Thursday, November 27, 2008

Gratitude Wraps

I made four wraps based on the Soule Mama Gratitude Wrap.


One done with Bias Binding, as in the pattern


One bound Heather Bailey Style


and two quick and dirty turned and topstitched.

I need to make some ties for them and find some co-ordinating note pads and cards to go in them. Then I just need to work out who to give each one too.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Another Versatile Wrap Skirt


this one's a christmas present for my sister in law

One down, just all the others to go now ;)

Ooh, Christmas is a month today!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Table Runner Swap

Here are some pictures of the beautiful table runner that Selina sent me as part of the EB Newbie Sewers Table Runner Swap. Thanks Selina, I love it.

Here's a close up of some of the detail. The holly leaves are beautifully HAND appliqued and all the quilting has been done by HAND too. I wish I had the patience to do a hand quilting project, maybe one day...


The spotty backing fabric is so pretty, and the package came wrapped with this cute little angel doll. And see Selina's labels, they look so professional, I want some!


p.s. if you're out browsing the net check out The Selina Bellarina shop

Monday, November 17, 2008

Versatile Wrap Skirt

I have seen this skirt made a number of times on other people's blogs and always fancied having a go at it.

This is the pattern and I bought it from here.

Excuse the terrible me in the mirror photo,


It's pretty simple to make, the instructions are reasonably thorought, and it's very comfortable to wear.

Have a go!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

This has to be be the easiest skirt in the world... ever...

I made this in less than an hour, no pattern required, it goes something like this.


The easy peasy lemon squeasy skirt...


Roughly 1/2m of fabric
Shirring elastic
Matching thread
1 1/2m or 3m of bias binding (optional)

Take 1/2m of fabric, hem or bind the long edges (I was lazy and just overlocked the top edge, but I bound the bottom edge.)

Fold the fabric in half right sides together selvege to selvege and stitch the edges together so you have a tube of fabric ready hemmed.

Wind the shirring elastic nice and tight onto your bobbin and pop it into the machine. Decide which is the top of your skirt. Starting about 1.5-2cm from the top of your skirt, sew round and round the 'waistband' in lines about 1-1.5cm apart until you run out of shirring elastic or your 'waistband' is at least 5-7cm deep (mine was 6 lines of shirring). Don't worry if the lines are neat or not, you won't notice once it's all ruffled up by the elastic. Tie off the lose ends.

And that's it. A skirt... Anyone come across any easier ones?

Vintage Fat Quarter Swap...

Another rather late post, I joined in with the vintage sheet swap on Meika's blog back in August, and I've only just got around to blogging what I recieved from her in the post. All in my requested colours of yellows (to go with what I sent).


I have recently started a beginners quilting course at Amitie and am using some of these for the blocks that I am making in the course, hopefully I'll be able to join them all together into a little quilt when I've finished the course!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Music in my life

Well, some of you know, my man is, besides being an IT geek, a bit of a muso. He spent the last weeks of my pregnancy (and the first weeks of our little one's life!!!) in the studio recording his album.

You can see the finished product, and listen to the songs here...

Please buy a copy... oh well, at least have a listen, but if you like it then do buy a copy, they are just starting to sell now and he would be very excited...

The purchasing is via paypal so is nice and secure, but if you'd prefer the MP3's should be up on i-tunes in the next couple of weeks, I will let you know when.

Any feedback on the music, and ideas on how/where to market it would be appreciated. Hope you enjoy it!


Emergency Chair Cover

The starting of solids has necessitated some babyfood proofing!!!

I made a quick, rather slapdash, but highly effective chair cover to put the little ones booster seat on and protect the chair.

Just a strip of fabric, a strip of plastic table cloth (about 1.5m x 0.5m) and two short seams. It's working pretty well!


Now if only she would go to sleep so I could finish my blog posting!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Christmas Table Runner Sneak Peak

Here it is, just a label to go and then in the post later today...


Very late cupcake swap post..

I'm a bad blogger, slap,

here are the gorgeous goodies that Suzie sent me in the cupcake swap, so sorry I didn't get them blogged earlier! Thankyou so much Suzie.