From scarf to summery beach top!

After the spring top I made, I decided to make one for the summer.

I didn’t really have any fabric that I fancied using for this. My Mum had donated this very large scarf a while ago and it was sitting in my stash pile of nice fabric. I pulled it out and looked at it-perfect!

A quick chop and a bit of sewing, ta da! A new summer top for holidays. Now all we need is a bit of sun!

I call this “fake smocking”  because it is not done in the traditional way but on the sewing machine with shearing elastic. The elastic is wound by hand onto the bobbin underneath and ordinary cotton thread is used for top thread. It is sewn with a really long stitch. It may sound complicated but it is really easy. You will find a very good tutorial for it here on House on Hill Road. I love this blog and you will find it in my side bar.

Here is my finished top but I don’t think I will be wearing it with those trousers though!


Making things again…

My little man had an urge to make a space rocket, he told me he needed it for school. It was late last Sunday. I ran about the house looking for old cardboard boxes and toilet paper tubes and here is what we came up with!

When we got to school I discovered that he didn’t actually need it just that he wanted to make one to bring to school! Arghh all the rushing about for nothing – we could have made it the following day! Ah well it’s made now.

After having a blast at the school it is now on the windowsill in his bedroom.

We have also been messing about with junior meccano…

and a puzzle given by a friend…

There is always somebody making something at our place!

Cloth baby shoes

I was in the process of making these baby shoes from some stretch towelling when my friend said she was looking for some pram shoes for her baby boy. They were already cut out by now so to prevent the spending of money I just had to tell her. Well the surprise wasn’t really a surprise anymore but nevermind, he now has cosy toes and a big smile for me!

I used this pattern from stardust shoes. It’s extremely simple and very cute when finished!

More links for you all…sewing/crochet/children’s


You will find new links popping up here and there on the sidebar but i’m listing them here too so you don’t have to look for them 😉



Sharon b’s Dictionary of Stitches for Hand Embroidery and Needlework

Living Creatively online community dedicated to creativity, for nice projects just click the boxes.

Disappearing 9 Patch Tutorial patchwork made easy!

Curved seams 101 sewing circles in blocks

Clone yourself a fitting assistant using duct tape to make a tailors dummy (click in and take a look, the one of the ladies being taped up looks shockingly miserable!)

What the craft circle skirt, pixie skirt and flounce hem 

Tumbling blocks honeycomb smocking-I’m thinking on cushion covers?

Freezer paper stencils can I find any freezer paper in the shops? I have looked almost everywhere for this stuff!



A whole load of craft learn to crochet

Craft Freebies Free crochet patterns



Kids Craft Weekly craft for the kids

Starfall teaching comprehension and phonics

Sparkle box foundation and KS1 activities

BBC School website games and school subjects for 5-7 years

These are our all favourite snip-its at the moment. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

The winner of Rae’s competition is…

I have only just realised that the winner of Rae’s top competition was…*drum-roll*

…Astrid. Well done! That’s a gorgeous top she has created, love the stripes and crisp whiteness of the front. If it was me wearing it then i’m afraid it wouldn’t be white anymore! Your baby is super cute too! Connecting the dots is Astrid’s blog so i’m off to have a gander in a minute.

It’s been great, seeing all the tops everyone has made. I have really enjoyed it.  Well done to everybody who took part!

So much to blog…

There has been so much to blog lately but not so much time to get it all written down!

Firstly I would like to say a huge thank you to all of you that sent such lovely cards and presents for little man’s birthday. He had a fab time and the party was a massive hit. The children that came had so much fun and all the parents that I have spoken to have said that their little people were all asleep by 7pm! I too was in bed early, I might add! Hurrah for parties!

Great news…The little man demanded that we take the stabilisers off his bike on Sunday. I wasn’t going to argue with that because they have been raised for ages and he has been riding on his own without realising it!

“Mummy, don’t let go will you?”

“OK sweetheart, keep pedaling!”

I wish you could hear the squeals of laughter and see the widest smile I ever saw!

The children at our school are sitting for their SATS this week, good luck to them all. Our learning centre was spoken for so I didn’t got to English class today. I really missed it! For those of you that know me as the naughty one in school,  maybe I just grew up…. Nah too boring-all we do in there is natter!

On to some sewing… At night when it’s dark and only the guinea pig squeaks. I have been doing some embroidery


Not much, just enough to make some rather sweet lavender bags for an elderly lady that I know. I am using the lavender left over from hubby’s sleep pillow.

Slob out!

The party went ok and the children had fun. I’m glad it’s over!

Thanks very much to my good friend who did lots of running around, whilst I tried to keep little people busy with games such as musical chairs/statues and pass the parcel. 

We went home and watched dvds to slob out then had a restful evening!