Trauma Teddies

Wow! I didn’t realise it has been so long since I have posted anything here. I keep meaning to, then other things pop up.

My son broke his arm last week, and when he was in the ambulance the paramedics gave him a knitted bear. This bear stayed with him throughout his x-rays, surgery, recovery and everything. It provided so much comfort for him.

I really wanted to replace the bear that was given to him, so another child could receive the same comfort during their sickness/injury. I started at one and today I am going to make a start on number four πŸ™‚

Below are some of my notes and links for future reference πŸ™‚


Trauma Teddy PatternΒ – External Link, the main difference I did was to knit the bear in one piece instead of two pieces… so when I got to the top of the head, I worked back down the head down to the feet and cast off there.

I also made a different arm because I wanted it to look more like a shirt. So I didn’t do the increases for the arms, instead, after I cast off I picked up 9 sts from the front and 9 sts from the back of the shirt. Here is a good video on how to do this. Then you knit as normal. The arm is 18 sts and you workΒ 34 rows and then cast off.

And then I used this method for stitching them up πŸ™‚

Happy Knitting πŸ™‚


Rattle Socks

RecentlyΒ I was looking on Pinterest for activities for 3 month olds and I found rattle socks. I didn’t really want to buy them in case my little girl didn’t like them, so thought I’d make some instead. They are also a really good way to use the plastic eggs inside Kinder Surprises!

Rattle Socks

Rattle Socks

I’ve included a link to my personal notes on how I made these socks.

Pattern -> Rattle Socks

The Backson

My little boy has been a bit sick with a cold the last few days, so I thought I’d make him a toy to cheer him up. He really likes the Backson from the Winnie the Pooh movie, so I thought I’d give that a go.

The Backson

It’s a Giant creature with a tail
Here, I’ll draw Piglet in for scale
Its hide is like a shaggy rug
Its face a surly ugly mug
With two sharp horns atop its head
In between a mop of hair that’s red
And in its nose a ring of gold
It smells of monkey’s feet and mould
Its toes are black
Its fur is blue
I swear that all I tell you is not made up
The Backson!

The Backson

The Backson

I’ve included a link to my personal notes on how I made this toy.

Pattern -> Backson

2014 Projects

In 2014 I tried to do a bit more sewing, as well as crochet and knitting. Here are a few of my projects throughout the year πŸ™‚

2014 ProjectsLeft-Right: Larry & Bob, Peppa Pig, Harry Potter Bookscarf

Loader & Digger Cushions (my design), Bunny New Born Set (with carrot), Hello Kitty Shoes, Fireman Sam

Another Peppa Pig, Giggleosaurus Hat (my design), Hungry Catarpillar Baby Blanket (my design), Ron Weasley Hat

Mobile Phone Cosy, Crochet Hook Bag (my design), Owl Tote, Toothless

And some more…

2014 Projects

Left-Right: Aussie Animal Christmas Bunting, Thomas & Percy Baubles (my design), Calico Messenger Bag, Patch Messenger Bag

Toothless Messenger Bag, T.A.R.D.I.S. Tea Cosy (my design)

Superhero Quilt

Last year I saw a few superhero rag quilts on Pinterest that looked awesome!

Superhero Rag Quilt

Superhero Rag Quilt

I hadn’t done much quilting, and I hadn’t made a rag quilt before. I wanted to do a really good job of it, as I wanted to make it for my son. I think I must have tried the rag quilt 4 or 5 times, before I came to the decision to ditch the rag and make a “normal” quilt πŸ™‚

I got all the logos from Google Images, and just traced them out from my monitor onto paper.

I’m so happy with how it turned out! And my son loves it too πŸ™‚

P.S. I didn’t write up a tutorial or anything as there are a lot of awesome tutorials online already, and I’m certainly not the best quilter πŸ™‚

My Superhero Quilt

Soap Cosy

This year I have been trying to think of handmade gift ideas, and one of those was a soap cosy. My parents get this really nice soap from Beauty and the Bees, they smell delicious! So that made making cosies for them quite delightful πŸ™‚

Soap Cosy

I made up a pattern as I went along, so you can make one too if you like πŸ™‚ Mine are just a plain colour because this was the only colour I had in cotton.

Pattern –> Soap Cosy