Wood & Rope’s Little Helper!

Wood & Rope Little Helper

Our little helper!


Nautical Anchor Button Tutorial


On a recent trip to Hobby Craft I came across Fimo which is a polymer clay. I have never used this product before but after studying ceramics at art college I thought I’d give it ago. For this tutorial I have decided to make some nautical anchor buttons for my navy cardigan.

I’ve always had a love for buttons and have them stored in tins and jars around the home.

For this tutorial you will need: Fimo, sculpting tools, a round cutter or stencil, a plastic rolling pin, a needle, a craft knife,  a board to lean on and a plastic sheet to roll you Fimo out onto.

I chose white Fimo for my buttons as they will stand out on my navy cardigan, you can used what ever colour you like.

Because Fimo is new to me I don’t have all the correct tools for the craft… I ended up using a deodorant can as my rolling pin!

I used a round stencil for the outline of my buttons. You can use a round cutter or make your own stencil by using a piece of card and a protractor.

You will then need to cut out your buttons with a craft knife if you don’t have a round cutter.

You’ll need to repeat this for however many buttons you need.

To make the anchor shape, I used a large needle to make the holes. I then placed them onto a tin foiled lined baking tray and placed them in the oven for 30 minutes on 130 C.

This button is fresh out of the oven!

I used navy thread to sew my buttons on.

This is my finished cardigan, I’m really pleased with the finished result. I will definitely be making more Fimo buttons in the future.

Here is a close up of  my finished nautical anchor button. I hope you have fun making yours!


Driftwood Sailboat Tutorial – Sail Away

Driftwood Sailboat Tutorial – Sail Away

1) Time to get your sewing box out! I have a wooden box with two compartments, one for ribbons and strings and one for everything else. This helps me stay organised and I can see everything I’ve got to work with at a glance.

2) Now choose a colour theme and decide on your chosen fabric, as a general rule I always stick to either complimentary colours or contrast colours.

3) Select two pieces of driftwood which can be used for your hull and a mast, there’s no wrong way and that’s part of the fun as long as it looks in proportion.

4) I was really lucky and found a piece of driftwood with a hole already in the hull! You will need to drill a hole large enough to fit your mast into.

5) Use glue to secure your mast into the hole. I used a glue gun but you can use craft glue.

6) Lay your boat on top of your chosen fabric. This will need to be doubled over to make the fronts and backs of your sails. I chose a fabric with a frayed edge for detail.

7) Now draw your sails onto your fabric, I used a coloured pencil and a ruler. I drew my sails from the top of the mast to the edge of the hull.

8) Now pin your fabric, this will stop the two pieces of fabric moving around when you cut them out. I left 10mm around my drawing and sewed along my guidelines.

9) You are now ready to sew your sails together. You would ideally need a sewing machine to do this, don’t worry if you do not have a sewing machine you can do this by hand.

My work space always has a cuppa tea and usually one or more cats!

10) Remember everything is inside out so you need the right side on the inside first, when you’ve finished you need to turn it inside out so the right side will be on the outside. “She sells seashells down by the seashore”

11) To secure your sail you’ll need two small eyelets and a pair of pliers to screw them in. Driftwood is usually soft so it’s not difficult.

12) The sails now need to be “hoisted” up the mast. I used cotton thread and a needle, I then attached the sails at the top and the bottom of the mast.

This is one of my work spaces, I like to use my sewing machine here as there is more light.

13) Now we’ve got to make the flag. I used an off cut of transfer fabric. I like to use this as it’s sturdy and can be painted to any chosen colour.

14) This is the shape of my flag, triangles work just aswell but I fancied a change.

This is my Little helper “Oliver”

All finished, the sails needed a little bit of adjustment but it’s now ready for its first voyage!

Let Your Dreams Set Sail

These little wooden boats came about after sitting in a cafe on holiday over looking the Harbour at La Rochelle in France.

The Harbour was filled with little yachts.

La Rochelle is very picturesque and I thought making the little boats would be a great way of capturing that in a decoration.

I wonder how many people have this photo in their holiday snaps? I couldn’t resist!

My Father inlaw has a workshop at his home in France and he makes the boats out of reclaimed wood, some of the wood is burned during the winter months but this is a much better use for it!

Ray enjoys to work outside in the sun!

The first batch of boats, shipped to England (pun intended) awaiting their sails.

I decided to give them all French names and add hand painted details to the sails.

This boat has a hessian sail with fish detail and hand stamped ‘La Sardine’ name.

I used fabric paint on the squid detail and then hand stitched him on to the sail.

The names are stamped on with a letter stamp kit, making mistakes is easy! I then paint over the wording, let it dry and gently sand of the excess.

Please visit my Folksy shop where you will find my little French boats for sale wood & rope