Hello everyone. Here is another simple machine sewing idea that’s cute as well as useful. I am always attracted to all those beautiful bundles of fabric where each piece is already cut to size and you don’t have to worry about deciding on colours because all that is done for you. They are great for quilting and applique projects but also perfect for making small, easy projects like this one.
The ‘FFB’ (Fat Flat Bundle) as they are often called in stores is made up of 5 or 6 pieces of fabric each measuring around 45cm x 55cm. Measurements will vary – some will be 50cm x 54xm others 49cm x 52cm, however it doesn’t matter for this project, you will just end up with slightly different size bags.
They are not only easy to make but can be very useful. I like the idea of using them to ‘wrap’ a gift instead of using wrapping paper. The bag can then be used by the recipient to carry and store their new gift. Much more useful, innovative and eco friendly than using wrapping paper. Here are some pics of gift ideas you could use the bags for – great to hold gifts for adults, babies, boys and girls. And great to hold the gift for any occasion – birthdays, baby showers, kitchen teas, thank yous etc etc
Here is how you make them. First you need to choose your fabric – try and choose fabrics where the patterns are facing all directions, so you don’t need to worry about them being the right way up on your finished product.
Look what I made! I found these beautiful bundles of yarn a Big W (pictured below). The bundles are made up of 4 different yarns – different colours and textures so its fun to work with and you come up with this cool result. Also saves a bit of time as you don’t need to finish off any threads which is the annoying part when you are working with lots of different colours.
My finished blankets measure 125cm X 100cm and required 4 balls of yarn. This is quite a large blanket. A blanket half the size would be great for a pram blanket and will only use 2 balls.
Here is the crochet pattern I used but you can make your blanket smaller if you wish.
Row 1: make a chain 86 stitches long
Row 2: miss 3 chain, 1 treble in each chain to end (84 trebles), turn
Row 3: 1 double chain, 1 chain in first treble, 1 treble in each of the next 2 treble, *miss 1 treble, 2 treble in next treble, repeat from* to last 3 treble, 1 treble in each of the last 3 treble, turn
Repeat Row 3 until you have you have made the desired size you want
Finish with double chain in each treble to the end.
Another simple handmade card idea to welcome the new baby. You can find everything you need in the Craft Department at K-Mart. Come up with your own baby themed designs or you can download my pattern for three card designs for free. Thank you to my sister, Cathy who inspired me with the ‘pram’ card that she designed.
Here is what you will need to purchase to make these cards. You will also need some scissors, a glue gun and some double sided tape (the normal variety and the mounting tape which has a bit of thickness to it). See pictures below of the materials and equipment you will need.
Here are some simple step by step instructions with photographs to show you how to make them. Have fun!
Here are the instructions for the Bird Hanging. It is very simple just like the owl but there are some differences so here are some step by step instructions to help you out. If you need a pattern you can purchase and download mine.
Make your templates using my pattern or your own with plastic sheeting or card board. You will need 2 pattern pieces for the body and the wing
Hello everyone, this is a simple and quick sewing craft that makes a really cute baby gift. You can hand sew or use the sewing machine to make it an even quicker craft. I have kept to the ladybird theme but you can come up with your own simple designs. You can download my pattern if you need to for a small cost.
This is the materials that you will need: some scraps of fabric, embroidery thread, Heat n Bond Lite, and a pack of body suits. I got mine from K-Mart and they were pretty cheap for a pack of 4. You will also need fabric scissor, an embroidery needle and an iron.