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    Sew an ‘Instamatic’ Tote Bag – free tutorial

    I am slightly obsessed with bags and I love being able to design and make a bag that does just the job I want it to do.  This easy to sew Tote bag is the perfect size for a lunch box, water bottle, journal (or ipad) and an umbrella for those frequent rainy days! You can play around and make it with your favourite fabrics – I fell for the cute Instamatic cameras on this fabric, hence the name of the bag!

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    Free Sloth cuddly toy sewing pattern

    Snoozy Suzy Sloth sewing pattern

    Download the PDF pattern to make Suzy

    Sleepy toddler?  Use this sewing pattern to make them a suitably sleepy friend.

    There’s something rather cute about Sloths and they make a change from teddy bears!  I’ve designed Suzy the Snoozy Sloth to be very soft, floppy and cuddly, the ideal companion for any little one to snuggle up with.  It’s a fairly simple pattern to make, although sewing with plush fabric takes a little bit of getting used to – it’s worth it for the extra cute cuddly softness though!   Enjoy using your free sewing pattern to make your very own cuddly sloth toy!

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    Beanie Boos T-shirt Tutorial

    2016-01-24 08.44.46

    My daughter decided that her Beanie Boos Lion, ‘Hero’ needed a make over.  So I’ve made a new t-shirt for him (slightly girlie fabric but never mind!).  The pattern should also fit other medium size Beanie Boos that are in the same ‘sitting’ position (e.g. Tasha, Safari, Maddie etc).  I used a girls skirt from a charity shop for the fabric.

    If you haven’t sewn with jersey before, this is a good size to practice on!  There are some good tips on different websites – I used the Tilly and the Buttons tips when I started experimenting with jersey (not that long ago).   I do have a ‘walking foot’ for my machine which does make a difference, and I use ball point needles.   I used a long zig-zag stitch for all of the t-shirt.

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    Sock Alien Tutorial

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    It’s all about ‘Space’ at the moment – at my daughter’s school anyway.   It wasn’t part of the homework but my daughter, Amelie, decided to design a sock Alien to take into school and to write about.  She even offered to make it herself – if I could help with the sewing machine bit (I still haven’t made the ‘plague’ rat she designed for the last topic!).  So I made the one that features below and she made her own one, which she didn’t want to feature on my blog in case everyone copied it!  The Alien does need legs because it can fly, obviously…

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    Pirate Tic Tac Toe

    pirate tic tac toe

    2015-09-13 20.07.06

    Despite being busy with a few other things at the moment, I’ve managed to put together the first in what may or may not become a series (!) of Quick Makes – Pirate Tic Tac Toe or Noughts and Crosses.  I made this for a ‘Quiet Book’ but you could easily make a bigger pouch and fold the board up as well; great for taking in the car or to restaurants and keeping kids/ grown-ups entertained.  Happy making!

    Quick Makes-Pirate Tic Tac Toe

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    Cuddly sleeping bag tutorial

    2015-07-07 19.31.04

    I always like making things for party favours for my children’s parties.  This year I decided to make sleeping bags for 6″ Beanie Boos (as it was a Beanie Boo themed party – more on that later).  They are quick and easy to make and would easily work with cotton instead of plush.  My daughter loves plush so she had one made out of just plush.  The heart pillow gives your Beanie Boo a nice comfy place to rest their head for the night!

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