Tag: sewing (Page 1 of 4)


Small DB had about 30 minutes sleep all yesterday. In her case, sleep begets sleep – so last night was not a good one.

Today, her sleep was my priority – and she was catching up between 11.45 and 2pm – HUGE for her. Thus, she has gone down late tonight, but hasn’t woken every 30-40 minutes since. No, she’s stayed down for a solid chunk…which enabled me to actually finish something I started months ago…

Bunny with a floppy ear

The productive sulk

Last night I locked myself away in Small Z’s room (she sleeps in the caravan at the moment) and worked on a new bunny…
The bunny-to-be

And watched Bill Cunningham, New York – something I’d been meaning to do for ages. Click that link, because it’s a great website – and the film? Just spectacular. How fantastic that the documentary was made while he’s still alive and working. I love his accent and how he speaks – it sounds, to my uneducated ear, like he was from Boston? Anyway – try and see it!

Summer nights…

Small Z is short on summer pyjamas. I’ve been looking for lovely baggy soft cotton ones, but keep finding crappy cartoony flannel ones. I had an old pair of mine in my fabric box, and while Small DB slept the other day and Small Z decorated birthday cards beside me, I cut them down to her size. I did them the same way I did woolly longies for Small DB last winter – this is not the best picture in the world, but the pants are great! I’m now hunting for more grown-up PJ pants so we can have three pairs in rotation…

DIY cut down PJ pants

(Yes…I had to patch a hole in the back. Sewing too fast and extra material got caught up – I was impatient and ripped it.)

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.

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