Sunday, 7 February 2016

Fred the Valentine Bulldog...

For quite a while now my fiance has been asking me if I could make him something using some t-shirts that have meant a lot to him in the past.  He has a bag full of old band t-shirts from some of the gigs that he went to years ago that I am going to use to make a keepsake memory quilt.

He also had a vintage style Fred Perry polo shirt that is a little snug for him now but he couldn't bear to send it to charity or to the recycling bin.  This is when the idea came to me.  Why not recycle it in my own special way and create something for him as a gift?

Fred Perry Polo Shirt
I wanted it to be something masculine that suited the bold colours and design of the shirt.  I toyed (excuse the pun!) with making a classic style teddy bear but me being me wanted more of a challenge.  

That's when I found a fabulous pattern for a bulldog over on the Funky Friends Factory website.  I love Pauline's patterns and use them quite a lot.  They always seem to work so well and are worded so that they are easy to understand.

I must admit that this pattern was a little harder than some of the other patterns that I have used and a little softie/plush pattern experience is advantageous if you want to have a go at making one.

Having said that, I must admit that I enjoyed every minute of making Fred the Bulldog!

Initially, Fred was just going to be plain black with the logo used somewhere on his body but as I started the design I realised that the logo fitted perfectly on his ear.

Fred's Ear
This left the rest of him a bit too plain so I added the fabric from a plain white t-shirt to give him a bit of contrast.

Fred's Face
I then thought incorporating the sleeve detail would work well but how?  I played around with a few options but eventually thought, why not make Fred look like he is wearing little tracksuit bottoms! I've got to admit that this idea is my favourite part of  Fred.

Fred's Trackies
It took a fair few hours to create him but I hope that you agree he was totally worth every minute. 

Fred The Bulldog

Now all I have to do is find the time to make a band t-shirt memory quilt!


Monday, 25 January 2016

A Keepsake, From Start to Finish...

It's been quite a while since my last real blog post.  I haven't had much spare time lately to actually sit down and write but I thought it was about time that I found that spare time!

One of the main questions that I get asked by my customers is how the process works and how to go about ordering a keepsake so I thought I would put it all into a blog post for you.

The first thing to decide is what type of keepsake you would like your loved one's or child's clothes to be transformed into.  My product list is always growing as my customers ask for different animals and products.  You can find a full up to date list (at the time of publishing) here along with current prices and the number of items needed to make your keepsake.

Once you have chosen the design it's time to choose the clothes that you would like me to use.  The amount of items depends on the keepsake design and the size of the garments.  Generally, I base one item on the size of a 0-3 month baby grow but keepsakes can be made out of most types of clothing.  If the fabric is knitted or too thick it doesn't tend to work well. Also, if the clothes are particularly tiny it is worth including a few extra items.  The more embellishments the better but bear in mind if they are too big they may not fit on the keepsake.

Ambreen's Little Clothes
The next stage is to fill out the order form.  If there are certain items of clothing that you would like to appear more prominent on the keepsake please feel free to make a note of this on the order form.  Also if you have any special delivery information, eg. leave with neighbour etc. add this to the form too.  When you parcel up your clothes, please make sure that they are in waterproof packaging.  I recommend that you use a recorded delivery service.  Please let me know when you have sent your parcel so that I can try to make sure that I am in when they are delivered.  I will let you know as soon as I have received your parcel safely.

Time to start the designing!  For each of the keepsakes that I create I start by sketching the keepsake and plan where each clothing item will work best.  I also start to plan where the embellishments will be placed although this often changes later in the design process.  I then carefully cut each clothing item ready to be made into the pattern pieces.  I then line each piece using interfacing to add to your keepsakes strength and durability.

The Design Sketch
At this stage I do as much of the hand embroidery as possible.  This often is quite a lengthy process as lots of care and patience is needed to get the best result.

Adding The Hand Embroidery
I then prepare any personalisation that is to be added ready to be hand stitched on once the keepsake is constructed.  The constrution is mainly done using my lovely Janome sewing machine (soon to be upgraded to a brand new industrial machine!). 

As I like to stuff my keepsakes firmly I often double stitch seams and they are also sealed with a waterproof fabric glue.  

As I add the stuffing your keepsake starts to almost come to life and show it's true personality!

Ambreen's Kepsake Cat
As soon as I have finished your keepsake I like to take photographs to share with others so that they can see examples of the work that I have done in the past.

When the mini photo shoot is completed I will message you to let you know that your keepsake is ready and ask how you would like make your payment.  I will then send you an invoice.  Once your payment is made your keepsake is carefully packaged up ready to be taken to the courier service.  You should receive an email with all the tracking details.

It's always lovely to see pictures of your keepsakes in situ so feel free to send me them.

If you would like more information and an order form please send me a message along your email address either to or via my Facebook page.


