Quilted Christmas gift tags

Hi everyone! Iโ€™ve been busy like a crazy caffeinated bee over the last two weeks. I wish I could show you allย of my completed projects, but that will have to wait until after Christmas!ย ๐Ÿ™‚ Today I wanted to share a tutorial for some re-usable Christmas gift tags. These are great becauseย I can use the sameContinue reading “Quilted Christmas gift tags”

Tutorial: Diagonal Quilt Sashing

Hello everyone! I’ve been a busy bee over the last couple of weeks, preparing for the crazy Christmas and Birthday season that is looming upon me! William was born two days after Christmas, and now I have a soon-to-be-niece arriving somewhere around December 14, so there is much to do! Luckily I had a coupleContinue reading “Tutorial: Diagonal Quilt Sashing”

Octopus Tutorial: Shake those booties!

Welcome to the final instalment in my tutorial series: making a softie octopus. ๐Ÿ™‚ So far we have: Constructed a round body piece, Made some cute scrappy legs, and attached the legs to the body. Now we are going to finish off with some scrap booties! In previous projects I have used denim cut fromContinue reading “Octopus Tutorial: Shake those booties!”

Octopus Tutorial: Cover that Tush!

Welcome to part three of my series on making a softie octopus. By now you have constructed the body, and made eight plaited scrappy legs. In this tutorial I will show you how to attach those legs to the body, and “cover that tush”! ๐Ÿ™‚ Preparation There are two quick things you need to doContinue reading “Octopus Tutorial: Cover that Tush!”

Scrappy Toy Tea Bags

I didn’t think I’d have anything to show for Finish It Up Friday, but at the last minute I’ve pulled it out of the hat. Or perhaps, the tea box? ๐Ÿ™‚ Here are some lovely tea bags, destined to be gifts for my daughter (the pink ones) and my youngest niece (the purple). How sweetContinue reading “Scrappy Toy Tea Bags”

Octopus Tutorial: Legs Alive!

Welcome to part two of my tutorial series on constructing an Octopus Softie! We have already constructed the body, and now we are going to make some plaited raggedy legs. ๐Ÿ™‚ In the last tutorial I made some suggestions about fabrics for the legs. If you haven’t already sorted this out, go choose some longContinue reading “Octopus Tutorial: Legs Alive!”

Octopus Tutorial: Constructing the Body

As promised in my last post, here begins a tutorial series on how to construct an octopus softie! For the first part, we will be looking at how to construct the body. For this tutorial I’m going to concentrate on hand sewing, but I have previously used a sewing machine to assemble the body parts.Continue reading “Octopus Tutorial: Constructing the Body”

Tutorial: “Windows” quilt top

I’m too proud of my new “Windows” quilt top to be done with it just yet! Today I’d like to share a tutorial on how to piece this for yourself. ๐Ÿ™‚ First up, I should mention that this is not my original design. I was inspired by this quilt I spotted on Pinterest, which IContinue reading “Tutorial: “Windows” quilt top”

Tutorial: Making yoghurt with fresh milk

Today I’d like to share with you how I make my yoghurt, using fresh milk. This is not the first method I’ve used: a long while ago now a friend in my Mothers’ group revealed she made yoghurt using a system she bought at our supermarket, and I was intrigued. Turns out, you can buyContinue reading “Tutorial: Making yoghurt with fresh milk”

Tutorial: Pillowcase seam repair

After our recent holidays I found myself with a lot of washing and sorting to do. This morning I came across this pillowslip, which had torn open where the pillow is inserted: This has been bugging me for a while, because it’s such a lovely pillowslip (I used this when I was growing up andContinue reading “Tutorial: Pillowcase seam repair”