Tag Archive | dog

Blanket for Little One

Every time I got out my crochet blanket Little One would make a beeline for it and make herself nice and comfy whilst I worked on it. I therefore decided that I would make one for her bed in the living room. I ordered the wool from Minerva and it arrived last weekend so it set to work on the blanket.

This is how the blanket is currently looking, I think it is probably about half done:


The colours go with the living room but I also feel that they also go beautifully with Little One:


She is already showing an interest by resting her head on my lap as I crochet, hopefully this means she’ll enjoy it when it is finished.

Knit ten, throw the frisbee

Thursday is my study day (soon to be my crafting day as my final exam is on May 15th) and I usually do my study in the morning and like to do something creative in the afternoon. When I awoke this morning I knew that I wanted to be outside, but one of the massive downsides to where I live is that I have no garden. Oh well, I live on the outskirts of Epping forest so once I had completed revision I packed up Little One and I and headed to the forest.

I found the perfect spot for a bit of knitting:


Sorted out Little One by giving her a frisbee and a bone:


Then set myself up for a bit of knitting:


I was working on my paperdolls jumper:


Knitting whilst entertaining Little One in the woods took quite a bit of multitasking expertise, fortunately I was on a purple only round so it was relatively easy to do, on average it worked out to be knit ten, throw frisbee. It was wonderful knitting out in the sun (although somewhat crazy that I am knitting the thickest jumper ever) and I’ll look forward to doing it again in the future. Little one seemed to enjoy herself too:


Home, Snow and an Award

I am now back from my holiday, Chicago and New York were both absolutely amazing and it is somewhat of a shock to the system to be back on UK time. I managed to buy some beautiful fabric from my travels, which I’ll blog about in the next couple of day, if you have never been to the garment district…go!!

We landed in Heathrow to a beautiful covering of snow (feel quite lucky to have made it considering all the cancellations) and as soon as I saw it, I couldn’t wait to take Little One off to Epping forest. Here she is enjoying the snow:



Also I have returned to find out that I have been nominated for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award, thank you so much to Avis at Oh Sew Tempting for nominating me, such a lovely thing to find out upon logging on today. It is very nice to know that people take an interest in my little blog and I am therefore going to spread the blog love and pass on the award. The rules of this award are:

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Add The Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post.
3. Share 7 things about yourself.
4. Pass the award on to nominees.
5. Include this set of rules.
6. Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blog.

Here is the award logo:

Seven things about myself:

1. Sometimes I can’t sleep at night for thinking about what I want to sew or knit

2. The first item of clothing I ever made myself was a pair of sequin flares (I have no idea why!) when I was fifteen. I added about six inches onto the waist because I didn’t trust my measurements. I didn’t make clothes again for another twelve years

3. I drive all over for my job, I use it as a handy excuse to go to different fabric shops…just to have a look

4. If I decide to take the train I take a portable craft with me, cross stitch or knitting is perfect

5. I have a ridiculous passion for maths and numbers.

6. I dream of going to Madagascar

7. My guilty pleasure are books by Cecelia Ahern (no telling my book club!)

I’d like to nominate the following blogs. These are all blogs that I love reading and have found beautiful and inspiring in their creativity:



A Conversation With Moo

Sew Busy Lizzy

Lizzy Likes Cake


Preparing for Christmas – Gift Five

My preparations for Christmas have been continuing and I have now made the fifth gift, here are a couple of pictures:



I just thought I would also share with you that it was Little One’s birthday on Monday, she is now two. This is here with her birthday present:


I realise that this may seem like a really odd present but Little One is cuddly toy made, we usually do not let her have them because she is a cuddly toy killer, however we thought for her birthday we would make an exception and I went to the local charity shop. As soon as I walked in with Pooh Little One was over the moon and very excited, she has been carrying him around since.

