You may remember that I did some button cards with the girls while they were here. They chose to draw on their cards, but I decided to give it a try using stitch.
For the first card, the girls chose the button 'balloons' and the 'sun'. I used a pin to prick the holes for stitching and then used embroidery thread to stitch the strings. Using a double running stitch, the front and back of the card looks identical. I've also used ribbon to tie the 'strings' together.
The next design I chose to do, were flowers. Again we've got a button sun. I stitched the stems with a double running stitch and the leaves are detached chain stitch. By pricking the holes for the thread beforehand, stitching was fairly easy. In both cards, the buttons have been tied on using embroidery thread.
They were fun to do and I think they make a fun pair of cards. I do have some other designs in my head which I will try sometime soon. It's a fun way to combine my love of embroidery and use up my buttons. Having pretty cards at the end is a bonus.
Over in the Get Creative With Loopy group on Facebook, we've been having a pin cushion swap. It's been fabulous seeing all the different techniques used to make their pin cushions. I made one, and then wrapped it up before I realised I hadn't taken photos. Fortunately, Nicola put a little slide show up on the page for me.
I'd been wanting an excuse to make one of these for a while and it's a great recycling project. The glass base came from a Morrison's cheesecake. They were so pretty, I couldn't bring myself to put them in the recycling bin. The only drawback is, they don't have lids, however, I did hear that the lids from a Pringles tube fit. It was a good excuse to go out an buy a treat. The lids are not a tight fit, but they serve the purpose of a pin cushion jar.
Nicola's favourite colour is red, so I had a look through my fabric box and found some red gingham. I love the idea of red gingham on a little jar, they just seem to be made for each other. Once I'd made the pin cushion and glued it to the lid, I needed some ribbon or lace to prettify the edge. This red gingham ribbon was just perfect. It had been gifted me last year, so it felt good to put it to good use. As a finishing touch, I glued the flower bead over the join and added a few pins.
I love that Nicola has added some buttons to the jar, it's now every thing I'd imagined.
If you would like to join in with all the fun, you'd be more than welcome in the group. I'm already planning our next challenge.
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An empty jam jar, a handful of glass nuggets and a glue gun=great fun!
I love recycling projects and this one had been brewing in my mind for a little while. My trip around Hobbycraft last week brought the project to the top of the list as I was able to get this rather sweet glue gun in the sale. I grabbed myself some glass nuggets and was ready for the fun to begin.
The jar I chose wasn't very practical for the intended use, but I loved the shape. I soaked it for a little while and made sure the whole of the label was removed. Once it was dry, I was ready. Glue gun and glue sticks to the ready, I started and, if you discount the times I stuck my finger in hot glue, it was easy and fun to do. I covered the jar with the nuggets and later that evening....
I just love the shadows it's produces. I'll definitely be making more, in fact, the next jar is ready. It's a different shape, so I'm looking forward to seeing what difference it will make.
Changing Daniel's jumper into a backpack was definitely an interesting project to do. It was one of those projects where you stop and wonder if it was worth it. In the end, I loved it and would go through it all again.
I've made backpacks before, but making from new fabric, you have much more freedom as you're not limited to sizes. As it turned out, Daniel had wanted a small backpack, so he was doubly happy.
As I wanted the bag to be longer than it was wide, once I'd cut the top, I separated the back and front and flip it to the side. You can see the ribbing that was on the bottom running down the side of the back and front. The sleeves have been used for the straps and the top flap is taken from the top of the back.
To back the straps and line the inside, I've used a pair of trousers that I had in my fabric box. They had been Daniels, but he put the knee through falling over. These were smart trousers and patching wasn't an option. The whole knee was worn. It's like they've been waiting for this project. I just love the way they've worked for the inside.
The back pockets are now usable internal pockets, they just make me smile every time I see them. I was also able to use fabric from the trousers to form a tube for the cording closure at the top.
If Daniel hadn't liked the bag, I'd have been happy to have kept it for myself. He loves it and thinks I should make more. I've actually got a tartan dress in my fabric box, I just need to find the right jumper to felt!
In the not too distant future, I'm going to have to move websites which will mean transferring the important parts of the blog over to a new website. I couldn't believe it when we looked back that it's been four years since I started the blog here. In fact, it's been over eight years in total, time just flies when you're having fun.
Looking back over the blog, it's amazing how many memories it brings back, so I thought I'd share a few highlights along the way with Throwback Thursday.
It's A Start-28/11/2012
My boys love their jeans. The only way they stop wearing them is when they can no longer be repaired, and cannot be worn without being immodest. When they get to that stage, I prise them from their hands and chop them up.
I've been cutting the 61/2" squares from the jeans, with the idea of making a throw. In my mind, it had a masculine feel, and to keep in with the idea of their ragged jeans, I wanted the seams to be on the right side, and to fray with each wash.
It's been some time since I first started collecting the squares, so it was time to see how far they went.
As you can see, I've got four rows, and they're long enough to go floor to floor over my double bed. As it will eventually go over a settee, it needs to be big,
Pockets and seams have been included, and adds to the fun aspect of this throw. Unfortunately, I've almost come to the end of my stack of squares. I'll have to wait patiently for some more jeans to be made redundant.
