Right Foot Left Foot

I had a random thought whilst I was making the WIRES pouches …. Does it matter which foot I sew with?

Finished Pouches

I’m right handed so I’m also a natural right footer on the sewing pedal. When doing the long periods of chain piecing I found my right leg was getting sore from not moving. I wondered how easy it would be to control the pedal with my other foot as I’d never done it before. Gave it a go and discovered it was actually really easy to sew left footed. I had no trouble controlling the pressure. I kept changing feet every so often after that. I was a little surprised at how natural it felt. Really glad I gave it a try .

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Jefferson and Read aka Percy and Herb

These 2 little guys I’ve been working on for the last couple of weeks and now they are done.

Jefferson and Read

Jefferson and Read are what I’m calling them but Melly and Me named them Percy and Herb.

Jefferson

Ok as per usual I may of done things a little different to the pattern. I didn’t do some top stitching when I was supposed to, one propeller is missing cause when I stitched it the end result was something that didn’t look like a propeller and they should have mouths on them but I decided I liked them without the mouths. These little differences just mean these guys are one of a kind.

Read

This pattern is great cause the body is the same for both. You add either wings or propellers to make the different toys. Sewing them in the same colour combination meant I didn’t have to change thread colour on the machine. I did all my orange stitching first then all my blue stitching.

Crochet Bags

These are 2 little crochet bags that I made previously as gifts for a couple of young girls.

Purple Bag

Purple Bag

This purple one I made when I first learnt to crochet. I was nearing my nieces birthday and decided I wanted to make an extra gift. It took me a couple of days. At this point I didn’t know how to make flowers so I made up simple felt flowers for both sides of the bag.

Yellow Bag

Yellow Bag

This yellow one I made on a whim. I was looking for something to keep me occupied whilst I went on a train journey and decided a bag would be perfect for another young girl who was nearing a birthday. This one has flowers on both sides in the opposite colour combination.

Both bags are made up in the same way. 2 rectangular squares and a strap long enough to fit over the body. I did it all in trebles.

I just remembered I’ve also made a 3rd bag like this in which I put a handmade doll and doll blanket in for another toddler. Unfortunately I never took a photo of it.

WIRES Pouches

This past weekend I’ve been sewing lining pouches for WIRES. WIRES rescues and rehabilitates injured wildlife. The volunteers do a great job and I’m happy to help them out in the small way that I can.

Finished Pouches

These pouches may be used in caring for joeys, wombats, possums or bandicoots. A carer may go through 6 linings a day for just one animal and often they are caring for multiple little creatures so you can imagine how many they will go through in a day. If you would like further information about making these they provide you with details on their website. If your a knitter you can also make the woollen outer pouches. Again details are on their website.

Sewing Pouches

On a crafty note making these pouches are a great way to use up sewing supplies I already have. The fabric is from my stash that isn’t to my taste or I know won’t be used for other projects. I used all my half wound bobbins to empty them. The little animals aren’t going to care what colour the thread is or if it matches. This is the 2nd time I’ve made pouches. I want to get into the habit of always having some cut and ready to be sewn so when I’m in a mood of straight stitching I can grab them and start sewing. Making these are also helping my sewing skills. I’m not really a quilter so I’ve never done much chain piecing before but I tried it when making these and it was fantastic. My zig zag stitch is improving too.

Sewing for charity is wonderful. I love it how craft and charity can intertwine. Many crafters are doing some fantastic work for others. Its great to be able to help a charity in a practical way. Your daily life may mean you don’t have time to commit to a charity but you can still assist them by making items they can sell to raise funds or by making items they can use every day. Some people think the only way they can contribute to charity is through a financial donation, they don’t realise the skills they have could help a charity just as much as a $1 could. Often the front line volunteers don’t have the time to make the items they need every day so they really appreciate the donated items they receive.

To anyone who is currently doing items for charity congratulations keep up the good work cause real people are appreciating the items your making. If you have never made items for charity I urge you to give it a go. Think outside the square. Google sewing for charity and see what comes up. You may find the perfect thing for you.

Almost No Sew Tutu

So this is a simple no sew tutu well almost…..

Tutu

There is a tiny amount of hand stitching in this tutu and that’s only to join the elastic together to form the waist band. This tutu could not be any simpler to make. All you need to do is knot the tulle around the waist band. I brought a metre of each colour (cutting each piece in half to give the length I wanted) and cut the pieces all into 1.5″ strips. I think I have enough leftover strips to do another tutu.

I will admit that I may of been the crazy sewing lady who went to a department store and measured the waist bands on a couple of children’s skirts to make sure I’d make it to fit the child its for.

To Pin or Not To Pin

Not much crafting got done this past week. One of those weeks when life got in the way.

Ipad Rest

To relax when my mind was in a blah mood I spent a bit of time on Pinterest I hadn’t really spent much time on there in ages and I’d forgotten how addictive that site is. It got me thinking it is so easy to get lost in a world of pins and re-pinning. You can create new boards adhoc if the perfect thing you found to pin won’t fit amongst your current boards. It is a great place to put ideas and inspiration to look back for future use but how many of us actually go back and use the stuff we’ve pinned. How many items have you made from ideas you’ve pinned? How many times have you pinned something twice? Admittedly I have made a couple of the items I’ve pinned. These capes and the Ipad rest were both Pinterest finds.

Cape L

Unfortunately most of what I pin just stays as a dream. When I’m on Pinterest I think I develop 2 different personalities. There is the side of me who pins a page and instantly know when I’m going to make it and who its for. The other side of me is more dreamy I pin pages with the hope that one day I might make that or do that. One day I’ll learn to crochet more difficult items, one day I’ll knit something other than a square or triangle.

I love Pinterest but I really hope I’m not the only person in the world who never actually does anything with the majority of their pins.

Wheres The Pair

This is one of the first toys I ever made and still might be my favourite.

Match The Pair

The pattern is by Val Laird. When I first saw a photo of this in a craft magazine I feel in love with it. Unfortunately the pattern was in a previous issue so on Ebay I went and tracked myself down a copy. I’ve only now discovered Val’s blog and that you can purchase the pattern there. Val done a few kids items and I really like her work. Flipping through craft mags I can pick out Val’s work by just looking at them.

For this toy the shapes are hand appliqued onto the tiles. The tiles are machine stitched then slipped stitch to finish. I opted to make a carry bag to keep the tiles in instead of a box. Last year I made this toy for 2 different children.