Thursday, 29 December 2011

Baby bib


To make this bib, I used an old towel and some cotton curtain that I had laying around. It was only thin cotton so it worked nicely for this bib, I would think that thick cotton would make the bib a bit harder to wear.

To get my pattern, I took a bib that I like the size and fit of. I folded it in half, folded my towel in half, matched folds then drew around the bib onto the towel with a washable fabric marker (I didn't add a seam allowance because I only use a 1/4" sewing allowance but if you use any more than that I would suggest adding your seam allowance on). The towel will be the back of your bib so you can use any colour you like. I used pink because that's what I found in my refashion pile.

I then drew around the towel bib onto the curtain to get my front piece. You should have two identical pieces, one towel and one cotton.


To sew up the bib, I laid my two pieces right sides together and pinned all around, leaving a couple of inches on the bottom open. I didn't want to sew all the way around as I needed to be able to turn right side out. I stitched all around except the few inches on the bottom using a straight stitch and then a narrow zigzag close to the straight stitch just for added strength. Don't forget to backstitch a little at the beginning and end of your stitching otherwise your stitches will fall out when you try and turn it.


I then turned the bib right side out. I used a pencil in the thin neck pieces to help me get them right sides out. When the bib was right side out, I folded in the unstitched pieces at the bottom, pinned them and then ran a straight stitch close to the edge, stitching the opening shut as I went. Add the fastening of your choice, I chose poppers just because that's what I prefer. And the bib is done :)

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Amy's Blanket


Sorry I've been missing for so long, things have been hectic in the Mammy Made household. I'm back with a nice post though :) I made a blanket for a friend of mine who's pregnant with a little girl. I think it's lovely, I almost want to keep it myself haha. I used a 5mm crochet hook and 4ply baby yarn. It's so soft and snuggly!

I basically made a giant granny square, changing yarn every two rows. It's so colourful, I really hope she likes it :)

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Mint Stuff I've Seen #6


I absolutely LOVE this little tea cosy that I found on Ravelry. I am definitely going to have to make one for my new teapot :) I really want to make one in all bright colours to match my new kitchen!


Awwww! So cute! Think I will be making Naomie one of these little amigurumi babies for Christmas :) I found it on Jenny and Teddy Creation. Gorgeous.


Dry erase menu board made out of glass frame and some pretty paper? A brilliant idea by Little Birdie Secrets. I'm definitely trying this one!


This is amazing!! Found this at Remodelaholic. I'd love to do one for our family!

Monday, 31 October 2011

Zombie Bride Halloween Outfit


I made myself a wedding dress so I could go to my friend's party as a Zombie Bride. Paul went as a Zombie Groom but we bought his outfit. I looked all over for something that would work as a wedding dress for a zombie but came up with nothing. So I figured it wouldn't be too hard to make one myself. It's basically a floor length, seriously puffy tulle skirt with a hoop skirt underneath, over a long sleeved tshirt that I cut the neck from half an inch before the shoulder seam to just under the neckline to make it off-shoulder, and a lacy vest top over the top of that.

I love how it's turned out, I think it looks amazing!

The top was pretty straightforward so I won't be doing a tutorial for that but here's one for the skirt :)


To make the skirt I took 10metres!!! of tulle, measuring just slightly over floor length on me (50" approx). I stitched the two short ends together to make a massive tube. I did a short straight stitch followed by a zigzag stitch in the seam allowance.


Then I carefully zigzag stitched over a piece of elastic, I can't remember what the girl in the shop called it but it is slightly thicker and stronger than shirring elastic. I did that all around the top of the tube. Make sure you don't catch the elastic (like I did a few times *facepalm*). I used a metre of elastic and it was plenty. I tied a knot in one end and safety pinned it to the side seam, then as I got to the other end of the elastic, I kept the presser foot and needle down and pulled the elastic forward. That made the tulle all gather up behind the presser foot. Nice and easy! Measure how long you want your elastic to be (mine was 28" around my hips) then knot the two ends together. (If you're sensible...not like me...you'll do two rows of elastic to make sure if one breaks...like it did on me...your whole skirt wont fall off...like it did on me hahaha...luckily it was the end of the night!!)


Drowning in a sea of tulle!


I cut the bottom off the skirt so it was floor length. It turned out quite raggy because I wasn't overly careful but I think that adds to the zombie look anyways. The picture is not the best but you get the idea.


