Bobbin’ Along

I have more fabric than I’ll ever need. Said no Sewist, ever. But I do have bags and bags of ‘scraps’ and want to use them up them so have been making lots of little patchwork and applique houses like the three above. Not sure what I’ll end up doing with them but am thinking along the lines of a tote bag with a panel of houses on the front.

I got a Simplicity felting machine for Christmas – the idea being I could use up ever smaller scraps but am nervous of it and have broken a couple of needles already. I watched a few You Tubes for project inspiration and was somewhat dismayed to see a woman show her co-presenter something ‘very special, indeed’… It was fluff from her tumble drier with some sparkly fibres winking through the grey detritus.

What next? Dyson disjectimenta? Belly button boogers? Interstitial toe manure? Under-bed dust bunnies and muff mallows? There is a time to just let go, for me, anyway. I fear becoming a hoarder and accept there aren’t enough hours in the day for me use what I’ve got without finding new sources, however wabi-sabi they may be to some. I say  ‘go find a sparkly fibre shop’ and leave the tumble drier fluff alone.

Another Lavender Stuffy

These projects are perfect for small bits of material and with some lavender or stuffing with lavender oil are perfect hung in the wardrobe to help keep moths away and clothes smelling fresh. E-mail me if you would like the template.


And stitched up this mosaic of  strips and bits. It has a charm of its own. No idea what to do with it as yet but something will come to me.

Colour Me Happy

And scraps of wadding look just beautiful with lots of different stitches in rainbow shades.The pinking round the edges just sets it off nicely. What is it? No idea. Again just using up bits and bobs. It won’t go to waste, though. Too pretty.

TeaBags Twinset

Am making another tea pot cosy – a ruffly one (see Annie Bonnet) and am adding a little teabag embellishment for a bit of fun.

The template is below. Basically I fused my main fabric onto Bondaweb and cut out two small rectangles and two small teabags. I cut out the larger rectangle and larger teabag in wadding, laid a short length of Butcher’s Twine between them (on one side) and bonded the main fabric to the wadding making sure the twine was sandwiched inside.

I did a little free motion stitching on some spare white material to sew the word ‘Tea’ (used an air drying pen to make sewing it easier – you can still see traces of it as it hadn’t quite faded away in the picture). Obviously, stitched it onto a teabag then fused the second main fabric pieces onto the other side of the wadding.

Stitch around the fabric – it looks prettier, secures it and finishes it off nicely. Take your pinking shears and trim around the wadding for extra cuteness.

La La I’m Not Listening Fingers

Like my latest USB? I love robots and this one looks like it’s got its fingers in its ears, hence the ‘La La, I’m not listening fingers’. So it’s name is La La. It’s head pulls off for the USB insert (in case you didn’t already guess).  This will probably lead to some amusement at some point ‘Darling, have you seen my La la?’. Snaaarg.

Off to get some washing on the line. The weather report warned of snow and ice but the God of the heavens said ‘all things nice’ and let the sun shine down on Ireland (this little corner, anyway). It’s beautiful.

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