30 September, 2016

A school jumper... kinda

A couple of weeks ago, I had this thing where I wanted to make one of the pdf patterns that I already had -- make it & move on, so the money I had spent on the pattern wasn't wasted ... do you know what I mean?

Anyway, I decided on this pattern from my e-stash and decided to make Joe a jumper for school seeing as school clothes is what he wears the most often.   

Hunting for bottle green fabric proved a little harder than expected but finally I got some and then I set about cutting it out and sewing ... and then well, the disappointment. 
I don't like the jumper.  The pattern is too narrow in the torso and too long in the sleeves. 

Joe can't get himself into or out of the jumper, so I've ditched it to the side of his bedroom even though he keeps asking to wear it.

Anyway, task completed: I've made something from my e-stash and now back to making pressies for Christmas!

Oh, just in case you like the style of the pattern, you can get it either here. 

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27 September, 2016

a needle wallet

Every now and then, I make something and really impress myself. That is what happened when I made this awesome wallet.

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The pattern was super easy to make.
Well, for a starters, it will provide a handy storage for singular sewing needles and provide a spot for those silly little packets of needles.  You can use the grid provided & print it onto fabric. There are two different types of grids, one for sewing machine needles and the other for hand-stitching needles.   Instead of using the grid provided (which would have been really simple to do), I decided to use the fancy lettering stitches on my sewing machine.  I've had my sewing machine for over 20 years and have only used the lettering when I first got it!

The little vinyl pockets are really easy to add, really easy!  I was worried about using vinyl but nope, it was so easy!
Then there is the super handy zipper pockets on the outside and let me tell you, installing the zip (according to the pattern/video) will blow your mind. Yes. I've never installed a zipper like that and wowser, it's brilliant! ...I'll never go back to my old way of installing a zipper ever again!

You could also add the strap (that is part of the pattern) but I knew I wouldn't be using that, so I missed that step and I really like the effect of the elastic closure.

So, stop what you are doing and go & grab the pattern and make your sewing space tidier!

23 September, 2016

Triangle Purse

 I made this little triangle purse, for no other reason that because it was cute!

17 September, 2016

Making a making list ...& checking it twice

The clock is ticking... it's the middle of September and Christmas (as well as Joe's birthday) is on it's way, so it's time to set a plan into action for all the handmade gifts I'm planning to make!

16 September, 2016

Fabric bowl/pouch

How totally ace is this fabric bowl?!  It's a bowl & a pouch as it zips up to hold everything secure then opens out to this wonderful bowl-shape with a flat bottom.

06 September, 2016

Topsy Turvy

My lil Laney turns 3 this weekend and I wanted to make her another doll but not just any doll but a doll with a secret!
..what is the secret?  She is a Topsy-Turvy doll!