31 October 2015

Sewn Make Up Pouch

Hello! Today I'd like to share with you a little make I came up with a couple of weeks ago, and which I am quite happy with. If you're a regular follower of my blog, you may remember Le Bunny, a cuddly toy I made for a baby last year. This is what it looked like:

Well, said baby's mummy had her birthday recently, and I thought it might be fun to make something for her in matching fabric.

The only problem was that I hadn't yet unpacked my craft supplies then, and so had to blindly fish out the relevant fabric at the very bottom of a huge cardboard box, right beneath my complete yarn collection. No mean feat.

Anyway, when all materials had been unearthed - cotton fabric, felt, zip, green button -, I proceeded to make a little make-up pouch - or a nail polish pouch, rather -, following this excellent tutorial on Craftsy. And here was the result:

I adapted the pattern, using no interfacing as the felt seemed thick enough to provide the desired bulk, and adding the decorative flower before after I'd cut my cotton fabric. I made the flower by cutting a bit of felt in the rough shape of a flower, and sewed a green button in its centre with contrasting thread. The whole thing is far from perfect: the fabric stretched a little as I topstitched it around the zip, and the felt bunched up at the bottom when I sewed the final gap shut. But considering I only had two hours to make it the evening before it needed to be gifted to my friend, I'd say I am pretty thrilled with the result.

Here are a few more pictures:

I can't wait until my craft room is properly organised to make more of these. They're the perfect gift!

Thanks for reading :)

28 October 2015


Well, hellooo, has it been a while! After a very stressful move and a few equally stressful weeks settling down or trying to (it's a bit of a shock to leave the hustle and bustle of London for the rural quiet of Buckinghamshire), I finally find myself with some time to dedicate to blogging/crochet.

That being said, my 'crojo' is still suffering from a few things, such as the fact that although I now have a craft room all to myself, I still lack the adequate furniture to organise my supplies. Therefore, the yarn is piled up on shelving that is way too small - meaning that if you try to retrieve a specific ball, the whole arrangement comes tumbling down on the floor - and my fabrics, notions, books and other craft-related bits and pieces have nowhere to go but various plastic or cardboard boxes that you can't touch without the room promptly looking like a hurricane has just been through it...

Anyway, today I decided I really needed to scratch my crochet itch, and grabbing two minute balls of cotton thread, I made a granny square. It was hugely satisfying to see it come to life, especially after a pretty awful day.

So here it is, from a French cheapy book - title: 60 Points réalisés au crochet - on crochet blocks with graphs, I give you the pentagon from page 108, in cotton thread 8 on a 2mm crochet hook:

I like the dainty look of the resulting piece, though I do think it a bit of blocking would do no harm. I don't think I had worked with such fine yarn before, and I could definitely feel the strain in my hands!

Anyway, not sure what I'll do with this one, as it was just a way to get back into crafty mode :)

Thanks for popping by, and hopefully see you again before long!

And this way for more grannies!