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Twirly skirt project

My latest project is complete – and no it’s not a baby. We’re still waiting for the little guy who is now 8 days “overdue”. My latest project is this cure twirly skirt for my four-year-old niece.

I completed it in two days and again using off-cuts that have been lying around in mum’s cupboard for so long that we’ve no idea what was originally made with the fabrics. I did have to buy the ribbon (at a huge cost of 65 cents) but I could have made a fabric tie if I wasn’t worried about running out of time!

Twirly skirt

Thanks to Erin @ House on Hill Road for the free twirly skirt how-to.

And as for my other project – I have a strong feeling that Lenny will have a little brother before the 5th of Jan is over…


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Christmas stocking

Home-made Christmas stocking Lenny’s stocking is ready just in time! This is made totally from old fabric, binding and buttons found lying dormant in mum’s cupboards. I know the felt has been there at least 30 years so it’s great to see it finally being turned into something useful.

Because I’m crap – I mean really crap – at drawing freehand, I simply found a Christmas stocking pic online, saved it, blew it up and printed it out over two A4 sheets. I then stuck these together and used them as my pattern for cutting the felt. I did the same thing for the Christmas tree outline and then simply sewed on a few old gold and silver buttons as decorations.

I’m going to give this to Lenny before he goes to bed tonight and tell him it will have some pressies for him inside when he wakes up in the morning – hopefully a little incentive to go to bed and not come wandering back out half a dozen times the way he likes to do now.

I’m going to fill it with bubbles, two lollipops (lollicups as he calls them), stickers, little gardening gloves and an Incredibles DVD. I picked up the DVD at Vinnies and it looks good so I’m hoping it works, otherwise it will be off to the shops on Boxing Day for a new one!

Other than that there will be a shiny new trike under the tree when he stumbles out tomorrow morning – oh and no doubt lots of other things from doting grandparents and aunts.

Oh and don’t get me wrong but…as excited as I am about our impending new arrival, I hope Lenny doesn’t get his new baby brother for Christmas!

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Baby bib

Baby bib

I’ve been making the most of my time off before bub arrives rummaging through my mother’s linen cupboard in search of recyclable materials. Her “vintage” tea towel collection offers the most promise and my first project was this little bib for baby made out of a cute cat tea towel. I used this pattern, the tea towel and a standard cloth nappy on the back and it only took a few hours. My next project is a Christmas stocking for Lenny…

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Recycled pants

Lenny had his first swimming lesson today and it turned out to be my first lesson in nursery rhymes. I managed quite well with the oldies like Ring a Rosie and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star but found myself miming to some of the newer ones.

Lenny didn’t seem to notice, he was too busy being stunned by cups of water being tipped over his head and sudden dunkings under the water. Despite the initial shock, he took it all very well and splashed about like crazy.

A by-product of swimming is longer-than-usual daytime naps. When we got home, he slept for nearly two hours! I decided to use the spare time to try out this recycled pants project with an old t-shirt I got from a market in St Kilda when we were living there.

It’s totally stretched out of shape but I’ve haven’t been able to bring myself to get rid of it so I’m especially pleased to be able to make it into something for Lenny. They’re just house pants of course but I’m quite happy with the result for about half an hour’s work.

Before After

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Lenny the label

My new shorts! Introducing the first piece in Lenny’s clothing label. I call them blue daze. They’re Hawaiian-inspired pants suitable for everything from casual dining to trips to the beach 🙂

Umm, basically they’re just shorts.

Anyway, I somehow managed to run them up while the little man had a longer-than-normal sleep. Mind you it then took me two days to cut off the elastic and finish off the band – a five minute job.

As for the second piece … we could be waiting a while.

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