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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Machine embroidery of child's drawing on: May 01, 2013 05:38:46 AM
DD1 (who is 4) drew this lovely picture of herself and her baby sister the other day:

As soon as I saw it, I immediately thought it would be a great textile picture.  Free motion machine embroidery kind of lends itself to the scritchy-scratchy pencil lines that little kids use in their drawing, so I made this:

The original is on the fridge, and my version is on the wall.   Smiley
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Duck egg doorstop on: February 07, 2010 08:36:35 AM
One of my oldest friends from college (I mean to say I have known her for a long time, not that she is really old!! Grinfinally got her first flat of her very own!
We went to stay with her and she complained that the doors are always slamming shut... sounds like a challenge to me!

A housewarming gift is on its way to her now, in the form of this doorstopper:

which unfortunately she will have to fill herself, as I couldn't afford to post it filled!

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Biggy Baggy! Pretty nappy/diaper bag on: February 07, 2010 08:33:07 AM
I made this extra roomy nappy bag to carry DD's cloth nappies in, as well as a change of clothes and snacks and drinks and my wallet and my phone and a coat and a hat and.... you get the idea!  Grin

first I chose some gorgeous quilting cotton for the lining, and then was inspired by that to go for the beige spotty fabric on the outside.

Here you can see the lining and how big it is!  I made an elasticated pocket on one side and a zippered pocket on the other.  There are two flat pockets on the outside also, between the handles.

I was inspired by the Amy Butler Sanibel bag to use magnetic snaps on the sides so the bag can be "expanded" to squash all the huge amount of junk in that a 1 year old seems to need me to take around everywhere!

Not the greatest photo but you can see the snaps.

To finish off, I made a little name tag which ties on the strap.  I bought 75 of these school name tapes for DD when she started at nursery (day care) but I don't seem to be able to just sew them into things - oh no that's way too easy!  There has to be a cute tag attached to it! Cheesy

This was my first go at using biased binding, I was really pleased with how it came out - it looks so professional as a finishing touch; I will definitely be using it again.

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Partly upcycled rainbow taggy blankie on: February 07, 2010 08:02:40 AM
I made this taggy for DD from a wool sweater of DH's which had come to a sorry end in the washing machine (oops!).

The ribbons were from my stash, it is backed with a piece of patchworking cotton.

There are two corduroy hearts (cut from scraps) on the front, embellished with some freehand machine embroidery.

I also freehand machine embroidered her name on it.  It was my first try at doing that!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Christmas skirt on: February 07, 2010 07:58:52 AM
A bit belated, but here are a couple of pics of the little corduroy skirt I made for DD to wear on Christmas day.

It is quite simple with an elasticated back waist, pleats on the front and a white lacy trim.  Very festive!


The photo doesn't really do justice to the colour, sadly.  It's a gorgeous bright Christmassy red, not as orange as it seems here.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Ladybird shoes on: February 07, 2010 07:56:07 AM
DD has a pair of soft soled leather shoes which she wears all the time.
I thought "hey, I could make some of these!"
So here they are:


Green leafy cotton uppers with a felt ladybird.

They are fleece lined and I used a car cleaning chamois for the sole.

(Action shot!)

I think she likes them!

7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Five Little Frogs cloth book on: November 26, 2009 02:00:49 AM
My DD turns 1 tomorrow! Shocked

I was really inspired by this on Craftster and by Stella Blackstone and Clare Beaton's books .  I knew I wanted to make her a book for her birthday that she would be able to keep forever (hopefully!).

When I went along to my fabric store I saw some gorgeous blue frog fabric, and I knew I had to do "5 little frogs".  Anyway the project got a bit more elaborate the more I thought about it, so here is the finished article:

This is the front cover.  I had to skip round the "F" when I stitched the spine, but it will hold together without a problem.

(I had to blur the nametape cos it shows her full name)

The last page is my favourite!

I used mostly backstitch/running stitch, with french knots, chain stitch and lazy daisies.  I used medium weight interfacing on each page, and machine stitched the felt panels to the patchwork as I went along.

c&c welcome, thanks, especially as to how I might have bound the spine a little better!
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Discussion and Questions / Protective cover for fat 12x12 scrapbook - suggestions? on: July 16, 2009 03:47:20 AM
So I have been scrapbooking photos of my DD for the last 7 months (since she was born) and not surprisingly the scrapbook is getting a bit too fat for the plastic protective cover that came with it.
Does anyone know if you can buy larger/replacement covers because next time I add some pages, it won't be able to close because of the cover (also the front page keeps snagging on the flap of the cover)...
(I am in the UK but can probably get supplies via internet)... thanks! Cheesy
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / My first covered journal on: January 05, 2008 08:39:20 AM
I was inspired by this post by Feather82 who had received a really clever journal kit from a colleague.

I put my own spin on it and came up with a fabric covered journal for a friend's birthday.

I made a cover for a plain 7 gypsies spiral bound album, and embellished it with some embroidery, applique and vintage lace trim. 

There is an envelope attached to the first page, which contains some hints for journaling.  There are about  30, including things like "What was the best advice your mother ever gave you",  "What is your favourite movie and why", "What did you think when you first met X" (her DH).  I put in plenty in case she pulled out some she wasn't inspired by!

Just in case, I have included a tiny book of instructions:

Sometimes it is nice to keep a diary which is more than a record of day to day happenings.
It's her birthday today and I am seeing her tonight - I hope she likes it!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Scented Knitting Needle Holder on: December 30, 2007 04:37:48 AM
My needle holder smells of lavender...

I made it from some sample fabric I bought from Laura Ashley at 50p a piece.  It was originally in the "books" they keep to show the curtain fabric. 

The flap folds over to keep the needles in place, it rolls and ties with the ribbons.  Before I sewed over the turning gap, I put a little dried lavender inside, so now it makes my knitting smell nice! 

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