3 March 2014

make-aholique


I have been beavering away in my shed lately, using lots of new materials that I splashed out on when I resurected my shed from its mouldy dilapidated pile in the garden. I've had so much fun making small things like pouches, bags and yesterday I made some moccasins for my daughter.


I made these felt ones first, they are lined with cotton on the inside of the sole and have faux leather on the bottom. I didn't use a pattern but I had a pair of moccasins which I really liked so I just drew around them and came up with a rough pattern, it was quite easy. 
There are LOADS of patterns available to download from the internet though if you do a google search, I just couldn't be bothered to have a fight with the printer, and to be honest, I'm crap at using any pattern or form of instructions, I like to work it out for myself somehow ; ) ( I just mention this as some peeps asked me over on Instagram earlier).

The next pair I made for more outdoor use. They are made from faux leather (vinyl ?) and have thick felt innersoles. I should mention that, although they would look lovely in leather, I am a bit squeamish about cutting up leather, it makes me think of that film Silence of the Lambs! I used to do a lot of leather cutting for work, which I was ok with...not sure why, but now I try to avoid it and own very few leather things. (I don't eat meat either by the way). I might get my mister to make some suede ones!

I made these ones a bit too big, but maybe with some thick socks is ok?




I loved making these, they were a bit tricky and it takes some practice to get used to working with vinyl. I hope to make many more bags and moccasins and things soon, I have just ordered lots of new colourful felt, oh yes!





I have been using this one as my wallet for a month now, and it still ok.


ahhh, and relaaaaxx...

It is difficult to make things with a toddler around but usually I work in my shed when it's a 'Daddy Day'. However, taking photos this morning with a very 'helpful' toddler about, was not so easy.

I'm going to try and takes some photos of my shed now, if the kiddo stays asleep ; )

29 comments:

  1. They look fantastic, I saw your sweet original moccasin on Instagram so its lovely to see the final ones! I made lots of little booties a while back, alas learnt too late for my boys!

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  2. I'm in awe..is there anything you can't do???
    Great fabric btw…would you mind sharing any designer names/shops where to get this?

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    1. ahhh thank you! there is plenty I can't do...drive a car, ride a bike, speak French, crochet. I try many things but never get very skilled at anything. THe flowery fabric is Liberty Print, the felt and leatherette is from various sellers on Ebay where I usually get fabrics from.

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  3. how lovely! nice work!

    just as well you made the one pair larger - she'll be growing into them in no time!

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  4. The moccasins are beautiful, I am very impressed. I haven't tried to work with vinyl before....where do you buy your felt? I find it hard to get wool felt here in the UK and I love to work with it.

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    1. THanks! I get my wool felt from Ebay.

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  5. They are beautiful. You're so clever!

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  6. Have you ever read The Elves And The Shoe Maker - the Vera Southgate illustrated Penguin edition? Your photos remind me of the shoes the elves made for the elderly shoe maker, dainty and utterly covetable.

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    1. ha ha yes I felt like that when I put them on the shelf in my shed!

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  7. size 5 please!
    in felt or faux leather...
    they are just fab!

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    1. I'll take on the challenge! You might look like an extra from a xmas panto though ; )

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  8. My goodness those moccasins are brilliant, you could make a buisness out of these gor sure x

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  9. um, those shoes are too darling! adorable!!

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  10. Such beautiful little shoes. I recently decided to stop eating meat and am undecided about what to do about large, I live the look and feel, but, ya know, it's still dead animal innit!

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    1. I know what you mean, but it is a by-product I suppose! It depends on your ethics but I just don't like the thought of it...I have a very vivid imagination ; )

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  11. Ahhhh! I just made my bub his first pair of moccs after slightly shuddering at the price tags of some of them online. I also found them a little fiddly but not impossible and I am think up ways of improving his next pair. This has given me a couple of good pieces of inspiration though!

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  12. Oh my gosh I just found your blog and love it! What a rad find! So inspiring. Wow. I sound like such a generic blog commentator ;) But I really mean it. It's been a while since I've stumbled upon a crafty blog I've really found inspiring.

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  13. I love these little moccasins! Definitely bookmarking this for when I have a wee one of my own :) Also, I saw you've pinned loads of woven scarves to your Pinterest board of things you've made, I was wondering if you had chance you could do a post about them? Not that I need more hobbies but I've always fancied giving it a try and the scarves you've made are lovely, I'd be interested in reading more about them.

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    1. Thanks! Yes a bit self-indulgent but i have just set up a pinterest board for all the things I have made. It really help to see everything on one page and remember what I did. I'm quite inspired to get weaving again now, which I have't done for a few years. I will do a post about it when I get round to it! x

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  14. Love the little shoes. Are they easy for Pehr to walk in?

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    1. Hi, yes the felt ones fit her really well, they are quite soft so a bit like walking in thick socks. The grey ones are a bit too big for her at the mo. Generally she can walk in anything...massive wellies, my shoes, anything she can get her feet into she'll walk about in ; )

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  15. Great minds must think alike - I just finished a pair of moccasins for our little baby. He's still in the bump, but can't wait to try them on him when he comes out. I made up a pattern to and shared it for others to use for free.

    http://www.randomlyhappyblog.com

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  16. Thank you for your lovely posts, I really like the little bags you've made. Especially the clasp you've used. What is the official name of those things? And could you help me out on where I could buy them (online). Many thanks!

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  17. Wow, I'm impressed, these are so professional and cute of course! Did you cut all that fringing by hand? Didn't realise you were a sewer too, are you watching GBSB?

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  18. they look adorable on your sweet daughter ;0)... my daughter Sophia's now 7 yrs, but i remember that age when you need to make a little time for making things while they sleep. Now my daughter makes me things~ And on Parents Evening the teacher said "your daughter's always drawing and making things for her class mates and me"....it made me smile.
    Something special about handmade... happy day to you x

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