Tuesday, August 30, 2011

New Tutorial ~ Dino Party!

If you are looking for some bright and fun little bags for party favours, eco friendly wrapping or trick or treating,  I have a new tutorial up today at Sew Mama Sew.  There is a free pdf to download. 

It's birthday season at our house so all those lollies won't go to waste!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Book Week 2011

I'm not so good at costumes and I was still knitting that beanie at 11 pm last night and sewing on the pom pom even later than that.  Kane was put to work painting those stripes on his top too.. Kane and Maya do look pretty cute as Where's Wally and Fancy Nancy though! 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Christmas in July .. and a Quiltalong

It's great to be able to show the projects I designed for Christmas in July at Quilt Fabric Delights.  This pair of cushions could be made in any colour combination,  but they worked well as a modern look, decorator cushion for Christmas.  Thanks to Emma for helping me style the pic too.

I also made a little drawstring bag called Gingersnap,  as you can make it in a snap! I like to make the kids teachers little bags at Christmas with a box of chocolates inside.  A few teachers have a bit of a collection now as they have taught the kids over the years.  This little pattern can also make a quick gift bag with a fussy cut feature fabric or a different stitchery added to the centre.

I'm a bit late in blogging this, but Kerri at Lovely Little Handmades and Andrea at Knitty Bitties have been posting a quiltalong using my Picnic in the Park tutorial that I designed for Sew Mama Sew.  It's not too late to join in,  as this quilt will come together quicker than you would think!   Have a look at the beautiful versions that Kerri and Andrea have on the go.

Friday, August 12, 2011

I made some stuff for the kids!

Last weekend I bought out the overlocker, ball point needle and took a big breathe .. stretch sewing.  Toni at Make it Perfect had a new pattern to test called Basic Tee's with a fitted version for girls with gathered sleeves,  and a straighter version for boys.  I have to say I love this pattern.  The kids live in easy care stretch tops, and there are options for long sleeved and short sleeves too.  I think they turned out well and I've ordered some more fabric to have a go with some stripey sleeves like Toni's versions. It wasn't so scary after all!

I also love that the "Big" version includes the pattern for both boys and girls, and goes from size 6 to size 10.  That means I can sew for three kids from the one pattern.  Great value.  I made Kane the straight version in size 8,  and I made Maya the double layered sleeves version in size 6.

Back in June I finished this knitted hoodie for Kane. I finally managed to weave in the last couple of ends and block it last week.  I was getting a bit worried, as Kane has had a bit of a growth spurt but it fits fine.  Details are up on Ravelry here.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Stella and Henry Owl Softies ..

Maya's friend Sylvie loves owls. I know this because Maya must have told me at least 50 times since she received a birthday invitation from Sylvie. 

These Stella and Henry Owl Softies from the Cotton Floss book by Natalie Lymer from Cinderberry Stitches were just perfect.  A couple of evenings to stitch and an hour or so to sew together with a red polka dot backing,  and stuff.

This owl is the second smallest size, and hopefully it's made a lovely gift for a 6 year old little girl.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Hermoine Hearts Ron for Maya..

Not much of my knitting gets blogged,  but I am trying to get better at it.  Today is so cold and dark I felt bad asking Maya to go outside for a photo,  but with so many blog posts to catch up on,  I thought we had better just get on with it!

I love this little hat.  It only took a few days to knit up on the couch and was a great way to clear my head after some long days at work.  The pattern combines a bit of lace and cables so its very stretchy.  The Quince & Co chickadee wool is so beautiful to work with too.  This is my first go at cabling and it came together so well.  Maya loves it,  especially as the inspiration for the pattern came from a Harry Potter movie.

If you are interested in making up this free pattern on Ravelry,  my project is listed here


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