Pyjama bottoms!

I don't make a lot clothes-wise for my boyfriend... the thought of making a shirt is quite daunting (he has a lot too).  The only item I have made in ten years is a onesie funnily enough, which I made the day before Christmas Eve manically on my mum's sewing machine.  It is the biggest gift I've made him, and it would be more impressive garment I've made... if I hadn't cut half the pieces the wrong way round on the fleece! Making pyjamas for him has been on my list for a while.   However, I found this lovely…

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The stitching, sewing and hobbycrafts show!

Last Saturday, I went to the stitching, sewing and hobbycrafts show at Westpoint, Exeter, UK! My friend and I went as part of a day coach trip to avoid the prospect of driving.  Unfortunately, the pick up point was not in our town, so we had to get a lift to Truro. When we arrived, there was a queue which wandered around the building!  Once in, we decided to dive into the middle aisle which seemed quieter as others opted to choose to tackle the show from one end to the other. The first fabric shop we saw was Fabrcis Galore,…

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Crocheted Bunny

I haven't done a lot of crocheting beyond the string bags I make for the Etsy shop.  However, this bunny pattern has been a project I've been looking forward to making for a long time. Published in Simply Crochet magazine, this bunny originates from a lovely looking book called Edward's Menagerie by Kerry Lord. I made this bunny with Sirdar Country Style yarn, which meant it had a bit of wool content but would still be easy to wash (which I felt the parents of the owner of this bunny would appreciate)!  The bunny is advised to be made in alpaca…

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Dungarees!

When I took part in the #miymarch16 instagram challenge, I put down this dungarees pattern as my sewing ambition (new Burda 3779).  I bought the pattern from a charity shop for £2 just over a year ago because I loved the idea of making some, and bought some denim shortly after.  However, the amount of pieces in the pattern felt overwhelming, and I couldn't get started. A couple of months ago, I asked my mum if I could bring along the pattern and fabric when I visited her to see if she could encourage me to get started.  Over the…

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Stitching Cats

I haven't made a lot recently, as I have been finishing up a couple of craft courses I took this year.  However, I have got around to practising free machine embroidery again. I'm very fond of pets, and regularly doodle my cats, Harry and Fizz.  I decided to have a go at designing some more cat images to frame or turn into cards. I like the use of appliqué to add another dimension to the stitched cat, as shown on the far right.  However, I like the simple line drawing on the left, and am reluctant to add any shading…

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Completed PHD: Pyjama pattern from The Makery

After a review of my work practices, I decided that it was time to stand up and confront my PHDs (projects half done)! The list of incomplete projects is threateningly high so I decided that this list needed to be dealt with (or at least cut back a bit!) Enter Simply Sewing Magazine's exclusive pattern from The Makery - pyjamas.  I think I began this pattern last August and then became distracted by a looming deadline for something else.  I'd cut all the pieces out and even sewn a couple of sections for the shorts but then put it away…

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Upcycling jeans – the sewing pinny!

One of the projects I made during #miymarch16 was the upcycled pinny from an old pair of jeans. I got these jeans for my 21st.  I'm a bit of a hoarder, and while they had a tear in them where the fabric was so thin and worn out, I hadn't had the heart to chuck them away. When I met up with my mum and sister in March, they suggested cutting them up into something new.  Due to the location of the worn out section, a skirt was not suitable!  However, we came up with making a tool belt. One…

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