03 August, 2020

So simple skirts!

I bought the glitter elastic from here and I also grabbed the fabric from there too, it was super cheap!
Each entire skirt only cost me less than $5 to make and that include extra fabric left over to make something else!


If you have any ideas on what I should use the excess fabric for, I'd love to hear them! ...or alternatively, if you'd love the fabric for something, then please let me know.

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29 July, 2020

Another tshirt basket


I finished a second tshirt basket, this one is bigger and it's perfect to use as a fruit basket at it's nice & wide to hold all the apples that my family goes through in a week!
I had fun making it and it looks really good sitting on my kitchen table.
Have you made a tshirt basket before?
To make one, it's pretty easy : you just need a basket base and some tshirt yarn then experiment away!

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24 July, 2020

Teds for two


I finally got around to finishing the kids pressies that I made & gave them for Christmas! I started knitting these bears and outfits for them but then I had a bad sinus infection and only managed to complete the bears. I wrapped the bears up for them & gave them to them with a promise to finish a bunch of outfits for them when I was feeling better. So then I was feeling better but then Covid19 happened and well, life got a little weird. I 'slow' knitted' these things for a couple of months, a row or so a day until finally, all done!


I also sewed a couple of simple (no pattern) drawstring bags to pop the bears & their clothes in and handed them to them one day after school. They absolutely adored all the clothes, they had so much fun playing with them.

A couple of dresses and a rectangular skirt aka a kilt that Joe wanted for his doll.
Some of the gorgeous yarn I used was this yarn for the teddies and this yarn for most of the clothes - it's so gorgeous, I'll definitely be buying more of this brand.
This kids absolutely adore them!

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23 July, 2020

Masks

Ok, so we've been pretty lucky where I live and we've not had to wear a mask due to Covid19 currently being under control in the state where I live BUT unfortunately, there are a couple of states in Australia that aren't so lucky and the people of Melbourne now have to wear a mask.
So I decided to sew some up, they are the recommended 3 layer masks. There are 2 cotton layers and a jersey layer (for wicking).
The masks are super comfortable to wear and I've purposely not tied the elastics just so you can tie them to the perfect length/size for you.

So go grab them from my Etsy store here and I can pop them into the post to you today.

Stay safe people!

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14 July, 2020

Current WIPs & things



Hello!
It's winter here where I am and chilly cold. How is the weather where you are?
It's getting too cold to work in the garden but I still have to brave the weather to take the kids for walks. So I am always looking forward to those moments when I can sit in my toasty warm lounge room with a hot cup of tea and a crafty project.
I have a few projects on the go at the moment, here's a breakdown of my most recent ones:
2020 temperature blanket - currently on hold as I've run out of yarn & am currently patiently waiting for it to come back into stock at American Yarns.
I've almost finished my Floozy, just need to add the button band but I've popped it down to start a test knit.
The above cardi uses this yarn and the test knit (below) is with this black tonal yarn.

I'm straightening the eyes on knitted teddy bears and knitting some outfits for it including this (above) cardi and then I'll give it back to my kids. I'm thinking of making a few extra outfits and gifting it back to them in their own suitcases (that I still need to sew).

I sewed myself a bra!  I'm quite proud of myself as I've tried before and failed miserably but this pattern (from this designer) actually came in lots of sizes and it fit me perfectly. I'm currently using it as a sleep bra, I bought the power mesh for the bra from here. I've now ordered some more fabric and plan on making myself some more.
And then I sewed myself some undies! I really like this pattern as I can use smaller pieces of fabric to make it rather than a big piece. The cute heart fabric is from here (it was just a fat quarter piece!). I sew these just using my sewing machine and I was thinking of filming a tutorial on how I make them on the sewing machine, what do you think, should I?

I've gotten a jumpstart on my pressie making and have started these cute crochet kittens. The soft fluffy yarn is called Melted Suri and I've used small speckle skeins for the jumpers, I'm using this pattern.

I've also got some more projects going but nothing that I've been doing this week, so it kinda doesn't count as a current WIP! 

How is your making going? What works in progress do you have?

