25 April 2014

Tablemats for toddlers

Hello there!
I hope you are having a lovely Easter. Over here we've been enjoying lots of family comings & goings.... and special guests deserve special gifts - so the other day I made these placemats for two precious wee guests who were coming for tea
I made them out of raw linen for the front, insul-brite wadding & some spotty linen/cotton blend for the back
The sun was shining, so I sat outside (not normally something you can do in Ireland in April!!!) to stitch in some wee details
I may have got slightly carried away....
....but they were such fun to make

Hopefully they will make mealtimes fun for Evie & Jude.. .


I hope you enjoy the rest of your Easter, whether its inside or out, with family or friends, or just doing something special for you....
Love
Karen x

15 April 2014

Bagilicious: the 241 tote

Hello there!
Thank you so much for the lovely comments on the last post. Its great to be back!
Its wonderful to see lots of bunny pouches springing up all over the place! They are super quick & easy to make, so you've still got time to make one before Easter... just click here to go straight to the tutorial. If you do make any, do let me know & I'll post some of your pictures on Sunday.
One thing I make a lot of is bags... & its funny to see how many of you share the same obsession :) 
So, for the next couple of weeks I'm going to show you some of the bags I've been making & let you know how you can too...
First up is the extremely talented Anna from noodlehead. I've been following Anna for about 5 years now & I love her blog which is full of inspiration, tutorials & patterns. Her wee lil cutie pouches were one of the first zipper pouch tutorials I tried & I've been hooked ever since! I noticed a lot of 241 totes appearing all over the place - like this gorgeous one from Leila (wheretheorchidsgrow)
Source: Leila at wheretheorchidsgrow
So here was my first one:
The pattern was easy to follow & I love the scrappy look of each of the sections. I made a couple of alterations - for the straps I stitched a second layer of fabric onto the webbing, just to give them a bit more structure & I added a wee key chain on the inside
I had such fun making one, I made another, this time with a zip
It's such a great bag for the summer - perfect for shopping or the beach.... with lots of room & pockets to keep your stuff safe. If you fancy making one yourself, the pattern is available here
I'm off now to take my life in my hands... visiting a theme park with the children!! But I'll be back on Sunday with some bunny pouches & another bag review, so I'll see you then
In the meantime, try to take time to listen to those birds singing!
Love
Karen x


6 April 2014

I'm back.... with a wee bunny pouch

Hello there. 
I've been on a long & bumpy journey since my last post, but I am hopeful that the path is smoothing out & a new & better normality is beginning to emerge. Thank you to all of you who have sent such lovely & messages & kept precious friendships going through instagram, pinterest & facebook. I really appreciate each one of you. Although I’ve been busy stitching lots of bits & pieces (which you can check out here & here) it’s lovely to be back. 
Easter is just around the corner, & I'm sure many of you will have special things planned with friends & family & hopefully these little bunnies will help you along your way…

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Bunny Pouch Pattern

What you will need:
- 2 fat 1/8s fabric or 2 pieces of scrap fabric approx. 7” x 18”
- Approx. 38“narrow ribbon / cord (1/4 inch wide)
- Embroidery thread or buttons for the face
Finished pouch size (excluding the ears): 6½” x 7½” approx..

A wee edit:
Sorry, this pattern is no longer available as a free tutorial, as it will shortly be going into print. However, you can still download the pattern & templates through my etsy shop by clicking here.  

Well done! You now have a gorgeous bunny pouch.... ready to fill with lots of lovely Easter treats!

I hope you have enjoyed this post & am excited to see your versions of this wee cutie.

Karen x