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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Homage to Sarah and Duck on: January 10, 2014 04:52:46 AM

... with huge thanks to Jo Clark, who designed the duck pattern and very generously shared it at: http://www.lookatwhatimade.net/crafts/yarn/crochet/free-crochet-patterns/crochet-duck-pattern-sarah-and-duck/

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Easy-peasy peg bag on: June 04, 2013 01:29:09 PM

This is the new peg bag - or bag for clothespins. (I've just learned that the thing I know as a peg is a clothespin in the US- see comments below!. This is one of the reasons why I love Craftster - how would I have discovered something like that without it?)

My husband said: "Isn't it too nice?"

He might be right - I'm a little bit tempted to reclaim it and use it in real life. And yet it works so much better than the previous peg receptacle. And anything which makes laundry bearable has to be a good thing...

More backstory at http://runcibledays.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/a-little-change-to-make-life-better.html

Thanks for having a look!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Happiness is a Liberty phone-cosy... (with link to tutorial) on: May 23, 2013 05:59:53 AM

I love it when a project comes together as planned, especially when it involves a bit of 'sewing magic' (that's the term my son uses to describe the moment when you turn your sewing right-side-out and suddenly it looks finished). This little phone case makes me happy whenever I use it, so that's a lot of happiness!

Here's a link to the tutorial - sorry, I haven't copied it all to Craftster as there are quite a lot of photos.

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A birthday bonanza... on: April 14, 2013 06:58:04 AM
... of dolly sewing. So small and quick and fun!

I loved making the micro-nappies and bibs - great for using up scraps. In some ways they were a bit too small, because they barely made a dent in my stash! I hope to be doing this for some other upcoming birthdays, though, so will hope to use up a bit more fabric (and make way for new!).

More details and links here: http://runcibledays.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/a-trail-of-internet-inspiration.html
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Baby doll babygro (with a link to the pattern) on: February 09, 2013 12:30:05 PM

I've been sewing a gender-neutral wardrobe for my daughter's doll, who has just acquired a name and turns out to be a 'Ben'. Who'd have thought?

I'm loving a bit of quick and slapdash sewing, and daughter likes waking up from her naptime to find that Ben has another outfit!

Ben is a 12" doll, so needs only teeny clothes - link below to pattern and instructions:


(Not sure if this is the right place for this, or if it should be on the sewing board? - please redirect me if that's the case)
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / A January stash-bust dress on: January 21, 2013 06:09:54 AM

Something about taking down the Christmas decoration makes me want to carry on de-cluttering - and this fabric had to be used quickly, or my daughter would have grown too big for anything I could possibly have made from such a tiny scrap!

Blogged here (because there's always more than one story behind any piece of sewing!)

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Princess and the Pea quilt on: December 22, 2012 06:51:37 AM

I've been wanting to make a quilt for years, and have never before embarked on it, mostly because of setting impossibly high expectations of the imaginary quilt (hundreds of hand-stitiched hexagons, all made from fabrics with intense emotional resonance, destined to become a family heirloom - I'm not alone here, am I?). Then a friend gave me this Heather Ross panel, and I realised it was time to get on and break the quilting barrier. Thank goodness for the on-line sewing world - it would never have happened without a bit of real-time online support!

More backstory (sort of) here:

Thanks for having a look!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A huge tote-bag with an upcycled internal pocket on: August 14, 2012 07:23:30 AM

I just can't buy a bag big enough to hold all my clutter, so the only solution was to make one myself. This is an Ikea cotton which I've been hoarding for a long time, and it's great to have it in use at last. The lining is a soft yarn-dyed cotton check which I interfaced with the heaviest interfacing in my stash.

The only downside of a huge bag is that my wallet and phone drift to the bottom - so I added a cheeky little pocket which was salvaged from the lining of an old handbag. The bottom of the bag was a bit saggy, so I opened it up again and stiffened it with a piece of plastic cut from a folder - I didn't want to use cardboard as this bag will probably need a lot of washing!

9  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Pendrell Blouse from Sewaholic on: August 14, 2012 07:13:37 AM

Sewaholic patterns are designed for 'pear-shaped' women, and the Pendrell fits me perfectly with no modifications - I hadn't realised I was a pear, but now it seems like the only conclusion! It wasn't exactly what I'd expected from the pattern envelope and the photos on the Sewaholic website, which tend to show it made in slinky fabrics and tucked in at the waist. I made it first in a quilting cotton, and then in a fairly stiff linen (below) and it worked beautifully as more of a summer tunic top.

It's an easy pattern, with no fastenings so it's very quick to make. The neck and arm openings are finished with bias tape, using a slightly unusual technique which I found a bit quicker than the conventional approach and will be using again.

There are three pattern options, and I haven't yet made the versions with ruffles and sleeves, though I will be making several more. I suspect that a drapier fabric would work better for the ruffles, but will report back when I've tried it. The only modification I made after the initial version (in Ikea cotton, above) was to make the neckline slightly lower, both front and back.

Overall I'd recommend it. Having made three already I feel I've had good value from this pattern, and will be using it again as a summer stand-by.

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Chair cover and cushions in glorious IKEA birdie fabric on: August 14, 2012 06:56:04 AM
Who could resist this fabric?

I recovered a tired old chair, with just enough left over for some cushions. The birdies needed some very fussy cutting, and I ended up having to piece together some less interesting parts of the print on the (never seen) back of the chair cover.

I love them, they make me smile every day! I might need to go back and get some more of this fabric - I'm imagining tote bags (maybe even - shhhh! - as Christmas gifts).

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