Sunday, 6 April 2014

Crafty Happenings - Weeks 11 to 14!

Hello there

Let's just accept it, I can't manage a weekly post ... moving on ...

This is a long, catch-up post - you might be bored witless, don't say I didn't warn you :)

Sewing Group

Had a great time with the group in March, the venue we're using in Rochester is working out really well, it was a lovely sunny day, 3 new members came along - what's not to like?

Of course, I failed again to take any photos - there's a theme or rubbishness going on around here isn't there?

I didn't get much made as I was helping My Girlie's friend A learn to use her machine so we made a tote bag together - and she has her first finished project which she is really pleased with - that's such a great feeling when you start learning new skills.

Oh and I found a home for this little project:

He's now winging his way to Rachel's new nephew, glad it's going to a sweet newborn baby boy :)

Fabric Shopping:

Went looking for yellow and white fabric to finish the Telephone Table project



No, none of it is yellow and white but it would have been a waste of a trip if I'd come away empty handed.
The grey bundle was £5 - cushions I think.  No idea about a use for the girlie print, 2 metres for £10 if I remember correctly.


 My little niece C has just started ballet classes - this is going to be a dress for her (using the Lisette pattern below as a starting point)

Absolute bargain, 2.5 metres found in a charity shop, I plan for this to be a summer dress for me

All half price in the Jaycotts sale (which finishes on the 12th of April I believe)
I have plans and fabrics for all of them

60p in a charity shop - going to use it as a slip pattern

Finished Object:


An Itty Bitty Baby dress for My Girlie's friend's little girl (goodness, try saying that fast) - I've never used the free Made by Rae pattern before, it's great, I already have 2 more cut out.

Do you remember the special maternity dress?  Well, this was made with the remnants.  If I take S's maternity dress in now the twins are born, she and Baby I can be matchy/matchy :)

Then I had a birthday - 24 again!:

Beautiful cake made for me by My Girlie :)

These are just a selection of my gifts, the crafty themed ones:

Table top with adjustable legs - so I can finally cut out and work standing up. 
I have real issues with my back, it's been playing up over the last month or so and I've struggled to sew anything.
 This is going to help so much.

 Sewing books from the lovely bunch at Sewing Group

Gorgeous nesting bags from Sam - what a wonderful surprise

 And then yesterday I went on a trip to London with Sewing Club - but I think I'll do a separate post for that one - breathe a huge sigh of relief!
If you're still here at this point I'm impressed with your stamina :)






  1. I'm jealous of that John Kaldor fabric you got for £3. I made myself a dress from that very same fabric a couple of summers ago and I paid between £10 - £12 a metre.

    Looks like you got some lovely birthday pressies. Did you find the little surprise inside the smaller of the 2 nesting bags? xx

    1. Oh my goodness, no I hadn't found the buttons, they are gorgeous, thatn you so much. I am a total muppet - official! x
      PS - Alyssa is now desperate to make little bags just like them :)

    2. This might be a repeat - I'm not sure if my first reply disappeared!

      That sounds like something I would do (or not do!). I found the tutorial for the little bags here: They're fun to make.

  2. Oh my god Hollie Hobbie fabric!!! I still have such a soft spot for the Hollie Hobbie illustrations! I really enjoy your sewing round-up posts, weekly or otherwise.

    1. I know, for the life of me I don't know what I'm going to do with it though! My sister would have loved curtains but I don't have enough AND I'm about 25 years too late! :)

  3. Hi Jacq - it looks as though you have had plenty of sewing and crafty type fun though, even if not so busy with the blog. Love the quirky little fabrics, and many happy returns :)

  4. Looks like you've been busy! I had Holly Hobbie picture on my wall as a kid seeing that took me right back. Happy Birthday.


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