Thursday, 14 February 2019

Spooky Cuties (wee ghostie brooches for under £5!)

Hello, ghoulies and girlies!

Halloween is coming and it's a perfect excuse to get crafting. Follow these simple ten steps to make yourself your own little ghostie to celebrate the turn of the season!

Let's get started!


              • Ruler
              • Lighter
              • Scissors
              • Glue
              • White Grosgrain (16mm)
              • Coloured Double Sided Satin (7mm)
              • Googly eyes
              • Glue-on Diamante
              • Brooch pin


  • Snip your grosgrain into four pieces.
    • I went for 6cm pieces, but it depends on how big/small you want your brooch!
      • (don't worry about trailing ends, we'll get rid of them in a minute)


  • Cut a diagonal line across the bottom of your grosgrain, and seal ribbon with a lighter or other flame source.
    • I used a lighter because I like the wavy line is can produce, adding to my ghostie's spooky effect!


  • Glue your pieces together, overlapping each ribbon just before halfway.
    • You don't need lots of glue for this, just a little gem-tac does the trick.
      • Wait for the glue to dry!


  • Once the glue in dry, curve the top of your ghostie with your scissors, and seal it again with your lighter or other flame source.


  • Add your eyes!
    • I found this best to do over the joins, and then I added a tiny little bit of glue to the centre join about halfway down, just to keep it together.


  • Now for the little bow.
    • Cut about 10cm of your coloured ribbon (I went for purple!) and seal the ends.
    • The easiest way to do this bit is to cross the ribbon as shown above and glue together.
      • Wait for glue to dry.


  • Flip your ribbon over and, pinching the middle, twist it over.
    • Add a little glue over the back of your original join and stick it down.


  • Glue a diamanté of your choice to the centre of your bow.
    • Or a button! Or any sort of decoration that you see fit.


  • Press the ribbon into the top left hand corner of your ghostie and wait for it to dry.

STEP 10.

  • Finally, add your brooch pin to the back.
    • I've glued mine, but it's also possible to sew it on if you feel that's appropriate.
      • Alternatively, try hairbands or hairclips - the possibilities are endless!


And there we have it!

A quick wee ghostie brooch to put you in the mood for some Halloween crafting.

Thanks for listening!

If you have any questions, ideas, or creations of your own - feel free to send them to us at


The Wonderful World of Ribbon

Ribbons are an excellent way to introduce colour to a room or an item and Josy Rose has a fantastic range of ribbons suitable for all uses and all are available to order online.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with unexpected combinations of ribbons to create something really special. If you’re stuck for ideas read on and be inspired! Want to give your bedroom a new look? Why not trim plain white bed linen and curtains with blue and gingham ribbon for a fresh seaside or country look. Match them with a set of satin curtain tie backs in a wider width. Then, place a simple bow on the front of the tie back for a decoration.

Why not channel your Scottish roots with the Dress Stewart woven edge tartan ribbon, approved by the Scottish Tartans Authority this ribbon comes in red, green, and white in 5mm to 60mm widths of woven polyester.

The Grosgrain Polyester Collection is available in 6mm to 16mm widths and is ideal for dressing up towels with a grosgrain ribbon on their edge. You can also stitch the 6mm ribbon to patchwork quilts to hide the seam.

The Metallic Collection has 4mm to 60mm widths. They include a lacy fully wired delicate web trim ribbon in a metallic finish. It is great for extravagant wrapping.

The Satin Ribbon Collection comes in 3mm to 50mm widths. The ribbons are single sided and great for trimming fabrics.

The Beaded Sequin Ribbon Collection comes in 13mm to 50mm widths. They include solid and lace bands with flowers, sequins and rhinestones. They are great for making wide cuff bracelets or head bands.

The Sheer Ribbon Collection comes in 8mm to 63mm widths. The bronze organza ribbon features metallic gold stripes and is great for bow making.

The luxurious Velvet Ribbon Collection is available in 9mm to 22mm widths. The ultra soft 100% nylon velvet ribbons add touches of glamour to an item. Use velvet ribbons to trim clothes and curtains or to make rolled rosette flowers.

Josy Rose also has a special occasion ribbon section dedicated to ribbons that have been designed based on specific themes such as Christmas, birthdays, weddings, and Valentines. The ribbons come in 10mm to 40mm widths and are ideal for a variety of uses at those special times of the year.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Glitter Tree Centre Piece

Create your own tree template. Lay it on a sheet of A4 glitter fabric, and cut around it to make the desired shape. Make a further five sections to represent the branches of the tree.

Place three of the tree sections glitter side down. Support the sections by laying a coat hanger wire down the trunk and at the foot of each tree.

Cut the wire to the required length and stick it in place using the glue gun. Postion the other side of the tree on top, glitter side out, to create three pairs of wired glittery sections.

Glue all three trees together, along the central trunks, making a fir tree shape. Stick assorted buttons onto the tips of the stems for decoration. String beads, buttons and sequins onto thin wire to create a tinsel effect, then wrap it around the tree.

Finish, by placing a diamanté button at the tree top, and a wire hook should you want to hang the decoration up. To make the tree a table centre piece, add bigger glass beads on the feet.

Tip: Make light work of tricky and time consuming applications by simply opting for a handy glue gun. Plus, if you make a mistake, the glue can usually be picked off in one chunk, and you can try again!

