Don’t drop the F bomb!

crochet fbomb

Hey y’all! Hows your week going?

It’s crazy here.

This little crochet project was inspired by Jodie Carlton of RicRacs enamel pin. (I still haven’t bought myself one, I should get onto that!) I’ve been wanting to make one for a while now, so when our copy of “Throw Throw Burrito” came in the mail I was super enthused to make more things I can throw around the house! ( that sentence is such a random train of thought, but that’s legit how this came into existence!)

It’s just one loan “f bomb” at the moment, but I plan on there being a whole basket of them on the kitchen table (maybe two baskets, one for the coffee table too?!) I’m sure we can come up with some kind of game to go with them!

crochet fbomb
Don’t drop the F bomb! (my hands are never a normal colour!)

The pattern is pretty simple to figure out, some day I will try and write it up properly, but for now, here’s an explanation on how I made it.

I started by crocheting a black ball shape. I stopped two increased before finishing a whole ball and changed to grey yarn. I stuffed it about here. I crochet up three rows, before decreasing again to close the top. The fuse was several chains and then single crochet along to give it some body, with a couple of sparkly threads knotted to the top. The “F” was made by crocheting onto the side of the ball.

And to finish off, I’ll leave you with some things I’ve recently tie-dyed.

scale tie-dye
Scale tie-dye pattern. My favorite dye yet!
hearts tie-dye
Hearts tie-dye

oh, and I picked up a couple of boxes of old kimono scraps. Some of it will be silk, and anything white I will try and dye!

kimono scraps
Kimono scraps

Have a tops week!

<3 Cate

Sock Puppets

sock puppet

With the winter school holidays upon us, I though I’d give this post to the kids 🙂

I made sock puppets with a small group of children last school holidays, they were a hoot!

What you will need to make your own sock puppet:

  • A sock
  • a piece of cardboard
  • felt shapes for decorating
  • google eyes
  • wool
  • any other decorations you can find
  • Craft glue. PVA will frustrate you as it doesn’t really stick fabric. You want the clear gummy kind.
sock puppet making materials
grab yourself a sock, a piece of cardboard, some felt, and anything you want to use to decorate your puppet! Don’t forget the glue!

Now on with the making!

First thing, cut your cardboard into an oval like shape and bend in half. This will become your mouth.

sock puppet mouth
cut a rectangle of cardboard 12cm by 7cm. Fold in half, round off the ends.

Next up, decide where you want your mouth in the sock. You want it towards the end of the sock, but experiment with placement, you might make a feature of some of the elements in the sock!

cut a hole in your sock
Cut a slit in your sock approximately 7cm long (the width of your cardboard)

Run a line of glue around one side of the cardboard, and gently stretch the opening in the sock (which you just cut) around the cardboard and gently press into the glue.

glueing a sock puppet mouth
Run a line of glue around the inside edge of the cardboard. Carefully stretch the sock over the cardboard, squishing the sock into the glue around the edge.

You might like to cut a piece of felt the same size as the cardboard piece and glue over the top of the cardboard and sock edge to make it look neat.

gluing a felt mouth into a sock puppet
To make the mouth look neat, cut a piece of felt the same size as your cardboard. Spread glue over the cardboard, and particularly on the edges of sock. Glue the felt one, starting in the middle and working your way out to the sides.

The next part is where your imagination can really be let loose! Use google eyes, wool, felt shapes, pop poms, buttons, and anything you can get your hands on to decorate your puppet and really bring its personality to life!

an undecorated sock puppet
This is what your sock puppet should look like. Now it’s time to let your creativity run wild! Use felt shapes, wool, google eyes, pom poms, feathers – anything you can find really – to decorate your puppet and bring its personality to life!
sock puppet
sock puppet
two sock puppets

Have a creative week!
<3 Cate

Patchwork Chair


Two weeks ago I decided I wanted to fancy up the chair in my walk in robe. I had something very specific in mind – a chair with a fabric back and seat, that was upholstered in patchwork fabric.

One trip to the Green Shed and I found the perfect chair to re-upholster!

The before pictures

I got started straight away, pulling out staples to remove the fabric.

pulling out staples
pulling out staples!

I had already had some fabric, in the forms of a skirt, a dress and a pair of pants, and I had already started turning it into hexagons. I had initially thought of making a quilt with the fabric, but when this project came up, the fabric was perfect!

A skirt…
a dress
a dress… and the pants I have no before picture of. The pants started life as beige velvet and went through the dyeing process to become a lovely splotch of green and purple.
a stack of fabric hexagons
A stack of hexies ready to sew

I madly sewed sections of hexagons, each big enough to cover the areas of fabric which I had removed from the chair. I then “quilted” each section of fabric to a piece of old bedsheet. Because I used the english paper piecing technique to sew the hexagons together, I was a bit worried my hand sewn seams would not hold up to the wear and tear a chair experiences without some kind of reinforcement. I am confident sewing it to a backing will reinforce the patchwork well.

I madly sewed sections of hexagons
quilted hexagon fabric
I “quilted” the hexagon fabric to a piece of old bed sheet to support the patchwork

I employed Guys amazing skills for the actually upholstering. He has more experience with this and was super excited to help with this project. He has been wandering around the house for days now exclaiming “this is one of the best up-cycled pieces we have done!”

Guy re-upholstering chair
Guy did most of the actual re-upholstering. He did a splendid job <3

Once all the fabric was stapled down, we gave it a bit of a trim and glued gold cord over the edges.

hotglueing trim
Hot gluing the final feature – a gold braided trim to all the edges.

And tada! a beautiful chair for my cupboard! It almost feels a shame to keep it in the cupboard!

patchwork chair in cupboard
The chair in its final position. It’s going to be so much fun putting my shoes and socks on now!

Breakdown –

Chair – The Green Shed – $10
Fabric – Vinnies – $20 (three items)
Trim – Spotlight – $15 (5m)

Having an amazing piece of furniture – priceless!

Have a creative week!
<3 Cate