[Private Commission]: personalised lavender-scented cushion

This was a commissioned piece for a dear friend and new parent who, after seeing my baby ‘BOY’ cushion that I had made a while back, wanted to have a cushion personalised with her baby boy’s name for his nursery. Since she didn’t know if she was having a boy or a girl, the colour scheme for the nursery was kept neutral with shades of green and yellow. The choice of fabric was therefore picked with this in mind by opting for a lovely green and white chevron fabric (by Riley Blake Designs) for the back panel, plain ice white fabric for the front panel, onto which the personalised and hand cut appliqué in this gorgeous leafy colours (by Jenn Ski for Moda Fabrics) were sewn – All fabric used in the making of this cushion were premium 100% cotton, stuffed with polyester filling, and laced with lavender. I will be listing this on my upcoming Etsy store for anyone that wishes to have personalised (30x25cm) cushions made to order.  Please do let me know what you think!! :) BLOG_STRIP_Ayaansh-Cushion-Web[image credit: Made by Molu]

[D.I.Y. Gifts] Personalised / Made-to-order cushions for little’uns

I’ve been busy practicing my sewing skills during my spare time especially since the last little lavender cushion was received quite well. And despite my hesitance, I’ve been encouraged more and more to actually start selling them.  So before I do, I’ve been playing around with designs, styles, materials, sizes, etc to get a good feel for what i’d like to sell and in turn knowing what design templates to create in the spare time I have….not to mention sharpen up my sewing skills even further! So here are two that I made and there’s two more on the way!! Seeing as I LOVE typography and now sewing, I’ve been trying to collaborate the two into the designs – keeping them simple but bespoke. I designed the type using various design softwares and then use that as a template to cut out the appliqués which I then hand-sew onto the fabric panels that make the cushion. (FYI – all the fabric used here are premium 100% Cotton) When the panels are machine stitched together, they are stuffed with polyester filling  (I can add lavender if requested) and finally hand-sew them shut. So then – what do you think folks? Is it a “yae or nae”? Would you buy these for your little ones? :) Or they can be used for Baby Showers too? I’m pretty pleased with them but I would love to hear what you think of these too (I have a couple more to show by this weekend) and always welcome any tips if you have any! Thanks!! x  BLOG_STRIP CUSHIONS3 WEBBLOG_STRIP CUSHIONS WEB BLOG_STRIP CUSHIONS2 WEB

[Personalised Gifts] Meet Nora……

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I’ve been playing around with more templates and fabric for my plush little elephants – I don’t know what it is I love about these gentle giants!! :)  Anyway, let me introduce you to Nora…..who will be joining  my collection of personalised baby gifts. She’s a big lassy; 13cm in height and 14cm in width. A little on the shy side at first but once you get to know her she’s got one hell of a personality! ;) Every inch of her is put together by hand which makes her one special lady! ;) Oh and I nearly forgot to add……it’s smells of lavender too!! More to come in this collection so do stay tuned……. xx BLOG_STRIP nora the elephant WEB

[Personalised Gifts] Lavender Cushion for a sweet baby boy!

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I made this cute little lavender-scented cushion for another dear friend of mine who had a baby boy in February. I still have the elephant bug so maintained that motif from babygrows to cushions with an extra bit of detail! As you saw on from my IG photos (@sammidodgers) on FB and Twitter, I have been busy with a few elephant-themed projects. The patterns were all hand-drawn and hand cut, and apart from the actual cushion where I used the machine to put together the two square pieces, I hand-sewed the rest! What you cannot see here is the back piece is the same polka-dot blue fabric used for the elephant. Materials are all organic 100% cotton and about 18-20cm in width and height. I do hope you like what you see!! If you fancy one of these lavender cushions for your little bubba or as a present for someone else’s munchkin then let me know as they can be made to order and personalised to your requirements! Well….you know where to find me!! :D  xxBLOG_STRIP babyboy_jakob WEB(ps. If you like the look of that plush critter sitting next to my cushion, it’s by a talented friend of ours ‘Handmade by Maeve‘)

[Personalised gifts]: More baby grows for little boys!

