Completed: Minky & Ribbon Comforter

So my minky & ribbon comforter is done. It’s so super soft and snugly – how old do you have to be before you stop using one of these?!

I put it together by sandwiching the loops of ribbon between a square of minky and a square of velour. I then stitched round the edge before turning it the right way out and top stitching round the edge again. But everything kept shifting out of position and one of the ribbons ended up at a completely wonky angle so I don’t think this was the best approach.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned crafty club before (where my friends Anna, Sarah and I meet up for a night of chat and crafty goodness), but I made this at crafty club and Anna was making one at the same time. Her approach was to sew all the ribbons onto the velour before sewing the velour and minky together. It seemed to work much better so next time I make one of these, I’m going to try that.

Oh and mental note for the future. I shouldn’t wear fleece when handling minky because it’s a minky fluff magnet and I was covered in the stuff by the end of the evening!


Blogging is bad for my health…

So I took a huge chunk out of my finger. Was I a) rotary cutting, b) using my sewing machine or c) turning on my PC? Bizarrely/stupidly/crazily enough it’s “c” – in my eagerness to blog I caught a sharp edge on my PC case and took a chunk out of my finger. Ouchy!

I would say “blogging is bad for your health” but I doubt the generalisation is fair – I’m probably the only numpty who can hurt themselves turning on their PC! So it’s “blogging is bad for my health”.

Anyway, the reason for the pain is I was rushing to blog my latest project:

I’m really excited about this project, which is a good thing because I think it signals the reappearance of my crafty mojo. I think the analysis paralysis over  The Quilt of Many Redesigns was causing a general lack of crafty enthusiasm, but now the quilt is finished, I’m full of ideas! There’s so many things I want to make, and the minky and ribbon are for project one – a ribbon loop baby comforter.

Anna and I were in the den of tempation local fabric shop recently and we both came away with some super soft white velour. When Anna mentioned that she was going to make a comforter with velour on one side, minky on the other and ribbon loops round the edge, I totally wanted to make one too!

I already have some pale yellow minky and just needed a bit of ribbon. So I went shopping and I now have 20m of ribbon. I think that should just about do it… 😉

Completed: Heart cot decorations

Just finished these 2 cot decorations for a baby shower on Sunday. They can be tied onto the cot bars (or chairs if you want to take a photo and don’t have a cot).

Completed heart cot decoration 1

Completed heart cot decoration 2

Sorry about the rubbish photos. I’m really struggling to find a way to take decent photos given that there’s not much natural light at this time of year.

The pattern came from Gifts for Baby: 30 Simple Crafting Projects to Welcome the New Arrival which has loads (well 30!) of cool projects in it. Top of my list to try is the pattern for the mini Mary Janes (on the cover of the book). They are just too cute!

WIP Wednesday – Baby shower gifts

Here’s what I’m working on at the moment. It’s the first of 2 cot decorations I’m making for a baby shower on Sunday.

WIP Wed - baby shower cot decoration

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