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bah, oh drats, it is raining, and the path has flooded…. let us hope it doesn't stop people stopping by…wb_250

…for marshmallow rocky road, oat and raisin chocolate cookies, banana bread or lemon loaf…


here we are, the worker bees


snippysews smiling and waiting for their new homes


unframed prints, silver jewellery and badges, there has to be badges


shelves all dressed and neat and tidy


books waiting to be signed and read


silly old rain rain go away, come back another day.

now to sit down and listen to the singing detective sound track and try and resist eating all the cake!

no i am not completely bonkers- i do know it is nearly june!

i’ve had these since before christmas but didn’t have time to make one.
at last i have had time to rustle one up.
this snippysew kit will have 3 in a set (pink, blue and orange) and are about 10cm high and to hang on your tree
(i didn’t have a christmas tree handy this time of year funnily enough)

 i found a horrid old lampshade in a charity shop.
horrid fabric that is, but lovely big shape
so promptly bought it
ripped and snipped off the horrid fabric (keeping the fire resistant fabric on)

i chose a couple of my wonkybutton snippysew samples to chop up and use
(the russian dillydollies and some christmas fairy decorations).

 using the horrid fabric panel as a template i chopped up fabric to creat 6 panel peices.

 then sewed it onto the lampshade.

the sewing was a bit frankenstien blue peter at times…. but wno cares!

then i sewed on a nice big trim on the bottom and a nice green and pink ribbon on the top and put it up in our little snug room.

i know i know, if you look closely at the middle picture, there is a little section of trim missing. i guessed, i mean miscalculated how much trim i needed… so need to go back for a little bit more and sew it on to finish it off good and proper.

but i love it! looks nice and homely and old fashioned, but with a wonkybutton twist.

very easy peesy, and very satisfying.

here is the protostype of mr hooty toot
a snippysew kit that i will be selling in my wonkybutton etsy shop later in the year
he is full of 2.5kg of rice!
i like his shape- but am going to ammend colours and textures and pattern somewhat
and plan to add a sew on beak and add some teddybear style glass eyes for a nice detail…


here are the instruction posty cards for dolleebee and mister dolleebee (part time ragdolls/royalty/superheros)
and some other promo stuff including business cards
ha ha, me having a business card and pretending to be an almost grown up business person- how funny
i find the whole business card thing alot more exciting than i probably should

here are some of my fabric snippysew Mcbabbys all packaged up and ready to go!
each snippysew set comes with an instruction postcard with a lovely shiny image of what it will look like on the front! I like the McBabbys as they come with a squeaker and a bell to put inside

 i promise you i am not being idle… look, stampy stickers (bringing out my role playing retro librarian tendancies!)

 in these little stripy bags are squeakers and bells to put in the McBabbys as part of their snippysew craft kits that i will sell.

here are the celophaned up to the eyeballed McBabbies

and  here are the russian dilly dolllies.
even though they are packaged up- i still need to sort out their instruction postycards.
it has all been a little frustrating as i have been having lots of production hitches (that i am still in the process of resolving)… crikey all soooo time consuming. am trying to keep focused on the bigger picture but it is hard when you are juggling lots of balls and you don’t even like jugglers.

.this one is a real easy peasy one to make…

Cut out both the pieces keeping neatly to the outside cutting line
Pin both pieces together with the printed side facing inwards.

Sew around the edge keeping to the printed line as best you can (you can see this through the fabric). Makesure to leave the flat space in between the two ears unsewn . (You will need to leave this open to be able to turn the right way and stuff later).

Carefully snip around the curved edges of  the seam (making sure not to cut into the sewn line). 

This will give a better finish and prevents bunching around the seam when you turn it inside out.

Turn the Pencil Skirt Kitty the right way around and stuff.

Hand sew up the opening.

and here she is… Miss Pencil Skirt Kitty.

She is a bit of an oddity- maybe thinking she is too spindly for a nice big fat comfy cushion, 
And she looks a bit like a big spanner… not sure if i will go full steam ahead with this one for my etsy shop.
Hmm… but maybe she would be good with a tv remote pocket on her skirt (it would be exactly the right shape for that). A tv remote storing cushion… too gimmicky or a brain wave?

hey there yooall,

i managed a small slice of time to rustle up a couple of fine McBabbys.

again, there will be a few tweaks. but think these will  be fun as one has a squeaker in, (Squeaky McBabby) and one had a bell in (Dingaling McBabby).

Cut out all the pieces keeping neatly to the outside cutting line.
Make 2 piles (one for Squeaky McBabby,and another for Dingaling McBabby)and follow the instructions below for each one in turn.

Pair up the matching pieces so that you have 2 legs (the longer pieces) and 2 arms (the shorter pieces). Pin with the printed side facing inwards.

Sew around the edge keeping to the printed line (you can see this through the fabric). Make sure you don’t sew the flat edge at the top of each arm/leg. (You will need to leave this open to be able to turn it inside out and stuff later). 
Carefully make little snips up to the seam around the curved edges of each limb(making sure not to cut into the seam). This will give a better seam finish when you turn it the right way).

Turn both arms and both legs inside out (so now the printed side is on the outside).
Stuff both arms and both legs (making sure not to overfill as  will need some space to be able sew onto the body later).

Carefully place one of the stuffed arms inside the pinned body with its unsewn edge visable outside the hemline of the body pieces (angling arm down slightly so that it hangs better).  Then sew down one side of the body from neck to bottom corner.
Carefully do the same for the second arm. 
Place both legs inside the body with their unsewn edge poking out the bottom of the body piece. (This is a little fiddly as the body gets a bit full at this stage) Then slowly sew both legs into position in the body.
Continue sewing around the rest of the McBabbys head- making sure to leave about 8cm unsewn at one side of the head.
(oops sorry i forgot to take photos of 9,10 and 11… my naughtey 2 year old dropped my camera and the one i borrowed is way to fancypants complicated!)

Turn the McBabby the right way around and stuff the head and body. (For Squeaky McBabby add the squeaker at this point, for Dingaling McBabby add the bell).
Hand sew up the opening.

Dah dah!

ps my eebee calls all rabbits “Babbys, so that is why the name in case you are wondering!

cut out all the pieces

match the pocket pieces up (inside out)and pin.

sew around the edge keeping to the printed line as best you can (you can see this through the fabric).

make sure you don’t sew the flat edge at the top (as you will need this open to be able to turn it inside out).

carefully snip around the curve (this makes a neater finish when you turn inside out and prevents bunching and crinkles around the seam)

turn inside out so that the 3 pockets are the right way around.

fold the unprinted seam in on itself and neatly sew. (It might be easier to hand sew the 2 smaller pockets as is quite fiddly)

sew each of the 3 finished pockets on the correct size dillydolly.
(again, the smaller pocket may work best if hand sewn)

pin both pieces of each of the 3 dillydolly together inside out.

sew each of the 3 dillydolls, making sure to leave the flat edge of the bottom open (again, this will be used to turn them inside out).

carefully snip around the curved edges into the seam (making sure not to cut into it). again, this will give a better finish and prevent bunching.

turn all 3 dillydolllies the right way around.

stuff each one then turn in the seam and neatly sew up by hand.

it works best if you do each one in turn, starting with the smallest.

make sure not to overstuff the smaller ones as remember they have to fit snugly in the pockets!

and here they are awake!

sorry about the not so great photos. light was not good.
also, may i recomment that you use good scissors not rubbish blunto ones that i used.
(where have my good scissors gone?!)

hope you like, this is just the prototype.
have a few tiny tweaks to make before i send off for the real ones!