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A Sewing & Knitting Blog, Made in Birmingham, England


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Purple Felt Hair

I made the little doll below with the intention of selling her at the craft fair me and colleagues held a couple of weeks ago. However, she went unsold so she’s come home with me. She’s pictured below sat in our living room. She doesn’t have a mouth as I ran out of time to add one before the craft fair -however, I’ve decided to leave her like that as I think she looks quite cute without one. As you can see, she has purple felt hair and her dress is made with a lovely fabric I picked up cheaply at a market in the French town of Le Bugue, which I visited with my family this summer.

Handmade fabric doll
Handmade fabric doll
Handmade fabric doll


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A weekend all sewn up

Phew, I finally finished some items to sell at the charity craft fair we’re organising. I need to make a lot more to help fill the stall but at least it’s a start.

I ran out of toy stuffing after filling my doll’s head, but luckily my Nan had a bag so I was able to get her finished. She ended up looking a bit bossy!

Handmade Fabric Doll

Handmade Fabric Doll

Handmade Fabric Doll

Peg-bag (in use!) based on a Cath Kidson pattern.

Handmade peg bag


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Works in progress for a charity craft fair

I’ve been neglecting the blog a bit lately, but I haven’t neglected crafting. I’ve been busy making items for the charity craft, cake and plant fair that me and my colleagues are organising to raise funds for two cancer charities. I’ve also set up a second (temporary) blog for the craft fair to showcase the lovely donations we receive or make. You can find it here: uobcraftfair.wordpress.com

As well as ourselves and our colleagues making items to sell we’ll also be holding a raffle, and have been lucky enough to have some lovely items donated already and hopefully will have more to come. Some fabulous companies and independents including Lou Rota, From the Wilde, Famille Summerbelle, Teapigs, Emma Bridgewater, Fred Aldous and Cox & Cox have already been fabulous enough to donate.

I haven’t actually completed an item for the sale yet (oops) but I have started quite a few, including the two textile works in progress pictured below. Unfortunately these are currently on hold until I purchase the required craft supplies to complete them – so that’s a job for this weekend!

Felt Elephant Brooches - in progress!

Felt elephant brooches (work in progress)

Fabric Doll - in progress!

Fabric doll (work in progress)


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Handmade Christmas baubles

Before Christmas is well and truly over I thought I’d post images of some homemade baubles I made for our tree this year. Me and my partner Phil bought and moved into our house this year so it was our first Christmas together and we had to start from scratch with the decorations. I was originally planning to make all the tree decorations myself but in the end I didn’t get enough time and had to add in some bought baubles to fill out the tree. However I did manage to make a decent selection – images below!

I painted two ceramic baubles at All Fired Arts in Kings Heath.
Handmade Christmas tree ornament
Handmade Christmas tree ornament

I also made a selection of sewn felt baubles. The idea for these came from Mollie Makes magazine, although I customised them slightly. I’m a big fan of Mollie Makes, Phil got me a subscription for Christmas which made me very happy:) It also meant I got one of my presents early as the first issue of my subscription arrived mid-December!

Handmade Christmas tree ornament
Handmade Christmas tree ornament
Handmade Christmas tree ornament
Handmade Christmas tree ornament

And finally, I attached ribbon to the back of a number of small felt toys I’d previously made, including this green elephant.

Handmade Christmas tree ornament


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Baby octopus amigurumi crochet

Unfortunately, I never find the time to do enough crochet or knitting to get very good at either craft. However, every now and again I get the wool and my crochet hook out from under the bed and create something. Here is a little octopus I made last year, who now sits on my desk at work.

He’s from the book Amigurumi World which features some extremely cute crocheted creatures. One of these days I might get around to making a few more of them myself…


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Felt Sanrio Usahana bunny plush

Homemade plush Sanrio Usahana bunny by EnglishGirlAbroad
 

Here’s another felt plush toy created using a pattern from a Japanese pattern book. This is the Sanrio character Usahana. I couldn’t decide what to do with her once I’d made her so I added some ribbon and made her into a Christmas tree decoration!


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Felt Doraemon plush

I adore Doraemon so I often end up sewing/drawing/painting him. This is a small plush Doraemon I created as a gift for my partner (also a Doraemon fan). I created him using a pattern from a Japanese Doraemon pattern book. Expect more Doraemon related posts in future!