Friday, September 19, 2014

Some happy little Chicken Bunting

My sister lives near Stratford-upon-Avon (UK) and has just finished renovating a barn conversion that is to be rented out as a holiday let.  The result of all their hard work is truly stunning.  You can see it here.  If you are ever on holiday that way I heartily recommend it!! Naturally!!



On the dining table is an oilcloth tablecloth with little chickens on it.  My sister gave me the offcuts, so I made it into a string of curved bunting that I thought she could hang in the house somewhere.


It was a really narrow strip of fabric with just two rows of chickens.  So instead of doing big triangular bunting I decided to make this curved shape to get the most out of the fabric.  I was able to use every hen with very little wastage this way!


Hope she likes it!


Have a lovely day! 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Trick or Treat????

Feeling ready for Halloween yet? No me neither! But all the fabric shops seem to be full of fun Halloween fabric!

I have made a sweet little basket to collect sweets in for your keen trick or treaters!


When I made it, I thought it was a bit too big, at about 8.5 inches wide, 6 inches deep and 6 inches high.  But I was soon put right on that one!!! You need lots of room for chocolate and sweets apparently!!

Think I might be making another soon!
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Puppet Theatre

Quite a while ago I saw this neat idea on-line of a Puppet Theatre that hangs from a door frame.  So quick and easy to store and tidy up taking up little room as opposed to the ones that are based around a wooden stand.

So I thought I would have a go at making one.  This is the result!


I love it.  It's such a simple idea but looks so effective.  I'm teaching this as a class over the coming weeks.  We will get it to this stage in class but then I will give ideas on how to make it more personal.  For instance you could appliqué on the words 'Puppet Theatre' or 'Name's Theatre'.  Maybe add an appliqué of the happy/sad masks.  Or a string of bunting etc.


It hangs from a dowel suspended across two hooks placed on either side of the door.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Cupcake Oven Mitt

OK so I had seen a couple of cupcake oven mitt patterns on the market but to be honest I wanted one that covered the thumb as well as the fingers and both the ones I had seen only covered the fingers. 

So I decided to have a go and draft my own pattern.  I've made a couple of these as the first one (Strawberry fabric below) I wasn't keen on the shape of my 'frosting'! So I tweaked it and now love it!  Plus it's super cute in the pink apples fabric!

Cupcake Oven Mitt / Hot Plate Grabber!

The first attempt!

I'm running this as a class over the next few weeks, but wondered if anyone would be interesting in buying a PDF pattern if I were to make it available?
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Quilts for Charity

I have just started to realise just how many crafty people there are living locally to me! Yay!  One of them is a lady called Tamara McDonald who makes wonderful quilts to sell for charity.  She is currently selling two, a masculine and a feminine.  All profits raised from this will go towards a children's cancer charity, in this case it will be the Piam Brown ward at Southampton general, UK. 

So I just wanted to share them on here in case anyone who reads this would like to go and buy them!

Tamara McDonald Feminine Charity Quilt

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Unique-handmade-patchwork-quilt-beautiful-quality-/321501820293?
Tamara McDonald Masculine Charity Quilt

Thanks for reading! Have a lovely day!

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