I was originally going to make another skirt out of two net curtains that I bought, to sit over the top of the tulle but they were just not wide enough, so I made a little underskirt out of white knit instead. I just wanted something underneath since the tulle was very see through :P I basically cut as much white knit as I had, which was just under 2.5m, measured it to as long as I wanted it, which was floor length + a few inches to make a casing for the hula hoop, then stitched side seams together. Fold over/stitch the waistband and add some 3/4" elastic. Make the elastic pretty tight since the skirt is quite heavy so it'll pull down unless it's snug around your waist. Again, the picture is rubbish but it's the best one I have. I don't know what I was thinking taking pictures against the blinds!!


To make the underskirt into a hoop skirt, make a little casing along the bottom hem to add a hula hoop. Cut the hula hoop open then feed into the casing, you can shorten it a little bit here if you need too! Sellotape the hula hoop back together then stitch up the opening. Easy peasy!

I bought the veil on a headband from the hen party selection in Wilkinson's. I splattered loads of fake blood all over my chest, put black eyeshadow around my eyes and some fake blood on my face. I have to say, I think we make a pretty good zombie bride and groom :P

Monday, 24 October 2011

I'm back...

 
Sorry I've been missing for a few days. My computer broke and I had to get it reinstalled. I lost tons of pictures and videos of the kids :( I do have blogger on my phone but I can't really do it off my phone, I need a bigger screen so I can see what I'm doing hehe.

I don't have a tutorial for this week yet unfortunately, I'm working on several things so I should have two tutorials for Wednesday and Sunday. I'm going to write up the Homeschool post later on today and get that up aswell along with today's Marry Me Monday post.

It's nice to be back :)

Thursday, 20 October 2011

"Beans"


I kind of feel that the game me and Leyla played today needs its own post. She enjoyed it so much and for so long!! And it was so easy!!

This morning, Leyla came over and asked me if we could do a craft. I was trying to think of something we could do that wasn't the standard, same old drawing / colouring that we normally do. Then I remembered that I saw this post on Mess For Less the other day.

I went and got three plastic containers out of the cupboard and filled one of them up with a handful of dried kidney beans and a handful of dried chickpeas. Sat the other two bowls next to it, gave her a spoon and a little ice cube tray. Then I asked her if she wanted to play "Beans". Oh my gosh, she had so much fun with it, I can hardly believe it. Considering it cost me absolutely nothing!

When she first sat down she spent a good while using the spoon to fill up the ice cube trays. Then she started tipping it from one bowl into the next, then into the next. She had lots of fun doing that, in fact, that's what she spent most of her time doing!

When she'd had enough of pouring, she decided it was time to cook them, so we went in to the dining room where her play kitchen is. She put the lid on the plastic container and put it into the oven, asked me to go and time 2 minutes on my oven, then sat and waited for them to be ready. When they were done, she took them out, poured them into a pan and cooked them on the hob for a little while. They obviously hadn't fully cooked in the oven :P

They did get abandoned on the floor in the end but she played with them for a good hour! I'll definitely be doing it again.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Mint stuff I've seen #5

More bloggy love. Every week I try and post up a few projects that I've seen around that I thought were mint. Here are this week's :)


I saw this reusable kitchen roll tutorial right when I first started sewing. I thought it was amazing and vowed to make it. That was a good few years ago now and I still haven't gotten round to it but I found the tutorial again on Pintrest last week. To see the tutorial go and check out Sew A Straight Line. She has tons of cool ideas on there!


I pinned this one a while back. Nichelle does Refashion Co-op aswell so I first saw it on there. I think it's really cute, even if it didn't turn out as she had planned. Go and check out her blog, It's Nichelle not Michelle.


What about this gorgeous thimble necklace I found at The Wind and The Sail. Absolutely brilliant idea. If I wasn't scared of drills, I'd definitely be making one. Might have to get Paul to drill a tiny hole in a thimble for me hehe.


Oh I'm so going to try this out in our back garden. We have chalks which Leyla loves to use but this would be even more fun I think! And it just washes up again. Easy peasy! That's my kind of craft :) The recipe for the sidewalk paint can be found at Oh Dee Doh.

