Craft · Patterns · Sewing

With spring approaching it’s time to get making some spring chickens!

With spring sneaking up on me I decided it was time to get making some spring themed makes so I wouldn’t get behind (Like normal) and end up making things in a panic at the last minute. First up are some drawstring chicken bags. I used a pattern I put together for The Craft Cotton… Continue reading With spring approaching it’s time to get making some spring chickens!

Craft · Patterns · Sewing

Time to organise my fabric stash with some fabric storage baskets

I’ve been needing to organise my fabric for a while now - every time I open the cupboard it’s in I have to be quick to get what I want and get out again before it all falls out! I decided it was time to get it organised and soon realised I needed some more… Continue reading Time to organise my fabric stash with some fabric storage baskets

Craft · Sewing

Bright and flowery iPad case tutorial

I recently completed an iPad case tutorial for The Craft Cotton Company using their new lovely floral sketches fat quarter set. I added on a pocket for storing a USB cable - no excuse for misplacing them with one of these cases!  Link to this free tutorial and many more on their blog:  http://www.craftcottonblog.co.uk/single-post/2016/09/27/IPad-Case

Craft · Sewing

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… Continue reading 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!    

Craft · Patchwork

A drawstring bottle bag, a solution for me to put bottle gifts in this year rather than fighting with a piece of paper!

I always have problems wrapping up bottles as gifts, although to be honest anything that isn't a square box tends to give me problems! I can never get the paper to look right without it tearing a few times and rather than just buying a paper bottle bag I thought I would make one.  I… Continue reading A drawstring bottle bag, a solution for me to put bottle gifts in this year rather than fighting with a piece of paper!

Craft · Uncategorized

Jumping in just in time for the colder weather is a frog woolly hat!

Im glad I have managed to get some time to get this frog hat made, the colder weather is starting to creep in and it won't be long before I will be needing a hat to keep the chill at bay!  I saw this frog in Vanessa Mooncie's book Crocheted animal hats and it stood… Continue reading Jumping in just in time for the colder weather is a frog woolly hat!

Craft · Sewing

Almost time to go pick a pumpkin, until then here are some fabric ones! 

I have seen quite a few fabric pumpkins on my Pinterest feed lately and really wanted to make some for Halloween. It was only while rummaging through my craft drawer yesterday looking for some wool when I suddenly realised I still had some orange and green The Craft Cotton Company fabric left over from when… Continue reading Almost time to go pick a pumpkin, until then here are some fabric ones! 

Craft · Crochet · Uncategorized

Cackle cackle cackle ….. it’s time for some witches hats

Halloween wouldn't be complete without some cackling witches lurking about, so I thought of doing these witches hat decorations, it should keep people on their toes - you never know when the witch might come cackling back to get it! You could do these as big or as small as you wanted, I opted to… Continue reading Cackle cackle cackle ….. it’s time for some witches hats

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The Pom Pom makes continue – part 2: a pumpkin! 

I have thought about doing a Pom Pom pumpkin for a while now and this year I have finally got around to making one. I wasn't too sure how well it would turn out but thought I should at least give it a go and see how it went! I must admit I was quite… Continue reading The Pom Pom makes continue – part 2: a pumpkin! 

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Who doesn’t love a Pom Pom, any excuse and I am making them – perfect for Halloween makes too….part 1: spider 

I love making Pom poms, any chance and I'm making them. They are so easy and quick to make, perfect for Halloween decorations! I made some spiders last year but wanted to make a few more, this time I have stuck to using black orange and white but you could use any colours you like.… Continue reading Who doesn’t love a Pom Pom, any excuse and I am making them – perfect for Halloween makes too….part 1: spider 

Craft · Crochet

I know I promised a non animal make but that project has hit a bit of a snag, so while that’s on hold here is a very jazzy and fluffy hedgehog! 

I'm currently working on quite a big crochet project that I have had on my list for a while and have been trying to ignore! Progress has been going well with it, until that is I ran out of wool!! This always seems to happen to me, and even worse there was no more of… Continue reading I know I promised a non animal make but that project has hit a bit of a snag, so while that’s on hold here is a very jazzy and fluffy hedgehog! 

