My Vintage Singer 20


Ever since I bought my first vintage Singer machine (the Singer 201K) I have been checking eBay most days to see what other machines are around. You could say I have Singer fever. And I'm sure if you ask any other Vintage Sewing Machine collector they would tell you it's a thing. When this sweet little thing came up on eBay I jumped on it. It's so cute! So much smaller than I thought it   << Continue Reading >>

Pyjama Eating Monster Cushion


I was very excited to be asked to join the Cushion for Christmas blog hop. The series is full of great ideas for cushions you can make in less than a day...perfect for gifting. With so many talented ladies on board, especially with crazy awesome quilting skills (which I do not have) I wanted to do something a bit different and fun, so I made a Pyjama Eating Monster Cushion. This monster is   << Continue Reading >>

Handmade Gifts for Boys: Wooden Geometric Tiles


My handmade gift today is a bit different from what I usually put up on the blog, but I had so much fun making it and I must confess, I've had a lot of fun playing with it too! These wooden geometric tiles are quick and simple to make and are a colourful toy for some open ended play. I used a scrap piece of MDF to make these. To start off, I got hubby to cut me the tiles. Mine are 5x5cm   << Continue Reading >>

Zaaberry Messenger Bag


Roman is at the age where he loves to stuff things into pockets and bags to carry around. This tutorial for a Kids Messenger Bag from Zaaberry was perfect to make him a bag of his own. The style of bag is great for boys (and girls) and the tutorial was nice and easy to follow. This bag was cut out and sewn in about an hour. The size given makes a bag perfect for a 2 or 3 year old but it's also   << Continue Reading >>

A Bit of Nursery Decoration


When I was pregnant, I had a sleep in one morning and hubby surprised me by painting the nursery. It looked fantastic and really inspired me to get crafting some things to go in it. We chose Dulux Timeless Grey for the walls and my plan was to have orange accessories. The first thing I worked on was this Fox softie. I wasn't able to find an orange in the colour I wanted so I ended up using red.   << Continue Reading >>

Jelly Playdough made with British Solid Jelly


Whenever my relatives make the trip from the UK here to Australia for a visit, they always bring us some UK Jelly. Unlike Australian Jelly and American Jello which comes in crystals/powder, the jelly from the UK comes in a solid block (called a tablet) in the packet. What's so good about it is that you can eat it straight from the pack! Cut into little cubes it's a super sweet but yummy   << Continue Reading >>

A Whale of a Time!


I belong to a Facebook Group called 'The Sewing Library'. It is full of members from all over the world, although I think most of them are from Australia. It is one serious collective of a sewing question? Someone on there will know the answer! The group is currently running a soft toy drive. Crafters have been lovingly creating girl dollies, boy dolls, rattles and softy animals   << Continue Reading >>

Fun with Softies!


I recently decided to have a go at making softies, and boy is it fun! I think I'm hooked. The hardest part is deciding on the face, but once you stitch it on, they really come to life! I made a doll for my best friend's daughter's First Birthday and had so much fun making it that I decided to make up a boy version for Roman! I top-stitched little pockets and a fly onto his pants to give him   << Continue Reading >>

No Sew Gingerbread Man Puppet


Puppets are easy to make and lots of fun to play with. This one doesn't even need any sewing! Just a bit of glue to put it all together. You can use tacky craft glue, hot glue or fabric glue... they're all much the same. Decorate him with scraps of ribbon, fabric or buttons. If using buttons, don't give the puppet to kids under 3, as they buttons may come off and present a choking hazard. If   << Continue Reading >>

Play Felt Christmas Tree – No Sewing Needed!


Does your toddler like to play with your Christmas tree? Do you get panic attacks every time they go near it? Especially when they go near the side that has your favourite glass decoration on it that you got on holiday 5 years ago and you know you can't ever replace?? I'm hoping that this play tree will solve my problem. A little tree just for your kids to decorate and play with as much as they   << Continue Reading >>