Tell ’em about the rabbits George!

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It didn’t take long for my daughter to discover the ‘Easter Bunny Garland’ pattern (or ‘bunny bunting’ as she named it) in issue 11 of ‘Love Sewing‘ magazine, which I subscribe to. To be honest, I think I got off lightly as a ‘bunny tote bag‘ and a ‘pop-up puppet theatre’ also featured in the same issue…

I’d been itching to do some sewing all week, but keeping two monkeys occupied doesn’t allow for an awful lot of sewing time. Sewing together seemed like a good compromise, although my nine year old son couldn’t be persuaded. He was more than happy to catch up on his latest Minecraft book though, with his younger sister safely occupied elsewhere 😉

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We purchased a fat quarter pack from HobbyCraft in some suitably, Easter-like colours, but I was keen to improvise with the rest and deplete some of my ever-mounting stash. The instructions seemed clear and straightforward, but apart from using the template, I just made it up as we went along: i used iron-on interfacing instead of Bondaweb because that was what I had in; the ribbon which wrapped up the fat quarter became the hanging loops; and we simply used string to hang them on. I was sure my daughter had some pom-poms in one of her many (many) craft boxes, but she actually came up with the idea of buttons instead.

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So button-tails it was!

We had great fun making this up together, although depending on the age of any children involved, I’d definitely recommend doing the cutting out in advance the night before. Apart from the ears, which were a little too tricky my daughter managed to do a lot of this project herself. It’s great to see her getting more confident on my machine and she particularly enjoyed selecting the fancy stitches for each one 🙂

Did anyone else get up to any Easter sewing or crafting?

Keeping it in the Family

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Someone’s invaded my sewing space…

I’m sure we’re not the only ones who like to save a few Christmas presents to open and play with (long ago unwrapped of course) for the dreary months of January and February. My daughter has been itching to have a go at her Sew Cool sewing machine ever since unwrapping it, and last weekend we finally gave in. It’s a kind of thread-less machine to make their first projects easier.

To be honest, I’m not totally sure how it works: it has a twin needle and must dispense some kind of glue that fuses the fabric (a kind of felt) together. I loved how it was mess free (phew!), but still gave her practice at feeding the material through. She’s had a go on my machine, but it did make me incredibly nervous, so this seems the perfect stop-gap for now. She was so proud of her first project: a little, stuffed owl. And I’m so pleased that we can both share this fab hobby together 🙂

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