Saturday, 16 January 2016

The Pink Sweetheart Product List

Happy New Year to you all.

Here's the new 2016 updated product list. 

Keepsake Animals

Badger £40    (8-12 items)

Bunny £30    (6-10 items)

 Cat £35    (6-10 items)

 Dinosaur £30    (5-8 items)

 Dog £30    (6-10 items)

Dragon £40    (8-12 items)

Elephant £35    (6-10 items)

Fawn £28.50    (5 - 8 Items)

Fox £35 (6-10 items)

Frog £40    (8-10 items)

Giraffe £30    (6-10 items)

Lion £35    (8-10 items)

Monkey £30    (6-10 items)

Owl £35    (6-10 items)

Puppy £35    (6-10 items)

Reindeer  £40    (8-10 items)

Teddy Bear £35    (8-12items)

Large Patchwork Christmas Stocking £25 (one sided)  £35 (double sided)   (10-15 items)

Cushions and Quilts

Memory Cushion £25    (one adult sized top)

One Sided Patchwork Keepsake Cushion  £30  (6-10 items)
Double Sided Patchwork Keepsake Cushion  £40  (8-12)
Montage Cushion  From £35   (10-20 items)

Crib/Lap Quilt 80cm x 80cm Standard £55  Luxury £65    (10 - 20 items)
Cot Quilt 120cm x 120cm Standard £65  Luxury £85    (20-30 items)

An item is based on the size of one baby grow.  If your items are particularly tiny it is a good idea to enclose a few extras.
All prices are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.  These prices do not include P+P.



Monday, 8 September 2014

New Beginnings...

Well, once again, it's been quite a while since I last posted on my blog.  Things have been incredibly busy here at Pink Sweetheart and there has been quite a lot of changes.  For those of you that follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram you may have noticed that my creations have taken a big turn.

Lola Bunny
It all started when a close friend of mine asked if I would be able to make a bunny using her baby's first clothes.  I've been sewing for years but had never attempted anything like this before.  Not being one to back down from a challenge I had to give it a go.

As baby clothes are so precious I began by practicing a few mock up bunnies  I finally came up with a design that I really liked and plucked up the courage to cut into baby Anaya's baby grows.  I must admit I was quite nervous at first as I knew how much these tiny clothes meant to Nicola, Anaya's mummy.  Every cut, stitch and piece of hand embroidery was done with the utmost care.  I handled the clothes as if they were my most treasured possession.  When the bunny was finished I was delighted with the result. Lola Bunny (named by Nicola and Anaya's older siblings) was the start of something very exciting!

I then went on to make my next bunny for another close friend, Amy.  Her little boy, Aflie, is now three but Amy had saved a lot of his baby clothes so one evening we got them all out and decided on a red, white and blue theme.  Although I used more or less the same pattern that I used for Lola Bunny, Alfie bunny seemed to have a totally different personality of his own.

Alfie Bunny
Other people were now starting to comment and compliment me on the keepsake bunnies.  The orders and inquiries started coming in.  People were also asking if I could make different sorts of animals too and me being me wanted to oblige.  I am now able to offer not just bunnies but a cat, a dog, a monkey, a giraffe, a fawn and a traditional style teddy bear.  I can make keepsakes out of almost anything providing that the fabric is not too thick... First school uniforms, football shirts, gig t-shirts, you name it and I'll have a go at turning it into a keepsake that you can treasure forever.  I even have a wedding dress in my sewing room in the process of being transformed into a memory bear!

For more information head over to my brand new website or drop me a message.  Also, if there is an animal that you would like but is not listed on my site do not hesitate to ask, I will always do my best to keep my customers happy!


Sunday, 23 February 2014

Silent Star Wars Sunday...


If you would like a custom made Yoda please do not hesitate to message me.  More Star Wars characters will be available very soon.

Pattern by Lucy Ravenscar

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Valentine, Kids, Craft and Fun...

A few months ago I had a lovely opportunity to have a very special Christmas craft day with one of my best friends, Amy and her gorgeous son Alfie.  It was great to just create, make a mess and have fun at the same time.  Not sure who enjoyed it more, Alfie or Amy and I! 

I loved it so much that I thought it would be nice to share a few little projects that you may like to try out with your little ones in the run up to Valentine's Day.

They are mainly pages that I have stumbled across while browsing on Pinterest and I have tried to include different projects to suit a range of ages.

1.  Paper Heart Garland

2.   Valentine Jelly Pops

3.  My Little Valentine Matchboxes

 4.  Love Bug Valentines Card

5.  Felt Heart Monster

6.  Molly's Sketchbook: Felt Candy Hearts

7.  Valentine Paper Roll Owls

 8.  Egg Carton Heart

9.  Long Distance Hug 

10.  Valentine Bookmark

Thank you to all the blogs/websites above for sharing their lovely work and creativity.  
Have a great Valentine's Day and lots of fun too!