Hashtag Quilt Blocks

Molli Sparkles is making quilts for the families of the victims of the Sydney siege last week.

He shared the tutorial for this block and will make several rainbow hashtag quilts from all the blocks sent in.

These are the blocks that I have made and are on their long journey off to Australia.

We can make. And our makes can show people we care and are thinking of them, even when there’s very little else we can do to help. To find out more, read the FAQ over on Molli Sparkle’s blog

Pascha Bear

This is Pascha bear. He’s made from a free pattern by Crafty is Cool, who also sent me the eyes and nose to make him.

I used Rico Design Creative Cotton Aran yarn to make Pascha, which is the same as I used to make Upsy Daisy, nice and sturdy for a toy.

He has made his way to Ireland with lots of other Pascha bears that people have made to the charity ‘To Russia With Love’ who help and support abandoned children.

Charity Baby Items

Last year I took part in the 12 Days of Christmas charity preemie hat challenge. This year I took part again. These are the twelve hats that I made. I chose just the one pattern and made each one in a different colour:

I made a set of nine newborn reversible crib shoes from the pattern by Peek-a-Boo Patterns:

And nine sets of preemie crochet booties:

They have all been sent to help the Australian Outback Baby Project.


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Superhero Doll Carrier

How do superheros carry their toys around?

Why in a superhero back carrier of course!

Hopeful Threads

I’m taking part in the September Sew Along with Create H.O.P.E Designs.

CHD sells a wide selection of patterns for $5 each, with all money raised going to charity.

I chose the AVIVI Doll carrier pattern, as W had commented not so long ago about wanting a piggyback carrier just like the one Mummy uses for him (I have an Ergo).

He has been wearing his superhero t-shirts and capes as often as he can recently, and playing with the superhero toy I made him for Christmas, so a superhero carrier was just the thing he needed!

The front of the carrier is made from the same superhero flannel as his doll is made from … … and the inside is leftover black drill from his suit jacket and trousers. There is a heart shaped harness on the inside to hold the toy in. The straps are elastic with velcro to fasten them. Superhero doll has already been for a trip out in his new carrier, and I’m told he really enjoyed it!

There was even a piggyback on a piggyback 🙂


TSL Dolly Drive 2013

Back at the beginning of February I posted a photo of the mushroom rattles I made for the Dolly Drive (in this post here)

The Dolly Drive finished this weekend, and the final tally will go up on Tuesday (due to the Easter holiday weekend when there’s no post). But we already know that the target of 1000 toys has been exceeded, so that’s over 1000 poorly children around the country who’ll receive a gift to help brighten their days in hospital – isn’t that wonderful.

I made one more item to send in the last week of the Dolly Drive. A bedtime baby doll from the Funky Friends Factory pattern that Pauline kindly offered for free to those who wished to use it to make toys for the drive.

I made it using some dinosaur flannelette and pink cotton. I used the photo tutorial on the FFF website to follow the pattern which was really helpful.

This is my finished baby dolly:

TSL Dolly Drive 2013

In the three months from January to March the Dolly Drive is hoping to collect 1000 handmade soft toys to distribute to children’s hospitals around Australia.

These are my contribution to their collection. They are Mushroom Rattles, made from a Dolls and Daydreams pattern. They have two little bells in the head of the mushroom and three ribbon roots attached to the bottom.

It’s a lovely easy pattern and was a great way to use up the odds and ends of some pieces of fabric I had.

I hope they brighten the days of some poorly children 🙂

Crocheting for Charity

After making the tiny baby hats for the 12 Days of Christmas Challenge, I decided to carry on making crochet items for charity. These are the things I made in January:

There’s lots of little tiny hats and little tiny shoes/booties, cocoons, … … a sewn NICU smock, mini minky ribbon comforters, more hats and booties, … …a crochet koala, some little trousers and even more hats and booties! I posted them all in a big box to the Australian Outback Baby Project on Wednesday 🙂