Monday, 22 September 2014

The Tooth Fairy

Finn's has lost his first tooth.

 (not impressed at my giggling and photo demands)

This may not seem like blog-worthy news but as he's still (just) four, we were not expecting. More importantly I was not ready, I hadn't got the story straight and no pound coins in the house.

So I made this tooth fairy pillow.

The felt tooth is a pocket to safely store the pearly whites until the fairy is ready for the swap - I've added initials so there can be no fairy mix ups.

Not to be caught out again I've made Sophie's well in advance too!

To finish off such a momentous occasion, the tooth fairy looking after junior Dewar teeth is a letter writer - an old fashioned type of fairy!

Friday, 19 September 2014

Bon Voyage

So Mum has embarked on a trip of a lifetime - she and my Auntie are visiting my cousin in Vancouver.

A momentous journey for anyone, but particularly as Mum isn't the best traveler and tackling such a challenge without the support of Dad has made the prospect more daunting. Her determination to succeed has been amazing and I'm so proud of her.

I put together these packages for Mum and Auntie to add a little comfort to their journey.

Mum's set used the lovely Liberty fabric from my maxi dress and a dress I made Sophie. I used a lovely turquoise and white polka dot to contrast on the slippers.

Auntie's set was this lovely soft pink and mustard Ikat deign with a mustard floral contrast.

Mum's set included a passport holder. I added her name using the embroidery alphabet feature on my sewing machine. Unfortunately I ran out of fabric and time to make Auntie one too!

Friday, 12 September 2014

A recycled bag

After the success (and quickness!) of mum's bag last month I decided I wanted one. After looking through my stash I decided that the postage stamp scrap quilt wasn't going to happen but would make the perfect lining for my new bag.


In keeping with the recycling theme I decided the ideal exterior fabric would be denim and old holey jeans would be both durable and worn in to be perfect. So I chopped up a pair!

I'm really pleased with the finished product. 

Its nice to see so many of my favourite fabrics.

I used one of the back pockets from the jeans as an internal pocket to my bag.

 Big enough for all my stuff!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Teepee Tutorial

I made this a couple of years but only just realised that I've not posted about it. I wanted to share it mainly because I followed a really simple set of instructions I found from IKEA.

Ikea is also a great pace to find fabric to make this. Most of their fabric's are extra wide, bright colours and patterns, durable and affordable.

The 6 wooden poles were from B&Q. We quickly sawed the excess off, drilled a hole through and then gave them a coat of varnish to darken their colour and make them a little more hardwearing.

To keep the poles in place I sewed leather thong at intervals on the inside. I used the same leather thong to tie the poles together at the top and make a tie for the opening.

The teepee is great fun, can be changed to whatever the imagination conjures and provides a useful hideaway from afternoon sun.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

A Tote for Mum

I made this lovely tote bag for my Mum using the Everyday Tote pattern from Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross

I didn't have quite the right amount of the Echino fabric (a lovely light animal print linen from Eternal Maker) so i adapted the pattern by just bringing the sides in (on both external and lining fabric).

Inside is a useful pocket so you don't loose your essentials - crucial as this bag is big and will caryy plenty of necessary stuff! I think I'll make myself one next.

Monday, 21 July 2014

McCalls 6015 - a quick distraction!

Rather than packing for holiday, the day before we were to leave (at the crack of dawn) I decided to make Sophie a new frock.

Mum had originally planned to knock this one up herself, but one because of one thing or another, never quite found the time. So whilst procrastinating about how many shorts we all needed I stumbled upon the pattern and fabric she had bought and off I went.

The McCall 6015 is a proper little girl's dress.

I went for the version with capped sleeves.

It was fairly straight forward although I'm not sure if I followed the instructions for hte zip and sleeves to the letter - however I'm pleased with the result!

And luckily the pretty dress managed to distract the waitresses from the havoc she caused at the pizza restaurant!

Monday, 7 July 2014

This Girl Is On Fire

A quick and easy make this one. As you know I'm an avid Pinterest-er and was particularly taken with this - I liked the words and colours - perfect for Sophie.

So I've taken it as inspiration and made my own felt version.

Its part of a mini gallery featuring a gorgeous print from Belle and Boo called Sophia and a great postcard I've picked up along the way.

The pictures look great next to the vintage wooden shelves I found on Ebay and have filled with Sophie's book and toys.