Sunday, 28 September 2014

Dotty Animal Pillows

Animal Pillows

I have wanted to make these for such a long time!

A Cat, a Mouse and a Bunny Rabbit. They have felt eyes and noses and whiskers.

 They match the diaper caddies.

Aren't they cute?

Happy Sunday.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Elephant Caddy

I am going through my fabric stash and clearing out odd bits.

I found enough of this elephant fabric to make a small caddy

 The inside is a crisp white woven upholstery cotton (another left over)
 I drew the elephant to resemble the ones on the fabric and used a wide zig zag stitch for his ear.

The camera has not caught the shade very well, it is actually a deep turquoise, almost teal blue.
Elephants are so cute, aren't they?

More sewing adventures tomorrow.


Thursday, 25 September 2014

Fox Caddy, Raccoon Case, Squirrel and Dotty Clutch

Fox Caddy, Raccoon Case, Squirrel and Dotty Clutch

This week I have been fortunate to have time to sew every day and wanted to share the joy with you. Here is what I made.

Fox Caddy

 This is a new fox design, with more detail.
I am pleased with how he came out, I made his legs out of wool felt: they are soft and 3D.

I had some leftover fabrics from the Acacia Blue line I bought back in July and made a small case for an e-reader or tablet.

Raccoon Tablet Case

 The eyes of that raccoon are magical, I swear he can see me!

A Squirrel Basket 

This basket was made with blue edging on the top of the pockets, using my Fabric Basket Tutorial for the lovely London fabric shop The Village Haberdashery. It is written for absolute beginners, if you can sew a line (preferably straight) you can do it!

I am so proud how I patiently stitched that blue edge in the ditch and did not go over.It is my challenge this year to become more accurate and precise, getting it right first time, instead of my tendency to rush and end up ripping seams later.

Polka Dot Clutch and Strap

 This fits a pack of baby wipes and a few diapers, for a chic solution to changing baby on the go...

...and it matches the Dotty Taupe Basket

I have two more new foxes designed and the patterns cut, ready to be sewn so something to show you soon.

Enjoying the last of the autumn sunshine, warm wishes to you all.


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Fabric Basket Tutorial

A few weeks ago I was very excited to write a tutorial on making my fabric baskets for the lovely Village Haberdashery fabric shop in London.

Follow the link to see the Fabric Basket Tutorial

They have a great selection of fabrics and tutorials on their blog, so go ahead and visit.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Jolly Farm, Fox and Apple

This week under severe restrain I only bought one fabric to add to my stash.

The Trees from Jolly Farm- Henley Studio, Makeower UK

I love everything about this- the colours, the detail, the birds.

The blue is lovely too, maybe next week...

I added a little red apple to the front

I love the bright red dots. The stalk gets lost a bit in the other green but I did not have any solid green to match.

I also have been designing some new foxes.

 Something to go with this Boy Fox

Here is a girl fox

The bow is removable and she loves roses and has a button nose.

This basket has longer handles for one hand operation.

And a jumping Fox

 I have missed working with felt- this shade is called acorn and is so soft to touch.

I used plain stitching instead of the usual zig-zag satin stitch, and chose a bright orange. 

Last year I loved making the Fox Autumn Leaves Purse but it took 2-3 hours to make.

I still love the idea of fabric photos though and creating a pretty scene.

This is work in progress
The fox is talking to her friend the bird. I wanted a blue bird, like the singing Disney birds and a big dotty mushroom! The fox leg was very tricky, I drew it about 6 different ways before settling on this version that I could actually sew.

So it has been very busy here! How was your weekend?


Sunday, 14 September 2014

Spots, Kittens and Flowers

Hello friends,

A busy week with the occasion of my birthday, where does the time go?

My gift to myself was a whole day of sewing!

I have some new additions to my stash, but in my haste to make things with them I did not take any photos of the fabric before.

Here are the after pictures

Retro Red Spots

red spots fabric basket
 This is my favourite fabric basket design, in a scrumptious linen look cotton red.
red dots sewing basket
 This red is so warm, it has a bit of cherry in it and really brightens up my day.

I interfaced the fabric and it has a great luxury feel to it.

Kitten Basket in Neutral

Back to the soft pastels, linen look cotton in beige check on vanilla. I am still troubled by cutting check and keeping it straight, but at least I managed with the top edge of the basket.
kitty cat diaper caddy

My favourite is of course the kitty, made with fleece and a little bit of soft vintage rose to accent the ears.

My boyfriend said the ears were floppy and I left the room and did not talk to him for an hour, but I can now see he was right. (Have not told him yet).

I wanted them to be "playable", but I may try to applique them on the basket next time.

I also added a divider here and a few pockets at the back to make it more practical.

Cobalt Blue Party!

blue zip purse
This lovely blue floral is from the Sew Caroline Collection called Gleeful. It was sent to me by to make a tutorial for another project- which I hope to be able to show you soon.

This is what I made with some the left-over bits.
It is a lovely collection with 12 designs in bright red, pink and yellow, transporting me to warmer and sunnier climates. I love the clamshells!

Happy Sunday and hope you have a great week.

Thank you for visiting.


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Forest Animal Friends for Tea

Dear Friends,

I wanted to share with you my latest fabric purchase that was made into yet another fabric basket.

ecru deer pocket basket
This fabric has so many pretty things on it.

First there is the deer and the squirrel having a tea party and cute little apples.

A black cat on a pink polka dot chair and she has a curvy tail 

Then there is a squirrel offering his friend the deer a chestnut. A pretty bird and hedgehog

diaper caddy deer

Checks, Polka dots, mushrooms and flowers, trees and leaves in this beautiful linen look cotton in ecru. And I got to use that golden beige ribbon that has been sitting unloved in my stash for months! 

I can't stop looking at this! I think I am going to make one of those loop scarves with it too.

Have a lovely Wednesday!

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