Ok, so while I was offline my university life EXPLODED. I think I mentioned that I’d started my teacher training right? I’m specialising in Design and Technology, with a primary focus on Textiles and a secondary focus on Resistant Materials (or woodwork, metalwork and plastics as most people know it). The primary focus I’m ok on because I’ve been sewing for years (and my amigurumi creations helped tipped the favour to get me on the course – I have no formal textiles qualifications so I had to make a portfolio of my personal creations, and the ami’s had a page all to themselves!). The secondary focus I’ve had to do a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course for – basically I’ve had to play with tools, graphics packages and laser cutters. I’m not complaining! I actually love it possibly MORE than textiles, although now that I’ve started my in school placements I’m finding it a real challenge to teach.
Anyway, why am I telling you this? Well, one of my SKE course projects was to make two plain wooden boxes:
into something cool. I used one to make this:
Which has these inside:
They’re little firemen. I’m so proud of this make, hence why I’m showing you lot even tho it has nothing to do with the pattern that I promise I will eventually come on to. The pattern is actually related to the second box which I made into a suitcase:
This was heavily influenced by my recent house move. It says ‘Home is where the cat is’ around the edges, and has a map of the world on top and some plastic postcards. All fun. Then inside I have a cat ID tag (a copy of which is now hanging round my own cats neck) and an ‘I ❤ Cats’ pewter cast keyring. But it looked really empty, so I decided to pull in my ami skills and make this:
A mini green Lucky Tiny Kitty.
This is one of the simplest patterns I’ve every written, and it’s not rocket science, but I thought I’d share it with you all anyway. Plus it’s a great stash buster. Make your own plus further photos after the jump.