Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Another gift finished. This one is for AJ's teacher. When I asked him what he wanted to give his teacher this year he thought about it for a while then asked if I could make something round, tin shaped. With a bit of probing I got out of him what it was he was thinking about. Apparently his teacher has a tin for her white board markers but its not big enough and they go everywhere. So he was trying to think of something to replace it. Once he'd thought about it a bit more he said I'd made what he was thinking about before, so I showed him some photos and he picked a pouch I'd made a year ago. So that was picked, yay. I had a different box pouch pattern that I'd pinned and wanted to try, perfect. He picked the fabric and this is the result. A bit bigger than I thought it would be but he loved it so all is good.
I boxed the corners by cutting first instead of making a triangle and measuring. I find this technique easier. I also used really thick interfacing so it sits in its box shape really well. I think there may be more made!
I used www.sochickhandbags.com tutorial.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Michelle has a new pattern out. It's a re work of her pleated pouches pattern. It has some new sizes and new techniques. I have a dilemma on my hands. Do I buy the new pattern or experiment with different sizes myself? It's on sale this weekend so I better decide quick. If you want a pattern there is a button on my side bar linking to her shop or click here. Happy sewing.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
Very quick and easy to make, and can be used afterwards for all sorts of things. I used my mum's gallery invite for the photo. Another perfect use.
So if you are giving gift vouchers for Christmas this year, why not whip up something special that can be used as wrapping and a handy pouch for later.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
I made this clutch so long ago but only just got it off my camera. I've started to become such an iPhone photo taker that I forget about my poor beloved Nikon. It's a faze I'm sure it is.
I made this clutch for my craft buddy's youngest for her 4th birthday, so she can carry around all those little toys girls play with these days.
I added a strap so she can pop it over her head to carry.
This may look like a tricky pattern with the zip inset like that, but it really was easy to make. I love how the zip turned out. I'd like to make more of these. If you would like to make one, pop over to Michelle Patterns (button on the right side bar). It also includes a smaller pouch version. If you would like to know how I added the strap, just let me know.
Friday, September 28, 2012
|Source: Michelle Patterns on Flickr|
|Source: Michelle Patterns on Flickr|
Monday, September 10, 2012
I needed a toiletries bag for work and noodlehead had just blogged about some open wide pouches she'd made. So I made some too. Using hers as inspiration and changing things slightly (I have to fiddle!). Now I have a large toiletries bag for work, a smaller one for girls weekends and a makeup pouch. I think the smaller one needs some work, I don't like how angled it is at the sides, that will teach me for fiddling!! I used ikea fabric, it's a good weight, I didn't need to interface. I want to make some with the laminated fabric inside. I'm on a no fabric buying month so it will have to be another time!! They look kind of Dr Seuss don't they?!
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Feels so long since I've made something from Michelle's patterns, but it hasn't. I just keep forgetting to blog about it so I can record and remember it! Too much sewing not enough blogging? No, that's the way it should be!
Very cute and easy to make. I think this will be my go to pattern for girls birthdays for the time being. I added a snap instead of Velcro ( I hate sewing with Velcro) but I think its going to be too hard to open and close and may have to use Velcro. It's too small for a magnetic snap.
If you would like to sew one too click on the button for Michelle patterns on my side bar.
Owl coin purse pattern from Michelle Patterns
Edit: We might have some ready made in our Ditto Crafts online store on madeit, pop over and have a look www.madeit.com.au/DittoCrafts
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
It's school holidays here at the moment and we have all been sick, yuck. Seems like everyone in Melbourne is at the moment. Sewing at the machine while I'm sick usually spells disaster, so I've picked up the hook again.
I've been eying off Planet June crochet patterns for ages, waiting for the right time. Well the right time came so I bought and made a few! Here they are.
|Oh no! Lemmings|
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012
|Bags the Modern Classics by Sue Kim|
I'm always on the lookout for new patterns to buy. There are so many talented pattern makers out there. One day I hope to have the time to design some of my own. But for now I'm cuddling up on the couch with my new book. Have you bought any good patterns lately?
Edit: I'm trying to load a photo from instagram. Please excuse me while I feel totally lost in todays social media, and I used to be so savvy! Any clues would be wonderful.
Edit again: Ok worked it out I hope, let me know if you can't see a photo!
