My Creative Space… bringing back the 80′s!

When I was in high school I loved scrunchies.  I remember making scrunchie upon scrunchie on my mothers sewing machine using her fabric scraps.  They were cool once and I have been itching to make some more for ages and give them a come back!

 I don’t think I’m the first. I have seen them around.  When I eventually got around to making them, I was surprised how much the girls loved them.  Goose was wearing hers every day to school and refusing to wear anything else, so I thought I’d make one to match her school uniform!

I found a second-hand dress at the school uniform shop for only $2 and used it to make a scrunchie and some fabric covered hairties.
 As you can see in this pic, in true 80′s style Goose is wearing her ponytail on the side as well!  

These would make another great handmade gift for girls
If you’d like me to write up a tutorial, let me know.
Do you find the comeback of 80′s fashion a little disturbing?  
Or are you embracing it?

Joining in again this week with our creative space – an inspiring collection of creativeness.

SIMPLE HANDMADE GIFTS FOR GIRLS… part six {guest post}


There are so many fabulous and simple handmade gifts for girls out there that I thought I’d ask a few of my clever & creative blogging friends to share with you some of their ideas….


The first cab off the rank is the fabulous Lioness Lady!  Sonia and I have much in common and I always feel right at home when visiting.  I was lucky enough to win some of her gorgeous crochet bunting and it hangs in my kitchen with honor.  I have a feeling that if her little girl Matilda, got together with my little Frog – they’d have a ball!  If you don’t know her, I’d highly recommend a visit!  She is going to share with us a simple handmade gift for a girl.  I’m off to go and make one right now – they’re gorgeous – thanks Sonia!


SIMPLE SKIRT TUTORIAL

When I bought my bargain sewing machine at the Spotty Boxing Day sales last year, all I wanted to know how to do was make a skirt for my wee girl. Luckily I had my trusty MIL by my side to show me her way which, even though it resulted in a fabulous skirt, it involved yards of material, pleats, oodles of pins, lots of measuring and most of the day!

There must be any easier way I thought, a simplier way – and lo and behold there is.
Let me be really clear right up front and say that this is not my pattern. I am only including my pictures and directions here to show you how simple these skirts really are to make and how quick they can be. I can do one in less than an hour.  This tutorial comes from Dana at Made.   Go there and read her instructions – they are much better than mine! And she has LOADS of other tutorials as well that you need to look at.
Basically though, imagine you have a rectangle of fabric. Join the short ends and sew. Fold down the top and insert elastic for a waistband and roll up the bottom and sew for a hem and you’re done!!!!  Simple right?
So, pick some pretty fabric first. I tend to guesstimate the finished length I want my skirt and then add an inch or so for the waistband and the hem. In terms of width I think the best thing you can do if you dont have the small person in front of you to measure is to look in a pattern book or google waist measurements. 
This skirt was heading to a 2 year old so I cut a length of about 30cm and made the width around 110cm. In this case I just ended up using the width of the fabric but apparently if you want a nice full skirty skirt, take the waist measurement and double it. 

Join the two short side of your rectangle of fabric, right sides together and sew. 

Press your seams nice and flat with the iron. 

Now, while there are pins in this pic below, generally when I am being quick and my rectangle of fabric is nice and straight, I do A LOT of guessing and she’ll be righting! Below I have folded up the fabric about a centimetre or so and then press with the iron. 

Now roll that over another centrimetre or sew and press again. This hides away all your nasty cut edges and means no overlocking or zigzag stitching either. 

(Hello short fat sausage fingers and bad nails!)

Sew all around. 

And if you felt like being really fancy, sew all around twice.
Hem done! 

To create the waistband, roll the top down a centimetre or so and press. 

Then take your elastic and roll down the fabric again so it is slightly wider than your elastic. Look at that very careful measuring I am doing below. 

Sew your waistband at the bottom leaving a gap to thread your elastic through. You will notice I am sewing at the top too in the picture below just because I once heard that it makes your waistband sit nicer and means your elastic is less likely to get all twisty. 

