Turbie’s, Playdough and Josh on a plate!

It’s been a strange week so far, Josh is poorly so we have been stuck indoors. At first he was completely flaked out with a high temperature so I have spent a lot of time reading to him during the day, those mystery books can get quite interesting! 🙂 The first couple of nights he was delirious quite a lot so he swapped places with Hubby so Hubby could get a good nights sleep and I could look after Josh. Thankfully he is picking up although his temperature is still up a bit.
Anyway, sorry if I am boring you but what I was really getting to is that Josh suddenly announced that he wanted to play with playdough. We haven’t had any playdough for a few years but I was able to find the recipe I was given when Abi was a baby and was pleased to find all the ingredients in the cupboard. We made different colours,


all nice and bright and he had a happy afternoon playing with it.



I remember that when I was unwell, I often used to play with things I had ‘grown out of’. I thought some of you might be interested in the recipe so I have included it at the bottom of this post.
Josh also got creative with a cardboard box!!

So with all this going on how are my wips progressing? Slow but steady is probably the best description! I have got à bit further with the socks, a few more rows and I will be ready to do the toe 🙂 I have also started the next shawl. A little bit of needle felting has been happening too while I have been keeping Josh company.


This is the very first stage of an animal!!

I also have a little ta-da for you. Last week, before Josh was ill I finished sewing the ‘turbie’ towels.  They are for some of my older nieces. The ones you buy in the shop are not long enough for really long hair as you can see. (I tried blurring out the messy background, I think I need a bit more practice!!)


So I bought some towelling fabric and using my existing one for a pattern I lengthened it by about six inches. Just right now for long hair.


You just twist wet hair in the towel and bring it up over your head tucking the end into the elastic loop on top.


As you can see, to finish them off I added some fabric binding to the edges using stash fabrics.


I machine one side of binding but I prefer to hand stitch the other. I always find a bit of hand sewing relaxing. I just need to get some more fabric now to make a couple for myself 🙂

Before I go I just want to thank you for all your kind enquiries about my neck. It’s still rather delicate but I am able to do crochet again a few minutes at a time. I just have to resist the temptation to push through and ignore the warnings now!
I’m not sure if I shall be about next week much as it will be half-term holiday here.
I hope you’re all having a good week and happy crafting!!
Sharon xx



This makes a fist sized lump of dough

2 egg cups Plain Flour

1 egg cup Salt

2 egg cups Water

2 teaspoons cooking oil

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar.

Food colouring of choice.  I used pasted, if you are using liquid colours use this as part of your water.


Put all ingredients in a heavy based pan and heat on medium heat, stirring all the time until the dough comes together and leaves the sides of the pan.  This only takes a couple of minutes.  Knead well and store in a freezer bag in an airtight container when not in use.  This keeps for months.

For a larger quantity use normal cup sizes for the flour, salt and water.  2 tablespoons of oil and 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar.



16 thoughts on “Turbie’s, Playdough and Josh on a plate!

  1. Feel better soon, Josh!
    There’s a fever bug going around here too. 2 of my daughters caught it. Making them tea, snuggling them up on the couch and reading with them when they were sick and lived here is something I miss. Last night my daughter texted me… “I’m sick and I miss my Mom!”.
    Glad your neck is improving! I don’t think any of us ever completely outgrow play dough, lol!

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  2. Again, I think I must be living under a rock – have never seen towel turbies that work like yours before…we have always just used either ordinary towels (we are quite adept at keeping them tucked in) or hooded towels.
    Glad the neck is improving. You don’t realise how busy our neck is during the day until we have a problem and it doesn’t want to work! Take care xx

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    1. I would really miss my turbie towel now! I do need to make myself a longer one too though I think I spoke too soon about my neck, I did a bit of crochet yesterday and it felt okay but it’s worse than ever this morning, really not the best timing with Christmas around the corner, I’m hoping I can get on with a bit of sewing without affecting it too much! xx


  3. Oh poor Josh – praying for his health! Fevers are no fun. No fun for mum either….the playdough is a great idea, keep him relatively quiet but occupied. I love those turbie towels – I have one my aunt bought me, it’s some kind of microfiber and it really soaks up the water, but my hair is very thick and it’s just not big enough. I’m going to get another one and stitch them together, lol.

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    1. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers Allie, he doe seem a bit better this morning. It’s a shame they don’t make the turbie towels in different sizes, it’s times like this when being able to sew is so handy, hopefully these will be just right for my nieces . I hope your modification goes well 🙂 take care. x


    1. Thanks, yes, it’s great to have Josh feeling better, Hubby is down with it now but he isn’t running a high temp so hopefully he will get over it a bit quicker 🙂 My projects are a bit slow at the minute as my my neck/shoulder is playing up again but I am trying to do just a few minutes at a time. Christmas feels rather close at the moment! I hope you have a lovely week x


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