25 November, 2022

The Skull Cowl

 

Joe turns 12 in a few weeks and I wanted to knit him something as he loves wearing handmade. Choosing something to knit a preteen is difficult, it's not about what I think he'll cute in but rather what he would choose to wear & like wearing. 

When I discovered this skull pattern, well, it kinda just ticked all the boxes. The pattern actually comes as either a scarf or a cowl, I chose the cowl version and also chose the bulky yarn version so I had a chance of finishing it before his birthday.

You can't tell from these photos but the yarn is actually a dark hunter green.


The pattern is this one and yes, it's "lace" but hey, I did it & didn't even have to block out any mistakes, so if you've never done lace work before, then this is perfect for you! And I also just discovered that the knitting designer who made this pattern is actually Australian!  Yay for supporting local!

I used yarn from my stash, but here's a few suggestions for you to use: this gorgeous dark colour or maybe this bold colour yarn too.

Also, I have say that I used this stitchers gps to make reading a lace chart super easy. I'm so glad that I used it and have actually bought another one so I never ever ever get lost in a pattern again!  I can't believe that something so simple made it easy for me to knit lace! 

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16 November, 2022

Thinking of useful things

With the end of the year approaching, I'm starting to think what to give as gifts, what would be appreciated to receive as a gift and what is something that I would love giving.

For me, the best gifts to give are useful gifts as those gifts that are just given & put away in a cupboard are just a waste of time & money. 

I love giving gifts that are used, they can be eaten straight away, planted & grown, used daily or popped somewhere to make life brighter. 

Image via Teapro

So I've decided to list below some useful gifts, gifts that you'd love to give and more importantly, gifts that would love to be received. Not forgetting those gifts that are personalised, now those type of gifts truly show that you've taken the time to get them something special, here's a link to see a gift guide chocka block full of personalised gifts.

First let's think a month long gift, yes, those awesome Advent Calendars but good ones!   

Did you know that you can get a Tea advent Calendar and even a Dog Treats Calendar for that special pooch in your life.

For those who love the great outdoors & gardening, there is a gorgeous Seed Bomb pack or these gorgeous cat planters.

Image via Patimetal

For the book nerds in your life, these book ends are super cute and these book ends are using the force to hold the books in place!

Acknowledge the hat wearer in your life with possibly the best cap on Earth!

For that super hard person to buy, well, this Octopus is giving me the vibes! 

Image via MonvatooLondon

You've probably never thought of giving a doormat before, that's because you've never seen one as cool as this one!

The best designed toiletries bag ever, in fact, I think I'd use it as my handbag! 

Lastly, you need to check out this store for their jewellery. The best ever dragon rings, the most cutest bunny rings. I want all of these, they have pendants as well as earrings and necklaces. Want. Need.

I hope you found these ideas useful!

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01 November, 2022

Bilbo Battins

A grey crochet bat with open wings, big ears & large eyes.

I just finished crocheting this cute bat, I've named him Bilbo Battins, do you think it suits him?

It's for Joe for his upcoming birthday (in December), I'm actually organised early!

To be honest, I had originally planned on crocheting a shark for Joe but when I saw this cute lil bat with those gorgeous big ears, well, I kinda fell for him!

The bat is so soft & squishy thanks to the yarn that I used. I used this yarn from the lovelies over at American Yarns who are based in Victoria, Australia.

The pattern is this one, it was an easy pattern to crochet.

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21 October, 2022

A new toy to play with!

 

Forgive the slightly crappy photos but I wanted to show you what I've been working on and I honestly didn't have a chance to take good photos as Joe took them both straight away to try them on & didn't give them back as he loved them too much!

Firstly, I need to tell you that I made them entirely on an overlocker (serger) that I got for my birthday a last week. Hubby asked me what I wanted for my birthday, so I sent him a link of what I really, really wanted and wowzer, he bought me it!  Such a lovely surprise, I've been wanting one for years but after I borrowed Mum's I didn't actually want one after that as threading it was a total nightmare & made me very crabby. So later, I did some research and I totally made the right decision in choosing a machine, are you keen to know what I got? Hmm, I'm now the proud owner of this overlocker/serger, it's the easiest thing to thread ever. It's even easier to thread than my sewing machine! I totally recommend it, especially after I've now made several things on it & changed the threads a few times, that air threading button is a dream to use!

I made the first pair of trousers below (the dinosaur ones) 100% on the overlocker, including the hems on the legs, waistband & elastic. I also didn't use a pattern, that's why they're a big baggy but hey, Joe still loves them.

