tinkerbell applique tee

001One of my current favourite quick sewing projects is tee applique. (try saying that fast!) My kids’ personalities don’t always fit with the clothes that a lot of shops sell. And they actually prefer to have something unique. So I buy multi packs of plain tees (also the cheapest option too :) ) and then get my two’s input as to what goes on.

005Okay, don’t laugh. This was seriously the most normal face she gave me.

I just traced a tinkerbell outline from google and used it as a stencil for the fabric. Once I’d sewn it on with a zig zag I added some pink fairy dust – aka fabric pain tiny polka dots.


004Honestly? No idea. What does this face say to you?!

002Another outtake? :) Oh yeah, we keep it classy in these parts.




ten minute leggings

easy diy leggingsHello! Anyone still there?! :)

I can’t believe it’s been a month since my last post! I got pretty caught up in cleaning and re-organising my house. Nothing pin-worthy, but things seem to be much calmer round here. Mostly because I’m less stressed, but I’m sure any other ladies out there know how that goes!

I just wanted to pop in and share these leggings. No joke they took 10 minutes! I pretty much made them the same as the kids’ pajamas for Christmas but because I used a knit fabric I didn’t need to hem or finish any of the seams.

162I can’t believe how easy they were to do! They’re actually full length but Izzy much preferred them as shorts length when I showed them to her. She’s so full of personality and so sure in her decisions these days!

And her opinion on these leggings?

163She’s pretty thrilled! And they’re super stretchy so picky wearer approved too!

Oh and while I was making clothes I sewed up these shorts for Ethan too:

025Again I did the same thing as with the pajama pants, but encased the elastic and added the pockets with some bias trim.

018What I love is that even though the items I’ve made for them aren’t as professional as the “real” clothes they own, both of them will chose the things I’ve made them over most of their other clothes. I’ll enjoy that while it lasts ;)






doll nappies

The other day we were shopping and Izzy saw some cheap disposable doll nappies. She then declared that she wanted some for her fifth birthday.

I very nearly rolled my eyes. They last five minutes and manage to gather all the fluff in the whole room in a day. I knew they’d be easy enough to make myself and as a bonus use up some of the smaller pieces of fabric I hoard.



I just laid her biggest doll on a sheet of paper and drew a nappy shape based on the size of the doll. Cut two from fabric, sew wrong sides together, turn and top stitch.

028It will probably look too long in the middle, but it looks good once it’s on. Just sew some velcro in the right places, a little longer than needed to fit smaller dolls, and you’re done.

029Another little gift for my nearly-five-year-old. Another scrap buster.

Apologies for the lack of posts. Ethan’s birthday was last weekend. I’ve been elbow deep in penguin backpacks and r2d2 cakes. Photos soon I promise!

Here’s a sneak peak:




felt crown for kids

felt crown

Here’s a simple project for your kids, which will actually get used. Not like the countless toilet roll projects which accumulate around here!

018Start with a strip of felt a little smaller than the head it needs to fit. I’m not gonna judge if you’d like one for yourself!


Grab some gems or stickers and let your child decorate away!

023A couple did fall off, but it’s been so well used I didn’t mind. If you wanted to make them more secure just pop some hard wearing glue after you kid has left the room!

022Can I just mention how much I love this ceramic egg holder? Perfect for the few little bits which don’t have a place. Especially the pretty ones you don’t want to store away. I also put things like the kids’ gems and googly eyes in here which don’t last in the bag too long.

I go mine from a charity shop for ¬£1.99, but I’ve seen a six hole one in Wilkinsons for a similar price.

felt crownAnyway, once you’ve decorated sew on a length of ribbon and melt the ends. Then you can tie it on you little one’s head.

felt crownNeedless to say that she loves it. Great addition to our dressing up supplies.


Ethan now wants one too. Kings have crowns too! :) The little photobomber!



She’s about as good in front of the camera as her mum!

How would you make one of these more “king-ly”?






boo-boo the scrappy owl

boo booI can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get this tutorial up!

These are little owls for little (or not so little if you’d like one too!) people.

069They’re fantastic for using up those cute scraps you can’t bear to throw out but have no idea what to use them for.

070They’re filled with rice (though you could use wheat too) and can be microwaved for a warm snuggle or popped in the freezer for any “boo-boos”.

I should say before I start that this idea is not mine! Sarah over at Purse Poppet¬†emailed me before Christmas with the pdf for the shapes and told me to share away (she doesn’t have a blog but has a shop with the cutest, funkiest purses!).

Here’s how I did mine:

001Print off the pdf here. And cut out the shapes from co-ordinating fabric. (or trace directly from your laptop screen if your super ghetto like me!)

002Since I have a whole load of scraps I did three owls at once.

003Lay out all your pieces to make sure you’re happy with sizes/placement/colours.

074Then sew on all those little pieces! It looks incredibly time consuming but I think all three took me a couple of hours for all the sewing. I did it in a couple of sessions, and it’s not boring as you can see it gradually coming together.

071Leave a small gap when sewing your big pieces together for turning and filling with rice. I folded it under and then topstitched the opening as I don’t trust my slip-stitch with a pack of rice…but I don’t think it’s noticeable!


073My kids love theirs too. They ask for them warmed up and are a safe option for their beds or cuddles after being out in the snow. And we like to keep on in the freezer for a placebo cure for all injuries!

078Worth all the effort.

For it to be a complete gift, ours were for my kids and my niece for Christmas, I also make a quick bag and note.

Here’s the note to explain how to use him/her. Although it’s mostly useful for the parents ;) (click the image to download and print off for yourself too)

046I also make a quick bag from some fabric samples.

047I had some that you find in a book when looking at what fabric to have your new sofa. They didn’t need hemming so I just had to sew around three sides turn!

048And then used the holes in the fabric that the binder attaches to to loop some ribbon through for a handle.

boo booDo you have some scraps that are begging to be used up yet?

And don’t forget to hop over to Purse Poppet to show Sarah some love for her pdf!