Tag: sewing

Christmas Crafting

I know, I know. It’s a bit late to be writing about what I crafted over Christmas, but hey, better late than never. Just before Christmas, I really got into sewing. From making pyjama bottoms at Darn It & Stitch to making Cath Kidston Christmas decorations, I had caught the sewing bug. I had a few Mollie Makes kits to make as well as an ampersand cross stitch kit from The Shop at Number 57. (FYI, their shop is offline at the moment due to flooding. Fingers crossed they’re back up & running soon.)

pink fox brooch

orange fox brooch

I love these fox brooches from Mollie Makes. (Why can’t all their kits be super cute and easy to make?!) I’ve kept the orange once for myself, to brighten up my coat on dull dog walks, while the pink one is winging its way to my sister in Canada.

ampersand cross stitch

My sister gave me this kit for my birthday last May, so it’s taken me a while to get around to making it. I wanted to make it perfect and sew the cross stitch in the right way, not be ‘free form’ like I have previously. It isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty close and I am so pleased with the result. I love the white thread on the black aida fabric. I’m very tempted to make another one, once the The Shop at Number 57 is open again!

What have you been crafting recently? I’m on the look out for more kits – let me know if you’ve come across any good ones!

Cath Kidston Bloggers Craft Night

Last week I was lucky enough to attend a bloggers craft night at the Cath Kidston shop in Oxford. I was joined by Natasha, Catherine, Victoria, Zoë, Dina & Rosalind. We were invited along to an evening of crafting in aid of Crisis. Cath Kidston are selling decoration kits, as well as giving the profits from the sale of the charity Christmas cards to raise money for Crisis.

There’s something pretty awesome about being in a shop after opening hours! We were able to have a good look around and start our Christmas shopping/buy some treats for ourselves! I bought these lovely charity Christmas cards & a pair of penguin pyjama bottoms. To be honest, I could have spent way more money! There are so many lovely things in Cath Kidston. They keep on bringing out gorgeous prints and great products!

crocodile santa stanley christmas decs tea towels scarves

We were given kits of Christmas decorations to make, complete with all the tools necessary to make them. After a quick mooch about, we all got started cutting out our shapes. Before long we got chatting, eating & drinking (hello mulled wine!). Progress was varied and I have to admit I didn’t finish mine during the evening, especially as I got distracted with some out of hours shopping! But I did sew my bricks on one side of the chimney. I finally finished it this week and have to say I’m pretty pleased with the outcome. I took the opportunity to have a go at different stitches. It’s not very often my hand sewing is as neat as this!

Cath Kidston Santa decoration

Not only that, but we were also given a few treats, including a second decoration to make. I can’t wait to finish this one too so that they are ready to go on the tree! Are you making any Christmas decorations this year? It does add a nice touch doesn’t it?

Make your own stanley cath kidston sewing kit

Upcycled Jeans

Upcycled jeans

I hate throwing things away. I will wear clothes until they are falling apart & even then, I’ll hang onto them until they are dragging themselves out the door! At the moment, money is a bit tight so clothes shopping is not high on the agenda. So when my only pair of jeans ripped because they were so worn, I knew I had to buy new ones. I tried patching them up but it was a shoddy effort. I kept the ripped jeans, thinking they would do for wearing when I was painting or in the garden or something. As I don’t do these things very often (!) I thought about doing something else with them. Then I remembered the craze a few years ago of upcycling jeans into skirts by adding some fabric. Right, I thought, I’ll give this a go. Plus it meant I could buy some fabric that I knew I would use and not just add to my stash!

Vintage Fabric

I found this lovely green vintage fabric at a vintage fair at Oriel y Parc in St. Davids when I was visiting my mum a few weekends ago. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would look great as the fabric for my jean skirt. I didn’t have a pattern to follow, but thought it couldn’t be that difficult. So I started out by undoing the seams on the legs of the jeans. This was very easy with a Quick Unpick and didn’t take too long. Then I chopped off the bottom parts of the legs and set about measuring the length of the skirt. This is usually where I fall down when it comes to making things, and I really want to make more clothes for myself. (Part of me thinks it’ll be cheaper, plus I’m not a high street fashion kind of gal.) But this time, I managed to get the length right. Then I had to measure the fabric for the triangular space between the legs. This wasn’t too difficult & it didn’t need too much fabric, which was great as it left me with enough fabric to make my lavender bags. The sewing machine made this so easy & it didn’t take long at all, though I live for the day when I can sew something together without getting stabbed a million times by the pins!

Upcycled jeans

Voile! I know I could’ve reused the bottom of the jeans when hemming but by this time I’d had enough, and I think that exceeds my ability on the sewing machine anyway! It’s not perfect and I don’t think Stella McCartney should be worried at this point, but it’ll do for me! It’s cute, it’s something else I can wear, even if it’s just around the house & maybe into town. I’m pretty pleased that I coped well using the sewing machine. It’s something I want to be really confident with, but I’m not. Using it more will help, so it’s good that I’ve got a few other projects up my sleeve!

I’m so pleased my crafty mojo is back. I guess it’s difficult when you work from home & it’s your job to be creative to then switch off & be creative in a different way. But time & distance has certainly helped. The other issue I’ve found is cramming too much into days off. I’ve realised I can’t do everything so I need to prioritise & start with the things I least want to do, leaving me time to get on with the things I enjoy!

Lavender Bags

Vintage Lavender bags

Vintage Lavender bags

We had a massive lavender bush in the garden that I’ve been fighting to keep. However, I lost my battle & we dug the lavender up. I kept as many of the flowers as I could & finally got around to taking them off the stems. I wanted to do something with them so I made some little bags & filled them with the lavender. I’ll probably give some away as gifts for Christmas but for the most part, this was just an experiment. The most difficult thing was taking the lavender off the stems! It took ages & made the whole house smell of lavender! But it was totally worth it. The lavender bags look, and smell great!