Hair again…



Another Friday evening sewing.  Tonight’s project was much quicker than making a handmade flower out of fabric.  But using the same fabric as last week, I made this 80s* throwback:

A scrunchie!

I used to love these as a kid.  I remember my Mum used to make them quite frequently and I’d sometimes help her.  I can still remember some of the scrunchies I enjoyed wearing as a little girl.  My favourite was a slim one made out of purple silk which we picked up in some kind of industrial fabric shop in London.  It was very soft!  I also had one (that Mum) made out of some rather scratchy material which looked great due to its wacky and unusual colours and sparkle, but wasn’t the most comfortable to wear, which my Mum picked up in Hong Kong after a sad family funeral she went out there for.  These scrunchies bring back memories!

I’m not sure how often I’ll wear this one, but I was inspired after reading this article on the Guardian online.  All linked to a new film out- I Tonya.  Well, if scrunchies do defy the odds and make a big comeback, I know where to turn for mine.  Or how to make some more.  You can too, I followed these easy to follow tutorials: here and here.  The first one is quite simple.  At first I liked the little videos that play automatically in the second, but then I must admit they made me feel a bit seasick.  More likely that I’m still recovering from a virus that has wiped me out all week.  Bye for now!

* Late 80s, early 90s

PS Next time, I’m going to have to do a better job of learning how to ladder stitch/ do an invisible stitch to sew up the opening.  I’ve never quite got the hang of it!


At it again


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After my Japanese inspired hairband I made last night, I’m on a little roll.  At the same time as buying my kanzashi hairband in Sapporo, I also bought a present for a little friend. Which I later thought could be replicated by self cover buttons.  A few years ago, when I first got into sewing, I bought a packed of self-cover buttons, and promptly enjoyed covering them with some fabric I’d been using.  Since then, they have been left in my sewing box, abandoned and unused.  So, although I fully intended to get some more and cover with Japanese fabric, I thought I might as well use up the supplies I have initially!  So here goes…

First hairband and the original pack of self-cover buttons.

Then I got out the little present I’d bought in Japan and realised they used two embellishments rather than one.  So I got sewing again and came up with this! Wait for it…Here’s my dual one!  And a collection with my kanzashi hairbands.

I’d better go and get on with my day.  Have a good weekend!




Tonight, I made a kanzashi flower hairband!  The inspiration behind it is a bit of a long story which I won’t go into just yet.  But please see my finished article here:

The blue fabric was some that I picked up from a lovely young family from Church who moved away to prepare for missions work overseas.  It goes well with a big button from an old jacket, in my button box.  Here’s what my collection of items looked like when I started out tonight:You may notice on the table a completed hairband.  This is one I picked up on a long lost trip to Japan a few weeks ago.  I bought it in a lovely little shop in Sapporo Station, before I ventured out up into the cold for the amazing Yuki Matsuri (Snow festival).  Tell you what, the weather here in the UK this week is giving Hokkaido a run for its money!

During my trip to Japan, it was great to see many familiar faces, food stuffs and fashions.  But I also found other things which, though were there before, were new to me.  Such as white sesame tantan men (a kind of white sesame ramen – delicious) and these flower hairbands.  Which I later learnt are called ‘kanzashi’ flowers – and typically adorn ladies’ hair when they wear kimono.  Thanks to these two blogs, I made my own one tonight.  I look forward to wearing it!

Jya ne (bye for now) xx

Pjs done- sort of


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I enjoy sewing, haven’t done all that much recently.  But at various points in my life, I realise it has an excellent virtue. As well as being enjoyable and creative, it requires a fair amount of attention.  Tonight was one of those nights when I found it helpful to finish off a sewing project… Sometimes it helps to focus on sewing rather than thinking about boys!

I finished off a pair of pajama bottoms.  As in years ago, I used this tutorial.  Though I soon found I was kicking myself because, as I was making the pattern and cutting out, I remembered it wasn’t the best tutorial at all!!  I had bought 1metre of lovely fabric from a shop in Bristol.  

But given the width and the size of my pattern, I didn’t quite have enough fabric and so had to skimp around the crotch area.  As I only had 1metre, I didn’t have any extra length.  In fact, in order to try and make the most of the fabric to hand, I ended up with one leg with the pattern ‘upside down’.  I only remembered this as I’m typing it up.

So it wasn’t ideal.  I have made a pair successfully before, but sadly can’t quite remember how I did it!  (If only I’d noted down here how I’d tweaked it, as the pair for my friend turned out really well.)  I should probably try a different method to blindly following the above mentioned tutorial.  Currently the dimensions for the trousers are the same front and back, so no space for my bum.  They do fit but are a bit tight.  In fact, though I love the print and they are 100% cotton, I noticed that my current PJ bottoms are more of a jersey fabric – looser knit.  So I may have to start again.  – A trip to a fabric shop beckons perhaps.  Or potentially turn these into a daytime pair of trousers, given funky patterned cotton trousers being quite fashionable.  For example, I could do something to the bottom of the trouser leg- either gather or add in some elastic.  Hmm.  But it was good to somewhat ‘finish’ a project (as I had found myself half way through the tutorial steps for a few weeks), even though a fair bit of tweaking is involved so I can get to a point where I’ll end up wearing them!

Presto chango


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Yesterday afternoon, I fashioned a skirt out an old pair of jeans.

It went from this,

to this:

I was able to complete it within three hours.  With thanks to some of these tutorials.  I’m pleased with it, and enjoyed wearing it out last night.

