Baby makes: part 6

I’m sure many of you may be addicted to Pinterest as much as I am. I’ve found it really useful to look for particular patterns or ideas for my baby makes. When I was looking at things I needed for the baby, I was looking at getting a blanket that goes in the car seat, but encorporates the harness system so that the blanket stays in place, you can then wrap the blanket around the baby and it keeps it nice and cosy and doesn’t add any extra bulk. It also does a good job of protecting the fabric of the car seat! These blankets were around £30 and I really couldn’t justify spending the money as it was more of a luxury than a necessity. I then turned to Pinterest knowing that someone somewhere would have made one for themselves. As it turns out the pattern to make one is extremely straight forward! 

I bought some cuddle fleece from Abakhan for around £5 and cut it into a square then rounded off the corners. I also bought a specific blade for my rotary cutter which cleverly put holes into the fabric every couple of cms which then allows you to add a crochet edging to the fleece. This is where it went wrong, the holes turned into one big slit instead of seperate holes, and it just wasn’t feasible to use. The fleece itself wasn’t going to fray, but I wanted to have a bit more of a pretty edging to the blanket. I made 3 holes for the points of the harness and sewed around the holes to give it a bit of reinforcement.

I had imagined I’d make more than one of these, but I’m not quite sure if I’m happy with the overall finish. I’ll wait till the baby is here and see if it’s successful. I might be persuaded to buy one instead if it works out. However I know this one will still do the same job and I have saved £25 in the process!

Sarah x


Baby makes: part 5

At the end of September I went away with my WI group on a camping weekend. We were joined by lots of other WIs from around Greater Manchester and did lots of lovely crafty stuff (I learnt how to Decupage which may feature in a Christmas blog post!). On the Saturday we went to a local antiques shop and I fell in love with a rocking chair that I knew would be perfect for the nursery.

I was tempted to paint it, but decided to leave it as it is, but knew it needed some cushions to make it more comfy

I tried to avoid using a zip for the cover for the seat pad, but it had to be done. I was actually pretty impressed with my efforts, considering I was making it up as I went along!!

The chair is now much more comfy and completes the nursery as all the painting etc has been done!

I have a few more baby projects I’d like to complete but with only 2 weeks till my due date, I’m hoping I’ll get everything done!

Sarah x

Baby makes: part 4

This has to be the easiest but most effective thing I have made. With 4 weeks to go till the big day, I have started considering the things I may need after the baby is here and started googling cover ups for when I’m out and about and need to feed the baby. I found some really nice ones that seemed to be multi purpose, but for £30 – £50 I really couldn’t justify the cost. I did a quick search on Pinterest and found some tutorials and the simplest one seemed to be literally sewing the 2 ends together of some jersey. I found some jersey on ebay for £3.99 for a metre (including postage!), the quality is really good and its lovely and soft. Once it arrived it literally took a minute to whizz the 2 ends together

The result is a very effective cover up that can also be used as a scarf or cover for the pram/car seat etc, not bad for £4!!

Sarah x

Baby makes: part 3

I have just reached 29 weeks, and although the arrival of the baby still seems very far away, I’m aware that there’s not much time to get the nursery finished. I looked for a long time for a lampshade for the room (I’ve never been happy with the one that is currently in there) but never really found one that I liked. Since I teach the how to make a lampshade workshop for the Make and Do Studio, it seemed silly not to make my own!

I spotted some fabric that I liked when I was teaching a workshop for Maeri, it was exactly what I had in mind and I’m pretty sure it will have come from one of her trips to America. I bought the bits for the kit and after it sitting in my pile of things to do, I finally got round to making it today

I also decided to put a transparent diffuser in the bottom of the shade, it gives a slightly softer light, plus you don’t have to look at the horrible bits of the inside of the shade!

I’m really pleased with how it has turned out and looks great in the newly painted nursery!

Sarah x

Baby makes: part 2

Ever since before I was pregnant I had looked at Little Doolallys baby blanket patterns but never had the need to make one. One of the first things I did when I found out we were expecting was to order the yarn for her fantastic Hello Deer baby blanket. It was going to be my holiday project, being a little smaller than previous blankets it was perfect for making in the heat of the south of France. The pattern was straight forward to follow, and after a little of a panic on how to create the deer and a few tweets to Amy aka little Doolally, I was sorted. I managed to complete the bulk of the blanket whilst we were on holiday, then with a few extra days in the sunshine once home, the edging was also complete.

Due to the way the deer is made, the back of the blanket has to be backed in fabric. I chose a flannel fabric with the guess how much I love you design on it.

