidston girls Leanne, Jen and Natalie had prepared a lovely work space with fabric scraps, ribbon, jars, ric rac and all sorts laid out.

A wonderful coffee cake had been prepared and tea was served (in CK mugs, natch). We were ready to go!

As the ‘make’ is not revealed until the night, we were all in suspense as to what we would be creating. Jen soon revealed that we would all have our very own Kilner Jar Pin Cushion to take home at the end of the evening, courtesy of a tutorial from domestic godess Martha Stewart.

As we got stuck into our cutting, glueing and customising, people shared stories of their favourite local shops, craft groups and blogs. Some people hadn’t yet discovered the super Sheep Shop, so there was much excitement about their knitting group and crochet classes. I will be blogging about them in a couple of weeks, so watch this space.

The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly, with the CK girls sharing craft tips and their favourite ranges in store. We all had a thorough browse of the products on offer (the Cambridge store is HUGE!) and gushed over the Jubilee and London/Olympic ranges. CK really has some great things on offer at the moment if you are feeling truly patriotic.

An hour or two later, we had finished our pin cushion jars,  stacked up our purchases and assembled our creations for a group photo. Everyone had chosen a different way to customise and there was a great range including embroidery, buttons, ribbons and more.

I chose buttons and ric rac to decorate my jar and I absolutely did not superglue a button to my finger, honest!

When I arrived home, I couldn’t wait to share my creation and fill it with my bobbins.

It’s not flawless, but I love it. I couldn’t leave the shop without a little fabric splurge of course, but I managed to resist the buttons….

I’ve already got some projects in mind for this lovely pack of fat quarters and almost bought another book, but I still need to work my way through the projects in Patch and Sew.

All in all, a really fun evening with great hospitality from the CK girls. Have you been to any Cath Kidston events or craft nights? What are your faves from the range? Or maybe you have tried some projects from the books? Do share and link to your CK creations, I’d love to see.

Claire x