Thanks to Ikea (and a small miracle) I am the proud owner of a new sewing machine. I have to be honest – I am rubbish at sewing.
In junior high as part of our home economics class we were taught to sew. I actually produced a rather fetching red and yellow summer dress. I have since forgotten just about every basic sewing step. At the very least, I can thread the machine.
I’ve found that online tutorials do little to help me – I just don’t get the concepts or terminology even with instructions loaded with photos.
So I simply wing it instead.
Today I wanted to make a little drawstring bag for Zoie. She’s 2 and storing treasures is what she’s all about.
I freehand cut letters out of felt and zigzagged stitched them to a Laura Ashley remnant I had in my craft stash.
It was crooked as can be, but the letters stayed on and that’s all that mattered!
So my stitches on the felt were manic, but the stitching along the top came out quite nice, methinks.
I threaded some sheer ribbon through the top and voila, a lovely treasure bag, rather handy for toting around favourite bedtime stories.
For me, this basic little bag was a trial in patience and a steady hand. If you actually would like to make one of your own, try this tutorial from the original craft guru, Martha.
With a little more practice I might soon get the hang of this! 🙂
It’s Easter Sunday. I gave the kids far too much candy and set them loose in the back garden. 30 minutes of peace.
I settled down with my crochet hook and got to work.
Just about 40 more squares to go…
Yesterday I found an oilcloth remnant in a local upholstery shop and for the neat sum of £1 it became mine.
I made this with it.
Comes in pretty handy doesn’t it?
Happy Easter all! xx
Last weekend I hosted a Lalaloopsy themed birthday party for my daughter’s 6th birthday. It was a wonderful opportunity to use my crafting skills and supplies to put together a truly colourful and creative event.
The main party table incorporated a wrapping paper runner and the plates accented with flowers I had crocheted. These also doubled as quirky party favours.
There were games of Twister and musical chairs and a chance for the guests to decorate their own paper dolls or foam pirate hats/swords. This proved to be a real hit!
I rolled patterned paper into handy popcorn cones and fashioned a holder from a floral foam block covered in spotty wrapping paper. A bit of ribbon added the finishing touch.
There were plenty of sweet things and a mountain of colourful cupcakes.
I decorated a few round nesting boxes with scrapbooking paper and trims from my local fabric shop for a fun centrepiece. Amazing how far a little imagination can take you!
During the run up to the party, I fell in love with the Lalaloopsy dolls and playsets. As a result we’ve amassed a collection of 5 large dolls, 1 little doll, 10 mini dolls, and 2 mini playsets. Total guilty pleasure but my girls adore it!
This has to be one of my favorite parties to date and the very best part, of course, is that the kids loved it – especially the birthday girl!
A beautiful day indeed! ♥