Wednesday, March 30, 2011

LILOFANT Design Airmen have arrived at Crafty Mamas! GIVEAWAY!

And we have a winner... Congrats BEC!

becci said...
something for me - these are way too cute to share with my boys! ________________________________________________

Lilofant Designs have arrived at Crafty Mamas!

 Seen here is the Green and Yellow Airmen knits. So cute!!! 

I have 1/2 metre of each of these to give away to one lucky blog reader! 

Simply leave me a comment as to what you'd make with these!
I'll announce a winner April  4th!

Then go check out rest of our cool fabrics at Crafty Mamas!

Monday, March 28, 2011


At Crafty Mamas, we ADORE Velour. It's comfy, easy to sew, snuggly and keeps you and the kiddos warm and toasty. The colours available in Australia tend to be quite muted...not anywhere near as bright as we like at CM. So I have had to take matters into my own hands...that would be my very colourful stained hands...and start producing some colours we ADORE!

This week, TURQUOISE and CHERRY. 

Crafty Mama's own tub dyed velour knits! A whopping 176cm wide, and super snuggly and soft.
Velour is 80% cotton/20% nylon. weight = 255gsm. Tub dyed using fibre reactive procion dyes- colour stays beautiful and strong after repeated washings. 

With an extra bonus ingredient: LOVE. 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Brand new Ellie Inspired E-pattern to Help Japan!

Ellie Inspired has a beautiful new e-pattern AYANO!
Designer Laura Johnson is donating 100% of sales of AYANO up to April 15th to the Samaritans Purse to help with relief efforts in Japan.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Doing some little sewing this week...Farbenmix Zvergenverpackung

If you have fallen in love with Farbenmix's style of Euro hooded sweaters and groovy pants and jackets..I dare you to NOT want to sew them in baby size! So cute! ( I think Mr Crafty is a little worried with all these baby clothes happening!)

 design examples from

                     Design examples  kindly borrowed from

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Some Little Monsters are Invading Crafty Mamas!

Lovely little iron on vinyl Monsters!

 I can see these on Blood Red Stella or even orange?  Boy approved already, my son loves them!

Made from flexible vinyl, so it  produces a thin, soft finish when you iron it on to your projects. And... this material is completely eco-friendly (free of PVC and heavy metals) which is ideal to use for children's clothing! I'm having fun getting a range of iron-on's ready for Crafty Mamas. That's if I can bring myself to part with them!

Have a lovely weekend!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Wonder Woman's Global Dress!

 Using a combination of our beautiful knits from Crafty Mamas!

Neckband, bottom tier:  JNY Design Star knit from Sweden
Polka dots: Stenzo polka dots from Holland


Crafty Mamas has an extensive range of quality knit fabrics from Australia and around the world. New stocks arrive often!

A Little Bit of Knit Sewing Going on on Labour Day!

Some up-cycling with some of my fave knits and a mens jumper I bought a Rivers for $5. In between tending to ill children! Happy Labour Day everyone!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Long Weekend Sale! 2 get 3!

It's the long weekend here, a perfect time to be sewing!

To help fire up your inspiration and sewing machine! Crafty Mamas has an e-pattern sale.

By 2 get a 3rd for FREE. (10/3-14/3).

Simply tell me which e-pattern you want as your freeby at Checkout!

Saturday, March 05, 2011

KIDs TRUCKIE SINGLET- A Crafty Mama pattern!

This is the prototype of my Kids Truckie Singlet!

This pattern is super quick to sew up, and suitable for cotton / cotton blend knits. It is shown is VERMONT, a 100% cotton peached rib, (from a Buy at Crafty Mamas last year). As soon as I grade the pattern I'll put it up as a freeby. Winter is coming and we need those little ones to have warm singlets!

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

TUTE: Ottobre Design Creative Workshop 301 - Tees to Racer Back Tank

When you are on a good thing, stick with it! Unless of course, you can alter that good thing to make something different! Ottobre Design 301 Creative Workshop is an awesome pattern. 

A very versatile tee pattern, with two options- either straight fit or close fit. I have left the sleeves off it and made numerous tanks. Today's project: a Racer Back Tank!

To make the Racer Back version you will need to adjust your back piece. I chose the straight cut option., so piece #6.

Now, grab yourself something round that is the same size as the armhole...being in the kitchen , I found this dandy bread and butter plate fit pretty well.

