I made a purse!

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So it was Friday night, and rather than going out, having a long soak in the bath, watching a film, or doing any of those ‘normal’ things a 22 year old should be doing, I spent Friday night with my new sewing machine. And I’m not even slightly embarrassed to say it, I had a great night!

I’d been meaning to have a good plan of attack to introduce myself properly to ‘The Machine’. After my first failed attempt of making a purse ended up looking like a pencil case, a badly made one at that. But hey, I’m still pretty new to sewing, so a good pattern and tutorial to follow was in order. Something I should have just done in the first place. 

I found THIS on Pinterest, and its good! Very informative with plenty of pictures, easy to follow too so perfect for a newb like myself. And theres a PDF, YAY! 🙂

And here’s the finished product!

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I’m quite impressed. Maybe not so impressed with the fabric choices, but my fabric stash isn’t the best (Is this the perfect excuse to buy more?!). I do like the randomness of the different fabric patterns and colours, but I’m not sure about how they all go together? I feel some stash building and a second attempt coming very soon!

Jess x

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Owl Cushion – How to make – Part 2!

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Ok so further to the post previously, ‘Owl Cushion – Hot to make – part 1’

Here is part 2!

It’s finally finished!

My sewing machine unfortunately took a bit longer to arrive than expected, but it’s here now, and I’ve very much been enjoying learning how to use it! It’s terrifying though, for someone who’s naturally extremely clumsy. But I still have all my fingers and no puncture wounds, so all is good. 🙂


SO, once you have the main bit, (the flat circle with the eyes and beak all sewn on and ready) using the circle as your template cut out the 2 circles of fabric.

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Pin together with tailoring pins.

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Sew all around the circle, leaving around 5 inches un-sewn.
Turn back the right way, fill with toy/pillow stuffing, then sew up the remaining bit to finish.

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YAY! He is very cute, actually a bit bigger than I expected, but that’s never a bad thing 🙂

Granny Square Throw :)

Yes, I am amoungst the masses of people who love doing granny squares, they’re just great to do when you find yourself with a bit of spare ‘hook time’. Then, after a while, you realise you have a stash big enough to make yourself a nice blanket, lovely! 🙂

I used the tutorial in THIS link when I was first starting out with crochet, as its good for beginners. It is in US terms. This really threw me when I first started crocheting, I had no idea the terms were completely different! But its not that hard to get your head around once you’ve learnt the basics. HERE’s a translation.

Then attatch them all using double crochet, easy huh?!

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It’s also just the look I was going for. A sort of, ‘Old-Country’ style. The neutral off-white borders, with the splashes of colour coming through? And it’s so snuggly! I didn’t want this one to be overly big either, as the other ‘Project Blanket’ will be pretty huge! This is just the right size for a little cosy to keep the chilly toes warm in winter months 🙂

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Ive also started making another blanket. This one will be granny squares too, but FULL of colour 🙂 Im going to do a load of the circle middles first, then all the borders after. I find my brain works better if I stick to the same sort of thing, rather than doing circle, square, circle square, I would rather circle circle, square square. Less flicking about between different things tends to keep my brain happy 🙂

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Owl Cushion – how to make – Part 1

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Owl Cushion – how to make – Part 1

OK, I think I may be obsessed with cushions…. This is another one I may have got slightly carried away with at the weekend. It wasn’t going to be an owl, just a cushion…

I had some James C Brett marbled wool left from a previous project so was going to use it to make a neutral coloured cushion. But I finished the circle, and then had this idea 🙂

Here’s how I made it –
I used James C Brett Marble Chunky, the beige one (sorry I can’t remember the exact name of it)
Any brand DK wool in the following colours –
Tan
White
Black
Two shades of blue
Two shades of yellow/orange
An 8.0m hook
Darning needle
Fabric, this can be any colour you like, I used an off white/cream colour
Sewing machine (and thread obviously 🙂 )
Toy/pillow stuffing
Tailoring pins

When following the below pattern, always use TWO strands at the same time.

For the circle –

Start with a magic ring. 11 stitches pull tight. Join with slip stitch.
Link on how to do a magic ring HERE.
Round 2: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch as chain. 2 htr’s into all remaining stitches. 22 stitches.
Round 3: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. 1 htr in the next stitch. Continue to do 2 htr’s, then 1 htr around. 33 stitches.
Round 4: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1 htr in next 2 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.
Round 5: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1 htr in next 3 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.
Round 6: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1htr in next 4 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.
Round 7: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1htr in next 5 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.
Round 8: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1htr in next 6 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.
Round 9: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1htr in next 7 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.

So – You see how the circle increases each round? Do this until you are doing *1htr in next 7 stitches. 2 htr in next* OR – you have around 14 rounds/rings.

Eyes – Make 2x
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Start – with magic ring. 11 stitches pull tight. Join with slip stitch.
Round 2: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch as chain. 2 htr’s into all remaining stitches. 22 stitches.
Round 3: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. 1 htr in the next stitch. Continue to do 2 htr’s, then 1 htr around. 33 stitches. – Change Colour to the two blue ones.
Round 4: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1 htr in next 2 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.
Round 5: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1 htr in next 3 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around. Change Colour back to black.
Round 6: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1htr in next 4 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around. Change colour to White.
Round 7: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1htr in next 5 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.
Round 8: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1htr in next 6 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around. Fasten off leaving long tail, enough to sew on with.

Beak –
Using two strands of yellow/orange
Row 1: Chain 10, turn,
Row 2: HTR across 10, chain 2, turn
Row 3: HTR decrease, HTR in next 6, HTR decrease chain 2, turn
Row 4: HTR across, chain 2, turn (8 HTR)
Row 5: HTR decrease, HTR in next 4, HTR decrease, chain 2, turn
Row 6: HTR across, chain 2, turn (6 HTR)
Row 7: HTR decrease, HTR in next 2, HTR decrease, chain 2, turn
Row 8: 2 HTR decreases, chain 2, turn
Row 9: HTR decrease,
Fasten off leaving a long tail, enough to sew on with.

Sew on the eyes and beak using the darning needles and tails.

Ok so that’s part 1, the crochet part. Part 2 is the sewing/stuffing part. I won’t be doing this until my new sewing machine arrives though, which shouldn’t be too long, hopefully! 🙂

Zombie Cushion!

Zombie Cushion!

Morning! Hope all is well??
OK, I admit….I got distracted this weekend. The list went out the window and I ended up making a Zombie Cushion! Yeah I know, random! But it is pretty awesome, definitely worth going off track for a day. 🙂

I had some small balls of DK green wool in different shades, and using two strands at a time, I started to make a square, using Half Treble throughout and a 7.0mm hook.

When I wanted to change colour I would just knot the two ends together and carry on. I then had the idea of adding some reds and yellow, to try and make it look gory! ……

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Using this method of just swapping and changing wool as and when I felt like it, and adding a little bit of black hair when I got to the end, it ended up like this!…..

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I then made some eyes. One different to the other for added effect 🙂 …..

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A mouth, along with some teeth, a tongue, and a dangly bit (which I learned is called an Epiglottis!)

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Pinned it all together, and voila!

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The eyes, mouth etc. are all sewn on now, but it still needs to be turned into a cushion, I’m waiting for my new sewing machine to arrive though, (which I am SOOO excited about!!) before I get started on this. I’ve also got all the other cushions to do once it arrives, so a day getting them all stuffed and finished will be needed very soon! 🙂

YAY!!

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