Sunday, 5 May 2013

What a lovely weekend! And best of all, we've still got a day off to go! Tomorrow I'm going to Nutfield Priory, to The Craft Barn, a craft shop that has recently relocated there (my Mum used to go to it's old shop and says it was brilliant). I did have plans to clean the oven as well but I'm rapidly going off that idea.....

I would just like to say a big thank you to everyone for the lovely comments last week about my quilted boxes, I'm glad everyone liked them. They really were simple to make and yet so pretty and effective, I recommend you all have a go.

There seems to have been an awful lot of sport going on around here of late so I've not done a huge amount of crafting. I managed to finish some carrier bag holders that I had started a little while ago. I had cut everything out to make one for myself and four others for my craft fair stock. One now hangs in my kitchen, dispensing carrier bags when needed. Two have made it into the stock bag:

The other two were snapped up by friends to give as presents!

Don't ask me why the one on the left looks so much bigger than the other one. I think I've said before that I'm rubbish at cutting straight lines but it looks like I measured it totally wrong. Not that it matters, but I was surprised at how there could be such a big difference.

Yesterday, I made number 2 and 3 sons a cushion each as I had been promising to make them for a couple of weeks. I'm all for re-using fabrics (the carrier bag holders are made using old curtain linings) so one cushion is made from some material from an old duvet cover and one is made from an outgrown dressing gown!

The back of the dressing gown wasn't big enough for the whole cover so I cut out the panels for the "back" of the cushion from the front of the dressing gown. It worked out that the pockets were placed perfectly on the cushion and the "back" is now the "front". It means the envelope fold is at the front but Henry doesn't mind. When I went in to make his bed this morning, he had put two of his smaller teddies in the pockets! He is really pleased with it and I think it has worked brilliantly.

I am about to crack open a bag of sweets that Mum brought over for me this afternoon, and catch up with everyone at Handmade Monday whilst I eat them.

Enjoy Bank Holiday Monday everyone!
Love Natalie


  1. I love the cushion made from the dressing gown, and the fact that teddies got put in the pockets. Sounds like just the thing my daughter would do! xx

  2. I love the dressing gown cushion - and so cute that the pockets can house little teddies!

  3. I am afraid that I too like the dressing gown cushion! Seems that you have a bit of a hit on your hands. I would be happy to pass on dressing gowns as mine grow out of them if you would like a little supply? ;)

    1. That's very kind of you but I'm sure they'd be someone who would say why didn't YOU make one! Still, if you've any going I'm sure we could come to some arrangement....

  4. I get the same suprises as you when i make things too! Weird isn't it?!!

  5. Love the dressing gown cushion. What a great idea, and it looks really snuggly.

  6. the dressing gown cushion is soooo cool!!!

  7. What a brilliant use of a dressing gown. I think it's so sweet that the teddies has found a new home xx

  8. The dressing gown cushion is brilliant and a great way to re-use it. Hope you have a good week.

  9. Aww those cushions are so cute! Perfect for boys and all the more special that they were made by mum i'm sure :)

    The bag dispensers are so cute! Definitely great pressies, i'm sure you'll be making more of these in the future! x

  10. What lovely cushions and made with 'vintage' fabric, especially the dressing gown one. Keeping the pockets is a genius idea!
    I hope you've had a lovely time at Nuffield Priory.

  11. Ditch the oven, craft shop is more important!! Great makes and the bag dispensers will look posh in the kitchen.

  12. Mmmm... Craft Shop or Oven Cleaning? such a hard decision!!!!
    Hope you had a good time :)

  13. The bag holders look really pretty and always so useful. I love how you've used the dressing gown to make a cushion cover. Really useful when your watching tv in bed, you've got somewhere to keep your remotes. Have a lovely week.
    Ali x

  14. What great ideas for the cushions! I also had a good read about last time's boxes - they're lovely - must have a go!
    Sue x

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