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Monday, 17 October 2011

Boob tube? to gathered skirt refashion


I have just finished a little skirt I made for my little girl out of what I think was a boob tube. It is only age 11-12 which is why I am unsure. Do they make boob tubes for 11 year old girls? I guess it could've been a skirt but it had no elastic around the top. Hmm.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a before picture but it wasn't much different from the after picture. All I did was fold the top down, so it was showing on the outside, then stitched it down and added elastic. I stitched 4 lines around the waistband hoping to stop it puckering so much but it hasn't worked really. I have to say I am pretty disappointed with the waistband but I figured it'll likely be hidden anyways so we'll go with it.

I do love the material though. Pretty :)

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Homeschool Week 6


For more posts on homeschooling, see here.

Weve all been poorly this week so learning had been a bit slow but I've tried to keep on top of it.

Monday: I got the kids some stacking cups and a wooden shape sorter out of the learning toys box and we all sat together and played with them. We had lots of fun aswell! Leyla started off by putting all of the shapes into their right holes and telling me what the shapes were. Then she showed Naomie how to stack the cups. We then played Leyla and Naomie be nimble lol. We made a tower out of the stacking cups, with them upside down, then we sang "Leyla/Naomie be nimble, Leyla/Naomie be quick, Leyla/Naomie jump over the candlestick" then jumped over the tower hehe. There were lots and lots of giggles :)

Tuesday: Today I went through the alphabet song with Leyla and tried to fix her pronunciation of the letters. She is generally pretty good but she does say a few letters wrong so we worked on those. I didn't want to push it too much because I didn't want to take the fun out of it but she didn't seem to mind.

Wednesday: We went visiting today. We went to see Paul's nan and grandad and Leyla showed off her mad abc skills :P We also practiced biggest, middlest and smallest which she is really good at now.

Thursday: I gave the kids a piece of tin foil today and showed them how nice and smooth it is when it's flat, how crinkly it is when you scrunch it up, and how bumpy it is again when you open it out. We had a few rippages but all in all they had fun :)

Friday: Me and Leyla made some carrot and cheese muffins. They were very scrummy and we had so much fun doing it. She did all of the mixing and tipping, and I did all of the measuring and spooning the mixture into the cases. Oh she also put one case in each muffin tin hole for me <3 She's going to be such a good cook when she gets bigger :)

Friday, 14 October 2011

Feed Me Friday: Heavenly Chocolate Mousse


I saw this recipe for chocolate mousse the other day while I was on Pintrest. Aaaah, look how fit it looks!! This is another ''definitely going to have to try this one at some point'' recipe...Like as soon as I can gather all of the ingredients, some point haha. I do love a nice bit of chocolate mousse <3

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Crochet Pumpkins


I've been totally neglecting my blog lately. In my defence, I've been really busy and we've all been poorly and I just haven't been finding the time to come on. Hopefully, this tutorial will make up for it :)

I decided to make some little pumpkins to sit on the shelf next to my front door. I've been seeing them all over blogland for a few weeks now and thought they couldn't be too hard to reproduce. I started off my pumpkin like you would a hat, except I closed it off afterwards. They were so easy and took me no time at all to finish all three.


I used 100% wool for mine but really, you can use anything that takes your fancy. I was going to go for a cheap acrylic DK but I couldn't find an orange that I liked, then I saw this purple, green, yellow and orange wool and thought it would be perfect! All 3 of them took a full 50g skein. I used a 4mm crochet hook.

Pumpkin:
1. make a magic ring, there's a good tutorial here.
2. ch1, then work 6 scs in the magic ring, join with slst to 1st sc (6)
3. ch1, turn, 2scs in each st around, join with slst to 1st sc (12)
4. ch1, turn, *sc in 1st, 2sc in next st* rep around, join with sl st to 1st sc (18)
5. ch1, turn, *sc in 2sts, 2sc in next st* rep around, join with sl st to 1st sc (24)
6. ch1, turn, *sc in 3sts, 2sc in next st* rep around, join with sl st to 1st sc (30)
7. ch1, turn, *sc in 4sts, 2sc in next st* rep around, join with sl st to 1st sc (36)
8. ch1, turn, *sc in 5sts, 2sc in next st* rep around, join with sl st to 1st sc (42)
9. ch1, turn, *sc in 6sts, 2sc in next st* rep around, join with sl st to 1st sc (48)
10-22. ch1, turn, sc around, join with slst to 1st sc (48)
23. ch1, turn, *sc in 5sts, sc2tog* rep around, sc in last st, join with sl st to 1st sc (42)
24. ch1, turn, *sc in 4sts, sc2tog* rep around, join with sl st to 1st sc (35)
25. ch1, turn, *sc in 3sts, sc2tog* rep around, join with sl st to 1st sc (28)
25. ch1, turn, *sc in 2sts, sc2tog* rep around, sc in last st, join with sl st to 1st sc (21) 
25. ch1, turn, *sc in 1st, sc2tog* rep around, sc in last st, join with sl st to 1st sc (14)
26. stuff the pumpkin as much as you can, I used cut up old vests that my babies have outgrown but use whatever you fancy
27. ch1, turn, sc2tog around, join with slst to 1st sc (7)
28. ch1, turn, sc2tog around, sc in last st, join with slst to 1st sc (4)
29. bind off, leaving a 45" tail

