Are your lunchtimes a little same same? Why not join us for a little midday sewing (in the warm and dry). Every Wednesday lunchtime we settle down with a different project like the silk fish below, and enjoy some creativity. Just come and join us, no booking required.
Where? Crafty Baba, 32 St Peters Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1XB
When? 12.15-1pm every Wednesday
How much? £4 per person including materials
This has got to be one of our favourite projects to recommend in a long time.
This crochet lace bracelet from Cult of Crochet is super chic.
This crochet technique, termed broomstick lace, gives a delicate lacy effect. Try it in different yarn colours to match your wardrobe.
The step-by-step instructions include great photos to make it easier. But note, the instructions have been adapted to cater for left-handed crafters. Head to Cult of Crochet for these instructions. If you want the original instructions, head to Daylilies Creative.
So, no excuses – both left-handed and right-handed crafters are catered for.
As Summer approaches I can’t wait to get my toddler into the garden and away from the TV!
I thought I would make her a Vintage Toddler TeePee to enjoy tea parties in. It was so easy so I thought I would share the pattern.
1. You need four metres of fabric (I used a polycotton with a strawberry and butterfly print from our shop), four poles (I used garden canes) and a sewing machine. I also made use of my overlocker (also called a serger) but it’s not essential.
2. Cut the fabric into four triangles. I simply folded the fabric in half and cut them all at the same time so they were symmetrical. Cut the tops off each of the triangles approx 5cm from the tip. This it to leave a space for the poles to poke through.
3. Start to sew the long edges together with right sides together. Keep sewing until all four triangles have been sewn into a pyramid.
4. Cut a hole in one piece to form a door. The size of this depends on how tall your toddler is! I made mine 60cm tall for her to crawl in. I serged the edges but you can neaten them by adding bias binding or just folding the edges over to form a hem.
5. Time to make the tubes for the poles. With wrong sides together, sew a new seam over your existing side seams to make a tube for the poles to fit into. At approx 5cm from the top, turn a right angle and sew back towards the edge, This is to form a casing otherwise the fabric slips off the poles.
6. Finally, neaten the top and bottom by either serging the edges or perhaps zig zaging round.
7. Insert the poles and welcome your toddler in to play!
I sewed a pocket onto the side of my teepee so my toddler could put her teddy in. I also waterproofed it from light showers using a waterproofing spray. Lastly, I added a bow with some stiff ribbon to hold the four poles in place.
If you make your own Toddler TeePee, please do share your photos with us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
We’re all a bit guilty of hoarding a bit more fabric and yarn than perhaps we ought to, I know a few ladies who can scarcely confess to their partners the extent of their stash (but will gladly give you a guided tour!). To try and alleviate the guilt, we will be holding another one of our glorious SWISHING! afternoons and you are cordially invited.
Swishing is when you bring a few items you can bear to part with, be they fabric, yarn or haberdashery, and swap it for something you do want. Don’t have anything to bring? That’s fine, just pop a modest donation in the charity jar (this year we are supporting Papworth Hospital Trust).
The date is Sunday 23rd March
Place is 41 North Hill Road, Ipswich
Time is 2-4pm
Reproduced with kind permission of MIY Workshops
Do you struggle with getting neatly finished seam allowances?? Try this….
The overcasting foot is also sometimes called an “overlock foot”. They don’t often come as standard with a new machine (although they do with new Janomes and some Berninas), but you can buy them as an extra attachment for your machine and they’re well worth it. Once you’ve used one and seen the results you’ll never want to be without it.
They’re a great alternative if you don’t have an overlocker, giving an almost as neat finish. You can also use them with your machine’s other recommended ”overcasting” or edge neatening stitches as well as just the standard zigzag stitch.
If you’re going to invest in one, be sure you buy the correct one for your make and model of machine, an incorrect one can lead to broken needles, tangled threads and tears! If you can’t buy or order one from your local friendly sewing machine shop, have a look online – do a search using overcasting foot (or overlocking foot) + the make and model of your sewing machine and you should come up with some results, they’re usually between £10 – £15.
One thing lacking in Suffolk (only one for a blog should be brief) is a really good place to buy fabric and haberdashery, by which i mean somewhere with a mixture of good quality with bargains with fun fabrics and a really excellent range of haberdashery. It is with this in mind we are holding our first Great London Sewing Crawl to plug the gap.
You are cordially invited to board the sewing bus and come on a magical mystery tour of my favourite London haunts. Those places that sell fabric for 50p a metre and where they pile the ribbons high. We will also be stepping out into some of the more discerning emporiums before finishing with a cheeky drink by the Thames to compare bargains before heading home.
Want to come with? It’s £25 for a seat on the bus and no obligation to buy. Strictly no little people, this is an adult only affair. Sign up here
Just 15 seats available.
Today’s task has been to make some slippers to show what you can do with the felt I’ve just got in stock. I used the pattern here which was very simple and quick. Although there’s only one size available, it wouldn’t take much common sense to grade them up to a toddler size.
Felt available from our online shop here http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=231004056999&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT