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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!

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Papercut Cards

A few months back, I treated myself to a craft knife. I haven’t used it much, but was quite pleased with the cupcake card I made with it, so decided to try more papercutting.

When making the cupcake card, I cut the image out of paper and stuck it to a card blank. I was feeling more adventurous second time round and cut the image out of the card blank instead and stuck coloured paper behind it.

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This card is for a birthday.

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And I used this one to RSVP to a wedding invite. I’m really pleased with them both and will definitely make cards this way again. It is quite effective and relatively quick.

Fabric Flower

I find it difficult to stitch in artificial light, particularly when sewing white on white as I am currently on my WIP, so decided to take a little break from that and do a quick make instead last night. This is what I made:

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It was really quick and easy! I’d seen a couple of blogs with these on yesterday and felt inspired. It is made completely from my stash.

This is how to do it (excuse the dark photos – it was late at night!).

1. Cut out 7 identical circles. I used thin felt and drew round a small glass with a fabric pencil then cut out by hand.

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2. Fold one of the circles in half

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3. Then fold that into thirds

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4. Use glue to stick one of the sides onto another circle (which will be your base circle) and repeat it with the other five circles.

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I found that the “petals” moved quite a bit so I actually ended up doing a stitch at the bottom of each petals to hold it in place. This also had the benefit of the petals not unfolding. The glue, once dry does hold it in place, but I’m impatient!

5. Adorn the centre with something! I used one of my ebay buttons, but sequins and other things would also work.

Ta Dah!

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As I used felt and a glass as my circle my flower is quite big. It is very flexible in terms of size and uses! 

Many thanks to chic envelopements whose tutorial I read before making my version. You can find her tutorial here. It’s better than mine and her pictures are much easier to see!

Crochet Flowers!

I learnt some of the basic stitches of crochet (chain, treble and slip) whilst doing my crochet squares, but you can do so much more. When I saw Make and Do were doing a workshop on crochet flowers I jumped at the chance to join them.

Crochet flowers start differently to squares, by making a loop, which was a bit fiddly, but once I had that I was away! Each layer of petals starts off with a ring foundation and you do the petals onto the ring with just a double (a new stitch to me), a chain, trebles, a chain, then a double again. I suffered from poor counting and had to restart my first layer of petals after finding I’d only done seven spokes instead of eight oops! Later on, after I’d thinking I’d finished my first layer, I realised I’d gone into the wrong bit of the flower and had to pull it back.Unlike last time I wasn’t completely clueless – I just couldn’t count and made a few silly mistakes. I now have the confidence to pull back work and start bits again, but it is hard if you’re starting out. Unfortunately one girl completely gave up and left and another just decided to do a rectangular piece (i can’t do that!).

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Once the first layer of petals was done you have to join the next one. This involves turning your work over and working on the wrong side and forming new base loop type bit for your next petals to go from. This only involved chain stitch and trebles round the prongs and was required serious thinking at first, but I soon had that done. I also changed colour as this was the perfect time. Then it was back to the right side for your petals, which were one treble wider this time. Just as the workshop was ending I finished that layer and cut off the wool.

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Ta Da! Then I realised I’d skipped a petal on the outer layer. I took some wool and decided I’d need to go backwards. I actually pulled it back (I had to go halfway round) on the second of my two bus journeys and also redid half on the bus too! As soon as I got home I finished the layer again. It would have been much easier if I’d counted properly to start with. As I had snipped the wool I had to join a new bit in and that didn’t look amazing. Oh well, this is my first attempt!

Sensibly at this point (11:30 on a school night with my usual 6am get up) I should have gone to bed, but crochet is addictive! I started another layer of petals with the purple wool I had for the bag. I did a couple of petals then forced myself to go to bed. I put my crochet in my work bag, thinking I’d finish it at lunch.

As I’m still waiting for the DVLA to give me permission to drive, my commute currently involves some walking, a bus journey and a train trip. I decided to do some crochet on my bus trip in – after all I’d managed it on my way home! It got a bit tight when someone sat next to me, but I got a few petals done. It was also nice that a lady I see every morning on the bus spoke to me as I was doing it – we’ve never spoken before! I then finished off the layer on the train (just!) but had to wait until I got to work to cut the end of the wool. I then couldn’t do any more as I didn’t have a darning needle.

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It didn’t take me long to actually finish it at home. I just darned the ends in, added a button on the front and turned it into a brooch by adding a brooch finding.

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Being my first attempt at these it’s not perfect. The tension is a bit too tight in places, but as they can be used as brooches, on hats, bags etc I think I’ll probably make more!

Wool Flower

Remember these?

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Every time I buy something in one of the shops in Reading I see these next to the till. I’ve been thinking I’ll treat my friends eldest daughter to one next time I see them, but the other day I decided to get one for myself! I had an idea of how I could use one with my crochet squares, but more of that when that project is finished.

It doesn’t take long to get a tube of wool once you’ve got going (although it took a while to get the knack of it as it had been a long time!). Once you have a reasonable length ( I used just over 50cm ) you can turned this into a flower using just the ends of the wool and a wool needle. I turned mine into a brooch with just a button (I seem to use buttons a lot atm) and a brooch finding.

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