Taggy cube

IMG_3394I cannot be the only Mum with a baby who’s obsessed with tags. Miss E loves them, as you can see above where she’s rolled away from all of her toys to play with the tag on the bottom of her fold out couch.

She likes to play with the tags on clothes, blankets, toys, furniture and anything else she can get her hands on. They really don’t seem all that interesting to me, but since she’s determined to love them, I decided to feed her obsession by making her a taggy cube.

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Using some left over scraps of fabric and ribbon, I simply cut out 6 squares and sewed them together in a cube with ribbons in each seam.

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Before stuffing the cube, I popped in a plastic egg (left over from easter) with a bell inside, and then stuffed around it and sewed it up.

eggThe whole thing took me about an hour to put together, and now I can’t wait to see what Miss E thinks of it!

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Abby xx

 

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June Roundup

How on earth are we already half way through this year! Slow down already!

It’s most definitely winter here now.

My lounge room is constantly full of fold up washing lines, as nothing dries outside and I can’t bring myself to use the expensive dryer.

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We’ve had our first few pickings from our veggie garden

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and we’ve had some good rain that’s got our creek flowing

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and we survived our first bout of baby illness, with Miss E and I both getting Hand, Foot and Mouth whilst Matt was away.

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I’ve been reading

Save Our Sleep by Tizzie Hall

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The Gift of Sleep by Elizabeth Sloane & Mia Freedman

Get the feeling we’re not getting much sleep? I’m not entirely sold on everything either of them have to say, but I’m finding some of their suggestions helpful, and I’m now loosely following some of their routines. I like to read widely, then develop my own strategies with a little from Column A, a little from Column B and a little from Column I’ll-just-make-this-up-as-I’m-going. Both books offer an approach for teaching your baby, toddler or child how to self settle at night. They also give routines to follow around nap times, feeds etc, which is the part I’ve found most helpful. If you’re fairly open minded and you’ve got a little one keeping you up at night, they’re worth a read.

I’ve also been listening to audiobooks as mentioned here. I’m reliving my childhood, listening to The Secret Garden and now A Little Princess, both by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I enjoy the stories as much as I enjoy recalling reading them for the first time as a kid. I love a little escapism every now and then.

I’ve been watching

I really don’t watch much TV. I find it far too passive and get bored easily. But, I will always make an exception for Offspring! I’ve loved this show since it first graced our screens, and I never miss an episode. At the moment I’m finding it a little exhausting with all the crying it’s making me do, but I don’t mind. I love Nina’s style and her clumsiness. I love the non-stop awkwardness and the way I’ve fallen in love with all the characters. If you’ve no idea what I’m talking about, it may be because it’s an Australian drama series. If you’re outside of Australia, and can get your hands on it, I’d thoroughly recommend it!

I’ve been making

The crocheted blanket continues! I’m nearing halfway now, and I’ve reached the point where I just want it finished so that I can move on to some of the fifty million other craft projects I’ve mentally started. I really need to just stay away from pinterest… and Instagram… and all the blogs I follow… Far too easily inspired/distracted!

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I’ve also made the crocheted face washers mentioned here

and I made a new cover for our boomerang pillow for Miss E

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It’s nothing special, I just used some cheap end of bolt fabric because anything was going to be better than the old faded black pillowcase that was on it before. I tried my hand at crocheting the edge. I’m not thrilled with the results, but I gave it a go, and it’s serving it’s purpose!boomerang pillow crochet

June hasn’t been very busy, but it was long and challenging. Looking forward to a happy and healthy July!

Abby xx

4 Fantastic Craft Tutorials.


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1. Crochet Giraffe Pattern (My version pictured above)

This was one of the first crochet projects I ever completed. I’d only made beanies before attempting this giraffe. It took me a long time because I had to learn all the stitches as I went, but the end result was well worth it!

2. Reuben The Pink Fluffy Unicorn Crochet Pattern (My version pictured above)

This is the second crocheted toy I ever made. I found the tutorial easy to follow, and love the end result!

