Sunday, 21 June 2015

Teacher thank-you gift

... or I should also add Teaching Assistant gift!
Tissue holder

I haven't done a tutorial recently, so I have decide to do one! It's a simple tissue pack holder and can be adapted for any occasion, not just as end of year present for teachers. Thinking about it, they could also make useful wedding favours!!You buy little tissue packs, which are very neat until you open them to use one, the rest get tatty in your bag so you throw them away. But now you can keep them tidy!
Cut two pieces of fabric 19cm x 16cm, one to be your lining and the other to be the outer.

Iron a 1cm hem along the long side on both pieces.

Decorate the outer with ribbon as I have, or ricrac or even use some of those fancy machine embroidery stitches you never use. Remember the pressed hem is the bottom of the holder.
Make sure your decoration is right way up!

Put right side to right side, pressed hems at the bottom and sew along the sides and top edge.
Sew along sides and top - leave pressed hem open
Turn right side out, push out the corners and press.
Open pressed hem is the bottom

With right side in, seam the two sides together. I leave a little at the top to allow give, as tissue packs are different sizes, before I start the seam. Remember the pressed hem is the bottom of the holder.
Move the side seam along until it becomes a back seam and press the seam open (see photo).

The side becomes the back seam

Seam across the bottom seam now.
Seam across the bottom

Turn right side out!
Finished tissue holder - it will fit all the way inside!

I have even made a little card to go with it - as teachers get through lots of tissues! I will put some of these in my Folksy shop if you would like to buy one rather than make your own. It'll come with a card but no tissues, less postage like that.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Super Sunday

Yesterday, P and I went to The Frome Independent (in Somerset), their tagline is 'More than a Market' and they proudly proclain 'You can't but happiness (But you can shop at The Frome Independent and that's pretty close)'.
Flowers everywhere

If you enjoy going to markets you'll love The Frome Independent! A craft market in the Cheese and Grain, a lovely cafe and clean toilets!
Flea Market

 A flea market in the car park, and yesterday they had set up a village green. In July it's going to be Alice in Wonderland themed and August in becomes Frome-on-Sea.
A free park and ride is available - check the website.

The streets of Frome are filled with food and craft stalls of all shapes and sizes and contents, from cheese to cupcakes to belts made from bicycle tyres. Everywhere you go there are stalls.
Plants as well

Be warned though by lunchtime many of the cash points were empty!
These are muffins!

Catherine Hill has many vintage shops, Millie Moon (fabulous fabrics), Marmalade Yarns and the Suitcase Stalls - mini stalls set up on a suitcase, a wheelbarrow or tiny table.
Catherine Hill

We had a fabulous day browsing and may have returned with a few bags!
Extremely well organised and busy!

Friday, 29 May 2015

d is for ... dinosaurs

dinosaur roll

I have been trying to make some more things for boys lately and so my dinosaur range has hatched! I know girls like dinosaurs too, so I am hoping they will be popular.

pop in a bag or pocket and ready to go!
There is cute dinosaur mini bunting ..
mini bunting

and a pocket purse in the same fabric.
A cheeky dinosaur note book made from felt.

Finally a dinosaur carry roll, complete with six dinosaurs but you can always add more.
dinosaurs rule!

Monday, 4 May 2015


This week seems to be all about Work in Progress, with lots of projects on the go and as usual I think I've got rather carried away with what I've started! I am definitely not one of those people who start a project and work on it methodically to the end. I've got mini bunting waiting for the blue thread on the sewing machine ..
Mini bunting
Car carriers started to replenish my stock for next week-end's event
and why I then started on dinosaur carriers as well!
There's a bunny waiting to be made up using Rowan pure wool, so lovely to knit with and snuggle ...
And finally one thing I finished yesterday afternoon, a new owl design! I love mixing all the colours together for his tummy and this will make each one even more unique, but the problem is I feel like casting a new one on now in lots of other colours!!!

And a big pile of big bunting to sort out too!

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Mother of Dragons

All my babies!

Recently, I was asked to make twenty different baby dragons, to be used in a dragon hunt for St. George's Day. Our town was having a day to celebrate all things St. George and part of that day was to find twenty dragons in shop windows and solve the puzzle.
To make the dragons I used a super pattern mash up from Jellybums - of a crocodile with spines down it's back and added a pair of felt wings of my own creation.
My favourite colour combination - teal body with orange wings and spikes!

Each dragon was different - different faces and different body, spike and wing colour combinations. I'll be honest it was a labour of love, and on the final day I was up at 5am knitting, knitted during my lunch break and then up to 1am! But they are finished - and you can see a few of them in use on this web page here.
Some of my babies ...

... and some more!

Monday, 16 February 2015

Mini Make - Candy Cane Mouse

Candy Cane Mice
This month I have been asked to do a Mini Make activity with the WI ladies on the theme of Cheese and Wine. When I was asked, I thought of cheese and mice, but since watching Winterwatch I discovered mice don't actually choose cheese! But I stuck with the mice idea anyway!
This is really more of a Christmas tutorial, but you can be prepared, or give one as an Easter gift to someone who doesn't like chocolate (is that even posssible?!!!)
To make a mouse you need a small amount of felt, a candy cane, some fabric glue and some eyes. For my eyes I used black brads from here, but you can use buttons or just felt pen them on.I have checked, and candy canes are available on ebay if you don't have any left from Christmas.

Cut out a body, an ear piece, two inner ears (if wanted) and a nose.
Fold the mouse and pattern in half together and use as a guide to cut the two sets of slits.
Roll the ear piece up
Carefully slide the ear through the two slits at the head end, stopping in the middle.
Glue or sew ear patches on if you want - don't forget a nose!
Add two eyes you can use buttons, brads or even draw them on
Slide the candy cane through the slits in the tail and the loop created by the ears.

A wobbly template with sizes!

Sunday, 1 February 2015

The Bees Knees

Eleanor Burgess
January's WI meeting was all about bees! We had Eleanor Burgess, from The Beekeeping Ladies, give us a talk about Bees and how we can help them as gardeners. I have met Eleanor and her mum Rosemary many times at various fairs and really enjoy their company, as well as their lip balm!! I found out that Eleanor is the local bee inspector and thought what a great job! So The Beekeeping ladies were invited to give us a talk, and it was fascinating. Did you know during WWII bees had their own sugar rations at winter, and that's where the role of bee inspector comes from, it was their job to check the bees really were getting their sugar! Eleanor was full of information, and no matter what bee related question was asked, she knew the answer!
The Beekeeping Ladies goodies
The problem is, my mind is now buzzing with bee ideas ....