Quilted play mat

I wanted to make a play mat for my little one so that I had something personal that we could use every day. Another chance to use up some fabric, I decided to make a quilted patchwork mat with the fabric I had. Instead of using actual quilting as the middle layer, I had some thick felt-like fleece which did the job :-) so I didn’t have to buy anything extra to make the mat. Thank you to the contents of my suitcase full of fabric!

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Soft play blocks

So, with a little one on the way I thought it would be nice to use up some of the many bits of fabric I have squirrelled away by making a few baby bits and pieces. My sewing isn’t really neat enough to make clothes so I thought I’d make some soft play things instead.

I used this great, easy to follow blog post on making soft play blocks. 

The blocks in the pictures below I stuffed with toy stuffing, but I also made some larger ones, which I filled with cushion stuffing for more stability.

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First post of 2014: cork pin-board

Wow, has it really been a year since my last post?!? Must try harder in 2014!

With that in mind I thought I’d share a cork pin-board I made at the weekend. I was waiting until I had enough corks to cover a whole photo frame, but I got a little impatient and decided to make a pattern with the corks I had (cutting them into quarters to make them go further and stick out less) and putting wrapping paper underneath to contrast.

And here it is! A nice simple weekend craft making use of lots of things hiding in cupboards!

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A wonderful craft book – Homemade Gifts Vintage Style by Sarah Moore

This book, as the title of the post suggests, is wonderful. Not only is the book itself a thing of beauty but the projects inside are the perfect mix of vintage, up-cycling, simplicity (in the good way!) and beauty. I quite genuinely want to make everything in this book.

I’ve had a go at a few things so far and below are some images so you can see how I got on. I made the pin-board first, using some map wrapping paper I bought about a year ago because I liked it but didn’t have a use for…until now. Also a great excuse to get out the ribbon box.

Driven by the chill here in London at the moment I moved onto making hot water bottle covers out of old jumpers and then gave the bunny pattern (which I absolutely love) a go in preparation for Mothers Day! My bunny is a little on the chubby side but mums don’t judge.

For anyone who loves the vintage style I definitely recommend this book. The website is lovely too… www.sarahmoorevintage.com

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One Lovely Blog Award / The Very Inspiring Blogger nominations

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Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a good christmas and New Year. It’s been snowing here in London and I eventually logged back onto the world of the internet after a mad start to January to find that I had been nominated for my first blog award! So firstly a massive thank you to Clare at so many crafts so little time for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog / Very Inspiring Blogger award.

It’s lovely to be nominated and especially by a blogger who’s blog I enjoy following so much – and I get to put these badges on my blog too! Now to the nitty gritty…the rules!

1. Thank the person who nominated you. Thank you Clare!!
2. Add The One Lovely Blog Award / The Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post. Done!
3. Share 7 things about yourself.

a) I’m writing a children’s book about foxes
b) I’m part of an amateur dramatic group
c) I love collecting random teacups and saucers
d) I’m renovating my bike to make it look as vintage as possible
e) Looking at the sun makes me sneeze
f) I have ridiculously floral wallpaper in my hallway

4. Pass the award on to 10 nominees. Here are 10 blogs i’ve been inspired by following…

  1. Global Grazers
  2. milchstern steps into sewing
  3. Red Point Tailor
  4. Handmade in Tooting
  5. a mess to be made
  6. tailorfairy
  7. Live. Grow. Nourish. Create.
  8. playfulstitching
  9. Did You Make That?
  10. One woman. Many bicycles.

5. Include this set of rules. Ta Da!

6. Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs. Give me 20 mins!

And that’s it! Do have a look at the blogs i’ve nominated. They are great to follow and full of ideas to keep you inspired!

It’s Christmas!

This weekend my sewing machine has been on non stop, churning out decorations and presents while watching all of Harry Potter!

Here are some of the things I’ve made, which are now being wrapped up ready to go under the Christmas tree.

Have you made any Christmas presents this weekend? I’d love to know what you’ve all been making.

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