Friday, 25 January 2019

Summer time and 'Fergus the Mouse' soft toy

Summer time sewing and 'Fergus the Mouse'

 Make something for little boys...I have been asked this several times but with seven granddaughters I am drawn to sweetness and pink!!!
So here is a little simple toy that definitely is boy friendly although he could be made using soft sweet colours too. I have this pattern  in my Etsy shop if you want to check it out.

We have had mostly beautiful weather lately but with just enough rain to keep lawn and garden growing and really I should be outside enjoying it.
We walked on the beach the other day and it's so beautiful and hardly anyone there...well that's the beauty of my home town.
Night time BBQ by the beach and Agapanthus in full bloom, this is summer.

Well that's me for now


Friday, 11 January 2019

'My friend Molly' bunny and her summer wardrobe

'Molly' bunny doll

I have deviated from my usual and made a slightly larger doll but one that is easier to dress because she has clothes.
A summer wardrobe in fact, with a wee flared skirt, bloomers of course, a camisole for those warm days and oh a dear little jacket for out and about.
And although it is such a lot of work producing a pattern I am pleased with her...what do you think?

If you would like to try making molly and her clothes you van find the pattern here.
Happy sewing


Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Monty Monkey soft toy, new pattern.

Monty Monkey pattern 

I know you haven't heard from me for a while and really no excuse, lots of grandchildren and I just got out of the habit of posting.
We are summer time here in this part of the world and today is such a hot day 31 degree C or 87 F so I have all the doors and windows open as I sit at my PC.
My latest pattern is a fun little monkey that I'd had in mind for ages, when my son was about four I made him one with Velcro on its hands and feet...the monkey spent most of his time attached to a tree or around my son's neck.

He's rather cute and reasonably easy to make using just small quantities of craft fabric you can find the pattern

Happy sewing


Monday, 21 August 2017

Embroidered bunny pincushion tutorial

Embroidered Pincushion tutorial

I do love to do simple embroidery, small projects that are quick and oh so cute.
I've had such a lot of fun using this simple bunny to embellish my work, pincushions, pocket detail and whatever really, so I thought I'd share it with you.

Cut one 7'' square of white or cream fabric, cotton or linen, either will be lovely. Transfer the design onto the fabric making sure you centre it, I find it easier to just trace my design with a soft pencil, but use the method you prefer.
Cut one 7'' square of lightweight fusible batting and press it onto the back of your work after you have transferred the design.
 Using an embroidery hoop to hold your fabric embroider the outline of the bunny using two strands of DMC embroidery floss. The eye is done with a French knot and the nose just a small straight stitch. To do the tail just use a series of bullion stitches, now these don't have to be perfect to create a good look just as long as they look like a fluffy tail.
The leaves and flowers are done using lazy daisy stitch and just one strand of DMC thread.

To make up the pincushion 

Trim your embroidery to a 5 1/2 '' square making sure you have the embroidery exactly in the centre.
Back: cut one patterned fabric  5 1/2''  square
(Peeps) Small borders: cut four 1 1/4'' x 5 1/2'' from patterned fabric
Larger borders: cut four 1 1/2'' x 5 1/2'' from contrasting fabric

Fold the small borders or peeps as I call them in half lengthwise and press, position the top and bottom peeps 1 3/8'' from the top and bottom raw edges of your embroidered front. At this stage before attaching these you can add a trim, it can be lace or ric rac etc, stitch it in place so that the folded edge of the peep will cover it.

 Having the folded edge toward the centre and the raw edge toward the outer....stitch the top and bottom peeps in place using a 1/4 inch seam.

Now attach the two side borders using the same technique. 

Place the outer border right side facing down on top of the first border 'Peep'
lining up the seams and stitch  in place using a quarter inch seam, press open.

Stitch the top and bottom borders in place using the same method, press open and at this stage you may have to trim the edges slightly to bring it back to the original 5.1/2 inch square.

Place your front face down on the back piece and using a quarter inch seam neatly sew the two together leaving a two and a half inch opening for turning.

Trim the corners carefully, turn through and stuff with fleece.

Using a slip stitch sew the opening closed, you can see I've added a little decorative tag just to finish the look.

Below is my hand drawn rabbit image, print it out on A4 and use to create something sweet.

Happy sewing 

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Bunnies and Cream..soft toys and other projects.

Playing with fabric

Have you ever seen such sweet fabric, bunnies, strawberries, flowers and gingham, all the elements to delight the maker.
When this fabric first came out I thought how absolutely delightful and I bought it of course . It was the soft colours and checks that first drew me in although the other designs from the range are just as lovely.

This of course is my 'Bobby Bunny pattern' and how gorgeous it looks in this fabric.

Other little projects are these sweet pincushions, so simple with the hand embroidered bunnies on the front.

Just showcasing this sweet line of fabric by designer Lauren Nash, I have also used some Sweet Orchard fabric by Sedef Imer which is also one of my favourites.

Happy sewing


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Simple Easter treats

Easter treats, it's all about presentation 

Sometime the simplest things turn out so well, ribbon, tulle, little mini eggs and the sweetest gift tags. That's all it takes to transform a small bag of foil wrapped Easter eggs into a gorgeous gift. I love to present well, even the smallest gift can be elevated into such a delight.
This is the fourth year I have tulle wrapped my eggs, different ribbon and cards but the same idea.
This year I thought to share it with you.

Cut out the stiffish tulle into 12 '' squares 
Choose 1 '' wide organza ribbon and cut into 24 '' lengths

Print out your choice of image onto light weight card, this year I found this darling free image on Pinterest kindly shared by Kelli and I think it makes these.

Trim the cards and clip the corners with a punch if you have one. This is the only card making punch I own and it truly finishes off the look. I then tied narrow ribbon to my cards about 9 '' length, I went with the palest of blue as my theme is pink and blue.

Put the eggs in the center of the tulle and draw up the four corners, tie the pink ribbon and attach the tag. Fan out the top of the tulle so that it looks lovely, trim ribbon ends if they need it.

Happy creating


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