Thursday, 12 January 2012

100 Projects: #3 - Haahoo!! + Tutorial

Chelsea's favourite show is 'In The Night Garden'. She has loved this show since before she was 1. Her best friend in the world is her 'Upsy Daisy' doll - which is a character of the show. She once lost her Upsy doll, what an ordeal. You can read about that story on my other blog here.

Anyways, Chelsea is turning 2 soon. Her actual birthday is at the start of February but because Nick is heading away to the Army for 3 months on Monday, we have brought her birthday forward to this weekend. She won't even know, she'll just be excited about cake and presents.

Since I wanted to make her at least one gift for her birthday, I decided to make her a Haahoo (other characters from the show). As you can see from the pic above, there are 5 of them. I made the first one for her.

Here is how it turned out....

Here is a quick tutorial for anyone out there who has an 'In the night garden' obsessed child like me.

What you will need:

- Fabric. I got mine from spotlight and it's called 'Rainbow Dots' by Sugar and Spice.
- Toy fill/stuffing
- Felt for the eyes and mouth (or you could use fabric)
- Pins and a needle
- Sewing Machine, thread etc - your usual sewing stuff
- This Template (Body, eyes and mouth). I enlarged it, printed it out over 4 pages, taped it together then cut it out.

What I did:

1. Cut out 2 main body pieces using the template, 1 front and 1 back. Then I cut out the eyes and a mouth using felt. I cut out 2 black eyes, 2 white eyes slightly smaller to give black frame and then 2 pupils. If you wanted to, you could just cut out 2 white eyes and 2 pupils and stitch around the white with black thread. Up to you!

2. (Optional) As a personal touch, I wanted to add some embroidery on the back. We call Chelsea "Chel Belle" most of the time so I embroidered that onto matching fabric.

I cut around the words in a heart shape and then stuck it on the 'back' body piece and did an applique stitch around it.

3. I then moved to the 'Front' body piece and attached the eyes and mouth. I did an applique stitch around those as well. I use this stitch because it keeps the edges secured down.

4. With the main body pieces complete, I placed them together (right sides facing) and sewed around the outside. I used a 1/4" seam allowance and made sure I left a gap open to turn and stuff.

5. I then turned in the right way and ironed all the seams flat.

6. Once ironed, I opened the gap and stuffed it full of toy stuffing. Once stuffed, I hand stitched up the opening with invisible thread.

There you have it. One Haahoo. I am sure Chelsea is going to love it. She found a picture I printed for the template and carried it around for the day. Can't wait to see her face when she opens it.

This is my first ever tutorial so if there are some things that don't make sense, please let me know :)

Hope you have all had a lovely day, we went to the beach again which was nice. Thank you for reading!!

Monday, 9 January 2012

100 Projects: #2 - Voodoo Owl Pincushion

I needed a new pincushion as the one I had been using was great but too small. I recently went out and bought heaps more pins because I am sick of running out but I guess what I should have done was completed all the pinned half done projects to get most of my pins back. Now I have an abundance and my lovely old pincushion was just too crowded.

Since I love owls, I thought I would make an owl pincushion. I downloaded the pattern from and got to work.

For the main fabric I used some fabric that was left over from a few other projects. It was a FQ from the Big W of all places that caught my eye and I had to have :) For the wings I used some scrap fabric that I used for my MIL's birthday quilt and for the eyes and nose, I used some felt.

I filled the owl only to about 3/4's full with hobby fill and then filled the rest of the space up with rice so it would have a heavier base. The pattern actually says to use walnut litter (strange!!) but I stuck to rice.

I was happy at how fast this project was and how it turned out. So cute and sweet but then....

I had to start poking pins into my sweet little owl. I felt so mean! I suppose I never really thought much about the project and just went charging in. Anyways, I pinned around the little guys eyes, nose and wings so I don't feel like an evil witch doctor performing voodoo on a nearby owl.

I am still going to use my old one as well. It has some 'yucky' pins on it and lives on the ironing board so when I get all the way upstairs with something that I need to iron a hem on etc and have forgotten my pincushion, it's no biggy, I have one close by!

Hope you all had a lovely weekend! Mine went far too fast and I am sure next weekend will go even faster, just because I want it to go as slow as possible. It is now 1 week until Nick leaves to go to Army training for 3 months. I am going to miss him so so much :(

Saturday, 7 January 2012

100 Projects: #1 - Spare Underwear Pouch

My quest to complete 100 projects in 2012 has started well.

One of the first projects I have complete so far is a couple of spare underwear pouches. As Hunter and Zade are starting school this year, I am busy organising school stuff. Uniform, shoes, labelling etc etc. I have everything ready to go but I was a little worried about what would happen if they had a little accident at school. Hunter has been known on several occasions to be 'too busy' to go to the toilet (TV seems to be the main distraction).

Anyways, if they happen to have an accident at school because playing in the sandpit is more important than going to the loo, I don't want them to be upset or embarrassed. I made them a little jockey pouch each so that should an incident occur, they can take their pouch to the bathroom (with a spare pair of school shorts), take out the clean pair of jockeys, put them on and then put their wet pair in the pouch, zip it up and put it back in their back. I lined the pouched with plastic so there will be no leakage as well. Clever eh?? hehe.

The boys picked out their own fabric from the stash so they are happy with how their pouch looks. Hunter's choice was 2 charms from a charm pack (Meadow Friends) that I recently bought and Zade's choice was a boy army drill fabric that I got from spotlight a while ago.

Excuse the divots in the chair.
Chelsea and a pen thought it would look good...I did not!

They have the boys seal of approval so now I just have to hope that they actually remember to go to the toilet and don't have to use their pouch all that often.

Project #1 complete. Stay tuned for project's a hoot :)

Have a fantastic weekend and thanks for reading...

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

New Year....

Hope you all had wonderful celebrations over the festive season. Ours, as always, was a busy one and now we need a bigger house after the tonnes of presents the kids received.

When the new year ticks around, I usually make a huge resolution list and then put it somewhere safe. By May, I have lost the list and forgotten what is even on it. This year, I am not making any resolutions. I am just going to promise myself to try and be as healthy as I can and to enjoy the ups and downs that this year will bring.

Please don't think that I am starting this year with negativity by saying downs, I'm a realist and as Nick is entering the Army in less than 2 weeks (will be away initially for 3 months), I know there will be downs but I am going to look at the silver lining and buy a bottle of wine or two...maybe lots more :)

Anyways, also this year I am going to keep myself busy by crafting. My goal is 100 projects this year. 100 projects in 52 weeks. That's roughly 2 a week. Totally do-able and I have even done 2 already this year and we are only on the 4th day. Yay me! I will post about those 2 projects in the next few days.

Also, today is my Nana's birthday....Happy Birthday Nana! I will bake you a nice cake when you arrive home from NZ :)

Thanks for reading and have a nice day :)