A flock of Nessie’s is starting to gather around my sewing machine, might explain why they can’t find any in Loch Ness…

A pattern for a Loch Ness monster popped up on my Pinterest feed recently which couldn’t of had more perfect timing as a friend of mine was visiting Loch Ness this summer with their little ones who were on a mission to find Nessie.  They were convinced they were going to find her, but as I wasn’t so sure they would be successful I thought I would make them some teddy Nessie’s so even if they couldn’t find Nessie there they would have some of their very own.

 

The pattern was for a very large Nessie, which was a little too big for what I was wanting – I didn’t think my friend would appreciate 4 small child sized Nessie’s in their car while driving there! So I shrank the pattern size down a bit when I printed out the pieces.  The pattern used felt and was hand sewn, but I opted to use fabric and machine sewed the pieces together. The fabric I used was by The Craft Cotton Company, and consisted of fat quarters from the fat quarter sets of: Funky spot, sage classic, and Oxford bottle. I used some small buttons for the eyes.

Link to the Nessie pattern:

 

http://www.welivedhappilyeverafter.com/2013/11/lochnessmonsterstuffedanimal.html?m=1

 

 

I love these Nessie’s, you can’t help but smile looking at them all having a natter together!

Etsy….

After a long time of deliberating over it I have finally decided to get an Etsy shop put together. I’ve always been too nervous in the past but I thought it was time to just go for it – Scary times! And quite fittingly my first listings are some very spooky crochet Halloween eyeballs, and a pattern to make them!
http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/hookstitchsew

Another crochet lightsaber to add into the mix…

I had few more lightsabers I wanted to make after my previous two lightsaber makes (blue and light green) and decided it was about time I got them made!
Here is a slightly smaller one compared to the previous blue and green, and I’ve used a dark shade of green for the beam.
I still have one more I have an idea for…well, you can never have too many!


Crochet lightsaber pattern: 

Materials
100g ball dk wool in light grey

100g ball dk wool in black

100g ball dk wool in dark green

4mm hook

Lightsaber handle 

Starting in grey
Make a magic ring, ch1, 6dc into ring

Round 1: 2dc into same dc, repeat around

Round 2: 2dc into same dc, dc. Repeat around

Round 3: 2dc into same stitch, 2dc. Repeat around

Round 4: 2dc into same stitch, 3dc. Repeat around

Round 5: dc around into the back loop only

Rounds 6-20: dc around

Change to black

Rounds 21-30: dc around

Change to grey

Rounds 31-38: dc around

Change to black

Round 39: dc around

Round 40: dc2tog, 3dc. Repeat around

Round 41: dc around

Round 42: 2dc into same dc, 2dc. Repeat around

Fasten off, leaving long thread.
Black lightsaber band 
In black

ch8

Row 1: dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc along row

Rows 2-36: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc along row

Fasten off, leaving long thread.
Band button

Big part:

In black

ch6

Row 1: dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc along row

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc along row

Now working in the round

Round 1: dc around the 4 edges

Round 2: dc around

Fasten off leaving long thread.

Smaller part:

In black

ch4

Row 1: dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc along row

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc along row

Now working in the round

Round 1: dc around the 4 edges



Silver clip at the top of the lightsaber

In grey

ch5

Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc along row

Rows 2-4: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc along row

Row 5: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 2dc into same dc, 2dc, 2dc into same stitch

Row 6: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 2dc into same dc, 4dc, 2dc into same dc

Row 7: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 2dc into same dc, 6dc, 2dc into same dc

