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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / African Patchwork on: December 07, 2012 03:54:49 PM
My son wanted something REALLY bright for his bed, so I bought some African Wax Print fabric and made this cover for him. Because the blocks are so big it only took me a week to finish.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Nature Fairies on: September 20, 2012 08:54:21 PM
I made these fairies for our nature table using wooden dolls and decorating them with cotton and wool fabric and adding wool fleece for the hair.


I embroidered the item that they represent on the back of their capes. From left to right - strawberry, ladybeetle, cherry, clover, lavender and dandelion.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Nerdify - My Scifi Sewing Box on: June 13, 2012 07:24:40 PM
I bought this wooden sewing box at a second hand shop and decided it needed a makeover.
In high school my mum bought me the Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction, but it is sadly out of date now. I decided to use the cover illustrations of novels to decorate my sewing box with! I love how it turned out, and recognised quite a  few of the covers as books that I have read in the last 10 years or so. Are there any of your favourite novels featured on my sewing box?







4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Free Jeans into Doormat on: May 28, 2012 09:07:49 PM
I picked up a bag of free jeans from next to a Salvo bin and decided they would make a perfect doormat!
I cut them into strips, plaited the strips and then sewed them together. It took me about 7 months as it was so boring.
It feels great underfoot and seems to be lasting well so far.



5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Funky School Lunch Bag on: May 17, 2012 03:47:24 AM
I have been trawling the 'net trying to find a metal lunch box for my 5 yr old that doesn't have Twilight or Star Wars on it, but had no luck.
Instead, I made him this lunch bag with scraps from my stash. The bag has dark blue corduroy inside and bright red outside. I didn't have enough to do the top of the outside, so I added in a strip of patchwork cotton. The bag closes with a strip of velcro, and I put elastic in the 'short' side to pull the bag in a bit at the top.
It is just big enough for his thermos, a snack box some fruit. I can also put a plastic ice brick in the bottom if needed.

For the pattern I just traced around his old metal lunch box and winged it from there!

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Waldorf Bulb Fairy on: April 24, 2012 11:11:10 PM
Autumn is in full swing here in Canberra and I decided to make a bulb fairy to brighten up our nature table until spring comes.
He is 4 Inches (10cm) tall and made with cotton interlock for the head and wool felt for the body. I needle felted the bulb that he is holding. I made the roots at the bottom of the felt from long strands of alpaca that I rolled together and needle felted to the base.
The 'ears' coming out of the top of his hat are supposed to be bulb leaves.


7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Tashi on: December 15, 2011 11:33:13 PM
One of the parents at my son's school wanted a Tashi doll for a Christmas present for her daughter and asked me to make one for her. I love the doll that I made, so I thought I'd share.
Tashi is a young boy who tells his friend Jack about all the crazy adventures that he has had. Here is a link to what he looks like http://www.tashibooks.com/home.html
I made my version of Tashi with cotton interlock and stuffed him with sheep fleece. His jacket is red corduroy that is lined with cotton and trimmed with gold bias binding.
He is wearing blue pants and the Wishing Shoes. His hair was more tricky - I crochet a cap with a pointy end and stitched it so the hair curled down a bit.
I gave him earings by firmly stitching small golden safety pins to the side of his head.

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Three Billy Goats Gruff on: October 13, 2011 12:48:50 AM
Over the last 6 months, my son's pre-school teacher has taught us how to make wire framed animals.
She particularly wanted each family to own their own set of the 3 Billy Goats Gruff, which she thinks is one of the most important stories in a young child's life.
We made a simple wire frame, wrapped with balls of wool for the head and body, and then needle felted sheep fleece and mohair onto the frame. The needle felting and wire give the animals a lot of durability, and they are easy to fix up with more needle felting if they start to show some wear.
 

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Another Sack Doll, with Tutorial! on: August 29, 2011 09:00:48 PM
Another pregnant friend, another little sack doll!
I don't know the baby's gender yet, so I picked fabric that has blue for a boy and purple for a girl! The body of this doll is made from an old tweed jacket.


Instruction time!
1.Cut out shapes to the sizes written in the photo:

The body is folded in half, a rectangle of 5.5inches x 4.5 inches wide
The head piece is 3 inches long x 1.75 inches
The hat is folded in half, a triangle of roungly 3.5 inches x 2.5 inches

The skin fabric is cotton interlock, you could us an old flesh colour T-shirt. The body fabric is pure wool. Any fabric would do, for instance flannelette or corduroy, as long as it is mostly natural. A baby would probably spend a lot of time chewing and sucking on it!

2. Sew the head and body with a sewing machine, turn them right side out, and lightly stuff the body with fleece. I use sheep fibre (the fluffy stuff before it gets spun into wool) but I guess any sort of filling would be fine. The culture in making Waldorf toys is to use natural fibres as much as possible.

3. Stuff the head very firmly. If you are wondering if you need to add more stuffing, you need to add more! Use the back of a wooden spoon or a thick stick to compress the stuffing. I was able to stuff mine to a circumference of 4.75 inches. Stitch up the bottom of the head.

3. Tie a neck about half and inch up from the where you sewed the bottom up, and tie an eyeline an inch up from the neck. I added a little nose by making a few small stitches on the face.


4. Cover the face with another small piece of interlock over the face to hide the eyeline-string and stitch it down around the top of the head and at the back. Pull this fabric fairly tight so it gives the space made by the eyeline a bit more definition.
 Stitch on the eyes and mouth. I use 3 strands of embroidery cotton to do this, and a pair of pliers to pull the needle through the head. Push the needle as far through as you can, and then grip the pointy end with pliers to pull it out.
Many people put the eyes too close together, so use pins to mark the features before you stitch them on.

5. Put the completed head through the hole at the neck opening and stitch it on very very securely. I can't think of a worse image than a baby who has chewed the head off a doll!

6. Stitch on the head. I put a little bit of stuffing in the hat to plump it up a bit.

7. I like to colour the cheeks of the dolls that I make. I use a standard red colouring pencil and colour in a red circle on the cheek area. This will come off over time, so you may need to top up the colour every now and again!

Let me know if you have any more questions or comments!!
Jo
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Red Waldorf-style sack doll on: August 20, 2011 02:38:32 AM
I made this cute little baby for a friend who is 2 weeks overdue to have her first.
The body and hat is made from vintage kimono offcuts, and the whole doll is stuffed with sheep fleece. The body of the doll is only lightly stuffed, which makes is good for chewing on.
The idea behind this toy design is that it mimics what very small babies experience of themselves - they are not quite aware of the rest of their body, sometimes they see their hands come flying past, but have not yet realised that they have legs.
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