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.
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.
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.
And also a few other bits I had lying around.
All you need to do is lay your fabric right side down on a flat surface and stick the tape to the edge.
Then cut the fabric as close to the tape as possible and trim the ends off the tape. That’s it!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I remember one of my best friends, Faye, telling me about how her sister has been known to talk in her sleep, which can be embarrassing if you ever share a bed with friends or siblings, especially as you get older. Thanks to Claire for coining the expression schnuggle-uppagus in dreamland, it’s the best way I can think of to describe this scarf. I just want to crawl in as soon as the weather turns cold!
I made this for myself really as it’s the kind of thing I want to wear in the cold, but a few friends and family now have them too. They have been quite popular, it’s always extra special when you know gifts are very happily received. I didn’t really want to model this myself, but it was too big for my baby boy and there was no one else around! I managed to get one ‘normal’ (isn) face’ shot before I could no longer take myself seriously.
I used a super chunky yarn and a pretty stitch which gives it a nice close weave, sometimes I find crochet can be a little too holey!
It is a combination of a crocheted shell with a faux fur inner lining which really gives it a luxurious, wintry feel.
It is completely reversible as well and I kind of like it both ways, you can choose which way to wear it depending on your mood or the air temperature.
These will be available in two colours, scarlet and navy in my Etsy shop throughout the Autumn and Winter season.