Once you have threaded your elastic through, sew your two ends together and then sew your hole closed. Move your fabric around so it all looks nice and even and you should end up with something like this….. 
And here is another one I made earlier.
Team your skirt with a plain t-shirt from Target (I love the puffy sleeves on these ones and that when they are on special they only cost about $4 and that they come in bunches of colours). You can see I have prettied this one up with some yo-yo’s I made from one of Emma’s earlier tutes on simple handmade gifts for girls.
This little set is also heading to a sweet two year old small person. Matilda obviously found it highly amusing! 

So, what do you think, simple and easy and straightforward, yes?

Below are some linkyloos to other simple skirts you might like.


Thanks Emma for letting me guest post in your Simple Handmade Gifts for Girls series.

Bitten by the Sewing Bug

I am really excited that I have finally discovered the joy of sewing! Completely inspired by so many of my bloggy friends – it has opened up a whole new world!

Admittedly, I purchased the sewing machine (from ALDI, no less) for the purpose of sewing on cards & paper, but recently have started trying out a few quick and simple projects. The kind that can be completed in a night. That way I get that lovely satisfied feeling of job completed and I’m actually working within my skill level – absolute beginner who had to remember the basics from when I did sewing in high  school 20 years ago.

Along with a new love for sewing, I have reclaimed my love of giving handmade gifts! Mainly so that I have a reason to sew!

I found the perfect pressie for boys turning 4 when Bear had a run on birthdays last month – they all received rice/bean bags and a drawstring bag.  Easy to make and were all very well received!

In searching for some simple gifts for Goose & I to make for her friends, girls turning 8, I came across some fantastic ideas which we’ve been making. I’ll share those ideas, along with some tutorials and links, as soon as I get a chance to take some photos of them!

I know lots of you who read this blog are sewers…any ideas for quick and simple projects for a beginner like me??

I’m off to check out the new home of ‘my creative space‘ to be inspired!

MY {daughter’s) CREATIVE SPACE

Goose spends a few days every school holidays with Granny for some pampering and one on one time.
(that unfortunately rarely happens at home with two demanding younger siblings).

They do lots and lots of fun things together, but one of their favourite things to do each time is a bit of crafting. A bit of cross generational handing down of the lost arts.

Last school holidays, you may remember, Goose made this lovely headband (above), all by herself on the sewing machine “with just a tiny bit of help from Granny”.

In other holiday adventures they have also made
- “with just a tiny bit of help from Granny” –
this gorgeous red cherry skirt
(note the specially made buttonsbyloulou headband to match).

and these fun rice bags –
just like the ones Granny made us when we were kids.
(You’ll like those Brenda)

And these holidays…
they knitted!

She really loves it.
She keeps the knitting bag at Granny’s to save it from younger siblings stealing and destroying
(and quite frankly Mum just doesn’t seem to find the time to help her).
“in, round, under, off… in, round, under, off…”
(she sang repetitively while I showed her the photos Granny took of her)

So, I may not be doing a lot of crafting myself at this particular juncture in my life, but I am very glad that my clever Goose is not missing out. Thanks Granny!

MY {daughter’s} CREATIVE SPACE

Over the recent school holidays Goose, my gorgeous 6 year old daughter, stayed with her Granny in the country for a few days as she does every school holidays. Goose relished the one on one time of pure attention on her and could have stayed for the whole holidays I am sure. On her return I asked the obligatory question – “Did you have a good time at Granny’s?” and her eyes lit up – “Yes!”
Special.

One of the activities in this very full few days was the making of a headband. She searched through Granny’s fabric drawer and Goose chose this broderie anglaise fabric as her favourite. Despite Granny’s prompting to perhaps choose something a little more colorful, I think she chose well – it’ll go with everything.

She was so very, very proud.
“I did all the sewing myself and Granny only helped a tiny bit”.
I think I am a little bit proud too.


If you’d like to make your very own headband, you’ll find a fantastic tutorial here.

Last holidays she sewed her own skirt and learned to knit and was sooo excited about it. A little crafter in the making who is so very privileged to have both a Granny and a Grandma who take the time to pass these skills on to her.

If you’d like to be inspired by many other crafty people and their creative spaces, head over here.

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