Create your own festive finery this Christmas, using a glitter fabric and sparkling embellishments from Here is what you will need:
6 sheets of A4, emerald green glitter fabric (jr04955)
Buttons: heart, petal, glitter
Sequin Snowflakes, silver (jr03028) 
Diamanté Flower Button (jr02000)
Glue gun (jr06941)

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Glam Glitter Fabric Halloween Devil Mask

This ghoulish glittery mask is so easy to make!
The products you will need are:

Loosely lay the glitter fabric over the mask, feel for the eye holes & snip a cross in each socket area. 

Remove the backing and press firmly onto the mask base, start from the eyes & work your way out to the edges of the mask. Fold the 4 quarters from each eye cross through the holes, onto the back of the mask. Snip a few darts into the fabric around the edge of the mask to make folding it over easier and tidier.

Attach two pieces of ribbon to the inside of the mask, one on each edge, in line with the eye sockets. Tie these around the back of your head to figure out your required length. For extra impact, you could keep these long and thread beads onto the ends!

If you find the back of the mask a little too scratchy, line it with a slightly smaller sheet of felt, cutting out oval eye holes this time.

Construct two cone shaped horns by simply twisting the fabric, gluing it in place as you go. Square the ends off with a sharp pair of scissors. Glue gun them in place, using lots of glue!

Top it off with a feather & an acrylic stone, & voila - go & have some devilish fun! 

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

DIY Fashion: Embellished Denim Hot Pants

Iron-on motifs, fresh and floral neckline applique and iron-on diamante and nail-heads make it super simple to refresh your summer wardrobe this season.

This week we have embellished a pair of denim shorts with coloured metallic nail heads, iron on diamante and some embroidery thread. What do you think?

Firework Design Created with Embroidery Thread & Colourful Hot-Fix Metal Nail-Heads

Shorts Embellished with 3mm Hot-Fix Crystal Diamante in a Heart Shape

To create this simple transformation we used a Kandi Kane hot-fix wand. This is the professional tool to apply hot-fix crystal diamante, pearls and nail heads. The wand heats up with two minutes making light work out of what can be a very time consuming and fiddly job! No more applying glue with tooth picks and picking the stones up with tweezers… this wand does it all for you, and without any mess!

The box includes 8 interchangeable tip sizes; 2,3,4,5,6 & 7mm, plus 4 & 9mm flat heads for nail heads, a UK plug and is CE approved.

Kandi Kane Hot-Fix Application Wand

Hot-Fix Products Available from

To be used with hot-fix products as seen above, sold by Each stone or nail-head has a non-sticky back which contains hard glue activated by heat. Once heated, this glue becomes soft and will stick to almost any surface. We stock a large selection of shapes, sizes and colours o choose from.

What will you do with yours? Remember to share your creations with us!

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Arm Candy. How to Make a Bag Brooch


Looking for a quick way to jazz up a favourite handbag? These gorgeous pieces are made with a little sequin and stone glamour. They're so simple to put together, all you really need to decide is which colourways you love the most! Here, shimmering gems have been covered with co-ordinating mesh fabric to give the finished piece that extra stand-out twinkle. Once attached, these brooches will transform any plain shoulder bag into designer-style arm candy. So, what are you waiting for?

  1. Sew or glue 5mm square sequins onto a piece of stiff fabric. Start from the outside and work inwards so that the sequins overlap. Leave a coin sized circle in the middle bare, as this is where the gem stones will be glued
  2. Cover a selection of different sized acrylic stones in a very thin fabric so that the stone will sparkle through. I have used coloured meshes and a light patterned fabric. Simply stretch the fabric over the gem and tack together at the back.
  3. Arrange the gems into a cluster and glue gun into the centre of your sequined base.
  4. Finish off by gluing a brooch back to the reverse

Tip! Try using some buttons, diamante or different shaped acrylic stones for a different look.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

The GRASS IS GREENER if it's Made of Sequins! Decorate a Plant Pot Tutorial.

Why wait for the seeds to grow before you can enjoy your pot plants again?
Follow our step-by-step guide to customise your own plain white plan pot.

Decorate the Saucer:

  • Measure the inside circumference of the saucer & cut a strip of velvet ribbon to length leaving 2cm excess. Lay the ribbon face down & glue the tips of green tusk sequins along the length of ribbon. 
  • Once the grass strip is done, glue another length of thinner satin ribbon on top of the sequin tips to sandwich them in place for extra security.

  • Glue gun the sequined strip to the inside of the saucer, with the velvet ribbon face-out. Trim the excess length at the seam. 
  • Finish off the grass by gluing the odd yellow & red sequin daisy onto the tusks.

  • Complete the pot by sticking a length of retro polka dot ribbon around the outside using double-sided tape.
  • Tip 1: randomly place the tusks facing left & right to create a natural grassy effect
  • Tip 2: use velvet ribbon to glue the sequins to, the glue will not show through the thicker material

Decorate the Pot:

  • Measure the outside circumference of the rim of the pot & cut green rainbow ribbon to length leaving 2cm excess. Stick the ribbon to the rim & trim the excess at the seam.
  • Choose a selection of sequinned butterfly & bug appliqués like the ones below to decorate the pot. 

  • Lay each motif face down & attach random lengths of colour-coordinated wire to the back. 
  • Jazzy up the wire by wrapping it around your pencil creating a spiral effect. Or for a subtler look, thread a few green seed beads on the wire and secure in place with a small blob of clear super glue.
  • Glue gun the motif backs in place around your pot. 
  • Sandwich the wire ends to the base of the pot with another strip of ribbon. The saucer will hide this.
  • Tip: use double sided tape on satin ribbons; this avoids any lumps showing through

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