Making things for twins is fun, making things that no-one else is likely to get them is double the challenge. This was a 3rd birthday present. Thing 1 and Thing 2 from Dr Seuss which I screen-printed, then outlined and customised with the twins names. I spent far too much time on here in the process, all in the name of research i swear!
I can’t take credit for this idea, it’s from a piece that I saw last year here and haven’t ever forgotten. This is just my interpretation on an old but lovely chest of drawers which had been banished to the cellar for not fitting in. I was worried about ruining the style of these drawers by painting them so haphazardly, but ageing them with a bit of leftover floor varnish took the edge off and I loooove them every bit as much as I hoped I would.
I’ve been known to be reduced to tears folding OS maps back the way they unfolded, then eventually they get worn and torn at the folds leaving a useless hole in exactly the place you wanted to find. These crumpled city maps are genius. Soft, waterproof and with their own little bag to stuff them back in quickly. Clever thinking.
A name, in a frame, made for a christening present. Around each letter I cut out and layered textured and patterned paper to make an animal or object to represent each letter. The see-through frame really helped make this work by adding an extra dimension.
There is nothing better than being able to take something unloved and making it desirable again. I picked this chair up at a local house clearance place because I liked the shape. A bit of a sanding, webbing, padding, and re-covering later and it’s hard to remember the sorry looking orphan chair that it was. Bright cerise fabric finished with some contrast buttons picked up at a vintage market..et voila. One happy chair.
A buzzin’ B bib made for a lovely niece. If I could wear this I probably would. There are plenty of free bib patterns online and it was pretty quick to do. Get searching, and sewing! I can’t remember exactly which one I used, otherwise I would post it
Last year I was trying to find cushions from the high street for the living room and the choice was a bit same-y to say the least. I wanted something that was anti-twee, so I decided it was best to just make one and this is what emerged. The revolver detail was stitched on my beloved sewing machine…and I love the silhouette theme so there will be another, just not quite decided what yet. Machete? Axe? (Or maybe something a bit less sinister).
Cushions, cushions, cushions…everyone needs some bright squidgy cushions in their life. These are examples of a button envelope cushion and a zip cushion, both of which i made under expert tuition at Ministry of Craft. By the way, really BIG buttons make me happier than any button probably should.