Monday, 11 June 2012

Sock Babies

Sock Babies 

 These little sock babies were shown to me by a friend at my craft group, we all had a go at making them, so much fun.

You need two socks one white and one patterned, I used 2 to 4 year old ones but you can use 18 month size as well.

The blue ones my favorite, but they are all cute. You can click on the photo to see the face detail, its very basic.

 Cut the toe off the white sock this is your head.

 Cut the patterned one like I've shown. These were sweet socks with a lovely picot edge which will become the turn up of the hat.

The toe of the patterned sock becomes the body, you need to stuff it firmly, you can sew down to form the legs by machine or hand, I did this by machine. Make sure the stuffing is pushed down into the toes. Stuff the white head quite firmly, don't worry if these two pieces look round you can shape them later. Thread a needle with double thread and large knot, run a running stitch around the top outer edge of both pieces and pull tight, poke the raw edges under and sew hole up. If you want to add a bell or rattle maker now's the time to put it in the stuffing.

Sew head to body using a ladder stitch

This is the hat which is the ankle part of the patterned sock, see the photo of the cuts, its about 2 inches long
Run a gathering stitch around the raw edge, pull tight and poke edges under and sew shut like you did with body and head.

To form the arms pinch the body and start at the neck and sew down till it looks right making sure the shoulder is thicker than the hand end. I hope that makes sense, he looks like his hands are in his pocket.

Sew the hat on using ladder stitch, just in and out, I turned up the edge to make a cuff.

Add a little face, I embroidered mine but you can draw it, and a scarf or ruffle and a pompom on the hat and its all finished. Don't think it sounds complicated it isn't, have a go, they really are rather cute.

I have just had a retrospective look at this post, my apologies for my poor photos, I have learnt since then anyway they are still a fun project.

You may also be interested in my other Free tutorial a little dolls Carry cot              
Happy sewing 

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Upholstered headboard

 This was a big job to make this headboard, I had to work it out by my self as I had not discovered Pinterest at this stage and didn't think to photograph the stages.  We decided to make it from Pinex, its a soft board that is light and we were able to push a needle through while buttoning it. We layered the board, foam rubber and quilters batting and then the fabric.

 The fabric needs to be pulled very firm and measured carefully as the piping has to run right on the edge. You can click on the photo to get more detail.

Its all stapled to the back  and then you need to measure for your buttons, with a very strong needle and linen thread and with the help of pliers you can do it.

 We chose the Pinex because we wanted to stick  it to the wall with 3 M velcro strips, my Husband didn't want any holes in the wall.  I'd love to tell you it was a great success, but it was not, woke one morning and the whole thing had slipped off so we had to go back to the drawing board.   Legs was the answer, supported the weight, seems to have worked, its still up there.

You can see the piping detail, it is so important to get this as perfect as you can.

Oh yes one more thing, make sure the weave on the fabric buttons runs the same way as fabric on the headboard.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Saxon's quilt.

Saxon's Quilt

 I have finally finished this quilt for my grandson,  although I did start it a year ago, I'm so pleased with it I think its such  fun so bright and bold, just like him.

The colours are vibrant, all the animals make it an  'I Spy quilt.'

 I bought the fabric on my last visit to Australia at an amazing craft shop in Hervey Bay where my Sister-in-law works. Each square is made up of five pieces, the animal fabric I cut up and then incorporated with the other fabrics.

I'm not really a quilt maker but have made a few for Grandies and friends.  You can click on the photos to get a better view.

I just used a simple binding

I like to do everything by machine if I can

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