Lying on a rug on the grass, reading a book, watching the butterflies flit around and listening to the bees, is the ideal way to spend a warm afternoon. This picnic rug is made from old jeans. Using faded jeans of different colours and textures, while including the pockets, adds interest to the finished rug.
• 10-12 pairs of old jeans to make a rug measuring 6ft by 6ft (1.8m x 1.8m)
• A recycled double sheet
• All-purpose thread in two colours, one matching the denim and one matching the sheet
• Thread for topstitching (optional)
• Fabric marker
• Sewing machine with denim needle
How to make
Step 1: 144 squares are cut from the jeans, each measuring 6½in (16.5cm) square.
Step 2: The denim squares are sewn together in 12 separate rows of 12 squares, using matching thread with a ¼in (7mm) seam allowance.
Step 3: Once all rows are finished, the seams at the joins are steam pressed open and the squares pressed flat. The rows are now sewn together using a ¼in (7mm) seam, taking care to match the first set of seams ensuring they line up. Once the patchwork is complete, it is pressed.
Step 4: The sheet is ironed and the front of the rug placed right side up, on a large flat surface, The sheet is placed over it, right side down so the two rights sides are together. The sheet will overlap the rug at this point. They are pinned together and the sheet cut down to match.
Step 5: The two pieces are sewn all the way round the edge, ½in (14mm) in, leaving a gap of 30in (75cm) open on one side. The corners are trimmed diagonally. The rug is turned the right way out through the gap. The corners are poked out to give a neat finish, and the rug is pressed again, folding the seam allowance on both the front and back inside at the gap.
Step 6: With the right side facing up, the rug is top stitched all the way round the edge, ¼in (7mm) in. This closes the gap at the same time. Different coloured thread can be used to add detail if desired. Top stitch thread is recommended, as it is thicker and gives a better finish. The bobbin thread should be the same colour as the sheet throughout the finishing stage so it doesn’t show.
Step 7: The next step is to secure the front to the back. The two are pinned together, then stitched ‘in the ditch’ of each seam on each row. Denim coloured thread is used in the sewing machine needle so it doesn’t show. If the rug is too large to fit under the sewing machine at this stage, it can be hand stitched instead.
Step 7: Finally, all loose threads are stitched in and trimmed, and the rug is pressed one last time.
Project: Julie Brown Photography: Richard Faulks
On a summer afternoon, fun can be had making these charming birds decorated with leaves and colourful garden flowers.
Using simple cardboard shapes, they are easy to make, requiring just a few dabs of paint and household sundries to add the final features.
A posy of dainty blooms and leaves for natural texture are gathered and used to adorn the tiny models, creating a reminder of sunny days spent outside.
Plain and black cardboard
Flowers and leaves
Glue, such as PVA craft glue
How to make
Step 1: A simple simple bird shape, with a round head and leaf-shaped body, is drawn on a piece of cardboard and cut out. This can be used as a template for more birds.
Step 2: A triangular shape is cut out of the black card and stuck onto the back of the head to form the bird’s pointy beak.
Step 3: Glue is applied to the top edges of the bird’s back and a leaf of suitable size folded over to form the wings. Bright geum flowerheads are then stuck on the bird to give it a colourful breast.
Step 4: A small circle of black card is carefully stuck on the head for the eye.
Step 5: Two struck matches are glued at the bottom to form the legs. Any matches should be lit and extinguished by an adult, then left to cool entirely before use.
Step 6: A dab of pink paint gives the bird friendly rosy cheeks.
Some twigs, wool and a blunt needle are the only things needed for this woodland craft project, that the kids will get thoroughly engaged in.
An adventure is an essential beginning as first, forked twigs and branches must be collected from the garden or a walk in the woods. Any damp branches are left in a warm place indoors to dry out. Lichen can be cleaned off, but provides interesting texture and helps to keep the wool in place. The children are able to experiment with a variety of patterns and colours in their weaves. At the end they have their own, unique wishing wands.
Synonymous with Spring, these bunnies can be made any time of the year to bring cheer to a child's bedroom. Click on the picture to enlarge.
It's autumn, which means that pumpkins are everywhere. Why not knit your own this year using our lovely pumpkin pattern. Knit one for a friend too! Click on the picture to enlarge.
Our Sept/Oct 2016 issue featured an extract from Leathercraft (GMC Group, RRP £9.99), showing you how to make a soft keepsake pouch from a piece of old leather. Download the template for cutting out your leather by clicking here, or on the image below. To find out more about the book and buy a copy, click here.
In our Jan/Feb 2015 issue we featured a crochet slipper project, extracted from Crochet Workshop by Erika Knight (Quadrille, RRP £16.99). For more information on the book click here. Details on ordering back issues of LandScape for the full instructions can be found by clicking here. To download the templates for the soles of the slippers, click here or on the image below.
Our Sept/Oct 2013 issue featured extracts from Best in Show: Knit your own dog and Best in Show: 25 more dogs to knit (published by Collins and Brown, RRP £12.99 each), showing you how to knit charming miniature dogs. For information on ordering back issues click here. Download the template for creating a West Highland terrier by clicking here, or on the image below. To find out more about the book and buy a copy, click here.