Tutorial // How to make a bow headband with free pattern!

October 18th, 2014

If you follow me on instagram  you may have noticed that i got a little obsessed with making Baby Bird headbands this week. Finally an adorable way to use up the fabric scraps i can’t part with!

And since so many people asked, i decided to make a little tutorial and free pattern for all of you to use – yay! If you don’t have a little girl, i think this project is still for you as they would make great gifts for little girls or for baby showers/new baby pressies. Someone even suggested giving them out as party favors for little girls birthday parties, which i think is an awesome idea that i might steal for Bunny’s party next year!

This is such a simple project, don’t worry if you are not the worlds best sewer, you can do this! And the results are awesome. I can’t even tell you how many mums tried to buy these off me at school this week.

Ok enough of me blabbing, who wants to see a tutorial and more pictures of Baby Bird being adorable?! After the jump!

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the golden brumby

October 16th, 2014

Oh you guys, the warm weather is here! I love winter in Perth, but must admit, this year i’ve just been really looking forward to some sunny happy weather. I started wardrobe planning a few months ago as per usual, and i found myself in a real Brumby skirt mood. Remember that one? It’s from my Perth collection. Here’s a little look at what my plans looked like

And after a rather stressful time for our little family, i finally found myself with a little bit of time to myself this week (yay!). So predictably, i made something. Chris was a little scared when i pulled out the gold coated denim, but i think it turned out really well! The one mistake i’m not so happy about is the sizing, and it was a stupid mistake. I didn’t re-measure myself before i cut, assuming i was the same size i was a month ago, but turns out i’ve actually lost about 2 inches from my waistline. Which yes, i am pretty freaking jazzed about, BUT does mean that this skirt is sitting way too low, much lower than i would normally wear it, and it’s irritating. I may not end up keeping this for myself. Oh well.

So i think todays lesson is always measure yourself before you begin sewing, don’t assume anything about your measurements! Also, gold denim is rad. That is all. Hugs to you dears! xoxo

updated// pattern tester list

October 11th, 2014

Hey lovely friends! Ive been getting a lot of questions recently about how to become a pattern tester, so i thought it was time to make it a little easier! I’m so grateful for all of the help we get from the sewing community testing patterns before they are released, you guys are quite literally the best!

There are no special requirements for pattern testing, you don’t need to be an expert seamstress or have a blog or jump through any hoops. It’s just a matter of letting me know you want to. I know, so easy right? Previously i’ve done this through compiling a list from blog post comments and emails, but that has gotten quite messy, and relies on me being good at updating the database properly (ahem, not my strength). So i’ve decided to make a sign up sheet available all the time, so that if you want to put your hand up you can!

So if you’d like to add yourself to our tester list, CLICK HERE, fill in your details and that’s it! Pattern testers are chosen pretty randomly, but i do try to work my way through the list so as many people as possible get a turn, whilst choosing a good cross section of sizes and skill levels to make sure we are covering all our bases.

Well that’s enough boring admin type stuff right? Have a lovely weekend!! XOXO

madeline costume

October 8th, 2014

I think this might be my favourite costume ever!

When book week came around at Bunny’s school it was time to think about costumes, and Madeline was obviously at the top of the list. We love Madeline, and i knew it would make a really great costume for Bunny.

Much like i did with Rainbow Dash and Ariel, I made this costume into component pieces so that each could be worn separately. This costume is really made up of three parts: Dress, Capelet and hat. She also wore a long sleeved shirt under as it was cold, and obviously socks and black shoes.

The dress is very simple – it’s half of a tshirt pattern with a skirt attached. I added the pleat because well, does that need explanation? i just like pleats hehe. The capelet was very simply a circle with a peter pan collar, and red bow. I think the capelet is really key to Madeline, and i think if you’re thinking about making something similar,  you could actually get away with just making a capelet, and pairing it with hat, navy top and navy skirt (or dress).

The thing i love about this costume is that piece aren’t really too much work, but they really scream Madeline! Im even more excited about the fact that the dress is just cute on its own, so it has more value than just being a costume. that makes me so happy. All the happy dancing.

But i think best of all (as per usual) was how much Bunny loved this costume, it really makes all the work worth it!

DIY cloth baby wipes

September 23rd, 2014

I have been cloth diapering Baby Bird since she was about 2 weeks old, and i noticed very quickly once i started that i didn’t have enough cloth wipes. In a mad panic i ordered more, waited and waited, and then realised: I CAN SEW.

Moments like these i kind of want to bang my head against the wall for being so silly. I mean seriously meg?? My stash of soft flannel fabric is huge and this task simply could not be easier. Grrrr.

So i quickly sat down, cut a bunch of 7″x7″ (28cmx28cm) squares, rounded off the edges, serged/overlocked the raw edges and we were good to go. It was just that easy. So if you use cloth wipes for your babe, or are thinking about it, don’t forget to check out your fabric stash before you buy! Personally i like using flannel or terry cloth for my wipes. It’s always such a good feeling when you can make something rather than buy it right?

Now feel free to giggle at me for forgetting i owned a sewing machine and scissors.

spotlight on // roving ovine

September 17th, 2014

*Please note that none of these posts are sponsored, and all products were purchased by myself*

It’s been such a long time since i did a post highlighting great works in the handmade/indie sphere, but i’ve found so many great things recently that i think i’m going to revive it!

Bunny and Buddy are best friends, and a lot of their games are spent play acting themselves. It cracks me up. They will take whatever doll or animal they can find and turn it into a version of themselves. So i decided i wanted to make them some ragdolls that looked like them. HA. After a long time looking at patterns, and trying to find inspiration all over the web, i kept coming back to Roving Ovine. I couldn’t stop thinking about them, and knew that they were much better than i could ever accomplish on my own. Sometimes its best to accept your strengths and weaknesses, and i am not a doll/stuffed toy maker.

Laura makes the most gorgeous rag dolls, her prices are amazing, as is her customer service, and you can even customize the dolls to look exactly like you want. Happy dance.

So i showed her a few dolls of hers that i liked, described my kids, their likes and dislikes, and these are the Bunny and Buddy dolls she created for me. Aren’t they kick ass amazing?! I love them so much!!!

Needless to say, Bunny and Buddy adore their dolls, they drag those dolls all over the house playing games. it’s awesome. I also really love the fact that Buddy’s doll isn’t too much of a doll. You know? I wanted to be a careful getting a doll that for boy that was definitely for a boy, and not a “baby doll”. Does that make sense? kinda?

Anyway, I really want to get one for baby birdie too, but i really want to wait until she is at least a toddler so we know what to make hers look like. I think she’ll enjoy that more.

So if you are looking for a truly amazing handmade doll for your kids, or a gift for someone elses other little love, I highly highly recommend Roving Ovine!