Craft · Patchwork · Sewing · Uncategorized

Another animal make – I know they are really starting to get out of hand now, but I really couldn’t resist these dashingly cute dachshunds! 

I'm slowly starting to make a bit of a dent into my to do list - it maybe only a small dent but it's all progress! The number of animal makes I have completed and have still yet to do is just insane, although finally they are starting to reduce in number and I have… Continue reading Another animal make – I know they are really starting to get out of hand now, but I really couldn’t resist these dashingly cute dachshunds! 

Craft · Crochet

Looking sweet and crisp like a Granny Smith! A crochet Apple! 

I've had this one on my list a while now after a few friends mentioned about them having to get gifts for school teachers, it gave me the idea to do these little crochet apples which would be great as present decorations! I couldn't decide whether to do one completely green or do one like… Continue reading Looking sweet and crisp like a Granny Smith! A crochet Apple! 

Craft · Patchwork · Quilting · Sewing

Two patchwork rabbits: I took on a bit of a challenge with these two and by the time I finished then I was hopping along in excitement with them! 

I saw these in Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine issue 12 a while ago and they looked so cute I really wanted to make them. However, I haven't really made much patchwork apart from quilts and a couple of Easter eggs so I wasn't too sure how well I would fair making them, especially as… Continue reading Two patchwork rabbits: I took on a bit of a challenge with these two and by the time I finished then I was hopping along in excitement with them! 

Card making · Craft

This card making spree is still going strong…Part 3: Birds! 

As I already had my Sissix Big Shots die cut machine out for the previous flower cards I thought - why not make some cards using some of my other die's too! So I pulled out my favourite die - Sissix Bigz die birds number 3! I opted to make brightly coloured cards with these… Continue reading This card making spree is still going strong…Part 3: Birds! 

Craft · Crochet

Got to love a granny stitch, even better when it helps increase my adventures into making more crochet clothing! 

This granny stitch project caught my eye straight away when I saw issue 30 of Simply Crochet magazine.  I really like the granny stitch, especially its versatility and the great effect it produces when it is used.  I have been looking for another clothing make to attempt since my last success with my crochet bobble… Continue reading Got to love a granny stitch, even better when it helps increase my adventures into making more crochet clothing! 

Craft · Cross-Stitch · Sewing

Starting off a marathon session of crafting this weekend with a swoop and a hoot! 

My list of craft projects is getting a bit out of hand and I have been waiting for a chance to catch up on them and get a few crossed off.  The chance has come this weekend and I am going to make the most of it and try and crack on with some projects!… Continue reading Starting off a marathon session of crafting this weekend with a swoop and a hoot! 

Craft · Crochet · Food · Patterns

A bright sunny day and summer is approaching a perfect day for making some juicy crochet strawberries!

No play food set can be complete without some yummy strawberries! I chose to make three different sizes and they came together in no time at all. I know these will be a big hit as they are one of the recipients favourite fruits.  I have a few more ideas of some play food items… Continue reading A bright sunny day and summer is approaching a perfect day for making some juicy crochet strawberries!

Craft · Patchwork · Quilt · Quilting · Quilts · Sewing

From the year of the coasters and cushions to the year of the quilts!

I know it's only been a few months since Christmas but I have so many makes I do for Christmas I have to start planning early!  I have been thinking about what to focus on this year as last year I seemed to focus on sets of crochet coasters and cross stitch cushions for people -… Continue reading From the year of the coasters and cushions to the year of the quilts!

Craft · Crochet · Food · Patterns

Moving on from breakfast food play items to something a bit more adventurous 

I was looking in the supermarket the other day for some inspiration for some more play food ideas, even though I already have more than enough, but I just can't help looking for more! Something caught my eye in the sandwich counter and I just knew I had to do it - sushi! I wasn't too… Continue reading Moving on from breakfast food play items to something a bit more adventurous 

Craft · Crochet · Food · Kids · Patterns

A couple of cheeky tomatoes to go in the mix! 

