Monday, 24 October 2016

A Handmade Childhood: Apple Wall Art

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Now that my daughter is old enough to say words, I wanted to make some art for her walls that she could verbally identify.Since every fruit is an apple, (except bananas) so I started with a simple apple motif. 
If you want to do it yourself,  below is a tutorial.

Monday, 12 January 2015

A Handmade Childhood: Origami Crane Pillow

Throw pillows are so much fun to make. You can make them as elaborate as your imagination will allow and yet they still have a function. I don't know if this came out exactly as I expected but I suppose that's ok. The biggest mistake I made was to not use fusible bonding as I normally do when doing applique. Fusible bonding is double-sided so you can iron your shape to the base fabric (I used it for the hipster wall art).  The great thing about it, is that it keeps the shape in place without puckering so that if you machine sew the shape it doesn't get all crumpled. You can see in the picture that that happened a little here. In the coming weeks I'll be posting pictures of the nursery so you can see how all of these little projects work out in the room. I also intend to provide some free printable patterns for some of the projects I have shared.

Monday, 5 January 2015

A Handmade Childhood: Tweedy the Owl

Xmas came and went and I had two weeks of free time to get organized for the baby. February is approaching at an alarming rate. To be honest the whole pregnancy is flown by though I think, since this is the homestretch, I may find the time slowing down as I wait. 

I had lofty plans of creating different projects over the Xmas period but only managed to get a couple of things done. One of them was this owl who I have called Tweedy. It's kind of a pillow/soft toy. A couple of people have commented that it's a little scary looking, the bottom section is not teeth but a feather breast!

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

A Handmade Christmas 2: LeMoyne Star Ornament Fabric Ideas

 Yesterday I posted a tutorial for making LeMoyne star patchwork ornaments. Below are some gorgeous fabrics I have found that you might like to use.
When choosing fabric for this project, pick patterns where the designs are small so that you don't lose the effect when cutting the small pieces.

Follow Liz's board LeMoyne Star Ornament Fabric Ideas on Pinterest.