Monday, 19 August 2019

Children sewing


This past few weeks have been fun but busy! Being busy is something I like!

I did a shout out on my #HeatherMakes facebook page to see if any children would like to learn to sew! The response was amazing! Last Thursday was only the second lesson but look at the things they have made so far ๐Ÿ˜Š

Im sure you will agree that these children are fantastic at sewing!!

It is great fun ... roll on this Thursday!!

Happy Crafting all.

Monday, 5 August 2019

Make A Softie From Your Childs Drawing

Mary Monster #sewasoftie

#sewasoftie is the wonderful creation of Trixi over at
Each day of July a different blogger posts a tutorial showing how to make a softie.  You can follow along and join in with the sewing fun!  Search #sewasoftie and you shall find us all! Just click on mine or Trixi's Instagram links below:-
For those that joined in the #sewasoftie blog hop last year may remember Martin Monster ... well here is his sister Mary! 

Mary Monster #sewasoftie 

Sewing stuffed animals and toys.

Designed and drawn by Katie aged 11 years

Download the drawing for your template 
(The template is a drawn outline to save you printer ink!!)
I started by photocopying the drawing because I didn't want to ruin the original!  You never know, one day it may be hung in a gallery worth billions!! 
I have kept her the same size too (Mary, not Katie haha)

I photocopied the main body, hair and belly also.

Gather all the felt required.
Draw around the shapes and cut them out. 
I also used 2 pre-cut hearts that I had but trimmed them down to fit Mary!

The piece for the darker blue hair on the front I made slightly longer so it was easier to sew on.

Now, sew Mary's back onto her front then stuff her with toy stuffing to bring Mary to life! 

I think she is totally lovely!  I really enjoy making my kiddies drawing come to life!  So easy to do and it gives them so much joy!  its a drawing that will not be forgotten in a hurry!

I hope you enjoyed my #sewasoftie blog hop post! 

Happy sewing

Monday, 8 July 2019

No Business Like Sew Business


Today I was in the newspaper!!

The Tyrone Herald did a lovely write up.๐Ÿ˜

This is an absolutely fantastic write up. ๐Ÿ˜€

I cannot stress enough how good sewing and crafting is for Mental Health.

My aim now is to get sewing clubs into a few more schools!

Have a lovey evening.



Saturday, 6 July 2019

Good Afternoon all,

The school summer holidays have srarted! One week down, 7 to go ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜Š

We go on our holidays very soon! I cannot wait!

The start of July is the start of #sewasoftie which is run by Coloured Buttons AKA Trixi, in Australia.

Each day of July a different blogger posts a tutorial, on their blog, showing how to make a cute softie!

The Duchie below is the one I made from Trixi's tutorial ๐Ÿ˜ 

My day is 9th July ... which is also my birthday! ๐ŸŽ‚

Im really looking forward to that day!

Heres a photo of me sewing!

The memory bears I made for the teachers gifts caught the attention of the local newspaper!

They are doing a write up on my sewing and the benefits of sewing! It will be amazing to have sewing publicised! The health benefits needed shouting about! Arts & crafts are great for the body and soul ❤

Me Sewing 

Toys I Have Made
I love this photo! Cross Stitch and Sewing side by side! My two favourite hobbys ๐Ÿฅฐ

Teddy and
Summer Fairy
I finally made my Dresden Plate Quilt Blick into an actual cushion lol I made  the cushion cover quite some time ago but never actually finished it off! 

Here 'she' is in all her beautiful glory!
I just love the quilting detail.
Quilted Cushion

Details on Cushion

Quilting Details 
I had better get my tutorial finished off and ready to post on Tuesday ๐Ÿฅฐ Then start getting my holiday bags packed ๐Ÿ˜

Have a great weekend!


#homemade #keepsakesbyheathermakes 

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Making Happy Memories

heathermakes_sewing on Instagram

Good Evening all,

Well thats the kiddies off school now until September!
In Northern Ireland our school break for Summer on the last weekday in June.

