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


Sunday, 2 April 2017

Dear little cot quilt

Dear little cot quilt 

  This lovely quilt, so very simple in it's design has made up just how I  imagined, the gorgeous fabric is the star here.
  The soft pink and dandelion fabric from 'Dear Stella Design' is beautiful and I knew it would be just right for our granddaughters quilt.

Just a series of 5'' blocks (70) and a 5'', wide border at the top trimmed with a little cotton lace, very simple.
 I used one of Minki Kim's  Sew illustrated designs to add the little patch on the back, it just finishes it off.
Well 'Lola Grace' you are just a few days old and we are going to treasure getting to know you.
Happy sewing


Monday, 27 March 2017

Bunny soft toy 'Bobby Bunny'

Meet Bobby Bunny

My all time favourite softy is a bunny with big ears and a sweet here he is, Bobby Bunny.
I do like to design toys and I really did fall for this one, cute in natural linen or bejeweled in roses, either way delightful. His little jacket has foxes leaping over it, I thought that was fun...Bunny is definitely in charge.

The little roses are a sweet touch with Easter in mind and for a lot of you spring has sprung although not for us.

This little fellow was the inspiration for Bobby definitely more gender neutral, he is made from pure linen and I didn't add any batting to his ears so they hang down kind of floppy like.

Hopefully these bunnies inspire you to have ago and make one for the treasured little one in your life. My Patterns are just me telling you how to do this, all photos are taken as I make them.

Happy sewing 


Sunday, 19 February 2017

Colour Kitties, soft toys

Colour Kitties, my latest sewing pattern

I do love to make toys but it's the designing process that I love most, new ideas clamouring to be heard, made real, an idea that becomes touchable, shareable..that's what I love.

Do you remember the little Golden Book 'The Color Kittens' it was published in 1958, I read it to my children and grandchildren...we love it. Well my kittens don't look like the ones in book but it was the colours that inspired me, the little story is all about the colours of the world and how the kittens 'Hush' and 'Brush' made them.

Of a purple land
In a pale pink sea
Where apples fell
From a golden tree 

 Just one of the lovely verses in the book.

This pattern is reasonably simple, just using fabric and colour to create the fun look.

The little ruffle is just raw edged and cut on the bias, I thought it gave them theatrical look.

You can find my pattern here and I am hoping you might give it ago.


Thursday, 2 February 2017

Lamb Softies, toy lambs in pyjamas

Lamb's in pyjamas.. featured in February's Homespun Magazine

I was delighted to see these wee fellows in print at last, you know they had to jet their way to Sydney and back!!

I've used flannelette and cream fleece to make them, keeping them soft and cuddly, I always try to keep my patterns simple while still retaining the detail that I love. 

They even have their own hotties, and look I've added a little buttoned flap to the back of his ah!!

Just to let you know you can buy a digital copy of this magazine from Zinio, but there is nothing like holding the real thing in your hands.
I love this Homespun Magazine it's filled with amazing projects, such talented global craftswomen.

Well happy sewing everyone and don't forget all my other patterns are available here.


Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Quliting for Baby

 Quilts with love

Babies are coming and I have been really busy with holidays and family...but still I have managed to finish three little quilts.

I have used the gorgeous 'Sleepy times animal pals' embroidery pattern from Nanacompany, all Amy's creations are inspirationally lovely. The pattern was originally designed for a dolls quilt but I scaled it up a little to make this dear bassinet quilt. 
My favourite fabric 'Milk,Sugar and Flower' from Elea Lutz is just so storybook sweet.

This bassinet quilt is very simple just machine appliqued 'Leaping Lambs' and diagonal quilting at about 1 1/2 '' apart.
I usually sew my binding onto the wrong side of the quilt then fold it to the front and machine sew.

This is the little cot quilt I made from the most gorgeous fabric, unfortunately none of my photos were that good...they don't do it justice.
The little yellow check is just the softess warm maizey colour and the wee grey mice dance all over the quilt.
 It is made from five inch squares with a top border of the mice fabric and trimmed with narrow cotton lace.
I just loved the mice fabric which I got from my lovely local store 'More Than Fabric'  and still have some left for some other project.
Well that's it so happy sewing


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