Rose Hip Chutney

Whilst out walking Little One in Epping forest I stumbled across some Rose Hips:


Little One sat and waited patiently whilst I picked a few:

When I got back home I found I had picked just over a pound of rose hips which was perfect for making Rose Hip Chutney. It took a ridiculously long time to top tail and seed the hips but finally here is the finished chutney:


I just have to wait for one month now before finding out how it turned out.

Table mats

I long time ago I brought this fabric from spoonflower:

I brought the fabric because I have a friend with a bully and thought it would be great to make something for her. I made these table

mats a few weeks ago for her birthday and now that I have given them to her I can put up photos.

The table mats are double sided side one looks like this:

And this is side two:

Making the Most of a Double Bank Holiday

I have been somewhat quiet over the last few days on the blogging front, mainly due to work and wanting to get things all sorted before the long bank holiday and a week off in a couple of weeks time. I have still been crafting, just not getting around to blogging about my makes. Today I thought I would share with you all the activities that I got up to over the weekend and then one project that I have finished.

To start the weekend, S, Little One and I made our way to Hastings to visit some friends that moved out of London at the start of the year. They have a dog too so Little One loves going down to visit, because they haven’t seen each other since the move we thought we best let them meet up outside of the house so they could have a good play together, this worked a treat and the playing continued for the weekend. On Sunday we took them both to Camber Sands, I have never been before but it was perfect. Here is Little One and Rudy playing on the sand:

Then on Monday we took them to Hastings Beach, Little One had her first swim in the sea which I found slightly terrifying and tired herself out, ready for the trip back to London.

Yesterday, we joined in some of the Jubilee festivities and went along to Hyde Park to watch the celebrations on the big screen. It was amazing seeing so many people gathered for the same occasion and the rain did not dampen spirits. Little One was a bit unsure of the rain so when I put up the umbrella she clambered onto my lap for protection…she is convinced she is a lap dog and has no appreciation that despite her name she is not exactly suited to this:

They this morning I received the exciting news that my friends’ baby arrived early this morning. They had a little girl so I managed to use up some fabric that I have been waiting ages to use:

I had a look through the sewing books on my shelf for some inspiration and settled on a newborn jacket from the 101 ways with a metre:

I had to alter the pattern slightly because it was for a multidirectional print meaning that the pattern was attached at the shoulder seams, I separated the front from the back and added in enough fabric for a 1/2inch seam allowance.

This is the finished jacket:

And a close up of the neck:

I added a button onto the neck closure (which is done with an internal snap) because I was not too happy with the bias binding on the corners. This was a very quick project meaning it was perfect for finishing off today and posting to my friends.

Quick Craft – Week Five (Dog Themed Cushions)

This is my fifth week of quick craft, where I try to make something within an hour. Today I decided that I would make some dog themed cushions. I started off by threading up my sewing machine, setting the stopwatch and getting out my materials, this included tartan material, red material, star material (which I ended up not using), double sided fusible material, bias binding and my drawings (a bone, a paw print and and dog outline):

I started off by cutting out the paper shapes and then cutting out the material for the three cushions (13 inch square for the front and two 13 inches by 8 inches for the back – I made an envelop type cushion)  . This is what I had done at ten minutes:

I then cut out the dog shapes from the fusible interfacing and cut the dog shapes from the red material. This is what I had done at twenty minutes (some dog shapes still needed to be cut out):

I then finished cutting out the remaining dog shapes and then attached the dog shapes to the cushion fronts by ironing them onto the cushion with the fusible interfacing in between. Next  I attached the bias binding to one edge of all of the back pieces. By thirty minutes I had attached all of the shapes (waiting for stitching) and attached bias binding onto four of the six back pieces:

I completed the bias binding on the other two back pieces and then started to do the zig-zag stitching around the edge of the dog shapes. At forty minutes I had completed the paw print and started on the bone (not shown as it was in the sewing machine still):

I continued with the zig-zag stitching around the dog shapes and at fifty minutes I had completed the bone and most of the dog (again not shown as it was still attached to the sewing machine):

I then finished off the dog shape and then started to make up the cushions. I did this by laying the cushion front right side up and then laying the back pieces on top, lining up the edge without the bias binding on to the top and bottom of the cushion front. I then sew around the edge (1/2 inch in so that it ended as a 12 inch square), clipped the corner and turned the cushion the right way out. When I had finished all three I stopped the watch…it read six seconds past the hour. I think considering that I managed to make three cushions in this time it is not too bad going. This is the finished cushion set.

