Soft Play Cube – Tutorial

I saw this idea on Pinterest and decided it was so cute I wanted to make one as well so here goes.

The starting size of your squares will determine how big the cube is I cut my squares out 6×6 inch which resulted in a large cube so would recommend \4 inches if want it smaller. You will need 6 squares of various fabrics-

I used cotton, baby cord, Sherpa fleece, polar fleece and sweatshirt fabric for mine. All soft and with a couple different textures.

First decide on your layout and any extras you wish to add on and where they may go. I added colourful ribbon and a teething ring. I chose to add the ring on 2 sides so he can be lifted away from the cube without dangling too much. You could attach with one for same effect or two either side so it sits tighter to your toy.

  1. Start with your 3 middle squares (see 5 for final layout) and sew them together with 1 cm seam allowance
  2. I wanted to add lace to a square so I pinned it on and joined bottom two squares
  3. I then added them onto the middle square from step one. When joining be sure to have your seams open it creates better corners and less bulk
  4. Sew up your ears if adding them and sandwich between the layout you’ve sewn up already and the final square which is sewn onto top.
  5. Final layout. started with horse, mint and star squares, joined spotty and floral together then added to bottom of mint and finally ears with fluffy pink at very top
  6. I decided to add a face to mine as it’s a bunny. I hand embroidered but you can draw on with fabric pens, iron vinyl on or maybe you’ve an embroidery machine.

7. You will slowly join all your squares up to form a cube with a lid. Do this by folding up the 3 starter squares and joining to the spotty square, then add the floral one to the mix and you form a box.

8. To complete the final square pin all the sides in place. Starting at green square you will sew down to purple but leave 1 cm. With needle down lift up machine foot and pivot. Sew to blue and repeat pivoting. Sew about an inch in and back stitch. Leaving a gap rejoin about another inch away and continue to red square.

Turn out and stuff well then close up with hand stitches.

9. When sewing your squares together be sure the rest of the cube is out of the way of the needle so you don’t sew bits together or create unnecessary bulk.

You have your own cube toy. It isn’t an easy project joining squares to be 3d but it is fun. I also make this teething toy using velour and towelling. Just click the picture for the link to the tutorial by Willow and Stitch

 

Baby gown from mans t-shirt

I wanted to make some baby gowns but fabric cost can mount up whereas you can get a t-shirt for a few pounds so I decided to see what I could get and show you how to cut your own out.

You will first need the pattern by visiting Stitching Together Blog. 

I always buy 2xl or larger but this works on XL also.

  1. Cut off both sleeves on the t-shirt not on the sleeve itself. Then cut across the shoulders and neck
  2. Line up your neck and side seams so you now have front folded in half and back folded in half separately. You will lay your front and back pattern pieces along the fold you mad and cut it out
  3. Next grab the excess bit that is the original t-shirt seam and fold both layers in half.
  4. Lay your sleeve pattern on the fold. You will have a seam in your sleeve so if don’t like that you may need a spare t-shirt just for sleeves. However the seam is very soft so I wasn’t bothered.
  5. On 3xl t-shirts you can cut your binding from just above the hem. On smaller sizes they fit perfectly on the sleeve.
  6. Cut front and back binding from one sleeve and sleeve cuffs if wish.

You can refer back to stitched together to complete your garment which is such a fast sew! Here are some I made. As can see my choice was limited so if want more funky prints you may be better getting fabric or if want girly fabrics. However I was able to make 4 for £10 which is a bargain compared to shop prices.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt- story spoons and cave

I saw this idea on Pinterest but wanted to make it my own so here is my tutorial. You will need various bits of scrap felt or other non fraying fabric plus some wooden spoons. I got mine from a local pound shop.

GRASS

  1. Cut long triangle pieces from green. You can use various shades if wish.
  2. I cut some slightly wider and used these as my base to cover the spoon
  3. Keep layering more around sides protruding slighting onto handle
  4. Finish off with some longer ones in middle and cover base of grass with a piece of ribbon or fabric strip.

MUD

  1. 1.Cut out 5 circles from brown approx. 6 cm across.
  2. Sew a running stitch around the edge of the circle
  3. Pull tight and stuff. Secure thread so doesn’t loosen
  4. Flatten the ball you just made and stick all onto the spoon.

