Gifts · Sewing Projects

Things got a little out of hand (aka a thank you present for a teacher)

So. E wanted to give her teacher a robot as a thank you present at the end of this school year. Only she didn’t want to just give him one. No, she wanted me to make him one. As I am a sucker for outlandish requests and generally end up falling for the pleading eyes of my child, I agreed.

My initial plans were for a modest sized robot, maybe the size of a hardback book. Nothing flash, nothing that would take me long. Just something simple and fun to say thank you.

Aha. A ha ha. Ha.

(That is hollow laughter, by the way).

I present to you: a robot. 20170611_173338


And to show the scale (before I put the feet on), here the robot is with my 2 yr old



It’s huge. Gigantic. I’ve named it what it the enormo-bot.

I hope the teacher likes it and isn’t creeped out by it.

I used fabric in my stash and followed no pattern at all.


There are two big buttons on the back and the button panel at the front has some crisp metallic paper folded inside it to give some noise effects.

The body, arms and legs are all stuffed with non flammable stuffing.

The hands are actually two clothes pegs with cardboard glued to the back of each side. Then stuffing glued on top. Then fabric sewn around. The push parts of the pegs are inside the arm.

The face was drawn by my 6 yr old.

Cardboard was use to give a bit of support and form to the body and the base of the feet.

Otherwise, it was an exercise in panic and determination. It has taken me around 6 weeks (obvs not working hard out the whole time, I’m not a mad woman) to make this behemoth and it is finally finished. 2 1/2 weeks before the end of term. Hurrah.

My 2 yr old is in love with it (much like my 6yr old is in love with her teacher, hence this symbol of love for him. Her love. Not mine. He’s a great teacher but I don’t feel as strongly about him as E) so I will make another one for him. I will intend to make it this same size so no doubt we will end up having to move house in order to have enough space for it.

Farewell enormo-bot. It’s been interesting. I hope the teacher likes you (and doesn’t run, screaming, from me in the playground)


Gifts · Sewing Projects

Tote bags a go-go

too much to do, so little time! I totally lost my sewing mojo. Then had no time to sew. Then I made my own pattern for a top and I’ve refund the mojo. Hoorah. Another blog post will follow once I have washed and made presentable the tops on the self drafted pattern. And I will also blog about the Christmas bunting I made to try and feel a bit more festive.

this post? This is all about the tote bags.

I had (have) NO idea what to get my mum for Christmas. Zero idea. Zilch. When asked, she said she wanted a “surprise” for Christmas. THANKS FOR THAT. I decided I could either make her something or just give her an empty box. Or a puppy. Something surprising. Nah, bag it was.

I stashed a fair amount of spotty sage green fabric a while ago. It is a good solid canvas type material and perfect for a shopping tote bag. There are approximately 8 gazillion tutorials online for tote bags. So I chose around three and followed them all. They all pretty much say the same thing:

width: x inches

height: y inches

long pieces to fold into straps: z size.

choose your own dimensions in a rectangular shape. Done.

I decided to French seam the seams because I have never done that before and I love the finish. I also thought it might make them sturdier if the bag is going to be used and not languish somewhere. Aaaaaanyway. I pinned the handle straps in place (tucking the edges under the top seam) and added a little pouch as an inside pocket. Then sewed round the top, twice. Whizz bang done.

imageI also cut the corners off because a tutorial said it would make it s box bottomed bag. I have a sneaking suspicion that I did it wrong. But it looks nice. And that’s the main thing.

imageInside the bag, you can see the incide pocket.

so. I liked this bag for my mum. And I decided to make another for a secret Santa I signed up to.

imageThis is the second one, pretty much the same as the first. But hang on! Who is that sneaking in at the side there?

imageA mini version (corners intact) for my neighbour’s daughter who is turning 3 this week. I used the fabric I bought 5 years ago to cover some canvas on my daughter’s wall. Super cute doll, going to waste in the stash.

imageTote bagarama.

the first one took me around three hours to make from figuring out the pattern, cutting it out to sewing it all together. The second one took me about an hour to cut and sew, another hour to reinforce the handles. And the third one took me just under an hour. These are SUPER easy to make now I know how. So from now on, EVERYONE is getting one for Christmas. And their birthdays. Everyone.

Gifts · Sewing Projects

Thank you for being a star

my daughter starts school on Tuesday, so we decided that I should make a thank you present for her key worker. L has looked after E for the last 18 months or so, and in that time, E’s confidence has grown and grown. L has really helped her and I wanted to make something special to say “thank you for being a star”. And E decided that an actual star would do the trick.

in addition to the star, I thought I’d make a little pouch to put it in. Not much more to add other than I very nearly put the zip at the wrong end which would have made the chairs upside down. Happily, I realised something was wrong when I was fixing the wonky pins…

but they are done, and I quite like them. I hope L does too.