I am going to put these to one side, I have a plan to give them to someone as a birthday or Christmas gift, so I will keep them until then.

My Busy Weekend – Dog Walks and Crafts

On Thursday I headed off to my parents house, it meant that I was away from blogging but I still managed to work on some crafty bits. I took little one with me, this is her with my mum’s dog, Zita (little one is on the right and no longer looks so little):

I also met my dad’s new dog for the first time, she is called Hunny (she struggled to stay still for any length of time so this is the best of a bad bunch):

Around walking all of the dogs, I managed to do some crafty bits. Firstly my mum asked me to take up her curtains, they were well and truly touching the floor:

I took off about a foot. The curtains are lined with a white material so I used a white thread on the main part of the machine and black in the bobbin so that the thread matched the curtains on both sides.

This is how they ended up looking:

I got home yesterday and had a day’s holiday from work, Little one was so tired from her weekend running around with Zita and my sister’s dog, Scout (I know, there are five people in my family and five dogs!!) so she slept all day meaning that I could get along with some bits. I firstly made an eight-way skirt (see following post):

I then updated a blazer by changing the buttons for some fabric covered ones. I firstly changed the buttons on the back from this:

To this:

And the front button, from this

To this

The buttons were covered in a light pink with small white polka dots material.

Coat for Little One (The dog)

Last night when I got in from work, little one got herself all excited and decided to have a play with her jumper. This resulted in a massive hole in the back of it that was beyond repair, to be honest I am quite pleased it was pretty ugly anyway. This has meant that I have spent the morning working on a coat for her, she gets cold at the moment and needs something to keep her warm, this is what the finished coat looks like

Little one is not the best model because she finds it so difficult to stay still, most photos of her have some sort of blur about them.

To make the coat, I started off by tracing her coat that she currently has and that fits her well

I placed the coat onto some pattern paper and drew around the outside adding about 1/2 cm all the way around for my seam allowance. I then cut this out.

I then cut out all of the pattern pieces. There were two of the whole coat piece and then two pieces for the belt, I got this by measuring her current coat, and adding a little for over lap (5cm) and some for seam allowance (1cm) making it 75cm long, I did it 7cm wide.

I like the way that the above photo catches little one looking on!

I firstly put the two belt pieces right sides together and stitched around one short side and the two long sides, leaving the other short side unsewn for turning it out the right way.

I then clipped the corners and turned it the right way out and pressed, ensuring that the other short side was turned in. I then put the belt to one side to do the coat. I placed the two coat pieces right side together and stitched around the edges, leaving a gap on one straight side for turning it the right way out.

I then clipped it all the way around to ensure that the seams would lay flat. I always take real care with this because I have clipped my stitches before which is very annoying.

I then turned it the right way out, using a turning tool to get the corners out. I then pressed it ensuring that the edges that were not sewn were folded under. I then placed it over little one to decide where I wanted the belt to be.

I pinned this in place and then top stitched the belt, which also served to stitch it onto the main coat body and fasten the seam on the short end that was not previously sewn.

Then, I topped stitched right around the coat body, this also closed the part that was not previously sewn.

Next I added two button holes, one onto the long side of the coat neck and one onto the long side of the belt.

I then put the coat onto little one to work out exactly where to place the buttons on the belt and the neck and then sew the buttons on

The coat was then finished

All that was left was for little one to try it on

I got her to sit relatively still with some treats, so please excuse the drool coming from her mouth. She is also wearing the collar that I made her for Christmas so she is all kitted out in her own homemade outfit.