Crafty Mamas Fabrics

Whipping up some Chrissy Gifts~ that don't cost you the Earth.

27 November, 2016 0 comments Leave a comment

A few years ago I made a blog post in the old store re- making things with your left over jersey scraps and I think it's high time we revisited it! Why? Christmas is coming!

1. Using up your scraps is environmentally friendly, and  saves some land fill space!

2. It's gentle on your budget- plus a beautifully presented handmade gift beats store bought every time.

3.It tests your creativity and expands your mind!

4. It's great for clearing up some room in your fabric storage area!

Here's a few of my favourite ways to use up left over jersey from my sewing projects, I hope you garner some inspiration among them.

1. Jersey Spaghetti Scarf

 From the Retro Chic Blog ( click pic)

These are really cool, and so easy to make! Any of our left over cotton lycra ( elastane ) jersey would be perfect.

There's heaps more scarf  tutes here  at My Blessed Life ( click Pic)

2. Jersey  strip bracelets over at Family Chic ( click pic)

3. Jersey coil pots from The Red Thread ( click pic)

Love this idea!

4. Dogs Tug of war Toy  via Craft Bits- ( click pic)

There's no reason Fido should miss out! My boys would love these.


5. Make up some funky jersey  Shoe Laces via Tidy mom (click pic)

A few different sets gifted together would be awesome- maybe present them wrapped around a recycled card. Lillestoff leftovers would be fabulous!


6. Jersey headbands are always a great gift, and perfect for your little bits of fave knits!

via Swoodson Says ( click pic).

7. UNDIES! Homemade undies are very quick, easy and perfect for your smaller pieces of jersey. There's lots of really good patterns out there now. We love our Bare Essentials pdf .  sewn up in any of our cotton lycra jerseys.

 8. Infinity Scarf

The great thing about jersey- it doesn't fray- yay! So it's perfect for patchy projects.

I love this patchy style Infinity scarf from Serger Pepper ( click pic)

9. Beanie hats via Swoon Says ( click link)

10. Sewing your scraps up into patchwork.

Lillestoff often use the same colour stories in their prints and coordinates, petrol, lime, etc. So many of their prints can be used together ( that's why we love them). By sewing your smaller bits together into larger fabric section - patchwork style withe the seams exposed on the right side- you can then easily create Works of Art! Like this... (via Stripjes and Datjes)

Enjoy your sewing!

Lisa x


Ottobre Design Mag and Australian sizing...

05 July, 2016 0 comments Leave a comment

This is a question that pops up often in our FB Sewing Group.


"  How do I convert the Ottobre sizing to Aussie clothing sizes?!"

My advice is to always measure the child before you sew, and check them against the Otto sizing chart ( available here in pdf ).

As a rough guideline, Otto provide this chart:

Size     Age
50         newborn
56         1-2 months
62         3-5 months
68         6-8 months
74         9-11 months
80        12-15 months
86        18 months
92        2 years
98        3 years
104      4 years
110      5 years
116      6 years
122      7 years
128      8 years
134      9 years
140    9-10 years
146    10 years
152    11 years
158    12 years

But honestly, all kids are different and it really does pay to measure them first.

Source; Tuula - Ottobre Design on Make it Perfect blog


Not sure which of our fabrics to use?

20 May, 2016 0 comments Leave a comment

This might help! ( but you can also email me or post on our FB page too!).

Crafty Sewing Tips- lining up your stripes!

22 March, 2016 1 comments Leave a comment

It just occurred to me that this may help some of our newby sewists.....when you are cutting out items that you want the stripes to be placed exactly the same....

Like these sleeve pieces, or say the legs of pants., or front and back of a top- cut your first piece out....

Insert a couple of pins to keep your fabric aligned and stop it from moving around on you, then use the piece you just cut ( this one has seam allowance added) as your pattern piece, place it on top of your fabric..aligning the stripes so that you get a cool camo thing happening...

..can you see it in there? Now cut your second pattern piece out.....
And you get perfectly aligned stripes.
And I am heading back to my sewing! 

Week 4 and final Lucky Customer Draw

14 March, 2016 0 comments Leave a comment

Feb Lucky Customer Week 4 draw...drum roll.... Green #15 where are you????




We have a winner!! Well done Susie B!!!

Week 3- Lucky Customer Giveaway....

29 February, 2016 1 comments Leave a comment

And redrawing AGAIN....Orange #35......(14/3)


Official #22 has still not come forward.

Drum roll....


This was redrawn.....please read UP!!

Here we go..Orange tickets this week...check the from your shipping bag!



Feb 17- Week 2- Lucky Customer Giveaway- Blue

17 February, 2016 5 comments Leave a comment

Welcome to Week 2!

I wonder who get's the $50 Gift card this week?!


Let's see!






Ahuh!! Blue 44! Please get in touch with - with a pic of your ticket to claim your $50 CM Gift Card!


