Category: Making (Page 1 of 7)

Vintage floral. What have I begun?

There is a blankety quilt thing in our lives that M had when we first met. I recall him telling me in hushed tones that it was Egyptian cotton. I probably looked suitably impressed before jumping underneath it with him. Having no idea that one cotton differed from another.

Fast forward a squillion years and the thing is still with us. A few rips. But I generally wash it once a year or so on a particularly hot day. It’s more of a quilt than a doona… I have NEVER been able to find it a cover. It swims in a double and won’t fit a single. And today I found out why.

It is completely square. 180cmx180cm. More or less. I bought two single matching flat sheets from the op-shop yesterday. I confidently assumed that I’d sew them together and Voila! (or Wah La! as I have read it elsewhere) I would have a well-fitting cute vintage floral cover. Yeah. Right.

Single sheets were not wide enough. So I had to modify my plans. Four squares of fabric to one side. Fine. But then I had nothing for the other side due to the stupidity of the dimensions involved. Cue hacking into two more sheets…but one was fitted. Cue swearing as there was again not enough fabric. Here I am, with SEVEN squares…when I need eight…and it’s too late to continue.

I had dreams of finishing this stupid thing tonight and then covering Small Z in it as she slept. Ah, those rosy tinted thoughts that have little to do with reality. Tomorrow is another day…

Fumbling through the flora
I'm stuck.


I actually finished the creepy, overly floral quilt cover for our weird-arse quilt. You know, the one that is perfectly square.

The finished quilt cover

Let me tell you, it looks a whole lot better than what it’s covering up! All I need to do is get some calico and fold it over a few times into a strip across the bottom under the fabric, neaten up the end, and then somehow liaise with L and her famous SnapPress (a marvellous gunlike thing that implants snaps into most fabric…) But at least it’s ON.

Next time? When I buy some sheets to make into a quilt/doona cover? I’ll make sure they’re big enough that I don’t have to cut them into squares to make it happen…

Chickens or bust

Here’s a new song. ‘La la la, I don’t have time for anything, Not even the proactive very useful things, la la la…’ You’ve heard it all before, right? My blogging gaps have been so great of late. How much does this suck? The days are shooting past – it will be the MIDDLE OF THE YEAR IN 28 DAYS. Hello?

There is so little of what I want to do that seems to be achievable. Some of this is my problem – I want to do too much. Put things on eBay!

Now, what was wrong with that sentence? It should read PUT THING ON EBAY. See? Tiny steps and things get done – but I’ve been inert with the thought of trying to DO IT ALL. Stupid inertia.

I was momentarily revitalised by chickens last week. Making them (and dreaming of having some in the backyard) from a great tutorial on Red Ted Art. They are so easy – made from one rectangle of fabric. Heaven.

The chickens are waiting...for me to go to bed.

We have since given the red one away to Small Z’s kindergarten teacher for helping us source a (real) chicken coop for free. The blue stripey one is destined for a recent Small visitor from afar 😉 and the remaining ones belong to the Smalls. They are cute – and quick to make (or I couldn’t have made them). Their mere existence makes me feel like I’ve at least done something that is not related to domesticity and parenting…even though, of course, they are related to both.

Stayed up to make the first chicken a friend... #sewing #chicken

I also got snippy with a pure wool turtleneck sweater and turned it into some floppy housepants for Small Z. If I was a real crafting queen I’d say I ‘upcycled’ or ‘recycled’ – but really, I just used a jumper I can’t wear to make some woolly trousers I can’t buy. She wasn’t 100% today and stayed home from kindergarten (and thus we missed representatives from all the primary schools pimping their programs – it must be fate leading us toward unschooling…) – I say housepants because they are a little bit…um…odd.

Two days ago her trousers were a jumper. #sewing #pants #woollys

But she liked them 🙂 and they are comfortable and warm. Good on a day where it only stopped raining for few ten minute pockets of time. I made Small DB some in fleece. They are equally quirky, but serviceable… Gosh I love being back here, writing something. Now excuse me. I have a toddler to night wean…


I wrote this long post about how I had liked working with clay when I was in Grade Two. Lost it all in a copy/paste/sleep deprivation error. I will merely say this: I have always wanted to use a potter’s wheel and yesterday I did. Loved it. I made these.

First ever attempts using a wheel

Thanks to my mum for my birthday funds. Hope to get back there next Saturday morning to, I don’t know, have a go at glazing? I learnt that there’s a difference between working with normal stoneware kind of clay and porcelain kind of clay. The latter is much harder… Baby steps.

My cup for a 4yo kid

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