Whale of a Tale

So after making Brodie's quilt I felt the need to continue the aquatic theme and make a soft toy to go with it. Because probably, maybe sometime soon the boy is going to deem himself *whispers* too big for soft toys. 

I pinned this a while ago thinking it was really cool. The instructions are written in mandarin chinese I believe? But I used the pictures to create some templates from card for my fabric pieces. I used some denim fabric first seen when I made this play mat which makes the whale slightly more 'big boy' I think and is also pretty robust should the whale be involved in some epic adventures, which I certainly hope he will.

I may or may not (I did) have sewn his back to his front, back to front if you get me, but that was easy to fix. Greig and I found ourselves sniggering as Brodie sat next to me as I finished sewing on the whale's eyes while Brodie chatted to me without batting an eyelid. Or maybe he was secretly thinking, I hope that's not for me Mum, you are crazy cakes.

When he opened it on Christmas morning he was delighted and it's had pride of place on his pillow since then which makes me all misty eyed. 

In a perfect world I'd go back and put a bit more teddy stuffing in him but I can't (be bothered that is).


A Fishy Quilt

Christmas 2013. It was by far my most fun Christmas ever. A combination of perfectly aged kids and lots of family and friends and fun outings and realistic expectations.

Part of that last bit was not making too many handmade gifts and putting too much pressure on myself. I made a Christmas quilt and tree skirt which have been on my making wish list for a few years and it made me very happy to complete some things for my family (well mostly me) to enjoy. 

I did want to make a few handmade things for the kids though. I have no idea whether they will remember these things in years to come but it gave me great pleasure to make things just for them.

Brodie has been asking for a quilt of his own for some time and I've been on the lookout for the right fabric for a long time. It had to be 'sea creature' themed but most of what I could find was meant for a baby nursery or was a bit boh-ring and serious. 

I eventually found this on Spoonflower. (Psssssst, if you want to lose several hours of your life have a scroll through the Spoonflower website, it is amazing, but you have been warned....)The fabric itself was not massively expensive but I had to pay taxes when it came into the country which added a fair bit. It was worth it though as it was just what I wanted. It has a good range of creatures for Brodie to spot and had a modern design and colour palette to keep me happy.

I wanted to keep the main fabric as a solid area so I used this pin to inspire a plaid like design on the back. I picked up the cotton solids  for this and the binding at John Lewis. I impressed myself by buying exactly the right amount which I can assure you all was was a complete fluke. I used a double layer of batting for the first time and it gives the quilt a nice bounce.

Because the design was so simple it was easy to sew and didn't take long, which was just as well as I didn't have long to make it.

It's snuggly (see above), it's fishy and it was made just for him. I think he likes it.

I know it feels like Christmas was about 6 months ago - or is that just me? I'm hoping to post all the gifts I made over the next few weeks and then start on next years (just kidding, or am l?)