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    A little stretch and sew

    I’m not sure I’ve mentioned it before… but I really hated sewing with stretch material! Thankfully I’ve slowly gotten over that fear…and maybe stepping into the realm of mutual like…maybe even love. Part of this fear was put into me by The Sewing Bee (funny how using an overlocker for the first time under timed conditions isn’t conducive to learning!) But The Sewing Bee also gave me the confidence to just give things ago. Feeling a little bit nostalgic I decided to put this lovely knit fabric from Girl Charlee to good use (Taufiq now has a habit of peering over my shoulder as I internet shop fabrics now he knows I quite like sewing menswear!)

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    A little pyramid pattern weight

    I hope you’ve been enjoying The Great British Sewing Bee. I’ve had lots of lovely  comments about my little pattern weights so thought I’d share a tutorial so that you too could have a bamboo steamer full of the very best sewing dim sum. Why use pattern weights? Well, there’s a time and a place for pattern weights- but generally they’re a super easy and quick way to keep your pattern in place while you cut out your fabric using a rotary cutter. Some people swear by scissors, but with scissors you really should pin the pattern in place to prevent it shifting which can be a bit long and cumbersome. Some people swear by rotary cutters. Personally I only tend to swear when I’ve managed to nick myself with the blade more than anything… (They are blooming sharp!) These particular set of pattern weights were whipped up late one evening using left over scraps from Tanzanian/Zanzibari kangas (the traditional clothes made up from one large continuous piece of printed fabric, much like a sari).

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    A little baby boom

    We’ve had a real boom in little one’s around here! Most exciting was the arrival of my brother’s little baby gal- the first grandchild in the family, our cute little pumpkin. Between fielding well meaning Aunties patting on my tummy, asking “when is she going to get a cousin?” and sewing up all sorts of treats for this little one, I’ve been a busy little bee. Here’s a few projects I’ve been working on, along with the links to patterns (all freebies!) Little Geranium- from Made by Rae– I love this little pattern. So simple and so cute. This cotton fabric was from IKEA! (Size 0-3 months) 2. Little Geranium- from Made by Rae– I did say I loved this dress pattern! This time with a little added bias tape and pockets.Tiny babies need pockets you know. The Mary-Jane style booties are from my own pattern The Little Bow-tiful Booties. Matching headband was just a simple thing I whipped up! The fabric is from IKEA again…The salesperson hovered around behind me waiting for me to checkout. Poor guy, it’s like he’d never been around crafters before! I kindly suggested he carry on with his work and I’d get him when I was ready……

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    A little monkeying around

    Hands up who’s fed up of all the sewing posts? Yup, mine’s up too. Theres nothing quite as nice as sitting on the sofa with a big roll of wool and that crochet needle, whipping up something adorable. This time….it’s another variation of The Little Bunny Blanket Buddy! I know…when am I going to stop doing these? Perhaps when I’ve created enough animals to create my version of Noah’s Ark (which, by the way sounds like an amazing idea!).

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    A little blown away…

    I know I haven’t posted in a long while (not for having lots of things to share!) but today I just had to sit my bum down and type this one out. Despite my good intentions to post frequently, it just doesn’t happen these days- I just couldn’t ignore the little notification on my phone from WordPress. Apparently my stats are booming (I’m a little blown away by the numbers!), and what’s causing all the fuss? My post on our wedding anniversary scrap book! I’m really glad you like that post- it’s genuinely one of the simplest things I’ve made, and the one I hold closest to my heart (and that’s only three years down the line of being married!- can’t imagine how precious it will be in 10, 20 years). Anyway, unfortunately I haven’t got any proper posts ready for you guys: but here’s just a taste of whats waiting around the corner… Please keep your comments coming, and keep visiting: I’m still alive! love, little pomegranate.                    

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    A little long for an apron…

    I’ve found myself waking up pretty early today, despite not having to be in for work until 11 (oh yes, it’s weekend shift no.2 in the space of three weeks!) So I thought I’d do a quick post of a skirt I made during christmas. Luckily for me, I had Christmas off. Unfortunately, Tree was working nights. And being car-less I was flat bound, with just the Christmas movies to keep me company in the evenings. The perfect environment to get my sewing machine out, wouldn’t you say?

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    The little (but getting larger) reader’s gallery update

    I’m not sure if anyone has noticed the little tab at the top which shows off the lovely photos that reader’s have sent me of their creations. I wanted to do a quick showcase of the two most recent additions. The first is from the lovely Heather at Pass the cereal. I read her post about making the blanket buddy(and other little treats) for her niece and thought, “whoops!”- Perhaps I should have mentioned that the pattern for the blanket part starts off skew-whiff but straightens out on it’s own! Oh dear, could have save you some time if I’d mentioned that before. Hope no one else had the same problem and had to redo the blanket or worse.. gave up! The second one is from Sarah: Sarah ended up doing something slightly different with the mane on this lion buddy- only bringing it around part of the head. I actually prefer it this way! I’ve always thought mine ended up looking a bit like a flower pot man…. Keep sending me photos of your creations. I love seeing the variations and the colour combinations. And as always, feel free to ask me questions if you get stuck- there’s nothing I hate more…

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    The little rolly polly penguin

    Sigh. I think I should just open every post with: ‘AHHH I’M SO SORRY’ and with a sob because I never seem to have time to pick up my crochet needle/sewing needle, which in turn means I never get around to posting anything! Ok, moaning aside… I do have a pattern to share! In fact I have another in the pipeline…and yes- you guessed it! It’s another blanket buddy variation (I might give you a clue of what animal I tackled later in the post…). But for now, here’s a little fella I think you might like. He’s round. He’s squishy. And he jingles. Could there be anything more perfect for that new baby in your life?

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    The little bow-tiful booties and lovely honey bear

    I’ve had a few messages and emails asking for the pattern variation for the bear blanket buddy, so here I am! I apologise that this took a while to upload. We’ve just moved into a flat at the beginning of the month, and for anyone who’s moved home- you’ll know how much of your time that takes! Then we didn’t actually get an internet connection until last week. And to pile on top of that, I had to work in the weekend. So it’s been slow progress in this Little Pomegranate’s world (with the main bane of my life being dining chairs! But I’ll rant about that some other time), but I finally got around to finishing off the pattern for the bear and the matching booties.

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    The little protege

    My niece (in the Asian sense of the word where everyone is your relative-> spreading the love) needed to dress up as a Disney princess for the last week of school and started asking around for a purple coloured maxi skirt to dress up as Princess Jasmine. Unfortunately, I don’t own a purple skirt so I failed on ‘super Aunt’ points. But half an hour later she sent me another message asking for a yellow skirt because she now wanted to dress up as Snow White. As luck would have it, I had the perfect outfit for Snow White- as pointed out by my lovely readers on my tutorial for a crop t-shirt. Super Aunt to the rescue!