Monday, 30 March 2009
Friday, 27 March 2009
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
SuperD made spezzatino con polenta while i organised the table decor.
Went for a walk afterwards, and i wish i'd brought my camera because it was breathtaking: standing on the headland (cliff-top) at the very edge of ireland, looking out to sea on 3 sides (land on 4th side) and there wasn't a breath of wind, i just wanted to dive down into the water, although we were REALLY high up so i'm pretty glad i didn't try it!
Anyway, thanks for everything mama...you're my wee hero!!!
Monday, 23 March 2009
1. Sew the two 7" x 4" pieces together (with 0.5" seam allowance on each) to form a square of 7" x 7".
2. Place this outer fabric piece, right sides together, on top of the lining square and sew right the way around, leaving a little gap for turning.
3. Turn right way out and sew gap closed.
4. Fold 2 edges into the centre (lining fabric outward) and seam at top and bottom edge.
5. Turn right side out and put in your tissues!
I added two lines of ric-rac at step 4, and here it is....
But this means that you're always safe with hand-made (involuntary shudder of delight at the prospect of a new project), and when she mentioned in passing that she really needed a new "peg-bag" (or "clothes pin bag" to mamas across the ocean) i got down to business......
- base fabric (white with red polka dots) 22" x 14"
- pocket fabric (red cotton) 22" x 8"
- front waist band (red gingham cotton) 22" x 4"
- pocket band fabric (red gingham cotton) 12" x 3"
- waist ties (red cotton) 22" x 4" (for you these could be longer...my mama is tiny)
You will also need coordinating bias binding and some decoration (i used chunky ric-rac, felt applique and some simple embroidery)
Click on this link or on the picture below to enlarge and read measurements of clothes peg apron.
2. Lay the v-shaped pocket band on the pocket fabric, folding a 1cm seam alloance under and sew at the bottom edge. Cut the pocket material to match the v-shaped band and then bias bind the top edge.
5. Bias bind around the 3 sides of the base fabric as shown below.
6. Take the waist ties and sew them end-to-end on either side of the front waist band. With the right side inside, fold in half width-wise to give one long piece. Now at one end, sew the end closed and sew up the waist tie until 1 inch before the gingham section, do the same with the other end. Now turn the two waist ties right-side out and iron them flat.
7. Slide the top edge of the base fabric into the opening in the gingham waistband section and press under a 1cm seam allowance front and back. Sew gingham section closed, securing top edge of base fabric inside.
8. Sew some chunky ric-rac over the waist seam at the front of the apron and you're finished!
Thursday, 19 March 2009
Background story: Copa, gilpil's little porcine pal has been spotted cruising europe in the company of a band of disreputable foreign students, but mumito pointed out that Cabana was MIA. Well i looked into it and heard rumours that Cabana had actually been released into the wild and was acting as presiding bull elephant over a large and overgrown jungle terrain...
My special source was able to acquire the following pics...
then he got a bit closer......
He also alleges that immediately after these photos were snapped, Cabana became aware of the photographer's existence, and with a loud screechy "trumpet" like a leaking balloon he charged the challenger in his territory at full stampede pace...
…however the "grassy plain" that composes his territory, being neglected all winter, is so full of weeds that he slipped in a patch of clover and fell hard on his little short leg (a result of a miscalculation on the part of the knitter). Immediately after this the photographer, all fear forgotten, ran over and picked up the little elefantino, kissed his wee sore leg better and brought him into house-of-spoon for a drink of milk and an amaretto biscuit.
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Thursday, 12 March 2009
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
I LOVE the little hearts (you may have realised by now that i'm partial to chubby heart shapes). The rod across the middle acts to weigh down the napkins so you can set it outside and they don't all blow away in the wind....however with the wind strength being what it is in my part of the world...it would take me weighing them down to prevent them floating off...and even then, maybe not (she says "wishful-thinking-ly")
But it also can be used as a carrying handle! (excuse my weirdly deformed hand in this pic...its a difficult shot to take without "go-go-gadget arm!!!"
Monday, 9 March 2009
And what's more springy than an easter bonnet i'd like to know???!!!
He readily agreed... as long as there were no hearts or applique ginger-bread men on it ("c'mon....would i???"... she says, deeply disappointed because gingermen would totally have rocked!) So i tried to make one that would live up to his superhero status, as follows:
1. Cut 2 apron shapes using the measurements given in the pic below. (one will be the lining)
2. You'll need to secure the "decoration" with iron-on fusable webbing before sewing. I made a template from a superhero crest (i can't post the crest as it breaches copyright, but it was pretty easy to find online) and started to cut out the pieces in the 3 different colours.
Uh-oh....see what i've done there?? Yup, don't forget to turn the template upside down when cutting out or you will end up with pattern in reverse when you turn it over to iron and fuse it on!!
-learn from my mistake...don't watch Colin Farrell movies when trying to concentrate on sewing
3. Here are all the (correct) pieces (bondaweb on the back) ready for ironing. Just iron down the base material to the correct position on the apron front first and then layer on all the rest of the little pieces. Easy!
4. Then for the sewing fun! Just sew running stich around all the decoration pieces to secure...doesn't it look great??
5. Then you'll want to put the finished apron front and lining, wrong-sides-together and sew around the edge leaving 1 cm seam allowance.
6. Sew coordinating bias binding around the edge.
7. Cut, fold and sew 3 more pieces of bias binding, to form the neck strap (25"), and the two ties (30" each). Sew these into position.
It really is that easy!!!!
(but don't forget the Colin Farrell thing...seriously...i was DEEPLY displeased)
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
Welcome Copa and Cabana.
Patterns here: little pig and little elephant
The names originated from lil'pil's crazed love of italian cured meat, as when i presented her with the little porcine travelling companion for her long and tortuous trip to Deutschland, she considered naming him "Hamm" or "Copa" (the aforementioned italian cured meat)...we settled for "Copa".
...and then "Cabana" was an obvious choice for his little friend....but no calling him cabana-boy....he doesn't like it!!!
They are such little posers!!
And just to get everybody in the mood for springtime...here's a pic of the inspiration which was given to me in bulb form by the wonderful Pamela who also donates craft supplies to the needy cause that is my craft room!!!!.....thanks Pamela, the flowers are beautiful, a burst of spring in a dark mono-colour post-winter garden!!!!!