Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Christmas Toy Sacks

Is anyone else feeling like Christmas is just around the corner or is it just me?

This year I am determined to be more organized and here is why.  Last year (the day before Christmas) I decided that I NEEDED to make my girls a Christmas Toy Sack each.  I had made one for my eldest way back for her first Christmas

so only had to make two.  It shouldn't be too hard right?  Well when you are going out catching up with family having a wonderful time and working out the design specifics and measurements for the first time making two was a bit much.  I managed to make one and our youngest daughter was able to 'borrow' daddy's from when he was a child.  Santa doesn't come to adults in our house anyway ;p

When it came to the design I knew exactly what I wanted to make.  The design had been in my sketchbook for a.g.e.s.  Like seriously - embarrassing ages!  Every year I think 'I really need to make that Toy Sack pattern' then the time gets away from me and before I know it Christmas has come and gone and it is too late.  No one would want the pattern in the February (am I right?!).  So this year when I saw the gorgeous Christmas fabric line Pixie Noel by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake Fabrics I fell in love and knew it was the perfect fabric for the Christmas Toy Sacks.  What better motivation did I need.  So I got to work and am very happy with the end result and I hope you are too.

The Christmas Toy Sack is very spacious 25 1/2" (65cm) tall and 13" (33cm) wide and 
comes with four beautiful applique designs to choose from to personalize the Christmas Toy Sack

You can find the Christmas Toy Sack pattern available in many stares across Australia and overseas.

The Swing Pocket Skirt is also available for wholesale through Creative Abundance,  or Checker distributors in the US  
If you make this or any of my Clare's Place patterns I would love to see them :)  

Monday, September 12, 2016

Swing Pocket Skirt

I'm back with another pattern to share with you.  This is the very first clothing pattern that I released and is such a fun pattern to sew.  

The instructions include many diagrams to help you through the sewing experience and make it as easy as possible for you to follow.  Not only this but it comes in a large range of sizes including 2,3,4,5,6 & 7 all in the one pattern!

The Swing Pocket skirt is sure to have your little princess stepping out in style. With gorgeous ric rac detailing and asymmetrical pockets, which swing freely from the waist and hip, this is a modern and stylish addition to any little girl’s wardrobe

My Girls love wearing their skirts and are always collecting little 'treasures' in the pockets.  You know rocks that are really 'jewels', shells and flowers ;p  

These skirts are made from a fabric collection designed by Melly and Me called Wildflower Meadow for Riley Blake Designs. (Swoon)  It is getting hard to find now but is still a favourite of mine.

The Swing Pocket Skirt makes a perfect gift for those who like to add a handmade tough to their wardrobe.

 I hope you like my first clothing pattern as much as I do!

You can find the Swing Pocket Skirt pattern available in many stares across Australia and overseas.

The Swing Pocket Skirt is also available for wholesale through Creative Abundance, Millhouse Collections  or Checker distributors in the US

Whale Tale

Hi there!
I have so much to catch up on with this blog and honestly it is a little too overwhelming so have not done it for that reason but I am determined to catch you up on all the patterns I have released and not yet updated you on here.

So today I wanted to share this awesome quilt I designed a little while ago.  I was pregnant with my twins when I made it (which seems like ages ago and yesterday all at the same time).  It is quite special to me for that reason.  I remember my big pregnant belly getting in the way as I pinned the rows together.  Do any of your quilts or craft projects take you back to the time you made them and what was happening in your life then?  I digress.

So when I designed the Whale Tale pattern I wanted to design something that was perfect for twins and could be unisex depending on the colours and fabrics you chose to use.  After opening my sketch book I came across the whale sketch I had done some time earlier and the design evolved into what it is now.
I love incorporating different materials into my designs when possible and the Riley Blake Jumbo Ric Rac was perfect to create 'waves' for the whales to go swimming along. 
The quilts finish to be 41 1/2" x 51 1/2" (105.5 x 131cm) when quilted.  The Beautiful Sarah Fraser of Patchworks Plus quilted these two for me in a nautical design for most of the quilt but changed up the design  to mimic the water where the whales are.  These quilts were made using Riley Blake Basics which are so soft and lovely to work with and as the name suggests they are a perfect basic to build up your fabric supply.

I love these two quilts and hope you love them as much as me!!!

You can find the pattern available in many stares across Australia.

Whale Tale is available for wholesale through Creative Abundance or Checker distributors in the US

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Im Back!!!

Hello there!  I am sorry the blog has been quiet so long!  I have had so much happened over the time I have been away and I hope to spend some time over the next little while updating you on all things Clares Place.

I really wanted to show off my latest patterns that were just released with Creative Abundance at Houston and the Australian Quilt Markets (trade shows)  But I realised I never shared releases that occurred prior!  I apologise!  Life and difficult personal situations took over.

So lets start with the Gillian Bag:
The Gillian Bag was such a fun bag to make and is made from beautiful fabrics from the talented Helen Stubbings her beautiful fabric collection is called Primrose Sands for Red Rooster Fabrics (2014)

This bag finishes up at approximately 13" wide x 27" tall (33cm x 69cm) including handles.
The Gillian Bag is a stylish and practical shoulder bag and is the perfect project to use fabrics from your stash.  Featuring a sweet appliqued front pocket and pieced back pocket both of which are the perfect size for keeping your key’s and other necessities.  This bag is large enough to fit a binder making it the perfect size for a market or project bag.

