Category: Sewing

Spring sewing

I started the year with lots of ideas for sewing projects – some of which have happened. The hot water bottle cover was essential for Minky’s chilly Guide camp at the beginning of February – as were the PJ bottoms which I made by adapting this shorts pattern.

I experimented with making coin purses and ended up using the Essential Wristlet pattern to get a neat finish on the top zip. I used this tutorial to add the zipper pocket on the teal version.

The set of seat covers were for a friend with cream coloured chairs and three young children!

The tie dyed bunting was for a project at my old secondary school. It is celebrating it’s 50th birthday so they asked for present and past students to make pennants for bunting to be used at special events. I made tie dyed pennants in homage to the clothes we wore in the sixth form.






Christmas makes 2017

My Christmas makes this year included: crochet baubles using my yarn stash and baubles from a charity shop; chutney made from harvest lunch left over tomatoes and fabric christmas trees created from recycled fleece and buttons. I got together with some friends to make wreaths over coffee, which was a really lovely thing to do and while I was making my Christmas cards, I gave a friend a quick linocut tutorial. The red bauble was made with Stylecraft DK yarn on a 3.5mm hook. It is based on 12 UK trebles into a ring which fits a 55mm diameter bauble.




Mending these pairs of jeans is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while – since I went wore through the knee of one pair then tripped over while out walking and ripped the knee of another pair on a rock. I came across Sashiko – Japanese embroidery and the idea of Boro – mended and patched textiles, on Pinterest. I loved the idea – and look, so gave it a go on the first pair. Then while researching on Pinterest I came across some lovely embroidered patched jeans, so decided to try this too. I looked in all of my local haberdashery shops for Sashiko thread but ended up ordering it online from Japan Crafts along with needles and a coaster kit to try out. I am not sure how these will wash and wear but for now, I am really pleased with the result of my “make do and mend”.

Summer update

We’ve had a busy summer holiday visiting family, camping and on the beaches of the South West. I haven’t had much time for creating – I sewed this case for my sunglasses, made a Scottie dog card for Minky’s birthday and spent ages sewing badges on her badge blanket. This job has been on my “to do” list forever so it is great to be able to cross it off – although her brother has loads more badges and I have yet to start his!


Bedroom Makeover

We have been redecorating and refreshing Minky’s bedroom with a new animal theme. The walls have been painted a soft grey and the new bed linen features a french bull dog print. I have been busy making a huge fluffy bean bag out of two old bean bags to create a cosy reading corner and I bound the remaining fleece to make a warm blanket. I also made a couple of cushions, a storage basket and a fabric covered picture using cool sausage dog fabric.

Spring things

Spring has definitely arrived so here is a round up of my makes over the past couple of months. This is the second Mamachee’s Galilee Hat I have crocheted, experimenting a bit with the pattern, gauge and colour. The Two Zip Hipster bag from Dog Under My Desk was quite time consuming to sew but the pattern was easy to follow and I am really pleased with the result. The mess of cables around the house was driving me mad so I made a few of these cable tidies. Now I need to make loads more! The crochet flowers are from patterns by Attic 24 and are work in progress…

Mini zipper pouch

These cute zipper keyring pouches were gifts for a friend and my daughter this Christmas. Here is a link to the free pouch pattern which was really easy to follow. The only tricky bit was sewing the tabs in place. The keyring clips are from lanyards my husband receives every time he attends a business conference so this seemed a great way to reuse them.