Bed pocket tidies

I’ve been slacking a little lately with blogs. I’ve been so busy I’ve really been making much and I keep forgetting to post. One reason I’ve been busy is moving my kids around. My biggest kid needs his own room and littlest kid needs a new bed so we’re shuffling about meaning they all need a handy bed tidy and this is the perfect project to use my Aldi Harry Potter fabrics for.

1.First up you need pattern pieces you will need 2 of each:  main pieces 27 x 34 cm, book pocket (middle red fabric in pic 1) 20x34cm, front pockets 12 x 34cm and 6 strap pieces 36 x 8 cm.

2. Place both pieces of book pocket and front pockets with pattern sides facing and sew along the top edge. With the straps place them pattern sides facing but will be sewing 3 of the sides ( both long edges and one short). The unfinished edge will be tucking in to the book tidy so if you’re bother about pattern direction ensure its goin up from the unsewn edge.

3. Open each piece out and iron the seam flat. Fold back over so the pattern is now showing and iron again to flatten,

4. Place front pockets on top of book pocket and find the centre. Sew through the centre on top of front pocket to create 2 smaller ones.

5. Once you’ve turned out and ironed the straps  place them pattern side down onto front main section piece. I place 2 outer ones 2.5 cm in and the middle was lined up with the centre. Place the back main piece on top and sew across the top. Repeat step 3 and iron it open.

6. Place the sewn book and front pocket piece pattern side down on the back piece. Keeping straps out of the way of seams place the front piece down and pin in place. Sew around all sides ensuring you’ve sewn the sides of the pockets in place. Leave a gap for turning and turn out then top stitch.

7. Cut out 3 lots of Velcro and place as shown in picture. One should be hook one should be loop on each strap. Sew in place.

Originally I wanted 2 smaller pockets for the book section but I also decided to do a bigger pocket version for my toddler because toddler books are never small. The small front pockets are great for cars, lego figures, mini torches, lip balm even tissues and trinkets.

Due to the fact I didn’t interface my fabrics the book pocket does gape a little but doesn’t affect use at all. Now to make 2 more and see whether I can perfect the design or not.

20 signs you’re a crafter

  1. You’ve always got fluff, cotton or glitter stuck to your clothes
  2. You’ve always got some hand injury whether its a burn, cut or just general stab holes
  3. You’ve more craft supplies than you can recall
  4. You see anything you like you can’t afford and you just know….. I can make that much cheaper!
  5. You may not go out for days and that’s ok
  6. Your idea of a good night is a cosy night in pjs crafting away in front of the telly
  7. If your not crafting your thinking about it or planning your next project
  8. You have way more crafts supplies than you’ll ever use….
  9. …. yet you still buy more……
  10. …. because you haven’t quite the right colour.
  11. If your main tool breaks you literally feel like you’ve lost an arm or leg, or both
  12. If you can’t craft you simple can’t figure out what else you’re meant to do\
  13. Your project is the first thing to figure out when going away from home right before snacks
  14. Your house is verging on a junk shop and you don’t care
  15. You  eye up clothing and bedding for the funky patterns wondering if its ok to buy them for cutting up
  16. Anywhere you go especially somewhere new you immediately find the craft shops
  17. Your phone is filled with your latest projects, work in progress, craft wishes or your next purchase
  18. What you up to tonight/ this weekend is usually responded to vaguely. If I really told you you’d not ask again
  19. You have at least 10 of each thing because you keep forgetting you already bought one
  20. You find ingenious ways of using household items to use in your crafts such a fork pompoms

Free pattern round-up

I thought today I would share a round up of my free patterns I have available! Theres a few more than shown here so why not check my ravelry link out and explore


Bonnet with mitts

Road Blanket

Earrings

Water Bomb Balloon

Pink Dreamcatcher  includes a white one also

Storage bowls

Hot Water Bottle Cover

Fox Dreamcatcher

Triceratops head

UFO

Granny Square Hot Water Bottle

Theres also mug coseys, doll clothing and a baby capelet why not check them out

 

 

Water Bomb Balloons- crochet pattern

The new craze at moment seems to be these crocheted water balloons. The special baby/blanket yarn which is classes as super bulky yarn and has a soft chenille type feel to it holds water like no other yarn perfect for throwing at your victim or just splatting them around the place.

They are great to have at home in the garden, take to a pool party, take along to the beach and get someone unsuspecting with them or you could make them as a fun gift that will last! They are eco- friendly, latex free and reuseable for years and year. You can wash them in the machine when they get dirty too.

Best bit??? It’s a free pattern just check it out on Ravelry.

Check out my Facebook page for a video showing how much these hold and how fab they splat.

Alternatively you can buy them on my Etsy page

Soother Clips

We lose so many of this damn things it drives me crazy so I decided to make a rainbow set and use different clips. My last lot kept pinging off due to way they were designed so you may have a soother clip but no actual clip attached!

You’ll need clips mine are 25mm wide, lengths of ribbon the same width, lighter, ruler and some snaps. (1) Mine were around 35cm long.

Start off by sealing one end of your ribbon with the lighter and placing through the clip so it goes towards the back (2). Once through fold over the raw edge and pin in place just above the clip so that edge is hidden (4). Now measure from the folded edge to 22cm along then add enough extra so it will go through a dummy and clip in place. I like to fold the edge under so may need an extra 1-2 cm for this aswell. You will be folding at the 22cm mark and pin in place where you want your snaps to meet.

Using a triple stitch – number 17 (6) stitch down the clip end of the ribbon. (5) If you don’t wish to sew you can attach a snap here to join this section with smooth side facing up.

On other end go through all 3 layers or 2 if you’re not folding it under with an awl. This is where your snaps will go. (7) Place your snap through so the working side is on same side as fold and neater smoother side is facing out. (8) Place the opposite side into other hole again so the working side is facing same way as other one or they wont meet.

You’re done! Why 22cm though? well this is the maximum legal length a soother clip can be before its deemed a strangulation risk. Of course it is your choice but please only use when supervised and be aware of the dangers. These are also not designed to be used when sleeping

Clips were bought here. Various ribbons were bought on eBay just search for grosgrain ribbon.