With a fabric as pastely and cute as this – what else could you make but a baby product!
We were inspired by a make from this blog: http://www.makeit-loveit.com
The rattle inside was purchased from Amazon and we combined a few different patterns to add our unique take on this rattle idea. The head of the rabbit came from a toy rabbit pattern and helped created the rabbit nose and ears on our rattle.
The white is a simple cotton and compliments the letter fabric beautifully. The face of the rabbit was hand stitched and helps add detail to this project. It was fun combining different patterns and our favourite part of the project is definelty the long floppy ears!
If, like us, you have fallen in love with these rabbit rattles then you can purchase them from our Folksy shop!
I have always loved New York and the imagery and romance of the city streets. There is something so appealing about the busy city streets, tall building and the pop of yellow of a New York Taxi cab that sings to me. So this fabric of the week really was a no brainer.
A fabric so richly detailed needs a simple design and so we made a simple cushion with this one!
By featuring the yellow taxi in the front of the cushion it really makes your eye be drawn to the cusion and design. The muted greys means that this cushion could be a real feature in any room.
As much as I would love to keep this it is for sale in our Folksy shop!
This fabric of the week was a bit back to front – we found the pattern and then found the perfect material for it!
This gorgeous fabric is actually dishcloths – the good thing with this is that we bought them in a pack of three so you know that the colours will match!
The project we foound was a Reading Cushion. We both love reading and you will often find books at the side of the bed and we loved the idea of having a specific place to store your books! Here is a link to the original project: https://www.polkadotchair.com/2016/10/how-to-sew-a-reading-pillow.html/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=thepolkadotchair
The front pocket is inspired and is the perfect size to put your book or Kindle and the machine embroidered “Read” just gives you every excuse to read as much as you like!
I also think that this pillow would be good for your sewing/knitting projects as you could store your pattern and materials in the front pocket.
As ever this is avaliable to buy on our Folksy store!
This week’s fabric of the week is fabulous, dah-ling! We’ve had this in our fabric stash for years when we found it in the remnants bin in Ikea. We have always just been looking for a project for it.
We considers several ideas but the beauty of this fabric lies in the lips so we focused on them and made these fabulous cushions.
They were a quick and easy but effective make. We added a gusset around the lips to help define them and make them look better standing on the couch/bed/wherever!
Here are some more details:
These are also avaliable on our Folksy store to buy.
It is funny where ideas come from; you can sit for hours staring at a slowly cooling cup of tea trying to come up with a use for that old pair of denims (oh, wait that is just me?) but the best ideas come when you are not actively thinking. When you give your brain time to mix together all the things you have seen, read and been inspired by and then the spark of inspiration comes.
This is true of our First Date Doll — the idea came out of a friend’s Facebook post. The girl was talking about how she was having a clothes clear-out but didn’t want to get rid of the dress she worn on her first date, yet she would never wear it again. Ping! (Imagine a lightbulb above my head) I checked with Givie (the sewing expert) and yes it was possible to turn a dress into a doll wearing the same dress.
So how do you do it?
A teeny-weeny with no polka dots, yellow dress into this:
A fun memento/doll that would keep your memories fresh but without taking space up in your wardrobe, because there is always new dresses to buy and wear.
The first thing is to remember you are only creating an impression of the dress, that it doesn’t have to be an exact replica – I am sure my friend didn’t wear yellow shoes but it fits with the dress and also goes with the look of the doll. You are aiming for something that sparks a memory
However it is important to have small details on your dress, as that is what makes it so special like the zip detail on the back of this dress:
This is also what makes crafting so interesting – the thought that goes into working out how to make things look good. It is also true of the waistband of this dress, took trial and error to realise that the best way to get the waistband to sit where it is needed was elastic – just as it was on the original dress!
The hair is created with felt – felt is great because it keeps it shape and helps with the overall cartoon-y fun appearance of the doll, accentuated further with the face, drawn on with pens that don’t bleed into fabric.
This was a fun project to work on – mainly because you know that it will have special meaning for the person you are making it for.
What dress/outfit would you turn into a doll?
It is funny what we anchor our memories to – seemingly insignificant items can take on such meaning that you can’t bear to throw them out and yet don’t want them to languish in the back of a drawer or shoved into a neglected memory box.
We first worked on this idea when my granpa died and we were left with all his ties, ties that symbolized my granpa at his best; strong, determined and always having the right tie for the right occasion. We selected ties that suited each member of the family and Givie gave me the responsibility to sew them up. So the ties not only, for me, represent the love that I had for my granpa but also for each member of the family that I slowly (with tongue sticking out!) made the appletie for.
We never sit on an idea though and always look for ways we can use a craft again and again and my dad has recently stopped working at a teacher and so Givie has worked her sewing magic to make an appletie from his school tie. Which made us wonder are there more ties laden with memories just waiting to be reborn into appleties?
Pictures of the Abronhill High Tie – made by Givie for Mr Givie!
The finished Appletie