There’s something lovely about old wool blankets. They feel lovely and are easy to transform into something useful, thank goodness we no longer need them on our beds. I’ve been on the lookout for vintage wool blankets for ages and recently bought a double blanket in perfect condition in a charity shop in Frome for only £3.99. They seem to be getting harder to find but I was really pleased with this one. It still had it’s original label and was an unusual peach colour.
It was too big to use so I cut it into several smaller pieces and dyed two of the larger pieces with Dylon Bahama blue fabric dye and Tropical green fabric dye, both for use in a washing machine. They turned out really well which was lucky as I didn’t know how they’d mix with the original peach colour!
It seems an age ago that I made a badge blanket for the toddler. He quickly grew out of it as the blanket was cot-sized so once he stopped playing with it I carefully unpicked the badges and put them away. I’ve been meaning to stitch them on a larger blanket and, now he’s started building forts, it’s the perfect time.
I’ve been busy collecting more badges so I had quite a collection, in fact there were enough for a blanket for the toddler and his sister. They include Cath Kidston patches, vintage Girl Guide badges and some odd ones picked up in charity and vintage shops. Each one seems to tell a story and the children had great fun picking the ones they wanted.
So far I’ve finished the toddler’s blanket, using the green blanket, edged with navy blue binding. The toddler loves it and has been using it to hide under and snuggling under when he’s poorly.
I think this is the third time I’ve joined up with the Sew, Mama, Sew! giveaway day. I love to craft so I thought this would be a great chance to have a de-stash of my sewing supplies. I’d love to say that moving house has helped me to organise my sewing supplies but it seems there are more important things to unpack. However I have some lovely Sewing + Craft Supplies up for grabs and I am happy to send worldwide.
My giveaway bundle includes:
3m of white pom poms which are great for embellishing cushions or doll quilts
5 different quilt labels
a FQ of ‘Biscuits’ (which features some of my favourite pink wafers and rich tea biscuits!) from the Robert Kaufman fabric collection ‘Metro Cafe’
a vintage linen tea cosy which features an embroidered floral bouquet, it measures 37cm x 25cm and would definitely give afternoon tea a touch of elegance or could be recycled into another crafty project
To win the above selection of fabrics and supplies simply leave me a comment and tell what you are currently working on. I’ve been basting hexies for a never-ending union flag quilt!
The prize consists of a selection of fabrics and supplies. The giveaway is open until May 10th at 5 p.m. PST. The winner will be selected at random from all entries received and notified by email or their twitter handle by May 12th and the items will be sent by May 15th. The prize is as stated: no cash alternatives are available. The winner will be announced on this post.
The winner is Gun Adrian
Yesterday I was pretty amazed to find out I’d been nominated for a BiB in the craft category. If you would like to vote for me please click here.
It’s been far too long since I made anything with felt but we watched Finding Nemo for the first time this week and thought we could make a related fish craft. This took a little preparation before it all came together.
You will need:
- paper plate
- blue paint and brush
- orange, white and black felt
- selection of felt
- basic sewing kit
First paint your paper plate with blue paint and leave to dry.
Make up your felt clownfish and stuff lightly. I made two the same so my children didn’t fight over them but you could always make a large and small to represent Marlin and Nemo. Cut out a couple of pieces of seaweed from different colours of felt.
Place the felt seaweed and clownfish on the plate to make your very own Nemo, safe in a fish bowl instead of the ocean!