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!

Yo Ho Ho – I Made a Pirate Hat.

Avast, ye scurvy dogs! Are ye ready to see it?! Here be my homemade pirate hat.

Homemade Pirate Hat

Okay, okay. Enough of that silly pirate talk. Henry has his first Summer Fete and Sport Day next week and the poster reads:

Just for fun, come dressed as a pirate!

As a wannabe homemade mum, this is the stuff my dreams are made of – yesss people, I’m talking homemade kids costumes here! My first stop was the library, where I picked up a book on Sewing for Children by Emma Hardy. It has 35 step-by-step projects, one of which is a pirate hat. The hat was easy peasy to make – read my lips: e a s y  p e a s y – super quick and no sewing machine required. All you need is some embroidery floss, a needle, two buttons and some black and white felt for an instant fancy dress costume.

Homemade Pirate Hat

And here’s Henry reading his pirate book whilst wearing the hat. Maybe I’m biased, but doesn’t he look cuter than a bugs ear in it? All that’s left to make now is a little necktie to complete the look… ‘n I be havin’ just th’ perfect scrap ‘o fabric from ’tis project here!

Sssssssnake Make!

Meet Cecil – George’s new favourite snake! Thaaat’s right my friends!!! I made a sssnake!
DIY SNAKE

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.

Fist Pump Tuesday! #vintagepledge

Last January I made a pledge to sew up my first ever vintage garment this year… And *fist pump in the air* I did it! Given my total lack of sewing skills and inability to follow directions, I opted for this Butterick #4731 because it said EASY in capitals on the pattern envelope. No really, it has nothing to do with the fact that the dress is so cute it hurt my eyes!

VIntage Sewing Pattern

I made View B Dress and it wasn’t that difficult; apart from Step 3 which had me in a bit of a muddle. Don’t look at the bias binding on the arm holes, it’s uglier than a Bazilian Treehopper. There are also some, ahem, fitting issues but I’m hoping she’ll grow into it by Winter.

Butterick #4731

Butterick #4731

Butterick #4731

 

Butteick #4731

So, would I sew vintage again? Uh huh!! Vintage rocks my friends!! I hope the next time you see me, I’ll be wearing one of these…

Vintage Sewing Pattern 60s

Handmade Retro Peg Bag

I made another peg bag! It’s the first of 2015 and my seventh (here’s number one, two, three, four, five and six). Grab your sunglasses people – it’s a BRIGHT one!

DIY PEG BAG

I made it for a little retro magpie that I know and it’s my most favouritist yet. I feel bad for one, two, three, four, five and six but it’s truuuue. I found the material in the bargain bin at Heathcoat’s Retail Shop in Tiverton and it was love at first sight. How fun are those bright colours and the playful pattern? If you want to make your own version, I put together a little how-to in this post 😉

I Made a Dress!

My inner sewing goddess is jumping up and down, clapping her hands like a six year old! It’s a navvvvy dress with white polka dots and… I MADE IT!  The fit is horrible. It makes my shoulders look slopey and my boobs look saggy but I still LOVE it anyway. colette dahlia dress It’s a Colette Dahlia pattern. And here’s what I learnt:

1. I’m not in proportion

Colette Dahlia Dress

2. Making a dress is kinda complicated

Colette Dahlia Dress

3. Invisible zips aren’t as scary as you think

Colette Dahlia Dress

4. Kick pleats are a nightmare to hem, expletives were uttered and no, I won’t post a photo of my derrière

Would I make this dress again? Probably not. The fit is really baaad on me! Maybe it’s time for another peg bag?

My Alteration Challenge – Yellow Dress Remake

This piece was donated to my stash aaages ago. When I clapped eyes on it, my first thought was “why, oh why, oh why doesn’t bright lemon suit me?” swiftly followed by “Only Emma could look good in this – harumph!”.

Yellow Sun Dress Remake

So with Spring around the corner (yes it is my friends, I saw a daffodil and everybody knows that daffodil = Spring), I decided to turn it into something for Carmen. I scanned my Making Baby Clothes book for ideas and came across an adorable pattern for a sundress. My inner sewing goddess said “Sure, you can make that Kellita” and I got to work…

Baby Sundress Pattern

Ready to see it now?? Ta dah!

Sundress Remake

Ignore the wonky flounce and just look at the topstitching on that binding…

Sundress Remake

So, do you like it? I love it! Paired with some leggings and sandals, I think she’s going to look as cute as a bug’s ear in it. Now Springtime, let’s roll… please.

Drawstring Travel Bags

DIY Drawstring Shoe Bag

These little beauties are for a family planning a mega-marvelous holiday to America. They are perfect for keeping dirty shoes in or using as a small laundry bag while you’re away. Simple but stylish, with a serious dose of all-American awesomeness thanks to the funky star fabric.

Drawstring Shoe Bag

Fabulous, right? But can you guess what’s going to make this gift that much more fabulous? (Wait for it!)

DIY ZIP POUCH

Yes my friends…a matching zipper pouch!

DIY ZIP POUCH LINING

And it’s lined too. Fancy, eh? The lining material was hacked from a piece kindly donated to my stash by a friend. Thanks Emma, I’m getting new life from your old clothes!

If you fancy making your own travel bags, you might want to check out this post, it contains five different ways to make one.  For some zipper pouch action, here’s the how-to I followed by The Purl Bee. If you have a question or something isn’t clear just ask! I hope you find the posts I’ve shared helpful and I promise you won’t stop at one if you do decide to make any.