Drumming to the beat

My younger son has been doing drum lessons for a few months now, and really enjoying it. We recently got him some proper drum sticks to practice with, so I made him a case for them to keep them together in his school bag. He chose the fabric, and I made a long skinny pouch … Read more

By Special Request

It started innocently enough …. T – ‘Mummy, I want to be a Ninja’ Me – ‘Okay. Have you got a ninja costume in the dress up box?’ T – ‘Oh .. no. But I found a picture on the computer, and you can make it for me’. (The google foo is strong in this … Read more

Tablet covers

My children were fortunate to have been given tablets for Christmas. Both were the same, along with matching cases.To tell them apart, and also to provide them with a little more protection, I set out to make them covers. I used a free tutorial from Create Kids Couture, which offers instructions for cases in several different … Read more

Teacher gifts – Infinity Scarves

As we reach the end of the school year, I needed to come up with an idea for a teacher gift. After to-ing and fro-ing on a few ideas, I settled on infinity scarves. I considered doing a lightweight cotton one as we are coming into Summer, but then decided I would go with a … Read more

Birthday Present Sewing

Another one of those things ‘they’ don’t tell you before you have children, is that children will make friends, and get invited to a LOT of birthday parties! And it seems we are in the midst of birthday season. I am fortunate to have crafty friends who appreciate a good handmade gift, so the search … Read more

Christmas Ornament Swap 2012

A few months ago, I signed up to the New Zealand Handmade Christmas Ornament Swap. The basic premise is you are assigned a swap partner, for whom you make one Christmas ornament and a card. This sounded like a fun activity to take part in, in the lead up to Christmas so I signed up. … Read more