My new cushion

I’m immensely proud of this!! The sampler took weeks to make in between lectures, revision, and lesson planning. My sewing machine is bust, so the entire cushion cover was stitched up by hand! It even has a slip closure hemmed with chain stitch!





Phone Cover

New phone needs a new cover, right?

I’ve been playing a LOT of Skyward Sword recently, so I’m honouring my phone with my Link passion 🙂 I’ve also had a pack of felt sat by my desk just crying out to be made into something useful.
I found the original design on flikr somewhere, so if you know who ‘owns’ the idea please tell me!

What do you think?

Nathan’s christmas stocking

We bought a cheap stocking each to fill up with mini-presents for christmas. The only problem was, what to do with that big blank pocket on the front? Well!

Christmas present tags

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been making stocking tags for the kids in the family. Here’s 2 of them, there’s a ‘J’ on the way too!


They’re really quick and easy, and give your present that extra special touch!

My baby brother’s wedding

So my little brother got married 10th December this year. I made him a wedding sampler, themed for the season.

A New Project is Completed!

We visited my other half’s parents over the weekend. His mum’s an AVID cross-stitcher, and has a cupboard FULL of magazines!! She very kindly gave me free reign to take as many home as I wanted! I’d have taken the lot but between politeness and only having one rucksack I only brought back 10 or so.

My nephew is 6 and really into Toy Story. One of the magazines had this cute Woody pattern. I might make it into his birthday card, which is September, hahaha. Anyway, I didn’t have ‘peach’ thread, so I used my usual SNES sprite skin tone. I think he looks more like Woodrico than Woody… but maybe that’s in keeping with Cinco de Mayo?

In other news, I learnt to knit yesterday! It’s a lot easier than it looked, once you get your hands working together! Who would have imagined that my 21 year old friend can knit, and has a full knitting kit! Now I’m on the hunt for cheap needles and wool…. Guess what everyone’s getting for christmas?

My Sewing Projects #10 – Patchwork Ball

I’ve seen patchwork balls on the internet and thought they looked pretty simple to make, so I decided to make one out of bits of fabric I have in the cupboard (mostly old trousers).

Sewing the pentagons together actually got pretty addictive! Now I’m going to hunt for other things to use pentagons for (a wall hanging) and I’m going to find reasons to give balls to my friends! The great thing here it that the balls are so easy to resize.

I used ihanna’s tutorial which you can find here.

1. Firstly you cut out 12 identical pentagons from stiff paper (glossy magazine cover works fine). The ball is made by paper-piecing which means that the paper patterns end up on the inside of the ball!

Tip: if you’re using a see through material think carefully about which bit of magazine you use. I learnt this the hard way!

2. Use the paper templates to cut out your pieces of fabric remembering to leave a <1″ seam allowance

3. Tack the fabric onto the paper. The tacking stitches will be removed later. The ‘outside’ will be left as is.

4. Taking one base pentagon sew 5 other pentagons around it so that the bottom edge of each pentagon is sewn onto an edge of the base pentagon. You want to sew these on the paper side.

5. Sew up the sides of each pentagon together to form a bowl shape

6. Do steps 4 and 5 again until you have another bowl

7. Stitch the 2 bowls together (I found this to be tricky, so I stitched most of the seams with the ball inside out. I left 3/4 edges unsewn in order to turn it the right side round. )

8. Stuff!

My ball isn’t pretty exciting, and it’s not too tightly stuffed. I do think it’s pretty good for a practice attempt! I’m already on the lookout for interestingly patterned fabric scraps.