Ahoy there!

I’ve been making a few cushions of late which I quite enjoy as it’s a little like making a picture; the making up of the cushion is easy, it’s the design on the front that takes the thinking about.

Like my cushions I posted a few weeks ago, for two twin baby girls, this cushion was for a new born baby boy. The theme was nautical to match his nursery.

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I bought the fabric for the cushion from Etsy; it’s a linen cotton blend which I think is more hardwearing and suitable for home furnishings. I wanted something relatively plain coloured with a bit of pattern so this fits perfectly.

SONY DSCThe front I decorated with a fabric applique boat, and add a few personal details such as little Harry’s name in big red felt letters on the flag, his birth date on the sail (in a format normally seen on sailing boats) and in small embroidery I’ve named the boat after him: H J Robinson.

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The boat is quite a simple shape so I included a few extra details such as applique clouds, and hand-sewn waves and birds. On the spotty blue background, anything else would have been a bit too much. Finishing it off, I trimmed the whole picture with red and cream gingham ribbon which I think ties in all the colours quite nicely.

My friend Elena, who I’ve made a few bits for in the past for her cutie of a daughter, Emily, asked me to make this for her friend’s new baby. On receipt of this cushion, Els forwarded me her friend’s response…

‘And we had a beautiful package through today!!! Oh my god, the cushion is beautiful! Did you know I liked the nautical theme?! If not fantastic choice! It’s absolutely gorgeous and of course goes so well in his nursery!’

Always lovely to know my crafty items are liked and I hope this adds a little special something to baby Harry’s nursery that will make family Robinson think of Els (and hubby Mark and their little lady Emily) and their kindness.

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I Heart Puppies!

Whilst I have been busy with my Love Me Sew stuff (fellow crafty folk, please check it out), I have been neglecting this personal blog. However, this does not mean I have been slacking off!

I am still beavering away each night and weekends, sewing up pretty fabric to make into items; be it that for weddings, items for houses, gifts for people to give (which now include Christmas stockings), or things that I [rarely] make to give as gifts from myself.

The latter of these things at the moment tend to be very new baby focused, being now at that certain age, which this post (and I think the next) is all about.

I’ve made lots of baby items in the past including little panda bears, bibs, laundry bags, aprons, bunting, taggies and quilts, and wanted to try a few things that were different or less time consuming [as with the quilts!].

So whenever I get time to make something that I want to give as a gift from myself I use as an opportunity to test new things and be a bit more creative. And the outcome…

Here is my menagerie of cute critters…

The reason behind the variety of shapes and sizes is purely down to some duff prototypes until I got the pattern I wanted! (Although, even the one the looks like a giraffe crossed with a rabbit, I think, is still pretty cute.

These little puppies, I’ve discovered, make great little gifts, a relatively quick to make and use up small left-over bits of fabric…brilliant!

These were inspired by my very own puppy – totally not relavent but I just like showing off pictures of my Winnie…possibly THE cuttest puppy in the whole world, and who I have yet to make a winter coat for…look out for that post!

Emma’s Quilt

Another quilt post…this one I made for a little girl’s first birthday.

I was asked for similar colours that I used on Millie’s owl…green and a pop of bright pink – pretty but not too baby-ish so that it can keep on being used as little Emma gets older.

The quilt was a little bigger than a normal cot quilt as it’s aim was to fit a single bed. I was also told that, with Emma’s room being quite small, this and some matching bunting were going to provide the main colour to the room, which is a lovely idea.

The quilt did start out being just made up of squares but because I like to make things more complicated for myself…ahem…I mean more ‘creative’…I used a pinwheel style pattern (not sure if this is the official quilting term, I just think they look like pinwheels!). I alternated this with blocks of the bright pink spot to make it less fussy and more youthful.

 

I really liked how this turned out…it’s cool.

Jumping on the Great Baking band wagon.

I very rarely watch TV…in fact, I actually don’t even know how to turn it on (ask Pete…this is the honest truth!). However, I do make an exception for The Great British Bake Off (and even then I watch it on iplayer!) – it’s my weekly treat.

It seems, like sewing, that baking is yet another good ol’ tradition that has come back around in popularity and ‘trend’. I personally love baking…I just wish someone would give me a few more hours a day to be able to fit it in.

