Welcome to the Make a Boob Blog! You’ll find information about the project by clicking the pictures in the sidebar.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Bling Drive, Sentrum Håndarbeid & gaver

The manager of Sentrum Håndarbeid & gaver (located here) generously donated a rainbow of yarn to the project:
60 skeins of wool embroidery yarn (my medium of choice until I discovered quilting 12 years ago)
and 60 skeins of cotton mouline yarn.
Thank you so much; the yarn will add lots of brilliant colours to the boobs and your support is highly appreciated!

Bling Drive, Bernina Stavanger

The manager of the Bernina store in Stavanger let me loose in her spare button drawer, filling a bag with buttons. Now who doesn’t love buttons, and who wouldn’t love spending a few minutes with both head and hands in a drawer looking for pretty buttons! Thank you so much; your support is highly appreciated!

Bling Drive, Kontant Engros

The manager of my local hobby store Kontant Engros let me choose from lots of stuff at their store. They have a huge selection of pretty much everything (including quilting fabric and my favorite batting) and being a regular customer I knew my way around the shop, filling my basket with all kinds of pretty ribbons and stuff. Thank you so much, Wenche; your support is highly appreciated!

Bling Drive, Perlehuset i Stavanger

The lovely Hilde of Perlehuset i Stavanger let me choose no less than 40 bags of beads in her store.

Remember the candy stores when you were growing up? This was like that, all the fantastic mouthwatering colours and shapes you can imagine. You’ll find Perlehuset Stavanger on Facebook and her store located here (real life). Thank you so much, Hilde, your beads will look wonderful attached to boobs!

Boob Mail, Terri

The first Boob Mail ever arrived from Terri of QuiltsNCards this week; 3 finished ones and 4 plain ones. The leaves have to be paper pieced, they are so tiny and beautifully done, just look at them! Thank you so much, Terri, your boobs are highly appreciated!

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Batting for Boobs

I have received some questions about which batting that should be used for the boobs, and here’s what I suggest:

I use a thin, flat, rather firm polyester batting (which goes by the name of “table batting” here) myself.

Light (not dark) and washed fleece or flannel will probably be fine, and also firm needle punched cotton or polyester/cotton blends. If you’re not sure, try rubbing it with a cloth to see if it beards a lot. If it doesn’t, use it.

The reason why I don’t want batting that beards is that the raw edges are exposed and fluffy stuff all over the boobs will not look that great.

So, try what you already have at home – and go ahead - make some boobs.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Ship a Boob

If you want to participate in making boobs for the Make a Boob project, you can send them to
You can make boobs that will be decorated at Make a Boob workshops during 2011 (instructions here and here) and/or finished boobs for Make a Boob Art (instructions here and here).

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Make a Boob Collection

I’ll be posting pictures of finished boobs under the label Boob Collection (now there’s a word I never thought I would use). You can read about how to make them here.

Here are the boobs I have made so far.

Make a Boob

Make a Boob is a project about breast cancer.
The project has two main goals:
offering people with breast cancer to participate in workshops where we decorate boobs. These workshops are set up in co-operation with the local chapter of the Cancer Association. Participants can decide to keep their work or to donate them to Make a Boob Art.
to create awareness and involvement through
- making circles for workshops
- participating in workshops and decorating boobs
- exhibition of Make a Boob Art
The project has several steps:
Collecting circles
Collecting boobs
Workshops at different groups and guilds during 2011
Creating Make a Boob Art. There will be made several art pieces depending on how many boobs that are made. At least one quilt will be donated to the Norwegian Cancer Association. Others might be donated to other facilities that treat breast cancer or –patients.
Exhibition of Make a Boob Art. The art pieces will be exhibited.
This is a non-profit project, run and founded by the artist Nina Lise Moen of Mrs Moen. Please contact me if you want to contribute to the project at mrsmoen (at) yahoo (dot) no.

Make a Boob!

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Make plain ones

Plain ones will be decorated at Make a Boob workshops during 2011.

You’ll need
A regular CD
Fabric for the top, any colour and style will be fine (got lots of orphants and UFOs? check out the treasured ones)
Light fabric for the back
Fine line fabric marker or pencil
Low loft, non bearding batting
Black thread

Using the CD as template, draw circles on the top or bottom fabric leaving approx ½” between the circles.
Layer the top, batting and backing fabric and pin the layers together. Please do not use basting spray as this might gum up the needles while decorating.

Sew along the line twice using black thread on top and bottom
Cut out the circles leaving a 1 - 1 1/2 mm outside the line.

Make treasured ones

Treasured ones are made from little treasures; those bits and pieces and orphan blocks you have laying around just waiting to be put to good use. Old tops you still don’t want to finish after a couple of years would make wonderful basis for little pieces of art. Pieced or appliquéd works both very well.
These will be decorated at Make a Boob workshops during 2011.

You’ll need
Low loft, non-bearding batting
Light backing

Proceed as for the plain ones. For blocks it might be easier to draw the circle on the front.

Make adorned ones

Adorned ones are decorated and will be used as inspiration at workshops and stitched into Make a Boob quilt(s). The quilt will be donated to the Norwegian Cancer Association at the end of the Make a Boob project. In case there are several quilts some might be donated to hospitals or other organisations that deal with breast cancer.

You’ll need
Plain one(s)
Beads, trims, yarn, lace, buttons, floss, fabric shapes; these will not go in the washer so have fun with it (no sharp metal objects though).

Attach your embellishments to the circle by hand using needle and thread. If you'd like to machine stitch your pieces, please check out the fancy ones.
Let the stitches go through all three layers and make sure that hard stuff like buttons and beads stay well inside the circle.
Please do sign them on the back.

A little warning: these are highly addictive...

Make fancy ones

Fancy ones are made from finished pieces of art. You can use any kind of top; appliquéd, pieced, painted - whatever your medium is as long as the basis is fabric. Please keep in mind that they will be stitched onto a quilt so they need to be sewable.
Baste the layers together, quilt (or not) and cut. I have used one of my yarn pieces for the samples.

You’ll need
Low loft, non-bearding batting
Light backing

Proceed as for the plain ones. It might be easier to draw the circles onto the light backing. This step was kind of scary.

Please do sign them on the back.-)