I have a 3 year old daughter who now just wants to throw everything. So I needed something that was safe to throw in the house.
The fabric was some I originally brought to make her a mask. But then the advice came out that wasn’t safe for kids that young. I then got given about 6 bags of bean bag beans off a local freebie group I’m part of.
This was then the perfect stashbuster to make throwing bean bags. I made 10 and it only took a few nights.
Really happy with how they have turned out. Would definitely make them again. Promised some to my mum to have to keep my daughter amused!
The plan is also to use some spare fabric from my laundry basket make. I have 2 nice squares left that will be perfect for little drawstring bags!
In July my Grandfather on my mum’s side passed away. He was a great lover of small birds. He’d watch them for hours out of the window by his seat in the lounge.
So when I spotted this felting kit in Hobbycraft, I felt inspired.
The kit was really easy to do. It didn’t take a lot of time to put together. It’s also a really easy one for anyone who’s not done any felting before. The only slight problem was the beak as that as really stiff. Other that that it was fun.
Anyone else had a chance have a go at felting before?
So as with everywhere else, as of tomorrow, in the UK we have to wear facemasks in every shop we go into. I brought my first facemask a few months ago (who saw that as being a 2020 must have?).
It was £4 and one of those rectangular pleated ones that go around my ears. It did the job while I didn’t have time to make one. But it didn’t feel particularly comfortable on my face. Then my husband paid £16 for a slightly more fitted one that has a better tie around the back of his head.
I saw that and figured I could make one.
What I wanted:
– something that covered my face from my chin to above my nose
– something comfortable
– something that’s personalised (it’s covering half of my face and I want it to represent me)
– ideally 3 layers as that seems to be the recommendation in some areas.
– something that ties behind my head and won’t fall of or need adjustment during use.
My first design involved cutting on the 2 layers and then shaping. This would be a small triangle cut out at the nose and chin. Then appling the third layer. I then used bra straps for the elastic.
That was good. But the shape wasn’t that comfortable and the fit wasn’t tight around my nose. The elastic didn’t let me adjust easily once it was on.
This time I cut the 3 layers out. Then seamed it and then added darts for shaping. This made a much better seal around my nose. I also used thin straping and small toggles to make the mask adjustable.
This one fitted better and had a better finish. But I found it a bit high and it kept poking me in the eye while I was wearing it shopping today! Will make it slight shorter I think.
Going to have a 3rd go soon as I have a lot more fabric left.
Going to make the mask slightly short to avoid eye poking.
Currently using 2 toggles. If I run the strapping through a fabric tube it will only need 1.
I will also make the seams slightly wider as I think that will be more comfy.
Have you been making and wearing masks? What is you design and material preferences?
I needed a distraction tonight. I’ve been told I’m waiting on some sad news. So I wanted to fill you in on one of the makes I finished before I picked up blogging again.
Back in 2016 – you remember that strange time when things were normal? – I started hand sewing a patchwork quilt. I got the original inspiration for the crosses from a post in Pinterest. For a beginner, it was easier to stitck with squares!
I picked up most of the fabric from a local fabric store. I didn’t need much of each – so the scrap bucket was a cheap way of getting the pieces together. From there, I planned the arrangement and then slowly started hand sewing the pieces together.
This was a project that I slowly picked up every so often over the course of a few years. It was boxed up and moved from my grandparent’s house (my husband and I lived with them while we saved for a deposit).
It then travelled to our first house and spent most of our time there in a box under the bed. I think a few squares might have been sewn together…? The box then got packed up and taken on our second move in April 2019.
In our new house I have a conservatory that I can fill it with crafting goodies. So this time the box with the quilt was easy to find. At the beginning of the year, I made it my mission to get this project finally finished.
Got all the squares sewn together.
I then sewed the squishy quilting fabric onto the squares by tacking the corners.
The white cotton backing was then stitched along all the verticles and horizontals, then around the edge.
To finished off, I then sewed bias binding around the edge to hold everything together.
I managed to get a large amount of this work done over a couple of weekends. It took being focused on this project and setting aside other WIPs. So that was a useful lesson for when I need a WIP clear out!
Above is the finished quilt. It’s a double size an I’m really pleased with the finished piece.
In the back of the image is my headboard. I made that out of some jersey fabric, MDF board, thick quilt and spray adhesive. Then finished off the look with some large buttons. Total cost was about £50 – instead of the £200 for an equivalent in a shop. Don’t buy an headboard!
This week I’ve been working on my Hobbycraft Christmas wreath kit. It’s been a busy week with work and childcare. So it’s been a relief to have something to focus on that wasn’t on a screen.
On the flip side, I’m struggling to write this post while glued to Hamillton on Disney+. Especially with the lack of live performances it lockdown, it’s a welcome change. The songs are amazing and the plot is gripping. If you’re looking for something to watch with a SIMPLE project then it’s perfect. If you’re kitting lace with repeats you’re not familiar with than I highly recommend not watching it….
Thankfully, the final blanket stitches in the wreath were fairly simple. I’d done the construction of the decorations during the week. All the pieces had been measured and cut. I had to sew together – which was a simple concept for the flower and the holly. The mistletoe was a slightly more fiddly as it needed suffing adding. The end of a small crochet hook prooved a helpful poking stick.
