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DSLR pouch

I love photography, and on the first day of 2011 I began the 365 Project. The challenge is to take a photo every day for an entire year, although with all the sewing I have been doing lately I have become very slack with it. I do still take my DSLR most places with me so as not to be caught out without a camera if a photo opportunity arises, and I have developed a bad habit of just throwing my beloved camera into my handbag with nothing more protecting it than a plastic bag. So last night with some time on my hands I finally got around to another project I have been meaning to do, a little padded bag for my Nikon, small enough to put into my big handbag, but nice enough to use on its own with space for a phone and purse if I am just popping out quickly. I didn’t want it to look obviously like a camera bag, or as chunky and boring as one of the conventional black camera bags either.

I made it out of African kitenge with chocolate minky lining. For protective padding I used a layer of thick polar fleece in between the layers. I added a small pocket inside to hold spare SD cards, which is large enough to hold the lens cap while I am shooting. I had been thinking about all sorts of ways to enclose the bag, from using a zip, or a large flap with velcro, but I decided the handiest way was to make a drawstring which when pulled closed would form an ideal strap for carrying. I am thinking now though that I could have made the strap longer with a padded section in the centre for shoulder comfort, as I prefer to wear bags across my body rather than just hanging off my shoulder, but this one I made with the intention of putting inside my large tote bag so it’s perfect for that.

Easy peasy fabric yoyo tutorial

I have been seeing cute little fabric yoyos everywhere lately, from hairclips and hats to t-shirt embellishments. I have heard that people used to make whole quilts out of them! I learnt to make them about ten years ago, and thought I’d share. They are so easy you don’t even know how to sew, and you don’t need a sewing machine. 

1. You need: a piece of fabric, something round (I used a tea cup which gives a pretty small yoyo), a pen, a pair of scissors, and needle and thread.

2. Trace around your round thing with a pen

3. Cut out your circle

4. Take your threaded needle, and tie a knot in one end. With the fabric the wrong side up, turn the edge over and straight stitch, turning the fabric edge down as you go. Try not to make the stitches too small, and it’s ok if they aren’t exactly even.


5. When you have stitched all the way around, take the thread and gently pull so that the fabric gathers and the hole closes. 

6. Tie both ends of thread together, then flatten out your yoyo.

And you’re done! You can do different sized yoyos and stack them (just stitch through the middle to keep them together), or stitch a button to the top to make a little flower like I did with this one. 

What is a Pram Snuggle?

I have had a lot of new fans on my facebook page lately, so just thought I’d explain a bit about my business. I started making Pram Snuggles after talking to a friend about the trouble of keeping babies wrapped nice and warm while in a pram. I then made up a trial blanket, changed it a bit, tried out some different fabrics, and the Pram Snuggle was born! A Pram Snuggle is a specially shaped, very warm and snuggly pram blanket with universal harness holes that will fit any three or five point harness system in any pram, car seat or bouncer. Having harness holes means baby can be snugly wrapped while safely secured. 

Pram Snuggles are simple to use!
1. Undo the velcro tabs and place your Pram Snuggle in a pram, car seat or bouncer
2. Pull the harness straps through the holes, secure velcro tabs
3. Place baby in as normal, wrap side wings around baby, then bring the bottom part up and tuck into sides around your baby and under their bottom.
A Pram Snuggle is just like a blanket, so it will be held in place by tucking it in around and under your bub, but unlike a blanket, it won’t fall out of the pram.
The total length is approx 120cm. It is 60cm from the centre harness (the buckle that comes up between the legs) to the end of the blanket, this part folds up and tucks under bubs bottom so that their weight secures it, so the bottom part (from seat to feet) will be about 35cm when folded up.
Pram Snuggles are hand made so care should be taken with them. They can be cold gentle machine washed.

Flat Taggy Giraffe

Just thought I’d share my latest creation.. this is Twiga, and he is a giraffe made from one of my Tanzanian kangas. I have just listed him on my madeit.com.au store, but I’m not sure if I’ll have much interest in it as it’s a completely different style to most of the other baby toys out there, but he was fun to make anyway. I also made a little person and an elephant, and also another elephant for my baby. I just love working with these fabrics!

Simple Baby Bib Tutorial

This is (hopefully) an easy to follow tutorial on how to make a simple baby bib, a project suitable for a beginner. I’d love to hear if you try one out, they are fun and easy to make and so very useful. I decided to use a bib as my first tutorial post to coincide with a bib giveaway I am holding on my facebook page, which will be drawn on Tuesday 3rd May. Here is the link,  good luck! Otherwise, have fun making one if you give it a go, and don’t forget to let me know! 

  • a bib to use as a pattern
  • two pieces of coordinating fabric a bit larger than your bib. I have used a printed cotton for the front and white flanelette for the back. 
  • small square of Velcro
  • scissors, pins, tailors chalk (or a pencil) and some matching thread

Step 1 – After ironing your fabric, place your bib on top of one of your fabric pieces. To make sure your bib will be symmetrical it is a good idea to fold your fabric in half first, also fold the bib in half and line up the bib fold with the fabric fold. Draw around the outline of the bib with tailors chalk or a pencil, leaving a 1cm gap all the way around for the seam allowance. 

Step 2 – cut out along the line you have just drawn.

Step 3 – Unfold your bib shaped peice and pin face down to the ‘right side’ of your top fabric. Right sides will be together.

Step 4 – Sew straight stitch almost all the way around, leaving an opening about 10 cm long on the side, as shown in the image above.

Step 5 – Turn inside out through the section you have left open on the side.

Step 6 – Iron the bib flat, making sure that the edges are turned in and even where you have left a gap.

Step 7 – Topstitch – Stitch all the way around the outside very close to the edge. I use the edge of the foot as a guide, and set the needle to the right hand side using the dial at the top of my machine to make sure it is even.

Step 8 – neaten the loose threads by tying a simple double knot and trimming close to the fabric

Step 9 – Pin the velcro tabs – one on the front, the other on the back.

Step 10 – Sew the velcro tabs on very close to the edges, then neaten as you just did with the topstitching.

Step 11 – There is no step 11, you have finished, and now have a very cute new bib!