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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.

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!

My weekend February 8, 2010

Posted by Sarah in baking, clothes, cosy, Craft, custom order, dining in, embroidery, fabric, felt, food, friends, fruit, gift, green, home made, jam, preserving, sewing, toy.

It rained for days this past weekend.  It was the perfect weather for staying indoors and creating.

This is what my weekend looked like:

I made Jam.

And a sweet little bear for a sweet friend.

We have a bear who sits on our couch to keep us warm and humble.

A friend loved him so much that I was asked to make another for someone’s birthday.

We had said friend’s over to adopt their new Bear.  I made buttermilk scones.

We had the scones with my homemade jam – plum and cinnamon, and boysenberry.

I made this little peas in a pod toy for another friend.

And I stitched this jar cover while we watched a video last night.

I also made some extremely cute and very short sleep shorts.  Which I slept in last night, all smuggly proud of myself for having made them without a pattern.  Or measuring myself!

How was your weekend?  I hope yours was as gloriously peaceful as mine.

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.

December 6, 2009

Posted by Sarah in blue, Craft, embroidery, fabric, felt, gift, home made, kittens, love, recycle, refashion, sewing, thrifty, toy.

My newest newphew Sacha was welcomed into the world on the 23rd of November!  A little brother for my niece Sofia to dote on.

I made this kitty soft toy for him a few months ago, in anticipation for his arrival.  I finally posted it over to him in New Zealand last week, and his Grandma and Grandad took it over to him yesterday.  I used a pattern from the lovely Meet Me at Mike’s book.

The face of the kitty in the pattern is quite different to what I ended up sewing.  I think my kitty has more of a traditional cat’s face, I like this more.

The pattern didn’t include a tail, so I fashioned one for the Sacha’s kitty.  I think every kitty needs a tail, don’t you?!

The main fabric of the kitty came from an enormous thrifted woolen skirt I discovered at a local Salvation Army charity store recently.  The mushroom print on the belly is from a piece of heavy Japanese cotton from my stash.

(The stitching on the side of the belly looks a little rough because of my dodgy hand-finishing stitches.  If I made this pattern again I’d use the tail opening as the turning-right-side-out seam to fix that problem).

Leopold the draft snake November 9, 2009

Posted by Sarah in blue, cosy, draft snake, fabric, felt, green, home made, recycle, refashion, sewing, snake, thrifty, toy, wool.
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I’ve just listed this very sweet draft snake in my etsy store.


His name is Leopold.

He likes: croquet, croquettes and croque monsieurs

He disklies: crocodiles, croquembouche, and crocs


He’s keeping Harriet company at the moment, Archibald will be joining them shortly!

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.

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.


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!


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.


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

Bedside October 26, 2009

Posted by Sarah in art, blanket, clothes, cosy, Craft, crochet, fabric, flowers, gift, home made, kittens, knitting, markets, meme, My place and yours, scarf, sewing, silk, toy, vintage, wool.

Playing along with Pip from Meet me at Mikes.  This weeks theme is bedside and was chosen by Pottymouthmama.


The shelf that holds all kinds of fun things:

The Narwhal toy I bought for Joh in San Francisco

The French kitty my beautiful friend Josephine made for my birthday this year

Assorted Plush Microbes, and a zombie kitty

The enormous blanket that took almost an entire year to knit

Assorted warm things, hand made and vintage

My collection of PJ’s and nighties


My friend Rosa-may drew this incredible picture of me, wearing the crochet scarf she made for me.  I love it so much!


The set of drawers that my grandfather made for my mother, that I repainted blue as a teenager.  I had been holding on to the lamp stand for years without a shade waiting for the perfect thing, then one day I found this at the Surry Hills Markets.  It’s perfect in so many ways.  I’m so glad I waited until I found something I really liked.


On the wall is the gorgeous print entitled ‘making friends’ from the artists APAK.  I purchased it from the lovely Outre Gallery.  A little gift for Joh a few years back.  Just because I love him so.

A gift for a a little man named Felix October 10, 2009

Posted by Sarah in buttons, fabric, felt, flowers, gift, home made, sewing, snake, toy.
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My Niece Amanda and her boyfriend Ryan welcomed their son Felix into the world on the 10th of July this year.  That day is also my sister Lisa’s birthday.  She turned 40 and became a grandmother on the same day!  Special times for us all  : )


I’m now a Great-Aunt, and with that title comes much responsibility.  Like making really cool toys for birthday gifts.  Snakes, for example.


I love the way this photo makes it look like a snake-pretzel : )

Harriet October 1, 2009

Posted by Sarah in buttons, clothes, crochet, draft snake, fabric, felt, home made, recycle, refashion, sewing, snake, thrifty, toy, wool.
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EDIT:  Harriet has now been listed in my Etsy store.  Go on, make our day and buy her!!

Meet Harriet.


Harriet is a door snake.

She keeps you toasty warm by staying close to the door and keeping drafts out.  She’s also very useful if your city happens to have a dust storm.

She likes:  boys, new stockings and peanuts.

She dislikes:  dust storms, things that bite and sneezing.

She’s made from completely recycled materials.

She’s now in the craftyllama etsy store.  For now, she’s keeping guard at our front door, making me laugh every time I walk past.



Crochet kitty September 15, 2009

Posted by Sarah in black, Craft, crochet, gift, home made, kittens, toy.

My gorgeous friend Josephine made this crochet kitty for me for my birthday.  I love him!  He looks like quite the beatnik, don’t you think?


The details are amazing – he’s even got little toes and thumbs!  Josephine visited me earlier in the year and was just learning to crochet, and within a few months she’s produced this beauty!  He’s resting on a Heather Bailey handbag pattern Josephine also sent to me.  Talk about spolit!  I may just make the handbag this afternoon :)

Thank you so much honey!  I miss you SO much!