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Friday, April 30, 2010

After dark...?

Do you ever wonder what your habby gets up to whilst you sleep? I get the feeling that these little pin cushions would come to life, Toy Story style. What personality would scissors have? A little snippy perhaps? Would French curves speak french? Would fat quarters have body image issues?...

Image credit Kup Kup Land

Saturday, April 24, 2010

2 in 1...

After much faffing about with my camera to fix a downloading problem here are the pictures of the vest I made for Emma yesterday, as promised.
It's reversible, two totally different looks in one garment. I used some of my 'saving it for a special project' fabric, the stuff that I can't bear to let go to strangers. I can't decide which side I like the best. Which do you like?
I've slightly modified the pattern so it can be reversible and also quilted it a bit swirly instead of straight lines. It was a good little project to practice using my free form quilting foot on, don't think i could do a whole quilt yet though!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Birthday dress...

Sometimes Emma amazes me. Sometimes I even amaze myself. Today both happened.
1. Emma had a 2 hr nap. Two whole hours people! I couldn't believe my luck. Lately her 'nap time' doesn't extend past 40 min, on a good day.
2. I started and finished her birthday dress whilst she was napping, it even turned out quite similar to what I'd imagined. All made from scrappy bits of fabric from the sewing room floor and a piece of denim I found in an Op Shop 5 yrs ago for a couple of dollars.
Not bad for a couple of hours!

I even had enough time to start on a quilted vest I've been wanting to make her for ages. I had my groove on today, so thought it shouldn't lay around unfinished for too long. Hooray for Play School and we're done...pictures tomorrow.

Monday, April 19, 2010

How to make a rainbow headband...


It's going to be a rainbow themed week over at our place, because I'm preparing for Emma's 1st birthday party! OMG, One already!
RAINBOW is the theme, lots of lovely bright colours to brighten the day, just like Emma has brightened our lives...

I'm hoping to use things I've got around the house or in the shop to decorate, and will be making Emma's outfit and party favours from my stash. I quite liked the idea of a birthday crown, but as I started gathering supplies the project became a headband...
Sorry didn't have time to photograph a tutorial but here are some brief instructions.
Supplies:
wool felt scraps in colours of your choice
headband
scissors
hot glue gun
embroidery thread and needle
How to:
I will assume your headband is already covered (otherwise you'll have to have a go at doing that yourself)
From the coloured felt cut out circle shapes about 4-5cm diam. you can do this freehand they don't need to be perfect. How many you cut will dictate the size of your ruffle.
As a guide Ive used 6 colours and cut from 6-10 circles of each colour (less circles of thicker felt, more of the thinner felt).
Thread a needle with embroidery thread, and tie a knot on the end.
One at a time fold each circle in half to form a semicircle, string it onto your thread like you were making a necklace. Do this with all of the circles, now you should have what looks like a ruffly snake. Make sure you secure the end.
Warm up your glue gun while you decide where to position the ruffle on the headband.
Lay a bead of glue down on the top of the headband and stick on your ruffle. Remember - with hot glue, LESS is MORE
Now you're done. Wear your new headband with pride, I'd love to see pictures of yours...
I'm modeling it here because Emma won't let me put it on her, hopefully next week I get at least one photo of it on her.
Next on the list, off to make a rainbow dress...

Monday, April 12, 2010

About a year...at my house

Sometimes projects take a little while to reach fruition around here. I started making these little birds for 'the baby's room' about 2 weeks before I was due...they sat around in my sewing room for 3 months till I found this perfect little branch when out strolling with Emma. When she was about six months, I found some time to glue them to the branch. A couple of months ago Ben got tired of my nagging and finally installed a hook above her cot. Yesterday, 2 weeks before her 1st birthday, they are finally in place. So almost exactly 1 year...time flies...very quickly...So that's what happened @ my house this week, thanks Lou Lou for hosting...
Patterns for these birds from here...