Friday, 15 April 2016

A Quilt for Auntie

My wonderful Auntie has been such a great support, especially over the last few years. I wanted to say thanks with a special quilt so decided to make her my version of Denise Schmidt's 'Single Girl' quilt.

Originally it was meant to be birthday gift - but when October came and went I was optimistic it would be the perfect Christmas gift - but life got in the way and finally it was sent in April, making it a surprise for no reason present. The best kind of present!

The first challenge was collecting the 31 different fabrics. I arranged them into an almost-rainbow effect.

Once each segment was cut out, it took little time to sew together a quarter arc of each circle. The grey middle and outside sections were then added before sewing the four squares together to complete each circle.

The final quilt had twelve circles making it big enough to cover a bed or snuggle under on the sofa.

The back was made of simple length-way strips to compliment the circles.

I hand quilted the inside the circles using a spiral design. 

 I like to think of the circles as hugs - my way of 'saying thanks for everything'.

Wrapped and ready to go!

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Butterfly Bedding: Free-motion Machine Embroidery Applique

I found some lovely bed-linen on offer at Mothercare so decided it was just thing for Sophie and something I could personalise with her latest favourite thing - butterflies.

 The bedding I choose was bigger than my duvet but a quick trim and tidy on the overlocker soon sorted this out.

I drew out my butterfly design and copied in onto Bondaweb before ironing it onto the reverse of my fabrics. Each section was then trimmed, the paper peeled off and then ironed onto the bedding.

I then attached my free-motion foot and started sewing over the top of the fabric shapes.

By using a golden yellow thread the sewing is subtle so slips aren't too obvious, but provide some subtle detail.

All finished and given the Sophie seal of approval.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Puppets

One of my favourite songs at music class is Becky's rendition of Goldilocks and the three bears - you have to be there to appreciate the brilliant impressions! So when it came to our last session it seemed perfect to base our gift on this song.

I drew some ideas, measured my hand and designed each character.

I hand stitched the faces, french knots for eyes,

and used fabric glue for the other pieces.

I added a couple of stitches to each ear to make them a little more shaped.

I then zig zagged stitched front and backs together on the sewing machine.

 I think the simple designs are really effective,

each bear has it's own character - perfect for acting out the story of Goldilocks.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Guitar Cake

So I asked the kids what sort of cake would should make Calum - after much discussion it was agreed a guitar would be perfect!

Treating myself to a new square tin I cut out a shape of the guitar body and used a chocolate swiss roll as the neck. Strawberry laces for strings, mint chocolate sticks for frets and white buttons finished it off!

Thursday, 3 March 2016

World Book Day - Dennis the Menace

So this year World Book Day didn't catch me out! After some discussion it was Finn's Beano that provided the inspiration and nothing could be more fitting than Dennis the Menace.


Using the World Book Day top tips I got a red long sleeve cotton top and some black fabric paint and painted stripes - much cheaper and better quality than the nylon versions online!

We settled on his thick sweatshirt shorts and some long black football socks and made the hair out of black craft paper.

The catapult was the final touch but went to school without it's missiles!

Luckily Sophie was Angeline Ballerina so required no additional costume creation.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Piped Cushion

So far this year much of the making has been focused on the boy - makes a change! This cushion was a promise to Finn too - his bed metal bed frame is not very comfortable for reading so a large cushion would be perfect for story-telling snuggling.

I dug out the purple and other complementary fabrics that would go with the decor. I added thick piping and a lovely exposed zip.

In the end I focused on fewer fabrics, mainly using the same material I had used to make his roman blind.