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Thursday, 25 August 2011

The summer holidays are coming to an end. Children are getting fidgety. To amuse them the other day we made button bracelets. All I needed was some bargain elastic and a charity shop tin of buttons and was repaid by half an hour of quiet concentration. Bliss!

Monday, 22 August 2011

Simple cushions for my children using Ikea fabric. I know you are not going to get exclusive one-off items when you use Ikea fabric, particularly if you make very simple cushions like these, but I can't resist the quality of the fabric and the price!

I tried to make one floral for my daughter and one more mountain based for my son. I know that I will keep seeing this fabric everywhere now!

Thursday, 18 August 2011

I can slightly justify my magazine obsession by claiming that I do use the 'free' gifts that they provide with every issue. I remember the days when getting a chewy sweet sellotaped to the front of the Beano was a once a year treat... anyway, I digress.

Here are a batch of cards I made with a template from one magazine using paper from another. I find it useful to make a batch of this type of thing as the mood takes me - it should hopefully mean that I am not faced with making a card in a hurry when an unexpected birthday crops up. Well, that's the plan anyway!

Friday, 12 August 2011

It's funny how hours of work can end up being just a little pile of fabric!

Making blocks for a quilt though is one of my favourite parts of the process. Choosing the colours and cutting out the separate pieces. If there was a demand for it I would do it all day and sell the kits.

Time now for the cumbersome task of sewing all these little blocks together. This is where my slightly slapdash seam allowances will shout at me 'hey, you should have been more careful lady!'. Still, it all adds to the handmade charm doesn't it!!!!

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Is anyone else a bit in love with Spoonflower? I've been itching to try this American company for ages. For those who have not used it you can send them an image and they will print it onto various fabrics for you.

My daughter copied this delightful image from a colouring book ages ago and I knew I just had to use this as my first experiment into designing fabric. I asked for it to be printed onto the cheapest option - which is quilting cotton - but I was pleased when it came back that it wasn't too thick a fabric and that it would be ideal to make into a skirt.

The skirt is fully lined in cotton lawn. The pattern is a simple one from my Burda magazine - well, I say simple but when the instructions says 'make an 8mm casing and thread 5mm elastic through it' you know you've got a fight on your hands!

There was supposed to be about six rounds of elastic running through the top of the skirt but after almost dislocating my thumb forcing two rounds through with a darning needle (I usually use a safety pin but it was clear that wasn't going to fit!) I decided to call it a day! The plus side is that it has resulted in a rather cute frill at the top of the skirt - unintentional but I'm counting it as a bonus!

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

These citrus coasters were super easy to make and were from the fab blog at Purl. It's been very changeable weather here in Wales and this photo was taken mid afternoon with no fancy lighting other than what was coming through the window! Surely with coasters like these it must be Pimms o'clock!