Next up we have two creative cards or mini patterns.  These would make great teacher gifts or Christmas pressies (yes Christmas is less than 30 days away! Yikes :s)

Spring Flowers is a wonderful creative card you can make for (and even with your child) as a great craft activity.
Spring Flowers is a stylish pony tail holder just perfect for the little girl in your life.  Want to change it up a little?  Why not use a flat back button and add a brooch clasp at the back to wear it as a brooch.  Spring Flowers is so quick and fun to make you will want to make them for all your friends.   When finished these are approximately 2 3/4" (7cm)
Last of all we have the beautiful Hoop Necklaces.
Hoop Necklaces is a collection of three embroidery designs suitable to fit inside a mini 2.2" (5 cm) hoop  embroidery hoop.

These are such a fun and fast stitching project (and very addictive).  The hoops are from Dandelyne for those wanting to get organised.

Thanks for sticking by me.  I will be back with more updates soon! :)

If you would like to purchase this or any other Clares Place pattern contact your local quilt store and ask them to get one (or more) in for you.  If you are interested in stocking Clares Place patterns in your store please contact my wonderful distributor Naomi at Creative Abundance.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

New Pattern... Blast Off

Send your little boys off into space with this cool quilt and matching softie!  Blast Off is the perfect size to fit on a cot size bed and the simple modern piecing and raw edge applique not only looks fantastic, it is easy to do! 

The quilt measures 38 1/2" x 44 1/2" (98cm x 113cm) so is the perfect size for a cot.

The matching rocket softie is approx 9" x 8" and is perfect for little ones to let their imaginations run wild with. 
I have fussy cut the windows to feature the sweet little robot and used a combination of ribbon and ric rac for the tags.  These rockets have been a huge hit with my little girl :).  She has been racing around the house counting down (or rather up) 1...2...3 blast off and then zoom zooming them into space racing around the room.  

I hope you like this pattern as much as I do.

Fabrics: Rocket Age by October Afternoon for Riley Blake Designs.

If you would like to purchase this or any other Clares Place pattern contact your local quilt store and ask them to get one (or more) in for you.  If you are interested in stocking Clares Place

Whale Tale is available for wholesale through Creative Abundance , Millhouse Collections or Checker distributors in the US

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The 13 Articles of Faith Printables.

My girls room has been quite basic (or in other words boring) for many years now and the other day I had the urge to make some artwork to brighten it up (because I couldn't find exactly what I wanted).  So I set to work and by the end of the day had a set of thirteen 5" x 7" art prints for their room.  

There are so many uses for these.  You can print them for displays in church, make them into a book for your children to learn them really what you choose to make them into is up to you.  

I have hung mine in with pictures by Susan Fitch of Jesus and the Temple to make a set of 15 prints.  I am so Happy with how they turned out and wanted to share them with you all.  

Hubby thinks I should add the words 'We Believe' above the prints so in time I will get around to that :)   

To have the image ready to print simply click on it and save it to your computer.  They have been designed to print as 13 x 18cm prints (4"x5")  but you could probably print them larger if you wanted (do a tester on one before printing the whole set).  

I do recommend you be selective with where you print them.  I had a set printed at an office place in town and the print quality was poor - the colours were inaccurate and instead of solid colour it was blotchy (and after being told it would take 15 mins I went to collect them to be told it would take a further 45 mins argh).  Good old Kmart came through and I had them in my hand in less than 5 minutes after placing my order. (it was more expensive but worth not having to muck around).

If you have any problems please let me know and I will do my best to fix them. 

You are more than welcome to download or print them for home or church non-commercial use but I ask that you please do not sell them or claim them as your own.  If you blog or repost them please link back to the original source.  Thanks.   

Monday, March 24, 2014


Hi there!  I wanted to pop in and let you all know I am still here.  After quilt market I felt I needed to take a step back from work and really spend some quality time with my girls. Unfortunately for me I also that step back ended up being bigger than intended because I ended up quite unwell.  I have low blood pressure which in and of itself is not a bad thing but I also ended up with extreamly low iron (like I'm talking quite a bit UNDER the lowest range you should be at.)  This meant I was ALWAYS tired and had 0 energy, had regular dizzy spells, found it very difficult to concentrate on everything and often felt faint.  I could easily sleep 12-14 hours through the night and still wake up tired despite also having a afternoon sleep through the day.  Because I was so low I had an iron infusion (double dose) and I instantly felt the difference in my energy levels. 

Now I am on the mend and trying to catch up on all the work I have missed so if I owe you an email I apologise I did try and keep on top of most of it but some may have slipped though.  You are more than welcome to email me again incase I have missed it.  I am sorry. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

DIY Wrapping Paper/ Gift Wrap

Each year for Christmas I to get the girls involved in getting things ready as much as possible.

One thing I love to get them to help with is decorating wrapping paper.  Its such an easy project and I love how rustic it can be.  These photos were taken the very first year I decided to start this tradition (Chloe was almost 3).

All you need is some plain paper in your colour choice (I chose brown),
A ink pad in your colour choice (I typically choose black or silver but white would look fantastic too- the colour is totally up to you!)
some clear rubber stamps in theme of choice - we chose Christmas (the clear ones are best because you can reposition them on the block and more easily see the paper so as not to get an overlap)

Simply randomly position the rummer stamps on your block as desired.
Ink up the stamps.  Depending on the age of the children you may like to ink the stamps for them.
Unroll the wrapping paper to give enough space to stamp and let the Children randomly stamp away on the wrapping paper.  When you have enough let dry and use to wrap your gifts.

Hope you are having a wonderful lead up to Christmas!

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