Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Valentines Card

I thought I’d show you the Valentines card I’ve made for Mr D&D.
I wish I could take all the credit for this, but I found the paper pattern on an email from Etsy labs.  Click here for the link to the pattern.  It was created by Naomi Shiek of Woodland Papercuts, who makes the most gorgeous papercut pictures.
I must admit that cutting all of the tiny little holes in the piece of card did challenge me, and there are a couple of places where I didn’t cut quite carefully enough and it tore, however I love the overall look of it.  I backed the cutout on a piece of red handmade paper and glued the whole lot to a plain white card.  I printed out the greeting on the front as my handwriting leaves a lot to be desired!
Hope everyone has a lovely Valentines day.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Padded Gadget Case

What a perfect start to my day - the arrival of my fabric from Fabric Rehab.  I’d ordered some gorgeous fabric for my next projects in Simply Homemade, but while I was placing my order I couldn’t resist adding a few bits of my own, namely their emergency budget bundles in pink, blue and yellow. 



How gorgeous are these?  The pieces of fabric were also much larger than I’d thought they’d be too.

Daisy spotted the fabric before I’d hidden it away and asked if I could make her a case for her new ipod – guess which fabric she picked?


A good choice I’m sure you’ll agree.  I added a layer of wadding to make it a little bit more padded, and used a piece of fabric from my scrap box to line it.


If you are very observant, you will notice I managed to sew the buttonhole slightly (or strongly) to one side.  Luckily Daisy is not fussy and is very happy with her gadget case.  The best bit is I have enough of the monkey fabric left to make another case!

Hope everyone else had as good a day as me



Friday, 10 February 2012

Fabric Purses

I had some small scraps of fabric left over from the window seat cushion I made, and rather than adding them to my overflowing scraps box, I thought I’d make something with them.


The front and back of the first one.  Very bright and cheerful colours!


The second one is slightly calmer!

As you can see I’m having a few problems getting the background colour right.  I was hoping it would be white, but it seems to always come out grey.  I guess it’s to do with the lighting in the room I’m in.  I did buy this book:

Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos: Fool-Proof Techniques to Make Your Handmade Creations Shine Online

a couple of weeks ago, so I guess I’m going to have to go back to it and read it rather than just going through looking at the lovely photos!

Anyway I’ve put the purses up for sale in my shop, so if anyone is interested, hop over there & have a look.

Have a lovely weekend



Monday, 6 February 2012

Window Seat Cushion and Fabric Photos (again)!

Well, I did it, I finally finished my cushion at 7pm last night!


It was so much harder to make than I’d ever thought it would be, as its an odd shape.  I drew around the cushion and cut it from the fabric I’d already patchworked.  Then I had to fit it to the edging – which resulted in me sewing it wrong the first time & having to unpick it before I decided that I wouldn’t try to cut corners and I would really have to pin it together before stitching it!  Getting the foam into the cover was slightly tricky too (should’ve bought a longer zip!)  but after 10 minutes of wrestling and bending the foam, I managed it.


Here is a slightly closer photo of the fabric, just so you can see how lovely the colours are.

I’ve also just got the latest copy of Simply Homemade Magazine & any regular readers of my blog may recognise some of the things in there:


Patterns for making my fabric pictures are now featured in there, along with a stitched family word search and how to make a fabric picture of your house.  Obviously my house doesn’t have yellow walls and an orange roof, and at this time of the year, my tree is definitely not that green, but to all intents and purposes, that is my house.