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Apron

I’ve been thinking about making an apron ever since I finished the rice pillow but it appears I needed a proper deadline to get started. Lucky for me, I got the opportunity to attend a cupcake baking class organized by my workplace. The baking class was this Monday so I had to finish the apron on Sunday. Look what a healthy amount of stress can do to your productivity!

The finished apron, with frills and all. Gosh I'm such a girly-girl :)

The finished apron, with frills and all. Gosh I’m such a girly-girl :)

I’m beginning to think that I should set a date for the darn wedding dress as well. Aug 1 sounds like a great date for finishing a dress. There we go, now that’s settled!

Anywho… Here’s the second result of my hard labour, cupcakes of pure awesomeness (I’m just a tiny bit proud of my accomplishment ;) ).

Behold them lovely cupcakes!

Behold them lovely cupcakes!


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Boat curtains

This was hardly the most exciting sewing project but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth doing. The old curtains, that I made yeeeaars ago had gotten pretty badly bleached from the sun. And when I say pretty badly, I mean that they had almost turned white. So here’s a birthday present for my dad, new curtains for his boat! Happy birthday dad!

The finished curtains!

The finished curtains!


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Origami Crane Trivet

trivet1If you’re following the sewing topic on WordPress, I don’t think you could’ve missed A Thousand Quilted Cranes. I must admit that my first thought on that project was “OCD much?” But once I read more about it, I kinda like the idea. I myself don’t have the stamina to make 1k cranes so I’ll just settle for one :) So here it is, my one Origami Crane Trivet!

Not sure I would put a pot straight from the oven on it but it’s very nice for the tea-pot!

It’s made from some old discarded jeans, with one fabric lighter than the other. I used about 2 legs, cut roughly below the knee. The trivet consists of 3 layers of jeans, front, middle and back. I added some extra filling to the middle to fill the gap between the seam allowances. I’m really fond of this design so I’m sharing the pattern I reproduced. It might not be exactly as the original but I reckon it’s good enough :)

And yes, I was obviously sleepwalking when putting my socks on today ;)


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Rice Pillow

Rice_pillowBought this lovely fabric on sale but I didn’t quite know what to do with it. After careful deliberation, I’ve decided to make an apron (but that’ll be in a post in the future). Today’s post is about what I made from the soon-to-be-leftovers. (Since I haven’t even started making the apron yet, I can hardly call it leftover, can I?)

My friend Mia gave me the idea for a rice pillow on our last sewing circle and here it is! This is gonna be a present for my soon-to-be mother-in-law and hopefully she’ll like it. Since I’ve got enough fabric to make a smaller army of rice pillows, I will make one for my mum as well later on. Perhaps I’ll even make one for myself (or maybe it’s more correct to say “for my fiancé”)… We’ve already got one pillow but I’m always hogging it so perhaps one more would be nice.

For anyone interested in making one for yourself, here’s some info (if you haven’t got one already, make/buy one now! They’re freakin epic!):

  • Measurements for the pillowcase are ~18x48cm.
  • Measurements for the inner-pillow are ~17,5×46,5cm.
  • 1,5 kg Japanese rice (I guess any rice will do, I just used the sort I’ve always got at home)
  • Use fabrics like linen or cotton. Also, think about using cotton thread (not sure what’ll happen in the micro if you don’t).
  • It could be a nice idea to make two seams, in case the rice decides to run away.
Inside of the rice pillow.

Inside of the rice pillow.

Heat in the micro for ~3min. Some say you should put in a glass of water together with the pillow. Water + Rice + Heat… I don’t know about you, but I smell disaster. Never done that, never burnt down the building so you can probably do without the dangerous water.

When not being used, store the pillow in a dry place.


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My neighbour Totoro! (となりのトトロ)

Blue Totoro crochet

Blue Totoro crochet

For those of you who doesn’t have a clue what “Totoro” is, I recommend taking a look at IMDB. Then hurry up and buy this wonderful movie asap!

Even though I made this as a Christmas present for my oldest niece last year, I have to write about it because it’s just too darn cute. I almost feel like making one for myself, but then remind myself of how long it took to complete and immediately suppress the urge.

If I’m not mistaken, it took 1 ball of white cotton yarn and 3 blue + some black yarn for eyes and nose. The pattern said to use plastic eyes but since I made it for an almost new-born I wanted to make it safe (what if an eye fell off!?).

I’m not entirely sure, but I think I got the pattern from this site:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/blue-totoro-amigurumi