Saturday, 31 March 2012

Baby Animal Silhouette Cushions

In my recent Ottoman post there is a photo of my nursery chair with some cushions on it, I have been asked about the yellow Bambi cushion & yes it's another home project! I really love the idea of baby animal silhouette's, they look really gorgeous in just plain black contrasting with a pretty floral decorative fabric.

I made the yellow Bambi Cushion from scratch and used a print out off Google of a baby deer silhouette to cut my felt out in the shape. I also had a pink patterned cushion I purchased on sale at spotlight for $15 that I customised by adding a baby bunny silhouette. So if you want to cheat & not make a cushion from scratch you could also customise an already bought one very easily by adding the felt silhouette!

Thursday, 29 March 2012

DIY Fabric Ottoman

I recently bought a cheap $25 brown faux leather cube Ottoman from "Sam's Warehouse" with the intent of "sprucing" it up for my baby nursery. Here is the Ottoman's "Make Over" below


I used a cute Orange check Gingham for the top piece & used a Turquoise floral for the sides, I first measured all the sides of my Ottoman and cut pieces to match ensuring I left extra for the seams PLUS quite a few extra inches in length at the bottom for folding the fabric under & stapling it to the base.

I then sewed my turquoise sides together first, and slipped it onto my Ottoman to check if I had sewed the seams in enough, I found it to be a bit loose, so I just ran the seams in a tad more to ensure that snug fit

Then I pinned the square piece for the top, it's a bit tricky in the corners, but try to line the tip of your corner to the corner of the bottom piece, don't worry if there is a few puckers, it seems to turn out ok once you flip it inside out!

After I pinned my top square I did a quick try back on the Ottoman to ensure it was going to fit before I sewed it

Once sewed I pressed all my seams & started to slip it over my Ottoman to see an ugly ducking become a pretty swan!

Lastly we need to turn it over & using a industrial staple gun pull our fabric sides down nice & firm so there are no wrinkles & staple your fabric into the timber frame of the base.

The finished product sitting pretty with my nursery chair!

I added a cute contrasting stitch to the top square before sewing it together.

I really love orange & turquoise! what a lovely colour combo!

Such an easy way to make a beautiful piece of furniture that is functional, unique & doesn't break the bank like alot of Ottomans I've seen on the market.
Would love to hear comments about my Ottoman & if you will give it a try yourself?

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Adorable Handmade Nappy Covers

Came across this free pattern for Nappy Covers, aren't they just the cutest thing!? You can find the free pattern & instructions on how to make it at "Dana Made It"
I think they are the perfect remedy for when you want to cover up the not so stylish nappy!

You could spruce them up by adding frills, bows, rick rack...or as you can see on my turquoise pair I appliqu├ęd a heart on the bum! I used just cheap fat quarters for each pair & there was still fabric left over
Let me know what you think & if you will try them yourself??

Here are the ones I made, only took a couple of hours to make a few pairs!

Monday, 26 March 2012

Another Itty Bitty Baby Dress

Made another "Itty Bitty Baby Dress" love this gorgeous red vintage floral fabric!

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Felt Wall Art

I've always been a big admirer of felt, it's such a beautiful textile, with so much potential, I love the eye popping colours & it's versatility! Yesterday I had a play around with making some art work using an array of brightly coloured felts on plain Hessian. Here is the result, let me know what you think?

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Rachel Taylor Owls

How cute is this! Create a gorgeous Owl art work for you children's bedroom wall! Would be a great little project to do with the little one also!
Found the cute FREE downloadable pattern on Oopsy Daisy by designer Rachel Taylor
Download the pattern for it HERE
The instructions say to use scrapbook paper or wrapping paper, but you could also use fabric!

Friday, 23 March 2012

I Love Chickens

Stumbled across these adorable chicken prints!! I absolutely love them!
Designed by Nancy Mims for her "Chick Chick" range

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Itty Bitty Baby Dress

Was googling free baby dress patterns & found this beauty! The "Itty Bitty Baby Dress" by Made By Rae. It's super easy & super sweet! I literally made this in 2 hours this afternoon! and best of it's FREE! The dress pattern has 2 sizes, premie babies & 1-3 months...but it would be very easy to enlarge by simply adding a few inches to the current pattern.
You could embellish it with whatever you wish, I used red buttons & rick rack, but you could use lace, piping, add cute pockets or bows, whatever you wish!
Download the free pattern & instructions HERE
I've also got fabrics in red & white and navy & white to make a few versions for my little girls! Will def post more pics as I make more dresses!
Let me know what you think of it?

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Saffron Craig Fabrics

There are many amazing fabric designers out there & so many of the fabrics we buy in Australia are from overseas designers. One of my favourite designers is Australia based designer Saffron Craig. Her whimsical fabrics are dreamy, quirky, interesting & one of a kind! Check out some of her beautiful collections below and check out her online store HERE

Monday, 19 March 2012

My Hello Birdie Pillow

Here is the finished product of my attempt at The Red Thread's "Hello Birdie Pillow"
You can purchase the pattern for the pillow at the above link. Super cute & super easy!

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Baby Quilt 2 COMPLETE!!

After getting a little bit distracted making pillow dolls & cushions I've finally come back to my 2nd baby girl quilt & have finally finished it!! what a relief!! Check out some photos below of the finished product, let me know what you think??
 The 2 finished baby quilts together! I hope my twins will cherish them forever!
Some full length shots of the 2 quilts.
Both very different in colour, I didn't want them to be "matchy matchy" as both my girls will be individuals!

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Delicious Fatties

Mmm I wonder what will become of these tasty fat quarters!

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Thursday, 15 March 2012

Vintage Sheets

In my endless browsing of Etsy I recently discovered an idea that caught my eye! Vintage bed sheets as fabric. What a gorgeous idea! There are a number of Etsy shops selling vintage sheets by the yard or you can purchase a charm pack or a fat quarter bundle in varying colours & patterns for super cheap! (think a pack of 10 fat quarters for a measly $20)
All the sheets are 100% vintage & are thoroughly washed, heat treated & inspected before selling. Some people may bulk at the idea of using vintage sheets, but I think the fabric could have an old story to tell & there is something special about very old fabrics being being used again in a fresh way. Plus don't forget the soft cottony goodness of a very old sheet!

Here are a few of my fav Etsy Stores specialising in this:

JaneSays Vintage

Shabby Sheets