This is quite likely to feature again over the coming months, but this throw is very well used, you can see a picture of it here.
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We had a good laugh a couple of days ago at poor Daniel's expense. Early mornings don't really go with my boys, although the do get up when they need to, so for Daniel to be up at half six to find the jumper he has just put on is half the jumper it used to be was almost too much. His dad had very kindly washed it for him, but unfortunately, 100% lambswool and hot washes don't mix.
In the evening, we had another laugh. The jumper, held up by a strapping six foot lad, looked just like a toddler jumper in comparison. I jokingly said I could make it into a bag and Daniels said, 'actually....'
Apparently, Daniel wants a backpack made from the jumper. It will only be a small one as I can only work within what I have. I'm teaming it up with a pair of his trousers that he can no longer wear. They're smart trousers and he put a hole in the knee when he fell over one day. Think I'd better get back to the sewing machine.
Since I last spoke to you the bear has been given a name, meet Barnie.
Having made several quilts and cushions from shirts, I know that one shirt can go a long way. When I was asked if I could make a bear, I asked if they also wanted a cushion making if there was enough leftover. As the answer was yes, I made sure that I cut out the pieces as economically as I could. I started with the sleeves, used the back and then just the top section of the fronts.
I don't know about you, but not only are buttons important, labels hold a fascination too. Some are just too attractive to throw away. I asked about the label, and yes, they wanted to keep it too. I've removed it from inside the shirt and hand stitched it to his back once he'd been stuffed. He's been finished with a beautiful bow in matching ribbon.
As I wanted to keep the pocket and I wanted to use the buttons as the fastening. I stitched the two fronts together at the side seams to form one piece and then some creativity was required. I needed to fill the gap where the sleeves had been removed. Using off cuts, I patched these areas and used a decorative stitch to applique them in place. Due to the pattern of the fabric, these areas are not immediately obvious, and once quilted and the cushion is made up, you only find these sections by accident or if you're looking for them.
A cushion insert was made to fit inside and now Bernie can rest comfortably with his cushion. It felt so cruel packing him up to go in the post. If he was going somewhere closer, I would have happily hand delivered him.
Here is a slide show video so you can see Bernie as he comes together from beginning to end.
It's been quite a week here, what with a sick dog and a bad back. It may have been the shock of having a clear out and sending out three very large bags of fabric. Actually, it was quite therapeutic. Most of the fabric I have (apart from quilting fabric) has been gifted to me, or I acquired via Freegle. Last week, there was a plea from someone looking for bedding, curtains or clothes she could use to refashion clothes for her little girl. It was perfect, I received it free, so, what I wasn't going to use in the foreseeable future, I was going to pass on.
It's gone to a wonderful home. She's a lovely young mum with an adorable daughter. They both love fabric and she's already started to make things from it. With the clear out, comes the freedom to breathe and create. Any one else find that? It seems to give a fresh impetus to the creative process.
During the tidy up, Finley got himself a new bed. His last one had to be thrown out, it had been in the wrong place at the wrong time when one of the boys was ill.
All my fabric off cuts that are too small to be useful have been filling an old pillowcase and have been used for the filling. As soon as it was down, Finley was there. Actually, this is a depressed Finley, it was the start of him not being well. He ended up at the vets Thursday, had to go back Friday then again yesterday for the all clear. Good job he's happy to have a cheap bed, vet bills need to be paid!
This was a bit of a bonus project this week, and it was quite fun to do. I needed some before and after photos for a page on the website so that meant I had to make a cushion from a shirt of blouse. The boys didn't have, or weren't willing to give up any of their shirts so I went looking in the depths of my wardrobe. I found a blouse that didn't fit me and looking pretty in the wardrobe wasn't what it was meant to do. I rescued it and took it downstairs and before it had time to realise what was happening, it was under the knife.
Actually, I think it looks better after the transformation than it did before. I just hope the process wasn't too painful. I just love that each of these cushions can be so different. I've given the cushion the ties from the original blouse to keep it's personality and it's ended up being a fun make.
I've now got the photos I needed, and I have a bonus cushion which will find it's way here very soon. If you want to have a go at transforming a shirt or blouse into a cushion, all the details are here. It's the free class for subscribing to the Create with Loopy newsletter.
Today, I'm hoping to go back to the planned make, I have an embroidery that is waiting to be put in it's final setting.
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I had to get the overlocker out yesterday, so while it was out, it was the perfect time to do a repair job. This towel has been giving good service for many years, since the boys were little, but as you can see, it's beginning to show signs of wear and tear. The rest of the towel is still good, it's just where the trims have been added.
I just ran the overlocker through to enclose the raw edges. The towel might be slightly reduced in length, but as it was a bath sheet, it's not going to cause any problems. In fact, one of the boys has already used the towel and not noticed.
The trouble with not liking to waste anything, I'm now wondering what to do with this trim. It's too good to throw away. I think I have an idea brewing, but what would you do?
I have had a lifelong love of crafts which started with being taught how to knit at a very young age. It didn't take long to realise that great joy and satisfaction came from making things. Even now, I get a thrill seeing something that started just as an idea, becoming a finished product, whether I make it, or teach someone else how to make it.