Wednesday, November 24, 2010

NEW Make it Perfect Patterns are in..and a GIVE-AWAY!

The lovely new patterns from Make it Perfect arrived this morning. See them here at Crafty Mamas! And we also stock the scrummy  Michal Miller knits featured too! Cute hey?

I have 1 x Afterglow pattern to Give-away to 1 lucky customer between today and Sunday. go check out our SALE- you may be the lucky customer!

Craft On!

Lisa :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ottobre Design 1/2009 "Hertta"

The trouble with owning Crafty Mamas?
I am spoilt for choice. I have access to so many amazing fabrics and patterns...that sometimes it is overwhelming. So to help me focus I am concentrating on one Otto issue each week. This week it is 1/2009. 

Available as a back issue from the Crafty Mama shop. 

This is the adorable HERTTA skirt. This fabric is one I had printed at Spoonflower ages ago. I had seen the Peter Alexander jammies in crochet print flannel and had plans to do the same. But somehow I like it better as a skirt- trimmed with some light weight denim from my stash and some adorable mushie ribbon by Janeas World ( also at Crafty Mamas!).

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

MODKID Penny in Bed of Roses STENZO!

I loved this fabric the moment I  first saw the swatch...ever have fabrics like that?  STENZO Bed of Roses, cotton/elastomeric knit. And in real life, you almost expect it to exude a rose fragrance! I had to make Lil a Penny, her current fave pattern from the new Modkid range.

 This Penny in size 8-10 ( I tweak) took 1 metre of  glorious Stenzo knit.

Sweet as!

Oh, make sure you enter the STENZO Give-away too!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

STENZO Giveaway at Crafty Mamas

And we have a WINNER!! Congrats to...

  Ali said...
I actually like ALL the Stenzo's in stock right now (and it's only cause my bank balance is not allowing a lot more fabric to enter my front door

What an awesome giveaway.

 Ali, you better tell  us which fabric you would like!

Thankyou everyone for entering!

Lisa :)


The lovely new STENZO fabrics are up at Crafty Mamas!

 Delicious baby soft cords and lots of matching cotton/elasto knits!

If you would like to be in the running to win 1 x metre of STENZO Loveliness, leave me a comment as to which is your FAVE Stenzo fabric in stock at Crafty Mamas!  Post a link to the fabric you love the most, and note it's name. will select a winner for us  Monday 22nd November!

Good Luck!

Happy Sewing


Saturday, November 13, 2010


For the Aussie Crafty Mamas, Kmart has a veritable plethora of kids ( and mamas) tshirts and tanks in differing styles for $4-$7. They are 100% cotton, too! I grabbed a few this morning. I like to have  some of these on standby as they make great gifts when dyed up all pretty like, or embellished. The Crafty Mamas shop has some really cool -patterns for projects like these too!

Monkey's Bugs designs have these cool epatterns...

BREEZY is a really cute panel dress with a tshirt or tank top. 

TWIRLY is an adorable tiered tshirt dress.

Also the Crafty Mamas forum has Reconstruction area, for even more inspiration.

And how amazing is THIS?
From "Stop staring and start sewing".

For some embellishment tutes and clever ideas, visit Lil Blue Boo.
This talented designer offers some really cool free graphics for you to print on tees too.

So stock up on those plain tees! 

Happy Sewing!

Friday, November 12, 2010

1 metre Michael Miller Empire waist knit dress

This is made from the Altered Cloth tute I blogged about this week, using 1m of the yummy new Michael Miller interlocks from the Crafty Mamas Shop.

It is very quick and easy to sew up, these new knits sew like a dream. The tute is actually for a top, but I used the entire metre and made a knee length dress, Perfect for over bathers!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Some Spring Sewing Projects for Mama!

Even though I have cupboards ( and a shop!) full of sewing patterns..I am always on the look out for quick and easy tutes. There is just something about sewing with no pattern that appeals to me. On my list to try this week...

Empire waist top tutorial.... from Altered Cloth

And simple shirred tops from Altered Cloth. 
This can easily have straps attached too, if you are worried about the kids exposing you ( ask me ...I know all about that!). Simply make up two straps, try the top on with a bra on, and then position the straps where you bra straps go. Easy.Then sew on.

Great tops for jersey knits like Stella and the very funky new Michael Miller knits in store. 

