Home made fabric badges

Sometimes it’s gratifying to make something low tech, fast and simple. Once again plastic containers, scraps of wadding, safety pins and fabric remnants are all the materials you need. Choose the size you want your badge and cut the other templates from there.

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Gather wadding over plastic circle, gather material over wadding, stitch pin to felt circle then sew on the back of the badge. DonešŸ™‚

Blended Rainbow Cot Quilt

I really like making a quilt that is planned for somebody special. It lets you add specific quirksĀ just for the one you’re making it for. With a new nephew on the way, this cot quilt was so much fun to make. The pukeko pecking the seedling is ‘cos Raglan is full of the pesky garden raiders, the dog is for Dharma who has been the beloved only child for the last 16 years, the puffer fish for the beach, monarch butterflies roost in Raglan trees over winter and the rainbow is for this colourful little family.

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Raglan Cardigans

I like the way raglan sleeve cardigans fit on little people. The first two outfits are examples of a plain pattern that has been Ā customised. Unfortunately the pattern isn’t in print any more but there are plenty of examples on line.

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Ribbon stitch to add colour.

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Lacy diamond panel

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King Cole Jersey



Blokkenspel Fabric Puzzle

This continuous folding puzzle caught my eye to have in the hospital lounge at work. It’s hard to capture in a photo how therapeutic the repetitive folding is. If you search online for a, ‘Blokkenspel sewing tutorial,’ a Dutch site comes up which can be automatically translated. Pre-cut foam blocks can be purchased in NZ from Para rubber.

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Newborn baby hat.

As usual I’ve become obsessed with a new pattern idea. After a few awful attempts I’ve put together a basic idea that is working so far.

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Newborn Baby Hat Pattern

Note: This is a pattern that you can alter the look of depending on the stitch patterns you choose to use. I have shown two examples but feel free to use any ā€˜ribā€™ design or colour combination.

Materials: Less than a 50g ball of 4 ply wool, size 3.25 mm needles

Abbreviations: Iā€™ve used commonly known abbreviations, please look online if you need to clarify.


# Cast on 100 stitches and k1, p1 rib for 4 rows.

# Choose a decorative rib pattern and work for 10 cm.

# Decrease for top: use garter stitch or stocking stitch for this part.

Row 1: k2, *k10, k2tog, to the last 2 stitches, k2.

Row 2: and all alternate rows, work with no decrease.

Row 3: k2, *k9, k2tog, to the last 2 stitches, k2.

Row 5: k2, *k8, k2tog, to the last 2 stitches, k2.

Continue following this decreasing pattern until 20 stitches remain, work the no decrease row.

Next row: k2tog to end (10 stitches)

Alt row: work with no decrease

Next row: k2tog to end (5 stitches)

Work 2 more rows on these five stitches to form a little peak, then thread yarn through a needle and draw up these five stitches and fasten off.

To make up: Stitch up the back seam, make a small tassel and secure to the peak.

It looked like a good idea at the time but now I’m not so sure! At the moment it looks like something that would dressĀ the chicken before it goes in the oven not a newborn. Lucky sister getting this one!

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Cupcake Cake

Making a three tier cup cake birthday cake seemed the best way of making a joint birthday cake for three family members celebrating their birthday together. The three year old chose a train cake, while the ladies turning 30 and 60 years got fondant toppers for each cupcake that meant something to them.

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