Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Little Things To Sew: Cover to Cover Challenge - May Report

Hello everybody! It's time for the May report.

I can promise, and there will be no broken promises on this blog, that this May Report will contain no new taxes! (oh don't get me started on the mad monk)

Only more gorgeous projects from Little Things To Sew! Check out the Flickr group here, or the original challenge, (with no dodgy back room deals; just a lovely sponsor) by clicking the button below.

Bartacks and Singletrack : want to go all the way with me?

I said I would get distracted from this challenge and boy, did I ever. Kid's Clothes Week and Selfish Sewing Week had me pretty busy. I think I also went to work, fed and cared for the kids (but apparently not Flipper, sigh) and slept a little, but it's all a bit hazy.

I did have another little friend of mine turn one recently. A first birthday calls for a LTTS project (right?!) and so I made him some Messy Kid Bibs. If you've never tooled around with Iron-on vinyl, you have no idea how much fun you're missing out on.

The really cool thing about the vinyl is you can get tricky with applique, stick it all down with fusible web and know that you won't need to stitch it on 'cause the vinyl is going over the top. Perfect for those of us who just keep adding more (puppet theatre case in point)
You can also put vinyl over the top of a T-shirt transfer paper print. Thanks to J Wo for the font inspiration (very funny knitting bag here)
Apparently he loves peas. Oops.

The Messy Kid Bib is a great pattern for using up small scraps of fabric. There's no need to get too fancy about what you use as we all know how it's going to end up looking. I have seen some gorgeous ones with perfectly fussy cut pockets (kudos to you) but I created a new lazy sewing law for myself:

The need for pattern matching and fussy cutting is inversely proportional to the likelihood of getting covered in bolognaise sauce.

And now, down to business......
Here's the updated PDF scorecard. Now spread over two pages. That's about 400 less, at a guess, than the other upcoming May Report but mine will spread a lot more joy!

As well as our two finishers, Sharon and Lynn, there are a couple of us on double digits now and looking like a finish by the end of August. But every project counts, so sew one for yourself, one for your kids and one for your country!

Oh, I really need to go get some sleep and perhaps keep my head under the covers til the next election...


  1. Haha I love the peas bib. I need to get movin! No way I finish by August but I have a few so close to finished.

  2. AH! I love these! Hilarious! I totally haven't tried iron on vinyl, but now I need some IMMEDIATELY.

  3. You are SO clever!! Such amazing talent. Now go and get some well-earned sleep:)

  4. They are adorable and you are hilarious.


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