To make your own version, you will need.....
- Assorted Felt
- Fabric scrap
- Knitting needles
- Stuffing material
- General sewing materials
I found a great boat pattern which I used as a template to cut the pieces of felt to size, then sewed them together using a blanket stitch.
To stuff the boat, I chose a variety of materials including wire wool (to keep pins and needles sharp), toy stuffing and rice (at the bottom to give it weight).
As I wanted it to look vaguely (!?) like a trawler boat, I stuffed and sewed another piece of felt onto the top. For a bit of extra decoration, I added some needle felted waves to the bottom. (You can see our other needle felting post here)
I then went onto the thread catcher - I wanted to make look like a net being towed along by the boat. For this I used a 22 x 15cm piece of blue cotton and hemmed the top with a 2cm allowance.
To give the top some stability and help keep it open, I used a plastic parcel tie (is that what it's called?!?) to thread through the hem. Then turned inside out and sewed the sides and bottom together.
At this point, it was looking a bit plain... so I decided to knit a net using size 10 needles and twine!
I wrapped this around the fabric, secured by sewing to the fabric on the inside hem and used a wool needle to sew the sides and bottom together using twine.
I made the ropes by plaiting together twine and then cut out some felt fish to finish it off! I decided not to attach the net permanently to the boat as I can then use each piece separately and it can also fit in different places - for example next to my sewing machine!
So now I have no excuse for making a mess and just need to tackle the rest of the 'organised chaos' in my craft room!!
10th March 2014: Update - this post was featured here by the Sewing Loft
Your thread-catcher is a great idea! I need this, too...ReplyDelete
Thanks susann, it certainly comes in handy! xDelete
Amazing!!!So creative idea!!!I love it!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Anastasia! xDelete
Very creative and beautifulReplyDelete
Greetings from Bulgaria!!!
Welcome & thanks for your lovely comment!! xDelete
Such a cute, cute, cute idea. My boys would love to add these to their sewing collection.ReplyDelete
Thank you! I'm sure it would make a great addition to a sewing collection :) xDelete
This is just adorable! Creative, functional and cute!!! Love it!ReplyDelete
I hope you will link up to The CSI Project starting tonight. The challenge this week is "Life at the Beach" and do anything beach, summer, nautical is encouraged.
Come on over!
Thanks very much for the invite, I have now linked up to your CSI Project!! Great topic :) xDelete
Thanks for much for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts - you were featured today!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for featuring this post Mandy! Have added a link back to you on the post :) xDelete
Too cute! Thanks for linking up the Upcycled Linky Party at http://love2upcycle.blogspot.com/2013/06/upcycled-linky-party-10.htmlReplyDelete
Thanks Tricia!! xDelete
Sweet as anything. Thanks for sharing. LindaReplyDelete
Thanks Linda! xDelete
What a cute idea. Love this so much more than the tomato pin pillow. Thanks for linking up with us for Fabulously Frugal Thursday.ReplyDelete
Thanks Heather! Although I like the idea of a tomato pin cushion as well! xDelete
That's an adorable project - especially love the thread catcher. Any chance you might do a future post about that lovely sewing machine? I have one that looks very similar and have such a hard time navigating the threading. Would love to see a walk-through from someone who uses theirs regularly.ReplyDelete
Thanks for your lovely comment! My machine is a New Home model from my mum & I agree the threading can be tricky :) Here's a link to an online manual, which may help? x http://archive.org/details/NewHome539SewingMachineOwnersManualDelete