Hearts and Throats

Rebecca from next door had to go into hospital to get her tonsils removed and as Little Miss Bossy-Boots loves her to bits she wanted to make Blebbie (as she calls her) a get well card. She drew a beautiful picture of a house which, sadly, I forgot to take a picture of.

However, I didn’t forget to take a picture of the gift we made Blebbie:

I sewed the heart and Little Miss Bossy-Boots chose the buttons and positioned them on the front of the heart. The little heart button is upside down which I think is incredibly charming. I could, of course, have turned it the right way up but I didn’t. I wanted the buttons to be just the way Little Miss Bossy-Boots placed them.

To be honest, I’m a bit jealous of Blebbie. We gave her the card and gift yesterday after she came home from hospital and I found it very difficult to part with the keyring. I think I might have to get another design session in with my daughter one of these days. Watch this space…


Although I have been living inEngland for over five years there are still things that are a complete mystery to me. One of these things/traditions are teacher’s gifts. In Switzerland we only gave our teachers a gift at the end of school as far as I remember. Here, however, teacher’s gifts seem to be given all the time and I keep getting caught out. This time I was determined to get it right. I had asked around a bit and came to the conclusion that I didn’t need to bring anything. Imagine my panic when a friend of mine whose daughter is in the same pre-school went off to Cath Kidston to buy gifts for all the teachers. I didn’t have time to go shopping and thought “quick gift, quick gift” while pulling my hair out (not really, I’m trying to grow it and can’t spare any). I then remembered a lovely heart-shaped keyring my neighbour bought a while ago. It was made from an off-white cotton fabric and had lots of buttons sewn on to the front. Very easy to copy and very cute.

I looked through my box of scraps and chose a few just to get the heart shape and size right. I liked them so much that I made three in about twenty minutes and then left them without sewing buttons on. I just let the fabric do the talking.

The back of this heart is red with lovely white polka dots.

Now, however, I have some great ideas for embellishments. Buttons, crochet flowers, butterflies and hearts, fabric roses, zips, sequins and lace are all on my mind. I’ll show you what I’ve come up with once I get going. Before I can start in on this project properly I have to finish a bag for a customer. Little Miss Bossy-Boots has been enrolled in her pre-school’s play scheme tomorrow so that mummy can sew without interruptions!


PS The Teacher’s gifts, by the way, stayed here as I realised after talking to the friend again that she was only getting them gifts because her daughter is starting school in September. Panic ended! Still, at least I got some inspiration out of it…

Mummy Taxi

I’m having a non-sewing week as I’m studying for my driving theory test. Oh, yes, I’m learning to drive at the ripe old age of 41. I’m sure it makes it more difficult for the simple reasons that I know what can happen (I’m not invincible), I’m a mum and I don’t have the memory or reactions I used to have. So, I admit that I have been at it for a while but once I have my theory test done and dusted I can really step on the gas and go for the driving test.

The world will be my oyster and I will easily get to fabric shops (I wonder if Master thought this through when he organised my first driving lesson?) and be able to get Little Miss Bossy-Boots to all her activities. Bring it on!


Rebecca’s Sewing Kit

This is a project from last year that I haven’t blogged about before simply because I didn’t have a blog at the time. We have the loveliest neighbours all around us but get on especially well with the wonderful people from number 25. Their family consists of mum and dad, two gorgeous daughters and one very crazy dog. Rebecca, the eldest daughter, started university last year and this is what I made for her to take with her:

I’m a firm believer that everyone should have a sewing kit at home in case a button falls off or a hem unravels. The sewing kits available in the shops, however, are usually very small with tiny scissors that hardly cut and big needles that leave craters in the fabric you’re trying to sew. Therefore I decided to make one for Rebecca that I could stock myself with big scissors, fine needles and everything else I thought a student might need.

Did you notice the Hemming Web. A student essential, I’m sure.

I used a linen scrap that I’ve had for many, many years and some Denyse Schmidt ‘Hope Valley’ combined with some bright orange felt for pins and needles. I sewed the pockets with the things I bought in mind and they could easily be adapted to whatever you want to put in your sewing kit. I added a little loop with a popper at the end to make sure the scissors stayed in place. You can’t really see it on this picture but the pocket for the thread and buttons has a flap, again to make sure they stay where they are supposed to stay. I enjoyed making this sewing kit and am thinking of making one for myself for when I want to do some hand sewing in the garden or at picnics. Maybe attached to a pouch in which I can put my WIP. Hmm….only one bag, three alterations and some cushion covers to finish before I can get to it.


PS Apparently it is in use a lot. A great gift for any student.