It took me quite a while redoing a lot of the stitching when attaching it to the blanket, as I couldn’t quite get it right. It’s still not perfect but I am delighted with the finished design. It’s lovely and cosy and I can’t wait for baby Plant to arrive and try it!

Sarah x

Wartime quilt

Both my parents and I have been doing a lot of sorting in preparation for the baby arriving. Mum has been keen to find my baby clothes as well as all the toys, books etc etc that she’s kept for 33 years. She sent Dad into the loft and down came many bin bags of stuff that haven’t seen the light of day since I was in nappies. Out of one bag came a quilt with a story I felt I needed to share with you.

This quilt is probably nearly 80 years old and was sent to my Grandmother from her friend in Canada during the war. The quilt came in a parcel along with items that would have been considered a luxury during the war as well as the essential items that were rationed over here. My Mum remembers a label that was with the quilt and she thinks that it was handmade by a group of women similar to the WI. Sadly the label is no longer around however after a bit of googling, it seems like these initiatives were very common, with the Red Cross sending out over 20,000 handmade quilts from Nova Scotia in Canada. The detail of the quilt is amazing, the stitching is all done by hand and is perfect, with the colours as vibrant as they were all those years ago.

The quilt was passed on to my Mum from my Grandmother and was used by me as a child to play on. My Mum has now passed it on to me for our baby to grow up with. As I laid it out on the grass in the sunshine to take some photos, I couldn’t help be a little emotional to think of the history behind it and excited to think of the future and the happy memories we will create as a family.

Sarah x

Baby makes: part 1

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last posted. I’m now 23 weeks pregnant and fast  approaching the deadline for handing my dissertation in for my Masters degree. Needless to say my crafting has taken a backseat whilst I have my head in books as well as rejigging the house making  room for the baby and all the paraphernalia that goes with it. However I have mamaged to squeeze in a few makes, things that are quick and easy but still very satisfying.

Last November, when  I visited the handmade Christmas fair, I bought a kit to make some baby bibs. Initially these were to make for a friends baby that was due the following month, however I couldn’t resist keeping it for myself. The kit was from Eternal Maker and consists of some lovely soft cotton and some terry toweling material. The pattern and instructions are available on their blog and is very straightforwad to follow. I’d bought some gorgeous guess how much I love you flannel fabric for another project (blog post coming soon!) so was able to make 4 bibs (after buying some extra terry toweling) plus a burp cloth that I made up the measurements for to use an off cut of material.

I have to say these are pretty adictive to make. I’ve still got some of the toweling left, so I’m tempted to buy some more flannel fabric, after all I’m pretty sure we can’t have too many dribble bibs!

Sarah x


In an attempt to broaden my skills and add a few more crafts to my repetoire I decided to try something I’ve wanted to do for some time – mosaics. The evening workshop was held in a bar which was also hoist to a fantastic mosaic exhibition. We were given everything we needed to complete the mosaics, including grout and instructions to finish our piece when we got home. I already had in mind what I wanted to do and with a little help from the lovely Karen and Tracey, my design was drawn out on the wooden board and I was ready to go.

The piecing together of the tiles was initially quite hard as cutting them to the shape I wanted was very hit and miss. However once I got going and got used to the process it was really therapeautic. The hour and a half passed so quickly and I hadn’t quite finished my design, however we we able to collect whatever tiles we needed so we could finish it at home.

This weekend I made use of the sunny weather and sat outside piecing the last few tiles together and then mixed together the grout to finish it all off. Needless to say I thoroughly enjoyed it and have already thought of another mosaic project I would like to try!

Sarah x 

A bit of news…

Needless to say we are both delighted and can’t wait to welcome our new addition into the world in December. Of course there will be lots of blog posts over the coming months as to what baby related crafty things I have been making! I have a very long list of quilts I want to make, blankets I want to crochet and things to make for the nursery, now just to find some time to make it all!

Sarah x

Folk Art

After trying a bit of Folk art with Folk it at the Handmade Christmas fair, I wanted to give it a bit more of a go and bought their level 1 kit a few weeks ago. The kit comes with everything you need including a really helpful dvd! I bought some extra mount boards as I knew I wanted to make some cards and also some ashesive to help the paint stick to pottery.

If you haven’t tried it, you really must give it a go, it really is so simple! Using dots and a dotting tool you can create all sorts of lovely patterns. I had made some pottery hearts in my pottery class and glazed them with a transparent glaze. Using the adhesive the acrylic paints went on perfectly.

I am now addicted to it and can’t wait to try out painting on some wooden shapes. The possibilites really are endless!

Sarah x