Stalk:
1.  crochet an icord, there's a ton of tutorials already on the internet so I won't do one, this is the one I used, make it about 5 rows long then bind off, leaving a long enough tail to stitch it to the pumpkin
2. using a wool needle, stitch the stalk onto the pumpkin, I stitched it to the bottom, when it's secure, weave in the two ends on the bottom and the one end on the icord

Finishing off:
1. using the long tail you left when binding off the pumpkin, wind the yarn from the bottom to the top of the pumpkin, on the outside, stitch it underneath the icord so it comes out on the other side, then stitch again underneath the pumpkin, repeat all around, pulling the yarn tightly, until you have 8 sections, this makes it look more pumpkin-y
2. stitch a button onto the bottom to hide your stitching, weave ends in
3 you're done :)


This pattern is for the biggest pumpkin which measures about 3" not including stalk. To make the middle sized pumpkin, only increase up to 36 stitches and work 10 rows instead of 13. You could also make the icord one row shorter. To make the small pumpkin, only increase up to 24 stitches and work 7 rows.

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Homeschool Week 5


For more posts on homeschooling, see here.

Monday: We had to go to town today so we didn't end up doing anything *blush*

Tuesday: While I was making dinner, Leyla and Naomie got the pans out and started playing the drums lol. It was bad on my ears but they enjoyed it so that's the main thing lol!

Wednesday: Today we took the kids to the park. Leyla had such a fun time running around playing on everything. Naomie had to stay in the swing because she still refuses to walk but she had a good time too. When we were done in the park we went visiting family and the kids both got spoilt like they always do :P

Thursday: Leyla and Daddy cut out a load of pictures that we've been getting Leyla to colour in, they're making a massive ''jungle animal'' picture on card to hang up on Leyla's wall.

Friday: We got Leyla doing the gardening today. She went round and watered all of the plants, then Paul asked her to name all of the veggies/herbs we have in the garden. It still amazes me how good she is at remembering which plants are which!

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Mammy Made Crochet Longies - Small


I love seeing little babies in wool longies, I think they look seriously cute. I've never been brave enough to use them as longies, they are always just used as wool pants for us over a pocket nappy or a fitted and a wrap but they do make waterproof longies if you lanolise them. I used to have a pair that I'd made from a pattern I found online, I can't remember which one it was now but it wasn't perfect for us. I decided to make my own pattern, making the gusset wider and the legs a little tighter. I also made the rise higher. Then I decided I wanted to change the seam from on the side to being centred at the back, just to make it look a bit neater. That took me aaages but it was worth it because now I have a pattern that fits my two kids perfectly! Here is my pattern that I came up with :)



Mammy Made Crochet Longies - Small

This size will fit approximately 0-6months.


Measurements:

Waist – 16” (unstretched)
Rise – 16” (unstretched)
Inside leg – 7”
Length – 14”

You will need:
4mm crochet hook
100% wool (if you want to lanolise them - make sure the wool is not machine washable! If you want to use them as wool pants that are not waterproof you can use cheaper acrylic DK yarn)
wool needle

Waistband:
1. using 4mm hook and 100% wool, ch5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across (4sc), ch1, turn and sc in bklps only until you have 65 rows altogether including foundation row, join the waistband into a ring with a slip stitch under 2loops at the bottom of the first row, being careful not to twist the ring, this will leave a v shape at the top of the waistband which will need stitching up at the end.
2. ch1, turn, sc in same st and next 2sts, 2sc in next st (I counted each row as a new stitch so the 2scs went into the row with only one loop not two, this makes the holes for the drawstring) *sc in 3sts, 2scs in next st*, rep from *-* around, join with slst in 1st sc (80)
3. ch1, turn, sc around, join with slst in first sc (80)
4. ch1, turn, sc around, join with slst in first sc (80)


