Revamped Drawers

So heres some draws we had that we use as a change unit, well I say we, I do Daddy Critter says it’s easier to trek upstairs to get the nappy then back down to baby than just bring baby upstairs.

Anyway his cot is white, his wardrobe is white, the door is white but the draws are brown!

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I had to sand every bit then paint with around 3-4 layers of white paint. I took drawer knobs off first and didn’t paint the drawer fronts as they would be covered.

Whilst unit was drying I applied strips of washi tape to drawer fronts & varnish on top to secure and seal.

Painting the knobs were harder I’ve found various ways recommended and it’s cheaper than buying but I put them on loosely before painting which is kinda risky!

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I’ve since done 2 more sets this time in moomin tape! I used same tape but changed one to give a different look as one was for a girl and one was for a boy.

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Picture Hints

So I thought I would give you some examples of how you take pictures changes how it looks. This is especially important when showing potential customers or wanting to show the true colour & detail of an item.

Here is an example from Michelle from Izels Hip Hop Crochet.

The first picture is in natural light showing the true colours, detailing & because its hung up shows the natural flow of how the dress will wear. When she first finished the dress it was night-time pretty much same pictures different lights. Its clear to see how the light affects the colour & picture quality. There are dark shadows & it washes away the true colour to be replaced with the glow of an artificial light.

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This picture is the dress on a dark background with an overhead light reflecting which draws your eye away from the main focus of the dress. It also doesn’t represent how the dress will look when worn.

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Danielle from Rhinestones & Ribbons doesn’t currently sell sewn items but in her eagerness to show the group she also finished an item at night. In her picture she used a window as a blank background but the darkenss of the night behind matched with the deep colour of the dress makes it a dull picture. No detail is lost as such but you also get the reflections in the glass which can draw the eye away from the product.

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Over at my headquarters of The Red Spotty Mushroom well I like to have red spotty items with mushrooms on. So I made this:CIMG1043

But as was pointed out to me the top of the buttons blended a little too much with the back ground. First off was to add some nice clouds to go with the pin prick dots. It looked better the mushroom stood out. Next I added grass tuffs & I also removed a cloud can you guess which one. & now its a whole lot better than my first try.

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Here’s some examples of how the background helps. It is of course better to have a completely plain background one that neither compliments nor gets in the way of the foreground item. However sometimes a little pattern & extra colour makes the colours pop even more.

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Using a flash can sometimes be helpful for example vivid purples are very difficult to take a picture of the true colour without either strong natural light or a flash. However, sometimes no flash makes a picture fuzzy & too much flash or being too close when using flash can also look well rubbish.

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Sometimes if an item has 2 parts to it or multiple detailing but you don’t want a ton of pictures then a collage is a fab idea especially when people use mobiles to view stuff or for a busy customer.

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Pictures with models are always great especially for bikes that fall over without being help however check your background. The item & the model aren’t the only thing to take into account & lets face it no-one wants to see your drying washing.

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Nichola from Moor Style Creation showed me these pictures of her papercut. See how the different backgrounds show the same paper cut different. The first represents what it is  a tree, outdoorsy & green. The second is an indoor picture & again shows off the papercut beautifully but in comparison its looks different.

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Here is another of Nichola’s makes. She shows us the size of the stocking by comparing to an item we all know what the size is, this assists the customer in knowing if its the right size for them.

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Action shots are always useful as Sam of X Baby Boutique X has shown with her sunny headband &  barefoot sandals. It useful to see action shots for sizing, how it sits & even with a skin tone behind.

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I hope this has been of some use to you its by no means professional advice or all the advice you may need but its want me & my craft group ladies put together for you.

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Nappy & Wipes Holder

Nappy & Wipes Holder

These holder are perfect for nappies one side & wipes the other.

You can use this holder for all nappy sizes including cloth.

You can use this with any size disposable & also cloth nappies.You will first need to draw out your pattern or you may chose to cut straight from the material but here’s what you need:

Main Body (outer & inner lining) 40 cm x 27 cm- cut 2

Pockets 18 cm x 27 cm – cut 4 or 2 on the fold.

Strap 13 cm x 6 cm

I chose to draw a pattern so I cut 2 main body pieces on the fold (saves paper).

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I didnt have enough material to cut the pockets on the fold so cut 4 separate pieces. You should end up with 2 main body pieces (green stripe) 2 pocket outers (dino feet & gingham check) 2 pocket liners ( smaller green stripes) & 2 strap pieces (smaller dino feet).

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Start by placing strap pieces right sides together & sew round 3 sides using 1cm seam allowance.  Turn out & place velcro on the closed end.

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Next if you have pocket outers & linings as separate pieces sew them right sides together using 1 cm seam allowance on one of the longer sides. Turn to thr right side & top stitch.

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Once you have completed both pockets you can layer your pieces. Place one of the main body pieces with pattern facing up with the 2 pockets also pattern you want to show facing up either end. Make sure the finished edge faces in. Place your strap with velcro facing down half away along as shown.

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Place the other main body piece with pattern down so have a fabric sandwich pin & sew all edges leaving a small gap for turning. I find leaving the gap between the pocket edges useful for neatness. Once sewn clip corners & turn out to right side.

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Place holder so your velcro on the strap faces up line up other side in line with it but on main body piece.

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You will have to bunch up your material a little to sew velcro on so you don’t affect the use of the pocket. You may find it easier to sew this velcro on before sew the holder together but I personally find it easier to line up this way . Top stitch entire edge closing up the gap you used for turning.

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I also made another with an outer pocket.

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The pocket size is up to you but mine was just over half the height of the inner pocket & same width. I started by sewing the top edge of pocket together & top stitching on right side.

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I layered my pieces as above but before I put the 2nd main body piece on top I place the pocket on same side as the strap.

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I needed to attach some kind of fastener for the pocket so I placed the 2nd main body piece over but didnt pin it over the pocket, I folded it slightly back on itself & positioned the ribbon tabs I made as shown NB the lighter was to seal the ribbon edges.

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I then box stitched them both on & sewed up the holder as before.

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When sewn up I applied kam snaps to the taps & the outside of the pocket.

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Here are the 2 featured here plus one I made earlier.

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As you can see they fit disposable & cloth nappies perfect!

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