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Apr 20, 2018

Felt & Fabric Presents

Felt Presents

These wee presents have been made from felt and Christmas fabric, then embellished with ribbons that add a lovely textural element for wee fingers to explore.

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Apr 19, 2018

Jingle bells, jingle bells...

Jingle Bells

A simple wee bell to hang from the tree. I have used twisted two toned satin ribbon for this and for the bow.

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Apr 18, 2018

Christmas Pudding

Christmas Pudding

Two felt Christmas puddings made with 2 variations. Firstly they attach to the tree differently and secondly one is in traditional colours while the other is in pastel tones. I have done this with quite a few of the decorations so that they can be sorted using different criteria by an older child...

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Apr 17, 2018

No Christmas tree should be without a cute Santa!

Felt Santa

My felt Santa needed a bit of a lift so was embellished with rosy cheeks. Eyes are dolls buttons and he can be attached to the tree via the wee velcro dot on his back.

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Apr 15, 2018

Cute Teddy with a Scarf Decoration

Felt Teddy

Who doesn't love a cute wee teddy... even one this small. Eyes are created using dolls buttons - just the right size. Mouth has been drawn on using permanent fabric pens.

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Apr 12, 2018

Embellishing Your Felt Decorations

PensforEmbellishment

There are many ways you can embellish your gorgeous felt decorations. I like using beads, buttons, ribbons and permanent fabric pens.

This is the brand I have used for almost 20 years and they have never been a problem so I have never had a need to look for another brand!

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Apr 12, 2018

Simple Felt Star Decoration

Felt Star

This simple felt star is made from two different yellow felts. To give it a bit of life it has been embellished with wee gold beads. This adds a lovely textural element for wee hands to explore!

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Apr 12, 2018

Cute Felt Elf Hanging Decoration

Felt Elf

Here's another cute wee felt decoration to make for your child's Christmas tree. It has twisted satin ribbon attached so it can hang and is embellished with wee buttons. Mouth & nose were drawn on using permanent fabric pens.

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Apr 09, 2018

Felt and/or Fabric Christmas Stocking Decorations

Felt Christmas Stocking

Two variations of the same pattern - a felt stocking and a fabric stocking. When using fabric I find it best to reinforce it with woven fusible interfacing for extra strength as well as adhering those loose edge threads together before sewing..

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Apr 07, 2018

Cute Felt Gingerbread Decorations

Felt Gingerbread Man

Another cute wee felt decoration to make for your Christmas tree. These wee folk measure 6.5cm or 6" tall not including the ribbon.

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Apr 05, 2018

Making a cute Felt Angel Decoration

Felt Angel

Here's a cute and simple angel to make to add to your collection of felt decorations for your felt Christmas tree.

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Apr 03, 2018

Felt Snowman in a Heart Decoration

Felt Snowman in a Heart

This snowman is enjoying playing in the snow. The scarf and beads on his tummy add a nice textural element for wee hands to enjoy.

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Mar 29, 2018

Felt Christmas Bird Decoration

Felt Bird

Two very talkative felt birds to add to the Christmas tree. The beaded legs add a nice textural element to them. Both these birds have ribbon loops sewn into them so that they are hung over the buttons on the tree.

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Mar 28, 2018

Felt Christmas Penguin Decoration

Felt Penguin

The first of many cute felt decorations to be made for the felt Christmas tree. These two have velcro on their backs so they are able to be used an all sides of the tree.

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Mar 18, 2018

16m old Cassie Having Fun

Felt Easter Egg Fun

Now her big sisters are at school & kindy, Cassie can have fun decorating the egg how she wants to...

Mar 18, 2018

Grandchildren's Easter Egg Creations

Felt Easter Egg Super Bunny

My grandchildren loved the Felt Easter Egg I made them for Easter! Bella (4years old) decided it was going to be hers so she snuck it up to her bedroom for some 1 to 1 play!! Her mum discovered what happened and took the opportunity for some combined play and they made the super chick!

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Mar 15, 2018

Felt Easter Egg Pattern Now Available

Felt Easter Egg Pattern

The pattern is now available to make your own fabulous non-chocolate Felt Easter Egg. Everyone will have fun decorating their own eggs at Easter time - or at any time of the year!!

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Mar 12, 2018

Felt Easter Egg

Felt Easter Egg

This gorgeous wee Easter Egg is now complete and I have added videos showing how each type of decoration is made. There are lots of variations that can be made - lots of fun for small children at Easter time. Pattern will be added soon.

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Mar 08, 2018

Felt Easter Chicken

Felt Easter Egg Chicken Boy

The perfect addition to making your non chocolate Easter egg gift. This chicken is made from felt with velcro sewn onto the back of each piece so it can be placed onto the egg shape.

A quick video tutorial showing how to make these pieces is included.

