Thursday, April 8, 2010

my creative space ... sew darn cute!

If I wrote a craft book, I would put a photo like this in the introduction because it really says it all ...

 
I love a good craft project book, and earlier this week I was lucky enough to receive a copy of the newly released Sew Darn Cute by Jenny Ryan (who's in the photo above!) from Penguin (thanks Liesel).


I really like how this one is set out - 30 small projects divided into sections of "pretties" (accessories and clothes); "totables" (all sorts of bags); "nest" (things for the home); "kids stuff" (toys, clothes and quilts); and, "crafties" (cool stuff to help you if you're a crafter - like a crochet hook cozy and a nice needle book).

Anyway, as quite a few of our friends are hatching babies at the moment, I took the opportunity to make something cute. This is my second ever softie, and it's for a girl ....


I used only things from my stash - some lovely natural linen, some Liberty Print, a bit of pink fabric I bought ages ago and some ric rac. It took a bit of experimenting, but I also managed to use the machine to embroider the face. I didn't use buttons (like the one in the book - which you can see on the front cover in the picture above) as this one is for a newborn baby and buttons could be a choking hazard. All up, including choosing the fabric, this project took me one and a half hours. The pattern and instructions were very easy - it was lovely to make something a bit different and a bit cute for a change!

I actually wouldn't mind making one of these too ... I really like the idea of covering buttons and making something interesting with them.


You can find out more about Jenny Ryan, the author of this book, on her website Home Ec.

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35 comments:

teddybearswednesday said...

Your bunny is very cute!

Brianna said...

The bunny is fantastic. Can't wait for the book to come out, I really want to make that necklace.

Tweed Delights said...

A great-looking book, and an even better-looking softie! Gorgeous :D

P.S. I'll have to think about the fish-idea, hehe! (have made some very basic ones before - more like 'cartoon fish' though!)

Penny said...

The bunny is so cute!!!

Bianca Jae Makes Stuff said...

Super cute softie! Great job with the face!
I love the necklace too. I want the book just so I know how to do it lol! xox

Tammy James said...

Oh Nic Its gorgeous I love those love heart eyes!

Tracey said...

LOL! I think you should write a book and definitly put that photo in the front. hehe

Kate said...

I love the photo in the front too! I also love a book that not only inspires you but makes you actually make the projects.

Missy_Minzy said...

Congrates on the new stockist and I think Peanut might like the pink bunny too! ;)

Melanie said...

I've perused this book a time or three. It's lovely, but so far I've resisted - my shelf is full to groaning with crafty books already - there needs to be a support group really!

Gina said...

I do love the yoyo/button necklace. I resisted the offer of doing the book promo myself, but really, it's so cute, perhaps I should've. Love the softie.

Kirsty said...

The shot with the machine is fabulous. It's nice when you find a book that's just the right fit for you isn't it.

Big congrats on the Craft Vic thing too. x

Pippi creates said...

Just what I need - more inspiration! The book looks great, and the bunny is very cute, love the fabric mix. I think I would have wasted much more time choosing the fabric combinations.

dash robin said...

what a funny photo-so cute! I love your bunny too and sounds like you have a lovely stash-linen, ric rac, etc! Great stuff.

Trudi - Me and Ewe said...

I wish I had a photo of me like that as a kid! It would be enlarged, framed and hung for all to see.

Nick and Lou said...

i have had my eye on this book for a while. Great photo of the Sew Perfect. it says it all. xxNick

midge said...

that bunny is way too cute

june at noon said...

What a cute little softie. Well done! I made my first softie last week and found it very satisfying.

Amy Paul said...

that photo is priceless - and your softie is cute.
Have a happy day!
xx Amy

Chasing Purple Dreams said...

So cute! Is it for your neighbour’s baby that you were waiting on the other day? Looking forward to seeing lots more of the projects from the book come to life in your hands.

Little Ted Canvas said...

Your bunny is gorgeous! That book looks a treasure, love everything I see so far.

Sophie Isobel Designs said...

What a gorgeous softie and that book looks just fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing!
Sophie x

Violet and Rose said...

I love the photo of the "Sew Perfect". Your bunny is lovely too. Great combination of fabrics and colours.

Rosalind said...

Is Jenny Ryan an Aussie author? Nice baby card too!

Amanda said...

Your bunny will be loved, it's super cute!!

Jennie said...

What a fabulous softie! Will be just right for a new person!

Lily said...

The book looks great, love your second softie! and the choice of fabric on her!..I think you should show us a photo of you that you'd put in your craft book! Thanks v much for your order nic, I'll post it today :)X

lisa stubbs said...

Hi again the above comment is from me Lisa! not Lily, that's my daughters google account...sorry!)

Steph said...

Just bought this book and can't wait to make some things. Can you ever have enough books? I love your little bear! Hope all is well in your little slice of the world :)

Chicken Willow said...

That books going straight to my wish list! Love your bunny!

Susan L (lily40au) said...

gorgeous post ... i love the bunny, the button necklace is a totally cute idea. australians really are the craftiest.

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Miss Muggins said...

love your sweet baby friendly square bear

melissa said...

That is so sweet. Love that first photo as well!

Tania said...

OK, the machine-embroidered face takes the cake on sweet!

helena said...

ohh i love that the softie has heart shaped eyes!!! so sweet!!! xoxoxo
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