Monday, July 22, 2013

An easy present for boys!

To make this envelope cushion cover to fit a 45cm square cushion you'll need:
A piece of yellow material for the Lego man and a Lego man template. You can make this any size you like. 
A piece of fusible interfacing so you can iron your Lego man onto your cushion fabric. 
Cushion fabric - three pieces measuring 18"x18" (the front of the cushion), 18"x14, and 18"x12" (the two back pieces which will overlap creating an envelope opening. No zips!!!)

Print out and trace your Lego man onto your fusible interfacing then iron that onto your yellow fabric. The interfacing I use is double sided so I ironed it onto the yellow fabric then cut out the yellow Lego man, peel off the backing and...

These pieces will still measure 18".  You are folding, ironing and sewing the 14" side and 12" side. 

I like to use my 14" back piece first, then the 12" inch piece.  This gives the rear of the cushion a nice long covering on its envelope back. 

I say this with my tongue firmly in my cheek! I am very much in the camp of 'close enough, good enough' with my sewing, cutting and measuring!

I've made two of those now for boy's birthday presents this weekend. I may add a mini figure with them for good measure in case the birthday boy's are not huge fans of soft furnishings! 
Told you it was easy!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Run Melbourne...

I ran 10km today.
People were just heading to the start here.  Don't be fooled by the empty space though!  It was super crowded!  I may have trod on several people as I was running, but was also trod on several times myself.  It all evens out in the wash!
My dad was in Melbourne this weekend (from Tassie) so forced him to come and watch me finish and take me out for breakfast!
There may also have been a sneaky visit to the Lindt shop for peanut butter balls.  After all, I had just RUN 10km!!!!
For an extra $2 you can get a text from the organisers to say what you're official time was.  It literally came through moments after I crossed the finished line.
10km in just under 55 minutes!
I ran that!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Game of Thrones...

Oh, how I laughed when people kept telling me about Game of Thrones.  Nerds, I thought.  Who wants to watch some medieval tale about a fight to be king.  With dragons in it too.  And wolves.  And weird brother/sister relationships.  And made up languages.
Then I started seeing all these pop culture references pop up and it annoyed me that I didn't know what they meant and why they were so highly amusing.  So I thought I'd download the first episode and if I could get through that then I'd make an assessment on where to go next. 
That was barely a month ago. 
I have emerged from the other side of Season Three.  Barely.  Addicted.  With post traumatic stress.  I cried.  In several episodes.  My ringtone is the Game of Thrones theme.  I want Jon Snow's babies.
Do you watch it?  Please, I need a Game of Thrones group hug and if you've watched season 3, episode 9 you'll know exactly why!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Crocheting with zpagetti

Ever worked with zpagetti?  Lordy me, is it hard work!  I have had a cone of this teasing me from the craft shelf for a while as every time I tried something with it I really struggled to get it started without it looking too messy.  And even though you hold the hook and yarn as you would normally, you really need to throw the rest of your body into it as well!
I've been super attracted to those rather large doily rugs you see on pinterest and thought I might see what I could come up with.  I didn't follow a pattern at all so it's pretty straightforward.  Best thing to do when starting off is to use a magic circle cause you need a big fat hook for this stuff and therefore a nice big starting circle too.  I also found it best to be a bit 'loose' with your stitches too!

Zpagetti works up fast and runs out quickly!  The rug I have made is only 55cm across at the moment.  I should probably get another cone of the stuff and make it bigger...

...which I will have to do anyway since I have run out halfway through on what might have been my last round!

Anyone else worked with this or something similar?