Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Oh for the love of sewing! An Easter Bunny, some cute pincushions, a dress and a neon pompom loop scarf

Hello again!

I mentioned previously how much I loved watching The Great British Sewing Bee! I found it so inspiring!

At Easter we went to England to visit my family. I came back with a huge load of craft magazines. In one of the Mollie makes magazines I found an adorable Easter Bunny made from felt. I decided that I just had to sew one myself! I made mine smaller than in the instructions (basically the same size as the .pdf printout).

A Bunny Plushy

Here is the free template to download and print out:
molliemakes bunny plushy templates










Some cute little pincushions

This was another project I always wanted to try out. I used a jam jar lid as a template to cut out 2 fabric circles that I sewed together. I stuffed them with the cut off ends collected from various finished projects, a great way to recycle yarn ends! (Incidentally, I also used them to stuff the bunny!) Then I sewed some embroidery thread through the middle several times and cinched it tight! I added a pretty button to finish it off! I made some smaller versions as brooches!




2 tiny Brooches and 1 pincushion


My first dress

On monday afternoon after finishing my Minty Shawl, I decided that I wanted to have a go at dressmaking! I took a basic T-Shirt Dress and used this as a template. I spent half the afternoon on the floor! Cleo was my helper!!! I didn't like the outside of the fabric, I preferred the plain side which looks more woven. I managed to find this large piece of material (2x2m) in one of the charity shops (Kringwinkel). It was a bargain at 3 Euro!

By the evening my first ever dress was finished and ready to wear. It feels incredibly comfortable and is lovely to wear in this spring weather. I made it very long, it's a sleeveless Maxi Dress!




creating a paper pattern from an existing dress

Using this pattern to cut fabric

Cleo my little helper
Wear it as soon as it's finished!

Ta-dah! My first dress

Finished Maxi Dress with inserted Side Panels



A Neon Pompom Loop Scarf

Yesterday I did another sewing project - A loop scarf. I had bought a remnant piece of material in England in Aqua  Blue with thin Coral Red Orange Stripes. I cut it in half and attached the two pieces lengthways.

Adding the pompom trim (2m long bought at Veritas), proved to be a challenge, I needed to take the sewing foot off! Overall I'm very happy with another funkycrochet original! It's nice to know that I made it myself and nobody else will have an identical piece!







I loved the colourful threads



Here are some photos of my combined efforts!








Hope you had fun reading this post! I just saw it will be my 50th blog post, woohoo!!!

Do you sew? What was your first ever make? Looking forward to reading your comments!

34 comments:

  1. Wow, you have really been both inspired and busy.
    If you want, you can share at my link up

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    1. Hello Monica! Thanks for your comments and link up, I've just added some! :) xx

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  2. Ingrid, what an amazing selection of crafts! Each one more beautiful. I think the pom-pom scarf is my favorite, but how hard to choose.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Dear Amalia! Thanks for your kind compliments!! :) xx

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  3. Hello! Lovely to hear from you. I have just been catching up on your recent posts. So many great things. Glad you enjoyed your time in England, I love the bunny!!! xx

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    1. Hi Amy! Good to hear from you, too! :) Yes, the bunny is sweet, when I saw the article in mollie makes I just knew I had to make one!!! xx

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  4. Oh impressive again !!! Nice to see all things you make .... Have a creative day ... !

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    1. Thanks, Geraldine! And you, too! :) xx

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  5. Ich bin so begeistert, Ingrid! Der Loop ist klasse, die Idee mit dem Effektstreifen gefällt mir sehr und reizt mich total. Dass ich etwas Größeres genäht habe ist schon eine Weile her, als die Kinder noch kleiner waren, Strampler, Jäckchen, Decken, vielleicht wage ich mich mal wieder dran, denn deine Bilder sind so motivierend. Auch das Häkeltuch mit Franseln ist schön....die Tage sind einfach zu kurz, um all das Schöne machen zu können.
    Dir ganz liebe Grüße und frohes Schaffen, Birgit

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    1. Liebe Birgit, danke fuer deine lieben Worte! Du hast total recht, die Zeit vergeht so schnell... Ich habe mir endlich mal einen Ordner angelegt, um Anleitungen zu sammeln, die ich auch wirklich machen will! Mein Computer ist eine wahre Sammlung, ich downloade so viel Anleitungen!!!!
      Ich wuensche Dir auch eine schoene Fruehlingszeit! Gestern waren es schon 30 Grad hier!!!! xx

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  6. The bunny is soooo adorable! I love it!!!

