Crafts of Christmas past

One neat thing about going home for Christmas is that my mother has still got all the silly little things I’ve made her in the past and I can revisit my old crafts (and see how much better I’ve got.)

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The little bear nativity set. Mostly hand stitched which meant they took ages… very pleased with how fuzzy Joseph bear is. It’s possible I only made two wise bears? The fleecy looking one is the shepherd bear of course. (90s.)

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Little owls. I made these a couple of years in a row and I believe a number of my friends may even still have their little owls. (00s)

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Little cats. I made these out of old t shirts and hand painted with fabric paint, hand embroidered faces. I made this ginger stripey one to look like Mum’s old cat Bilbo. (00s)

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I don’t think I made this angel to look like she was shrugging all the time, but there it is. I can’t recall where I got the pattern, probably from a craft book or a magazine. I’m still fond of her, all made of calico, even the hair, and some little roses on the front of her dress. The eyes are a little lopsided, but she still has a sweet expression. (Late 90s I think)

Cheery quilt and cat lap pet

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I had one of those days where I just wanted to make something. I don’t know what causes these days, but I’m thankful to have them and when I have the energy to actually follow up on the urge. So I grabbed a set of charm squares I had in my stash and just started cutting them and sewing them together at random. I loved how happy and warm the colours were so I added some fat strips of other fabrics out of my stash which seemed to complement the charm squares. Pinterest got me super into the white sashing so I added some nice thick strips of white, some left over bits of charm square for the corners and extra bits of strips for the border.

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Once it was together I added some cherry blossom inspired flowers appliqued to the white sashing and it really became pretty. I decided to give it to my workmate Aimee around this time, and to make it even more comforting Anna suggested I add a fuzzy cat so you could have it on your lap and pet the cat… instead of making it part of the quilt I made it like a plushie. Really happy how this came out, like a soft sculpture made with machine stitching and some hand embellishments.

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Ombre baby quilt

I made a baby quilt for one of Anna’s friends from chorus. I used inspiration from Pinterest, this post in particular. But I got a bit carried away with how many colours I wanted it to go through, so I added a scrambled colour border on the sides only.

Mochi has been very interested in this quilt from the start, see?

I’ve been pretty obsessed with applique ideas off pinterest, Anna requested whales and starfish and I really like the way they came out. (Detail photos below.)

Best photo of cat and quilt but there is also this one of her trying to catch my needle and thread as I hand sew on my lap.

The backing is blue panda bun fabric that Theresa gave me, and it looks super cute on the back. The colours all just mesh together nicely, and the dark blue binding pulls it together.

Whaley and starfishy.

Arm rest sewing caddy thing – Sunday crafting

For a while now I’ve been mistreating our couch, sticking pins in the arm rest, losing threads down the side of the cushions, always misplacing my scissors. It’s been a bit rough on some of our guests too… danger couch D:

Anyway I saw a bunch of these over the arm sewing caddies on pinterest. None were quite what I was after so I made up my own. No patterning or mock ups, just seat of the pants sewing and decisions as I went. It look me a couple of hours and everything is from my fabric/notions stash!

Here it is in action! Red starry fabric is leftovers from Anna’s classroom cushions project. The pale fabric with cats on is from an Ali Express order a while back, and the pincushion is made of scraps and selveges and stuffed with edges of batting cut off a quilt and some stuffing. I did one long pocket on the me facing side and divided it into four thread and scissors sized pockets.

On the overhang/non me facing side I added another pocket for balance, which turns out to be great size for the little chocolate tin I keep my safety pins in and a notebook can be stashed in there too.

I sewed some ribbon bits into the seams of the main piece and on the corners of the pincushion so I could tie it on, don’t want it falling off every five minutes after all. I added a little ribbon loop as well, as I always seem to be looking to hang things off the arm rest as well.

I sewed all the details and things to the red fabric and then backed it with a colour-in heavy drill style fabric Giffy got me at Ikea years ago. It’s good, because it’s heavy and grippy. I sewed them right sides together, turned it right way round and did top stitching over both layers to secure it. I’m super happy with the result, especially how quick it was, and am now looking at it wondering what else I could add… maybe a little fabric box behind the pincushion…

Extra soft cat bed

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When we got a cat, at the end of last year, I wanted to make sure she had a place of her own to sleep. The cat beds in the pet store were really, really expensive. I went through my fabric stash and found some extra soft polar fleece, some old extra long socks and whipped up this snuggly bed in a couple hours with a bunch of stuffing. Mochi was enamoured and used it devotedly for a while. Up until she decided there were better beds… But she’s back on it now, so hey, swings and roundabouts.

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