Friday, 18 August 2017

Patch it!

Hello lovely people!

I have been loving all the embroidered clothes in the shops over this year and clothes with a patch on them.  The only this is the patches aren't always my style.  So I went on the hunt for some and found some lovely patches on  I bought some and the makers of these patches have kindly let me add links to their shops just in case you wanted to go take a peek!

  This super cute patch is from mini felts .  I just love unicorns at the moment and this wee patch just makes me smile.

These quirky patches are from Katie Abey designs.  They are just full of fun and made smile,,, especially the be nice or go away patch.  I hope that she makes more patches because I would love to purchase more of her designs. 

This bold patch is from Jane at number 13  who has a lot of different patches and adds new ones so you need to keep checking back in her shop.

I bought quite a few patches from Silver clock threads .  I just loved all the craft themed ones and have my eye on the typewriter key patches too.  I haven't used the heart patch on my jacket as I want to keep it for a dress I'm making for my wee girl.

This lovely patch is from Half stitch embroidery .   I just loved the wee bee and thought it would look good on my pink denim jacket.  I also love a few more of her patches so will be adding them to my favourite list on etsy :)

I decided to put most of the patches on the left hand side of the jacket.  Think that is because I am left handed and it just felt right for me.  I carefully matched my thread to the edge colour of the patches.  I like to sew them on but you can just attach them using the iron.

This is the back of the denim jacket.  I kept the last two patches quite close together and I still have lots of space left on the back and the sleeves in case I see anymore I like.

One very happy lady in my custom patch jacket :)

Dittery Dot

Christmas Stockings

Hello lovely people!

I have been getting ready for Christmas....I know it's a bit early but I just didn't know when I would get time to make them with a little one to look after.

So I have been making them during nap time and bedtime to make sure that no little curious fingers get into my fabric stash :)

I started out by free hand drawing a stocking shape on pattern paper.  I wanted it to have a slightly pointed toe....bit like an elf boot.

Once I had done this I laid it out on a beautiful tartan fabric and cut 2.  I also cut the same boot out of a fine linen fabric too.  

Once all the bits were cut out I was trying to decide what design to have on the stocking....this took a while!  I wanted a snowflake or a heart with hand stitched names but it just didn't look right at all.  A friend suggested a reindeer......which looked like a deformed dog!!  Finally I settled on nice big bold letters.

I drew around the letters I had made out of pattern paper and place my tartan fabric under the linen one and pinned it in place.  Then I free hand stitched the letters.  Once this was done I carefully cut away the linen to reveal  the tartan under it.

I stitched the tartan and the linen stocking separate because one was for the lining.  I used a 1cm seam allowance on all of this project.  You need to make sure you have your right sides together when sewing the top and don't stitch it all the way closed, you need to leave a small gap so you can turn it inside out.

 So you can see I have left a gap here.  It just big enough to turn my stocking inside out.

Once I had done this I hand stitched it closed.

Then I turned it down and added a fancy bobble trim to the edge.

And voila!  I have a lovely set of matching family stockings that will hopefully last us for years!

Dittery Dot

Friday, 14 July 2017

A House For A Little Mouse

Hello lovely people!

I have been a busy bee making some little toys for my wee girl.  I'm hoping that they will be ready for her Christmas or birthday.

I bought this lovely wooden cigar box on ebay and thought it would make a good playset.

I wanted to make it a little house playset with a bed and small doll.  I decorated it will scraps of paper and fabric and came up with this in the end.

I made small bed covers and knitted a throw too.  I used thimbles and bobbins to make flower pots and a scrap of material to create curtains.  The chest of drawers is matchboxes that are glues together and have a bead for a handle.

Dittery Dot

Friday, 30 June 2017

Custom Baby Blanket

Hello lovely people!

I was asked by a friend if I could have a go at making a baby blanket out of her favourite baby clothes.  I was a bit apprehensive as I haven't made one before and didn't want to ruin her clothes.  But I gave it a go and took my time!

First I used a quilting square to make sure all my shapes were exactly the same size.  I used 20 squares to make this blanket.  It worked out to be just the right size for me to sew on my machine.

I laid them out on the floor and made sure I was happy with the final arrangement before I stitched them together.  I did this in strips to make it easier to join up at the end.

Once the top layer was stitched together I pinned this to a piece of lovely soft felt material.  I had to put pins in each corner of the squares to keep everything in place.

Once it was all stitched together I used some bias binding to tidy up the edges and it was done!  I think it turned out really well.

Dougal thinks so too :)

Dittery Dot

Monday, 12 June 2017

R is for ....

Hello lovely people!

It has been a while since I posted but I have had this wee bundle of giggles to look after!

I finally found a wee bit of time to make a really lovely plaque for Robyn's door.  I used a metal wreath ring that I bought from a craft shop and covered it in some pretty blue ribbon that had tiny robins on it.

My mum bought a lovely wooden R and I wanted to use it in this project because I didn't want it to get chipped if it was hanging on a door handle.  So I used a hot glue gun to secure it to the ribbon.

I ran out of ribbon just as it was neatly finished so I decided to add a lovely chiffon rose I had made a few years ago and some fancy sparkly butterflies.

Dittery Dot