Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Charity Makes for 2012

This is one of the chairs so far, work in progress. The green cord will be wrapped around the frame with leaves attached and the flowers are pinned on for effect. They will have a lot more detail different shapes and colours and will be buttoned on.
Charity makes so far. 3 and 4 ply baby premature hats in various sizes and an Isolette cover.
I have zip bags in hand and as soon as the items are finished they go into the bag ready to take to the hospital as soon as they are needed. I have another zip lock bag with the pattern and yarn with the next one in progress
This is my fabric haul for the Charity makes.
I had a $40 Spotlight voucher from my son and his girlfriend and I spent the lot on this fabulous haul, making the most of the sale at the moment. All the fabric I have bought as already reduced and the current sale of dress fabrics gave me another 30% off enabling me to get a larger amount of fabric for my money. I had simply the best time choosing. Thank you so much for my Christmas gift. This is kept in plastic with another bag around it until it is used and away from my cats.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Fairy Chairs.

The Fairy chairs are now spray painted. This one will make the pink pop. It will have vine leaves twisting up the legs.
It looks quite bluey but is really purple.

Birthday Giveaway

Lavender Quilts is having a Birthday Giveaway. Click on the picture to be transported there. Good Luck!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Prep Chairs

I have been asked to make fantasy chairs for 2 pep classes. One in purple and one in pink.
This first chair will be sprayed purple and have a cover that encloses the round seat by undoing the screws and building a cushion around it. The toys will be hot glued and sewn to the frame as if they were playing. All of the components were bought from Savers. The chair was half price at $1.50 two packets of soft toys at $3 each, the cushion insert $1.50. the rest will be from my stash.

This is the pink chair in progress. The chair was free from a nature strip. I will be spray painting the chair green. From Savers came the cushion insert $1.50, the pink fluffy cover $1 and the buttons for the centre of the flowers $3. The flowers I made cardboard templates and drew them onto wool coats from my stash, they are going to be blanket stitched in place and will be on both sides of the chair back. I will be adding green leaves too.

The flowers I made cardboard templates and drew them onto wool coats from my stash, they are going to be blanket stitched in place and will be on both sides of the chair back. I will be adding green leaves too.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas

Tilli in one of her favourite sleeping places.
Christmas gift for a very good friend.
This year i made using plush curtain fabric and buttons two birds and a tiny dragon for my friend. I bought this decorative bird cage that I know she will turn into a tea light candle holder, She is very crafty in the nicest possible way.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2012.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Charity Makes for 2012

Foe a couple of weeks I have been looking to find specific charities close to home that i can deliver the goods too. This one is the Special Care Nursery at Mercy Hospital in Heidelberg, a 60 bed care facility. They need Isolette covers Pattern available here

They also need baby hats pattern specific this it here.

This is very special to me cos I was a premature baby nearly 50 years ago.
Anyone else making things for Charity that could give me some leads on where else to look in Melbourne, groups etc?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Makes.

These Pin Cushions are this weeks makes. They are for the teachers next week. Made from wool blanketing and Christmas ribbons and buttons.

Christmas Giveaway.

From Millrose Quilts
is this wonderful Giveaway Package. Would you like to win it? then give it a go and click on the picture to be magically whisked away to the blog. I think it is just delightful.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

ACDA Christmas Party.

Yesterday we had out ACDA Christmas Party. Table Decorations.
Some of the Pincushions in the Pincushion Swap.
Doll of the Month winners and then one is chosen for Doll of the Year. The winner was the 3rd one.
Traveling Dolls. Each doll left their owners wearing just underwear. They have been to many people having items and clothing added and a journal of their travels added to a book along the way. They have been away for almost a year and they are finished and ready to go back to their owners today.
All the dolls were from the same pattern but the use of fabric changes the shape and size of each doll. This is what makes making dolls very exciting.

Every 2 months they had to be passed onto the next person on your list and a piece of clothing, some items and journal written in.
It was challenging, exciting and a lot of fun to do.
Every one who took part enjoyed it very much.
It has been a fun year and looking forward to some more adventures in next years activities.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Fairy Chairs.

All the Christmas gifts have been for Show and tell in Spotlight, Christmas pins and pincushions gifts have been given out, and the packages (87) have been put under the K.Mart Wishing Tree.

Now I am getting my bits and pieces together for the next project for the new year. 2 fairy chairs for the prep classes. These 2 chairs i picked up from the nature strip and one will be purple and one will be pink.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

School Work

This is what i have been working on the last 2 days. (With Meggie helping!)

The grade has been busy working on a caricature of themselves and I have sewn them onto a blanket i bought from Savers and using stuff from my stash, buttons, braids ribbons and zips have them all framed. This is ready for the class of 2011 graduation and will be hanging in the Art Room.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas and Cats

These pin cushions are made of pure wool blanketing and felt shapes blanket stitched onto them. with Christmassy fabric strips. Pudding pins and Fat 3/4s for the lovely ladies at Spotlight and Savers this year, I have about 8 more to make. I will go and hand them to the staff and wish them a very Merry Christmas some time next week.
Tilli getting into the spirit of things, The cats Just LOVE paper.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Christmas Pins

Every year I make Christmas Pins to give away to the lovely ladies at our Christmas Party and as a thank you to the staff of Spotlight and Savers for their great service and to show my appreciation. This year I have designed a Christmas Pudding Pin. I am planning on making 50.