This year was Katie's last year at Primary school, so to mark her leaving we made her teacher and Headteacher a lovey gift each ... I would say that they are unique gifts ๐Ÿ˜

I made them memory bears out of the kiddies spare school uniform!

Memory bears made from school uniform
I also made two butterfly hangers for two different teachers!

Lots of teacher sewing was happening in my home!!


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These are just a few lovely sewn pieces from the students of the Sewing Club

Here is too a summer time full of fun and mischief!
we are off on holidays soon.  I am so looking forward to it, I'm so ready for it!

I think over the summer I will do some cross stitching whilst watching the tennis and cycling! 

Time for a chill out and a give my sewing machine a rest from me hahaha!!

Have a fun safe summer everyone


Friday, 7 June 2019


Where did May go too??

Lots of busy crazy goings on here! 

At the moment I am sewing Graduation Gowns for Drumragh Integrated College. The Y8's have studied Positive Mental Health programme called Hopeful Mind.

This teachs them that there is Hope and how to change your way of thinking! Its an amazing course for children and adults alike!

The Graduation is on 25th June. I have 4 gowns left to make!

I am really looking forward to seeing the children Graduation. Ok it will be great seeing them in the gowns I made but also because I co-facilitated 2 courses.

It was great teaching the children. I have one lesson left with them and I plan on doing a bit of Art Therapy with them ๐Ÿ˜
Im looking forward to it!

Have a great weekend!



Sunday, 21 April 2019

My Facebook Page


Come and visit my Facebook Page!

I'd love to have you over!!

Check it out and let me know what you think!

HeatherMakes on Facebook

Happy Easter to you all xxx


Quilt Blocks and a Giant snake!!๐Ÿ˜

Hello all!

This is what I have been upto ...

And ....
A giant snake!! (Stuffed on I might say)

Dresden Plate Quilt Block

I just love this quilt block. So bright and colourful ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿฆ‹

I made a toy snake a while ago.

However Katie decided that she wanted a really, really long snake! I made him and Katie stuffed him, which I was glad about because he is rather long hahaga

He is 2 metres and 37cms long!!

He is called Sylis (sigh-lis)

Happy Easter all


Sunday, 14 April 2019

Sewing in a #Sewingbee and for Easter

๐ŸŒท Hello Everyone ๐ŸŒท

I hope you are all well.

The past week I've been full of cold ๐Ÿ˜ท
It did not stop me sewing though!

Lovely Easter baskets and fabric flowers! The flowers look lovely on my window sill!!

Easter Sewing

Pencil Roll

Last weekend I took part in the Omagh Sewing Bee!

This is my transformation challenge.
I really enjoyed taking part in this fun competition ๐Ÿ˜

Transformation Challenge
In the Omagh #SewingBee

Chocolate Rabbits
In Felt Eggs!

Easter Basket
Pencil Rolls

Easter Baskets

Yummy Bunny

Lovely #Handemade

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Sew ... sew ... sewing

Good Evening!

This week we have had glorious sunshine then rain AND snow!! Then back to sunshine today!! I wish the weather would make its mind up ... all the hot, cold, freezing then hot temperatures has left me with one raging angry cold!! Mind you, the kiddies don't mind because I can hardly speak hahaha!!

Over the past few weeks I have been a busy sewing bee ... 

Easter Makes

Easter Baskets 


Community Quilting

Memory Quilt
The Sewing Club at school is going grear. The children are enjoying learning to handsew, machine sew and cross stitch! I am totally loving teaching them!

Today I took part in a fun sewing competition! I didnt win but I had a great time sewing with people rather than the cat hehe ๐Ÿ˜

I did my style of sewing as I just cannot get my head around the terminology of dressmaking! Learning 10 different languages in one day would be easier lol

I made a costume for a child ... my girls love this!

Im chuffed with this ... it the top half of a dress with a quilted and scarf tail! ๐Ÿ˜ My kind of sewing!!

Have a lovely evening! See you all soon. ๐Ÿ˜