I found out about the wonderful Sewing Seeds project from Randi’s blog. Her friend’s daughter Bella is going to an orphnage in Costa Rica and is collecting skirts and shorts for the children there. I thought it was such a lovely project that I have made a skirt today which is winging it’s way to the US as we speak.
I hope one of the little girls there likes it. My daughter asked if the yo-yo’s were lollipops, I thought they were flowers, but either way I think they finish the skirt off nicely.
I used Oliver+S super easy and free, Lazy Days skirt pattern and then just added on a few yo-yo’s and embroidered some stems (or sticks).
There is still time to join in, drop Randi an email and she will send details.
My sewing machine jammed when making the apron to go with this. So today was mainly spent with screwdriver in hand and an iddy biddy cleaning brush giving the innards of my machine a good clean. There was a few choice words spoken upon the 5th time of putting it back together and it still not working, along with endless cups of tea and a few biscuits, but I think we are there now and tomorrows another day…..
Before said naughty machine played up, I made this
Again Jona‘s pattern. This time with Pop Garden fabric and some pretty trim I purchased a while ago and at last found a project for it.
A few weeks ago the inspired Katy , a woman after my own heart as she states she too likes to “fritter days away stroking fabric whilst drinking tea and eating cake.” organised a Fat Quarter swap. I was a little late in giving my details so she generously offered to swap with me. Yay! And how lucky was I. This is what arrived yesterday all the way from Yorkshire.
Beautifully wrapped with a satin spotty ribbon.
There was Moda swell, Heather Bailey Pop Garden and some so pretty, I’ll never want to use it, Liberty fabric.
Plus these cute buttons. I love it all.
So thank you so much Katy. I just have to decide now whether to get involved in your next venture
This quick and easy project is a pattern from the so talented Heather Bailey. It is made with some felt, a fabric yo-yo – made with a scrap of Cath Kidston fabric, and a button. Simple, fun and looks fab on my new Boden brown cord coat!
I quite like making combinations of the same thing, it makes life easy, so I have made another of these sets to give as a gift to my daughter’s friend. This time instead of using the Heather Bailey headband pattern I used the BTRS Heidi Hairband pattern. It turned out really pretty, and it will be interesting to see if a 5 year old can keep it in their hair. I will probably whip one up for my daughter to test out the staying in power! My friends daughter who I made the other one for, wears her hairband like a head sweatband ala Pat Cash, it makes me laugh every time I see her wearing it. I love it when children express themselves through what they wear, it can make for some great outfits.
As promised, here is a picture of the skirt I made for my daughter the other day – thanks Jona! I still have to put in the elastic – but you can see how it looks. Plus another one I finished today, wow I have been busy.
The girls at the sewing club loved the little felt stars, so when the school gets their order of felt through we will be making them one week before Christmas.
I have been really busy the past few days sorting a load of boring chores out as well as cracking on with the swap. I am having a break tomorrow and I am off to a handcraft fair (I think, as my dutch is limited) near to where I live. I am hoping they have some supplies for sale because I have been good recently and now am itching to spend some money
The weekend was fabulous in the UK. For a few hours on Saturday we went to watch Dad drive classic sports cars around Mallory Park race circuit. He had so much fun, and so did we. The children thought their Grampy was a real race driver in his green overalls and helmet and were shouting and cheering for him to overtake any other car that he got he near. My husband thought that it looked so good, that I now know what to arrange for him to do when it is his 40th birthday. (Less than 2 years away now darling!)
After leaving the race track behind we drove up to Otley in Yorkshire and had a super time with an old friend and her family that we hadn’t seen for over 2 years. On Sunday they took us up to Brimham Rocks where everyone had such fun climbing all over the rocks and looking for Fraggles, and fortunately despite the looming black clouds the rain held off. We couldn’t have asked for more.
Now back home it is half term so the children are looking to be entertained. We collected some leaves the other day so we will do something with those today. I will post a picture soon.
It was my sisters birthday on Friday and I made her an apron and embellished a couple of tea towels with patterns out of Amy Butler’sIn Stitches. She seemed really pleased. I loved them so much I will be making more.
Saturday saw my husband and I celebrate 11 years of marriage. I can’t believe where all those years have gone, we have done so much and travelled so much. We are truly lucky. I am truly lucky. I married the man who has made all my dreams come true, allows me to be who I want to be and do the things I want to do. Thankyou darling!
In other news (I sound like the BBC) I received some fab fabric from reprodepot as well as the Oliver+S pattern for the Sunday Brunch jacket which I intend to have a go at this week.
I also need to check my to do list to see if I am on top of those gifts I need to t￼ake to the UK because I have a busy week with school trips and a girls trip to Amsterdam to buy boots.
I have made some more headbands and a birthday suprise for someone special which will be revealed in a few weeks.
When I went to the sewing room yesterday I fiddled around for a while and nearly started making a dress for my daughter, when I realised that I have to make some gifts for Christmas and for my sisters birthday (which is coming up in a couple of weeks) to take back to the UK on the 18th October. We are having a long weekend and if I take some gifts with me it will save on postage. So the organised part of me says “come on get it all done.” The day dreamer part of me says “oh don’t worry there’s plenty of time”. Well we will see over the next few weeks which one wins out!
I did however make another of Craft Apple’s Little Artist Drawing Case yesterday. This time I made the front out of patchwork. I didn’t have quite enough fabric to make the whole thing – so I used a few scraps and I am really pleased with how it turned out.
I have just got back from the post office today to pick up my package from Heather Bailey.
I have been waiting a long time to receive it as I ordered on the day her website was launched back in August and they had a few problems with getting the patterns sorted in time. Anyway now I have 8 delicious yards of her fabric, some trash ties (which my daughter will have in her hair sometime soon), a Marlo Bloom handbag pattern and a scrap flower pattern.
My daughter is off to her first birthday party of the school year today and I have never made anything to give to a child before. So I checked with a friend if she thought a handmade gift would be ok, she said yes, so lets hope the Birthday Girl likes it!
I made the Bend the Rules zippered pouch just like the one I made earlier, a headband with the pattern from Heather Bailey and I covered a couple of buttons and attached them to hairband/elastics.