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!   

I got the eye patch from here... 

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.
If you want to watch me sew it then pop over to my YouTube channel to see how I do it. I'd also appreciate it if you'd take a moment & hit that like button there and I'd adore you if you subscribed to my channel too!

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A young boy standing slightly to the side wearing a rusty brown, short sleeved hooded top.

12 March, 2022

Dobby

A crocheted Dobby toy sitting next to a Harry Potter book.

Meet Dobby, he's our house elf. I just finished crocheting him for my son as he is a mega Harry Potter fan. I umm, I tried so hard to finish Dobby for my son's 11th birthday but I just didn't make it (it was just before Christmas). I finished it today and along the way, I kept my son updated with the progress. 

Two crocheted feet & legs from the Dobby toy.

In fact, my son approved all toe & finger placements. Then approved the arm & leg attachments. Checked the sturdiness of the head/neck. Lastly, he helped me cut, design & sew Dobby's outfit.

A close up view of the crocheted Dobby showing his arm, head and yellowish fabric tunic.

Dobby pattern is from here..... (in Australia) or here: https://amzn.to/3w8f318 (in the USA).

The yarn I used was this: http://shrsl.com/3f8hd

An young lad holding the Dobby crochet toy in front of him. The toy's head is approx the same size as the boy.

I'm actually pretty pleased with myself as the lil guy is super cute. As you can see in the image above, he's not a small toy.

Dobby crochet toy lying flat.

The crochet pattern isn't for beginners but if you've completed a few toys then I'm sure you'll make him with ease.

The crocheted Dobby toy sitting upright with a front view showing his feet up close.

Ironically, I'm not actually a fan of  Dobby in the series as I don't like how he hurts himself but this lil guy is adorable. 

Are you a Dobby fan? 

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28 February, 2022

A scrappy vest

So, what do you think of my latest make?

This is a scrappy, no pattern vest using up the remnants of yarn from when I finished my blanket (this one).

I made it for my son Joe, who absolutely adores it. He happily exclaimed that it was a blanket that he could wear! 

His enthusiasm is contagious and I like it because he likes it so much!

The yarn was from the lovely people over at American Yarns.

I've now used the remaining yarn up with exception of a few smaller pieces that the kids have taken from me.

I'm not sure I'd wear a vest like this, would you?