I then made the second pair, the top image, using a pattern (this one) and once again, just used the overlocker including the pockets, hems, elastic & waistband. I love the style of these trousers and have made them before for Joe and he's always wearing them as their super comfy. Oh & fyi, the pattern is a free one, so grab it & make them too!

I honestly, did not know that you could sew a complete item like this on the overlocker, I always thought that you had to use your sewing machine as well to make them in conjuction with the overlocker. So now I'm keen to find out what else I can do with the overlocker! If you have any suggestions, then please let me know in the comments what other projects I should make!

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10 October, 2022

The Cutest Pouch Ever!

 

These lamb pouchs are possibly the cutest things that I've ever sewn!

It's a great stash buster, as you can use smaller pieces for the ears, the 'fringe' and you could even use different fabrics for the front & back.

I filmed myself making it, if you wanted to see someone doing it..  maybe because you're keen on sewing some for gifts now too?  I think it would also even look cute as a bag, with a small D ring sewn to the top (at the end of the zips) and an adjustable strap to go over your body.

Youtube clip here: https://youtu.be/quBz-KQkaSc

Pattern here: https://tidd.ly/3PBrRU6

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15 September, 2022

The Barbie Onesie

 

I knitted this super cute Barbie cat onesie for Delaney's 9th birthday.

She loved it, she also told me that her Barbies love it too and could I please knit some more!

It's a great stash buster as it doesn't use much yarn, pattern is this one....

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06 September, 2022

Cutest crochet teddy bear

Brown crochet teddy bear sitting on a colourful granny square rug.

Well, hello Teddy!

I just finished sewing in the ends of this cutie bear that I crocheted for Delaney's upcoming 9th birthday.

I wanted it super soft & snuggly, so I some gorgeous snuggly yarn from American Yarns.

I added the ruffle to finish it, it looks cute right?  This pattern was a first for me, I hadn't actually crocheted a body & head all-in-one before, you normally crochet them separately then sew them together. 

The eyes, well, I wanted to try something different than the standard safety eyes (like these ones), so I used these glue-on felt eyes and wow, they give the bear such a cute expression.

Brown crochet teddy sitting on a colourful granny square blanket

Yarn was the Premier Parfait Chunky Yarn from American Yarns

Teddy crochet pattern from here..

Felt eyes were from this online store..

The back of a brown crochet teddy bear with a stumpy little tale, sitting on a colourful granny square blanket.
check out his cute lil tail!

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29 August, 2022

Flora Supply Cases

I just finished sewing a couple of cute cases.  I've had the pattern for a while now but for some reason, I never made it. I actually have a stash of patterns that I've purchased and not used - I'm trying to make them all at least once otherwise I've just wasted my money! Do you have a similiar problem to me?

Small flora supply case using hst.

This is the small pouch and I wanted to try sewing hst (half square triangles). It was pretty fun, I used a template and just sewed along the dotted lines & cut where it instructed. Couldn't have been easier, don't know why I waited so long to do it!


Medium flora supply case using a puff quilt for a cover

This pouch, well, I wanted to try something completely different! I really wanted to try to do a 3d cover for the case and decided on a mini puff quilt. 

Flora Supply Case with a puff quilt cover

Honestly, I think it looks awesome! I know want to puff quilt everything! 

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You can try your hand at sewing hst's using either this template or any of these ones.

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17 June, 2022

Sewing beanies

I'm currently in between major knitting projects and I hate being idle, so I decided to start knitting beanies for charity. 
I asked my Mum for her beanie knitting pattern and memorized it after the first time I knit one. I'm using up my stash, so the beanies are all different, wool, acrylic, wool blends.
I then thought that I needed pompoms, I was going to buy some and shuddered at the price, so I decided to make some. They're actually easy to make, let me know if you want me to do a tutorial on making them.

I then decided to sew some beanies as my favourite 'go to' beanie that I wear is actually fabric, not knitted. I used this easy sewing pattern...  and gosh, it's possibly the easiest thing that I have ever sewn. Can you guess how long it took to sew one?  If you want to find out how long it takes to sew one, then click here... to see the clip I filmed.
These beanies have been donated to my local public hospital, to the cancer treatment ward, to help keep patients warm as it's super chilly cold here as it's mid-winter.
I'm going to keep knitting & sewing beanies because I can't choose what to knit but I'm narrowing it down ... it's just the cost of yarn that is truly stopping me.