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Mar 07, 2018

Felt Easter Bunny

Felt Easter Egg Bunny Girl

This gorgeous wee Easter Bunny is complete and I have added videos showing how each section is made. There are several variations that you can play with as well - do you want to make a boy bunny or a girl bunny? Do you want to add the back view of the bunny hopping away? Have fun making yours!! Pattern will be added soon.

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Mar 04, 2018

The perfect non-chocolate Easter gift!

Felt Easter Egg Bunny Front View

Here is an update showing another view of this cute wee bunny. This is a work in progress... and I have two more sets of accessories to complete before finalising the pattern, that I hope to have available next week.

This is such a fun project to work on!!

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Mar 01, 2018

Non-Chocolate Easter Egg

Felt Easter Egg Bunny Rear View

Easter is fast approaching and my gorgeous 15month old granddaughter isn't allowed to eat chocolate yet so my daughter & I are making a felt Easter egg toy for her enjoy instead.

This is a work in progress over the next few weeks up until Easter. I'll add each step as it is completed to my site here.

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Feb 26, 2018

3D Felt Christmas Tree

Learn how to make this Innovative 3D Felt Christmas Tree for someone special. The tutorial includes videos of each stage of its construction. You can make one side and hang it on your fridge or make 3 different sides and connect them to make your 3D tree.

Make each side different or all the same - you choose. Have fun making your own tree!

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Feb 21, 2018

Felt Christmas Tree Tips

Felt Christmas Tree Tips

Learn the tips to making a fantastic felt Christmas tree the first time! I cover types of felt to use, sewing machine needle sizes to sew different types of felt, how to cut your felt when using a pattern and more...

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Jan 25, 2018

Craft Bookmark Family

Stretchmark Bookmark Family

Welcome to my craft Bookmark family. I made these as gifts for family & friends this last Christmas and they were loved by everyone!

I have created a brief tutorial showing how I made mine - so click the link below to read more....

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Jan 25, 2018

Free Paper Piecing Tutorial

Paper Piecing Instructions Block

Have you tried paper piecing before and become lost and/or frustrated by the process? I have added a clear and simple tutorial to help you have fun with this technique so a whole new world of quilt making is open to you.

In my instructions I use a very simple block for you to practice this technique with and this will have you enjoying paper piecing from now on!!

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Jan 14, 2018

Planning a Trip to Ireland

The Craft & Sewing Basket

Added to the directory are 15 quilting shops that you can enjoy while visiting Ireland!

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Dec 28, 2017

Planning a trip to Germany...

SchnippSchnapp Quilt Shop Germany

Are you planning a trip to Germany some time in the not too distant future... and wanting to know if there will be any quilt shops close by?

Check out the Germany quilt shop directory and then plan on having a lot of fun!

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Dec 13, 2017

Christmas Wreath Wall Hanging

Christmas Wreath Wall Quilt

This gorgeous wall hanging was made in 2011 as a fun project with my quilting group. The pattern came from a very old Quiltmaker magazine that was published 17 years ago! If you'd like to know how I made this quilt then subscribe to my newsletter and check out my next issue...

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Nov 02, 2017

Baby Busy Book Started

Baby Busy Book Front Cover

Are you thinking about making a busy book for a wee one - then check this one out for some inspiration.

Made for my granddaughter's 1st birthday it has several tactile pages and where necessary zip pockets to hold removable items. This book is currently being made so only the completed pages are shown.

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Oct 30, 2017

Planning a Trip to Austria.....

Country Rose Quilt Shop Austria

Added to the directory are 16 quilting shops that you can enjoy while visiting Austria!

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Oct 25, 2017

Do You Use Spray Starch

Applique Heart No Starch

Do you use spray starch when making your quilts? Occasionally do you forget because you're in too much of a hurry or you ran out....

What initially seems like another step in the process can make such a huge difference to the end product. I have been recently researching homemade starch recipes to try and came across a fabulous story...(paraphrased by me)

"A group of older quilters were seen spritzing their fabrics with starch at the ironing table... when they started spraying some in their mouths & laughing uproariously!

What was in there? Chemicals...?

Turns out they had made their own spray starch from water & vodka!"

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Oct 16, 2017

Quilt Shops in UK

Tikki Patchwork

Here you will find a listing of over 160 quilt shops in the UK. I have added a photo from inside each shop where possible so you can see the fabric range and accessories they offer.

If you know of a quilt shop that is missing then let me know - I greatly appreciate it.

Enjoy!

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Sep 29, 2017

Quilt Shops in Australia

Aboriginal Fabric

Here you will find a listing of over 100 quilt shops in Australia. I have added a photo from inside each shop where possible so you can see the fabric range and accessories they offer.

If you know of a quilt shop that is missing then let me know - I greatly appreciate it.

Enjoy!