Feb 4 Week Lucky Customer Giveaway- Week 1 RED

05 February, 2016 1 comments Leave a comment


Well done Andrea Mc. !!!



During my recent Summer break I pondered a way I could thankyou guys for your constant support of the store- our lovely customers that continue to order from us and help keep the magic that is Crafty Mamas Fabrics alive.

I settled upon a 4 week , weekly Lucky Customer draw! When you place an order in Feb that needs to be physically shipped you will get a small raffle ticket in your parcel- don't throw it out! Each week I'll be giving away a $50 store Gift Card ( woo hoo) to the lucky customer I draw out.

This week- first up- we used the RED tickets.

Here's the draw- get your RED ticket ready!!



Yoo hoo.....17 RED ...where are you?!!!!!

Drop me an email please, with a picture of the matching ticket-  to claim your $50 Gift card .

If I have not heard from you within 7 days - we will redraw the RED's.


Ottobre Design Winter 6/2015 Giveaway

12 November, 2015 18 comments Leave a comment

Thankyou have TWO winners.... thanks ladies, I'll pop your issues in the post!



  • Rosemary November 13, 2015

    my favourite fabric ever comes from you! I’m sooooo glad I found cmf and is my 2yo son, 4 yo daughter and hubby(who has the most stylish undies ever all because of u!)

  • Jeanine White November 13, 2015

    Because everything i’ve made from the mag so far has turned out brilliant. Would never say no to more of em.










    Ottobre Design is essentially the entire reason Crafty Mamas exists today. Being a mum  of 4 myself ( 2 boys and 2 girls!) , I originally started sewing from Top Kids mag when the eldest was about 3... ( now I'm showing my age) and when it stopped being published- I was lost! Then thanks to the internet, I began to see this " Ottobre "  being mentioned in sewing forums, and I was hooked. As it was not available in my local newsagent- I gladly took on the agency for Australia. Of course I also soon needed the beautiful Euro fabrics I saw in the mag- so Crafty Mamas became the largest stockist of high quality Euro knits in Australia.


    I get lots of emails from people wanting to starting sewing Otto, but they are not quite sure if they are ready for this type of pattern delivery. Here's my most answered questions:

    1. Are the patterns hard/complicated?

    Some are yes- but many are also aimed at beginners.  The best way to add to your  knowledge bank of sewing , is to start simple and work your way up. Otto will help you do that!

    2. But there are no pictures with the instructions?

    No, not for all things- Otto assume you will read and follow their very clear instructions. They do give pictured instructions for generic things like neckbindings, pockets etc in every issue. If you are ever stuck, we have a fabulous FB Group full of friendly sewing people happy to help.

    3. Can I sell the items I make using Otto patterns?

    No. Otto give specific instructions on the inside of every  cover in regards to this, "  the designs, instructions and patterns are only intended for personal use by sewing hobbyists. All commercial or industrial use is prohibited".

    4. I won't know how to trace the patterns of or find my sizes?

    I've got tutorials on the blog to help you with this- it's easy!


    Now- let's get to the Give-away!

    I have TWO issues of the Winter 6/2015 issue to give -away to two lucky readers.  Simply leave me a comment as to why you need Otto in your life! I've announce our winners on Monday 16th November. Good luck!


    Giveaway- Christmas Kingdom- CLOSED

    30 October, 2015 7 comments Leave a comment

    And our lucky Giveaway winner was the very first entry...


  • Tas October 26, 2015

    I’d have to get a snow globe for my daughter but then it would be icicle lights- they have been on our family wish list for years.






    Fa La La La La!!! As I type this, we have 59 days left to Christmas!

    Have you started decorating??

    Around about this time every year, my youngest two and I sit down and come up with our Christmas theme and colour scheme. Apparently this year we are vintage style red/white/gold (swoon!!). Now living in the country does have it's benefits, but shopping is sadly not one of them.  When looking for new Chrissy decs, we are pretty much at the mercy of the big, budget style department stores ( shudder).  But this year  I have just the answer... would you like to know my secret?!

    ...Christmas Kingdom!

    I almost hyperventilated when I visited their site. They stock everything from lights, snow globes, baubles, lights, reindeer, Santa suits, home wares,  trees, Lemax figurines ( swoon!) and so much more!! Everything we need to make the home glorious for the festive season.

    Here's a few of my faves...

    The Lemax Confection Shoppe! ( why?  this would make a perfect addition to our Christmas Village!).



    I love these Nutcrackers!



    Prelit Fraser Fir Christmas Tree ( why??  no messing with lights!)


    The lovely folks over at Christmas Kingdom have very kindly given me a $50 gift card for one lucky blog reader! To be in with a chance, simply pop over to Christmas Kingdom,

    then pop here and leave me a comment - telling what you'd spend your $50 gift card on!

    Giveaway closes this Friday pm 30th, with winner announced Saturday 31st.

    Good luck!

    ( Sponsored post).

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