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1  Kawaii NetBook cover in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by homemademama on: May 19, 2011 02:38:48 PM
I was browsing ebay a couple of days ago and I found the most amazingly sickeningly cute fabric I'd ever seen. Ever.
The listing said it was for one fq, but as over here people's idea of a fq and how large it should be varies so much, I didn't have a clue how big it would be or what I could use it for. I bought it anyway at the bargain price of 90p Cheesy When it arrived I immediately looked at my NetBook and thought - I HAVE to make a cover out of this.

Its basically just a mini quilt, made to fit. I didn't use a pattern, but it's so simple you can see what I did with it. I machine sewed two kawaii fabric-batting-fleece sandwiches. I then made my own bias binding with some more kawaii fabric, and hand sewed it to the top edges of both of my 'sandwiches' (which worked out surprisingly well since it was late and I could NOT be bothered to iron it. I'm surprised it worked out as straight as it did).
I then sewed my sandwiches together by hand, outside pieces facing each other. Then came the fun bit Cheesy I made two satchel straps, (or what I call satchel straps, that must be completely wrong) sewed them together right sides together. I left a little opening, pulled them out the right way, pressed them with my hand (still could not be bothered ironing so late) and top stitched them both. I then made my first attempts at button holes, attached the straps, sewed some very shiny gold buttons on that I 'borrowed' from my mum's stash and et voila! 90 pence NetBook case, thats reeeeally really soft and squidgy, and fits a placemat inside perfectly so that when I'm sat with the NetBook on my lap, it doubles up as a lap table.
Hope you like Cheesy

Finished product;

Gorgeous buttons I found;

The fleece I lined it with;

My first buttonhole, and the dodgy top stitching to match Cheesy cannot top stitch in circles!!

Snug as a bug in a rug. Also doubles up as family sleeping bag for borrowers.

C&C welcome as I'm thinking of bashing a few of these out as Christmas presents Smiley
Sara x
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2  Re: One Tiny Stuffie Swap--Round 5 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by homemademama on: May 08, 2011 12:24:29 PM
 Roll Eyes yesterday morning was like Christmas morning, only back when I was about 5.
I received the most amazing package from Feline2001, and I think that although this is my first swap, it certainly won't be my last. Prepare to wisssst!

First off, my package in all its glory, and Alex trying to sneak it away. He came to the door wondering what all the fuss was about after hearing me squealing and, when he saw the package, immediately wanted to make off with it.

The first thing I found when I opened it - Nomnoms! The Maltesers were stolen by Mark, the Minstrels were stolen by Alex and I stashed the bag of sweeties and the hello kitty box before either of them claimed them as their own.

Beautifully wrapped goodies in red heart paper! This made it feel even more like Christmas Cheesy

So I opened the presents.. And found some extras Sarah sent;

a beautiful book on crafting pincushions, and some more of the wool I originally tried to make her stuffie out of Cheesy Now I have so much, I think I'll be crafting a scarf Cheesy Cheesy its beautiful wool for bigger projects, but I now know from experience, making small things out of this stuff is a complete nightmare. After completing my first stuffie out of this I even tried to shave it (yes, I mean shave, with a razor Cheesy ) so you could see what it was other than some furry blob, but to no avail!

My gorgeous stuffies! A meerkat, and a monkey, my two favorite animals!

And lastly, my eldest boy, stealing my stuffies :\ I managed to claw them back and they are now hiding on my dressing table in my bedroom, but I'm pretty damn sure they'll be making their escape again sometime soon.

Thank you Sarah, for being such an amazing swap partner. I've really, really enjoyed this experience and I'm glad I've found such a wonderful friend. And your crochet skills are epic! Here's a teaser of the package I'm sending in the morning, due to my SLACK Mark's inability to get to the post office before closing Cheesy

Ps. Major swap anxiety ^.^ love love xx
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3  White Chocolate frosted Cupcakes in Dessert by homemademama on: April 17, 2011 02:35:12 PM
So, last weekend it was quite rainy and my four year old was incredibly bored. Solution - baking! We made the cupcake from a victoria sponge mix, added chocolate powder to half the mixture so we had 2 kinds of cupcakes. Then we made the frosting from butter icing, and added melted white chocolate and pink food colouring. We baked the cupcakes in pretty cases, and after piping the icing, we added different sprinkles.
Alex & I hope you like them, we certainly did.

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4  Blue quilt for Ollie (pic heavy) in Quilting: Completed Projects by homemademama on: April 12, 2011 05:28:02 AM

I have been working on my first quilt since starting to collect cotton fabrics for it at the end of February this year. I'm really happy with how it's turned out and I'm pretty sure little Oliver is happy with his cuddly new blanket  Cheesy
I pretty much winged this, apart from the help I received on the Quilting: Discussion and Questions board from Eowynt and anaximander Smiley

I cut 10x10 squares (first with scissors then I caved and bought a rotary cutter - well worth it!), and I started by sewing rows of 3 squares, then sewing 3 of those together to make a 3x3 square, and then sewing those together to make 3x9 blocks. I made enough of these for the size of the quilt, sewed them all together and then bought fleece to edge and back it with. I used ready made binding for the edges and found tutorials on Youtube to show me how to incorporate mitered corners in the edging and binding. To quilt it I just did a simple stitch in the ditch every 3 squares, and then I sewed between the patchwork and the border. I used the sewing machine to piece the patchwork and to make my quilt sandwich, then handstitched the binding. I've spent about 30 hours on this project, all in all. I'm not only a novice quilter but this is the 3rd, and biggest sewing project I've done, and probably the first project I've actually completed  Roll Eyes Hope you like the end product, C&C welcome.

Patchwork closeup

Backing & Binding

Somewhat pointy mitered corners

The new owner Smiley
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5  Re: My first Quilting project.. in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by homemademama on: March 19, 2011 05:48:58 PM
Hello girls & boys!
I know it's been a while since I last posted, but I have been sewing away trying to get the top of my quilt pieced together within the little time I have at night when my boys are in bed.
Here's a progress photo, to show how it's getting on;

It's taking a lot longer than I'd thought because I must get literally an hour a week to work on it. I'm liking how it's coming along but I have one problem - See the two dotty fabrics touching each other? They're completely sewn in and I have no idea how to rectify this without unpicking it all and starting again! Does anyone have any tips/pointers/quick fixes to help? It's driving me INSANE Cheesy
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6  Re: My first Quilting project.. in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by homemademama on: February 25, 2011 02:14:45 AM
This is my first row of 3x9;

It's unpressed so its not looking it's best, but it's an idea Tongue
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