Friday, July 20, 2012

Free Doll Pattern.......

Colleen Babcock over at The Magic Bean is offering a free doll's a very sweet little doll.

Here's a bit of Colleen's description from her blog........

"step by step photo instructions not only include how to sew and make the doll's body it also includes how to make her little knickers, shoes and a completely reversible dress.    The instructions also cover some great sewing tricks like using French seams and "stitching in the ditch", so this project is also a great opportunity to improve your sewing skills."

Not only is she offering this pattern but in later weeks there will be a pattern for pajamas and slippers:) 

This is a great Christmas gift for some little girl...or big girl....that you know.

L'il More Than Your Average Rag Doll Free Pattern and Tutorial


Thursday, July 19, 2012

July TUSAL......

Last month.....empty.

This month......

I also have a jar for the bits I snip off as I sew. I'm a bit of a neat freak when it comes to threads and bits around my sewing machine.

You'll see lots of mauve and green because I been making this......

Water Lily online class with Colleen Babcock

If you want to know what a TUSAL is go to the tab on my menu bar or go and visit.....It's Daffycat:)

Take care:)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Handmade bags with textile artist Marilyn Pipe

I thought this was pretty interesting. I'm still looking for an idea to use the bag handles I received from the Felt Fairy in January....maybe I will give this a try.....

Soggibottom Giveaway......

Made by Karina

This lovely handmade necklace is being offered by Soggibottom as a giveaway. Go over and visit and see what it's all about:)

Until July 22nd.....

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Monthly Makes For July....So Far

The Felt Fairy

I think I have been busier this month making things than I usually am. Maybe because the weather is so hot and I'm inside trying to stay cool.

Here is a Goddess style doll.......sort of a Wild West vibe:)

Here are two Dotee dolls I made for a swap......

I made another Woodland Elf this time in blue for my sister-in-law......

And, a faux crazy quilt scrappy pillow......yesterday's experiment.

I have also been taking a five week on line class to make a doll called Water Lily. This is the last week and I'll show that finish next week:)

Take care.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Textile art - creating new surfaces using fabric scraps

So after I found out all about yo-yos and puffs I did a bit more searching and I found this video...

I have lots of little bits of fabric as my mum taught me by example never to throw any fabric away no matter how small and insignificant a bit. She had a lot of sayings one being "waste not, want not". She used bits as trim on aprons and pillows and anything and everything. She really liked to make her own buttons too.

So I looked for some bits that were sort of coordinated but really I was looking for the smallest pieces I had.


I had two pieces of muslin about 14 in x 15 in that I used for the backing and just randomly placed the bits to cover the muslin.

I didn't have any organza but I did have some scraps of bridal tulle so I used that instead. Then I randomly stitched here and there both ways. Anyone who is a whiz at FMQ would be able to make a lovely pattern but as I was just experimenting I did any old thing. My goal was to make sure the bits were anchored down.

The did tone down the colours of the fabrics but I now have two very sturdy  pieces of fabric to make something with....maybe a pillow for my sewing room:)

I added some odd pieces of fiber threads

Would I do this again...absolutely. I can see all kinds of uses for this idea. I have box of bridal tulle and crinoline netting in pale mint green from my DIL's prom dress and I have been wondering what to do make with it....hmmmm:)

Take care.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sewing Fabric Yo-Yos and Suffolk Puffs....

I don't know about the rest of you but I seem to have lots of little scraps of fabric that I don't want to throw away. I was looking around for an easy project to use these bits up that I could do while watching TV or listening to the radio or even sitting outside on the deck. I've also noticed recently that yo-yo puffs or Suffolk puffs have had a revival of late so....

I found this idea on Free Projects - Sewing Projects. It's a PDF but I have copyied it here for you to see.

It reminded me of a tablecloth I made many years ago. You could make it in any size or any shape.

Just in case you have never made a puff before..... here are two videos to show you how.........

 Here is the link to the file that she mentions in the video...... you page down you will find a graft for your yo-yo designs.

So puff away...................:)

Take care.

How To Make A Mannequin Pincushion......

I thought this was kind of cute and very easy too. A nice gift for someone who sews......

Here is the website that it comes from for further information and the template..........DIY Dish.

Take care:) 

p.s. Is it just me but these girls remind me of Marie Osmond...?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I love to be nosy.....:)

On July 14th, Karen over at  My Desert Cottage will be hosting her annual event.......Where Bloggers Create.

I didn't manage to get to everyone's space last year but those I did visit were really wonderful. It's amazing how people manage to find places to create.

My blog won't be participating in the above blog event but that won't stop me from being nosy and taking a look:)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Fabric Postcards.....

My online doll club is having a challenge to make Fabric Postcards with the theme "Lazy Summer Afternoon".

We can make as many cards as we want as long as they are made from fabric...the card can be stitched, painted, have small amounts of paper, photographs and embellishments but predominantly it must be made from fabric.

These cards are not going to be exchanged as it is a "show and tell" challenge only.

I have only made one fabric postcard before for a swap and at the time I didn't know that there are "rules". So this time I thought I'd do a bit of research.

Here are some videos I found on YouTube........there are lots more:)

I found a couple of Flickr groups for inspiration too.....

Take care:)