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Hand stitched Netbook sleeve March 14, 2011

Posted by Sarah in backstitch, bag, buttons, cosy, cotton, Craft, fabric, hand made, home made, Letters, Pattern, recycle, reuse, Saponify, sewing, thrifty, wool.
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Finally – I’ve actually managed to take a photo of something I’ve made and post it on here!

This little Netbook sleeve was made by me last night while sitting on the couch watching television.  I stitched the entire thing by hand, as we’re in the process of packing up our house for a move and I can’t find the sewing machine.  Even if I could find the machine, finding a flat surface to use it on that’s not covered in curing soap for my business would prove to be quite the challenge!

I’ve held on to this piece of fabric for about 4 years, waiting for the right project for it.  It is a sample piece by Kvadart, called Letters.  It’s quite thick and strong – made from a blend of 50% cotton, 42% new wool and 8% nylon.  Perfect for keeping our tiny new Netbook safe from scratches and bumps.

I pinned the fabric right sides together with the Netbook inside, and then backstitched up the sides with embroidery floss.  I then used my pinking shares to cut off the excess fabric, turned it right side out and slid the computer into it’s new sleeve.  I added the button and tie to prevent any unfortunate accidents of the laptop-sliding-out-of-pretty-new-case-and-heavily-hitting-the-ground variety.

Fabric – gifted
Button – gifted
Embroidery thread – $0.15
Yarn tie – $0.01
Total cost for this project – $0.16!

Frocktober (day 31) October 31, 2010

Posted by Sarah in buttons, clothes, cotton, dress, fabric, flowers, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, me, recycle, reuse, Second Hand, Thrifting.
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Today is the final day of Frocktober 2010.  I have successfully completed my challenge!

Would you believe that I actually have more frocks than the 31 required for Frocktober?  Off the top of my head I can count another 5 that have not been worn for this month’s challenge.  Most of them need some alterations, or just a little TLC.  I’ll be fixing them up for summer over the coming weeks, and hopefully I’ll get around to posting before and after shots for the world to see.  If not expect to see them next year for another round of Frocktober fundraising!

Frocktober may be over for another year, but you can still donate online for another couple of weeks.  I’ll be doing a round-up post in the coming weeks with my final fundraising total.  If you haven’t donated yet there is still time!

Dress:  This is an oldie but a goodie.  I picked it up from a local Salvos store a few years back for the grand total of about $6.  It’s about two sizes too big, but the roominess is what makes it such a great summer dress.  It’s quite nice to have a dress that’s cotton, and loose under the arms for sweltering summer Sydney days.  I’ve been meaning to take it in for ages, but the more I wear it, the more I realise that it’s just fine as is.  All it needs is a securely fastened belt and it’s perfect.  I am going to change the buttons though.  That’s the least I can do.  Goodness knows what possessed the designers to put ugly desert brown buttons on such a colourful, fun frock.

 

 

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

 

 

Fabric Backgammon Board Game October 26, 2010

Posted by Sarah in backgammon, birthday, buttons, fabric, game, gift, green, hand made, home made, Pattern, recycle, reuse, sewing, thrifty.
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If you had asked me a week ago if I’d ever played backgammon my answer would have been no.

This is what I said to the Mr when he asked me if I had played before.  I said that I’d like to learn though, so he downloaded an iphone app for it and taught me to play.  We both agree that it’s a great game.  It’s one of the oldest board games around.

Fast forward one week and we’re both slightly addicted to the game!

I wanted to do something special for J for his birthday this year.  He turned 30 today you see, it’s a pretty special day.

I had originally planned on buying a vintage set online, but after some searching I found them to be way out of my rather meagre current budget.

This is what made me decide to make my own backgammon board for him.  I remember seeing one on a blog many moons ago that someone had made.  I couldn’t find the link, or any free patterns online yesterday, so I decided to design it myself.

Yesterday afternoon I drew up a pattern, cut out my fabric, and pieced it together.  I made the board the exact size of our coffee table so that we can play while we sit on the couch at night.

I made the board entirely from things that I found about the house.  A very thrifty project indeed!

The green fabric came from a thrift store in Batemans Bay.  It’s very thick felt, like what you would find on a snooker or pool table.

The white fabric is a thin wool, perhaps from a blanket.  I purchased that from Reverse Garbage in one of my fabric gathering outings.

The backing fabric is a Japanese cotton, something that I bought from Tessuti ages ago.  I had been waiting for the perfect project to use it on, and I think it works really well.

The pieces/chips are buttons that I picked up from a local thrift shop ages ago.  I got about 150 of them for $1 I think.  I plan to sew or glue little circles of coloured felt into the tops of the buttons, but the white stickers are doing a fine job for now.  I found the organza bag in amongst my craft goodies, perfect for storing the pieces.

The only thing that I don’t have is the 4 dice, but they can wait.  In the meantime we’re using an iphone dice app!