I have now completed crochet play food eggs, sausages and mushrooms. Now I have added some tomatoes to the group! I have done them in two sizes a small and a large another ensigns bit of a mix in sizes as I didn't want them all the same! I need to have a bit of… Continue reading A couple of cheeky tomatoes to go in the mix! 

Craft · Crochet · Food · Patterns

Cute as a button…button mushroom that is!

After completing my eggs and sausages I have started on another food item to go with them - button mushrooms! Can't have a fry up without some mushrooms with it, also mushrooms seem to sneak into most meals I make so thought they would be perfect for a child's play food.  Both the pattern and… Continue reading Cute as a button…button mushroom that is!

Craft · Crochet · Food · Patterns

5 fat sausages sizzling in a pan, luckily none of these will go pop or bang!

I am on a cooking theme with my crochet at he moment to get all the food items I am wanting made.  Now finished to join the eggs are two links of sausages, one with two sausages and one with three sausages. I decided to do them as links to make them a bit different… Continue reading 5 fat sausages sizzling in a pan, luckily none of these will go pop or bang!

Animals · Card making · Craft · Docrafts · Flowers

Flying gracefully into the made box are some pink and pretty butterfly cards

In the July 2014 docrafts goody bag as well as the botanicals range I used previously were also some other items from the docrafts Papermania Capsule collection wild rose and Tilly Daydream range. From these I used;- Capsule Collection 12"x12" paper pack in wild rose - Capsule Collection big bloomers in wild rose- Capsule Collection polka dot… Continue reading Flying gracefully into the made box are some pink and pretty butterfly cards

Craft · Crochet · Food · Patterns

Tap, crack, splat and sizzle….

A friend of mine has two little ones who are needing some more play food for their play kitchen, so decided I would crochet some up for them as a gift for Easter to go with their chocolate eggs, they will last a lot longer than the chocolate which will be gone in minutes! I… Continue reading Tap, crack, splat and sizzle….

Card making · Craft

Staying on a cardmaking track, some more flower themed cards. I need to get making a lot to get my box full again!

After making some cards with quilling detail on them, I decided to crack on and make some more cards using things from my stash as it is starting to get a bit too big to control!. I still had loads of items left from the docrafts July 2014 goody bag I hadn't got round to… Continue reading Staying on a cardmaking track, some more flower themed cards. I need to get making a lot to get my box full again!

Card making · Craft

Quilling myself into circles with some new cards!

Whenever I am busy with a lot of crochet and sewing projects my card making tends to take a back seat, and today I went for a card to send someone and realised my made card box was in a bad way - I had hardly any left! Therefore I decided since I have got… Continue reading Quilling myself into circles with some new cards!

Animals · Craft · Crochet · Patterns

Another make is taking flight from its cosy (over full) basket, completed using the largest pattern I have created myself to date! Swooping out we have Owen the owl storage basket!

I've seen a lot crochet storage baskets recently, and knew one would be perfect for my mum for Mother's Day to keep all her spare wool in (I think she has even more than me!). I came across a fox basket on Pinterest (https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/247275835764293017/) and thought it looked really good, and I decided I needed… Continue reading Another make is taking flight from its cosy (over full) basket, completed using the largest pattern I have created myself to date! Swooping out we have Owen the owl storage basket!

Animals · Craft · Crochet

Projects everywhere! It’s getting a bit busy in this craft basket, I need to get a bigger one (any excuse), luckily one project is flying the nest!

It's a busy time of year for me again at the moment for making gifts, first there is Mother's Day, closely followed by Easter both of which I have a number of projects to make for! Not that I am complaining about having things to make - I love making gifts, my main concern is… Continue reading Projects everywhere! It’s getting a bit busy in this craft basket, I need to get a bigger one (any excuse), luckily one project is flying the nest!

Craft · Crochet

Despite using a snappy stitch, progress around the border has been slow, but I’ve finally finished it!

After finishing the main part of my crochet Pom Pom blanket using a wavy stitch, I was undecided on what to do for the border. I had a few ideas in mind ranging from a basic dc stitch around in different coloured rows, a fan effect around using trebles, or waves around. However after seeing… Continue reading Despite using a snappy stitch, progress around the border has been slow, but I’ve finally finished it!