Sunday, 22 September 2013

Little pressies * The baked ones

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 So here are the few things that came out of the oven...

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A little phone accessory, a pair of earrings for a ballet dancer and a statement ring made with recycled buttons and beads.. Here we are, that's all folks ! See you next time !

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Welcome to Mrs Monkey's !

Hello there !

If you have just stumbled across this blog let me make the introductions. My name is Violaine (or V for short) and I'm a French born and partly English bred crafter. I have always loved making stuff, be it knitting, sewing, drawing, DIY, basically anything that will keep my fingers busy. I started here about a year ago posting the things I make in French, with English subtitles. But I think you guys deserve to have a fully English speaking page so here it finally is !

Most of the posts are still available in their bilingual version over on the French site, however I aim to gradually import it all here.

So welcome, make yourself at home, I hope you enjoy the visit !

V aka Mrs Monkey

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Little pressies * The sewn ones

sewmonkey lightHello my little monkeys !!!! I have missed you... I have to admit I wasn't planning on taking such a long break from the blog this summer, however we did manage to fit in 2 house moves, 1 course passed, 1 change of country, a new job and 2 or 3 other things which have kept me busy. We even managed to go away for ten days !
So we are all settled now in a little house in England with (oh joy !) an entire room dedicated to crafts where I can leave all my fabrics, wools, buttons and mess without bothering anyone. I'll show you soon !
So in the meantime and to get back into the swing of things here are a few bits I have been meaning to show you for a while.
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Here are a few purses I made for some lovely ladies who have been good enough to put up with me for these last three years that I spent in France with them.

The waxed fabrics are from Les Carollaises, and the other fabrics are fat quarters picked up here and there. The gorgeous mitsi Liberty is a coupon bought from Ma petite Mercerie.
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These are in waxed fabric with a cotton lining, and a little charm on the zip (metal from Beads direct or shrink plastic made by Mrs Monkey !)
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This origami purse was inspired by a tutorial for a folded paper envelope. I sewed two squares of fabrics together, wrong sides facing and tucking the edges in. Then it was folded, and sewn along the edges, add a button hole and as they say : Bob's your uncle ! 
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Hope you like them... more pressies soon, oven baked ones this time !

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

DIY * Pie bag

Here is the step by step tutorial to making your own pie carrier. In France we use these to carry a pie or cake, or even a quiche to a picnic spot or if you are invited for dinner to someone's house and you are asked to bring dessert. This version is made of waxed fabric so it can be wiped easily. The colours and patterns are up to you ! If you lack time or can't be bothered, the pie bags will soon be available from Mrs Monkey's online shop !

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You need :
  • 4 squares of fabric (waxed or not), 40 x 40 cm
  • 2 strips of fabric 30 x 7 cm (for the handles)
  • 2.5 m bias binding + 1 m string or 1.6 m bias + 80 cm edging trimming
  • thread + needle or sewing machine !!
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First of all cut the different pieces and cut two of the squares in half to form the top of the bag
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Fold the strips in half lengthwise and sew along the side, tucking the edges in
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If you are making your own edging trim, fold the string into the bias and sew along it until you reach 80 cm long
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Place the edging trim along the straight edge of one of the half squares, open side facing outwards. Place the handle on top, ends facing out, and sew along the trim. Put a second half square on top, right sides facing each other, and sew along the same line. Repeat for the second half of the top of the bag.
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Place the two whole squares wrong sides facing on top of each other, then place the two half sides on top with the handles facing inwards. Pin bias binding to the 4 edges of the square and sew all the layers together.
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Tada ! You got yourself a pie bag !!
(you can download this summary in pictures by doing a right click on the image)
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* Les Carollaises * <= This is where the fabric comes from *
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, more coming soon !

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

DIY * Reusable makeup removal pads

Mrs Monkey had had enough of using many small cotton wool pads to wipe her makeup off... so she found an interesting tutorial which tought her how to make some reusable ones ! Quick to make and confortable to use, they are sewn using minky fabric found here.

1) Cut same-sized squares of cotton and Minky fabrics (7x7 cm is quite a good size)
2) Sew a cotton and a Minky square together on three sides about 5mm from the edge, right sides facing
3) Turn the whole thing onto the right side and sew the last edge, tucking the ends in and blocking a loop of ribbon into the sewing line.
4) You are now ready to remove your makeup !