So off to Jewsons I go for some pipe insulation (all will become clear – I promise). Love it there – shopping with all those builders – surreal.
|1. Pixel Ice-cream Plimsols, 2 & 3. AIE Fashion, 4. 3 Rings, 5. Avant Garden, 6. Socialphy|
Red, white, blue, flags, balloons, bunting, painted faces, street parties – schools, nurseries, church halls, pubs, everywhere! Seems that even the least likely patriots of us have caught the Jubilee bug, particularly here in London where the 2012 Olympics are looming on the horizon. It’s not even worth taking down the decorations – might as well just keep them up until September.
Wishing you all a lovely and not too soggy (weather forecast is dire of course) weekend of celebrations.
I had a big stash of fabric and not much space to store it. My little daughter was coming up to the age where she was ready to sleep in a proper bed – a lovely old one, passed down through the family. I couldn’t find a duvet cover in the shops which wasn’t pink and girly, gimmicky or just another brand promotion, and I wanted something a little bit quirky and individual but not too naff. The solution was staring me in the face!
A lovely vintage-style patchwork duvet cover! Perfect for that homespun look that fits so nicely with the old wooden bed, and a great way of using all those cotton prints I had stashed away. Not too difficult to do, although took a certain amount of planning re measurements etc and I can understand how a project could be a little daunting for some. So……. I’ve made it nice and easy for you guys and provided you with a pattern.
This one I did is for a single size duvet. It is made of simple squares, has a sheeting border which frames and shows off the patchwork, and a sheeting back to give a soft smooth surface for your little one’s delicate skin. For a clean finish it has a simple side opening with a button fastening(just one of the options).
What’s great about this duvet cover is that once you.ve done one you can make another in a different colour or patterns – the options are endless. You can then, if you wish, use the lefover offcuts to make cushion covers or a laundry bag (watch this space) for a matching look, at a fraction of the cost of the shop-bought equivalent.
Get my free Patchwork Duvet cover Pattern and instructions
A friend of mine has been given an old 1960’s sewing maching. Old but beautiful, and it’s in excellent working order (they don’t make ’em like they used to). Understandably she would now like to learn to sew. Thinking that cushion covers would be a nice basic pattern to start with, and hearing that she’d like to make some, I promised I’d dig out a nice easy one – no fastenings and no fancy finishes, for her and anyone else who needs to update their soft furnishings! This is an easy to follow pattern for a 45cm(18 inch) square cushion which, because of it’s simplicity, can be easily sized up or down, depending on the size of the cushion pad you have. Here it is …..
If you can get hold of a metre of decent quality fake fur – this is a great way to make some early Christmas presents. This fur hat was meant to be made in shaggy wolf fur – thus the name ‘Wolf Hat’ – but I happened to have some gorgeous quality smooth short-pile lying around and it would’ve been crazy not to have tried it out. The result – more of a ‘Cat Hat’ in this type of fur, but gorgeous and just adds to the versatilty of this pattern. Could also be made in a lighter coloured long-pile to give a great ‘Husky Dog’ look. Perfect for your Halloween Cat or Werewolf costume, and then guaranteed to keep you nice and warm when the real winter weather arrives. Has the added extra of a scarf tie, with pockets at the ends to keep the wearer’s hands warm. Fake fur can be a little tricky to sew but on the plus side it hides a multitude of sins. As well as this, the seams do not need finishing as it’s all hidden inside the lining – and there are no fastenings. Sizes 2-3 to 8-9.
Have noticed that these are quite big with grown-ups – especially the boys. The pattern could be quite easily sized up – or would you like an adult version?….