After many months of handstitching a whole heap of hexies, I finally finished my hexagon cushion. In-between the foreverness of all that stitching and sewing the last piece of the cushion panel together, this project sat in my 'forgotten' cupboard for well over a year. Whoops.
I actually sat down at my sewing machine late last week and whipped myself up a new lunch bag. It came together quickly and I also made good use of some cute apple fabric that I've had hiding in the cupboard for well over a year.
My other lunch bag was tiny and slightly annoying because there was no room for my sandwich Tupperware container, so this time around I used Martha Stewart's oilcloth pattern and it's a fantastic size. I'll just throw it in the washing machine every so often!
What about you - lunch box or lunch bag?
Yesterday was Easter bunny making day at my house:
Hooray! One bunny all happy and sewn:
Then, just like that -----> they multiplied:
That's my happy Easter sewing all done and dusted. Tell me, do you make goodies for Easter, give chocolate eggs or perhaps not celebrate at all?
P.S. If you would like to make your own Easter bunny, the pattern and tutorial is over HERE.
Ta-da! Presenting to you my crumpled mess of cottons:
Add in some mini wooden spools:
Plus a whole heap of winding:
...and you have the best embroidery cotton storage idea in the world!
How cute are they??!!! Love!
Here are some itty bitty details for you:
My girl made mittens on Thursday.
Sweet, warm and delicious mittens.
She delved into my felted jumper stash that I've been slowly building up - I machine stitched them together for her and she hand stitched on the heart.
Sure, we're still in the middle of summer here right now, but I'm sure winter won't be far away. Sigh.
Here are the remainder of my embroidered squares that I finished at camp. I started that extra square last night, but flaked it before it was done. Ahh, well. Hoping to finish that one off today - it's a babushka doll.
Here are the other squares. Excuse the blue pen that's still showing on each square, I haven't had a chance to wash it off yet.
This little owl is one of my favourite squares, inspired by our camping trip. No, we didn't see any owls, but camping and owls seem to go hand in hand. Yes?
The pinwheel was drawn on late at night and I started stitching in the dim caravan light. After a few stitches I realised that it was turning out to be slightly off centre, so I added in the little brown dashes of wind, to even it all up a bit.
The last square was a simple heart and I'm quite fond of the colour combination for this one.
That's all for now. We're off to see Hugo at the movies today - have you seen it? I'm positively excited after watching the trailer.
One of the other projects that I packed for camping, was my long term embroidery. I say long term because I started it back in March 2010 and then lost interest. As you do.
I haven't photographed the other squares yet, but I will soon. If all goes well, I might even have a couple of extra to share. I really want to get this finished and turned into a cushion, soon!
Today I have several projects on my desk and they're overflowing to the floor as well. We desperately need a dust catcher on the caravan door, so I just went with this heavy duty fabric that I had in the cupboard. I'm not really that fond of it actually, but I needed something f-a-s-t because we're heading away soon AND it's really just for a dust catcher, after all.
The floor is covered with plain fabric for the van curtains. They're cut out to size & today I'm going to start pinning, hemming and sewing them all up. There's nothing quite like leaving curtains to the last possible minute!
I have craft packing to do too. I'm going to use this laminated bag that I bought in Kuala Lumpur & fill it full of half finished projects to do. I only have a million of them to choose from...
I'll be back later today with more to share too! See you soon.
On my desk this week - fabric hexagons!
One of my big goals for 2012 is to squeeze in more crafting and complete a few of the unfinished projects that I have hidden away in the cupboard. Of course, being a brand new year it was very tempting to start something fresh, but I decided to begin January by plodding away at something from the incomplete pile.
Early on in 2011, I hand sewed what seemed like a million hexagons together into a square. But, the square was too big for what I have in mind now, so hello stitch ripper!
Then, it was onto pulling out all of those pesky cardboard hexagons...
And finally time to pop it all in a huge hoop for the final wave of stitching:
Right now I'm slowly working my way through hand quilting all of hexagons into place, then onto sewing up the square into a cushion for the caravan. Maybe even later this week, if I can stay on track!
Do you have any new year projects on the go?
I've had Scandinavian Stitches: 21 Playful Projects with Seasonal Flair sitting on my book shelf for a few months now, with a million projects flagged for sewing. Yesterday I finally got off my bottom and sewed the road pillow out of the book:
It's another handmade Christmas gift to pop away, this one for my 7 year old nephew. I really enjoyed making the pillow and it was great to cross another gift off my making list. I upsized the pillow from the one in the book and drew out the pattern pieces a little larger by hand, to suit.
It took me a good afternoon to sew up - the individual houses, bus, etc.. were slightly time consuming to cut, iron on and sew. I think it's a lovely design for a little boy to pop on his bed. The photos are a little bit blurry - I snapped them this afternoon & forgot to check them on my camera before uploading...you get the idea though!
What have you made for Christmas so far?
Me: Don't forget you've got a birthday party this weekend, Bella.
Bella: I know and are you going to make something for it?
Me: We might buy a present this time, don't you think?
Bella: No, because Eva really likes handmade, art and soft toys. Toys like handmade toys Mum.
Hmm, sounds like I needed to get my making skates on then. Some of this afternoon was spent tracing, cutting and sewing up another peg bear. I just need to do some final stitching and then add some stuffing.
Next on the list is Christmas sewing. I've started drawing up an agenda for that tonight, hooray!
I live with my husband and 2 children in Tasmania, Australia. I love to make nice things, spend time with my family, travel, bake yummy treats, read pretty craft books, give handmade gifts, toast marshmallows in our wood fired oven & live a lovely life.