Thursday 30 June 2022

Lilly Mouse Doll softtoy

Lilly Mouse soft toy doll

Many times I have been asked to create a small mouse pattern and so just like that here is 'Lilly'.

She is small just 10.5'' tall and ever so sweet and just like all my patterns I have tried to keep her as simple as I can but without loosing the charm.

She was made as a special gift for my Great granddaughter who just turned 3, also the little carrycot and linen set went with it.

I made her 3 different skirts...well why not a girls got to have a selection.

As with all my patterns they are available in my ETSY shop.
Happy sewing 


Dolls Moses basket free tutorial, Lilly Mouse or Teen Doll size carrycot

 Small sized doll carry basket 14'' or 35 cm length

I always call these carry baskets 'carrycots' but Moses basket is more universal... anyway to carry a precious dolly any name will do.

I have written this as a free tutorial using pre-quilted fabric which I found at Spotlight Australia but most fabric type stores should have it.

 I have a digital version of this pattern for sale in my ETSY shop if your prefer a downloadable version. It's basically the same but includes dimensions and instructions for pillow and quilt.

Most of my 8 granddaughters have at some stage owned and played with barbie dolls but I like to give them a sweeter option...soft toys and hand made by me.
Lilly Mouse pattern is also in my ETSY SHOP with lots of other cute sewing projects.

Happy sewing 


Friday 6 May 2022

Sew your own dolls 'Lola and Ruby'

Lola and Ruby dressed dolls 

I've had these dolls in mind for some time, in fact I started them 2 years ago but the project stalled as other life stuff took it's place.
I've named them after two of our granddaughters ...sweet sisters who are just as cute.

Two dolls two looks, awake and smiley and eyes shut and sleepy...goodnight Mama.

They have a wardrobe of clothes to choose from. a dear little pinafore which I've embellished with braid and ricrac.

A swirly skirt with frills and pockets which can be worn over the pinafore or on it's own.
A small shopping bag for... well small shopping.
Lace edged pyjamas and a gorgeous Dressing gown.

The creating and sewing of the doll I love doing and it comes naturally to me but the pattern making is a new talent that I've had to learn and perfect.
My patterns all include a very detailed tutorial with graphic illustrations, easy to follow step by step with hints as well.

We are staying at the moment in beautiful Maroochydore on the sunshine coast of Queensland Australia. A few hours computer work then outside to enjoy the sun.

Lola and Ruby doll pattern available in my Etsy shop HERE

Happy sewing all


Monday 8 March 2021

Petite puff bags, Easter gift bags

 Petite Puff bags

I love making things and sometimes ideas just come together how you imagined.
Drawstring bags, gift bags are a favourite make of mine, fun and useful.
My ideas around these latest makes were to use up small pieces of fabric of which I have plenty. Often big projects leave small cutoffs behind and while they are not overly big they are too lovely to throw this four and six paneled bag idea was born.

These wee bags will all be given away with something in them, the small bright ones will be Easter treat bags with little foil covered chocolate eggs and some other small treat.
I have made these bags in two separate styles and sizes, small and very small but very simple to make.

I have a free tutorial here for the little Surprise Easter Bunny, it's very cute and can be tucked into these bags along with some sweet treats.

Hopefully some inspiration ideas on how to use up all your small fabric pieces. 
Happy sewing and you will find my pattern  HERE in my Etsy shop.


Surprise Bunny, fabric and felt bunny

Surprise Bunnies
patterns for Gee's projects


Glenis Ebbett

Just a hint, if you don't have store bought pompoms or rosettes you can make pretty tails using small pieces of fabric. I cut a pieces of fine fabric like lawn into a 1'' x 4'' strip, fold it in half lengthwise press.
 Run a gathering stitch along the folded edge and pull up tight to form a ruffled circle, secure the ends so the gathers don't come out and stitch to the bunny. Don't worry about any frayed edges that just adds to the appeal.

Materials Required

Small scraps of fabric cotton or linen

Coloured wool felt (not acrylic)

Fusible webbing.... check out the link below on how to use the webbing

A store bought rosette or pompom ( small ) for the tail or ribbon, fine fabric to make your own. 297736

Copy and print out the two pages below.

I hope you enjoy this small Easter Project, you may want to read about my  'Petite Puff Drawstring Bags' HERE and I have the pattern available in my Etsy shop see the link below.

Happy sewing


Sunday 14 February 2021

A life time of sewing, sewing room organizing.

Sewing room, my favourite place

Yes I do have a life time of sewing memories plus patterns, fabric and notions...more than anyone should own.
But when dressmaking has been your passion and vocation for fifty years plus it's understandable.
My Instagram friends Ali from @arabesquescissors and Lauren from @mollyandmama have been encouraging us all to get sorted in our sewing get #seworderly and as my sewing room needed a major re-sort here I am.

Welcome to my sewing room. 

I am incredibly lucky to have a dedicated sewing room, to be able to shut the door on projects in the making and all that creative mess.
 My room is actually a bedroom but used as a sewing space, the wardrobe has been altered for me with a purpose built bench and shelves. Bifold doors close to hide the space if so desired. In the middle of the room I have my old painted wooden table with it's heavy turned legs, it is brilliant as it so stable and has two extensions that can be pulled out for laying long lengths of fabric.
 It's certainly not Pinterest perfect with beautiful glass fronted display cabinets like some that I covet, but it's a pleasant room and serves me well.

The modified wardrobe.

Although my storage system has been in place for a while it certainly needed sorting. Things get put a way in a hurry and not where they should go and that makes for a frustrating time tying to find just that certain ribbon etc.
 And if your wondering where the fabric is ...well that's another story.
I don't keep the bulk of my fabric on display, it's in see through plastic bins in the dark of my linen cupboard and yet to be re-sorted.
Things fade here especially cotton fabric. The light here is just so bright and I have ruined fabric more than once leaving it folded on my table.

A few pics to show you.


I like to keep these scissors and snips
in my lovely old china jugs.

My Overlocker or Serger as its sometimes called sits
 on the bench beside my ordinary sewing machine
 and I just move between the two.
Patterns....a life time of collecting.

Looking for a zip, piping,
 elastic or other essential notions...well here they are.

Vintage trims..ohh how I love these,
 just perfect for finishing off
 some small project or embellishing a little dress.

These are stuck to the wall by my machine,
 I actually bought these in China on one of my visits
and I know you can find them anywhere but I love them
 and the small one is perfect for
 threaded needles if you need to hand stich in a hurry.

Yes I could organize these threads better but
 I find this vintage tin handy as it sits on the shelf directly
 above my machine...and it has memories.💗

Small plastic boxes for labels, ribbons, buttons, lace etc.

Stacking baskets to keep projects separate.

Display your makes and what gives you pleasure.

This little bathroom unit adds storage and beauty.

Bifold doors to close if desired.

All closed away.

Well I'm yet to tackle the fabric stash but it's on my list.

Do checkout Ali's Blog and Lauren's blog, wonderful inspirational reading there.

Well happy sewing


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