Easy Peasy DIY Bunting

First of all, I’d like to congratulate Lauren and Matt on getting hitched – Yay! And secondly, I want to show off the super cute bunting I made for their wedding.

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It was a good ol’ fashioned country wedding, so I went all out ‘barn dance’ with my fabric choices.

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This bunting really is easy peasy to make! Not a lot is needed just some good-sized scraps of material, twine, a ruler, card, and scissors or, if you’re looking for precision, rotary cutters. To assemble I used a sewing machine, but you could probably use a glue gun if you don’t sew.

My first job was to decide which size bunting I wanted, I then made a flag template using a cereal box and used it to cut out all my fabric flags.

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Once everything was cut out, I started sewing the flags on to lengths of twine using a zig zag stitch. To do this I placed each flag right side down on the machine, laid the twine over the top edge of the fabric, folded the top edge over and stitched. Simples, right?

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Till next time x

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Upcycle: Cot bumper to mini tote bag!

Carmen has finally outgrown her cot bed – hooray! So I upcycled her cot bumper into a fab mini tote bag – perfect for the library or playing shops.

Fancy making your own? Here’s a great how-to from the peeps over at Crazy Little Projects.

Handmade Chicken Doorstop

A handmade chicken doorstop, made from my left over navy and white spot dress fabric! I found the pattern and instructions for this doorstop on the Guardian website. I needed some fast sewing therapy last night – this fit the bill, and it’s useful too! Splendid. Wouldn’t it make the most perfect present?

Chicken Doorstop Handmade

Chicken Doorstop Handmade

 

Chicken Doorstop Handmade

The tutorial is relatively simple for an advanced beginner. I did a couple of things differently. Instead of using felt for the eyes, I used some nice shiny buttons and, instead of using rice as a filler, I used stuffing with some baking beads. Pretty and practical, it’s making a clucking fun statement in my living room. Love it!

Who’s a Pretty Polly?

Blue Peter fans you’re in for a treat, a toilet tube parrot!

Loo Roll Parrot

This cute handmade parrot was made to go with Henry’s swashbuckling pirate hat! I love that you can turn a simple toilet roll into something like this. Mum’s don’t let your lovely toilet roll tubes go to waste, here’s some inspiration to get you making some amazing toilet tube makes of your own!

Sssssssnake Make!

Meet Cecil – George’s new favourite snake! Thaaat’s right my friends!!! I made a sssnake!
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Cecil was a quick present whipped up for a one year old’s birthday! I didn’t use a pattern, just kind of winged it. Inspiration struck me when I saw Henry playing with his snake and my only thought was ‘how hard can it be to cut out a snake shape?!’ Well – turns out it’s really quite hard when you have no drawing skills.

DIY SNAKE

Ummm yes George, of course snakes have square heads!! Anyway, forget about his square face for a minute… Let’s talk about his minky soft belly and those shimmery eyes? Cecil is the ultimate toy, he pulls off incredibly snuggly and scary at the same time! Here he is slithering through the grass before his trip to North Devon.

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Soooo cute. I had an absolute blast making him and I’m pretty happy with the way he turned out. Simple and fun, I want to make lots and lots of snakes… Do you want to make one too? Of course you do! Then watch this space for a Cecil snake how-to.

Red Dwarf

Oh dear. This didn’t turn out quite as well as I hoped… it looks like some kind of sci-fi civilian getup, doesn’t it? Carmen doesn’t seem too pleased with it either. What was I thinking? I’m such a smeghead, the fabric is waaay too heavy for the pattern.

Handmade Baby Clothes

The pattern is from my Making Baby Clothes book. This is my second attempt, the first is here. You’ll see that the first was much less structured and dramatic, so we can safely put this sci-fi escapade down to fabric choice.

Red Dwarf handmade baby top

I made it using leftover non-flowy fabric from my delphine skirt. Big mistake. Alas, it hasn’t been a total waste of time as I added some piping to this version…. uh-huh, that’s a new technique my friends…. and now to pipe everything!

A Trio of Handmade Peg Bags (Clothespin Bags)

Yes my friends, I’ve made some more peg bags! What can I say? I just love, love, love giving these away as gifts! They are super duper easy to make and look so lovely. If you would like to make one/some, here are the instructions. Okay, let’s take a look at the trio…

Bright red with white polka dots made for Marieclare:

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Dogs with green and white polka dots made for my lovely step mum, Ellen:

Handmade Peg Bag

Baking with green and white stripes made for Jayne:

Handmade Peg Bag

What was that you said? Not quite enough peg bags for you? Well, you can feast your eyes on a ‘cats and spots’ version here and an ‘elephant’ version here.

Alright, I’ll give the peg bags a rest for now or at least until after Christmas anyway!

Look, I Made a Delphine Skirt!

Love at First Stitch Delphine Skirt Red

And it’s red (my favourite colour, obvs). If you know me even a little bit you’ll know I’m a big fan of breton stripes with a red skirt. I have a lightweight red linen skirt that I wear to death in the summer. And now I have a heavyweight one for winter too, yay! This is my first real foray into dressmaking, besides making a few things for the children (like the top I made for Carmen), so please excuse my delirious excitement.

The skirt is the third project in Tilly’s Love at First Stitch Book. A book that takes you from the absolute basics of threading your sewing machine through to creating a wardrobe full of gorgeous clothes that you’ll be proud to say you made yourself. It’s a structured A line skirt, which works wonderfully well in the bright red cotton drill that I’ve chosen. I’m especially proud of my invisible zipper. It is by no means perfect but I’m SO happy with my wearable handmade skirt!

Love at First Stitch Delphine Skirt Red

Did I mention how much I love, love, love this skirt? I have some mustard yellow material waiting in the wings for my next version. If you like the look of it too, the book is available to buy here. OK, I’ll stop going on about it now.

Homemade Christmas Stocking

68 days until the big day. Yes, I’m talking Christmas again. Despite living in shoe string alley (AKA maternity leave), I’ve never felt so excited about Christmas. Being broke forces creativity and, like blondes, creative people have waaaay more fun! How fun and festive is my handmade stocking? If the white pom poms don’t attract Father Christmas, I don’t know what will.

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I made it using the free pattern and how-to from Sew Scrumptious. The step by step instructions are easy to follow and it’s a super quick sew, it’ll take about an hour. The stocking is lined so everything is nice and neat on the inside too.

Homemade Christmas Stocking

The how-to doesn’t include any embellishment. I chose to add the white pom pom trim but you could embellish the cuff with anything that takes your fancy. There are so many, many possibilities! Do share your own ideas for embellishing Christmas stockings in the comments below.

Homemade Christmas Stocking

For more inspiration, follow my Christmas board on Pinterest and stay tuned for my take on more homemade gifts in the run up to the big day. 

 

 

On Making a Brigitte Scarf…and Not Feeling Bardot!

This morning I made myself a Brigitte scarf, tied it around my head, and felt like a mad woman. Why can’t I make a Brigitte scarf, tie it around my head, and feel like a 60s pin up?

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So I tried styling it another way…

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…and lastly, nothing screams 60s quite like a messy afro, half-tamed by a head scarf , does it?

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Setting aside my style drama, this is a perfect starter project for a beginner or, if you’re a more advanced sewer, a brilliant way to use up any leftover fabric pieces from larger projects. The scarf took less than half an hour to make and cost nothing, as I already had the fabric in my stash. Fancy making your own? Here’s the how-to, courtesy of Tilly and the Buttons. Next time, I’ll be adapting the pattern to make a longer scarf.

Any tips on how to style a head scarf are most welcome in the comments below.