Super Easy DIY Fabric Tape

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This really is a super easy project that you can do in under half an hour.  You can definitely do it watching Girls, The Good Wife or The Jinx, which is our current watch list.

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Maybe you, like me, have fabric scraps hanging around from various projects.  Throwing away good fabric, even a small piece seems such a waste, but equally you don’t want it hanging around forever.  This year, for me, is all about using up what I already have and not buying anything new when making things for my home, family and friends.  So I’m going to try and think of projects to use everything up. The stash is getting out of control!  I also have a secret stationary obsession and definitely can’t justify spending any money on really pretty fabric tape.  So I’ll just make my own and you can too.

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I have only suggested you get two pairs of scissors ready as I have ruined a couple of pairs of fabric scissors by using them to cut tape, paper, card etc.  but you can just use normal scissors if you don’t have fabric ones. I think this works best if you choose lightweight cotton fabrics that don’t fray too easily.  I used some scraps left over from the quilt I was making.

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And also a few other bits I had lying around.

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All you need to do is lay your fabric right side down on a flat surface and stick the tape to the edge.

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Then cut the fabric as close to the tape as possible and trim the ends off the tape. That’s it!

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This is a really pretty way of taping up brown paper for special presents or parcels, it even makes newspaper look really pretty if you want to do some eco wrapping.  I used mine for the first time today when I sent off a special letter for the project ’52 Hellos’ from Meet me at Mikes – you can read about the project and get involved too here.

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Stitch your heart out quilt

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So . . . a patchwork quilt, it’s complete and my, oh my it was quite a task.  It’s going to be for Roo’s first proper bed but is doubling as a play mat at the moment, as he is still in his cot.

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This really was a labour of love, I think this is what mothers do for their children, for no particular reason, just because.  Sometimes mothers do these things and their children probably, no, definitely don’t even want them – hopefully it will stand the test of time and Roo will actually like it one day, he seems to think it’s alright now.

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I used different cotton fabrics collected from all over the place: the florals are new fabrics, the white was a worn out shirt belonging to Matt and the paisley a piece of fabric inherited from my Grandma.  I found the navy backing in a charity shop and the other plaid I have had for a long time, the first item of clothing I made for Rupert, a pair of summer trousers, was made from this.

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I still have to do a little bit of hand sewing to keep the wadding in place, but that’s ok, he hasn’t even got a bed yet!

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I have been reflecting a lot this week on the world’s events and to say it’s been a tough week for a lot of people is a drastic understatement.  It makes me grateful for what I have and without wanting to belittle daily feelings of frustration or tiredness or anxiety, which we all face at times, life is sharply put into perspective when you see others suffering real tragedy.  I recognise that I am small but I also feel an important sense of gratitude to have been able to give my son something I made for him this week, and to have done what I can do, by donating to the plight of the Nepalese.  Here are just two of the places you can do so too: here (Unicef) or here (Red Cross).  Do that and do something for or with someone you love.

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Little Cornish Jumper

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This is actually the second one of these that I have made.  The first one is testament to the fact that you really should make necklines very generous on baby jumpers to avoid:

1) not getting said jumper over baby’s head

2) annoying baby A LOT!  Oops!

In a nutshell, for younger babies buttons are good, likewise for not pulling stuff over the head.

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It reminds me of jumpers I used to wear when I was growing up in Cornwall which is why I’ve called it a ‘Cornish’ jumper, although technically it was made in Devon.  Hopefully this won’t cause as much controversy as the great jam and cream debate.  Of course, it is jam first.  

I love the nautical feel, it would be nice with some little anchor buttons at the neck, or even with a stripe.

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I used this basic pattern without the bumpy bits and adapted it slightly with contrasting ribbing at the neck, hem and cuffs.

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I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran wool, which is lovely for babies and quite chunky too.  It took three balls to make this jumper.

 

 

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I also began at one of the V stitches in order to leave the neck open, joining under the arms instead.  You could of course leave it open all the way down and adapt into a wrap cardigan.

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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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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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