DIY sewing machine cover with Laura Ashley – made and discovered

I am such a home bird at the moment. Jared has been working a lot of evenings this month, which means after the boys are in bed I settle down crafting, listening to Kisstory and answering emails. Of course, I love it when he’s in, but I am far more productive when he’s out!

So without further ado, here’s what I’ve been making and discovering this week:

  1. Sewing machine cover with Laura Ashley – The tutorial to make this sewing machine cover was featured on the Laura Ashley blog this week. Along with the fat quarters I was sent a quilting kit which includes a self healing mat, a rotary cutter and a quilting ruler. I have been using it none stop to cut everything! Rotary cutters are such a huge time saver. esther5esther1
  2. Knitted baby bonnet – I’ve knitted a little hat for each of my newborn boys. I started it yesterday with a little help from my mum. I decided to go with this little pixie bonnet, except I will add a pom pom to the point, rather than a flower to the side. I am literally the world’s most basic knitter so I have started early to give myself plenty of time.
  3. baby bonnet knittedA knight tabard – I bought a couple of leatherette scraps for £1 this week to make Winston a knight tabard for his birthday. It’s not finished yet, but it won’t take long as there is very little sewing involved. We bought a shield, sword and belt in Poland, but unfortunately we got the sword confiscated at security, so I need to sort out a replacement before March is here. knight tabard
  4. Free printable gift tags – I thought these printable gift tags were a really sweet idea. I love thoughtful gifts and there are ten lovely hamper ideas for you to create. I’m not a huge romantic, but a little thought goes a long way doesn’t it?
  5. Felt tip pens – quite a random discovery this week – Stabilo Cappi felt tip pens. My mum bought Ru some for his birthday and I wanted to share how brilliant they are. I am forever picking pen lids up from the floor and these mean that it is no longer a problem. Such a simple idea, but so appreciated…especially when you’re pregnant and can’t bend down without looking like either a frog or a chicken.St_00982_168_xx_Illu

Wishing you a happy and relaxing weekend!

E xx

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  1. 29th January 2016 / 8:05 am

    I didn’t know you knitted #darkHorse haha all lovely makes! I do believe the royal armouries gift shop and the Kirkstall museum gift shop sell knighty things and wooden swords 😉 🎁 x

    • Esther
      29th January 2016 / 9:48 pm

      The world’s worst ‘knitter’ but I’ll get there. Ooooo thank you! Will have a look xx

  2. 29th January 2016 / 9:29 am

    What a lovely cover! I have just got a sewing machine so will have to take a look at the tutorial. Good luck with he knitted bonnet – I’ve been knitting for years but bendy needles like that still scare me! x

    • Esther
      29th January 2016 / 9:49 pm

      Thank you! I could do with an expert – I’m fine when my mum’s next to me, but then it all goes a bit pear shaped, but I want to finish it by myself. I’ve only ever knitted on circular needles – my mum swears by them! xx

  3. 9th February 2016 / 1:03 pm

    I keep meaning to get some of those felt tip pens…I am forever picking them up in our house and it drives me to distraction. Love the little tabard you are making, I so wish I could sew, it never seems to go write for me but the things you make look lovely xx

    • Esther
      11th February 2016 / 7:55 pm

      They are so good Hayley! and thank you xx

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