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Today I am off to visit lovely lovely Hannah R-B and Teddy her new little babba. To mark his imminent arrival I made these bunny slippers and gave them to her at her baby shower a few weeks ago.

The basic slipper shape is the one from my Felt Sew Good book and I adapted it by cutting a heart shape in white felt for the face (embroider the eyes and nose on the white heart first. Then sew it to the grey slipper upper and then sew the upper to the sole.). I cut one pink and two grey ear shapes for each ear and attached them to the slippers by making a small hole in the slipper to poke the ear through and then sewn in place. This makes the ears stick up. The tail was a rectangle of felt folded in half lengthways then snipped down across the folded spine (stopping before the bottom). Roll the felt rectangle up to form a kinda pom pom and sew in place.

They were quite hard to part with but I’m sure Baby R-B will appreciate them as much as his mummy did. I’m thinking it may take a few weeks before he fits into them though!

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OOh I felt so bad (see what I’ve done there) when I realised I hadn’t announced the winner of the Cloud Craft felt giveaway. To make up for my lacksadaisical approach to my responsibilities I am giving away a second prize of my prototype ice lolly purse!

So the lucky winner of the felt package from Cloud Craft is Lynda Forster and congratulations to Miss Melvis who is now the proud owner of the purse. Use the contact form on my About Me page to send me your email addresses and I’ll get the gifts out to you soonest.

ICe lolly purse

So it’s still summer, it’s still Summer Holidays (just) and therefore it’s still Ice Lolly Weather. If you’re looking for a crafty project to keep little (or big) hands busy then this felt ice lolly shaped purse might just do the trick. Made up of simple shapes, it requires a little hand sewing and a lot of sequin sticking but it’ll be super useful for the following things:

1. Keeping ice cream money in or
2. Storing iphones or ipods or
3. making sure that mini bottle of sun lotion is always to hand or
4. keeping shell collections safe or even
5. as a nice new pencil case for school.

Here’s the step by step guide on how to make it …

ICELOLLY PURSE INSTRUCTIONS

and the templates

ICELOLLYPURSETEMPLATE

If you want to try your hand at making this project but you don’t have any felt to hand don’t panic as I’ve teamed up with lovely Nicole from Cloud Craft to give away a pack of the five felts you’ll need for the project. Nice one Nic.

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Nicole’s wonderful Etsy shop is full of beautiful 100% wool felt and lots of other haberdashery treats. If you can’t wait to see if you’ve won (closing date Aug 28th) then she’s also offering a 10% discount on all purchases till the 15th of Sept. Simply enter icecream10 at the checkout for your discount.

For your chance to win simply say hello (or something else lovely) in the comment box below and I’ll choose a winner at random.

new books

Just a quick note to say …ย  Hurrah for all your lovely competition entries. You really are a crafty lot and it seems even when things go wrong you can still laugh about it which is the best way to be! I’m going to have a good read through and announce the winner next Monday.

Ps: did you notice the two new books in the photo above? They are the next two in Quadrille Publishings Simple Makes series: Scissors, Paper, Craft by lil’ old me and Hook, Yarn and Crochet by the very talented Ros Badger. They’re out on the 15th of August and they are awesome!