Craft for all.
If you’re a little stumped for some last minute christmas pressies, have some old condiment jars lying around and can get hold of some soy wax pellets and essential oils, there’s still time – have a go! It’s not difficult, it’s inexpensive and if you like making stuff – great fun.
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.
I’m dedicating this post to the mums who are no longer with us, for whatever reason.
|1. Pixel Ice-cream Plimsols, 2 & 3. AIE Fashion, 4. 3 Rings, 5. Avant Garden, 6. Socialphy|
Back in August, you may remember, I did some crochet granny bunting (well just a bit). I liked it so much, I wondered if I would be able to find a Christmas version. I did – I found this great little Crochet Granny Christmas Tree over at the fabulous Royal Sisters Blog. It’s nice and simple with a great step-by-step photo tutorial to follow.
A nice relaxing hot bath – the perfect antidote to a hard day. Cleansed, warm, relaxed and smelling gorgeous – the last thing you want is to step out onto cold, hard, slippery tiles or floorboards. A soft, warm, dry bath mat is a vital element of that bathtime experience. But…. a bath mat, l find, can be a difficult one. You don’t want to just buy any old bath mat. Yet, the usual scenario (for me anyway) seems to be – search, find a few that are unusual but a little too quirky or gimmicky, then find one I love – but it’s way out of my price range, and I mean WAY out. I normally end up going to the nearest chain and getting something homogenous that I don’t really want. So what’s a simple ol’ homemaker like me to do? Here’s what…..
Crochet (and knitting for that matter) is big these days – and we aint just talking popularity. Larger hooks and needles, super thick yarn, even rope are being used to create the most gorgeous super- chunky soft creations. What could be better. Not only do they look good but, once you’ve adjusted to the new
weight and dimensions they make-up in super-quick time. In some way
it’s use is limited – most items of clothing would be too heavy, but
WOW, it opens the door to a whole new load of soft furnishing
and can often be seen there rummaging around. I had in my ‘come in
handy’ stash a pack of cotton string I had found there a while ago.
Basic but soft, and a nice neutral colour, which when crocheted with a
double strand gave a lovely soft but meaty thickness – in fact perfect
for a bath mat.
it has a textured stripe which looks stylish in a contemporary homespun
way, and the 100% cotton content combined with the construction gives
it just the right amount of absorbency.
pretty well – in fact i’m going to make another. It can be made in any
cotton providing the correct thickness can be acheived, and in different
colourways – the options are endless. The construction is very simple
and would be great for a beginner. If you can’t get hold of the cotton string, a suitable alternative could be two strands of chunky gauge cotton, or one strand of super chunky(bulky)cotton. Here’s where you can get the pattern….
At last… a new post. It’s been a while…I’ve been rather busy moving out of our urban pad to a lovely old little townhouse down the road. At last we have space…….and a garden. In between trying to remember what we’d packed in which boxes, my first batch of laundry was soon flapping on the washing line, and an idea for my next blog post was hatched.
I already had plenty of pegs of but something important was missing – one of those lovely litle bags to keep them in. Yes I could’ve bought one for a couple of quid from the value shop on the high street, but I wanted to make one a little bit more interesting and preferably waterproof. no messing around carrying it in and out. We’d been getting a fair amount of rain – I had soggy sheets out there – a cloth pegbag wouldn’t stand a chance. At the same time I was dismayed at the growing pile of bin liners and plastic bags in the corner of my new kitchen as each box was emptied – I try not to use them normally but when moving house it’s pretty difficult to avoid.
Anyway….you can see where I’m going …. recycled carrier bags made from what is known in craft circles as ‘plarn’ (plastic yarn)! Cut up and crocheted, in this case, in fur stitch – just like grass and decorated with a couple of little flowers and a butterfly. Turned out rather kitsch, in fact perfect for plastic! Very easy to make too. The only time-consuming bit was cutting up and joining the plastic but I found it quite thereapeutic. Have a go – give a plazzy bag a new lease of life with my downloadable 4 patterns in 1 and instructions. In the name of recycling and for our lovely planet, this one’s on me.
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 …..