So as part of my making Christmas activities I’ve just finished some lovely lavender bags as Christmas gifts! Very simply: cut two heart shapes, sew round most of the hem, fill with lavender. Close the rest of thevhem. I added lovely little ribbon hooks and a cute little bow to each!
I think they look great!
I love using my sewing machine – but I haven’t done much on it since Lovely Girl was born as I was really nervous of a big stabbie machine in the same space a a toddler. But now she is a little more communicative I have started to try and get it out again. Of course she wants to help so I’ve also started sitting her on my knew and she holds the fabric I’m not using – or that I’m about to use and watches it working away. Yesterday I was making her other cousins presents (so many birthdays!) And she was doing a great job of being really patient. She started to play with other bits on the desk and found some money, as a result she asked for a bag – so I thought as we were sitting at the sewing machine we could make her one right then.
its really simple but a hit so worth it – I even think it looks pretty good. We took a remnant approx 30cm x 30cm, folded it in two hemmed inside out. Hem across the short side (aka the bottom) Turned out. So now you have a tube of fabric patterned both sides, approx 15cm x 30cm. Hem top. Turn up the bottom third of the material, hem up the sides. Turn out again. Now you have a pouch.
You can add ribbon or yarn as the strap. And I’ll be adding Velcro fastening – but you can use buttons, poppers or whatever takes your fancy.
Lovely girl is delighted and stuffed all of the objects from my desk inside straight away.
Lovely girl loves bears! So when she was given a bear with a little loop of string on his back she immediately declared that he was on a swing and ran around delighted! So I ask her if she would like a swing for all of her bears, of course she would!! So with cries of “me help, me help” we marched up to my remnants box where she chose her material. While she was helping we simply folded the material in half and safety pinned ribbon to each corner.
Then that even I took the swing to sew it all together, and this morning to her utter delight it was all finished!!
Easy to make:
Material roughly 30cms long and 16 wide. Three bits of dowel (or in my case two left over chop sticks and a bit of bamboo!) take the stick for the top, fold the fabric round and sew in place. Same for bottom. Then place the middle stick about 12cm up the fabric (the shorter length will be the seat base) then sew that in. Either notch the dowels and tie on some yarn or add ribbon and sew in place. Ta da! Happy toddler with very happy bears who now have a play ground under the bookshelf!! Happy days!
Woohoo I love leftovers. Not food leftovers, but makiedo over’s. They afford me the privilege of making new projects for free. These ribbon wands are just such a little project. They are really cute, little willow hoops and long ribbon tails and she LOVES swinging round and round with them, particularly swooshing one while trying to wear the other like a hat. Lucky in my makiedo leftovers I have most of a bundle of willow and obviously a ton of ribbon. Making willow projects is simple – the whole bundle cost me about 22 quid ages ago and it takes about 2 hours in cold water to be workable. So you just soak it then twist, twist, twist into these little hoops. Then just tie on any ribbons you have hanging around!
My Mum’s ace. She’s deserves lovely things made with love. She’s not just my Mum though – now she’s Eden’s Grandma. So to honour this I made her a pressie that she can enjoy with Eden too.
These aprons are really simple to put together. Simply cut your apron shape, hem round everything – add ribbons for ties and for the neck. I also added a cut pocket – the off cut from the arm shape.
For Eden’s apron exactly the same applies – just smaller. Then to make the letters I just free cut the felt and stick it on. Once on I tacked the letters so they don’t pop off when little fingers pick at them.
I love these – so much so I’m going to make some for myself!