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FLES zines for Paper Lover issue nr. 1

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Se è vero che da sempre Arte ed Artigianato vanno a braccetto, posso dire che da qualche tempo ho riscoperto la mia creatività letteraria. Dai 13 ai 20 anni ho sempre scritto assiduamente, e quelle due cose che ho "mandato fuori" sono state pure pubblicate.

Adesso che è tornata la voglia di scrivere, ma non solo, anche di disegnare e leggere, voglio condividere questa cosa con Te. Ed ecco perchè FLES vuole essere uno scaricabile mensile in formato A5, nel quale troverai scritti inediti o frasi celebri, schizzi artistici ed onirici, e paginette abbellite da stampare ed usare per i tuoi appunti.

Questo nr. di FLES - che sta per FACCIO LEGGO E SCRIVO è interamente opera mia ma se senti di voler partecipare al prossimo numero, contattami via mail.


Make your own label upcycling folding boxes

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Do You have an Etsy (or Dawanda or BigCartel or Whatever) shop?

Do You want save some money (and it is a big deal when you start your own business) , You wish to stay green and You care about Our Planet Health?

If so, this Tutorial is for You.

I start collecting blank folding cartons from snack packages and got the idea to make labels from them in a morning when I was sipping my tea and chow a crunchy mix snack. i found them useful and perfect to to accompany my products or gifts, and I've also start saving some euros from buying ready made labels.

Here is a photo tutorial and what You need to make them. Enjoy!!


Cut out the labels and if you want them rounded in the corner, it's nice to have a round corner cutter, I love the one from Becky Higgins

Make a hole with the help of a hole punch on the left corner and insert a cording or a piece of yarn to hang up your label. It's Done! Enjoy your new labels and drop me a mail and let me see Your label, You may would love to share them in the Bubiknits Inspiring Flickr Group.

Xoxo, Giusy

Yarn Stash index (tutorial sort of)

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Hey there, how are you? As always in those last years, months seems to me they flow away in just one day! January as gone without blogging from me, except for the Instant - Right Now post, that hope you are enjoying. 

I didn't knit very much lately, I finished my blank canvas sweater, as posted last week,  It needs just the little finishing as knitchener stitching the underarms and weaving in ends, but I was too lazy or just I don't want to let go it from my needles as I enjoy knitting it so much.

 I've got also a bad bad cold this past week and I am still coughing and coughing, but tomorrow I will go to work and then at the doctor again. So, while I was at home and getting some new Filofax delivered from Ebayers, (getting a Finsbury A5 for only few euro is amazing)... Yes, yes I know I promised to save money, but I really needed once more to make my Yarn Stash Index. Did you ever thought to track your stashed yarn? Or built an index to use as reference when you are approaching a new knitting project? Yay, I know there is the Ravelry stash, but I am talking about a "real" one where I can check the yarn samples and all the reference at once.

Would you make one your own? Here is my "recipe", but feel free to modify or make one that fits your needs.

what do you need:  

:: A ring notebook or A5 Filofax;



::  cardboard;

:: washi tapes; 

:: hole punch; 

:: paper cutter

:: favorite colored pencils and pen; 

:: gather your yarn.... and let's go! 

I used a 200g sketch / cardboard paper, cutted in a half and then I made the final cutting to obtain an A5 measure; as I use my new Filofax, I made the holes with the Filofax hole punch, you can do the same using a single or double hole punch if are you going to use another ring notebook.


gather your yarn (you don't need to take out ALL your stash at a time or you'll give up immediately :)) and start cutting out a strand to double and stick using a lovely washi tape on your cardboard paper. Write down on the paper all the information you will find on the yarn label, maybe you will add some information based on your experience with that yarn, if you already used it before.


easy! Isn't it? Finally I have all my yarn stash reference in just one place! Oh, you would like order them by weights, name, company, yarn colour, etc. I didn't with mine, but there are many possibility in making a yarn index!


Enjoy and let me know if you made one!

xoxo, Giusy


Wristlet Flower Pincushion

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click on the large image to scroll the photo tutorial

1. what you need


- 2 fat quarter or enough fabric scraps;
- Hexagon templates 1 bigger and 1 smaller (I used ready to use Hexagon templates by Clover the bigger is about 3.5" finished);
- 1 circle template (mine is 2,75" in diameter)
- adhesive Velcro;
- 1 button;
- quilting light cotton batting;
- cotton thread or embroidery cotton;
- polyester stuffing fiberfill (i.e. The Mountain Mist Fiberloft Polyester Stuffing)
- cotton thread or embroidery cotton;
- sewing machine

2. cutting

draw  the templates and cut out from fabric as follow:
- 2 circles from the contrasting fabric;
- 4 larger hexagon from the main fabric;
- 2 smaller hexagon from the contrasting fabric;
- 2 stripes 2-1/2" x  [your wrist measurement + seam allowances + 1-1/2"]; mine was 2.5" x 8.5" from the main fabric
- 2 larger hexagon from the batting;
- 1 stripes 2-1/2" x  [your wrist measurement + seam allowances + 1-1/2"]; mine was 2.5" x 8.5" from the batting;

3.  sewing

Sew all using ¼” seam as follow:

sew the two circles right sides together leaving an opening for turning right sides out.

Fill the circle with the poly stuffing, close the opening and make the pincushion using cotton thread or embroidery thread. Refer to this detailed tutorial on how to make those lovely flower stuffed yo-yo.

Lay the three layers of the bigger hexagons: batting on the bottom layer, one hexagon with right facing to you, and at the end lay the other hexagon with the wrong side facing you. Pin in place in the middle and sew all around. Do not leaving any opening in this step.

Sew the other big hexagon as the one already done.  Pull one hexagon out as you see in the picture, and make a little cross cut in the middle for turning, pay attention to not cut the other fabric and batting layers.

Sew the smaller hexies right side together all around and cut in the middle as the previous.

Sew the wrist band leaving a small opening for turning. Cut out the angles to make the point sharper and turn right side out.
Top stitch the wrist just at 3 mm - 1/8" from the edges to have a nice finish and to close the opening.

Sew the wrist band on one big hexie, secure the stitching making two double stitching row as you can see in the picture.

Lay the small hexie on the top of  the wrist band hexie facing the "holes" together and stitch it down by hand using a decorative  running stitch or an invisible stitch as you prefer.

Lay the Flower pincushion on the top of the other big hexagon to cover the turning hole and stitch it in place using an invisible stitch.

Sew one side of the row edges on the big hexagons together with a decorative overlock stitch.
Attach the adhesive Velcro adjusting the position on band referring  to your wrist and then sew it in place for much more stability.

Enjoy and wear your wrist bracelet pincushion - needle keeper! 

xoxo, Giusy