Armadillo&Co :: Weavings auction for charity

Last week I went to Australian rug company Armadillo&Co’s 5th birthday celebration and the opening of the ‘Collage Collection’ exhibition. Armadillo&Co are a company that I admire and respect, not just for their beautifully designed and made rugs, but for what they stand for. Every Armadillo & Co piece embraces Fair Trade practices, is crafted from sustainable natural fibres including pure wool, jute, cotton and hemp, and all purchases benefit local schools in their weavers’ villages in India. They are working through The Anganwadi Project to ensure that the children ‘thrive, not just survive’.

The Collage Collection exhibition showcases 20 unique weavings based on collages created by children in Anganwadi pre-schools, and woven by artisans in India. There was a silent auction on the night with all proceeds going directly to building a school for The Anganwadi Project. A huge $10,000 was raised – enough to build two new preschools in Gujarat, Ahmedabad in India.




There are an additional 15 original woven artworks that are now being auctioned on eBay. Once again all proceeds will go directly to the The Anganwadi Project to build another preschool. The framed weavings are graphic and beautiful in design and craftsmanship. The auctions end in a couple of days, so go and take a look at the Anganwadi Project Charity Fundraiser and get bidding. It’s such a wonderful way to give children in the slums of India the chance of a nurturing environment, an education, hygiene and nutrition.



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The Anganwadi Project provides simple, safe, environmentally sustainable and beautiful learning spaces by sending volunteer teams of qualified design professionals to build schools and centres.  It relies solely on donations from individuals and companies for funding. Volunteers pay their own way and give their time to the project free of charge.


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TUTORIAL :: Make the cutest Easter bunny softies from socks

Easter doesn’t have to be all about chocolate – skip the sugar rush (and the aftermath!) and give the kidlets these sweet little Easter bunny softies. Start with a pair of baby’s cotton socks, follow the tutorial, and with a bit of hand sewing you’ll have handmade gifts in no time.

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Hop to it (sorry for the pun) and get making for Easter. All the children that have seen these sock Easter bunny softies have adored them… maybe add a couple of little Easter eggs and you’ll have a guaranteed hit.


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TUTORIAL :: Sweet Easter bunny costume and egg hunt bag

It’s so sweet to see little children hopping around pretending to be bunnies at Easter. Amp up the cute factor with my tutorial to make a bunny ear flower headband, matching fluffy tail and a little bag that’s perfect to collect chocolate treats in.

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I created this tutorial for Dailylike using their gorgeous fabric and trims. Head over to Dailylike to see all their fabulous products including fabric tape, self adhesive papers, gift boxes and wrapping supplies, and a whole lot more. For the full Easter bunny costume tutorial click here.

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Thank you to M, the cutest little poppet for being my model. Isn’t she adorable? And she is a champion at bunny hopping too.

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I have more Easter tutorials coming up, and you might like to check out my free printable to make cute carrot-shaped treat bags and my tutorial to make origami bunnies. Happy crafting.


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TUTORIAL :: Make your own superhero softie

Look over there in the playroom… it’s faster than a speeding Thomas the Tank Engine, able to leap tall Lego buildings in a single bound! It’s your child’s own super hero soft toy, lovingly handmade by you! Just download my free sewing pattern, follow the step by step instructions and make your own girl or boy superhero.

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Just head over to Tuts+ for my full tutorial and free sewing pattern and get started making your own customisable superhero soft toy.


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Make a car comfort pillow for your child

This is my third and final post for the Kidspot Choose your Own Adventure challenge (the previous two are kids crafts for a beach holiday, and upcycling roadside furniture finds). I was given a Ford Focus Titanium to drive for 6 weeks and I have to say that I’m loving it and feeling reluctant to hand it back…. but even more reluctant than me is Rhys. Rhys is the younger brother of one of Roxy’s friends. I drive them all to school a couple of mornings a week and they love the bells and whistles of the Focus, but Rhys in particular is a big fan. The kids love being able to chose music from my phone and marvel at the bluetooth connectivity, we have to have the sunroof open, and always must use the park assist feature. Rhys is super keen on the park assist and the kids all squeal when the car finds a parking space and does a reverse park all by itself while I hold my hands in the air!

So I thought it was fitting that I feature Rhys in this post about making a child’s car pillow. I have written a sewing pattern and instructions for you to make this cute pillow friend for your little one. It will be published in SCOUT magazine, due out in a couple of weeks… stay tuned. I’ll have the sewing tutorial here on the blog in the new year. It didn’t fit with the content of SCOUT.


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Since she was little Roxy has had her own comfort pillow for the car – it’s great for long trips, as well as when she was little and tired and wanted something to snuggle up to. It’s also a fun softie / toy to talk to and play with. The comfort pillow is always kept in the car so it doesn’t get lost or forgotten. Along with a blankie, snacks, water and books I think it’s an essential for young kids when travelling in a car or on a plane trip. When they graduate from a car seat to a booster it’s hard for them to find a comfortable position for their head if they want to doze off. Even now Roxy is nine it’s still good to have on hand.


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Rhys is super keen for me to win the Ford Challenge which will mean that I get to drive the Ford Focus Titanium for a year… a whole year of rides to school in the amazing car that can park itself! I’m pretty keen myself… thanks Ford for the opportunity.

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Look out for the full tutorial and sewing pattern for this  car pillow softie – available in SCOUT magazine (by the red thread) in a couple of weeks available here on the blog early 2014.

*  I only blog about things that I genuinely love, have an interest in, and that fit within the editorial content of my blog. I agreed to be a part of this challenge as I’m confident that I can provide posts that are within the ‘create, inspire, share’ idea behind the red thread and are relevant to you, my readers. The idea for this post and the opinions expressed are mine and are genuine and honest… as are Rhys’s.

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