Ballerina for Stacy

My granddaughter turns 4 on 17 May 2018. She is a real tomboy, loving the outdoors and getting really dirty. But, she has a very girlie side too. I recently became interested in making fancy cakes, and when asked what cake she’d like me to make for her birthday, she asked for a ballerina cake. I decided to attempt a ballerina doll that could also be small enough to go on the cake as I am not convinced I could make one from sugar paste.

This one has a pipe cleaner skeleton so she can be posed, and is very light. It was great fun, and I’m pleased with the outcome.

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Monster Bean Bag Toss Game DIY

I made a Bean Bag Toss board and bags for my Grandsons for Christmas.

The board is made from Medium Density Fibre-board (MDF)
Mine is about twice as long as wide.
The dimensions are as you like.


I drew a monster face, with a big mouth to toss the bags through.
The mouth should be in the top half of the board.
I added felt “teeth” at the back of the board.
Use acrylic paints to make your monster colourful, and remember,
little kids prefer a friendlier monster!


The Bean Bag Monsters were just free-hand shapes
cut our of various brightly coloured and patterned fabrics.
I added eyes and mouths, out of fleece and felt
and appendages as I liked.
Then stuffed them with polyester stuffing and sewed closed.
Just be sure they all fit through the mouth hole!

My Altered Bag for Knitting Projects


Never being able to find a bag of the right size to cart my knitting around in, I decided to make one. I spotted this fabric shopping tote and a light went on!
I started with the pockets on the outside: 2 pairs of knitting needles, a ruler, tape measure, scissors, pencil, notebook, glasses, tissues (space for chocolate actually), a strip for row counters and stitch holders, 2 sizes of row counters attached with large and medium safety pins. Plus a couple of extra pockets. I also added a knit ruffle here and there. 🙂
Inside I divided into 2 sections with a partition, and added a large pocket for the pattern.
I’m very happy with it. I’ve made another smaller one for crochet, which also holds a pouch for my hooks plus the other accessories. Perfect!

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Crochet Hook case with Tutorial


Variegated Ribbon Thread

3mm Hook

25cm x 20cm piece of complementary fabric

80cm x 1cm wide ribbon

80cm x 2cm wide ribbon


Chain 52.

1. Treble into 2nd ch from end. Treble into each st. Chain 1, turn

2. Dc into each st. Chain 2, turn.

3. Continue to alternate treble and dc rows until work measures 30cm long. FO and sew in ends.

Cut 2 pieces of fabric 25cm x 10cm. Sew across either width end of crochet work, this will prevent crochet hooks from poking through the crochet case.

Fold up bottom, fabric-edged width in half, to form a 5cm pocket fold. Sew outer edges closed.

inside roll

inside roll

Cut a length of 1cm ribbon to fit across width of case. Sew ribbon edge to case edge about 15cm down from top edge. Weave ribbon back and forth through 2 treble stitches at a time, from the one side to the other. Secure the end of the ribbon at the side of the case.

Weave the balance of the 1cm ribbon, loosely, through every 2nd treble stitch along the same line, leaving an equal length (about 15cm) of ribbon at either end, starting and stopping about 3cm from the edge on the outside of the case.. This is to tie the rolled case closed.

At about 2cm above top of the flap pocket, secure the 2cm wide ribbon to the edge of the case, and weave through every 2nd treble starting at the same side as 1st ribbon, so that the loops made match up. Secure the ribbon on the other edge.

Weave the balance of the 2cm ribbon, loosely, through every 2nd treble stitch along the same line, matching the ribbon loops to the 1cm ribbon loops. Start and stop the weaving about 3 cm from edge, as with the 1cm ribbon, leaving the loose lengths on outside of case to tie the rolled case closed.

close-up of ribbon

close-up of ribbon


Do a scalloped edge around the whole case. Join thread at the top right edge of the flap pocket [Sl st, dc, treble, dc, sl st] all the way across the top of the flap, down the left side to the bottom, continue along the bottom, up the side, across the top, and down the left side, FO at the top of the flap pocket.

Finally, secure your flap pocket to the crochet case every 4 trebles keeping your pockets even with your ribbon loops. Decide where your sewing needles will be placed and make sure there is a pocket wide enough to fit.

Slip your embroidery scissors behind the 2cm ribbon and then into the flap pocket. Tie a length of ribbon thread about 1cm above the 2cm ribbon loop long enough to tie through the finger holes of your embroidery scissors to secure them to the case.

