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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!


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A Post Christmas Trip to London

So the new year has arrived and after a very busy Christmas (in fact our busiest so far) we headed back to work. Not before I took a little trip to London with my mum to catch the tail end of what the shops had to offer in the way of festive goodies. There never seems to be time to indulge before the big day, as we are so busy making and packing orders. So although I was late to the party, it was a great chance to get some inspiration for next year (nuts I know) and maybe pick up a bargain.

coach windows

Stuffed party animals window display at the Coach store, Regent Street, London, Jan 2019.

Having arrived on Regent Street long before the shops even opened, it gave me a chance to do a bit of window shopping. The display in Coach was absolutely fantastic and comprised of stuffed animals and a huge T-Rex wearing a party hat and ruff! I particularly liked the frogs who had lots of personality.

liberty london

Left: Liberty store front, London. Top Right: Doing Goods wool animal rugs as found in Liberty. Bottom Right: Mice lights as found in Liberty.

We popped into Liberty (I say popped but we actually spent over an hour and a half in there!) and found some fantastic pieces including some little mice figurines holding lights, and faux animal rugs which would look fantastic in a kids room. I also love the haberdashery and the beautiful rug section that always reminds me of the pages of National Geographic magazine.

anthropology windows

Paper sculptures in Anthropology shop window, Regent Street, London, Jan 2019.

Next we visited Anthropologie, who always have something a little different to offer. Their windows were amazing, with a fantastic fox and badger paper collage sculptures on display. By this time I can see a trend emerging with animals constantly drawing my eye.

Mum & I discovered the brand Mackenzie-Child, in Fortnum & Mason, who we had never seen before, and now we both want to buy floral teapots with passementerie tassels. Not too practical but they looked stunning and would certainly brighten up the kitchen.

cheese fondue and teapot

Left: Cheese fondue at Somerset House, London. Right: Enamel Teapot by Mackenzie-Childs as found in Fortnum & Mason.

By this time lunch was definitely called for. We stopped at Somerset House and indulged in cheese fondue, with new potatoes, soda bread, lettuce and cornichons (little gherkins). It is something I had never eaten before, except for a not too tasty homemade attempt a few years ago, and I really wanted to try the real thing. It was fab apart from the little pickled gherkin things!

covent garden & petersham nursery

Left: Mirror balls and giant mistletoe at Covent Garden. Right: Inside Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden.

Lastly we had a wonder around Covent Garden under the mirror balls and mistletoe, and listened to the opera. Popping into Petersham Nurseries on the way back to the tube. All in all we had a fantastic day and I have returned with lots of inspiration. Now I just need to find time to execute all these new ideas!