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Cat cushion-Challenge 5

I am really on the repair/upcycling challenge this month!

As with my younger daughter’s panda hoodie, my older daughter had a grown out of hoodie with a cool motif on it.

This time I decided to marry it with a cushion she already had – a lovely checked number which, believe it or not used to be a pair of shorts I actually wore. (I do worry about my younger self sometimes – and sometimes I admire my ability not to care what anyone else thought…)

The cushion had originally been made in a hurry, but now I had time to recut the fabric so it would be a slightly squarer cushion. I cut out the motif and I was ready to go:

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I applied the motif using the same powder as I had used to repair my trousers and then I stitched by hand with a running stitch, to make sure it stays on:

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All that was left to do was stitch up the cushion, replace the cushion pad and, because I was feeling lazy I stitched up the bottom on the machine as well:

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And here he is complete:

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Cool.

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Hoodie to cushion-a tutorial

So here I am at January Challenge number 4 on the 25th of January – with a tutorial. Hurray!

This time it is a pink hoodie my daughter got for Christmas 2012 and has now grown out of. She loved the picture however, so I said I would make it into a cushion to add to the collection on her bed.

I loved the shape of the Panda so I decided to keep this as part of the cushion design. I pinned the front and back of the hoodie together, drew a line an inch away from the panda and then cut out the motif:

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I then put the pieces right sides together, pinned and sewed a seam all the way round – leaving a couple of inches open at the bottom for stuffing:

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before turning it right sides out I clipped the edge all the way round because it is curvy. This gave me a better edge:

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I decided not to go for toy stuffing or cushions stuffing. While making my sewing mat I realised I had an entire drawer full of offcuts and fabric bits and pieces that I will never use. I cut these up and used them to stuff the cushion:

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When I was happy with the stuffing I sewed the bottom up by hand:

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My panda cushions is heavier than a normal cushion – so he is a kind of cushion/toy combo. But he looks great, my daughter loves him and, although I kept a garment from the second hand bag I also have plans for the hood, so the hoodie didn’t die in vain… 🙂

Handbag makeover-challenge 3

Continuing on the theme of the month, the repair and upcycling basket, next on the agenda was a handbag I bought in a second hand shop in the summer.

I needed a little handbag while I was on holiday, just to hold the old purse, phone, keys and specs and I found one for less than £5. Ok it was khaki and it had HOOCH embroidered on it, but it did the job for the week away.

When I came home my bigger and much loved usual handbag broke. Aaaargh! Since September I have been using my summer purchase (and starting to really dislike the embroidery and the useless flappy inside pocket) so I decided to do something about it.

Here it is pre scissors and unpicker…

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It took me quite a while to get rid of the embroidery, but I persevered because I wanted to use some iron on transfers I had. I also took great pleasure in cutting out the useless flappy pocket.

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I chose tree and plaid motifs that went with the khaki and followed the instructions very carefully, because I am apt to rush… As you can see I was successful.

I was going to buy some co-ordinating ribbon to rebind the edges, but during January Challenge 2 I rifled through a forgotten bias binding stash and serendipitously found the perfect colour for my bag too. Result!

I am pleased with it overall; the colours work well and the binding really pulled it together –  I’d  still rather have my old, bigger bag though…  😦

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Photo Challenge: family

This week’s photo challenge got me thinking about what emotions family puts us through. We all have our ups and downs within our family unit – individuals can’t live in a group together without some conflict, however small and sometimes these moments of strain grow bigger in our heads than all the moments of love put together.

But occasionally there is a moment of pure joy. A moment that makes you laugh until you cry. A moment that helps me remember how good it is to be a mum and share that moment with the two amazing human beings that I helped to create.

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Now that’s memory making:  “remember when we cleared out the craft boxes…?”

 

Being prepared

In the past I was an organised person, but I think that’s because it was just me.

Now, with a family, I am really quite disorganised, but the ‘preparing to teach’ course I did recently reminded me why preparation is definitely the key when it comes to running a well planned session.

With that in mind I have spent the evening painting juice cartons white in preparation for my Guide meeting tomorrow when we will be making birdhouse style bird feeders.

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Eight down, 22 to go… 🙂

 

 

 

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I thought, as I had tidied my craft space, I would get the sewing machine out of it’s hidey hole and into use.

It makes a bit of a rattle on the table so the first thing I wanted to make this year was a mat to go underneath it.

With my upcycling challenge in mind, I got out all the smallish scraps I had from old clothes and donated bits of cloth. I looked around for a template and found a handy square envelope, then I got to work cutting 12 squares for the top of my mat.

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Then as neatly as I could, given all the different fabric types and my tendency to rush, I sewed the squares together 3 x 4.

This fitted neatly under my machine and then I had a brainwave. In my stash had a piece of practice quilting from a class I took some years ago (it’s the wiggly embroidery on the right there). I added this to the end of the piece, to make a place to stick pins, lay scissors etc.

I used an old fleece blanket for the filler and the legs of lovely husband’s trousers (left over from making them into shorts!) for the backing. I pinned carefully and then sewed simple lines through all the layers.

Delving into my sewing box I found an unremembered selection of bias binding inherited from lovely husband’s great aunt. I trimmed the edges with this and now I have a beautiful quilted mat that stops my machine being noisy and holds my pins while I sew.

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other January challenge posts : darn it! January challenge 1

Darn it! January Challenge 1

Sorry, I couldn’t resist that play on words 🙂

I have designated January as the month for upcycling and repairing as I have a large pile of clothing requiring one or the other and I thought it was about time I got underway!

My newest jeans (bought in July) have started to wear at the top of the inside leg – trousers always wear here which is annoying, but at least it’s fixable.

I used Wenko Stoff-Fix to iron a piece of old blue bandana on the inside of the leg where the holes were beginning. I then tried my best, with ordinary thread to darn the right side of the jeans leg. You can see by the photo that I am not particularly skilled. I just wanted to make it stronger.

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After that I thought why not add a bit of pazzazz to the area, embroidering lighter blue flowers – ok I’m likely to be the only one who knows it’s there, but as Elbert Hubbard said, “Art is not a thing, it is a way.”

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