30 November 2010

Pink Back Spider

Project: Make a spider for my niece
My niece loves all things creepy crawly, especially spiders..... except at night. So to try and help her worries of spiders coming into her bedroom, I made this super friendly Pink Back Spider who will tell all the unfriendly spiders to go away.

26 November 2010

Peg Fairies

Project: Make fairies using dolly pegs
These are the kids' versions of Tinkerbell and Terence. They chose the colours and decorated the wings. I cut and glued. They stuck. The fairies are hung above their beds with the stars.

24 November 2010

Kids' Hats

Pattern: Kids' Hat by Nicole Mallalieu
Take 2 of my boy's much loved hat to replace the one that was lost. It took some fancy patchwork to be able to use the scraps I had left of the astronaut fabric.

23 November 2010

Recycled: Pen Holders

Recycled: a couple of tins
Into: a couple of pen holders
Made by the kids for their Dad's birthday.

18 November 2010

Sock Puppet

Project: Make a puppet from a sock
This is craft at its rawest!
A sock + two googly eyes + a bead + a tassel + some felt = Jill the Sock Puppet who - not surprisingly - has a tendency to lick everything!

16 November 2010

Lacing Cards

Project: Lacing cards
I made these cards so the kids to start sewing with me. The cards are made using really heavy cardboard and a hole-puncher. To thread, the kids used wool and wool needles.

14 November 2010

Modifed Laptop Bag

Pattern: Modified Laptop Bag Pattern from Nicole Mallalieu
My sister has a favourite bag that is very tired so she asked for a new bag for her birthday. I got her to write a wish list for "her perfect bag" and managed to incorporate all her requests, albeit with some unpicking and resewing... twice! I used Nicole's Laptop Pattern as a base and made changes where needed: a front buckle, webbing straps that run down to the base, a zipper pocket, a clip for keys and two pockets, one just the right size for her phone.

12 November 2010

Knitted Balls

Pattern: Judy's 12-section yarn ball
Soft balls that feel good to touch and can be thrown by kidlets of all ages and strengths, with low risk of damage!

04 November 2010

Guitar Singlets

Project: Make matching singlets
I bought some baby pants and singlets and wanted them to match. So I stitched on guitars because both babies have guitar playing dads.

03 November 2010


Recipe: Homemade Playdough from ecoMILF
Thought it was time for a new batch of playdough.

01 November 2010

Refashion: Toy Dog Collars

Refashioned: a pair of stripey shoelaces
Into: dog collars for toy dogs
A gift for my dog-obsessed niece. My sister and I transformed shoelaces into six different sized dog collars. We sewed on rings from keyrings so that a lead can be clipped on them. Even toy dogs need to be walked.