What do you do in-between projects when you need something to keep your fingers busy not idle at night time?

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19 May, 2022

Crochet Quilt

 
I just finished this long term crochet project. It was a project that I'd pick up every now & then when I needed a break or was in-between projects. I think I started this one over 5 years ago.

I tried to make it like a 'crochet quilt' as the yarn I was using was variegated (like this yarn...) and if you do the same thing over & over with this yarn the colours tend to pool in the same place. So I broke it up by doing large squares & smaller squares then joined them into a 3 square block before joining again to form the larger 'quilt top'.

Does it work as a crochet quilt?  I also had intended to make it a larger blanket but was vetoed by the rest of my family members as they stated it was perfect as it was. 

I still have one more 'long term' project in my cupboard but that is actually nearing completion too. I'm going to have to start thinking ahead for the next one after that is complete now! Do you have ongoing longterm 'in-between project' projects too?

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11 May, 2022

Sssh, secret birthday business planning

 I don't know about you but I plan on gift giving well in advance. I need to plan so far in advance because making gifts is a long slow process. Have you got a list planned out for this year?

The first birthday in our house is my daughter's in September. I plan on making her a bunch of barbie clothes and clothes for her 18" doll. I'm also in the process of crocheting her a bear from the softest yarn but I'm not sure if I'll give it to her for her birthday or for Christmas.

The next birthday is in October, my husband. I've bought this super gorgeous fabric (that I got from here) as he loves Holdens and even has a classic Holden in the driveway that he's been doing up over the years. I plan on sewing it into a shirt for him, maybe this one but I'm not 100% sure yet. If you can recommend one, I'd love to check it out.

Then  a week before Christmas, it's my son's birthday. I'm also going to crochet him a soft toy from this yarn, I'm thinking a shark because it'd be super cute ... or maybe I'll save it and give it to him for Christmas like for his sister too.  The major present I want to give him for his birthday s this awesome crochet monster head thingy.  It's possibly the best thing that I've ever seen in my life. I've bought the 'special' yarn for it but have yet to buy the greyish brown for the face & horns.

With all this planning in advance, I also buy birthday cards to put away and well, have you seen these awesome pop-up birthday cards?   I'm trying to decide which ones to get for my kids, hubs and my penpals too, which is your fave?

Then, of course, I'm going to have to think about Christmas but my brain hasn't clicked that far yet, I tend to start mulling over that in July.

But back to sneak crocheting the teddy for my daughter!

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09 May, 2022

A Knitted Jacket

 

I just finished sewing on the final details of this awesome knitted jacket, it's the Penguono and ohmygosh, it's awesome!

I added pockets and reinforced the shoulder/neck edge as I didn't want it to stretch if it's hung on a chair. If you recall, I also knitted one for Joe a few years ago, check his out here...

I had to finish the back off, I orignally was just going to leave it as the gradient/ombre but after trying the jacket on, I felt it needed to be as 'jazzy' as the rest of the jacket. 
So tell me, what do you think of the sequin eye patch? Do you like it? I absolutely adore it, I think it fits the jacket perfectly. Joe is a little jealous now because his jacket hasn't got a patch on it!   

How did I do that awesome eye? Well, I used this eye patch from here... it was so easy to put on!

I used this gorgeous binding to add strength to the neckline.

This was also the perfect stash buster as you knit 2-3 strands of yarn at a time & I had lots of scraps left over from other projects, a big box of them. Well, now that box of scraps is almost empty as it's all been knitted into this jacket - perfect of Tasmanian weather!

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01 May, 2022

The Bowen Dress

 

My recent make is for me and yes, it has pockets!  I haven't sewn myself a dress in years, so when I saw an awesome woven dress in a magazine, I just knew I had to sew it.

I made a few mods to the pattern/garment and of course, even though I read the instructions, I still kind of sewed it my way not sticking to the designer's directions.

I filmed a Youtube clip of me making it, check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bv96JbzuySg   if you want to see how I made this. I also did a little clip at the end of me wearing it, if you're wanting to see the fabric/drape/fit.  I'd love for you to tell me how it looks as I was loving the dress until hubby said it looks like a tent. My kids have reassured me that it's not the case and that I look awesome but still that 'tent' remark is still there in my brain. Sigh.

Anyway, enough of tents, the mods I made to the garment were as follows:

~ I used what I had for the skirt & sleeves pieces, so they are smaller than directed so there are no 'ruffles' to the sleeves.

~ I didn't want the open back/front & buttons, so I seamed that piece together.

~ I added a fake button tab to the sleeves.

Mods for next time I make this dress:

~ I'll size the bodice down another two or three sizes as it just keeps sliding off my shoulders, it's just too wide.

~ I'd change the skirt so it had two or three tiers so it was less 'tent like'.

~ I'd change the pockets so they were higher up (maybe come up 3cm) and have the shape so it hangs from the waist line (on the inside of the skirt)

~ I really like how I did the sleeves but I'd make them a bit shorter.

Do you have plans to make this dress too?  If I plan to make the dress again with the above mods then I think I'd use this striking bold fabric or this statement fabric.

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19 April, 2022

Sample piece: Joe's Crazy Patchwork Quilt Coat

 A young lad standing in the garden wearing a colourful patchwork quilt coat with a black border trim.

I just finished making this patchwork coat and I'm slightly in awe at how it turned out.

I used only scrap fabric with some elastic for the edging, does it look ok?

A young lad standing in the garden wearing a colourful patchwork quilt coat with a black border trim and both of his hands are in his pockets.

Would you believe that I didn't use a pattern .I made it up as I went along and actually, it was pretty easy!  I was thinking of making myself one and tested my idea out with this for Joe as I'd rather do a small sample then a big one!

Should I film a tutorial on how to make it?  Would you be interested in making a Quilt Coat / Quilt Jacket?

Tell me,  is it a coat or a jacket? 

I used this type of elastic for the edging. I was going to add a zipper but Joe kind of stole it from me when I asked him to try it on for size and doesn't want to give it back, stating that it doesn't need a zip!

A young lad standing in the garden wearing a colourful patchwork quilt coat with a black border trim. He is facing away from the camera.

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A young lad standing in the garden wearing a colourful patchwork quilt coat with a black border trim.

15 April, 2022

The Easy Skirt, No Pattern Needed

 

After I finished making Joe's top (this one), I had some fabric left over, so rather than putting it into the cupboard and never using, I decided to quickly make Delaney a skirt.  No pattern is needed, all you need is the waist measurement for the elastic.

I show you how I made it in this YouTube video, go check it out & I'd love it if you gave it a thumbs up!

This skirt would make the perfect 'quick make' gift for your loved ones. 

The fabric is French Terry from Melco Fabrics.

Glitter elastic available herehere, or here.  

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06 April, 2022

The Bribe Dress

A young girl holding her hands up as she celebrates getting her vax wearing a new dress with a burgandy bodice and tie dye skirt.

I'm totally guilty of bribing my child. Yep, sometimes you just need too. This was done because she needed to have her second covid vax and when she went for the first, she deliberately wore a long fitted sleeve dress that was really hard to take remove when she needed her shot. So this dress was made & given to her just before we jumped into the car to go to the clinic.

We also bribed her with 3 lollipops and a promise of hot chips on the wharf for dinner afterwards.

It worked. She is now fully vaccinated. She walked into the clinic a scared little mouse and walked out a queen as she was so proud of herself for actually getting the vax!

Pattern: I used this bodice pattern as it's a good fit and easy to sew. I've sewn this bodice/dress a few times now as it's quick to make and my daughter wears the dresses over & over again. I just kind of made up the skirt as I went along, I didn't hem it as it's knit fabric & didn't need to be. Fabric is just stuff from my stash.

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A young girl standing wearing a dress with a burgandy bodice and colourful tie-dye skirt.

24 March, 2022

A Hooded Top for Joe

 A young boy standing outside in front of a green garden, with his arms crossed, wearing a rusty brown coloured short sleeve top with a hood.

I just finished making this gorgeous hooded top for my son Joe.

A young boy standing in front of a white background with his back to the camera wearing a rusty brown, short sleeve hooded top.

He chose the colour, it's called Fox and the fabric is the divine French Terry from the lovely Melco Fabrics.

I sewed a pattern called Quinly and it was a quick sew as I completed it in a afternoon. I'd never done a hood before or a front slit but they turned out to be pretty easy!
I actually purchased this pattern a few years ago and have since discovered that the designer no longer has a website, so I can't refer you to the pattern I used BUT I have listed a bunch of similiar ones over on the YouTube clip that I made of this, so just head over there (YouTube here) if interested.

Oh, I added a label to the back as it makes it look less 'homemade'.  

A young boy standing in front of a white background facing the camera, smiling, wearing a rusty brown, short sleeve hooded top.
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A young boy standing slightly to the side wearing a rusty brown, short sleeved hooded top.