Sunday, 8 March 2020

Cross stitching some positive words

I picked up this lovely photo frame recently from my local £1 shop. I could have put photos in it but I thought it would be just perfect for displaying some positive words I wanted to cross stitch. I think cross stitch really comes into it's own when used for words or phrases.

I played around with images and texts and colours and this is what I came up with. All the images and text I used was from this great book.

I began cross stitching the word love which I think is a really important one and this is what I came up with.

Next I cross stitched live, life, laugh which I think are also really important words.

Next I wanted to add strength and resilience which are words my family and I can particularly relate to of late.

Finally I wanted to include be kind which I think is equally important and applies to all aspects of life.  

I am so pleased with my finished cross stitch picture which I shall now be hanging in my craft room. 

Thanks for stopping by and until next time.

Yvonne x

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Sewing some quilted drawstring project bags

I recently came across this great video tutorial for making a quilted drawstring bag. I thought it would be a great way to use up some left over fabric from previous dressmaking projects. I had never tried quilting before and I had such fun making this. 

The first bag I made was with lovely bright fabrics. I have made skirts and summer dresses from most of these fabrics.

I particularly enjoyed quilting all the squares together.  I found this part really relaxing and maybe just slightly addictive!

And here is my finished bag. I particularly like the lining fabric which has a really useful pocket.

I really enjoyed making this bag so much that as soon as it was finished I cut out another one in a slightly larger size.

And here is my finished bag and lining and I used shoe laces for the drawstring.

I really like having crochet/knitting project bags in different sizes so I decided to make 2 more.

For the larger bag I used mainly green shades of fabric and for the smaller bag I used all Liberty prints.

I think I have definitely fallen down the quilting rabbit hole as it's giving me all sorts of ideas for things I want to make! 

And here are my finished bags.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time. 

Yvonne x

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Making Newborn Baby Gifts

I recently made some newborn baby gifts for a family member having their first child. They were all relatively quick makes and it was a great way to use up some stash yarn.  They were all free patterns on Ravelry and I have enclosed all the links if you fancy checking them out or making any yourself.

I knitted the baby hat with top knot - Tegan by Julie Taylor.

I knitted the Puerperium Cardigan pattern by Kelly van Niekerk.

I knitted the Baby Uggs by Autumn Street.

I knitted the Perfect Newborn Socks by Tabitha Gandee.

I knitted the Oh Boy ! Oh Girl! The Mitts pattern by Filentropie Ingridou.

And finally I crocheted a corner to corner baby blanket alternating 5 colours. I didn't use a pattern for this. I crocheted a rectangle 25" x 30" which I thought would be perfect for a car seat/pram blanket.

All the patterns were straight forward to follow and I would definitely make all of them again. I know that all the items were very well received and much appreciated by the recipients.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time.

Yvonne x