Body:
5-10. repeat row 3
11. ch3, turn, dc in st at base of ch and next 12sts, hdc in 7sts, sc in 40sts, hdc in 7sts, dc in12sts, 2dc in last st, join with sl st in top of ch3 (82)
12. ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc around till last 2sts, sc2tog, join with slst in first sc (80)
13-14. ch1, turn, sc around, join with slst in first sc
15. repeat row 11
16-35. repeat rows 12-15, 5 times
36. ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc around till last 2sts, sc2tog, join with slst in first sc, bind off

Gusset:
37. with back of st facing, count back 5sts, join yarn, ch1, sc in same st and in next 8sts - you want the previous rows bind off to be right in the centre of the gusset (9)
38-44. ch1, turn, sc across
45. bind off, leaving a long tail, stitch the gusset to the middle 9sts on the opposite side of pants, check to make sure both legs have 31 stitches each

Legs:
46. with back of st facing, join yarn in middle of gusset, ch1, sc in same st and all around, join with sl st in 1st sc (42)
47-83. ch1, turn, sc around, join with sl st in first sc

Cuffs:
84. ch1, turn, *sc in 1st, sc2tog* rep till end, join with slst in first sc (28)
85. ch3, turn, sk st at base of ch3, dc around, join with sl st in top of ch3 (28)
86. ch1, turn, *bpdc, fpdc*, rep around, join with slst in first st, bind off, weave in ends

Drawstring:
87. chain enough to go twice round waist, slst in 2nd ch from hook and across, bind off, weave in ends.


Remember not to wash your 100% wool longies in the washing machine. They will need to be handwashed in lukewarm water and left to airdry flat to keep them in the best condition. If you are planning on using them over cloth nappies, they will need to be lanolised before use.

I'm linking here.


Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Mint Stuff I've Seen #4


I love this! it would make such a good Christmas present I think. I love that you can personalise it too!


Aww, look at how cute this little jumpsuit is (and the little girl of course). I would love to see my girls in one of these! Matching ones obviously :P


Too cute!


There was no link for this one but I really love it. I'm going to do this on our anniversaries :)


Saturday, 1 October 2011

Homeschool Week 4


I've been missing the past few days, I kept trying to get onto the computer to do my blog and I just never managed it. I am back now though with this week's homeschooling info :)

For more posts on homeschooling see here.

I've decided to change my approach to homeschool. I don't think Leyla has the patience to sit still while I try and teach her things, especially when she knows things. She never really seems interested in practicing. Plus I felt a bit sly on Naomie that she couldn't really join in. I decided to make our homeschooling experience a lot more fun, at least for the next year. The kids are still very young to be homeschooled so I think it's better this way.

We are going to be doing a fun activity as often as we can. If we have to skip a day, I'm not going to stress about it too much (or so I'll keep telling myself haha). I've got a box set up with fun learning toys in that I can take out for the kids every now and then and I'm going to try and make sure I cook with the kids at least once a week. I also want them to do more crafty things as it was more academic based before now and I just think they are too young!

So here is my week 4 of homeschooling :)

Monday: I got the Megabloks out again and I had the kids playing with it. I think it's really good for kids to play with it and practice building and knocking it all down again. I know I used to have great fun with Lego when I was little and I still do if I'm honest! We also had a really fun time playing with the chalks in the garden. I drew a load of shapes and random things on the floor and we played a game where we went from one to the other making funny noises...like I told her to go and be a lion on the bus shape so she jumped up and down on it rawr-ing. It was really good, she loved it!

Tuesday: We had a sneaky off day and went into town instead *blush*. Leyla loves walking around the craft shops (which works really well for me!). You can tell she's mine haha.

Wednesday: I had Leyla go around the garden with me and we watered Daddy's plants. She is so good, she knows all of the names of the herbs and some of the vegetables! Naomie followed around after us but didn't do any watering. She did eat some soil though! Little cheeky girl!

Thursday: Daddy, Leyla and Naomie made some flowers out of coloured card and painted lollipop sticks.


Friday: Leyla made a lovely little picture for us today. She sat for a good hour cutting bits of card and gluing things and ended up with this cute little picture. It's the first time she's used glue apart from when she helped Daddy make the flowers so I think she did sooo well! Naomie didn't glue anything but she had a really good time getting everything from the Craft Box out and spreading it all over the floor lol.





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