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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Dare I say the 'C' Word....

Yes it is getting closer to Christmas!! So to market today I took along some sweet Christmas Stockings.  I will be listing these on Etsy.

They have a chalkcloth label on the cuff so you can write a short message or the recipient's name.  I have used a grey linen for the body of the stocking and then added a bright cuff.  I have lined them with a simple white cotton.  I love all the different Christmas fabrics that are on the market, so this way I get to showcase them against the lovely grey linen.

I'm also planning to personalise some of them with the recipient's initial on the body of the stocking using the same fabric as the cuff.  Think that will work well.

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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