Tentatively stepping out from my craft bag and making sure it’s feathers are just right is a very proud peacock 

   I’ve been a bit slow with my crafting makes this last week as I’ve managed to pick up a cold, who gets a cold in summer – I’m blaming it on all this rain! As a result I had to take a little break as I just couldn’t concentrate on a pattern without completely messing it up, at one point I re-did a peacock wing 3 times before I reluctantly admitted defeat against the cold! 

But finally I am now on the mend and my bird making mini spree can continue, and next up is this lovely peacock from Edward’s menagerie: birds, by Kerry Lord. I love the feather detail on this – he’s all set to go and display himself proudly!  

Think I’ve got one more bird to go and this little bird spree will be over – for now! 

I knew I couldn’t keep away for long, these birds are too addictive!

I’ve managed to take a small break from making these birds, but I have been wanting to get back and make just a few more for a little while now! I have now got a chance to make a couple more between projects so am going to get the last few I’ve been wanting made. Once I have got these finished and all the bird makes I’ve been wanting to do out of my system I think I can finally put this book back up on the shelf for a while……maybe!
The first of these makes is a dodo, I just had to make one of these cute little birds.  



This is from Kerry Lord’s book, Edward’s Menagerie: birds.  I love this book and the previous book Edward’s menagerie, I can’t wait for the next book Edward’s Imaginarium to come out soon!  

Ready to help someone transform into a beautiful mermaid, a crochet mermaid tail!

This is the first of a few mermaid tail blankets I am making at the moment. I love these blankets they look brilliant and I would have loved to have one when I was younger, so I know these will make the perfect gifts for a few little ones I know. 
This is the smallest one of the three and I opted to use a few different shades of blue and a white and think the colours have worked out well together. 
The pattern I used for this is over on: http://homemadebygiggles.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/making-mermaid-tail-blanket.html?m=1

This is based on a pattern over on this link: https://yarnutopia.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/adultmermaidtailafghan.pdf which is also accompanied by a great utube video showing how to make it. 


I think I may have to make one for myself once I have completed these, your never too big for a mermaid tail…or two…. are you?! 

Perfect for any diy dads this Father’s Day – a tool roll 

I was asked by the Craft Cotton Company to put something together for Father’s Day and as soon as I saw these fabrics I knew they would be perfect. I had the idea of putting together a pattern for a tool roll for all those diy loving dads, giving them a place to keep their favourite tools together that can easily be carried around, no excuses for misplacing tools anymore!   

Take a look over at this and other great ideas over on the Craft Cotton Company blog:  
http://craftcottonco.blogspot.co.uk/p/free-patterns.html?m=1

Continuing on my seemingly endless fabric scraps busting mission – some scrappy monsters! 

I’m still trying to reduce my fabric scraps, my previous make of my appliqué quilt and Easter yo-yo bunny made a slight dent but I still have a long (very long!) way to go before I can declare my scrap busting mission a success!
I had an idea the other day to make some fabric monsters when it suddenly dawned on me that I could actually use my fabric scraps to make these monsters, hence scrappy monsters were born. These were great fun to put together, from my early sketches to making the patterns and right through putting them together. I love the fact that they can be so random, I have only made 2 so far but am going to do a lot more of them, and with the amount of fabric scraps I have I won’t be running out of fabric any time soon!

These scrappy monsters, are made using The Craft Cotton Company fabric scraps.

I put a tutorial together to make the two monsters I have made but you could make whatever shape or size monster and add on as many different features you like. I think my next one will have a few more arms!
Scrappy monsters
Materials

Fabric scraps

Pins

Scissors

Thread

Embroidery thread

Buttons

Paper (to make the pattern)

Needle
1- Draw out paper templates

If your doing the same monsters as me the monster parts and size of the templates I used are on the photo below, these measurements include a seam allowance. If you are doing your own, sketch out your monster then draw out your paper pattern pieces. Cut out these paper templates.


2- Cut out your fabrics

Using whatever fabric scraps you have cut out the fabrics for each body part, the more random the better!
3- Sewing the body parts


For arms and legs: starting with the front pieces place the first two pieces right sides together and sew down the edge to attach them together, repeat for piece 3 if applicable. Repeat for the back pieces. Now place the front and back pieces together and sew down the side along the bottom and up the other side, leaving the last edge unsewn, turn the right way and stuff.


Head and body details (spikes etc.): place the fabric pieces right sides together and sew around the edges leaving bottom edge unsewn, turn the right way and stuff.


4- Making the teeth

Fold the fabric in half with wrong sides together, and sew down the two sides leaving the top open. Turn the right way, and place on the back of the mouth and sew to hold in place.


If you are machine appliquéing the eyes and mouth details sew then onto the front piece now using a zig zag stitch. If you are hand sewing later ignore this step.
5- Sewing the body together

To sew the arms and legs and bits and body together, place the back body piece down right side facing up then place all the pieces in there correct locations with their bottom edges hanging over the edge of the back body piece, place the front piece on top right side down and sew around leaving a 10cm gap for turning. Turn and stuff then slip stitch closed.

6- Hand sewing the face details

Sew on the face details using blanket stitch.


7- Add buttons for eyes