Hare Yoga Guru

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Now this wasn’t supposed to be a wanton ‘Look at me and how good I am at yoga’  post.  But, I think once you see what me and the hare got up to this morning, you will all be queuing at my door.   It started harmlessly enough:

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and then this:

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and then things just got silly!

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This hare was made from a repurposed lambswool jumper and a woollen tweed jacket sleeve.  I liked this jacket as it had little flecks of blue in the tweed.  It’s legs, arms and ears are the perfect size for little fingers to curl around.

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Dinobaby

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Well, after the hand claps cushion I made for Father’s day, I couldn’t leave that lovely tweed alone and so I made this little guy for my little guy.

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I really love making toys, for some reason it is just so fulfilling, maybe it’s just because this one was made from something old and lovely into something new and sweet.

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It’s also fun to make toys as they don’t usually take as long.  You can whip up a dinosaur, zebra or sea otter(!) in an afternoon or evening, so there is an element of instant gratification which can be nice when you are crocheting monster blankets the rest of the time.

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Monster Larksfoot Blanket

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I am aware that summer (well here in the UK anyway) is perhaps not the best time to get stuck into the crochet or warm knits, except that of course, it is perfect if you want to have them finished for the winter!  I made most of this blanket at the beach on summer’s evenings whilst Matt was in the surf and when the sea wind was just taking the edge off the warmth.

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I’ve called it a ‘Monster’  blanket as it took a long time to make!  I started it in the summer and had it finished by the winter, just in time for our house move.

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I used the great tutorial over at Meet Me at Mike’s for how to make a Larksfoot blanket and one day I intend to make her amazing ‘Arcade blanket’ – too cool, maybe when Roo gets a bit bigger!

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Roll up and run away play mat

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Here’s my version of the ‘I Spy Toddler travel game’ from Stitched by Crystal. I really love this idea for three reasons:  it’s a great way to keep a little person occupied, it’s not made from plastic and you can throw it in your bag and run off to the beach/park/restaurant/gig with your baba because it rolls up really small.

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I used a selection of fabric from my stash which I thought would appeal to the little bear cub, some old, some new.

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It’s a really great project for using up those small pieces of fabric that you just can’t bear to throw away.

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I didn’t have that much fabric with pictures on so I thought it would be nice to add numbers and some images in felt.

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Roo is still a little young for this, but, he loves looking at it and touching the images.  Here are the changes I made:

I cut 20 small rectangles, I added numbers and images in felt, I used one piece of material for the back and I chose a nice big button fastening which is very secure and too big for little mouths!

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Father’s Day Hand Claps Cushion

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This year, it was Matt’s first Father’s Day, so I thought I would make him something special that he could keep for years to come.  I decided it would be a nice memory to have Roo’s hands printed or something and this idea came about as I love embroidery and thought it would be something we could pass on to Roo eventually.

 

I know Matt is a fan of tweed and I picked up a nice Magee tweed jacket a few years ago in a charity shop, it was lovely fabric but huge!  My first thought when I bought it was to give it to someone who would wear it, but I just didn’t know anyone it would fit.  So, the Fantastic Mr Fox jacket became this Father’s day cushion:

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The cutting was all very free hand, but you could easily make your own version.  You will need these things:

One lovely old jacket,  one fabric pen or Sharpie, a tape measure or ruler, embroidery threads in your choice of colour,  cushion insert and a needle.

 

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I (carefully!) deconstructed the jacket to begin with, then I cut a 15 inch square from the back panel of the jacket, there is a seam that runs down the front of the cushion.  Then, I constructed the back of the cushion from the jacket button fastening and some squares from the front panels.

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I sewed the parts together and then fashioned this into a 15 inch square too using the front as a guide.

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I then drew round Roo’s hands and cut them out of paper.

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I used a fabric pen to draw around his hands and I was ready to start embroidering.  I split the thread into 3 strands and used chain stitch and a simple running stitch but the possibilities are endless.

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The last thing to do was to pin the front and back right sides together and then sew around the edges.  You could overlock or zigzag along the edges to make sure they don’t fray and I cut the corners to make it easier to turn out.  Lastly turn right side out push the corners out and stuff with your cushion insert. C’est fait mon cher!

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