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Review & resolutions

All in all, it’s been a pretty good year for Make Me Do. Some posts have been surprisingly popular while others have flown under the radar somewhat. I didn’t quite manage my posting once-a-week aim, but 37 posts out of 52 is pretty good.

Since I posted a review of 2013 at the start of last year, I felt like I should stick with tradition and review 2014. From a strictly numbers-based perspective, my most popular posts have been for my peaked baker boy hat patterns, whether that’s sewn like this one

Denim hat © Becky Skuse

Denim hat © Becky Skuse

Or knitted, like this one

Baker boy hat

Baker boy hat

I love the shape and style of these hats and I like the idea that there could be people walking around wearing a hat made from one of my patterns! You can buy both patterns here. I’d really like to make a crochet version of the hat so I think I’ll make that my first crafty resolution of 2015.

One of my favourite makes, personally, in 2014 was this laundry bag, which makes me smile every morning when I wake up…

Laundry bag

Laundry bag

I have the pattern for this bag on my ‘to post’ list so I think I’ll make that my next resolution for 2015, alongwith plenty of other patterns I’ve got ready to post.

Another popular post has been my Doggy doorstop and you can now buy the pattern here

Doggy doorstop

Doggy doorstop

Talking of cute crafty makes, I loved making this crochet amigirumi bear, which I called ‘Cookie’…

Cookie bear waving

Cookie bear waving

Cookie happily sits on a shelf next to me when I’m sat on the sofa in the evenings – he’s no trouble and always has a smile on his face.

Back to the numbers and apparently, the most popular day on my blog in 2014 was in May, when I posted the step-by-step on hairpin crochet

Hairpin Step 11

Hairpin crochet

So in 2015, I’ll try to do a few more technical guides. Any requests?

I think three resolutions is a good start, so here goes for 2015…

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Posted by on January 8, 2015 in Crochet, Knitting, Sewing

 

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Tough Cookie

Are you sitting down? The aww-factor of my latest make is off the scale:

Cookie bear sitting

Cookie bear sitting

This little guy is the brain child of Mei Li Lee of amigurumei.com and he comes from her pattern for Yako-chan.

This is actually my first amigurumi make (amigurumi is Japanese for crocheted toy). I love Mei’s designs and this chap was just irresistible – I’ve named him Cookie.

His construction is really clever because both his arms and legs are pose-able. This means that Cookie can wave:

Cookie bear waving

Cookie bear waving

And he can also stand up:

Cookie bear standing

Cookie bear standing

As with all toys though, it’s his face that really brings him to life – I used brads for his eyes and cheeks, and little embroidery stitches for his nose and mouth. In fact, it took me about 20 goes before I got the embroidery just right! (It was worth it.)

Cookie bear mouth 1

Cookie bear mouth

Among the handful of people who have met Cookie so far though, it’s the ears that have been most commented on! They are very cute…

Cookie bear ear 1

Cookie bear ear

Given his cuteness and pose-ability, I’m wondering whether there might be some stop-motion adventures in store for him in the future… if he stays still long enough!

Cookie bear back

Come back, Cookie bear!

Anyway, if you’d like to make your own adorable little bear like Cookie, the pattern for him was featured in issue 8 of Simply Crochet, but it’s also includes in a new bookazine that’s on sale now – it’s called Hand Made Toys and you can find out more about it here.

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Knitted teddy

Making teddy bears is one of my favourite crafty projects – I’ve sewn them (see this bear), knitted loads of them and I’m currently working on a crocheted bear (I’ll post again as soon as he’s finished).

I’d never made any toys or teddy bears before 2009. That was the year my eldest niece Jenny was born. At the time, I was working for a knitting magazine in Bristol and a few months before she arrived into the world, we had an adorable teddy bear pattern in the magazine – as soon as I saw it, I just knew I had to make him for our special little unborn baby.

Jenny's teddy

Jenny’s teddy

She still has this teddy (although he’s a little worse for wear nowadays!) and she called him ‘Eddy Teddy’. Making this teddy sparked a wave of knitting teddies for people and I can’t remember how many I made!

Of course, I made another teddy just like Eddy, for my youngest niece, Beth, and she called him Jacob. Although he wasn’t the original, special teddy, there were a vast number of improvements made for the mark 2 version (since I’d learned so much in the meantime) so he’s standing the test of time much better!

Anyway, I’m reminded of all this because I recently found some photos of Eddy Teddy from 2009, which I thought I’d lost. Back then, I didn’t often take photos of my makes, but because he was so special, I asked my photographer other half Jonny to take some photos of Eddy Teddy. This is what he emailed to me:

Photoshoot is going well… wait, I'm not done yet!

Photoshoot is going well… wait, I’m not done yet!

Where are you off to, little bear?

Where are you off to, little bear?

No, stop!

No, stop!

Bye! I'm really sorry, he was too fast… At least we have the photos.

Bye! Sorry, he was too fast… At least we have the photos.

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2014 in Knitting

 

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Teddy bear

Given the royal baby news that’s been everywhere this week, I thought it was time to share some teddy bear news with you.

You might remember my previous post about Hug Me Bear, my beloved childhood teddy. Here he is:

Hug Me

Hug Me

Well, I’ve been working on sewing my own version. It’s been quite difficult, given that original Hug Me was obviously made from printed fabric, so all his features are detailed and quite life-like.

So I decided that my new teddy bear would be more of an homage to Hug Me rather than a replica – a cute bear that would be soft and hug-able for a little one. Here he is:

Teddy bear © Becky Skuse

Teddy bear © Becky Skuse

For various reasons, he’s turned out a little wonky in places! (But I’m hoping that just adds character?)

For his body, I used a lovely, soft fleecey fabric in chocolate brown (it was actually the last bits remaining after I made this pet bed for my cat).

For the appliqué patches, I used some small fabric scraps left over from cutting up an old pashmina for another project. Note to self for next time though: this fabric was gorgeously soft for small children, but totally wrong for appliqué! It started fraying away the instant I finished zig-zagging around the edges. I had to do some pretty delicate and emotional emergency surgery to rescue his eyes and mouth. (I think this is when the wonkiness occurred.)

I chose a cheerful yellow fabric for his little T-shirt, rather than trying to sew the words ‘Hug Me’ onto his chest. (The trauma of the appliqué patches had made me a nervous wreck by then!)

I backstitched his features with a chocolate brown thread to match the fleece fabric, and I really like his happy smile. His face didn’t quite feel complete at that point though, so I looked back at original Hug Me and, inspired by the heart on his chest, I decided to give my bear a heart for a nose. That’s actually become my favourite part!

Now that he’s finished, I’m in a bit of a pickle about who to give him to. My nieces are very young, at 2 and almost 4 years old, and I’m afraid they might be a bit too rough with him – his mended appliqué patches are still very delicate and might not survive much of their play. So I think he needs to go to an older child, while I make another one with some sturdier fabric!

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2013 in Sewing

 

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