I’m really enjoying learning to crochet. For some reason my brain didn’t ‘get it’ for ages, despite being shown by friends and associates, all I could make was uneven triangles.
I recently spent some time learning (thanks to a charity shop crochet kit and YouTube!) and have been experimenting a lot, writing my own patterns and learning to make appliqué as well as amigurami characters. I’ll be showcasing my makes here and welcome commissions. This little shark was made for my husband, a huge shark enthusiast. What do you think?
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Do you have an Easter egg hunt planned with your little ones? I’m certain that cheeky bunny will be dropping off some eggs (and pup friendly treats!) to our girls so I thought I should make some bags for the toddler and her friends.
Luckily the very clever Caroline of ‘SewCanShe‘ had created these beautiful & simple egg collecting bags. I’d made a slightly larger bag using this pattern (and super easy boxed corners) last year as a house-warming gift for a friend so decided to make a smaller one for the toddler.
Following the pattern was super easy, even though it was my first real attempt at appliqué. As promised in her blog, the bags sewed up quickly and I was really pleased with the results. I thought the toddler might be a little too focussed on picking up eggs so I added a shoulder strap which worked well. What do you think? I love the bright colours and as you can see, it packs a LOT of treats! It’s also currently one of my daughters favourite bags, hence the creases!
I also wanted to make some treat bags for her friends so used this pattern, again from SewCanShe. I love the bunny fabric and again the pattern was super easy, although I always have a few issues doing buttonholes (I think I need more practice. I measure, and place, double check and they still end up slightly in the wrong place!). Anyway, they came out pretty well, although I decided to use fleece for my bunny ears to add some texture to the bags. They looked cute, but we’re a little too heavy and kept pulling the rest of the bag in odd directions. If I make these bags again, I’ll use a much lighter fabric as suggested in the instructions. We filled the bags with treats and I can say they were a hit with the toddlers friends!
What do you think? Will you try the sewing patterns? Send me a picture in the comments below of your creations!
Wishing you all a peaceful and chocolate-filled Easter!
We keep it simple here at @bluebeaglebaby Books or craft gifts are normally wrapped in tissue paper and sealed with one of our labels (see Meet the Maker: Brand Image) but for this special order, I made a reusable, upcycled cloth gift wrap. It really added to the gift and the recipients were very excited.
I’ve recently discovered felting! I’m not sure what it is, but stabbing something multiple times is highly therapeutic 😉 I took a short class at the recent Crafts 4 Crafters show and made an adorable little lamb and frankly, I’ve been a little obsessed ever since! I’ve completed this set of cards recently, combining washi tape and felted decorations with assorted phrases hand stamped on too. These were so much fun to make and a big learning curve with regards to felting – blending wools, adding details such as the seams on the hot air balloon or adding a bit of sparkle to my snow flake. They are available to purchase, just message me below or via @bluebeaglebaby