Frédérique & Friends is a blog intended to share ideas, recipes, show you my projects and works as well as those of my friends and family who want to post on this blog. You can find a lot: embroidery, sewing, felt toys, photographies, cakes and a lot of other things.
All ideas are not originally mine, but I try to link to the other blogs that inspired me as much as possible.
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Saturday, 11 August 2012
The work of a day
Finally I take the time to write a post, it is about time! Especially since I am going on holiday very soon and will not be able to post anything (apart from scheduled articles) for a whole month!
Several projects have been on for a month now. One that I cannot show you yet as the result is a present for two lovely girls who are turning two this summer. The other things I can talk about and post pictures :)
A summer sleeping-bag
have been pretty hot for weeks now, nights too. Baby N. has been so
warm and sweating so much that I finally decided to make her a very very
light sleeping-bag. I had tried to make her sleep simply in her body,
but just like her mother she needs something to cover her otherwise she
sleeps badly. So, I simply copied out the shape of her sleeping-bag on
an old bed sheet, drawing the contours with a piece of chalk that I have
found in my Grandma's sewing-box. Cut out the three pieces, fixed them
together, trimming in the inside with notching scissors (hoping it is
the right word). I fixed bias tape around the arms and the neck and for
the very first time in three years I MANAGED without making a mess on
either side!!! I am SO PROUD of myself ^^. As you can see on the
pictures though, I started the zipper far too low, which makes that she
could get out of the sleeping-bag if she got the idea of doing it (I am
not telling her!). When I have a little time available, I will probably
fix some buttons or something to close the top part better.
A sleeping Mask
this one wasn't done by me, I only participated in the finishing
outside seam. My young cousin, J. (14 yo), visited us for almost a month
and she got on helping me with some sewing projects and this mask is
her very first attempt at the sewing-machine. I would say she did a
pretty good job. Don't you think?
We got the pattern and explanations from this blog.
In this post, I have already shown home-made shoes. This time I needed bigger ones but I also wanted them to be stronger. I have recently ordered a lot of things from VBS, among which a bag of 500gr of leather remains. So I decided to attempt making leather shoes. At first I thought the sewing-machine would not be strong enough, but it did go fairly well. It just took me almost three times the expected time (which was two hours on the pattern). And to be perfectly honest, it wasn't quite just the work of one day since I finished the second one on the next day. I made a mistake on the second shoe and was too annoyed to finish straight away (was also far too tired and it was dinner time).
The yellow marks on the soles are antislips that you simply iron on your fabrics.
And finally after so much hard work, our hands and eyes were aching and my lovely husband prepared for us this delicious tomato, mozarella and basil salad. It was so refreshing and tasty! I dare say that we deserved it :)