I’m off to pack a picnic lunch for us to share today.  It’s a glorious day for a birthday picnic I think.  Happy birthday honey!

Frocktober (day 13) October 13, 2010

Posted by Sarah in buttons, clothes, cosy, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, home made, kings cross, me, recycle, refashion, Second Hand, sewing, thrifty, wool.
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Today’s Frock is one that I made for myself last year for Frocktober.  I wear it far more often than I ever thought that I would, which is a nice surprise.  It’s super comfortable, and goes really well with my bright pink tights!

Dress:  Wool crepe, handmade by me.
Cardigan:  Ruby, NZ

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

Little Elephant for a little friend July 30, 2010

Posted by Sarah in birthday, buttons, Craft, Elephant, fabric, family, gift, hand made, home made, love, Pattern, recycle, refashion, sewing, toy.
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I made this Elephant for my Great-Nephew Felix’s 1st birthday.

I used a pattern from the Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp.  It was good using a pattern for a change.  I learnt quite a lot about construction while I was working on it.  I think the pattern could have had some better instructions at times, but mostly it was easy to follow.

The fabric that I used to make the Elephant came from my massive stash.  I believe this particular piece came from Reverse Garbage.  It’s a lovely soft thick knit, wool I think.  I must have thrown away the tag when I washed the fabric, so there’s no way to tell really.  The fabric inside the ears is the same wool that I used for this Kitty, a present for another little Nephew of mine.

My lovely big Sister was visiting this week, so I gave this little Elephant to her to take home to her Grandson.  I hope he likes it!

New Crafty Llama ‘Made It’ store open now April 7, 2010

Posted by Sarah in art, blanket, buttons, cosy, Craft, embroidery, home made, Made It store, recycle, sewing, whale.
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If you liked the look of my Whales, you should head over to my new Made It store.

Wilma, Wanda, Waldrick and the rest of the fine family of Whales can’t wait to meet you.

Keeping busy March 2, 2010

Posted by Sarah in art, blanket, buttons, Craft, draft snake, embroidery, fabric, home made, homemade jam, markets, recycle, refashion, sewing, snake, strawberries, whale.
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This weekend I’ll be at the Surry Hills Markets selling, among other things, these sweet little whale softies.  If you’re in Sydney this weekend come and visit me!

I’ll also be selling my handmade soaps, jams, draft snakes, and even some handmade picnic blankets.  Wish me luck!

Upcycled jumper made into whale soft toy February 6, 2010

Posted by Sarah in buttons, christmas, clothes, cosy, Craft, fabric, family, gift, home made, recycle, refashion, sewing, thrifty, toy.
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I made this little whale soft toy for my Great Nephew Felix for Christmas.  I took an old acrylic knit vest of mine, turned it wrong side out and cut out a whale pattern from it.

I stuffed him with polyfil, stitched matching eyes onto either side of his face and hand stitched a happy grin onto his face with yarn.

This was my first time sewing with knit fabric.  Next time I’ll make the seam allowances much bigger to make it easier to sew around the tail.

He was such a fun creature to make.  I think we might see more little whale friends around this house for gifts in the future.

Draft snake family November 27, 2009

Posted by Sarah in buttons, cosy, Craft, custom order, draft snake, fabric, felt, gift, home made, recycle, refashion, sewing, snake.
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Miss Maree placed an order with me for four custom-designed draft snakes for Christmas.  One for each of her brothers and their families, and one for her Mum.

Would you like to meet the family?

This is Florence!

Likes: Fairy floss, flourescent felt pens and flavoured fudge

Dislikes: Foul smells, figs and feral cats

And this is Herbert!

Likes: Hemingway, hummingbirds and hotdogs

Dislikes: Hermits, hunting and having to hurry

And this is Hunter!

Likes: haggling, habaneros and hula hoops

Dislikes: haggis, Halloween and housekeeping

And lastly, meet Cordelia!

Likes: Cordial, crumpets and cat naps

Dislikes: Car racing, cabbage and cellphones

Maree picked the family up last night.  She said that if she didn’t already have lilith she’d have snake-envy for Florence!

Hazel the ruffled hedgehog November 8, 2009

Posted by Sarah in buttons, Craft, fabric, felt, gift, home made, love, recycle, refashion, sewing, thrifty, toy, vintage.
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My little niece Sofia turns 2 next week, and I wanted to make her a special toy for her birthday.

I found this great tutorial for making a ruffled hedgehog on the lovely blog Matsutake. I’m pretty sure that Katie’s version is much more petite than Hazel, like handful size.  But that’s ok, Hazel is more the size of an actual hedgehog, and I like that.

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I made Hazel out of a great printed vintage polyester shirt that Mum gave to me a while back.  It wasn’t the right style or shape for me, so i’m glad it’s been upcycled!

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The purple and black ruffles are made from felt.  They took ages to sew on, I didn’t want to have any issues with a little person being able to pull them off and choke on them.

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Hazel is in the post and on the way to Sofia now, I think they’re going to make very fine friends indeed!