Friday, April 27, 2012
|April 2008 - first softie|
|April 2009 - first bag|
|April 2010 - library bag|
|April 2011 - Melly & Me Stitchery|
|April 2012 - Zip Pouches|
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
|Small Zip Pouch|
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
|Another Jane Green pouch, originally uploaded by MandyMade.|
Pattern by Keyka Lou - Pleated Pouches
Handmade by MandyMade
Monday, April 23, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
|Inside the small Zip Pouch|
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
|Dobby's close up|
I made Dobby for AJ for his 7th birthday. He was fun to make, I loved how he came together and his character was there almost straight away.
I bought the pattern here from Lucy Ravenscar. I love her patterns. You may recall the Ewoks I made a couple of years ago also from a pattern she designed. Her patterns are very easy to follow with handy hints also. I decided not to crochet Dobby's clothes but used an old tea towel instead.
|AJ with Dobby|
Thursday, March 29, 2012
|Camera Lens Cap Pouches|
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
|Large Pleated Kindle Pouch - by DittoCrafts on madeit|
I sell stuff I make, did you know? Along with another ace crafty chick we sell under Ditto Crafts. Pop over and have a look. Lots of different things in the store at the moment, and with mothers day coming, I'm sure you'll find something :-).
Friday, March 23, 2012
Have you seen? Keyka Lou has a new pattern out. It's a new Padded Camera Pouch and comes in 4 sizes. I'm hoping the extra large one will fit a dslr. Use the keyka lou button on the top right side bar or click here to pop over and have a look at the pattern yourself. I'm sure you would like to buy one, I do.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
My sister's mother in law found this fabric, fell in love, had to buy it. They moved to the country a few years ago along with my sister and her family. She doesn't sew, at least I don't think she does, I do know she knits and makes very nice jam (has her own business). Anyway, she gave this fabric to my mum with the request of making some pj's for my nieces, which she did (sorry don't have any pics, very cute though). Mum had some fabric left over so asked me to make a purse or bag for my sister's MIL. So last night I finally got the urge to make it. I hadn't tried this pattern yet. Wish I had tried it first on something else. The fussy cutting I did on the flap didn't end up being in the right spot, you can kinda read it. I'm pretty happy with the bag. I think though to make it look it's best it would have to be full. Maybe I needed to use some thicker padding in it to give it more structure.
|Curvy Wristlet - inside|
Thursday, March 1, 2012
I made a cake, well decorated the cake, the hairy bloke made it, he's good like that.
|Little O's 1st birthday cake|
I googled robot cake and a Betty Crocker tutorial popped up, perfect. I went to ye oldie lolly shoppe to get all the decorations and the cake mix and icing came from our very ace local cake decorating shop. The robot in the tute had liquorice arms. Not that I was too stressed about sticking with what was in the tute, but it became a challenge, I could not find really long twisty liquorice anywhere, so the good old musk stick replaced it. Talk about out of practice, it has been 2 years since I iced a cake, too long!!
|Icing in action|
|Robot cake control panel!|
So if you are interested, I've set up a few links on my sidebar. You can now get my feeds through Facebook, through any rss reader you like (not that I'm happy with google reader at the mo but that's another story), via email, and when I get the button to work, through google+ (I've just spent an hour trying to get it on here), oh and I'm on pinterest too, that's on the right.
So this is my google+ link for Mandy Made. And I have attempted to include the button, lets see if it eventually appears!!
How are you going with all the social media these days? As confused as I am? I just want to write my blog in one spot then everything else gets the feed without me doing anything else. Is that possible?
And I wish they would stop changing things, I get used to how it all works and looks then they go and change everything. Maybe I'm just getting too old he he. The 37 grumps have hit me!!
|Cup of tea anyone?|
Does anyone even read my blog? The stats say that people come here but I'm not feeling the love with any comments. Oh well. Back to my corner of the blogesphere!
Hopefully I'll be back with some crafting soon, been soooo busy.
Edit: Sorry I didn't want to sound like I was desperate for comments! I was just a bit frustrated and wanted to know I was going to an effort for a reason. There is little time for sewing as it is ;-)
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Yep it's my birthday. Happy Birthday to me. The number 37 has followed me all my life, it's cropped up in all sorts of places. Have you got a number like that? Hopefully this is a good sign and this will be my year.
I made this little Ele while on a girls weekend last weekend, well most of it, finished it off when I got home, too much talking, eating chocolate and popping in the spa to get too much done :-).