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A Baby Blanket and a super dooper new blocking board

30 Nov

Recently my husbands cousin announced she was having another baby. She is someone who appreciates handmade goodness, so I am making a blanket.

I have chosen a a large square motif, it is around 20cm wide and I am using baby merino in a palette of citrus colours, yellow, orange, lime and cream.

The one on the right is straight off the hook, the left one has been blocked

The one on the right is straight off the hook, the left one has been blocked

My aim is to have it completed in around 4 weeks.

Last weekend I made myself a new blocking board using a discarded shelf and some nails. I measuredand drew a 20cm square on the board and hammered in the nails at regular intervals.DSC_1073

The squares fit snuggly  around the nails, I did spritz the first ones lightly with water, but it is unnecessary, just being on the nails for a few days straightens them out.DSC_1077

This is such a great way to block granny squares.DSC_1075

I can’t wait to share the finished product with you.

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An old favourite gets the chop.

12 Nov

I have this pair of pants that I love, they are a high-waisted, bell-bottom, Charlie’s Angel style. However, due to the need to wear high shoes with them they don’t leave the wardrobe as often as I would like.DSC_0977

So I decided to give them the chop and turn them into shorts!

The first thing I did was try them on and put a mark just above my knees, then with trepidation I chopped.

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I wanted to put a cuff on them as the original pant had cuffs and they were super cute. My sewing skills are not flash so I wasn’t sure how to do this. After examining the original cuff I turned the shorts inside out and made a deep hem, pressed, sewed, then pressed again.

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I topstitched very close to the edge, then turned them back the right way, turned the cuff up and just put some stitches in at the inner and outer side seams to hold it in place.DSC_0988

The fabric is stretchy and I have no experience with stretch fabric. the edge is wavey but once they are on this flattens out.Photo: I turned these pants into some cute new shorts yesterday.  I'll have a blog post up later this week if you want to see how I did it.

They are longer than I normally wear my shorts, but the length balances the high waist nicely.

This was really easy to do and it feels great to add a new item of clothing to my wardrobe for the cost of a spool of cotton.

And I have already worn them out.

 

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