Joining the Pattern Challenge

With all those still unused sewing patterns lying around, I just had to join the Pattern Challenge over at Come And See The Seitz.

Alternative

Sarah asks of the participants of the challenge to put into writing our goals, so here are mine. With summer coming up (I know, I know, it’s still quite a bit away.), I’d like to finish the following projects (the patterns and some of the fabrics I’ll use are already in my possession):

The patterns are (from left to right):
1. McCall’s M5880 2. Amy Butler’s Cabo Halter 3. McCall’s M5653
4. Vogue V8553 5. McCall’s M5662 6. Vogue V1086
7. McCall’s M5586 8. McCall’s M5425 9. Vogue V8241

I think I’m going to be able to give quite a realistic review of these patterns, as they are mostly labelled as being “very easy”, so ideal for me as a newbie to sewing clothes. I’ll take lots of pictures and quite a few of them will probably include a seam ripper, but hey, that’s the way to learn, isn’t it?

February 15, 2010 at 21:38 pm 3 comments

Treasure Hunt

Oh, don’t you just love discovering hidden gems in thrift stores? I did so on a recent trip to one of those shops (well, actually I even returned for a second round of treasure hunting…).

I bought a variety of things, from zippers in all lengths and colours, to trims and a sewing book and, of course, a lot of fabric.

Cotton, Linen, Jersey, you name it! And of course in lots of different colours…

So let’s just hope I’ll soon have the time to make good use of all my new goodies! =)

February 15, 2010 at 19:57 pm Leave a comment

More Tutorials…

I added a few new tutorials to the Tutorials page! Inspiration ahoy!

January 22, 2010 at 13:11 pm Leave a comment

Help For Haiti

Most of you will already have heard about the many ways the crafty community is trying to help those affected by the horrendous events in Haiti. But for those that haven’t, please head over and check out Craft Hope for Haiti.

Craft Hope for Haiti Shop Spreading seeds of hope one stitch at a time

With 100% of the proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders, an Etsy shop has been set up. The items that are sold have been donated from numerous crafters and offer to you the chance to buy something beautiful while helping those that need it the most.

Or you could even donate some of your own handmade creations!

Already, up to today, $ 7,000.- have been raised! And all that in only two days! Please, check it out!

Update: As of the January 20th 2010 over $20,000 have been raised by Craft Hope and over 1000 items sold from the Etsy shop!

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A few more links:

Pretty Ditty is having a raffle for Haiti, raffling off two of her beautiful aprons. [Update: The raffle is now closed]

Indie Fixx is organizing a Haiti relief fundraiser. A silent auction of donated items (from indie crafters, artists and designers) is taking place. [Auction lasts until January 29th]

January 18, 2010 at 15:36 pm Leave a comment

Eye Glasses Case

I love English Paper Piecing! That’s something I never thought I would say, but I recently discovered how much enjoy this technique. Hand-sewing something has proven to be quite relaxing and piecing together lots of cute fabrics is always a lot of fun.

I came across this technique when making another Christmas present – an eye class case (following this great and very easy to follow tutorial over at Liesl Made). As I really enjoyed the process as well as the final product, I am already forward to paper piecing a few more things… Another case is already in the works! And this time I’ll try to integrate a flex frame to keep the glasses from sliding out of their case.

Additionally to the tutorial mentioned beforehand, I used these instructions for the paper piecing as I didn’t have any freezer paper to work with and used just normal paper onto which I printed the hexagon shapes from the same site. (other shapes / patterns are available too)

Oh, and I used Amy Butler fabric for this project – more specifically from her Lotus and Belle range.

January 9, 2010 at 11:12 am 2 comments

Patchwork Bags – Second Batch

I just couldn’t resist… 😉


P.S.: I just love everything that Ayumi produces over at Pink Penguin. Be sure to check her blog out!

January 6, 2010 at 14:46 pm Leave a comment

Patchwork Bags – First Batch

So, I proudly present to you another Christmas present that I produced…

I followed Pink Penguin’s great tutorial for a reversible patchwork bag, adapting it slightly. I reduced the size of the overall bag by only making it out of 9 squares for each side of the bag. Of course I consequently also had to adjust the size of the interior bag and the casing of the cord.

With basic calculations I came to these measurements:
3 x 3 squares for each side of the bag = 9 squares per side = 18 squares in total
(each square measured the original 2 1/2” proposed in the tutorial)
As I left out 1 square on each line of squares, I “missed out” on 2” of the width of the bag (2 1/2” square minus 2 times the seam allowance of 1/4”)
I therefore reduced the length of the casing from 8 3/4” to 6 3/4”  while keeping the original width.
Equally I reduced the size of the fabric squares for the interior bag from 8 1/2” to 6 1/2”.
Apart from these adaptations, I used all the original instructions.

Voilà! =)
Aren’t they cute? Will have to make a few for myself too, should I get the time to. They would be lovely and just the right size to keep a bit of jewelry… 😉

January 6, 2010 at 14:35 pm Leave a comment

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