Monday, September 30, 2013

Jimmy Giraffe

My Jimmy Giraffe pattern is finished and now available to instantly download from Etsy, Craftsy or my shop.
You can make it in two sizes. The large one is 12 1/2" tall and the small one is 10" tall.
The pattern comes with a supply list and full instructions with photos to assist you. The pattern pieces are full sized and can be printed on A4 paper and there is a page of softie making tips and hints.
I'd love to see a picture if you make one!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Lowlands Beanie

As winter is never going to end Grace requested a beanie using the left over wool from her sister's hat. She chose the Lowlands beanie pattern and I made it the same shape as the Opus Spicatum I made her sister.  I love a worsted weight beanie, so quick, finished in a couple of days. The rest of the details on ravelry.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Giraffes and Mail

The giraffe pattern is getting a little bit closer.

Some nice mail this week from Miss Matatabi - cute cotton for a dress and some linen/cotton for a bag.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


The crazy weather continues down here, we just had 24 hours without power which the girls found very exciting. Me, not so much. I did enjoy the Uno by candlelight and the big slumber party we had, but I could do without the piles of washing, the freezer to sort out and it is still too crazy to hang anything on the washing line.
Luckily I finished these late the other night before the power went out. It has been ages since I made some bags like these. These are just a combination of  my standard bag patterns I have been making for years.
 Just one big change - I used webbing for the straps and turned them into messenger style bags.
 These are headed off to Loft in town, though I am very tempted to keep that read one.

Sunday, September 22, 2013


It has been a good weekend for sewing, so much rain and soooo cold. I thought it was nearly Spring a few weeks ago, but since then it has been horrible weather. So the girls played, read and watched dvds.  We painted our toenails in case Spring does appear and finished these little girls.

Thursday, September 19, 2013


There has been some late night softie sewing this week. Some of these are off to The Fremantle Arts Centre and some will be off to Loft.
 If you want to make your own platypus you can find the pattern on Etsy, Craftsy or in my shop.

Look who turned 1 today! Olive you gorgeous little thing, I can't believe you are 1 already!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Softie Sewing

It feels like ages since I have had a chance to make some toys. Making fabric piles and matching up fabrics for toys is one of my favourite things to do, but has become impossible with Olive. As soon as I make a pile it is destroyed. When I had an hour to myself the other day I made as many piles as I could and stacked them out of reach. So hopefully there will be more sewing this week.

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Last Week

The last week has been about road trips, cousins, mud puddles, cake and a house full of crazy small children. After a little cleaning and a few drinks to recover. I'm hoping the next week I might get a chance to sew a few things that are cut out and waiting for me.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Easy Fat Quarter Quilt Pattern

I have updated my Easy Fat Quarter Quilt Pattern and turned it into a pdf you can download from Craftsy. It can be found here!


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Thursday, September 05, 2013

More Spring Sewing

I think I am nearly at the end of the baby sewing for the moment. It really is a lot easier then sewing for 8 year olds. Much less negotiation needed, I get to choose the fabric and pattern.
I knew as soon as I saw this Briar Rose fabric by Heather Ross I needed to make something for Olive for summer. This is another pair of overalls using a pattern from Ottobre 4/2011.
A couple of pairs of the Oliver and S Puppet Show shorts, they are pretty quick to make without the pockets. I remembered that these not that big so made a size 18m-2yr for Olive.

 I should have thought about the pattern when I cut these, I only managed to get a couple of cute foxes on this pair and they are both on the back.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Opus Spicatum

When Milly was home sick a few weeks she didn't take off my beanie for three days and asked me to make her a new one. We searched ravelry and the stash and found Opus Spicatum. A great pattern for worsted weight yarn. Of course her twin needs one too. Same pattern, different colour. More details on ravelry.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Ottobre Smocks - Again.

There's nothing to say about this pattern that I haven't already said. I have made so many of them and I am sure I will make many more.
The pattern is in Ottobre 1/2008. Made with some Birch fabric with some Sketch as the contrast and 2 little butterfly buttons from the stash.

Another one for my niece who is one next week. I am not sure what this is, I have thrown out the selvedge, but I think it came from Fabricworm. More Sketch as the contrast. 
 My fabric shelves are a little full at the moment so as I spring clean I am going to list a few things on Etsy starting with some jelly rolls.

Sunday, September 01, 2013


It is the first day of Spring, not that you'd know it this weekend, we were nearly blown off our hill  yesterday, but I have been slowly spring cleaning the house and sorting out the girl's clothes and planning what I need to sew. There are a few little girls birthdays coming up soon and I thought I would sew for them too.
A dress from the same Ottobre as these overalls. It is basically just the same pattern, but quicker to make as there aren't all those snaps to deal with. I made it a little shorter as dresses aren't that practical while babies are still crawling.
 Some matching pants. I used McCalls 6494 which looks great and was easy to make. I didn't bother with the binding, just hemmed them and added the elastic, but I think they might be a bit poofy and large. I found a pattern in an Ottobre after I finished so I will try them next time.