Then place your crochet hooks into place, 1st behind the 1cm ribbon loop, then the 2cm ribbon loop and into the flap pocket. You can fit 2-3 thin hooks into the same loops if you have a lot of hooks. Cut an eraser in half to be used over the very thin tips of your thinnest hooks for protection. Use the other half to push the sharp ends of 3 large-eyed needles into it, and push the eraser into the pocket too.  

Attach a wound-up measuring tape to the top flap with a safety pin, and pin all your stitch/row counters (or tiny safety pins) along the front of the flap too.

Keep a pen or pencil in your case, through the loops. I also keep Amigurumi stuffers (the green ‘forks’) through my loops.


Fold top flap over your hooks. Roll each side piece in once, then the two sides again to meet in the middle and tie your ribbons in a bow.

hooks, stuffers (Amigutumi) and pen

hooks, stuffers (Amigutumi) and pen

Crochet Hook Roll

Crochet Hook Roll

Bagging it: Altered Needlework Bags

I have been crocheting and knitting non-stop for months, with a Baby Shower, winter and all sorts!  I decided that I needed a small bag to carry my “latest” project around in. So I altered a great little fabric bag from Highgrove, bought in Tetbury, on my travels. It is the perfect size. I added internal pockets to contain my pattern, wool and work, Crochet Hook Roll Case, that also contained my scissors, tape measure, pencil, stitch/row markers and sewing needles.

I have since altered another large fabric shopping bad for my stash of 25+ knitting needles, also with pockets for the scissors, etc. It is so large, though, that I again needed a project bag!

So, I bought another small fabric shopping bag, and altered that to hold an extra pair of knitting needles, scissors etc, and pockets for notebook, pattern, specs, etc. This time with the pockets on the outside, in beautifully coordinated fabric and knitted ruffles. Each bag is getting better as I realise what I need most. The two bags are basically the same, but tailor-made for crochet hooks or knitting needles. But, in fact, I am going to re-make the crochet bag, with the pockets outside.
I am thrilled with the results!

Here’s a “sorta” tutorial, but without measurements, as bags differ in size.

Use a deeper bag for knitting needles to stand upright in their individual pair-pockets. If you only have a few pairs of needles, make enough pockets for them all on the wide side of your bag, alternatively, make only 3 pockets, one for your needle without stitches, 1 for your ribbing needles, and another for double-pointed needles. I have also added another short pocket, for cabling needles.

You need a wide and high pocket for your pattern, so use the other wide side of the bag for this.. Make a row of shorter pockets on one narrow side, to contain your scissors, with a tie to keep them from falling out. Another for a tape measure, looped and tied as well. Another for a pen/pencil, and lastly a notebook to keep track of stitches, rows, ideas, etc!

On the other narrow side, make two pockets, for specs, tissues, chocolate, etc :-).

I prefer the pockets on the outside of the bag, so there is plenty of room inside, for your work, and your wool. You could make a separation between them with a fabric enclosed partition of card if you prefer, or expandable pockets on either wide side. It is your choice. I chose to partition them and attached my partition top and bottom to the narrow sides.

Have fun!

Crafty days

This year I have decided to devote time to what this blog was created for – crafts! I have been rather neglectful of that, getting side-tracked by all sorts of other things. Not unworthy, but not what the blog was created for :-).

It took being non-weight bearing to get me back to my love of crafting, specifically crochet. Having to keep my foot above hip level, meant I couldn’t sit in my craft room with all my supplies around me. So crochet it was, and since Christmas was here, that’s what I concentrated on. I thougt I’d continue on in holiday fashion and do Valentines, then Easter, etc. Once again, I got side-tracked! By so many gorgeous patterns!
I decided to crochet for my nieces new baby girl first. Especially as she has been ill in her first 2 months of life, poor little mite! So I’m making her a gorgeous dress and bootees. I hope her mum likes crocheted clothes, I didn’t ask, as she’d be polite anyway. 🙂
I am loving the creative process of crochet again! 🙂

Peg Reindeer Tutorial



3 Wooden Pegs
Red bead
Googly eyes
Red and green felt scraps
Small piece of fluffy wool or pompom for tail
Paper ribbon for antlers
Black paint or pen

 Remove springs from pegs.


Glue two pegs together to make body and legs, turn other peg around and glue to form head and antlers.


Glue on googly eyes and nose
Attach bell with thread or string, and use string to make a loop to hang from tree


Glue on large and small red and green ovals for saddle
Glue on tail
Cut 2 pieces of paper ribbon and curl to make antlers. Glue in place
Colour hooves and antlers


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