Sewing Room Decorating Ideas

Since we moved into our apartment, my sewing room is so boring. White walls, white tables, white cupboards, cream floors – it needs a bit of something. It needs some personality. So I went on the hunt for some sewing room decor ideas. Something to inspire me to get sewing, and make me feel happy […]

Fabric Fun for you!

Today is Giveaway Day (hosted by Sew Mama Sew), and I’m giving away 2 fabric bundles. These are bundles of random fabric in varying sizes – see details below. For those new to Cook Clean Craft, I’m Narelle, an engineer turned Stay At Home Mum, sharing tools for the Modern Domestic Engineer. Sign up for […]

Fun Craft Kits for boys

My son loves hanging out with me while I sew. He’s asked a few times about learning to sew, but I’ve never been sure where to start. Finding appropriate projects for teaching boys to sew is a challenge. This Christmas, I’d love to give him a project we can sew together. Most of the craft kits […]

Sewing pants for me!

When I got back into sewing as an adult, the plan was to sew lots of clothes for me. I was about 25 when I bought my first sewing machine, and I envisaged lots of beautiful handmade clothes filling my wardrobe. Clothes that fit me perfectly and expressed who I am. The first few items […]

Groovy Gadget Gifts for Sewing

I don’t have as much time to sew as I’d like. I’m always on the lookout for tricks to get my sewing done quickly and efficiently. That way, I can make more with the limited time I have. Once I had the basic sewing tools, I started looking for sewing gadgets to add to my […]

Sew ready to play 2015

Sew ready to play is on again at I’m Feelin’ Crafty, and I’m happy that Louise invited me again to participate. This is my fifth year. The theme is sewing based on board games, and I haven’t run out of ideas yet! My first time participating was my UNO shorts (I was so sad when […]

Unicorn Free Motion Appliqué

My daughter needed some warm winter clothes, and I thought a cute hoodie sweater dress would do the trick. What do you do when it looks more like a pink Jedi robe than a cute dress? Ask your Instagram and Facebook followers what to do, of course. Thankfully, my problem solving social media friends (you […]

35+ Fox Craft Ideas

A few weekends ago, I had a cold and needed a quick craft project to cheer me up. I pulled out a fox brooch craft kit that came with an old edition of Mollie Makes magazine. I enjoyed this cute little fox craft, that I suddenly found myself searching for more fox craft ideas. There […]

How to sew a zip pouch {Tutorial}

A blissful afternoon for me is browsing the craft supplies at my local Spotlight (by myself!). I love finding new craft supplies, inspiring me to try a new projects. This week, I had a Spotlight gift voucher to spend and no particular project in mind. Should I try beading or jewellery-making? Maybe it’s time to […]

How to sew a Mr Men Costume

Book Week is a big thing in Australia.  Each year, schools and public libraries spend a week celebrating books and Australian authors and illustrators, supported by the Children’s Book Council of Australia. Lots of schools have a dress-up day and parade for the kids. My school hasn’t for the last few years (such a disappointment […]

Pedal for Pink Cycling Jersey

My darling husband is a MAMIL (Middle-Aged Man In Lycra). You’ll find him on the streets of Perth most mornings on his bike, in figure-hugging attire. It’s a hard thing to take, but is healthier than spending the evenings at the pub. I’ve learned to live with it! One of his cycling mate’s wife was […]

Travel Cross-stitch Kit

Our last holiday was a trip to Bali. I didn’t want to take a crochet or knitting project with me – playing with yarn in a tropical setting didn’t appeal to me. Why not learn a new craft while on holiday? Cross-stitch keeps appearing on my radar, from the beginner series by Caitlin on And […]

How to sew a mermaid tail {Tutorial}

Celeste loves all things Disney princess (and well, I love a good princess movie too, so she may get encouragement from me). She got a box set of The Little Mermaid movies for Christmas (along with a Barbie Mermaid DVD). She swims like a mermaid, so when I spotted fish scales fabric at the counter […]

How to Quickly Sew a Tulle Tutu

I love sewing tutus. The previous tutus I’ve sewn have used organza, and I was curious how the tutus would go when made with rolls of tulle (usually about 6 inches wide), that’s popular with the no sew tutus. And the verdict is, you can make a very cute, fluffy tulle tutu in under an […]

Heart Crafts

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and while we don’t celebrate it (except for me doing something silly like leaving this card on my husband’s placemat), I do have a soft spot for all things hearts. So in this heart-filled time of year, here’s some of my favourite heart craft ideas to knit, sew and crochet: […]

Sewing with the senses

My little girl headed off for her first day of kindy today. Such an exciting time! All school holidays, I planned to make her school hat. She picked out the fabric about 2 months ago. So the day before kindy starts, I make the hat. Nothing like leaving things to the last minute! Usually, a […]

Queen of Hearts Dress

I originally shared this Queen of Hearts Dress Tutorial as I’m Feelin’ Crafty for Sew Ready To Play. Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, it’s time to share it here too. I love how this dress turned out, and seeing my daughter in red for a change! I’ve had so much fun in past […]

Sew a quick and easy cushion cover

It’s a New Year, and I’ve been in a craft funk (since my Advent calendar, actually). It’s time to get back onto the sewing bandwagon, starting with a simple project – cushion covers. We’ve recently made a few changes to our backyard, ripping down an old (asbestos-ridden) lean-to shed, and replacing it with decking and […]

22 Gorgeous Dolls to knit, sew or crochet

Christmas is right around the corner, but I’ve still got time to make a present or two. With two small nieces and a girl of my own, a handmade doll or two are sure to be a winner. There are so many cute patterns for dolls to knit, sew or crochet. Today I’m sharing the […]

Fave Fabric Friday: Winter Frost

It’s been a long time between Fave Fabric Fridays. I’ve been on a fabric diet, so I’ve been trying hard not to look at pretty, new fabric lines. But this one caught my eye and I couldn’t resist sharing:   Winter Frost Collection by Michael Miller Purples and blues and glitter – what’s not to […]

How to sew a Toy Blood Pressure Cuff

Last week I showed you my felt medical kit, but I felt there was something missing from the kit. Just about every time I go to the doctor’s, I have my blood pressure taken. A toy blood pressure cuff was definitely needed. I sized it so that the strap would fit around my arm as […]

Advent Calendar Craft-Along {Part 5}

Another week down and it’s time for an update on the Advent calendar craft-along. (See the introduction post here, or the last update here). I almost didn’t write an update this week. Up to this morning, I’d finished off the baubles from last week and made 3 strings of tinsel (from glitter pipe cleaners – […]

Felt Doctor’s Kit

It’s more than a month since my daughter’s birthday and I still haven’t shared with you all the presents I made. Next up was an addition to the dress-ups/pretend play box: A felt doctor’s bag. And here’s what’s inside: There was also a light reflector for the doctor’s head, but I have no idea what […]

Advent Calendar Craft-Along {Part 4}

It’s time to see where I’m up to for the Advent Calendar Craft-Along. If you’re new, here are the posts so far: Part 1: Introduction and Ideas Part 2: Preparation and the Plan Part 3: The Tree and Pockets This week, I’ve been working on the decorations to put on the tree each day. I […]