Sewing Happiness. Win the book.

Twas the week before Christmas, and we left the house

One person home and that was my spouse…

Yep, we left him all alone and he sure was pleased with a bit peace and quiet for a few hours. We (Darcy, Scout and I) were off on a ‘Make Day’ at my sister’s house and with us we took:

  • a pile of fabric
  • an insane amount of zips
  • my Bernina sewing machine
  • a book

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A book? What book? I hear you ask. Well, it was Sewing Happiness, I tell you, by Sanae Ishida, a fellow blogger who sews, illustrates, photographs and writes. She is uber talented and she invited me on her 2017 Winter Tour. And I’ll have you know, I was extremely honoured to have been asked.

Sewing Happiness is a beautiful book to behold, a collection of very simple sewing projects divided into seasonal categories. And you too could get your hands on your very own signed copy. Read on my friends… Continue reading

Would you dress your baby in black?

retro hat from sweaterI mentioned Gabi from the Minimi Project in my last post. The Minimi Project is for the conciencious sewer. They are all about re using those clothes that you no longer wear and making them into something that will be loved. Their sewing patterns are especially designed for upcycling, so if you use a Minimi pattern you are doing your little bit for the planet.*

retro hat_made by Needle and Ted

I used the Minimi Retro Hat made from a sweater pattern, to sew a retro hat as a gift for my friend’s new baby. The hat is suppose to be made from a sweater (the clue is in the name), but shamefully I didn’t upcycle a sweater, I used some left over fabric instead. (That’s not so bad is it?). The lining was upcycled though, so I don’t feel too guilty. Continue reading

How to make an ‘Easy Peasy Poncho’ without a pattern

Romper and Poncho by Needle and TedWhat’s the difference between a poncho and cape? This is what my daughter asked me when I told her I had made her a poncho. Errr! A poncho is a rectangular shape and a cape has a curved hem. This is what I told her, but I wasn’t quite sure. Well, do you know? Continue reading

Feeling uninspired

Stone henge dress_2It’s my first ever sewing competition and I was feeling very uninspired. I signed up to Top Stitchers because I love a challenge, but I think I got ‘challenge’ and ‘competition’ muddled up. The fact it was a competition actually stressed me out, I was certainly feeling the pressure (and not liking it). Continue reading

Why make stuff when you can buy stuff?

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A friend of mine who just doesn’t get the whole handmade thing once said to me, “Wouldn’t it be easier to buy stuff, rather than make stuff?”

My immediate thought was that she was probably right, but I have been giving it some more thought recently and nope, my dear friend, handmade is not only more rewarding, more unique, more personal and sometimes better quality, but also it can be a lot less stressful. Continue reading