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Rabbit Egg Cosy Easter Arrangement

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you are enjoying the sunshine and have found a few treats from the Easter bunny. I have been doing a bit of personal crafting lately and thought I would share the results with you all.

Kate Sproston Design egg cosies used as part of an Easter table decoration

Ever since I designed our embroidered rabbit egg cosies, I always imagined they would look lovely as part of an Easter display. Well it has taken me a while to actually have a play with an arrangement, and even though I am no florist, I am quite pleased with the result.

Kate Sproston Design egg cosies used as part of an Easter table decoration

On the advice of a very helpful local florist, I picked up some moss whilst out on a walk, and dried it in the green house over the course of a few weeks. It worked fantastically and kept its brilliant bright green colour.

Kate Sproston Design egg cosies used as part of an Easter table decoration

Some of the moss I tore into shape, and other pieces I cut using a pair of old scissors. I also cut a hole in the moss to hold the egg cup in place so that the cosy wouldn’t move around, and then started to add some finishing touches.

Kate Sproston Design egg cosies used as part of an Easter table decoration

These included a few blown quail eggs, some mossy twigs, and a few sprigs of blossom from the trees in my garden. You could also add some little chocolate eggs, or a larger one hidden under the egg cosy (unfortunately I had already eaten mine by the time I started!)

Kate Sproston Design egg cosies used as part of an Easter table decoration

I used the bottom of a glass cloche for one of the cosies, and a couple of cake stands, one of which cost me the grand total of £4 from an antiques shop a few years ago. A fancy plate or a large Kilner jar would work just as well too.

Kate Sproston Design egg cosies used as part of an Easter table decoration

Well I’m off to proudly display my creation on the Easter table, and try and sniff out any chocolate eggs I may have missed!

Happy Easter

Kate x

Linen Bag by Fir Tree Interiors on Etsy


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Linen Scraps Update

Hello Everyone,

So two blog posts in one month is rare for Kate Sproston Design, but after the fantastic response from our Linen Scraps up for Grabs post a few weeks ago, I wanted to show you what became of some of them. Just WOW! I was not disappointed!

Linen Bag by Fir Tree Interiors on Etsy

The very talented Louise from Fir Tree Interiors, has transformed what would have been considered waste, into a set of handmade tote bags. With a little time and some clever stitching, all the linen strips were sewn together to create functional, and beautiful products. I was especially impressed with the details of the delicate fringed bag, using the selvedge of the fabric to create a feature panel.

Linen Bag by Fir Tree Interiors on Etsy

All the bags have a complimentary cotton lining with an added pocket for keys and a phone. The overall look of the bags is so crisp, with clean lines, I could not help but be truly impressed. The best bit is that all the bags are available for sale through Fir Tree Interiors Etsy shop, so pop on over to take a look.

Linen Bag by Fir Tree Interiors on Etsy

I brought one of Louise’s stunning Christmas pudding wreaths when we met at the Etsy Made Local Fair last December, so can vouch for the quality and skill each of Louise’s products are made with. The wreath enjoyed pride of place over the fireplace throughout Christmas.

Christmas Pudding Wreath by Fir Tree Interiors on Etsy

Even though we do our very best not to waste any fabric whilst making our products, and normally recycle what we can’t use, it is incredibly satisfying to know that a few kilograms of fabric has been given a new lease of life.

Well Done Louise!


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Linen Scraps up for Grabs

Hello and Happy New Year! We have had an amazing Christmas and sold the most linen crackers this year to date. That means that we have lots of strips of linen hanging around that could be the start of a fantastic new craft project for someone.

Woodland Crackers being cut out

We usually take all of our fabric scraps to the local charity shops so they can be recycled, but after a conversation with a friend, who wanted strips of scrap fabric to make a Christmas garland with her daughter, it seemed there was more life in all the left over linen yet.

After a quick look on Pinterest, we found quite a few exciting projects that would make use of the fabric, including fabric wreaths, roses and baubles. Take a look below to see what we found.

Baubles made from linen scraps

There are a few options for Christmas decorations that can be made with the scraps. They can be turned into a pom pom bauble like the ones on the Dear Lillie Blog, wrapped around a foam ball and finished with twine to hang, or cut into squares and stacked to make a mini pine tree as on the Country Living Website.

Linen garlands

Alternatively, create a garland by tying the scraps along a thread, cutting into mini flags and sewing along some twine, or rouching with ribbon to hang along the fireplace like the fantastic example on the Beautiful Nest Blog.

Linen roses

These fabric roses are beautiful with a few extra beads and leaves of lace. They would make a great brooch or add to wedding favours for a shabby chic touch, like these up-cycled tin cans on the Red Chandelier Blog.

Linen Easter Ideas

And if you are a bit fed up of Christmas by now, you could always make an Easter wreath and add some little eggs or flowers for a special touch. Or if you are feeling really creative, get out the embroidery threads and experiment with some mark making.

Linen Scraps Measurements

We have quite a few kilos of scraps, so if anyone would like some it is free to collect or just pay £2.90 for postage of two kilogram (UK only). The measurements above are approximate with some thicker and thinner pieces, but the lengths are all standard. Follow the link to our Etsy shop to purchase, or email us on sales@katesprostondesign.com and we will be happy to help.

Oh, and we would love to see what you come up with so feel free to send us a photo. Enjoy the New Year everyone!