Saturday, 19 December 2009

last minute gift (1)

I decided, at the very last minute, that I needed another small gift for a very special little girl cousin. So I grabbed my copy of 'More Softies' for inspiration and whipped up this little owl pillow/softie. I based it on a pattern in the book but as it was for a little one, I appliqued rather than hand sewed all the features (of course I appliqued - what else would I do?) I didn't use buttons or any bits that could be pulled off and eaten and I made it larger than the version in the book. I also added more substantial feet. I used some lovely linen from my stash, as well as some Amy Butler decorator weight fabric and some quilting cottons.

I drew up an owl pattern some time back but I needed to make one a little faster than that. This little one took about 40 minutes from start to end, including the hand embroidery and finishing.

And the best news is that when we left her with it today, she was pretending to sleep, resting her sweet little head on it. Perfect.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

a little bit Christmasy...

It's starting to look a little bit like Christmas here at the Blue House. Still more to do but getting there, one fruit mince tart at a time...

Edith the Elf - completed Christmas stocking for Minnie

Gingerbread and Bauble Christmas garland from here

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Edith the Helpful Elf - a free pattern

As it is the First day of December I thought it was time to get the Christmas craft ball rolling. Minnie is very excited about Christmas this year, which in turn has made the Blue House feel a little Christmas crazy - its hard not to get drawn into the high excitement and anticipation oozed by an almost 4 year old.

So to start the festive season off, here is Edith the Helpful Elf.

Edith is one of the little grandy and baa girls that is all dressed up as a very helpful elf. As you will see she is hand drawn so this is perhaps more of an idea or guide than an actual precise pattern. I think little Edith would look lovely as an applique or an embroidery. I will return later this week to show you my finished Ethel, who will be gracing Minnie's new Christmas stocking.

Edith the Helpful Little Elf

Please let me know if you are unable to print or download the PDF (I am trying Scribd for the first time on here). It should be fairly simple to print the PDF or to follow the link to the Scribd page to view and print from there. I would be more than happy to email you the design as a PDF or a word document.

I am really looking forward to seeing all the wonderful Christmas creations from around the blogging traps. How can this time of the year not be contagious?