Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Off to the Brisstyle Indie Twilight Market on Friday 22nd


The Brisstyle Indie Twilight Market is on again this Friday night in King George Square Brisbane, and I am participating!  Its going to be my first nighttime market and first in the city and I am really looking forward to it. 

I have been busy making, making, making.  I seem to be surrounded by wallets, coin purses and card holders.  But its going to be worth it.  I love the vibe of the Brisstyle markets.  Everyone always has a ball.  I can't wait!

If you are in Brisbane city come along on Friday from 5 for some local handmade treats.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Rocket and Astronaut softie in this months Patchwork and Stiching Magazine

This months Patchwork and Stitching magazine is all about technology and for that theme I just had to make a space toy.

I've loved space toys all my life.  My favourite childhood toy was my Princess Leia doll.  I loved that doll so much.  I could even do the bun hairstyle on her (and believe me when I tried again as an adult, it was really hard).

I've been fascinated by tin robots as well.  In fact, robots are possibly my favourite group of space toys as an image.

For patchwork and Stitching I decided to create a rocket.  I had certain ideas.  I liked the fatter style of rocket.  it had to have portholes so you could see what was happening inside, and it had to have an astronaut.  I think the end design worked out rather well.


If you are trying out the pattern yourself, the fabric I found for the little space travellers in the portholes was "Retro Rocket Rascals" from Michael Miller. I loved the effect of this one.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Great Craft Idea - Recycling old pillows and cases to make a recliner

I saw this really easy craft idea on Pinterest to make a floor lounger using 5 pillowcases and 5 pillows.  It was so simple, I had to try it.

I used 5 old pillow cases from the linen cabinet and 5 pillows that have passed their life on the bed.  There was 4 seams and the total make time was 20 minutes including ironing the pillowcases (who would normally).

The cost was nil but I think if you wanted to make one with new materials it would be a lot cheaper than buying a bean bag, plus all parts are washable and the pillows can be upgraded at any time.

This is the original - they make it look amazing with such nice pillowcases!

Sew Five Pillow Cases Together to Create a Body Pillow