January Make of the Month Winners

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Congratulations to Rebecca Lindsay!

In January we had 112 entries for Hobbycraft Make of the Month Competition! Thank you for all of the amazing projects that we received.

Stephanie Weightman

Stephanie Weightman

Rebecca Lindsay was our deserved winner this month with her fabulous Disney-Themed Shoes. Celebrity crafter and guest judge, Stephanie Weightman, commented that :

As soon as I saw these shoes, I just had to pick them as the winner! I love shoes and the customisation on these shoes is phenomenal. I love the gem’s on the heels, the gorgeous gold double bow and the rose vine twisting around the heel. Very glamorous – I predict my crafting may now be extended to my foot wear, too! Well done, Rebecca”.

Here’s what the winner told us about their make :

“About six months ago I started teaching myself how to customise shoes, I’ve always loved shoes and always had my own unique style. This was a perfect way to combine the Two. The latest pair I’ve made to wear on my birthday are these Beauty and the Beast heels, I love them. I just took a plain cream shoe and using Mod Podge, E6000, crystals and a few other accessories I made these.”

January Make of the Month Winners 2014

Be inspired by all of the winners for January below, or check out the full January Gallery.

Customised Shoes

I wanted to create something personal for my brother-in-law and his wife for their new house. Both of them are keen tea drinkers so my husband and I had got them a tea pot and mugs but to add a special touch I decided to make tea cosy. I took the Bothy threads ‘Dictionary of Tea’ design and used it to create the front of the tea cosy – Only using six of the nine mini designs. I then took some fabric and wadding to machine stitch the various parts together – not being a strong machine stitcher it was a bit hairy in places but I think the final piece will hold up nicely and it snuggly fits over the teapot (my biggest concern!). From Lorna Leach

Re-positionable Felt Owl Picture

I wanted to have a go at making a picture and I love using felt and sewing by hand. I started by drawing a design that would fit in the hoop and then made paper templates for each of the owls, the hedgehog, the tree and toadstool. Using the templates I cut out all the felt pieces and hand sewed the tree trunk, hedgehog and toadstool onto the background. I padded the tree and added flowers to the grass by using using various flower sequins and seed beads for detail on the toadstool. I then hand stitched each of the owls and added Velcro to the back of them, so that they can be moved around the picture! From Debby Moring

Gardening-Themed Birthday Card

My friend Sandra is very glam and a keen gardener so this is a card for her. The image is stamped and coloured with Letraset Promarkers then outlined in grey to make it stand out. The boots and wheel barrow are stamped on patterned paper, cut out and stuck on separately. I used coloured pearls for the hair bobbles and small paper flowers for the wheel barrow. The image is matted and then mounted on patterned paper with a decorative edge made using an edging punch. From Emma Greaves

Crochet and Ring-Pull Broach

I had seen a belly dance costume made entirely of ring pulls and as a keen crocheter I wanted to use them in my crochet. We also have three cats and a dog so get through a lot of tins of cat and dog food, which have larger ring pulls. Once I started looking for them it seemed that ring pulls were everywhere, often even just loose outside newsagents without the cans attached. I started treating it like a treasure hunt, going on walks to find more and asking friends and family to save them for me. I even found a few washed up on the beach in Wales when shell collecting. It gave me huge satisfaction cleaning them up, bleaching and washing them then transforming supposed trash into treasure! I make the broaches using drinks can ring pulls for the smaller flower and six cat food tin ring pulls for the larger flower behind and a 2.0 crochet hook. After experimenting with larger wools and threads I found the most detail was achieved with fine embroidery thread which I got from hobby craft in Altrincham. I also made headbands using just the drinks can ring pulls with two flowers the same size and dangles by hardening old crochet dollies or making my own and hanging the flowers with beads. From Charlie Beard

Rocket Booster

My son aged 4 and his Rocket Booster!! Two empty water bottles sprayed silver, taped together with purple and red crepe paper as flames and double tape as straps.decorated with stickers for buttons. From Emma Gallagher

60th Birthday Cupcakes

I made this for my mum’s 60th birthday. She didn’t want any fuss but as its a tradition of our family for us to make celebratory cakes (my mum always made special cakes for me and my brothers when we were growing up) and my mum and I still do them for our family members. Each Christmas mum and I do a themed cake! This year I’m currently recovering from spinal surgery but was still determined to make sure my amazing mum who has helped me through a tough time following my surgery, has cake for her birthday! We also share passion for other crafts in particular sewing, so hence the sewing themed cupcakes. From Jennifer Wilkins

Crochet Viking Hat and Beard

I began knitting a few years ago I don’t do it frequently and tend to only knit simple things. For Christmas I always buy or make my other half something stupid (and usually irrelevant!). This year I thought it was a perfect opportunity to try new knitting techniques and learn some simple crochet to make a Viking hat with accompanying large orange beard :) From Emma Owens

Soft Toy Elephant

I made a soft toy elephant (which I have pictured on a more ‘fun’ background)! I don’t know what started it, but I started to like the idea of making soft toys. I started following a thread online about it. Then, by a lucky coincidence, a friend bought me a ‘Sew Your Own Monster’ kit, which I made and enjoyed. Afterwards, another friend asked me to make a toy animal for his niece, giving me choice of the animal. I chose an elephant (just felt like it I suppose), and had a look at a couple of free patterns. Using these and winging it a bit, I made this purple and red elephant, which I was quite happy with in the end! Hopefully I can continue to make a few things and improve my soft toy-making skills. From Zoe Batchelor

Cross Stitch Teapot Cosy

I wanted to create something personal for my brother-in-law and his wife for their new house. Both of them are keen tea drinkers so my husband and I had got them a tea pot and mugs but to add a special touch I decided to make tea cosy. I took the Bothy threads ‘Dictionary of Tea’ design and used it to create the front of the tea cosy – Only using six of the nine mini designs. I then took some fabric and wadding to machine stitch the various parts together – not being a strong machine stitcher it was a bit hairy in places but I think the final piece will hold up nicely and it snuggly fits over the teapot (my biggest concern!). From Lorna Leach

Under The Sea Resin Necklace

i made this necklace using some resin (which ive only been using for a few months), and a heart-shaped silicone mould. i used a cute Disney ”Ariel” sticker, wooden beads, a fish made of shell and blue glitter. the top has also got two blue gems and a pale pink plastic bow on it. the pendant comes on a blue chain, adding to the ”Under The Sea” theme, which is also the name of this necklace. From Butterflypie.

Buterfly and Poem Box Frame

I already make butterfly pictures, but I came across this poem that made me cry so I made it into my own picture to hang in my ten month-old daughters room From Joanne Tierney

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