It’s not a large decoration, but I’m pleased. In the execution I slightly differed from the instuctions. It was suggested I glued the decorations to the ring. However, I realised there was more thread than I needed, so I decided to sew on the pom poms and the decorations to the wreath before I sewed the rings together. I’m really pleased with that decision and I would recommed that option. I also very firmly stuffed the ring and needed to delve into my own supply to finish it. It meant I’ve finished with a solid ring base and it gives more volume to the decorative elements.
This week hasn’t just been sewing, it’s also involved taking the opportunity to see parents. In England we have the slight loosening of lockdown rules allowing us to meet in outdoor gardens. My daughter has particularly enjoyed being able to see grandparents again. For a 3 year old, I am really proud with how well she’s coped with this process. She’s been staying with grandparents on both sides while I was at work since she was 3 months old. To suddenly not being able to see them was really tough on her.
On the flip side, the working from home has allowed both my husband and myself to spend more quality 1:1 time with her. I’ve particulaly enjoyed dragging her out on walks, having time to watch bees and look at what’s going on around us. We’ve chased bubbles, paddled in streams, had picnics and today we dug a hole at the beach despite the fact it was windy and we quickly got covered in sand. That’s time I wouldn’t have had without the pandemic. With all the rushing around I am not sure I would have made the time. Equally, there has also been times where all I wanted to do was nap – she made it her life’s work to keep me awake because it wasn’t nighttime and therefore I was not allowed to sleep. I discovered that if I turned to face the back of the sofa she couldn’t poke me in the eye. So she built a fairy out of her megablocks. That made me smile when I woke from my powernap.
It’s strange times are these. I’m planning to cast on something new this weekend. I will fill you in on my next blog post. Hint: Think large scale.
So this afternoon I was tired and trying to avoid napping (otherwise I won’t sleep tonight).
I fancied an easy project, so went hunting in my project pack box. Pulled out this Hobbycraft Christmas wreath sewing kit. I picked it up half price in their boxing day sales. If you’re in England then highly recommend checking out their sales when they come up!
Made a start on the sewing. Pretty simple to put together. But a fantastic chill out project.
I do enjoy the Hobbycraft craft kits. Great for when you don’t want to buy lots of materials. Also saves lots of the fiddly bits – ideal if you fancy something a bit different.
This week I’ve also made some progress on my ten stitch blanket. But most of my spare time has gone to reorganising my lounge/ daughter’s playroom. It looks much tidier now 😃
So today started with the chaos as an energetic 3 year old.
“Mummy it’s morning!!!”
I was on parenting duty this morning while the other half was working. Managed to get Lily out of her Frozen dress (currently to long to be practical) and into something she could wear while riding her bike. We went to a local park area for a walk with my parents.
We’re both working from home during the covid pandemic. It’s a new experience having to fit childcare around our daughter. We’ve always been lucky with involved parents and not had this issue before. Now I’m up at 5am on a weekday in order that my husband can work later in the day. He then tops up hours on a Saturday. It’s a long week. But we’re spilting the non work time to ensure we’re both getting some downtime.
I’m spending my down time working on a mix of things:
– Duolingo – got recommended this language app by a friend. I’ve started trying to learn some french again. Almost completed level 1.
– Paint by numbers – ordered some kits that came a month later from Hong Kong. Great quality and I’ve really enjoyed working on my first one. I have 3 more other kits to go.
– Crochet and knitting – my new 10 stitch blanket is making some progress. Each colour change represents 1 less ball in my stash.
Stash tally for used up balls of yarn during lockdown
– Crochet blanket = 3 aran balls
– 10 stitch = 8 balls of DK yarn so far…. (the tiny odd balls still count as a win!)
I’ll give you an update on some other bits I’ve made last in the week. Currently addicted to ‘Bones’ on Amazon Prime and want to watch some more this evening while doing some more knitting.
So with this lockdown I have an insane amount of more time. Largely the time has been gained through the loss of a commute and the lack of social functions. In some aspects, this has been fantastic for my mental health due to the loss of the businessness.
What I’ve been doing during the time is trying to use the chance to learn new skills. In this vain, I attempted my first crochet granny squares.
These were inspired by some aran yarn I found in my stash – I figured it might be easier to learn with yarn where it was easy to see the stitches.
I quickly realised that making granny squares was going to involve a lot of sewing together. So I made 9 and changed strategy….
Initially, I thought I’d used up all the pink. So I thought when the white ran out then I was done.
Then the little one wanted a blanket. So I went hunting through the stash boxes (so that was most of Saturday gone). I found a completely unused ball of pink yarn to match the original pink. So used this to edge the blanket. The contrast really helps the blanket pop.
There is a little issue with tension. But overall, for my first crochet project, I’m pleased.
So the little one is in bed (it’s my husband’s turn), and I am chilling with a glass of red with a fab magazine.
There isn’t much I knit from these magazines (I don’t get much actual knitting time at the moment). But I really enjoy the inspiration from reading through. The dreaming of all the things I could knit is always fun.
This week I’ve been working on my crochet blanket and on my 10 stitch blanket. I find with clothing I can get bored or frustrated quickly. But I do like blanket making.