Hello everyone, I hope you are all well. I haven't blogged for a while properly due to several viruses knocking us out here :-( I had a day off work a couple of weeks back only to wake with a lovely flu/sickness like virus which made me stay in bed for 2 days - I don't think I have ever had to do that in my whole life. Then Mr Sweetpea got it , all over half term week - great timing :-) Little Sweetpea has also had to be on antibiotics due to a chest infection which made her feel really unwell for 3 weeks. The joys of winter :-)
This week I thought I was share you what I created out of all those pieces I had hidden in my sock drawer some time ago :-)
I recently treated myself to Helen Phillips book, Simply Sewn Gifts and just had to make some of these cute little rabbits for the Sweetpea girls. If you don't know Helen then pop over to her gorgeous blog. There is also a link to her book below.
I was a bit worried about creating these as I am very new to sewing but then I thought, nothing ventured, nothing gained and gave it a go :-) I contacted Helen a few times whilst creating these bunnies and she was so lovely and helpful (thanks Helen :-)).
I cut out all the pieces from some Linen trousers that I had worn whilst I was pregnant with Little Sweetpea and sewed them together ..... Each rabbit had different coloured ears so we knew whose was whose :-)
The book said to sew the legs to the side of the body (I may have interpreted it wrong though lol). This would be great for an ornamental rabbit but I hoped these would be well loved so I took the legs off and sewed them in to the body instead so they were floppy legs :-) I felt rather bad doing this to poor bunny!
I then created their litttle faces and tried to make them some girly clothes. Helen's book does have a lovely dungaree pattern but I wanted more girly outfits for them. This was harder said than done by a novice like myself so I ended up creating a skirt and very unflattering dress :-) (oohh don't you just love family life, trying to type this blog and middle Sweetpea manages to knock hot chocolate all over the dining table and the laptop - and breath - no wonder writing a blog takes me so long - gggrrrr).
Luckily Nanny Casey is a good knitter so she created them some cute little cardigans, the pattern can be found here (I found this via the lovely blogger Millefeuilles :-))
So after lots of sneaky sewing whilst the children were finally all in bed the girl Sweetpeas opened these bunnies on Christmas morning. They are loved very much indeed which makes my heart swell with pride and joy :-)
Little Sweetpea takes hers to bed every night and then Millie/Bunny/Jessica (her name changes every now and again) comes down stairs every morning.
She even gets to go out on trips to places like Music Hayhem (as little Sweetpea calls it, it is really called Music Mayhem - a kiddies music group little Sweetpea goes to).
I am so glad I pushed my insecurities and tried to make these bunnies, they came out way better than I thought they would :-)
Oh before I go I wanted to say a big thank you to the lovely 'The Vintage Hobby House' - pop over to her blog for some great blog reading. I won a lovely giveaway she was having a few weeks back and she sent me the items below:
Aren't they all lovely, oohh I will be having posh cups of coffee in that cup and will be framing the cross stitch (or even make a cushion from it). Sorry I have borrowed your photo Manda - I haven't had a chance to photograph the items and didn't want to leave it any longer to say thanks on here :-)
Love to you all and I hope the bugs keep away from you x