Sunday, 27 July 2014

Teddy Bear Pillow and Patchwork Birds

I had this white polar fleece sitting untouched for a few weeks and after watching a documentary about polar bears had a eureka moment.

 I tried a peek-a-boo aka reverse applique for the first time and worked really well with the slight stretch in the fleece.

I used wool felt for the eyes and nose because I was too impatient to embroider them
 The ears are another new technique- the inner part was cut smaller than the outer- I even managed to fussy cut the pattern, so that both ears have a "space flower" at the centre.
Yes, just the right size for a little cuddle

 The back is so soft...

UPDATE!!!! Monday 28/7/14- I showed this to my boyfriend who commented how it is all wonky and no one would want this... So after I got over the "How dare you say the teddy is wonky?, he is so cute... " I thought I could rise to the challenge and make a better one!
So the kawaii teddy has had the seam reaper treatment and it's face will adorn a fabric basket, after it undergoes a few modifications (plumping enhancements with stuffing and a little trim of excess fabric all round, a little operation to straighten his nose and possible a new eye shape- it sounds like he has gone for facelift and fillers- LOL).

But the pillow will be made again, I have been working on a new improved shape for an hour this a.m. and made a pattern. The shape is more square with rounded edged and has more height. It is ready to be cut after I finish work tonight. I hope to have something to show you later this week.

 This is the polar bear teddy- eyes and nose embroidered

 They look cute together- like Mr and Mrs Bear
Somehow this is more of a boyish looking teddy.

Last week I bought a sewing book which was a bit of a disaster, but there was one project in there I really liked: Birds

 A fantastic way to use up all those scraps of fabric I have been collecting
 and all those odd buttons and ribbons
hand holding 4 birds

4 birds
 Having little hands helped when turning the tail and wings
pastel fabric birds

These are the pastel floral ones and also did a couple in retro red

fabric bird in red
 Loveheart sweets, mmm!
fabric bird ornament
 Thee have felt beaks and an eight point star eye
red winged bird

fabric bird ornament
 It just fits so cosily my palm
red and floral

So, it was a very productive weekend!

Have a lovely Sunday and a great week friends. 


Sunday, 13 July 2014

Sunday Stash 13 July 2014

What a lovely warm weekend it has been.

I have seen this fabric a while ago and was tempted, but held back...for a few weeks. It is now mine!

 Acacia by Tula Pink- Raccoon. the yes of the Raccoon are gazing right back at me. I adore the blues and greens of this print, eith the tiny accents of yellow and orange.

I would love to make a summer dress out of this. But for now, it became a fabric basket.

 I can'r stop admiring this lovely fabric.
What did you make this weekend?

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Lamb Nursery Diaper Caddy

Life has been happening and I have neglected my sewing and my writing.

After a wonderful weekend in the Galloway National park in Scotland, surrounded by pine trees, cows, lamb and sheep (yes, just like Mel Gibson's village in Braveheart) I got inspired.

I brought a little friend along. He is not my dog but we had a lovely time crossing streams...

and hiking hills.

It was his first time away from home and he loved taking in the view of Loch Trool.

When I returned home, I felt like revisiting that green check fabric from an earlier post.

I made this little lamb with some left over tan cotton and super soft white fleece. I hand drew the applique and used bondaweb to attach, before stitching. The eyes and nose are hand stitched with embroidery floss.
 I added a few buttons for colour and interest and corrected this ridge across his face with better ironing. I think I will add some soft toy stuffing next time to the underside of the head before I attach the fluffy crown, to give it a nice 3D shape and hide the body stitch under.
 And hand tied a ribbon for that pop of yellow!
 It has a square base and just the right height for baby products.

Isn't it cute?

Have a lovely Sunday.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Sunday Stash 15 June 2014

Hello Friends,

I have been away from blogging for a few weeks.

My love of foxes continues in this recent fabric purchase.

 This fox is so cute. I normally don't go for orange but decided to challenge my comfort zone.
stof quilters basics style 4517
 There is also a hedgehog and an owl and a raccoon!
fox fabric
 I like to keep the selvages and use the dots to find coordinating fabrics
Can't wait to sew this one!

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Puppy Dog Fabric Basket

The latest sewing

puppy dog basket

puppy dog basket flopsy ears
 Puppy Dog Fabric basket with floppy Ears, lined with cotton and fleece

puppy dog basket flopsy ears interior pockets

Managed to match the stripes on the side seam

 Lots of pockets inside
Do you like the eye patch? I loved embroidering his nose

and...A Fox

fox fabric basket
 On a mint floral with roses
fox fabric basket
fox fabric basket
 Out in the garden, washed out by the bright sunshine
Came in to the shady porch for a snooze 

xo xo


Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Winner

Hello and thank you all for taking part in the giveaway.

I really enjoyed reading all your comments and impressed by the variety of handbags you all have.

and the winner is...

                                                                         Emme Von

Who said her handbag bag is : Camel brown

Emme, I have emailed you, please get back in touch with your address.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day May 2014

Hello and welcome to handmadebyevarose, the blog about my sewing hobby, love of foxes and all things cute.

Thank you for stopping by for the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway!

The Giveaway I am offering is this cute colourful tote, made with a Sew Mama Sew tutorial.

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Good Luck and thank you for visiting!

Hope to see you again soon.


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  • The contest will stay open for 1 week (closing at 11:59 pm GMT on Sunday May 18, 2014).
  • The winner will be posted on this blog on Monday May 19th, 2014.
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