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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#miymarch16

#miymarch16 may have been a couple of months ago, but here are the resulting images I posted from it below. Make it Yourself March is an Instagram event.  It involves posting an image based on the daily photo prompt - a list can be found on Wendy Ward's blog from this year. New to Instagram, I found this event coincided beautifully with a couple of my goals - to become more familiar with using social media and to push myself to create more.  It was a great way to be inspired by fellow dressmakers. Instagram is an easy form of…

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Bee Themed!

One of the best parts about handmade is that you can make whatever it is you're making personal! This is how my bee themed gift and card came about when a couple my partner's friends with had a baby recently.  As the father currently does work relating to bees, the gift became centered around this! The crocheted bee mobile was a lot of fun to make.  I used clear nylon string to attach them to an embroidery hoop for the top of the mobile.  Acrylic yarn was used so it should be hard-wearing. I love the little sting detail too!…

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Crafting with Family – March

It's been a while since I have posted and my post is all about a craft meet up two months ago! Mum's house is quite a good meeting point for her, my sister and I to meet up.  We managed to meet up in March and here's what we got on with: Having purchased a lovely new Singer sewing machine recently, my sister put it to the test by having her first attempt at appliqué!  Not one to be daunted by a challenge, she decided to appliqué a friend's name.  A very impressive feat, going around all sorts of twists…

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Mother’s Day gift making – bath hats and bags

It didn't take long to come up with this year's mother's day gift - mainly because I knew she wanted a new bath hat! I made her one years ago from the Cath Kidston "Sew!" book.  Unfortunately, the waterproof fabric I chose for inside the hat was quite thick and stiff.  Also, we have big heads so I think the pattern was designed for a smaller circumference head! I'd made my nan this green bath hat above using material I got online which I think is used for making tents.  It was much more versatile than the thick waterproof plastic…

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Making Individual Gifts – for Dad

For my dad's birthday this year, I decided to use my new skills to make some different gifts to normal. Cufflinks Here is a photo of him wearing the cufflinks I made in glass.  I had no idea you could make cufflinks from fused glass (or didn't think of it until it was pointed out to me)! I'm quite limited in my glass fusing skills at the moment, particularly in cutting, so I used inclusions for the decoration (note: inclusions are when you include certain metals between the two layers of glass so that they become sealed into the piece). …

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