Simplicity Pug Jumpers

Description: Make your precious pup stand out from the crowd with these dog jumpers.
Pattern: Simplicity 3939 Dog Jacket
Fabric Used: Fleece or sweatshirt knit, plus ribbing knit

Over the years I’ve made the pugs a number of jumpers but the pattern I have always gone back to because it fits them perfectly and don’t overheat them, is the Simplicity 3939 (Option C) jumper. It’s perfect for the cold (but not so cold) months that we have here in Brisbane, Australia.

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Below is a few versions I made back when they were younger. I even appliqued the letter ‘B’ on them for ‘Busta’ and ‘Bella’.

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Getting Crafty for Cancer

The last thing you want to hear is that a friend or family member has cancer because there’s nothing you can do to help, fix or change the diagnosis. At the start of year someone very close to me found out that they had stage four renal cancer, which you can read more about on Andy’s blog, Cancer Does Not Discriminate. I’m in complete awe at how well he’s done so far and the progress he’s made. Watching him go through this, understanding the difficult decisions he’s had to make had been really rough but he’s pushed through it and tackled each day like a complete champion.

So at a time when there was nothing I could do or say, I reverted back to doing what I do best.. I got crafty.

The logo below was something that I found on Instagram, which I based on the hashtag he had been posting on his photos. I designing it up in Corel Draw, imported it into ScanNCut Canvas online software and then cut it out on a vinyl sticker with my Brother CM900 ScanNCut.

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Crazy Little Projects – Laptop Bag

Pattern: Crazy Little Projects Laptop Bag
Description: Created a laptop bag to suit my larger Apple Mac laptop.
Fabric Used: Combed cotton Spoonflower fabric Summer Sky Blue Floral Trellis by Willow Lane Textiles.

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I absolutely love Spoonflower fabric and have saved many of their beautiful designs onto my Pinterest Fabric board. You can also see my latest favourites on the Spoonflower website. These fabrics are perfect for smaller home, decor and accessory projects like this one. Plus, they are so simple to create.

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My Sewing Archive

It’s crazy to think I’ve been sewing now for a little over five years. I first started my old blog back in 2012 and that was to showcase learning how to sew, discovering new patterns, testing and trialling different fabrics and making heaps of mistakes! However, without going through that process I never would have been able to learn what fabric types I liked the most and what pattern styles suited my body shape. I was also able to learn the basics of sewing including how to cut a pattern, how to following instructions, how to use my machine and importantly, how to modify patterns to suit my own figure. Even though I still make mistakes, I’m more confident in my pattern and fabric choice to be able to create outfits that I’m proud of wearing.

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Quilts, Sewing and Paintings

After finding out that my older sister was pregnant in 2013 with her first child (the first baby in our family) I wanted to make something that I thought she would love for her little boy to have. Therefore, I decided to get a whole heap of Mickey Mouse themed presents since we grew up with Disney. It never seems to go out of style either so hopefully it’s something he can keep forever.

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I ended up getting a basic quilt design going with blue, red and white themed to match the Disney characters. If you enjoy creating projects like this, your can purchase Brother Disney embroidery machine’s specifically for the Disney embroidery design range.

This 1.5m x 1.5m was the perfect size for her to put in her cot or to use in her playroom. Since the quilt only took about two weekends to complete I ended up having enough time to paint her a Mickey Mouse canvas, to match all the presents. Painting has always been something I’ve really loved doing so this was fun just in itself.

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Funky Friends Factory Plush Toys

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These soft toys patterns are brilliant because the instructions are excellent and for those who are new to sewing they even include How to Sew Toys videos with fabulous hint and tips.

This pattern is really cute and can be made to suit any occasion using contrasting fabrics, different coloured eyes, beaks or fabric textures. For the two owls shown here I used flannelette, which took up three fat quarters. There was absolutely no pattern alterations and you can also secure the safety eyes with a small piece of cutaway behind them so they don’t pull off the flannelette.

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Beach Themed Strip Quilt

When my best friend got married in 2014, I wanted to give her something a little more unique and special. I thought a handmade quilt would be a nice touch and something she could hold onto forever. I also decided to theme it in beach colours to reminder her of her wedding day, since she got married at Stradbroke Island in Queensland. Along with my normal present she was completely blown away and it really showed how much handmade items are appreciated, especially when people take into account the time, effort and love spent on each project.

I really loved the design and style of the strip quilts, especially after seeing a few online. My favourite design was this Film in the Fridge quilt which also gave a small tutorial on how it was made. They also looked like they wouldn’t be too time consuming and I was right because it only took me a week to fully complete.

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