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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hello Fresh Chest Of Drawers! on: January 02, 2011 04:04:30 PM
This is gorgeous - I love the uniqueness of the different handles and LOVE the wallpaper lining. I wouldn't want to use them and cover the gorgeous inside!
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: bubble dress for winter on: January 02, 2011 03:02:53 PM
I really love this and the fabric is gorgeous - was it from something you already had or is it new? Gorgeous, this would look so cute on my 2 year old!  Well done you Smiley
13  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / My 30th in March and a new sewing machine...any advice? on: January 02, 2011 02:49:16 PM
I've been using a freecycled one that has given up and we can't get parts for that, so now I'm using my Mums which is lovely but I need my own.  I'm hoping that I'll be able to get one around my 30th birthday with family donations!  

I have big aspirations so would like one that does a lot, but I am just a beginner.  I'd also like something that will last a long time, or at least one which has freely available parts!  I don't have a large budget though I was thinking around 150.  Wondering what to get, and whether I should go for a great quality refurb or brand new?

Anyone have any thoughts?

14  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My first project completed! :) So happy with these hanging hearts on: January 02, 2011 10:56:11 AM
Ok I know for you experts these are nothing at all, just a few minutes at a machine and voil!  But for me however, still a complete novice, this is an achievement!

Some little soft hanging hearts to go on my 2 year old daughters door handle.  Smiley  Stuffed with an old soft, stretchy t.shirt cut into strips!  The hanger is wide ribbon folded and stitched - I only had wide ribbon around.  I hand stitched the first one, then machined the other two.  My first real experiment with machining curves too and happy to discover I could just leave the needle in and rotate a bit!  Easy peasy.

So happy with these and my other half loves them too.  Now I'm going to use the same fabric to make a matching heart shaped cushion. That's got to be the same but bigger so should be easy enough.  

Thanks to my Mum for the Cath Kidston Sew book she got me for Christmas which provided fresh inspiration, and to the loan of the sewing machine Smiley

15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: button shirt to toddler dress recon *NEW MINTY FRESH TUTORIAL* on: July 01, 2010 03:16:57 AM
I really keep meaning to try this but my other half doesn't have as nice shirts as the ones you have all used, no Hawaiian shirts lol.  Will have to pop to the charity shop to see what I can find. 
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Patchwork beanbag cover on: June 05, 2010 01:15:45 AM
Hi everyone,

I'm totally new!  I have acquired a very old Riccar sewing machine and am diving head first into projects - this is always my way of learning anything new, in at the deep end!

So the first thing I did after figuring out the machine was to turn one of my toddlers small fairy dresses into a cute little bag for her.  It's fab! Smiley  Nothing too complicated. 

My next project is to make a bean bag cover. We are getting a standard large bean bag and I plan to get patches in various pinks and whites to make a patchwork cover.  I'm wondering if anyone can give me any pointers?  My Mum can sew well and she thinks it will be nice, but I'm hoping for some tutorials or something if someone could kindly direct me?


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