RIVER

  1. Cut out wavy strips of blue felt and stick onto your spoon as a base layer
  2. Cut out various bits of ribbon and stick on one end so they wave around. Seal ends with a lighter so they don’t unravel
  3. Cut out some thinner felt pieces and stick on at 3 points so they are slightly raised and more wave like.

SNOW AND TREES

  1. Stick blue or white ribbon at various angles onto your spoon leaving at least 6 inches. Leave to dry ensuring ends are sealed with a lighter.
  2. Stick white polystyrene balls all over and leave to dry. You will need strong glue to do this.
  3. For the twigs cut a rectangle out approx length of the spoon and 3 cm wide. Fold in 1 cm and fold other side in and glue down.
  4. Make various colours and glue onto the spoon. Make small leaves and glue on.

CAVE

  1. Cut out cardboard and 2 pieces of felt in desired cave floor shape. You will glue the cardboard onto both pieces
  2. Lift up edges and glue down smoothing edges so cardboard is enclosed. Trim.
  3. Cut out a bigger piece of felt that is same length as cave but wider. How wide you cut it depends on how tall you wish your cave to be, You will create folds at the back which will help shape it.
  4. Put glue along back of cave floor and glue folded edge of cave down
  5. Place glue up one side of the cave floor and stick down. Now do same for other side.
  6. Trim the edges and round corners.

BEAR

Find a template you like either online or draw your own. You could even enlarge my picture and draw round it. Cut 2 shapes out of felt. Using blanket stitch start attaching them at the edge.

Keep going till nearly finished and stuff. This is the best time to sew any features on so can hide any stitching and knots inside, then finish sewing up. Glue on eyes, ears and a belly.

Mine is designed to fit in my cave but you can make yours bigger or smaller.

Now wave your swirly snowstorm about, prod your squelchy mud and flap your swishy grass to tell the story of when you found……

   ….. A BEAR!!!!

 

Cardboard and felt top hat – tutorial

It’s been so long since I posted!! Summer holidays hit me along with illness and my life hasn’t overly been back to normal since. I’ve mostly made bobbles, butterflies and clothes so had nothing exciting to post until today.

I had all kinds of plans to add some extra tutorials for hand sewing and crochet but those will have to wait I’m afraid however I will promise to do better so why not set me a challenge in the comment box and give me some inspiration.

You need to decide on width of the brim you want mine is about 12cm. From this you need a large circle (blue) with a hole cut out middle. The hole in middle is width of your top section and you’ll need another circle for that too (cream).

From there you work out the circumference by doing diameter of circle x pi (3.14).

In conclusion:

  • 1 x 12 cm diameter circle with 6 cm diameter circle cut out middle
  • 1 x 6cm diameter circle
  • 1 x rectangle 19-20 cm long and 8 cm height

On the rectangle you will need to mark 1 cm from top and bottom then cut at regular intervals along. snip every other tab off to create alternate tabs on both top and bottom as shown. You will need to bend these one way initially.

Glue all sections onto black felt but fold the tabs up so they aren’t stuck down

On the rectangle you will need to over cut the felt so it can be overlapped. My circumference was around 18.6 cm so you will need that plus whatever amount you want to over lap so around 1cm then the excess felt after that. Fold that tab under and glue down. When cutting both the circles out ensure you leave around 1cm extra for gluing down.

The outer edge you can fold and glue but the inner you will need to cut at internals and stick each one down for it to stretch.

For your rectangle you will need one set of tabs to fold in and the other set to fold out. Put glue on the set that fold in and place your small circle on top making sure all tabs are pressed down

Next step is to place the tabs pointing out through the hole of large circle (blue) so the black felt is showing on top. Then glue the tabs underneath (sorry I’ve no pictures of these step). Once that is down glue all around the underneath nearly to the edge but leaving few mm gap and place on grey felt.

Once cry you cut around just inside.

I chose to decorate mine so I glued ribbon to the back of the hat and regular intervals along securing along base of tall section. I then added a small flower to fit my theme.

Here is the completed item! A funky Halloween wreath made with cheap skull and hands from eBay and felt flowers for the rest.

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.

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