Friday, 21 July 2017

Burda 9412 Birdie Tunic


How cute is this!!


I'm doing the tunic shown in view B with some adjustments.


Mark the dart.


Press.


Press the edges of the tab to the wrong side.


Sew in place.


Stitch shoulder seams.


And press open.


Stitch lining shoulder seams.


And press open.


Gather shoulders and neckline.


Pin to lining.


And sew.  Sew part way down each side of back.


Turn through shoulder.  Sew back seam.


Hem.


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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Our Montessori Bathroom

I was surprised how quick and easy it was to adapt our bathroom so that our toddler can reach everything she needs.  I was anticipating having to destroy our wooden furniture with cup hooks and the like.  


Until I saw this in IKEA.  It's secured to the shown screen with suction hooks so there's no holes to repair when Little Miss grows out of it.  Plus it can be re-purposed elsewhere when she's old enough to reach the bathroom storage herself.  


Her toothbrush and toothpaste which are still out of her reach because Little Miss loves to brush her teeth and would do it all day long if she had constant access to her toothbrush.


I also got her this tap extender which was very cheap.  It's a flexible piece of plastic that fits over the tap and directs the flow of water further out so Little Miss can reach it by herself.  


It has revolutionised hand washing ah ehm I mean water play . . .


I've switched to a solid bar of soap so that there's no chance of Little Miss using up a full bottle of our usual liquid soap.    


And of course a step stool that Little Miss can use to reach the sink - I was a bit late getting it and she learnt to use the toilet instead - we're working on that!!

All in change out of £20 to help Little Miss to brush her own teeth, wash her own face, hands and when she's ready she'll be able to learn to brush her own hair.  







Friday, 14 July 2017

Burda 9412 Blue Leggings


Super simple leggings to go with the tunic I made last week, or anything else should the fancy take me.


This is a straight forward pattern which uses a wide waist band instead of elastic to hold the pants up.


Inside leg seams first.


Then one leg is put inside the other, right sides together.

Croch seam.


The top gets pressed over.


Swap to a double needle and hem the cuffs.


And the waist band.


Simples!


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Slow Cooker Sausage Casserole Recipe



A simple, tasty dish that our whole family loves.


Ingredients:
Sausages £1.49 x 2 = £2.98
Onions 55p
Peppers £1.28
Garlic 59p / 4 = 15p
Cannellini Beans 42p
Butter Beans 33p
Chopped Tomatoes 29p x 4 = £1.16
Worcestershire Sauce £1.29
Total Price = £8.16
/ 16 portions = 
51p per portion


Chop the onions.


And the garlic.


Fry in a little oil until soft then add them to the slow cooker.


Brown the sausages, add them to the slow cooker..


Chop the peppers and add them to the slow cooker.


Then the beans.


Tomatoes.


And the Worcestershire Sauce.


Give it a stir and cook on low for six hours or so.

Here it is served with mustard mash.



Friday, 7 July 2017

Burda 9412 Monster Tunic


Isn't this fabric awesome!



Mark the dart with pins and press.


Sew.


Open out and press the front.


Press the edges of the tab to the wrong side.


Sew in place.


Stitch shoulder seams.


Press open.


Sew lining shoulder seams.


Press open.


Gather shoulders and neckline.


Pin lining and dress right sides together, sew neckline and armholes.


Clip curves.


Turn through one shoulder.


Finish both sides of the back opening at the top.  Sew the rest together.


Side seams.


Button holes on back.


Hem with twin needle.


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