Showing posts with label sewing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sewing. Show all posts

Saturday, 10 August 2013


Just a quick hello from Wales! We are on our holibobs this week and i'll be doing a full round up of our adventures when we return to broadband-land (home).
So to keep you all tempted here are a few sneaky peaks...

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Adventures in sewing

Today I awoke feeling particularly creative! Even before I was dressed I began searching through my stash of fabric and clothes waiting to be revamped / upcycled.

(I will not be including a pic of said stash!)

Once I decided on a selection of jumpers and scraps I set about scouring the interweb for inspiration, and there is plenty out there... which is a short and sweet list of easy projects to get the novice seamstress hooked, I particularly liked this,
The pattern for which is available from
I also liked
(pattern available from

However, I wanted something more fun, so I moved onto every crafters favourite site - Pinterest (you can find some of my inspiration on my boards

I settled on a simple shape for my first attempt - An Elephant!!

And here he is...
His name is Oscar and I have to say, I am rather proud of him! He is upcycled from a felted jumper.

Oscar didn't take very long, so I decided on something more adventurous, so with out a pattern, or indeed any idea at all, I set about making Olive! What do you think?
Olive, much like her namesake from 'On the Buses' is not the most glamorous of Owls, but she has a good heart and wants to be loved, and lucky for Olive I have a four year old daughter who has instantly fallen in love with her! Ahhhhh

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Patchwork Pride

Well, episode two of my sewing journey saw me returning to Butterfly Bright
For the beginners Patchwork Cushion Workshop! I didn't honestly think I was ready, but Ali assured me I was. 
I chose some fabric that I have had my eye on for a while, a lovely green background with yellow, white and red ditsy flower print from Riley Blake, to contrast I chose red with white mini polka dots from Makower! 

I followed Ali's strict instructions, cut the pieces into 4.5inch squares and arranged them into my desired pattern. The sewing together was simpler than I thought, although I wasn't warned about the ironing part!! (I do not believe in ironing!!) The way the cushion came together was magical, a journey into the mystical world of patchwork, turning it the right way and then filling with the real feather cushions pads completed a brilliant evening...

What will I make next????

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Sew Sew Sew

Well what a brilliant day!
Today was the day I got over my fear and unwrapped my new sewing machine and did some serious sewing!!!

Firstly I would like to thank the amazing Ali from Butterfly Bright for her patience and determination to get me sewing. I took my machine into work this morning and prepared myself for epic failure, but what took place proved rather enlighening. Myself and my fellow trainee Mrs D first got to grips with threading the cotton and preparing the bobbin, once the machines were ready we chose some fabric and had a play with the different settings on our machines. When we were confident (?) with the concept of sewing straight lines and in a circle (harder than it sounds), we move onto making the project of the day - a pin cushion
Fabric chosen 
Fabric cut 
Sew pretty design
place both pieces right side facing and sew around 3.5 sides

stuff the middle  + sew up the side
Ta da!
To say I was proud was an understatement, I took my machine home and dually repeated the process as requested by my four year old to produce another 'Dolly Pillow'.

See tomorrow's to see what I did next with my sewing machine...
Clue - it involves patchwork!!

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Upcycled silk scarves

I love scarves! It is one of my weaknesses, I have an entire section of my wardrobe dedicated to my scarves. Woolly scarves, pashmina scarves, silk scarves, cotton scarves, plain scarves, patterned scarves...You get the idea. Anyway, I have noticed in the more exclusive shops (Phase Eight) in my local town a movement towards scarves with pompoms around them...
This particular scarf is available from and is really lovely, however, slightly out of my price range.

So I came up with the idea to customise a scarf. Off I went to the nearest charity shop (Tenovus) and purchased a rather lovely blue floral silk scarf for the princely sum of £1.99...
Then I hot footed it off to my favourite haberdashery and bought some pompoms

And I set to work, I think the end result is rather lovely...

What do you think?