Bunny from upcycled t-shirt

When I saw the tutorial for these gorgeous little bunnies made from recycled stripy t-shirts, over at Chez Beeper Bebe, I was immediately sold. When I grew up, one of my favourite cuddly toys was a bunny, it was technically a bit more sophisticated than this one I have to say (it played a little melody when you pressed it’s belly), but the charm of these little ones is that they are hand made.

Click on the image to see the full tutorial over at Chez Beeper Bebe

Handmade items make perfect gifts in my opinion, as they show much more how much you care about the little one that will cuddle this toy than more expensive store bought gifts. And just when I came across this tutorial I had on old stripey t-shirt I couldn’t bear to part with, and a little niece who I can’t sop giving gifts.
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Owl mobile

Hello crafty people.

As promised here’s another project made from the Pezzy fabric collection from Moda! I wanted to make a mobile for my sister’s little one that fitted in with the overall theme she’d chosen: owls. Bang on trend, and how can you not love those cute little faces… (This is directed at my boss Jai, who loathes owls).

It actually took quite a bit of experimenting we the shape of the owl before I reached a result I was happy with, here’s some of the guys that didn’t make it through my stringent quality assurance process (yes, I said some of, I actually made more).

I’m very happy wit the shape I eventually settled for, and I think the little one appreciates it too!

First ever attempt at dressmaking

A few weeks ago, ok let’s be honest here we’re talking months, my mum bought “Allemaal rokjes” by Madame ZsaZsa as a little gift for both me and Annelies. For those of you that haven’t heard of this one yet, it’s a little gem full of skirts to make for yourself, your friends, or some of the little lovely ladies in your life. I love the art direction of the book, it’s fun and colourful and makes you want to dive straight in and get going on that first project.

Which is exactly what I did, even though it took my a few months! The delay was mostly due to choosing a fabric to be honest. Crafting fabric is pretty straight forward if you consider it: quilting weight cottons, home dec weight cottons and felt are basically all you need for a huge variety of projects, but when it came to dressmaking I was a bit lost. In the end I decided there’s a limit to the amount of new techniques I can successfully handle in any project without messing up completely, so considering this was my first attempt at dressmaking I decided to stick with quilting cotton.

The next challenge was choosing a print: I didn’t want to make the same mistake as when I made myself a bag, and chose a busy print, which clashes with about every piece of clothing I own resulting in the bag never getting used. In the end I went for Lucie Summers – Summersville – Check Weave in Black : http://www.seamstar.co.uk/fabrics-search-designercollection-lucie-summers-summersville-c-21_33_825_827.html which shouldn’t be too difficult to match with some of the tops I have, while it’s still a fun print.

Now with fabric sorted the only thing left was too make it. All in all it went quite well, the pattern was very clear, instructions relatively easy to follow and except for a few hickups (zipper way too short resulting in me having to put on the skirt over my head for example), I think the end result is pretty good:

Just a few things I’d change next time: maybe try a different type of fabric: the fabric I used  seems to crease really easily, so the back of my skirt will look all crumpled when I’ve been sitting down. I think I need to go a bit bolder on the print, maybe not a busy pattern, but a bright colour would definetly be a good idea. Madame Zsazsa’s book is full of great fabrics, she writes on her blog that she gets some of those in the Netherlands, on markets (http://madamezsazsa.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/allemaal-rokjes-probleem-1-2.html) So might have to give that a try!

In any case, I think this was a success, thanks Mme Zsazsa!

Elbow Patches


We all have our favourite sweater we do not get rid off even if it shows some serious signs of wear and tear. Well one of my friends had this problem with his blue cardigan. Both sleeves have rather large wholes at the elbows. He already purchased some ready made elbow patches but didn’t like any of them to match his sweater. So I offered to pimp his elbow patches. Continue reading

Sweet tea by Khristian A. Howell

Hi there lovely reader

We’re taking a break for about a week, but I didn’t want to leave you hanging, so here’s a nice little fabric feature before we go:

There are lots of new fabric lines coming out, which seems to be the direct consequence of quilt market, a mysterious (for me in far Europe anyway) event that seems to have the whole craft world attending.
I have picked up a few favourite upcoming fabrics and will be sharing them over the next couple of weeks with you.
To kick off here’s Sweet Tea by Khristian A. Howell at Anthology fabrics. They’re extending their collection on print fabrics (luckily as the batik stuff really isn’t my, excuse the pun, cup of tea). What attracted me most in this collection was the teal and tangerine palette, and the simplicity of the graphic patterns. There are also some floral pattern in this line, but I’ve left them out as I prefer the more abstract patterns.
Find out more about the collection here: http://www.anthologyfabrics.com/home.php?cat=269

I think these would make a really great project, just have to decide what, but since it’s only coming out in July, I have some more time to think about it!

What would you make with these?

Father’s day

 

10th of June was father’s day in Belgium. As my boyfriend has been doing a great job since Lilly was born 6 weeks ago, he deserves a first father’s day gift. Now Lilly is still a bit to small to make something so I went and did it for her.

I used a blank romper (from Primark) and added the text I (heart) DAD in applique. See one of my previous posts for a tutorial on applique (click here). To secure the applique I roughly handstichted along the applique using embroidery thread in similar colours as tthe fabric.

Doesn’t she look great!

 

 

Knight hoodie

A short post today, I don’t know if you heard about the hoodie that made Esty crash this week.
Some clever designer created a very cool hoodie shaped to look like a knight’s armour. I think both the crafting world and the geek world jumped on this one, with the designs going viral within a few hours and final crashing the designer’s Etsy account. It really isn’t a surprise, have a look:

Full story over here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/yourcommunity/2012/06/suit-of-armour-hoodie-crashes-etsy-shop.html
My geeky boyfriend alerted me to this story, I’m pretty sure he wants one!
Here’s the Etsy listing: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SOFworks (LOVE the description)

Would you want one of these, how much would you be willing to pay for it?

Half square triangles cot quilt

As mentioned in one my previous posts (Fabric feature – Pezzy by American Jane) I have some projects to share that I made for gorgeous little Lilly, featuring the fabric form my last post: Pezzy by American Jane at Moda.

I’ve made two projects using this fabric. The one which I’ll share today is a little cot quilt inspired by a tutorial over at sew mama sew: http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2010/10/october-11-crayon-box-quilt-tutorial-winter-peach-giveaway/

I loved this pattern from the moment I saw it, nice and easy for my inexperienced quilting hands, but also simply beautiful with the rhythmic triangle pattern. I enjoyed the process of making it and putting it altogether, and I spent a bit more time actually quilting this one than I did the last (Baby quilt), not too bad for my second quilt. Maybe on the next one I’ll venture into hand quilting!

Here’s some pictures for the work in progress and one more of the finished thing, hope you love the end results as much as I do!

Winner

I’m so excited that I’ve won in a giveaway over at Twirling Betty: http://twirlingbetty.wordpress.com/

Christen from Twirling Betty organised the Giveaway as part of the big Sew Mama Sew Giveaway day. I’ve won the following:

– a gorgeous sun visor, I chose the yellow and white polka dots one, so fifties!

– a copy of “Hat Shop”: a book full of DIY projects for your head. Christen contributed her sun visor pattern to this book, so the standard of projects must be good, looking forward to getting my hands on it…

Lots of thanks to Christen for organising!

Stef

How to make a cloud mobile

I made this little mobile for one of my friend’s who’s just had her first baby. I saw some similar projects online, and since these are made out of felt, they’re really easy and quick to do. The result is a very cute (if I say so myself) baby mobile! Read on for the instruction on how to make your own…

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