March 2008

I’m BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I nkow it’s been a horribly long time between posts…naughty…naughty!!

This year our 240 girls club has each taken on a “secret buddy” to whom you do something nice for once in a while. Although we’re all very busy, the idea is to secretly give or do something for your buddy that shouldn’t cost anything other than a little thought and consideration. We all answered a questionaire by hand, answering general questions about ourselves, our likes and dislikes. We all randomly pick a buddy and that is who you gift for 3 months, then we swap again. Everyone is really into it to varying degrees but nonetheless it’s been fun to not only get to know other members better…we have 5 new members this year…but also to feel the joy of giving anonymously.

The first three months my secret buddy was Anke. A new girl to our group, introduced to us by Katherine…it’s her future sis-in-law. Here are pics of a pair of mittens I made her at the conclusion of the three months as a special gift. I also gave her a couple of novels of mine and some yarn…she’s knitty too!!!

The mitts are made from the ends of sleeves off a periwinle sweater I felted. I just laid my hand, palm down ontop of the sleeve, my wrist atop the cuff. With fingers together, I traced around my hand, adding 1/2″ as I went, seam allowance. A quick whip stitch around the perimeter…you could easily use sewing machine, and wahlah!! Done!!

The embellishment was a real rush job, so don’t look tooo closely…but it’s the thought that counts…right!!!

Mitts for Anke

Right Mitt

Left Mitt


Lizzy's nappy bagOK, we are really delving back through the archives now…

I made this nappy bag September LAST YEAR for Lizzy Chesson’s second baby Tom. I diligently followed your tutorial Jacq with computer screen one side, sewing machine on the other.

I made a matching change mat from a crib mattress protector that I cut in half, replaced the bias binding and put some ribbon trim across one edge. It is soft and folds up well so really works with this bag. I also made a quick keychain from the leftover ribbon & a tissue holder from a WhipUp tutorial. I just love this fabric (can’t remember who is the designer).

I also made this WeeWonderful Weebunny for Lizzy’s daughter Zoe (2yrs) because she can’t miss out on the fun.


finished quilt

Mel & Rhys asked us over for a BBQ to celebrate Mel & Mark getting new jobs & Mel’s birthday. She is such as sweetie and always is really thoughtful with Xmas & birthday presents so I figured it was a great excuse to jump on board the sew,mama,sew! Quilting Month bandwagon.

I knew the disappearing 9 patch was a groovy and simple way to make a quilt but didn’t realize you could make it have an overall pattern, rather than the randomness most of these quilts have. I was inspired Oh, Fransson’s Doll quilt I saw on the Quilting Month Flickr Pool. It just took me about 15 min to find the photo but I really wanted to credit her with the inspiration for this quilt. I love the way the center four panels make one big panel. I didn’t have any Joel Dewberry’s Aviary fabric for the center focal panels so I figured, “I’ll embroider something”. Geeze, its not like I only had 1 week to make something!!!!! So, for a couple of days, I took the quilt top on the train, tucked my elbows in and finished the birds.

I really must get a better photo of this quilt, I forgot and only had my camera phone the day I gave it to Mel. Hmm, seems to be a recurrent theme here that I need to take better photos and edit these posts…….

If you are interested in how to lay out your blocks to get this effect, go to my Flickr site and check out Before & After photos. Like I said, really easy to get something that looks quite complex.

OK, what else have I got for you………..

Geeze, I hope I’m not boring you with all these short posts. I’m  going back through my photos & posting all the ones craft-related. Not terribly interesting, but thorough…….
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This project was a 15 minute one, my kind of project these days – particularly when The Boy is awake). I found these polystyrene panels in the garbage bins at work last month and thought they would make great pin-up boards above my sewing machine.

The fabric is a lightweight canvas found in the $2 discount bin at Textile Traders. Come to think of it, nearly all my projects these days are from the $5 or $2 discount bins. Love a bargain…..

Anyhoo, a bit of packing tape and voila’ two pinup boards. I haven’t mounted them to the wall yet so will show you what the look like later.

I can’t get any fabric out without The Boy running off with it, wrapping himself & rolling around in it. Luckily for this project, I had two identical pieces! 

I think this was one of the very first things I sewed when I was getting into surfing the many crafty blogs out there. I’ll have to dig through and find the tutorial I followed.

OK, I found the tutorial HERE. I was cheap and just did a rectangle shaped bag with a separate handle. Better fabric usage! I learned how to sew a boxed bottom from this tutorial though. Well written & easy to follow. Thanks jenhook.

Kate Eddy had a baby girl last week – Jasmine.

nappyThey were thinking of going cloth so made up two nappies to see what they thought. They were made from either fleece or suedecloth as the staydry layer, hidden PUL & yummy dusky pink velour outer. I used DITTO’s OSFM (one size fits most). This pattern came from one of my favourite cloth diaper/nappy sewing sites based out of New Zealand. It has heaps of free patterns & lots of advise on the how-to’s of Modern

Cloth Nappy sewing and wearing. You can see from the photos, the one nappy fits newborns right through to toddlers. These photos show the nappy on the smallest & largest settings. A very clever design which works really well on The Boy. He has been wearing this pattern for about 6 months now and he still has room to grow.

I also had this SleepSack that I had partially sewn up ages ago from the same velour. I’m not really happy with the way its sewn. I sure have learnt a lot over the past 6 months or so. But, I figured if I didn’t finish it now, I would never finish it so I whipped in the zip & gave it to Jasmine. She can now be dressed in a sea of velour.

When I hear back from Kate regarding the fit of the nappies, I’ll update and let you know how they work for her.

PS. Please excuse the crappy photos. Mum was about to head South and was taking the pressies with her. The nappies were taken on the car bonnet & the sleepsac was hung outside on a hook. It looks really saggy/baggy huh!

I’m getting fancy. A shirt made from Micheal Miller Retro Yipee fabric ($5/m discounted fabric – gotta love it) using the same Simplicity pattern as these pants. I tell ya’ its a learning curve using a pattern & instructions! I wouldn’t want to look at the sewing too closely, particularly at the skew-wif collar. From a distance, and for a first attempt, not bad me thinks. I chickened out and used snaps for the front. Who wants to sew button-hole manually when you have a snap machine on hand.

That snap machine has just been one of the greatest buys. I love it. I bought it for nappy making but have used it for tonnes of things including hanging block-out curtain in The Boy’s room. Who needs velcro when you have snaps?!!?

I had to include this photo because its not often you take one of yourself and like it, plus it shows my new hairdo Jacq. There are some more photos on Flickr of the shirt too.

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