Friday, 8 March 2019

Memory bears

Good evening,


Memory bears are bespoke handmade keepsakes which are made from cherished clothing or blankets that belong to yourself or to a loved one.

Memory bears are a wonderful memorial for lost loved ones or a way to remember special occasions such as weddings or events.  Turning cherished clothes into beautiful forever keepsakes

I made these bears for friends fro their loved ones clothes.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

My goings on!


Such alot of exciting and new adventures going on here!

The past few weeks has seen me stand up, on stage, at my childrens secondary school assembly and gave a talk on sewing and how I was starting a sewing club at school. I asked that if anyone was interested to see me after assembly. 

Well ... I got mobbed!! 😊😍😊

I am now the proud 'owner' of a Sewing Club at Drumragh Integrated College ... whoop!! πŸ‘

Whilst getting the Sewing Club up and running I am organising being involved in a Global Sewing Party. 

This is a month long party throughout the world. Its all about teaching children to sew.

Katie is a sewing ambassador for the founder of #sewasoftie. So ... Katie and I did 3 sewing lessons with her Classmates. Katie taught them to sew and I was the assistant!!

Even the local paper came to see what  this global sewing party was all about πŸ˜€

We got a fantastic
write up!!

They did great!!

After all of this exciting fun ... I would love nothing more than to start running my own sewing business. I think I have found my 'calling in life'

I have had such a wonderful few weeks ... 

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Happy New Year to you all! I've got off to a great start 😁

Hello and welcome to 2019!
(well a week after it started!!)

I hope you are all well! So far so good here!

On New Years Eve I made this cute Penguin! He is from #sewasoftie by colouredbuttons on Instagram.

Percy Penguin

We decided to get a puzzle, cos we love jigsaws!! This one is so me and my craft room!! Great fun watching it come together!!!

Then .... drum roll ....

I have a new website ...

Ive done some cross stitch!!!

Katie made some groovy crafts!

Finally, Katie went for a look around the secondary school she will start in September ... lookie what she found there!! 😁

So far a great start to 2019!

I hope you are fit and well.
Hugs Heather

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Merry Christmas to you all

Good Evening,

A quick Hello, then bedtime! Totally worn out! 😴😴

πŸŽ„Merry Christmas to you xxxπŸŽ„

πŸŽ…I hope you had a great Christmas!!πŸŽ…

Ours was loud, messy but fun!!

Conor and Katie

Lego Chess

Here's to 2019 rolling in!

Monday, 19 November 2018

Sew busy the weeks flew by!

Hello to you all!

Wow, where did the weeks go?
Time is going so fast!

A few weeks ago Cara broke her wrist doing Hip Hop (dance) She fell backwards and landed awkwardly! That has been an adventure and a half!!

The past few weeks we have done a little but of "finishing touches" to the house! Its not perfect but its home! Thats all that matters!!

As usual Ive been busy sewing too! I think I am totally addicted!!

Memory Bear 

Friends Together 

Sunflower Hangers


Holding my Sewing
Machine to randsom

Christmas bags
I have a few craft fayres coming up soon so its all sew sew sew here!!

Hope everyone is well!
Bye for now

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Sew-a-Softie Tutorial

Martin Monster
Designed by Katie
Sewn by Heather 
@heathermakes_sewing on Instagram

I asked Katie, aged 11, to draw me a simple drew picture so I could create a Halloween softie.  Anything too complicated and it would of been much more difficult to create a pattern from the picture.

Here he is ... Martin Monster! 

I enlarged the drawing to 150%.  If you do not have a photocopier then just draw the picture bigger.  

Materials needed:-
  • Drawing or pattern
  • Felt
  • Cotton
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Toy stuffing
  • Pencil or chalk

How To Make:-

Step One
Cut out all the parts that need to be sewn onto the body.
(I photocopied martin Monster several times so I could cut all parts at once then cut the felt pieces)

Step Two
Draw around the body parts on each chosen coloured felt.
I did the blue body as all one piece as this made it much easier to sew together. 

Step Three

Check you have all the parts needed (please do not notice that I forgot to cut out the tail!!)

Now you can see all the pieces that you need to sew together and then sew onto the body.

Step Four

Start to sew!!  Any stitch that you can do is fine.  There are no set rules here!

I did the hands and feet first, then sewn the eyes one.

I did all three layers of the eyes at the same time because the black thread would not be seen through the green and white once the back went on.

Then sew the white part of the eyes onto the blue body. 

Step Five

Sew on any 'tummy parts'  Again I sewed all three layers at the same time then did a running stitch around the big purple part.  

I then sewn the tale up.  Again I sewed all the parts at the same time.  A quick running stitch around the blue, then sewn the green and pink circles all at once onto the end of the tail.  

Step Six

I placed the mouth where it was to be sewn on, then followed the mouth line by sewing through the paper.  the paper tears off easy at the end.  just be careful not to pull to hard otherwise the stitches will be pulled too.

Sew on his teeth.  

Step Seven

Once you have the front part sewn together, lay out hands and feet and horns where you want them.

Pin into place or clip them on or just remember to stop sewing and place then in position when you get to that part of the body.

Katie decided at the last minute she wanted black lines on the horns!

When sewing up leave a two or three inch gap to put a little stuffing in if you wish.
Once you have stuffed, them carry on sewing u to where to started.

I only stuffed the main part of the body, not the hands, feet or tail.  

Step Eight

Stand back and smile because you have created a beautiful monster!

Martin Monster  

He is now sitting on Katie's bed!  I just about had time to take a photo before he was whisked away!!

I hope you enjoyed my very first tutorial!

If you make a monster please tag me in the photos as I would love to see what you made from a childs drawing!

Anyone of any age can make a softie.  It does not matter if you can hand sew in a straight line or not, I can't!!  I used a running stitch ... if you look closely at the photos, the stitches are running all over the place and not in a neat line at all!!  Give it a go ... you will not regret it.

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Thanks for reading!  Happy sewing!!
Participant in Sew a Softie

Hugs Heather
xx ✂✂✂ xx