Tag Archives: Sewing

Rainbow gnomes

9 Sep

I’ve been wanting to make these little guys for a while and have now finally got around to it. Aren’t they pretty?!

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I made some flower fairies a while back for The Limpet and she seemed to enjoy playing with them and still often does. So I decided to buy 6 more plain wooden figures (this time from Myriad). I painted the body of each one and used felt for their hats and cloaks. I thought about added a button to each one but then found some cute little rose beads in my craft stash.

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It was my first attempt at this sort of sewing but I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out, even the back is fairly neat.

The Limpet has already been busy playing with them. I gave her some other rainbow items and she got to work creating a rainbow gnome land.

Due to the popularity of this post and a number of enquiries, I have now decided to make more sets to sell on. If you are interested in purchasing your own set please visit my Facebook page pocket treasures

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Farm play mat

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Now that I’ve finally learnt to sew, I thought I should put my new skills to use.

We bought The Limpet for her birthday some farm animals but she doesn’t have a farm house or barn or anything like that. So after searching through Pinterest, I decided to make a farm play mat.

I’d like to say that I used lots of scraps of fabric that I had lying around but as I’m new to this sewing malarkey I don’t have many scraps. So off I went to my local haberdashery to buy lots of fabric in various textures, colours and patterns.

I planned out a rough design and then got to work cutting bits up and sewing the whole thing together.

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I wanted to make it as appealing as possible so I added lots of different textures. I used mainly cotton fabric but also included a heavy wool, corduroy, felt, ribbon and wool.

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I wanted to inspire the monsters imagination and creativity so I didn’t make anything too obvious apart from the pond.

It was only finished last night but so far it has gone down very well. Here is a picture of The Limpet enjoying playing with it.

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Birthday T-shirt

6 Aug

My first born baby recently turned three, doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?!

We were actually on holiday over her birthday so it was a bit different to normal birthday celebrations. But before we left I was determined to make her a birthday T-shirt with my new sewing skills. Unfortunately this was my first attempt at doing sewing in anything but a straight line. It turns out that a number 3 is incredibly curvy and was a bit of a challenge!

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I first made one for my son’s birthday and love this new little birthday tradition.

I was inspired by these wonderful creations that are made by loving siblings on itstwoam. I’m too controlling to let the kids take over this activity just yet! But when they are older I think it’ll be a lot of fun.

My new hobby – sewing

10 Jul

I don’t really do new year resolutions but this year I decided that in 2012 I wanted to finally learn to sew. As a stay at home mum I don’t really get much time to myself but I think its good to have ambitions and plans that are just about me.

My parents generously gave me a cute sewing machine for my birthday. Fortunately it had great instructions and after a while (quite a while) I was all set up and ready to go.

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For my first creation I decided to do something very simple. I had found this project on pinterest and thought it looked ideal. The instructions to make the throwing comet were very clear and easy to follow. Completing this boosted my confidence and made me feel like I could try something a bit more complicated.

For ages I’ve needed a new bag but I’ve been struggling to find anything nice. So I searched pinterest and found quite a few I liked but as soon as I saw this one I need it would be perfect.

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I got my fabric from Ikea. It didn’t take too long to complete thanks to some great instructions and I only made a couple of mistakes! I made my strap quite a bit longer than the original – I’m very tall.

I’m very proud of my first proper sewing project and hope its just the start.