It was a hardcore babygrow-making factory here (good grief, I was about to type baby-making!!!!!!!!) trying to get all my orders out in time before the Easter weekend kicked in…..not to mention to try avoid the new Royal Mail charges too – mind you, I still got stung by them with other parcels but let’s not even go there! Anyway, here’s a peek at a couple of the babygrows I worked on last week (and all for little boys, let me tell you!) Hmm maybe I ought to consider opening up an Etsy shop at this rate! xx

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[D.I.Y. Gifts] They say an elephant never forgets….

Here’s a peek into these little personalised fabric soft toy-keepsakes I made for a couple of new tots that arrived last month – these were sent out along side the baby grows I had made (see my previous posts) as an extra touch of handmade love ;) Sticking to the elephant theme (I used the same template from the baby grows) I hand-sewed these out of 100% cotton fabric with lots of love and added a bit of lavender into the stuffing. What you don’t see here unfortunately, is that I added  ribbon ties to the top affixed with a bow and button so that they could be hung on the door handle or wall hook. I have had a few orders since these so will be making them in my spare time over the next couple of months with various fabric but in pastel blues and pinks –  will keep you posted on that later. Let me know what you think……and you know where to find me if you want any made for you! xxx
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[D.I.Y. Gifts]: Personalised ‘Baby Boy’ wall art

BLOG_STRIP babyboy_joshua 3bThis is the second half of the present for the Macpherson’s little boy (who by the way is soooooooo darn adorable!!!).  I had been pretty set on the idea of doing a paper-craft wall art before moving onto the baby grow and from the many ideas (and experimental runs) this what I ended up going for. I have a feeling I’m going to be told that i’m nuts for having cut each and every letter and number by hand when there are advanced gadgets out there that make the process a whole lot easier. But in my defense, I do actually enjoy the art of doing things by hand……..even though it takes that tad bit longer!

Anyhoo, I played around with the chosen text in InDesign making sure that it all lined up etc. Once that was done, I printed it off onto tracing paper. The reason for this, is so that I can outline the edges of the lettering using a pencil (note: on the reverse side of the paper!).  I then placed it the right side up onto the heavyweight card and went over the outlined edges. Make sure you put too much pressure on the pencil to avoid making an indent into the card! Now, when you lift the tracing paper off you’ll see that it’s left a faint graphite transfer onto the card. As an F.Y.I. – you can use a lightbox (or a makeshift one) to trace directly onto the card but this depends on what thickness of card you go for. Okay, now comes the process of cutting it all out using a very sharp scalpel blade (you may have to change it half way through just to keep the cuts very clean!). Then the stamping fun begins: using a mini blue stamp, I just stamped all over the card (do make sure you had backing paper down first!) as though stamping over a stencil. By the way, you could use that technique where the backing card you stamped on becomes the actual final art. But I used, what is in essence, the ‘stencil’ as the final piece because I felt it gave a cool, edgy ‘graffiti’ look. After this, I backed it up on two panels of 5mm thick card and mounted it into the box frame giving it a raised/relief look…… and bob’s your uncle! Simplicity is really the key approach and it all comes down to how you frame the final piece that makes a considerable difference! So then, why not have a go….? :) xx  BLOG_STRIP babyboy_joshua 3WEB

[D.I.Y. Gifts]: Personalised ‘Baby Boy’ Babygrow

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Well, I’m pleased to say that 4 out of 13 mummies-to-be I personally know of have had their little ones…..3 of them in the space of a week! So I’ve been using my spare time over the weekends to create a little something small for the new arrivals. Had I all the time in the world I would’ve attempted much bigger projects but nevertheless, I did put my heart and soul into these……..besides, size can be  very deceptive!!  So, I opted to make some personalised baby grows which I felt could be worn as well as be kept as a keepsake and this post shows you how the first one came together. I went for a baby elephant theme (more to come!) so busied myself cutting out templates out of fabric and hand-sewing them directly onto the cotton baby grows I had bought. Once that was done I added the wee buttons for eyes and then moved onto some hand-embroidered lettering spelling out the name of the baby and their date of birth. And finally, I finished it off with a personalised label stitched onto the back of the baby grow……et voila! Nothing overly complicated but I do like the simplicity of it.  I’m hoping to get more adventurous within the sewing and embroidery department seeing as I rather enjoy it now! :) Let me know what you think! Oh and if you want any made, then just drop me a line and we can discuss whatever motifs and text you’d like to have. And it doesn’t have to be baby grows either…..i’m always up for a challenge!! :) xx

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