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So much fabric, so little time! I really enjoyed making this.  So many colours and patterns…

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As you’ve probably guessed by now, if you know me at all, I love little houses!  I also love to cross-stitch at night when I’m watching Netflix.  I feel like sitting watching Netflix isn’t a waste of time if I’m doing something!    So I cross-stitched this little house without a clue what it would end up like. I had it sitting with some other fabric and the stripes and floral just jumped out at me and I’m pleased to say I love the finished item.

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I bought the floral fabric from AlieExpress. (I’ve been buying quite a bit of stuff from them lately.

 

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The thing about the holidays is that you have the time to be creative, make a mess in your craft room, and leave it like that for a few days.  Yesterday morning I dug out a tiny cross-stitch which I would have done about a year ago.  I was going to frame it in a small frame and then thought it would be fun to make it bigger and add the free motion sewing component.  And the result is this little picture (frame is 28x36cm) which I really enjoyed making.  A friend asked me to make something for a baby room and I think this would be perfect.

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A little summer holiday project.  I love the way it isn’t perfect, the hessian style border with the stitching showing makes it simple and clean. 71199f3c-4edf-4b6a-8509-c1ee0f1136682aa916c0-a48f-4d41-9c75-30aab21640fd

The making of…

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I finished this cross-stitch recently and so today framed it after applying a pretty fabric and free motion appliqué around the outside…

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After spending some time in the garden this morning it’s always nice to come inside and watch gardening programmes on Netflix while doing some sewing.  With Christmas coming up I’m trying to make as many Christmas presents as possible so it is enjoyable without the stress of time pressure.  I had one lovely piece of beaded fabric just enough for two purses and matched it with a soft fine weave sacking type fabric.

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I was tidying up my fabric from the weekend to change my ‘sewing room’ into my ‘study/office’ and while putting some fabric away my eyes joined these three fabrics together.  So I just had to follow up with a quick purse before putting my sewing machine and overlocker away!  45 minutes max to make these.  Check out this video for the best tutorial I’ve found on making them…MADE EVERYDAY.

 

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I have been wanting to give making a tote bag a go for a while, so this weekend was the right time to try.  I have combined the canvas type fabric (found at the Mt Maunganui Sally Army) with an opshop find tray mat with orange embroidery.  Lined with blue gingham, and the other one yellow, I love them!

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Then of course I had to make a few matching purses with the cutest little brass zips found in my zip stash!

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I know we all 💕 Kmart … They had some cute tops recently and I loved the red and white floral fabric, but the top wasn’t my style (it was like a singlet top).  So I waited for them to come down to $5 each and then snapped up three as big as I could get..just for the fabric and turned it into this little red top/dress…

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Each top had a little frill and a big frill at the bottom, so I used one top for two sleeves (back and front piece) and one underneath to make it longer.

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There’s nothing like a good sale, and this sale was cheaper than buy the fabric! $15 all up.   Finding a good bargain is exactly the same feeling as catching a fish (and believe I can fish!).

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