1. I used a lid of a jam jar for the back and front of the pudding in brown felt. Cut out 2 pieces.

2. Draw the same shape out again and this time to make the top just make a way line and cut it off. You need 1 piece for the front in white felt. Blanket stitch this to one of the brown felt pieces.

3. This is a smaller cardboard disk that will be between the stuffing in the front and the felt back piece to make it flat on the back for the pin to be sewn on.

4. Holly leaves. Cut 2 on green felt. Stitch a line up the centre 3/4s of the way to give it dimension.

5. Stuffing for the front of the pudding to give it a pleasing shape.

6. 2 buttons for berries.

7. Place the back and the front of the pudding together sandwiching the stuffing and smaller cardboard disk in between and blanket stitch the pieces together all the way around using thread to match the felt used.

8. Pin the holly in place and sew them on at the same time as the berry buttons.

9. Lastly, sew the brooch pin to the back.

10. They would also make great gift tags or Christmas tree decorations. I hope this inspires you to make your own.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Christmas Party Table Decorations

Almost finished the Table Top Decorations.I will be adding a few more baubles and some thin tinsel to the trees.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Christmas Party Table Decorations

This lovely pack of 50 candy canes are just the right size for the table top tree decorations and the last finishing touch I needed.

Christmas Party Table Decorations

Bead wire and button tree top decoration.
Double button baubles.
Soft sculpture polar fleece snowmen. Two to a tree. The tree is a limb of our Christmas tree and sewn onto the backs of the snowmen.
Snow men are sewn back to back.
I have made 6 of these groups of snowmen and tree table decoration sets. I have 6 Christmas wicker baskets that will have fruit in them, one will have apples, another pears, another oranges etc.

Monday, November 21, 2011


Yesterday I made this simple felt and button bird ornament for a Christmas Tree Decoration Swap we are having at the Christmas Party next month at A.C.D.A.

Saturday, November 19, 2011


This is a pin cushion I made for our Christmas Party next month at A.C.D.A. The pattern i found whilst browsing on the internet for ideas when i saw this and fell in love with it. I will have to make one for myself. It was a nice change from all the charity stuff I have been making lately. If you click on the picture it will take you to the pattern.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Charity Makes for 2011

This month for the next couple of weeks I will be adding the final touches to the gifts for the K Mart Wishing Tree this year. Adding buttons to Jackets, ribbons to bonnets and dressing a couple of dolls. The final total will be, 20 dolls with outfits, 15 rabbits, 8 bears, 4 knee blankets and 40 baby packs all consisting of a blanket, booties, bonnet or hat, cardi, mittens and a toy.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Charity Makes for 2011

Today I am back working on the dolls for the K Mart Wishing Tree. Making the clothes. They will have underwear, a nightdress, dress and jacket and shoes each. The lace trim I am using was given to me by a friend last month and for which I am very grateful. I have cut it down in the middle to make it the right size for the dolls. The dolls faces have been drawn on using Zig and gel pen and the white is gel pen. the cheeks have been given a light blush with Prismacolor Rouge pencil.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Charity Makes for 2011

The Polar fleece looks grey in the pictures, but it it brown. All sewn and stuffed just need the stuffing to settle before i sew up the last of the openings. Then i will add the nose details. Anyone new to sewing could easily make this bear i highly recommend it. Go here for more details. Funky Friends Factory This bear is available for charity and non profit use only.
The instructions are step by step and lovely to follow. I have 9 more bears i want to make for my charity drive so i am back at the machine right now.


Some more knitting to finish off, booties bonnets, hats and cardies. all in 4 ply yarn.
Last minute push for gifts for Christmas is now back on track. This owl has been requested buy a friend and i am now making some Honey bears using this brown plush fabric i bought from Savers yesterday.

Sunday, October 30, 2011


This is a picture of my two sons and myself in our Halloween costumes.
From left to right, Zombie Brain Surgeon, Steam Punk, and Sub Zero from Mortal Kombat.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Tapestry Bag

I have been absent from my blog for a while, Busy working with my sons' Halloween project. He does not want step by step blogged about so this is another project I have been working on. Making a bag. This bag style is a take on the tapestry/Gladstone bag using available materials. This wine rack from Savers I have taken apart for the parts and will be the closure for the bag and the handles.
This is the parts of the assembled wine rack, scissors glue and leather to make the closure.
The leather has been glued to hold it all together on the corners and the centre of the moveable hinges are made so that it opens up flat one way only.
Materials used are curtains that my niece gave me when they redecorated. I will be making teddy bears with this fabric too. The wrong side of the fabric is used for the right sides of the bag, I just love the colourway. I have used the lining of the fabric for the lining of the bag.
The centre hinges.
A simple bag on the way to being made. All the sides are the same height and it is lined with a hard plastic bottom insert between the layers. It is just pinned at the moment.

It will have leather straps cut from the boots I bought from Savers for my Halloween costume, and I will make handles from the wine rack too.