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11 July, 2020

Granny Square Basket

I just finished this very cute Granny Square Basket crocheted from random yarn in my stash and it fits my kids toy perfectly!
It was made with just five granny squares - four make up the sides and the fifth is the base. If you want to make one too then remember to make the squares the same size and you get to choose how big of a square you want to make.
I crocheted all the sides together, I first joined the sides and then I crocheted the base on and finished it with a decorative crochet trim and handles are just chain stitch.
It honestly, couldn't have been any easier! My daughter loves it and it is apparently the perfect size to carry her Beanie Boos in!
I tweaked your brain with ideas on using up some of your old stash? Are you going to make one too?
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25 June, 2020

Sew Quirky Cushions

In an effort to finish long overdue projects, I turned our applique projects into cushions. 

These fun designs are from a designer called: Sew Quirky. Joe & I undertook a class with her a couple of years ago on my birthday and Joe loved the class so much but we never really had a chance to finish them at home as life just got in the way.   
My project was the panda but this adorable doggie was Joe's. Didn't he do an awesome job! He was only 8 when he did it!

I had to wrestle with pins & pompoms for a bit but I got there, also, it's kind of fun to wrestle with pompoms! 

I absolutely love the fabric on the back but I couldn't find the exact match to share with you but this one is from the same collection and just as awesome. 

Pompom trim is everything and you can get some here, here or here.
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11 June, 2020

Two little pixies

Little knitted pixies by CraftyRie.
I knitted these little pixies for the kids.

I had planned on making lots but for me, the pattern just sucked. I struggled through it, knitting only two (one for each of my children) and then tossed the pattern.
Now, I don't know about you but I like a well layed out knitting pattern. To me, this pattern had too much 'white space' within the pattern and the graph/chart wasn't complete, you had to refer to the line in the graph/chart then turn the page to the instructions to find out how many rows you needed to do of it. I like graphs/charts that tell you exactly what to do without having to refer to the instructions for further details otherwise, why do you have the chart?
How do you like your knitting patterns (with graph/charts) to be layed out & written? Do you have a favourite pattern or a prefer a designer just because they layout their patterns & graphs/charts wonderfully, care to share which ones in the comments as I'd love to know.
Little knitted pixies by CraftyRie.

Anyway, the kids loved them, they play with them and that's all the really matters.

Pattern is this one.
The stunning yarn was this and it's seriously gorgeous!
You can get the wooden peg dolls from here or here.

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Little knitted pixies by CraftyRie.

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01 June, 2020

Caterpillar Butterfly soft toy

Yesterday was the last day of our self isolation (after 2 months of iso), so I took the opportunity to make one last thing with/for the kids before they headed back to school. I printed out a pattern that I'd had for a while (& not used) and hit out fabric stash to make these cute butterfly/caterpillar toys.

They start as a caterpillar and then you can turn them inside to reveal the butterfly then back again to the caterpillar & so on.

We didn't use the fabric type recommended as it's not something that I normally have in my stash. I actually cut up an old pair of jeans to use for my caterpillar!
Do you think they're cute?
Also, didn't Joe do an excellent job on his (the blue butterfly), I did the sewing machine bit but he did everything else.
Whilst it is super cute and the kids love it, gosh, the pattern was frustrating.
The pattern pieces were easy to cut out BUT the designer had skipped the most common thing when it comes to patterns. For example, they did not add "cut 2" etc to each pattern piece. It was so frustrating, I don't know about you but I tend to refer to that actual pattern pieces when cutting (like with clothing or bags) but I had to keep going back to the actual written pattern to find out how many I needed to cut for each piece.
It would also have been helpful to find have a note on what other fabrics were recommended too.  And when it came to joining it all together (inserting the caterpillar to the butterfly) the designer relied on a photo with a vague description on what to do. Luckily, I have sewn many bags & pouches and know how to do this in a breeze but my son struggled with this part.
Pattern is this one. You can quilt whatever design you want onto the wings, I just went with simple. I also just used a piece of batting on the inside to give the wings some structure.


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26 May, 2020

A crochet basket

Tshirt Yarn Bowl by CraftyRie
I've been having fun experimenting with crafty stuff whilst I supervise the kids at home and this tshirt yarn bowl is my first of three experiments.
I used a bamboo basket base, tshirt yarn and just sat and played around with it until I got something that I liked.
Tshirt Yarn Bowl by CraftyRie
I like the result, do you?
I think I need to go back and add an extra row of stitches to the base to cover up the holes but besides that, as a first attempt I'm happy!

Now on to the second base, which is bigger!
Tshirt Yarn bowl by CraftyRie
Have you ever used tshirt yarn before? It was a first for me and I'm liking it. I'll end up having some yarn left over, so I'll be testing it out to see what I can make with that too.

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