Thursday, 17 October 2013

Purple floral dog collar

NessaRose needed a new collar because, being a very active and nosy doggie, she has totally trashed her Rogz collar. They are very expensive and they don't last all that long - Sammy has been through 3 already (and he's only seven).

I found this really awesome tutorial on Sew-it-love-it

I used a scrap of fabric from my stash and I used the clasp, the D ring and the slider from one of Sammy's old collars so it cost me nothing!

So here's the finished product:




Sunday, 13 October 2013

Imitation woolworths headband

Headbands seem to be the fashion where I work - I think its because I work in a hospital and a lot of us have long hair. We have to keep our hair tied back. I have my favourite headband that I bought from Woolworths. I examined it very carefully and decided to make a copy.

The blue one is the shop bought one

So here is the "pattern":
Basically it's a rectangle 20cm by 36cm (8in by 14in)
and then the ties (I've  allowed for a 1cm seam allowance)

You need to cut four ties with the fabric folded right sides together. So you cut the pattern piece twice.

You should end up with this:

Take the rectangle and make narrow hems on the long sides.

Now make a whole bunch of pleats:

Sew the ties leaving the short straight edge open:
Snip the sharp edges of the tie.

Turn the ties right side out. I use a chopstick to push the corners out.


Fold the raw edges of the open edges in and press
Tuck the pleated ends of the main piece into the open end of the tie and pin:

 Sew to secure, going over it a few times:

Repeat on the other side.
And there it is: an imitation Woolworths headband!

I made another headband but I used wavy pleats this time:

Monday, 7 October 2013

Topsy turvy knitted doll

I made a topsy-turvy doll ages ago and it's been sitting on my spare bed in a plastic packet while I contemplated what to do with it. Then one of the girls I work with decided to pledge for santabox shoebox thingy where you fill a shoebox with (specified) presents for an under privileged child. So I donated my doll.
I'm quite proud of her - she took me quite a while to knit and I made a witch on one side and a princess on the other side.

So this post is just really to show off and to preserve the pics of my doll (which took me months of knitting on and off).
A topsy-turvy doll is a doll with two heads and long tube for a body.

I got the pattern from:

Knitted Toys by Jean Greenhowe published by Hamlyn in 1989
I bought the book second hand years ago.
I made the dolls' wigs using : Knitted Pirates, Princesses, Witches, Wizards and Fairies (with outfits and accessories) by Annette Hefford (published by Search Press in 2010)

The Princess:

OMG - please excuse the dirty bed linen in the wash basket - I only saw it now!
The Witch:

I put a bit of hat elastic on the witches hat and tucked it under her hair to keep the hat on.

how to make t-shirt yarn

I saw this really gorgeous idea for a rug on facebook:
and I had some old tshirts that I was going to throw out because I didn't know what else to do with them so I did some googling and learnt how to make tshirt yarn from watching a youtube video so I thought I would put up a tut because not everyone has enough data bundles to watch youtube videos.

1) You need old tshirts

2) Cut the tshirt just under the sleeves:

so that the bottom part of the tshirt is now like a tube

3) Now you're going to fold it like so:
4) Now you're going to cut strips into it, but not all the way. I made mine about 1 1/2 inch wide

5) Now you're going to open it up and you'll have this weird ribcage like thing

6) Cut diagonally to get one long piece of "yarn"
Then just roll it up and use it as you like - I've started plaiting (braiding) mine using three balls of "yarn" to make a rug:
Now I just need some more tshirts to get old and worn!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Scrub Cap

So I'm working in a new hospital and I've been placed in the burns unit. We get to stretch the patients in the theatre while they're anaesthetised but we have to wear those horrible disposable theatre caps while the surgeons and anaesthetists look glamorous in their designer scrub caps.

I also dislike the disposable cap cos it makes my hair go yucky and sweaty. (its like 36deg Celsius on a good day in theatre. before the operating lights are switched on.)

I googled until I thought my fingers were going to drop off looking for a free pattern and then I came across this awesome page: Chez Vies

This lady made a beautifully simple pattern for what she calls a hijab inner but what I've used as a scrub cap.

It took me 20minutes - and I even took the time to press the tie bands.
me having a really blotchy skin day!
and obviously hair will be tucked in when in theatre
Side view
back view - the lumpy bit is my pony tail tucked into the cap
the photo's aren't the greatest but its pretty tricky taking pics of the back of your own head!
I found the printed cotton in my stash so this whole thing cost me nothing! :)

This shwe shwe fabric is quite fashionable locally so doctors - eat your hearts out!