My lovely friend recently gave birth to baby #4 (in six years, she’s
a glutton for punishment an amazing woman). Now that she has more children than she can easily hold onto at once, she wanted something she could dress them in so that they matched and would therefore be easy to spot on trips to the park or at soft play.
The obvious thing to do would be to put the children in matching tshirts which I would have personalised for them – but being a resourceful sort and an owner of ever-growing children myself – I wanted to come up with something that would last each child longer than a few months or a year at best.
The solution – transferable personalisation. I bought a number of tshirts in the same colour (purple – my friends favourite and pleasingly bright and unisex) and rigged up some velcro patches so that each child can wear the tshirt that best fits and stick their very own patch to the front.
I used some 2″/50mm wide sew on velcro and cut the patches to the same width. Each patch was titivated with beads/buttons/applique/embroidery to suit each child.
Once the patches were complete I hand stitched them to the velcro to create the border around the edge of each patch and to make sure that it was firmly secured.
I then machine sewed the other part of the velcro to each tshirt, et voila, interchangable tshirts.
As well as the tshirts in the picture, the set was delivered with some tshirts in other sizes with just the velcro attached, so that my friend will have no excuse for losing her children for years to come.
This was a leaving present for a friend at work, she has two cats and is a fan of felty goodness. The finished cushion is about 12″ square.
Two years ago, my friend married her Tottenham Hotspur fan husband. She wanted something small and inexpensive to celebrate their cotton wedding anniversary, so asked if I could come up with something. The result, a white cotton handkercheif with an embroidered patch sewn on, the patch being the Spurs emblem. Turned out well in the end.
This one was a present for a friend of Little Spot’s, who turned 3 recently. The t-shirt is bought, the flower is hand appliquéd on and the bugs are made from felt and embroidered on. I particularly like the catarpillar which is crawling along the hem.
“Mummy,” she said, “Why do you make things for everyone else and nothing for me?”
The truth is that I’ve only just started sewing again and there have been a lot of birthdays recently, so the small amount of spare time I’ve had has been taken up with making presents.
This week Big Spot finally gets her own homemade present – a t-shirt (bought) embroidered, appliqued and stitched to her specification. We’d seen some shabby chic-style union jack t-shirts in Next and she loved them, so now she has one of her own, made with love by her Mum.
These were made for a friend’s 3 year old daughter, she loves to play at cooking in her mini kitchen that was built by her Dad, so of course she needs some mini oven gloves to get the mini roasts out of the mini oven…
Small Spot is growing up fast, she’s just moved from the toddler room to the first pre-school room at nursery. She left behind a special lady who was her key worker and lots of other lovely ladies who helped look after her, so of course I had to supply presents – the room name in felt letters to hang over the door and a cushion for her key worker to rest her weary arse after a hard day’s toddler wrangling.
Categories: craft, felt, gifts
Chorizo sausage works really well in a tomatoey pasta sauce – you get all the flavour you need from the sausage meaning that you don’t need to add any extra herbs or spices.
- 1 large white onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 250g chorizo, diced to around 1/2 inch cubes
- 400g tin chopped tomatoes
- 250g passata
- 2 tbsp sundried tomato puree
- salt and pepper to taste
- olive oil for frying
1. Fry the diced chorizo in a non-stick frying pan until it has gone slightly crispy. There is no need to add oil at this stage – the chorizo releases enough oil for frying.
2. Keeping as much of the oil as possible in the frying pan, transfer the chorizo to a saucepan. Fry the onion and garlic in the oil, adding a little olive oil if required.
3. Once the onions have softened, transfer the contents of the frying pan to the saucepan with the chorizo.
4. Add the chopped tomato, passata and sundried tomato paste. Season to taste.
5. Bring to the boil and then simmer on a low heat for 10 minutes. This would be a good time to start cooking your pasta.
6. Serve with pasta, adding some parmesan or manchego cheese for a little extra flavour.
Approx cost per head: £1.50
Time taken: 20 mins
Portions of fruit and veg: 1
Can leftovers be stored and reheated for a quick lunch the next day? Yes
Can it be frozen? Yes.
Variations: Add some vegetables at the frying stage – red peppers and mushrooms work well (Big Spot is a pepper/mushroom refusenik otherwise I’d add them every time). Drained tinned haricot beans (or cannellini or blackeye or whichever you fancy) added after the tomatoes have gone in will turn it into a lovely stew which tastes lovely with baked potatoes.