Making Pumpkin stash bags
Pumpkin trick or treat bags. Should you want to make one next year: Take two pumpkin shaped circles of orange felt, glue together round outside edge . No not across the top or you can’t put anything inside! Get black felt and cut triangles for nose and eyes ( they did have plastic moving eyes stuck on top of the triangles, but the kids didn’t like them and pulled them off!) and a shape of your choosing for the mouth, alternating squares and thin oblongs works well. Then cut tiny holes in the top corners , thread through a pipe cleaner and you are there.
The principle could be applied to any other shape, Christmas trees, Snowmen, Easter egg shapes for Easter egg hunts and so on
Magnetic felt fishing game and free pattern
This game is so simple to make and little ones love it. Just lay out the felt sea creatures on the floor and try to pick them up using a magnetic fishing rod. You could develop the game further by assigning points to each creature and/or introducing a time limit.
This post contains photos, instructions and a link to a free pattern to make your own game.
Can I use the ‘C’ word?
So about a month ago I popped my cherry in the ‘bloggosphere’ and am now embarking on a totally new voyage of discovery… and I LOVE it!
I have started my own blog on my makes, creates and stuff I grow. It is a work in progress but I hope to grow along with it and find new crafty contacts and like minded peeps to share inspiration and ideas with.
It’s not too serious and is all about enjoying what you do and being a little bit smug and showing off to all crafters what I have made!
Getting My Crafty On….
Last night I decided to focus on getting my ‘crafty’ on. I like to think I’m pretty creative. I have been know to dabble in paper crafts. I made the invitations for C’s naming ceremony, I make cards and I have even done some wedding invitations.
I have searched high and low for headbands for LissyLou and found that headbands for babies are really hard to come by! So I decided to make my own. I had a couple already…….
Edit your jumper: Sleeves into socks
Shrinking clothes in the wash is one of the most annoying housekeeping disasters. That heartsinking moment when you see a tiny version of your favourite garment and try really hard to make it fit you, to no avail. Last winter saw some of my warmest woollies get shrivelled and pretty much everyday when I get dressed I think “Argh, that cardi would have been IDEAL today!”- when in actual fact I would have left it on a bench somewhere by now.
But there is a benefit to all this shrinkage- the opportunity to make felted goods. I’m slowly carving my way through entire jumpers, wasting not a scrap, much like a medieval butcher (Ah- eyeballs! Perfect marbles. Intenstines! Perfect Sausage holders.) or Mcdonalds (Erm… chuck it all in. We’ll call it a Happy Meal.) I have so far made a dress for Ramona and some slippers for myself.
Today I present the Sleeve Stockings. They take 3 minutes! I am sure if you were to attempt it you could make them “beautiful looking and warm”, rather than “ridiculous looking but warm”. They’re great for babywearing, where your bodies are toasty from being squished up but the limbs are exposed.
a sleepy little snowbird…
still feeling a bit dopey whilst writing my to-do list this morning, i started doodling little sleepy snowbirds around the borders of the page. looking just like i felt, they were such a satisfying swoopy shape to draw. much more interesting than listing my jobs for the day.
then out of the corner of my eye i spotted the creamy white woollen felt and stuffing i’d been using to make the insoles for my little baby booties and thought ‘ooh i could make a little stuffed snowbird’. so i did.
so whilst making breakfast for the little bird and baby bird, i snipped out one of my doodles, and used it as a template for a little winter snowbird.
i stuffed him to give him a lovely tubby tum and added a bit of organic lavender i had lying around.
i’ve made a little download of snowbird doodles for you to have a go at making one too if you fancy.
A Well Dressed Sewing Machine – Cover Tutorial
My poor sewing machine works hard and has to put up with my creative tantrums and cursing, so it’s time to show some love by making a pretty little cover for it.
Dust and fluff can cause havoc with the internal workings of your sewing machine so always try and cover it, or keep it stored in a cupboard. This machine was supplied with a plastic cover when I bought it, but there was always an air of ‘body bag’ about it… *shudder*
Not content to do things the easy way, I decided I wanted a cover with access to the carry handle on the machine.
Here’s what I did…
I am a proponent of Slow Stitching. I enjoy the journey and always tend towards detail and handwork. Which brings me to the sewing swap I took part in recently on mysewingcircle.com. I just can’t stop myself spending hours and hours on these projects. But I love it. And so to the reveal..