Row 8: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc along row

Row 9: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc2tog, 6dc, dc2tog

Row 10: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc2tog, 4dc, dc2tog

Row 11: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc2tog, 2dc, dc2tog

Now dc around the edge

Fasten off leaving long thread.
Black strips – make 4 

In black

ch11

Row 1: dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc along row

Rows 2-5: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc along row

Fasten off leaving long thread to attach.
Light beam

ch25, slip stitch into first ch to make a round

Rounds 1-20: dc around

Round 21: dc2tog, 4dc. Four times, dc

Rounds 22-41: dc around

Round 42: dc2tog, 3dc. Four times, dc

Rounds 43-56: dc around

Round 57: dc2tog, 2dc. Four times, dc

Rounds 58-61: dc around

Round 62: dc2tog, dc. Four times, dc

Round 63: dc around

Round 64: dc2tog four times, dc

Fasten off leaving long thread.
Black circle button 

In black

Make a magic ring, ch1, 5dc into ring

Round 1: dc around

Round 2: working in back loops only, dc around

Round 3: dc around

Fasten off leaving long thread.

Black extra piece for button 
ch4

Row 1: dc into 2nd ch from hook, dc along row

Row 2: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) dc along row

Fasten off leaving long thread.


Stuff the lightsaber handle and light beam and sew together. You could put in some plastic or card tubing into the beam to make it more sturdy if you want. Sew on the lightsaber details.  Place some stuffing into the black circle button and band button.

New binding challenge completed with this jelly roll quilt! 

 I’ve had some jelly roll fabric for a little while now and have been wanting to make a quilt with it, but just didn’t have time.  Finally I’ve had a chance to put it together! 
I haven’t made my own quilt binding before so I went a bit out of my comfort zone on this quilt and rather than folding the back fabric round to the front for the binding, I opted to make my own binding out of scrap fabrics.  
I’m so glad I took the plunge to try something different as it was no where near as scary to do as I thought it would be and its worked out so much better than I thought it would, I will definitely be doing it again on my next quilt.  
I followed this tutorial for making the binding: 

http://m.thesewingloftblog.com/69d9tir/articles/99483/How-to-Create-Scrap-Binding#_a5y_p=5017901

The fabric I used was a jelly roll by The Craft Cotton company in vintage floral purple, which I cut down into different length strips, making sure I had 3 strips of the same length so they could be sewn together in threes before sewing all of these sets of threes together to make the quilt. The backing fabric was from IKEA. For the binding I used scraps leftover from the jelly roll and scraps I had left from a cotton fat quarter bundle in purple by Fabric Editions. 

Super pleased with this quilt, what’s even better is this one is actually for me, I’ve been so busy making them for other people I’ve not got round to doing one for myself for a long time! 

A huge help for pattern cutting and made only with fabric scraps, these pattern weights are a must have that I wish I had made sooner!    

I’ve been meaning to make some pattern weights for a while now and just haven’t got around to doing them. Now that I have got them made I wish I had got them made sooner – they are absolutely brilliant for holding patterns in place while cutting out without having to mess around with pins which also often leave marks in the fabric. In fact I was so pleased with how well these worked I went on a bit of a making spree and at current count have about 30 of these little gems! 
What’s even better about these weights is I made them all with just scraps of fabric out of my stash and anything that can help use up some scraps is a winner with me! 

Pattern weight pattern:
I made two different sizes of these weights, so had had some longer ones for long pattern sections. The method to make both sizes is the same, the only difference being the size of paper template used.  

Materials 

Fabric scraps

Ribbon scraps

Thread

Pins

Scissors

Paper

Pencil

Ruler

Aquarium gravel 

1- Make your paper templates, 7×7 cm for the smaller weights and 10×7 cm for the larger rectangular ones and cut out your fabrics. 

2- Cut your ribbon into 7cm pieces 
3- Fold a piece of ribbon in half and place with its raw edges just over the raw edges of a piece of fabric placed right side up. 


Place a second piece of fabric right side down on top of this and sew down the side, along the bottom and up the other side.

Cut diagonally accross at the bottom 2 corners to help with getting a nice sharp corner after turning. 
4- Turn the right way out, and fill with gravel.


5-  Fold in the top edge by 0.5m and match the two side seams together, slip stitch to close. 


Now make as many as you need, and maybe just a couple more incase you run out while cutting out a pattern…think I definately got carried away, don’t think I will be running out any time soon!