As I was ripping the stitches along the inside seam, I thought… Sometimes in life it feels like we’re being torn apart.  But actually in the hard times and through and despite difficulties, it could be that the Lord is bringing about change and transformation.  From the old pair of jeans I no longer wore, to a much more beautiful and wearable skirt.  Hang in there if things are tough – a transformation may be happening and on the way, bringing about something glorious!


A change for a short season


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Between Easter and Pentecost, I plan to do something a little different.  Here’s a hint:


If you can’t spot it, I plan to eat a Vegan diet for the next fifty days.  You may ask or wonder why.  & In a sense, I’m not entirely sure myself.  But that I have read a few articles, such as this one, over the past few months about athletes who have adopted a vegan diet, and note quicker recovery times and feeling less sluggish and thus that they have more energy.

So I’m going to give it a go.  I did my usual supermarket shop earlier today and for the first time ever, I intentionally didn’t put any meat; fish; milk; eggs or any other animal products in my trolley.  Instead, in went almond milk, almonds (with which I promptly made a batch of almond butter); extra veg (which I may use to make a bacon substitute – see here!), as well as the usual porridge oats, bread, fruit and veg, and some healthy ish snacks.

Over the next few weeks, I may well post a little bit about how I get on and what I end up eating as well as reflections on it.
For the menu this week, I plan to rustle up a batch of Leon Gobi (aka cauliflower curry) which should last me a few nights, and Portobello mushroom burgers, adopted from my first foray into the UK based ‘Boston Tea Party‘ eatery (sadly no longer on the menu).

In the meantime, may you reflect on a Happy Easter!


Summer Time Cushion


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I ended up making a cushion cover tonight.  An impromptu act, but something I’d been hoping to learn to make for some time.

It was approaching 7:30pm and, being the first day of British Summer Time this year, was still light outside.  So I felt more awake than I would usually at this time on a Sunday evening, and got out my latest crafty project.  Whilst I was cutting out some material, I realised the amount I had left over could be perfect for a cushion cover.  & That it would go well with the other item I was making (more on that later, I’m sure).

Armed with the knowledge from friends that, ‘it’s easy’.  & ‘Just fold it over’, I embarked on making my cushion cover.  I consulted some online tutorials, as per usual.  But rather than cut out various pieces of fabric, as suggested here, I did it all in one piece, referring to this one (envelope pillow cover is another name for it apparently), but making it up as I went along mostly.

It could be even quicker next time, but we’ll see.  Without further ado, here’s what my latest creation looks like:

Bonus find


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As a bonus, as I was putting away my pink embroidery thread from the sunset scene below, I spotted this in my tin filled with threads:







The threads at the top of the pile were given to me by my aunt over Christmas… They’re embroidery threads that belonged to my Grandma.  (Who died when I was about five years old.)  So I have these family treasures to look forward to using in coming weeks/ months/ years!


Does anyone know the correct way of unravelling embroidery thread?  Is there a way you can do it whilst keeping the shape/ tapes in tact?  Please comment below if so!  Thanks.  Otherwise I may have to Google… My threads tend to get very tangled and messy as soon as I start using them!  Which isn’t the best.

Splendid sunset


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I’ve finally finished – and framed in a clip frame – my latest piece of embroidery.

It’s been a while since I embroidered an image.  Years in fact.  I really enjoyed it.  I was inspired on a walk with some friends in the Cotswolds around the time of my birthday last year.  On our walk, we saw an amazing sunset.  & We returned to the friends’ art studio and I tried to paint the scene on canvas using acrylics.  I’m not very good with a paintbrush, and still haven’t quite finished the scene to my satisfaction.  But not long after coming home, I started embroidering the same scene!

For the foreground and background, I used the bottoms of an old pair of pyjamas, so the lace was already attached to the material.  I embroidered the tree and then started on the clouds.  Using embroidery thread and some Double Knitting wool.  It’s a bit slopshod but I like the 3D effect of the clouds and the lace for the foreground.

Here’s a photo I took of the scene itself:









So I you can see I don’t do it any justice in this piece of embroidery!  The colours were out of this world.  & As you can imagine, it was even more awe inspiring through the naked eye.  I was amazed by our creative Creator God – the colours were fleeting but spectacular.  An artist imitating creation can never really do it justice!  Well, speak for myself anyway 🙂 . Anyone else been making anything inspired by nature/ the outside world recently?


Bookmark Tutorial


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Here’s how I made my reversible bookmark & how you can make one as well, just as easily!




img_54101. Make a tassel to dangle at the bottom of your bookmark.  I used some spare wool, but something finer would look even better.  Follow the instructions from this wikiHow tutorial.


2. Cut out two pieces of fabric, the same size.  You can use contrasting fabric or the same for both sides.  I opted for two pieces of contrasting fabric.  Each measuring 10 inches by 2 and a half inches.



img_54143. Place the fabric right sides together, and carefully place the tassel so that it is upside down (as in the image), but sandwiched in between the two pieces, so that all that is visible is the bottom loop poking out of the bottom.  Pin in place.



img_54164. Sew around the edges, I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Be sure to leave a gap of a couple of inches, so that you can turn it inside out.  (I mark where to stop sewing with two pins, to ensure not to sew around the whole piece accidentally.)  Snip the corners off.

img_54185. Turn inside out/ the right way round & get a blunt tool such as a pen, to gently ease out the corners.

6. Press and then topstitch all the way around, as close to the edge as possible.  This will finish it off, as well as close up the gap that was used to turn it the right way out.

img_54207. Voila, you have successfully made a reversible bookmark.  If you have followed the instructions and made your own, please comment below and send me a picture or a link & I’d like to see how yours turned out!