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Rag Rug Finished


IMAG0370Well my son is in need of a new floor rug and after looking around and not finding anything that will suit his dinosaur theme, I thought (crazily) that I would make a rag rug well after all I could use up my scraps and use color’s that are in his room, well this is 45m that I have plaited so far, it gives me a rug 80cm across, so more to do.

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This is some more scraps I have cut out from old shirts and trousers, from anything I have got that is in the color scheme I am after.

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This is some of the strips ironed down to 1cm from 3cm’s and some now further plaited.

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Even more cut ready to be sewn into lengths and then ironed into 1cm wide strips.

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Okay sewn together and ironed ready for the plaiting.

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Now I thought I would try to do the plaiting at night in my free time, well as you can see Tinka my cat decided she had to have my time and lap, so I did not get a lot done.

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So as a result of Tinka’s help Jeff and Stan made me a table top on top of the pool table so I need not bend over it and hurt my back. And I found a bulldog clip works well to hold in place and plat from there, I could do a meter to two meters at a time…

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Ta da am pleased with how this is progressing, but will say this is not a quick job at all so if you want to make one yourself allow a lot of time.

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Now this is a photo of how it will look when finished with over 60m of plaiting done, all I have left is to join it all together and put on his bedroom floor, then it’s make another set of curtains.

IMAG0416-1First part sewn, think the white fabric may have been a mistake as not very heavy duty (time will tell).

IMAG0423Progress it is at last taking shape..

IMAG0424And some more done in front of the fire this morning, best place to be was to cold to go clean the bathrooms..

IMAG0425I think it may end up larger than I thought yay will be very glad. can say one thing thimbles are a life saviour or should I say finger saviour as a I have managed to stab the back end of the needle through the middle finger a few times now getting to this point till I said enough is enough and put one on….

IMAG0508Okay I have been having issues with this, what you can not see as I have removed it is the center that ended up like a pimple on a pie crust, so I removed the white and grey all the way back to the green and stitched all down at an angle across the back so now the shape is more a n oval now and so the sewing continues…

IMAG0510Okay I have done some more, but forced to stop as I have hurt my wrist and is now wrapped up solid and not able to grasp a needle, did contemplate trying with my left !!!!..

IMAG0520And it is finished, really after 60m you would think it would be bigger, may have to do some more….

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What Have I Made In Last Twelve Months I have Been Asked


DSCN0142Okay time to come clean on how much I have been sewing in the last twelve months, I am going to randomly add photo’s to this blog as I get chance, after all I have got sewing to be done.

So above one retro apron, well there where two but one got given as a gift, very hard to part with such beautiful and fun fabric…

DSCN0144One dressing gown with a very cool japanese lady on front and on the back…….

DSCN0145Another beautiful print from the Oz Material Girls I finally used this piece after looking at it for so long.

DSCN0147yes another apron, I was experimenting with the edges, does it work????

DSCN0149Okay I can hear you all saying better photo please (next time), now this top is getting a lot of airing it goes with just about anything and with only two pieces to make it up, it and I where in love….

DSCN0150See better picture of the top now and this little wrap around skirt that I made, the fish came from a garage sale and just added that quirky bit I like..

Okay that is it for now, I have to get back to a few other project, yes that rag rug

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Yes it’s that top again and another pencil skirt made from fabulous bamboo print fabric and the remains of a pair of cargo pants.

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The silk from this skirt came from the first Burda weekend away and was a dress that I unpicked and it took me all day to do, labor of love you may say or what was I thinking is more like at the time.

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Now this is a black version of the silk one before they both have high waist lines that sit up close to your ribs and give a fantastic curve, put the right top and heels and you are set to go.

And yes the top is made by me also, I did not like how it came out first time around so pleated it in random points so it fitted closer to the body.

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Another top, back to my purple faze, always feel upbeat when wearing it.

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I ended up putting a hook and eye on this top as you can tell it tis a tad revealing well unless you put a singlet under it.

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Let me know what you all think so far..

Dinosaur Inspired Curtains Finished


IMAG0395The fabric stash of old shirts to be used for the new curtains for my sons room.

As you maybe able to tell by my post’s I tend to be working on a few projects at once, all due to the thoughts running wild of what else can be created to go with what I am working on, hence the Rag Rug being created at the same time as the curtains and the Roman Blind, I will have them all completed about the same time and a fantastic room finished, I have given myself the next two weeks to get it done in as I can not stand seeing the flowered curtains in his room now.

IMAG0396The cream is the base colour for the curtains that I picked up at $5/m at Textile Traders, the grey is what is left over from the bedspread I made for him for his stepmums place, and the shape cut out is a free form volcano.

IMAG0397-1Now you can see the volcano a lot better and the red shirt cut out to form larva.

IMAG0398This is the fabric I shall use to make a couple of flying dinosaurs in the sky to complete the design.

IMAG0435Well that is one half sewn on, now to complete them.

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They are now complete and hanging in his window, one big problem too much light coming through, but on a winning note the curtains I took down when I folded them up I found they had separate lining so shall unpick that and put on the back (hey anything for a sleep in right), now all I must do is finish the rag rug and work out paint colour oh and a lot of other bits for him…..