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Sep 21, 2017

Quilt Shops in NZ

Cushla's Village Fabric

If you or a friend are planning a trip to New Zealand then you'll find most of the NZ quilt shops listed here.

This is a massive task that I'm embarking on so, if you have a favourite quilt shop (& I haven't listed it yet) anywhere in the world please let me know. Photos can also be added.

I have placed a form for you to add your favourite shop(s) and it can be found in the navigation INFORMATION tab above...

Thank you!

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Sep 05, 2017

Alice Applique Cushion

Alice Cushion

A recently completed applique Alice cushion that my granddaughter requested (and helped me make) so that her bedroom could be more themed.

Years ago I made her an Alice In Wonderland quilt but never any accessories. I have added a wee tutorial showing how I made the applique rose and its backing fabric.

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Aug 23, 2017

7 Tips When Sewing Flannel and a Free Pattern

Rag Flannel Quilt

Flannel can prove to be a bit tricky to sew with, often due to it's brushed surface and loose/soft weave and those are just the characteristics that also happen to make it irresistible to the touch!

There are 7 tips I use when sewing flannel to help overcome some of these problems - especially the ability of flannel to stretch when being sewn.

Also I have added a tutorial with free pattern download for you to enjoy.

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Aug 16, 2017

Free Pattern For Wooden Teether Ring

Two Wooden Teether Tie Rings

These are the best teethers according to my daughter. They have 3 different textures for her wee one to explore, they are easily removed for washing and they mop up excess dribble as well! On top of that they only require two seams to make them so a win-win-win for everyone.

I have added a FREE pattern & tutorial for these wooden teether rings for you to use - have fun!

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Aug 10, 2017

How to Make Your Own Applique Rag Quilt Tutorial

Alice in Wonderland Rag Quilt

Learn how to make your own applique rag quilt, where to source great images, which fabrics to use and how to complete your rag quilt so the edges rag beautifully.

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Aug 06, 2017

Taggie Blanket & Toy Tutorial

Taggie Blanket with Toy

How to make a taggie blanket for the very young to enjoy including a taggie toy. This cute blanket doubles up as a pram cover due to the ties that are sewn on the back. Made from my stash using a range of different textured fabrics perfect for young hands to explore.

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Jul 26, 2017

Snuggle Bunny Toy & their best friend Snuggle Elly

Snuggle Bunny Toy

Here is the gorgeous snuggle bunny toy that I made for my latest granddaughter. She now has 4 of these and loves to cuddle them when she is tired. I have added the free pattern on my site for you to use & it comes complete with a tutorial as well. Enjoy!!

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Jul 09, 2017

Children's Quilt Template added

Childrens Quilt Template

I've just added two quilt layout templates for the beautiful quilt I made my granddaughter many years ago. I hope they inspire you to make your own!

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Jul 05, 2017

Alice Quilt Template Added

AliceQuiltTemplate

There has been quite a bit of interest in my Alice quilt since I added it to my site. I have now added the sizes I made each block so that you too can have fun making a similar quilt - or get a friend to...

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May 16, 2017

3 Month Old Dress Pattern

3 Month Dress incl Free Pattern

I love sewing cute wee dresses especially when you come across a fabulous pattern. The pattern for this cute wee dress is called 'Little Geranium Dress' & offered for free by 'Made By Rae'.

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May 10, 2017

Wooden Teething Ring

Wooden Teething Ring + Free Pattern

This gorgeous wooden teething ring is super easy to make and comes with several benefits including a free pattern & tutorial, 3 different textures for your baby to enjoy, is fully washable and also interchangeable. It is very easy for a baby to grip hold of and would make a fabulous gift for any expectant mum!!

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May 08, 2017

Baby Bibs

Bandana Bib + Free Pattern

Baby bibs are so fun & quick to make. According to my daughter these bibs are the best she has had - as the extra fabric on the front allows the air to circulate and have a drying effect - this allows for a longer wear time before a change is needed.

Free pattern link included!!

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Jan 19, 2017

Finished Busy Book for My Granddaughter

Tween Busy Book

Finished this fabulous busy book just in time for my granddaughter's birthday. I have photographed each page and in time I will be posting a line drawing of each page on the site for you to use as a pattern.

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Jan 15, 2017

Photographing your quilts

DrapeFence Photographing Quilts

I was doing a browse on the internet about photographing your quilts and came across this great article by Shayla an Associate Editor at Quiltmaker. She offers good information, tips and tricks helping you get the best photograph whether your quilt is big or small.

I'm looking forward to being able to take better photographs of my quilts and hopefully get rid of that trapezoid look by getting parallel to them first.

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Oct 27, 2016

My Baby Batman Quilt

Baby Batman Quilt

My latest quilt for my new granddaughter that arrives in 4 weeks! I've had so much fun making lots of wee Batman themed accessories for her room. Isn't it fabulous having grandchildren!!

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