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Like many of you out there, I read a lot of blogs in Google Reader. However it is disappearing soon, and I need to find something else to use. A lot of you are using Blog Loving’ so I thought I’d give it a go!
As part of this I’m claiming my blog as mine!

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Wrist Pincushion

During my first session on Making Your Own Clothes my tutor showed us a pincushion she wears on her wrist whilst dress making. It means she always has pins to hand and doesn’t have to scrabble around. She gave everyone a copy of the pattern and here is my version:

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and on my wrist (well a bit further up my arm!)

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The pattern is fairly self explanatory and can be found here.

The pattern calls for soft and stable to stiffen the band. I don’t have anything that thick, so used sew in interfacing from my stash. I cut interfacing half the width of the band fabric (2″ rather than 4″).

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Yes, I did this after dark (which is not hard at this time of year)! The interfacing is 1/2″ shorter than the fabric, but if I was to do this again I’d probably leave a bit more as 1/2″ is not much when split between both ends!

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I then folded both in half length ways, and ironed the fold to make the creases more visible.

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Then I placed the interfacing in the fabric and folded the fabric over the edge so it was like a v shape. After unfolding I used the creases on the fabric to help place the Velcro. If I’d been able to have the machine out I’d have sewn the Velcro using it, but I sewed it by hand which took a while.

Today I used my machine to sew around the strap. I started at the end and went over each end three times before doing both sides. I also sewed around the circle, leaving a gap to turn through.

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I trimmed around the circle using my pinking shears before turning it the right way around. I only left a small gap which made it quite difficult! To save you stabbing yourself whilst wearing the pincushion you are advised to insert a circle of plastic at the bottom of the pincushion. I used the bottom of a pot noodle pot left after one of Mr M’s late night snacks. It’s virtually the perfect size!

To make the stuffed circle into a flower you draw your thread through the middle of the pincushion and around the edge and back through the middle. Initially I tried doing this using sewing thread, but when you pull on it to make it as tight as you want, it snaps! The pattern does actually say to use crochet thread, and luckily I found some in a charity shop last year. After initially trying with black thread that you couldn’t see, I quite like the contrasting thread.

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So, ta dah! I will take this to my next lesson on Monday. I wonder if anyone has made one? I guess I’ll find out soon…

This is another stash busting make. I used buttons the same when making my owl softies and I first used this fabric when making a needle case before I started blogging. The iron on interfacing used to strengthen the base of the flower and the sew in interfacing in the strap were both bought in to make clutch bags. It is quite nice to not have to go shopping to make something. Do you have a stash of crafty bits? Are you trying to make a dent in it? I’m still growing mine, and being able to make things straight off is one of the reasons I justify having it!

I’m A Winner!

On Christmas day I got a lovely email from Charlotte Searle, the brains behind anything with Musha in front. She not only wanted to wish me a Merry Christmas, but also wanted to let me know that I had won Musha Makes Christmas Giveaway. Woo Hoo!

Today I found a parcel waiting for me leaning against the front door. I will admit at this point I had forgotten what the prize(s) were, so it was all a very pleasant surprise. Apologies for the dark photos – it may be a new year, but it’s not getting lighter earlier yet!

The first thing I opened was the card. Isn’t it pretty?

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A piece of paper fell out as soon as I opened the card:

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£10 to spend at Charlotte’s shop – Musha Makes. I can’t quite decide what to spend it on as there is so much choice! I will let you know what I eventually choose….

Now that alone would have been a great prize, but there was more…

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The cracker contained this:

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I hope Charlotte doesn’t mind me using her photo of a Tomte. Mine was very, very dark. Unfortunately his nose had fallen off during his travels, but it’s already been fixed! I look forward to having him out next Christmas.

The best bit is this:

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A Tilda Vintage Doll Kit. How lucky am I? Musha Makes is an official Tilda retailer. I am looking forward to making this and wish I didn’t have to go back to work tomorrow, otherwise I’d be making this! I promise that I will show it to you when made.

I can only dream of being this lucky again 🙂

Mania for Making Crafts?

Just over a month ago I posted about a Daily Mail article about crafting being in fashion. After work on Thursday I logged onto WordPress and Facebook and found that a few people had put links to an article on the BBC News Website:

Etsy, Folksy and the Mania for Making Crafts

Opinions seem to be divided on the start of the article. Some say it is a bit condescending. The majority of the article gives some interesting numbers on people selling their crafts as well as short interviews with a few who do just that. If you have five minutes, I’d recommend reading it.

What with Kirstie’s Vintage Home starting on Thursday (I haven’t yet watched it – it is recorded waiting for me!), which although not a craft programme has crafting on it, and is on mainstream TV, crafting is definitely getting a lot more press at the moment. If you see the BHS Christmas collections this year, you can buy sewing machines and sewing boxes. You never used to see that a few years ago!

I’m starting to think crafting is “in”, but I’m not sure it up to mania levels yet. What do you think?

All the small things…

Is it a bad thing that I sang the blog name of my swap for Lakota’s Christmas Swap? Unfortunately I guess it gives a clue to my age! If you don’t know the song I’m thinking of, click here to see it on youtube.

Just as a reminder, this is what I need to do for this swap:

  • You will need a regularly updated blog and be willing to post when you receive your items from your swap partner.
  • You should send your swap partner between 3 and 5 items
  • There is a maximum spend of £12 (or equivalent)
  • At least one item – though more if you can – should be second hand, and  sourced from a charity shop, car boot sale, jumble, estate sale, eBay or similar.
  • At least one item should be handmade (although it doesn’t have to be handmade by you!)
  • One item MUST relate to a Christmas carol or song.
  • One item could fulfil several categories. A home-made white fluffy pom-pom garland made from thrifted wool could count as handmade, second hand and represent ’Let it Snow’, for example.

Looking through my swap partner’s blog, I am very impressed with her collections. Finding some things to add to Kathryn’s  collection in a relatively short period of time will be a challenge. I will be on the look out for vintage pyrex, utility china and all sorts! Luckily for me it looks as though she is a fantastic cook too, so maybe I’ll head down that route. You (and she) will have to wait and see!

I strongly recommend a look around All the Small Things. To have a look at some of the other blogs participating see Lakota’s post linking all the participants. I’m off blog hopping!

Woolly Hats!

I read about St Mungos Woolly Hat Day last week and wrote this post about it. I am not a knitter, but some of my followers are and a few said they may take part. Yey!

This is what the hat looks like on the St Mungos website:

The one Nana Cathy made looks even cuter! Go to her post here to have a look. I don’t tend to wear orange, but would wear the hat she made.

Well done Nana Cathy! I applaud you.

Little bowl or bucket bag – free tutorial!

This is by the lovely lady who taught me to crochet. She’s only recently started blogging.

Enjoy!

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Here’s a bit of a freebie – I have taught this method on Beginner’s Crochet classes as well – they are a great beginners project and the first things I ever made when my friend Boann taught me to crochet round the camp fire a number of years ago. I have written this pattern for complete beginners, so it might seem a bit Janet & John to some! 

This design uses three basic crochet stitches – chain, double and slip stitch which are the basis of many crochet patterns. Once you have mastered the little bowl or bag basics, you can make large versions in many different yarns, and add handles and embellishments if you wish. I have made them in coloured jute string to form a storage basket with a fold over top – you could make pen holders, plant pot covers, children’s play bags, handbags and even…

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