Yet another long break - I'm slowly getting into my London Mummy/part time work/full time parenting mode but I have to apologize for being really behind on answering emails. Thank you so much to all of you who took the time to leave the lovely comments on my last post - I will reply to your emails as soon as I can.
The part time job is going well, it is with a very good friend of mine, also a mummy who works in a completely different field to me as a mortgage broker, interesting time to be working in that field given the current state of the mortgage market. I hadn't realized until now just how much I have missed the regular company of other people during the day, plus there is the added bonus of playing with her gorgeous fourteen month old daughter, Elena on a regular basis :)
Not a lot of crafting been happening around here lately but I have been wanting to make a little set of these for some time now:
I love the (now discontinued) Sage Glen Kids fabrics from Alexander Henry and thought they would be perfect for this little project - vintage style skittles based on the style of the old vintage wooden sets which I thought would make a sweet little toddler gift.
These are so easy and satisfying to make, I filled the bottom of each skittle with a little bit of rice to give them added weight to enable them to stand upright and added some rice to the little fabric ball too.
Each skittle is just a simple cylinder shape, rather like a bolster cushion, then I just used little fabric scraps for the ties to give them the shape I wanted at the top.
If anyone would like me to provide a simple sewing tutorial, just let me know :)
I've also been playing around with some more soft fabric shapes:
These are basically just a variation on the soft fabric cubes - I kind of like the idea of making lots of various sizes and adding some velcro so that they can be used as building blocks for imaginative play plus I thought they would be a fun way to learn different shapes.
Livvy decided the small cylinder shape would make the perfect seat/pouffe for a little dolls house and is keen for me to make a little soft sofa too.
The pyramid is made in the same way you would make a fabric doorstop, just on a smaller scale - these are all a great way to use up little fabric scraps :
Basically four triangles and a square for the base - the sides of the square simply measure the same as the bottom of each triangle - again if anyone wants a simple sewing tutorial just holler :)
Right we are off out to enjoy some much longer for sunshine - such a shame that the weather yesterday was so poor for the boat race, but many congratulations to the winning team, Oxford!