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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:

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

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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.

Crochet blanket – All done

Back in May I started a crochet blanket, I started it the day before my exam as a self calming strategy; by giving myself something to concentrate on I didn’t get myself all wound up about the exam.

Today I finally completed the blanket:

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It consists of 26 stripes of purple and grey hues and then a border to finish it all off:

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The blanket goes perfectly on our bed, we have actually been using it during the recent cold nights. I have simply placed a safety pin in the last stitch before putting it on the bed. The blanket is wonderfully warm.

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Little One has taken quite a shine to the blanket, every time I have been crocheting it recently she has come and curled up on it (honest working on the blanket with a dog laying on it is not the easiest of things). I have therefore decided that the next blanket I make will be a mini on for her…I know she is very spoilt!

Crochet Blanket – Twentieth Stripe

My crochet blanket was put on hold during the warm weather, however I have now picked it back up again and have now reached the end of the twentieth stripe, meaning that the blanket is now two third complete:

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Only ten more stripes to go, I would quite like to get the blanket completed during October so that it is definitely done ready for the cooler months.

Decopatch organisation and a Gift

Back in July I decorated the hall and Upcycled a broken and rather ugly shoe cabinet. This weekend I decided to work on sorting out my magazines and realised that the bottom of the shoe cabinet provided the perfect space to place them, I just wanted a way to do it that was nice and neat.

Firstly I brought some plain magazine files and then I used decopatch paper to decorate them up, I did two, here is the first one, complete with Craftseller magazines:

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And here are the two together:

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They fit pretty perfectly into the shoe cabinet and gives me plenty of space to add more files as my magazine collection grows.

I also decopatched an arch lever file for me to put all that admin we accumulate it (you know the sort, bank statements, bills etc):

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The only difference with the file compared to the magazines was using the white paper meant I needed to do two layers. Here is the shoe cabinet with everything in:

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I feel pretty organised now and like the way they all look together, the only downside is that the arch lever file is too wide to go in the under section of the cabinet.

Also this weekend Si returned from his work related travels and very kindly brought me a gift back, here it is:

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Considering my post the other day he obviously knows me very well:

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Crochet Blanket – Eighteen Stripe

Due to the hot weather my crochet blanket too a bit of a back seat for a while…somehow having all that wool on my lap was more than I could bare. Now that it has cooled down a bit I have picked the blanket up again and added another few stripes. Today I add the eighteen stripe:

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It is actually getting pretty hard to show all of it on one photo, goodness knows how I’ll get the whole thing in when it is finished.

I tried standing on a chair and photographing down onto the bed:

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But it still doesn’t show the whole lot! Hopefully I can continue working on it now the evenings are cooling down and get towards it being finished before the nights get cold.

Crochet Blanket – Half way There

The crochet blanket has continued to grow and this evening I have finished the fifteen stripe which means I am half way there! This is how the blanket is looking:

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Right at the top there is a deep purple stripe that is sort of lost on the grey bedding.

I have also managed to complete the jasmine top but Si is out tonight so no photos until tomorrow, I’ll share it then.

Crochet Blanket – Seventh Stripe

My addiction to crochet has continued and I have been making excellent progress on the crochet blanket. I have now completed the seventh stripe (and started on the eighth)….not bad going considering i started on 14th May.

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I think that I’ll need 30 stripes in total so I’m about 1/4 of the way through:

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How to Make A Wardrobe Freshener

Last night I had a couple of friends around who wanted to learn to sew. We made up some lavender scented wardrobe fresheners because they were small enough to make up in an evening. Here is one all finished up which I used as the example:

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Here is how we made them. Materials needed:

Small scrap of fabric, ribbon, buttons, heart stencil (I just drew out the shape I wanted), soft toy stuffing and lavender scented pot pourri.

IMG_0399 IMG_04001. Start off by cutting out two heart shapes from the fabric and a bit of ribbon about five inches long:

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2. Lay one heart right side up.

3. Fold the ribbon in half, right side of the ribbon facing out and lay it on top of the heart with the folded part pointing towards the bottom of the heart, ensure the cut ends of the ribbon over lap the top of the heart and then pin in place:

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4. Lay the second heart on top with the right side facing down (right sides together) and pin in place:

IMG_04045. Sew around the heart, leaving a one inch opening for turning the heart the right way out and stuffing:

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6. Cut off the exposed ribbon so that it follows the outline shape of the heart:

IMG_04067. Now to get the curved seam to lay nice and flat we need to notch the seam. This means cutting down into the top centre of the heart (making sure not to cut the stitching):

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and cutting a regular intervals around the curve of the heart:

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8. Turn the heart the right way out, and press (the iron is your friend):

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9. Stuff with the stuffing and potpourri, I made sure that i put in a bit of stuffing, a bit of potpourri, a bit more stuffing, some more potpourri etc. This ensured that the potpourri was evenly distributed around:

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10. By hand, slip stitch the opening closed (this is where the previous step of pressing really pays off):

 

 

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11. Hand sew on the button for decoration:

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12. All done, admire your handiwork:

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Learning to Sew – Great British Sewing Bee Effect

I have definitely been noticing the effect of the Great British Sewing Bee, tonight I had two friends round who wanted to learn to sew and the other day whilst doing supervision with someone I manage when I asked her is she had any questions she asked “what sewing machine would you recommend for me?” My job is definitely not sewing related so I was thrilled to be asked this question because I always enjoy spreading the love of sewing!

Now back to tonight, my neighbour and another friend have both separately asked me about sewing and if i could give them a hand, so we decided to get together so I could show them how to make a little something. We settled on a heart shaped wardrobe freshener because it was something pretty but useful and something that could be whipped up in an evening.

I made one up earlier in the day to give an impression of the finished item (I’ll post a how to on this project tomorrow). Here is the example one all finished (look how pretty it looks on the coat hanger I made the other day):

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I had such a fun night, it was great to spread the joy of sewing and I will hopefully be sewing with them both again soon.