Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Flowers and Deckchairs

A quilt for a new baby, R, featuring the flowers that are her name.

Monday, 7 September 2015

A Quilt for Baby A

When great friends of ours asked me to be the Godmother to their gorgeous new baby girl, I was over the moon. I have one other Goddaughter whom I love to bits, and it's a great privilege to be asked to take such a significant role in their lives. So I got cracking making a new hexagon quilt for Baby A. Of course it wasn't delivered in time for her christening but I got there eventually. Here's a snapshot of the creation of the quilt along with how it turned out.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Bandana Bibs

With a number of babies born in our circles recently, I thought it was time to whip out the old Bandana Bib tutorial I posted on here years ago and whip a few new ones up as gifts. Can't believe how long it has been since I created this little pattern and first made bibs for B.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Knight of the Realm

One of the things I love most about being a mum is whipping up homemade costumes for B, just as my mum once did for me. For Christmas, I joined forces with Mr B to create a Knight's costume. Mr B created an ever so special hand painted wooden shield, and I sewed up a tabard. Yesterday, as the new Spring sunshine started to stream down on Bath, we took a walk up to Sham Castle with Knight accoutrements tucked in the backpack ready for a picnic feast and a battle. And we cooked up plans to return there in the summer and recreate the afternoon for a Knight themed party when B turns 4.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Fabric Play Crown Tutorial

Following on from my last post, here is a tutorial for how to make fabric play crowns. These crowns come together really easily and are multi-sized due to being tied by ribbon.

What you need:
  • Pattern.
  • Two different fabrics.
  • Wadding if you have lighter weight fabric. I used offcuts I had left from the wadding I use for quilts. For thicker fabrics like heavy linen or furnishing fabric, you may not need to use wadding.
  • 50cm of ribbon - cut into two lengths of 25cm.
  • Thread.
one. Download, print out and cut out the pattern. 
two. Fold your fabric in half, right side together. Place the pattern on the fold of the fabric. Draw round the pattern with a pencil on the wrong side of your fabric. Cut out 1cm bigger than the pattern shape. Repeat for your other piece of fabric and your wadding if using.
three. I find it useful to then draw in the peaks of the crown onto just the front fabric as this makes it easier for sewing.
four. Now arrange your crown sandwich. Place your wadding down first. Place your backing fabric on top, right side up. Place your two lengths of ribbon on top, about 2.5cm from the bottom. If you're adding a personalised label, now is the time to also pop that in, folded in half. Then put the main fabric (with your full pencil lines) on top, face down. Pin it all together.
five. Now sew all around the crown leaving a large opening along the bottom edge. I start from about 3/cm in along the bottom edge, reverse stitching over the end, then doing the side, the peaks, the side and then another 3cm of the botton edge before reverse stitching again to finish. This then leaves a big gap to turn through.
When you get to the bottoms of the peaks, it's worth slightly curving your stitching as this helps to keep the peaks flatter when you turn through.
six. Now trim off the excess fabric, getting as close as you dare to the tops of the peaks, but don't trim off the fabric along your bottom edge opening.
seven. Turn the crown through. I use a thick knitting needle to help gently prod the peaks to sharp points.
eight. Iron the crown, gently flattening out the points, and folding under the open flap ready for sewing.
nine. Top stitch the now ironed bottom edge of your crown right the way along the length. Reverse stitch at both ends to make the stitching secure. Snip the ends of your ribbons in a V to prevent them from fraying.
And you're done. If you make any of these play crowns, I'd love to see the results so do send me a link or a photo. Happy crown making.

Fabric Play Crowns

Around November last year, as Christmas loomed into view, I got to thinking about what crafty project I could undertake to make gifts for all of the small people we know. Our Christmas list featured 18 children so I wanted to make something personal that also didn't us cost the earth. I've been seeing a number of fabric play crowns for sale on various websites recently, which are beautiful but really pricey considering how easy they are to make. So I figured out how and ran up a pile of them. It was a great use of all the pretty fabrics in my stash and it was lovely to hand pick a fabric that I thought might suit each child. I'm delighted with how they all turned out, plus now we're well past the festive season, I can now share the fruits of my labour.

I also made a little tutorial in case any one else fancies making their own - you can find the link here.


Saturday, 17 May 2014

Telephone and Birds

A bright and happy quilt, created for close friends as their wedding gift.