28 February 2015

Paper Piecing - I made a Koala

I've been wanting to try paper piecing for a while and it all kind of came together with this gorgeous koala pattern by Kristy at Quietplay.  You see my lovely friend Leesa is holding the annual Australian Textile Exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne starting this weekend (i work in the cafe there) and I thought what better than to exhibit show off something where I work.  Time was a bit of an issue with such a busy month ahead of me but when the Aussie Animals pattern was on sale for Australia day I new exactly what I was going to make (it had to be Australian themed of course).   
This is my first attempt at paper piecing and I'm pretty happy with the result.  It took a while to sew and I made a couple of mistakes.  Tip: make sure the rest of the block is out of the way when trimming (insert tears here).  I colour coded my pattern which was another great tip as I'm sure I could have ended up with a brown body and grey branches.  I still need to get some more practice but this koala is just so cute.  Oscar's face was beaming when I told him I made a koala for him, he of course wanted to hold it.
I decided to turn the block into a cushion so he could hold it.  Another new move, an enclosed zip.  So easy and looks much neater. 
Paper Pieced Koala cushion - pattern by Quietplay
I bound the edges with a contrasting blue which I think ties it all together.
Love, love, love him!  

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18 February 2015

The Emma Clutch Tote

I am so excited to share with you my very first bag pattern release!

It's been a long time in the making but it is finally ready....

Introducing The Emma Clutch Tote

This gorgeous clutch was inspired on a shopping trip with my bag loving friend Emma.  This bag takes you from day to night with its versatility.  It also allows you to carry everything you need when you head out with your clutch as it is very roomy.

I'd like to thank my wonderful testers, I have appreciated all your comments and feedback.

 How amazing is this fabric that Melisa has used and fussy cut for the front of her clutch

This was made by Amy using Terra Australis

 Tanya upcycled a vintage sheet to create hers

 Emma was one of my pattern testers last year, I love the pink handles although slightly altered now.

 Jane has stuck with her owls in this gorgeous print, love it

 Emily has picked some amazing fabric for her clutch, isn't it stunning!

If you would like to make this yourself, you can purchase the pattern here.

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Happy bag making,

07 February 2015

Pattern Testing - The Everyday Tote

Last week I was able to reveal my first sewing project of the year, you guessed it - a bag!  My lovely friend Emma from For my Little Monster has turned her hand to pattern writing and I was lucky enough to be one of the testers for this amazingly roomy bag - The Everyday Tote.

 I love all the pockets!

I made it using the pink What a Gem Arrows by Allison Cole and I love how it works with my denim on the wrong side.  It has 4 pockets in total and is super roomy. 

So how do you get your hands on this pattern you ask? 
You can purchase the pattern from here and here
You can win a copy. 
All you need to do is leave a comment telling me what you'd find in your bag.  The most creative answer will win a digital copy of this pattern.   I will choose a winner on Friday 13th February at 7pm (AEST).

05 February 2015

Birthday Month

February always sneaks up on me before I'm ready for it.  We have a lot of birthdays in our family this month and now it starts a week earlier with Sammy's.  Can you believe it's been a year already, that's right he just turned 1!   

We had an awesome day celebrating with family and friends and I whipped up (trust me there were nearly tears) this pirate ship cake which of course he loved.

In amidst the party planning I've been working a lot at the cafe while my hubby gets back on his feet (he fractured BOTH his heels).  This hasn't left me much time for sewing but I have been able to sneak a little bit in.  I'll be sharing one of my projects over the weekend along with a little giveaway.

I am also getting ready to release my first ever bag pattern which is pretty exciting.  I figured what better time than birthday month to do it, so be sure to keep an eye out for it.

01 January 2015

Welcoming in the New Year 2015

Here are some highlights from 2014

The year started with the birth of this gorgeous boy.  Here he is playing on the quilt I made his brother during a photo shoot with Kipindi.

I wrote a couple of tutorials here and over at And Sew We Craft for a zipper purse and card wallet

I designed my first clutch and wrote a pattern which WILL be released soon. 

I also had a ball joining in the charm swaps with Ms Midge and have received an amazing collection of fabrics by Kate Spain, Bonnie & Camille and Amy Butler.  I'm still to use my Amy Butler.

The beginning of the year always gets me thinking about where to next.  I'm looking forward to sewing my way through the year making lots of clutch purses, releasing a few patterns and maybe working on some new designs.  I have also been playing with patchwork lately so I'm sure there might be some quilted designs too. 

I have set myself a challenge which you can read about at And Sew We Craft.  I look forward to sharing the journey with you.  Don't forget you can also follow along on Instagram too.

21 December 2014

Christmas Treats - Peanut Butter Balls

Last week I put together a top 10 Christmas treats over at And Sew We Craft and promised to share the recipe for Peanut butter balls here.  It's been a hectic week but there is still time to make these before Christmas. 

Peanut Butter Balls: 


200g butter
200g peanut butter (a bit over half a 375g jar smooth or crunchy, your choice)
250g icing sugar
4 cups rice bubble
150g chocolate (melted)


Mix peanut butter and icing sugar
Add melted butter and mix
Add more icing sugar if too runny
Add rice bubbles and mix
Roll into balls and refrigerate on tray
Decorate with chocolate (you can dip half of each ball in melted chocolate or to save time drizzle melted chocolate over tray of peanut butter balls)
Refrigerate to set

I hope you enjoy,

12 December 2014

Handmade gifts for teachers

After reading Jane's thoughts over at Lil Pip this week, I was amazed at the comments and conversations that followed with what others give as teachers gifts at Christmas.

Now my 2 are only at daycare but I wanted to give a few of the teachers that Oscar talks about something little.  I had some of these hoops left over and think they made the perfect gift for them.

You can find my tutorial on making Christmas hoop decorations here.  
 Do you make or buy gifts for teachers?