    Man, I really need to learn to sew (or rather to refresh my knowledge. I learnt the basics in school lots of years back...)

    Take care
    Anne (Crochet Between Worlds)

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    1. Thanks, Anne! I'm sure you can sew! The little pincushions are a great and easy project to make and don't take very long! (Of course you could also make a crochet version of them)! :) xx

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  7. Wow, you have been so busy! Love the dress, my sewing skills stink and here you are whipping this one out in no time at all.
    Have fun.
    Meredith

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    1. Hehe, Mere! I'm still a learner (self taught), but what I lack in skills I got in ideas and enthusiasm... my sewing is by no means perfect and the seams are not always straight, but I do my best! I'm sure your skills are not so bad at all, a lot comes from trial and error! Don't give up!!! Hugs!!! xx

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  8. Congrats on making your first dress and it turned out fantastically- I love how it looks especially with your new scarf!

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  9. Wow! You are really good. I love the pin cushions, they are so cute. I can sew but not really good.

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    1. Hello Nancy! Glad you like them. I'm sure you could make one yourself, give it a go!!! :) xx

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  10. Haha, i don't sew at all... Ik heb niet eens een naaimachine. :) Maar jij hebt er mooie dingen mee gemaakt! Grappig dat je folders gebruikt als patroonpapier, ultieme recycling! Ook je draadjes als vulling van je kussentjes is goed bedacht. Ik vind vooral de sjaal met pompon-rand erg leuk! Groetjes

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    1. En ik vergat te zeggen hoe ontzettend schattig dat konijntje is!!

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    2. Jaa, hoor! Ik vend hem zo lief! :) xx

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  11. Oh, how wonderful you discovered the sewing machine! I wish I could sew better, but I am really not good at it..Love the dress and the pin cushions and cannot wait for your next project.

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    1. Thank you, Hetty! I brought the sewing machine with me when we moved to Belgium. I made a lot of shopping/project bags last summer. I have more ideas... :) xx

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  12. Such pretty makes, Ingrid! I love your pom pom edged scarf! And congratulations on making your first dress, it looks lovely! Happy weekend.
    Helen xox

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    1. Hi Helen! Thank you for your kind comments! Have a lovely weekend, too! :) xx

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  13. Well done on making your first dress. It looks great and especially with the scarf you made. I used to do more dress making but not much recently. I prefer knitting or crocheting.

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    1. Thanks, Gillian! I guess for sewing you tend to need larger blocks of time whilst knitting or crochet is great for even short snatches of time! :) xx

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  14. G'day Ingrid,
    I do love your series titles "Oh for the love of ..."
    As for sewing, I do sew and enjoy it but it isn't the most accessible craft for someone with limited energy. Most of my sewing energy gets used up on mending but I also make pajamas for the family because I don't want to pay the crazy prices in the shops for a pair of pajamas - many are more expensive than outerwear!
    We are both motivated by the same factor - being able to wear one-of-a-kind pieces that cannot be found elsewhere. We can express our unique style through our crafts.
    Congratulations on your first dress and the accessories go so well with it too. It is amazing how quickly you have been able to put together the entire ensemble from your own hands.
    Cheers :-)

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    1. Thanks, Jodie! Really sorry for the late reply. I appreciate your lovely and kind comments (as always!). Glad to hear you are also doing some sewing, it is such a useful skill to have, especially if you have a family as well! xx

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  15. Hello ingrid,
    I haven't been to blogland for such a long time so I had to catch up on your blog what you have been doing the last couple of weeks. And wow! you've been so creative! I love your red shawl and the minty one of course and that you started sewing is amazing! I used to sew more when I had no children but nowadays I just have not enough time to sew. You need at least 2 or 3 hours at a time to get something done and I just don't have that much time. Maybe later when the children left home... Hope you have a nice Sunday, Viola

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    1. Dear Viola! Another apology to you as well, I'm happy that you found it inspiring! Some things can be sewn though in quite a short time, so don't let lack of time put you off. Just start with simple projects, such as a placemat or little pouch or bag.... Good luck!!! xx

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  16. Hi, everything allright with you? I miss your long blogposts... :) Groetjes

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    1. Dear Lizette, Thanks for your concern and being my conscience to remind me to blog more! You gave me the push that I needed today, so I finally wrote a new blog post.... Thanks for caring!!!! Hugs!!!! xx

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