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3. Reversible skirt tutorial (My version pictured above)

I made my own Easter version of this for Miss E. It was a quick and easy project that I completed in one afternoon.

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4.  Tissue Paper Pom Poms – (My version pictured above)

These were super simple. They took me about 10 minutes to make, 10 minutes to hang and cost only $9 dollars in tissue paper. Cheap, Easy and the look great!

A longer list might have been ‘Craft projects I’ve started and never completed’. The thrill of a new project is just too alluring to wait until I’ve finished one project before starting the next.

My main project at the moment is the blanket I mentioned here. Amazingly, I’m still going, though I’ve just run out of grey and blue wool, so I may be stalled until my next trip to Spotlight!

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It won’t be long before I can use it to keep me warm, while I’m still working on it. That’s if I’m not distracted by another project in the meantime.

Happy crafting everyone!

Abby xx

Free Cloth Book Tutorial

 

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We have no shortage of books in this house. We’d have 30+ board books alone, but not one single cloth book!

Miss E is going through the ‘I must put everything in my mouth’ stage, and I was a little concerned that her paper and board books might not survive. So I pulled together some fabric scraps and made this cloth book.

Follow the tutorial below if you’re interested in making your own.

Materials

4 fabric page pieces 12×6 inches

fabric scraps (cotton, flannelette, drill etc)

wool

foil / cellophane / muesli bar wrapper

buttons, ribbon, or any other embellishments you would like to use. Keep in mind that anything you put in your book needs to be able to be secured firmly to prevent it becoming a choking hazard.

Instructions

Cut out your fabric page pieces and the images you plan to sew into your book from fabric scraps. Each 12×6 in page piece will make up one half of a double spread. I chose to make one of my fabric page pieces out of two different fabrics, the sausage dog fabric and the blue floral fabric. If you’re making single pages, add an extra 1/4 inch to the width of each piece so that when you sew them together, your new double spread is the same size as your other pages.

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Once you’ve cut out all of your pages and pieces, arrange your decorative fabric pieces on your page and sew them on.

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You may like to add extra interest to your book by creating flaps, or sewing interesting items to your pages. I madethe fin on this fish double sided so that it would flap, and plaited some wool to sew on to the dogs as lead’s.

If you’ve made any single pages, place one page on top of the other, right sides together and sew a 1/4 inch seam down the right side to create a double spread page. Open your new double spread and iron the seam flat.

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To make the love heart page ‘crinkly’ I sewed foil to the back of the shape. There is probably a product made specifically for this purpose, but I just used a clean muesli bar wrapper. Cellophane or foil wrapping paper could work as well.

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The foot on your sewing machine may slide around a little whilst sewing the foil, so it’s best to slow down and take your time with this part. Once you’ve sewn your foil on, trim the excess off before sewing the love heart piece to your page.

Now that you’ve finished sewing the decorative pieces onto your pages, place two page pieces right sides together. Pin and sew a 1/4 inch seam around the edge, leaving a 2 inch opening so that you can turn your work inside out afterwards. Repeat for your other pages.

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After you’ve turned your work inside out, take care to push all the corners out, then press with a warm iron. DO NOT IRON THE FOIL. We don’t want to melt your good work! Instead, just iron the edges of the page, staying clear of the foil.

Next, sew a line around the edge of your pages approx 1/8 inch from the edge. This will make your work look neater and close over the opening we used to turn your work earlier.

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Now you’ve completed your pages!

Finally, place your double spread pages on top of each other, in their correct order, and sew a centrefold.

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Tie up any loose ends, and you’re done!

Ta Da!

Here’s my cloth book from start to finish.

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and here’s Miss E enjoying her new book!

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Play with your pattern and images to personalise your own cloth book, and if you’re an instagrammer, please tag me in your creations (@mummydoesntbake). I’d love to see your work!

Abby xx