Saturday, October 27, 2012

Reading Corner in Pink and Orange

I have been wanting to get Miss E's bedroom a little more girly for her over the past 12 months and so far I have managed to achieve a reading corner!  Well something is better than nothing right?

I knew I wanted to use pink and orange in her room but I always get stuck when it comes to picking fabric.  That's when I called on the help of my sister Suz (you can see some of her handy work here on our blog).  She not only has a knack for picking fabrics that work together, but is also lucky enough to work in a store where she is surrounded by fabrics all day.  She put together a few prints that would work together and sent them my way.  I have only used 4 so far but I have a few others that I'm hoping to make into a quilt soon.

I got my original idea for the book slings from this tutorial on Penny Carnival.  I just need to finish these off with something on the ends when I can find something I like.

The bean bag I made using this tutorial.  It's the perfect size for Miss E and when she's not in it, the Dolly Suz made for her keeps it warm.

Once I had made the book slings and the bean bag, I decided the corner needed something else.  I got hubby to hang a shelf for me and added a few finishing touches.  The books are some that I got at our local op-shop and covered with matching fabric, the lamp is a recent purchase from an IKEA trip and of course a photo of Miss E as a newborn.  Can you believe she now has very blonde, very curly hair?

Now I just need to get the rest of her room done.  Hopefully it won't take me another 12 months!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Mini Cargo Shorts

There is something quite satisfying about creating something from nothing.  I think that's why I love to sew.  It's even more satisfying when you manage to create something from your own head and it turns out just the way you imagined.

These cargo shorts I made for Mr. J are the thing I am most proud of making during the KCWC.  I had the vision (a pair of cargo shorts like Daddy's) and the fabric, but I didn't have the pattern.  In the end I decided to wing it and have a go myself and this is what I came up with.

I did forget to add the fake fly on the front of the shorts but when Mr. J's wearing a t-shirt, it doesn't really matter anyway.

The pockets are just the same as his Daddy so Mr. J is one happy boy.

I think Mr. J needs a navy blue pair now.  Looks like I'm going to have to head back to Spotlight to get some more fabric.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

KCWC Day 3 & 4 - Short Progress!

Day 3 and 4 of the KCWC saw me working on summer shorts for Mr. J.

My go to shorts pattern for something quick and easy to whip up whilst still looking great is the kid short tutorial by Dana.  In fact, all the tutorials and patterns of hers that I have tried have been great.  I recommend you go and check out her blog here.  She's one clever, crafty lady.

The first pair I made were these super light weight cotton shorts.  I used the flat front version of the shorts and I'm lucky that Mr. J is the perfect size for the pattern Dana has included with the tutorial.

I was being careful when I cut out and sewed up these shorts to make sure the checks lined up but I think I got distracted when it came to the front seam.  Of course it would be the one you see the most, all the others are perfect.

I have two more pairs of shorts to share with you, but they look much better on my handsome model, so I will just leave you with this sneak peak for now

Are you joining along with the KCWC?  I'd love to see what you have been working on too.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

KCWC - Day 2

When I signed up for KCWC, I had grand plans of getting lots of sewing done and blogging something new each day.  Unfortunately, reality has sunk in I may have to lower my expectations a little.  Sewing during the day is nearly impossible now that Miss E has decided that a daytime sleep is not her thing anymore!

Despite my lack of time at the moment, I did make some good progress tonight.  I worked on adjusting a few of my own patterns and cutting out some pairs of shorts for Mr. J.

I have cut out another pair in a navy and white check and I'm hoping to get some time at the machine to get them together.  The weather here isn't going to be very nice tomorrow so I might move my machine to the kitchen table and encourage the kids to play whilst I sew.  Wish me luck;-)

Monday, October 8, 2012

KCWC Day 1

Does this count?

Today somehow got away from me and the only thing I did was wash some fabric in preparation for some sewing.  The idea of KCWC is to sew, cut out, trace patterns etc for 1 hr a day and at the end of the week you will hopefully have some great, new, handmade clothes for your kids.  The washing cycle was nearly an hour, that counts doesn't it?

(I think I'm going to have to extend my week by a day and officially start tomorrow!)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

It Looked So Much Better In My Head!

I finally finished this snakes and ladders quilt I started about 12 months ago.  It has been sitting in my WIP box as I just wasn't happy with how it looked.  I finally got it out and finished it last week.  I swear it looked better in my head when I was planning it!

The bad photo doesn't help.  I think my trouble started when I was trying to use up some scraps of fabric, I really should have used quilting fabric for the squares instead of cheap cotton.  My next mistake was the colours I used for the snakes and ladders.  This is one time I should have listened to hubby and gone with bright fabric.  The 3 bright ladders stand out so much better than the others.  My final mistake was backing it with polar fleece.  I really wasn't happy with the quilt top and didn't want to waste batting on it so I just used some polar fleece on the back and it really didn't work.

Despite all the mistakes, Mr. J loves it and that's the main thing.  We've played it just about every day since I gave it to him.  It's also doubled up as a lap quilt and a dolls blanket for Miss E.  I guess it's actually been a bit of a hit!  Funny how the kids just love something I am so unhappy with.

Have you ever made anything that didn't turn out as you had planned but was loved by others anyway?

Monday, October 1, 2012

Something for a Mummy

A good friend of mine is due to have her second baby (a girl) in 3 weeks and asked me to make her a nappy wallet.  It's basically a simple version of my clutch bag without the pockets, zip and handle.

She purchased the fabric from our local Spotlight store and then I set to work. There was actually quite a bit of fabric left over so I made her a zip pouch for carrying creams etc and the cutest little pair of baby shoes from this tutorial (it even has a pattern you can download).

The inside of the nappy wallet has space for nappies to slide in one side and a wipes case on the other.  The zip pouch also fits neatly inside and it's all fastened with a bronze coloured stud.

These tiny shoes are just the cutest thing ever and they were fairly simple and quick to make.  I will be making more of these for sure.  I just need some more of my friends to have baby girls.  Or perhaps I could convince Mr. D that we should have a few more kids ;-)

Now I just need to wait the out these next 3 weeks to meet the special girl.  I can't wait to have cuddles!