Something else that caught my eye this week, t shirts with sweet little tulle flowers. I saw one in a shop window in lime..just stunning.I found this tute to make my own!

 And I've seen a few versions of the good old legging in the stores...all dressed up with ruched sides, buttons, leather thonging, lots of cool stuff. Again, use a cotton/elastomeric knit on these like STELLA or our Euro knits.

Here's a nice tute on making your own from MADE

Happy Sewing Adventures!

Lisa :)

Saturday, November 06, 2010

MODKID " Penny" Pattern Review by Crafty Mama

The very groovy new patterns from MODKID arrived this week...and are  quickly selling out, so don't dilly dally! I did manage to grab a PENNY for myself, and I LOVE it! MODKID patterns are the work of the very talented Patty Young. You can see the range HERE at Crafty Mamas.

Patty is well known for her amazing fabrics collections, including the recent interlock knits ( yep, we have them! Check them out HERE like...

Here's my review of PENNY, I made this for Bon, age 10.

MODKID patterns are printed on lovely thick paper with the sizing clearly indicated. The instructions are encompassed in a cool little booklet, they are very clear and easy to follow. Patty has included help on selecting the best size for hard to fit kids, too. As Penny is for knits, there is a lot of great info given for first time knit sewers. You are guided through construction step by step then shown some cool variations to try at the end as well as some beautiful examples in the inspiration gallery.

PENNY consists of 3 main pieces- love that! It can be made in different lengths, with empire waist, as a skirt/dress/tunik. With short sleeves, long sleeves or contrasting sleeves. Really, the combos here are endless.

PENNY goes together like a dream, quickly and easily, making it an ideal beginners pattern. It is suited to stretch knits only, ( heaps in the Crafty Mamas shop to choose from). I have used a Flap Happy knit from my stash that Bon fell in love with last year.

I used pastel pink STELLA on the neckline, and rolled hem on the sleeves and hem. The sewing up took about 30 minutes, love that!  I found PENNY to be quite generous in sizing, but then Bon is tall and slim.

I am about to go raid the Crafty Mamas shop for fabrics to make up a few more!

The verdict? MODKID Penny is the new Go-To dress pattern!

Adding another..just to prove I have not been resting on my laurels..( what are laurels, anyway?).

Empire waist version with short sleeves. Michael Miller knits and aqua from my stash.

Thursday, November 04, 2010


I received an awesome box of Farbenmix goodies today! 
Some stunning ladies patterns...delectable ribbons and super cute new iron velours! Keep your eyes posted on the shop for the new velours, the new patterns and ribbons are up now!
And remember;  these items all ship free within Aus!



Drumroll...And the Winner of the 1m of Michael Miller NEW Knits is...

Seaside Siblings said...
Why would I love to win this? Because it would be all for me and not for my kids, selfish Mummy moment :-)

Congratulations!!! Please email me which knit you would like and your postage details!

Thankyou everyone who entered! 

Wednesday, November 03, 2010


I have  about 20 bolts  (200 metres!) of new season STENZO fabrics due in this week...I keep an eye on where they are at in the world and was quite amazed today to see their journey!

They left The Netherlands, went to Germany, then onto Kentucky US, then Melbourne, then apparently Hawaii! Then back to Sydney...

Whew! They'll be exhausted when they get here!

I'll keep you posted...

Monday, November 01, 2010

OTTOBRE Design #303 to Gilet How- To

This is one of my fave t shirt patterns, and a great basic top for playing around with. Here's  a gilet version....with the hanky type hem. I extended it by 20cm at the bottom, and took it out 5cm at the sides. Then did this... see my very technical sketch??

The bottom is then finished with a thin rolled hem.

SPOTLIGHT ON...Kleine Hexenkuche

Kleine Hexenkuche ( Small Kitchen Witch) patterns are exclusive in Australia to us, Crafty Mamas! These gorgeous designs are in German with full step by step tutes available on line. They are the work of a fellow Crafty Mama from Germany, Andrea.

If you love  Euro style will adore these! See the range HERE.

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Crafty Mamas SHOP blog. Aussie agent for Farbenmix, Studio Tantrum, Stenzo fabric, Ottobre design. Stocking Hilco fabric, Mamu design and other cool stuff!