Back to School Pencil Case

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As a little starting school gift, I thought I would make Amelie a little stitched pencil case. I know she probably doesn’t need one yet, but still. I wanted to make it! So here it is. It didn’t take long, with a little evening stitching in front of the box.  I appliqued it with a yellow pencil and stitched her name on. I know, she will probably ditch it very quickly in favour of some Helly Kitty of Frozen crap, but she likes it at the moment!

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Unicorn Pillow Part 2: Quick Zipped Pillow

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A couple of weeks ago I posted part one of this pillow tutorial – the unicorn applique. So here’s how to turn that little applique into a pillow. If you sew, you probably already know how to add a zip to a seam, but if you aren’t sure, this is so easy (and I only recently discovered it. I’d been doing it the long loooong way for years). Here’s how to make a pillow in just half an hour. You won’t want to buy one ever again!

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Unicorn Pillow Part 1: Applique

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I have a child who is obsessed with Unicorns. We went to London Zoo a few months ago and on the way there, we were asking her what Animals she most wanted to see. “ummmmm…. unicorns & whales!”, she said. I had to really work hard to persuade her that kangaroos as WAY more exciting than whales. She cried when I said unicorns aren’t real, and I felt so bad.

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Applique Elephant Nursery Art

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Just after Christmas my brother and his wife had a beautiful little girl called Inara. She wasn’t due till February, so she was the picture of teeny tiny pocket sized perfection. I wanted to make her a little picture with her name on it, so I thought I would applique something as I enjoyed making the photo-applique so much. Here’s what I made…

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Turn a Photo into an Appliqué

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Ages ago, before our little buttons were on the planet (and what a different planet it was…), I did a bit of experimenting with turning photographs into appliques. Iwould chop out pictures, often magazine images, place them onto scraps of fabric, and sew to create an applique like this one:

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How to Make a Piped & Appliqued Pillow

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A couple of weeks ago I was very happy to be asked if I would be godmother to a beautiful little baby called Olive. She is such a joyful little girl, I decided I’d make her a little colourful cushion to match her personality. I’ve never piped fabric before so I thought I’d give that a shot. Its easy! I’m piping everything from now on…

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DIY Fabric Cot Tidy

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Its nice to have a little place to store the little toys and things you need for bedtime, so I decided to make a very simple cot tidy to hang on the side of Amelie’s bed. I’ve seen a few in baby shops and they always seem pretty basic to make.

So I took a piece of thick canvas (measuring about 75x50cm) and sewed bias binding all the way around to neaten the edges. I also made 4 strips of the binding for the ties and sewed these to the top corners.

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