Next, decided how far in want your racer concave to go...then mark with a dot. This is for Miss 10, so I don't  want her flashing too much flesh!

 Now, sliding your plate in through the arm hole, so it just touches your "dot". You have now made your arm hole bigger!  Trace around your plate. ( at this point I realized I now have orange Sharpy on my kitchen bench...boy will I get in trouble for this!).

So here is your new BACK piece!

Cut out your back as per usual, along the fold. I am not adding seam allowance to the neckline or armholes as I am going to bind them.

And here all your bits cut out ready to go. BACK, FRONT and Bindings strips.
From here,
1. Sew up one shoulder seam
2. Finish neckline with binding
3. Sew up other shoulder seam
4.Finish one armhole with binding, then the other. 
5. Sew side seams, hem!

Note; this fabric is a cotton/poly, with decent recovery. If your fabric is not quite as zingy, you may want to run a few small gathers around the armhole near centre back, to keep in from bagging.Gather then bind.

All from Crafty Mamas, of course!

Happy Sewing!


This is a favourite cake of ours, a little bit healthy with the zucchini, very moist and the kids love it!

Zucchini Cake

2 cups plain flour (if you really want to be virtuous, use 1/2 wholemeal).
2 medium sized zucchini to yield approx 2 cups shredded.
1 1/4 cups raw sugar
1/2 cup vegie oil
1/3 cup water
1 1/4 tsp bicarb
2 tsp mixed spiced
1 tps vanilla
3 eggs

Preheat oven to 180o. Either mix all ingredients in bowl and then bear on low for 1 minute, scraping sides as you go. OR be lazy like me and tip  it all into the food processor and process til smooth. Pour into a greased  square cake tin - bake about 40 minutes until cooked. ( stick a skewer in to test). Sit a few minutes ( not you, the cake!) before turning out onto a cooling rack Cool completely then top with cream cheese icing. I use:

About 100gms softened Philly cheese
1 tablespoon butter 
Beat together, then add about 2 cups icing sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice. 
If too runny, add more icing sugar. ( I prefer pure icing sugar, you use less and it sets up better than mixture).


Tuesday, March 01, 2011



We have been stocking Hilco now for about...ooh..5 years? And each season it's like Christmas! By the time my order gets here, I have always forgotten what I ordered...and am in raptures all over again!

Summer 2011 arrived yesterday!

Hilco fabrics are of exceptional quality, one "feel" and you will see what I mean!
Featured regularly in well known Euro mags ( like these  ...most of these we sell at Crafty Mamas too!), always fashion forward, just beautiful!

This season I have oodles of new Campan and Campante knits, ( because they are awesome and we love them so much!). Some beautiful cotton wovens in super sweet designs, and a surprise new knit..The Funghi print! ( which we love- because, hey we are mushie mad!). And I remembered the boys!

To celebrate the arrive of my new Hilco fabrics- I am having a little
Lucky Customer draw.

Next Monday I will randomly draw one of this weeks shop orders- and they will win 1m of HILCO of their choice! WOOT!

~ Lisa~ 


And our winners are!!

Blogger Vonnevo said...
Lisa, I will be like a child in a Lolly Shop when My Image arrives in a day or two !! The Jacket M1107 with dress M1110, is calling my name :) Vonne ____________________________- Janine said... Can't wait to see MY IMAGE magazine, and more importantly, getting stuck into sewing some items. ___________________________________ Blogger Rachelle said... I'd love to make M1110, the cover dress for me. I love wearing dresses, but don't often get to with being the mother of 2 busy boys. ______________________________ Congrats ladies!! Please email me at so I can get your  winning mags out!

Yep, more cool stuff I managed to get for us!

My Image and Young Image magazine are two new sewing pattern mags from Holland... and Crafty Mamas is the Aussie stockist!

These beautiful mags are getting rave reviews on discussion boards and blogs..and it's not hard to see why!   And at $8.95 each, they are a steal!


I have 3 sets of mags to GIVE-AWAY. ( so each set has a Young Image and a My Image). To be in the chance to win a set, simply leave me a comment telling me which pattern # you'd sew first if you won these? 

I'll draw 3 winners Monday 28th!

About Me

Crafty Mamas SHOP blog. Aussie agent for Farbenmix, Studio Tantrum, Stenzo fabric, Ottobre design. Stocking Hilco fabric, Mamu design and other cool stuff!