Tuesday, 8 December 2009
This isn't a creation of mine. It was made by my daughter, who is 6 and has type 1 diabetes. It's a "diabotic". See this blog to find out about diabotics.
Introducing ... Diane Botic. She has purple spiky hair and an antenna made of a calibration strip. Her tummy is also a drawer which apparently makes ice cubes for dispensing to children at injection time.
Friday, 25 September 2009
Take one piece of A4 card. Centre a piece of A5 paper on it, and draw around the edge.
Cut out some pictures, or find some stickers that you like.
Stick the pictures and stickers on the border of your cardboard. Make sure you leave the rectangle in the centre clear, as this is the part you will write the spellings on.
Strips of patterned paper look good around the edges (and are a quick way to make this, if the children are impatient!).
Laminate the finished sheet.
Fix the sheet to the wall (we used blu-tack) and write your spellings onto it with a whiteboard marker. When you want to remove them they can be removed by wiping with a dry cloth.
Note: We accidentally wrote the words on with permanent marker the first time, and the children were very upset that we couldn't remove them, but we discovered a way to take permanent marker off these laminated sheets. Take a whiteboard marker and write over the permanent pen. While it's still wet, wipe it off with a dry cloth. You will need to work with small areas - maybe one letter at a time - but it works!
Tuesday, 4 August 2009
Thursday, 4 June 2009
RRP fitted nappy in purple farmyard flannel.
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
I still haven't finished my YCMT quilt, although I do now have all the materials to finish it.
My 6-year-old daughter and I also started making hairbows recently. Here is the first attempt. We sewed this one onto a little ponytail band for Baby's hair.
This one was glued to an alligator clip which I covered with the checked ribbon, and gave to a friend for her gorgeous little girl.
Here is Baby wearing a bow we made to match her new dress. It has the same button in the centre as the button on the back of the dress.
... and baby sister.
This week it's the school holidays and I've promised my 6-year-old that we'll make her a dress together. She loves to sew and is very excited. We've downloaded the "Perfect Dress" pattern from YCMT and worked out the measurements.
Monday, 23 March 2009
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
For this nappy wrap (cover) I am using the Rita's Rump Cover pattern (http://handmadebyrita.blogspot.com/2007/10/httpwww.html).
To make this cover you will need -
Fleece fabric - about half a yard, or two different quarter-yards.
Polyester thread. Do not use cotton thread as it will wick any moisture through to the outside of the wrap!
A sewing machine - preferably with a straight stitch and a 3-step zigzag stitch but any sewing machine will do!
1 - Draw around the cover pattern on the wrong side of your inner fabric (mine is a plain microfleece), then cut out, adding an extra half inch all the way around. The cutting doesn't have to be perfect as you are going to sew along the drawn line. Make sure you mark your elastic start and end points on your pattern, in the seam allowance.
2 - Place your inner piece right-sides-together with your outer fabric and cut out.
3 - Make your tabs. You can either simply cut two pieces of hook tape, each about 1.5 - 2" long and cut the edges into a curve, or make the more complicated but softer tabs as follows...
5 - Make sure your needle is down in the fabric before you do the next bit! Pull your elastic hard and keep it stretched as hard as you can while you sew along it, keeping the elastic just outside the drawn line on your fabric. Do not stretch or pull the fabric as you do this.
Remember to leave that gap!!
Your nappy wrap should now look something like this.
9 - Trim the seams around the corners and past the elastic, fairly close to the stitching. Do not trim along the bottom (the front of the wrap) or you'll make it very difficult to stitch together.
10 - Turn your wrap the right way round by pushing it through the open gap. Make sure you push all the curves out neatly. Your wrap should now look like this