Anywho, I reckon because of this rise in baking (ha ha, rise, get it…oh dear!), I have been asked to make a number of aprons of late – both for adults as well as children…

A cute retro-style half pinny customised with name and age (there is a little 21 in the small heart…if you can see!)

The other apron I made for a fellow Dominique Bader bride – check out her wedding here – beeeeaaaauuuutiful!

Hannah contacted me to make an apron and oven gloves for her friend who loves baking…and sausage dogs (who doesn’t!).

(Note to self: must find a better way to photograph these aprons!)

And of course – the token children’s apron…everything’s cuter made in size mini…

Happy baking everyone! (Please save me some cake…)

It’s all about the name.

I’ve made plenty of personalised things before, and they are still proving popular – I guess if you are having something made from scratch, to your preferred spec, then why not?

Lately I’ve made more bunting but this time it’s all been about the names…

Hannah’s bunting was made to match her freshly painted bedroom and her favourite colour.

This next set of bunting I was asked to make as I new baby present – complete little lady’s name, Lucia, and embroider her date and time of birth, and weight. Although this is a gift for a little baby, I was asked to keep the colours and prints not too baby-ish, so it can be kept and used as she grows up…

Ben’s Apron

Just a little post to show you a cute apron, of which I was especially pleased with the results. I actually made two of these for little boys as Christmas pressy; both who really love farm animals. Although still pretty cute, it differs from the others I’ve made in the past as it is less girly. The fabric I used was Riley Blake’s Farm Fresh; both the farm yard animals on the front and the spots on the reverse and for the pocket on the front (exciting news about this fabric and others coming soon! Ooooh).

Instead of embroidering his name, which I think can also look quite girly, I used Bondaweb to hold the chunky fabric letters in place and used embroidery thread instead to stitch around the edge.

Below is Ben’s apron. The other little lad, Rhys, who I made the apron for, I’m told by his mum, has been wearing his for every activity!

Stockings or Sleeping Bags.

Before Christmas I had quite a large order for six stockings. I decided not to use Christmas-themed fabric, as I sometimes think it can look a bit on the cheap side, instead I choose fabrics I had little bits of, remnants I guess, all in red or green colours to make patchwork stockings. Not only do I love patchwork, and the brilliant effect a total random mix of fabrics (some that totally clash) can make; it is so satisfying to get use out of some gorgeous fabrics that have been left over from making a larger item – I hate wasting anything!

So, even though the pattern and style for each stocking was the same, they all still looked different, and each one is totally unique. Again, as many of my Christmas pressy items, these were personalised with the little person’s name; the four girls: Myla, Jessica, Annabel and Phoebe and two boys: George and Caelan. As well as embroidering their names I added a little Christmassy themed picture including a Christmas tree, holly, and a little bird with mistletoe.

The girl’s stockings were easy; floral prints are a great addition to the red checks, spots, and stripes, and I used ric rac, crochet trim and pom poms for the trimmings. The little boys stockings were slightly trickier trying to avoid florals, so instead I replaced these with some not-very-Christmas-related-but-still-really-cute green elephants, and the other cowboys, and limited the trim to ric rac and pom poms – which make anything look fun!

Here’s George’s…ready for some present action…

For some of these little people, it was their first ever Christmas stocking! And they are still so tiny, they could even double as a sleeping bag…

Cupcakes for Christmas

Everyones loves cupcakes, and with cupcakes comes baking, and with baking comes aprons of course!

I’d consider myself well practiced in making adult aprons, but I recently made some mini aprons for two little ladies for the first time. I was asked to make two aprons for little girls whose mum loves baking as a nice Christmas gift for them. The brief was cupcakes, and they had to be identical with their names on the front.

I sourced some perfect fabric from the Etsy shop, Sakizome, which came all the way from Singapore, for the main apron. For the lining and pocket I used some cute pink gingham.
Because the names of the little girls, Lily and Mia, are quite short, I had enough space to also add a little cupcake picture – after drawing these out first, I then embroidered them onto a little rectangle panel of apron fabric that I then sewed onto the pocket, which I also edged in pink ric rac to make it prettier (you can never have enough pink for little girls!).

SInce making these, I have another two little girl aprons the same as these to make, and two little boys (with farm animal fabric which is equally as cute), in time for Chrimbo – best get [Christmas] cracking…