Black and Red Soccer Ball

I made this toy for a new born little girl.

Pentagon Ball WSW

Ok so it isn’t in the traditional colours that you make things for a little girl, however when her parents have a favourite soccer team you make it in the team colours as the odds are the child is going to grow up supporting that team too. Their team is Western Sydney Wanderers I used left over fabric scraps from when I made the Western Sydney Wanderers player earlier this year. The toy is an English paper pieced pentagon ball just as I have made them before. They are really simple to make and are a great way of using scraps. You could use any colour scraps you had to make this as they don’t really need to form a pattern unless you want it to. This ball is a good toy to make for a child of any age not just babies, it soft so it can be tossed around inside and not do too much damage. It can be made any size it just depends on what size you cut your paper templates.


Black Vest

I have made myself clothing and it isn’t a skirt! This winter I think I want to wear vests at work. I like having my back and torso covered but I also like having my arms to have less bulk and coverage on them so vests are a good option. In the latest issue of One Thimble there is a vest pattern so perfect timing. The pattern is Woman’s Hoodie Vest by Fat Red Bird. I decided not to include the hood as I wanted a more dressy look to wear in an office environment. The pattern tutorial also has it with snap or button closures but I decided I wanted a zipper by chance Fat Red Bird have an excellent tutorial showing how to install a zipper into a lined vest, there is a link in the pattern to the tutorial. Using the basic pattern and the tutorial I was able to make my vest the way I wanted it.

Black Vest

The outside of vest is polar fleece and the lining is denim. Confession my original intention was to have the denim on the outside and the fleece on the inside, however, when installing my zipper I accidentally stitching it the wrong way getting my right and left sides confused. The upside was I had stitched the zipper in really well so instead of wasting that good effort I reversed the fabric choices around. The pieces are exactly the same. By using a double sided zipper you could make this completely reversible.

Black Vest Neckline

I am really proud of this vest. It looks simple but it is the most complicated piece of clothing I have ever made thus far. Prior to this I had never installed a jacket zipper. I don’t have a zipper phobia so I was happy to jump in and try it. The tutorial was really good and I honestly couldn’t find another tutorial on Pinterest that showed you how to install a jacket zipper into a lined vest/jacket. The tutorial didn’t mention it but I did hand baste my zipper first before sandwiching it within the outer and lining fabrics. Laying the garment flat on my table I did my hand stitches up one half of the zipper then made sure on the opposite side the zipper and fabric was aligned did the hand stitches. It took maybe an extra 5 mins or so but I think it made the world of difference. When I was sewing my zipper sandwich together it wasn’t moving and I could get clean lines without having to redo my seam or unpicking. Ok so it ended up being the wrong side but that was cause I wasn’t sure what they were calling the right and left side of the zipper. My zipper works, my ends all line up, I have a very comfortable vest which I have been wearing this week that’s all that matters




Purple Zipper Pouch

Purple Zipper Pouch

This was something I actually made a couple of months ago. A friend needed a simple pouch to keep some medical equipment in and this is what I came up with.

Purple Zipper Pouch Open

I found a great tutorial on Dog Under My Desk for a lined pouch. The pouched needed to be more wider than deeper so the centre zip position was perfect. The fabrics used all came from my stash. My intention was to use a purple zipper to match the fabrics. At the last minute I discovered the purple zipper I had in my stash wasn’t long enough. Instead of waiting until I could purchase a zipper which would’ve meant a delaying in making the pouch I decided to check through a bag of zippers I had purchased from an op shop (charity shop) a few years ago. The green zipper adds a contrast and I knew it would be a colour my friend would like.

Purple Zipper Pouch Oops

I did have a small mishap which I discovered after I had finished the entire thing. I didn’t catch all of the outside fabric when I was doing one of the seams. It wasn’t that hard to fix I just cut open the turning gap I had slip stitched closed, turned the pouch inside out again and re did the seam. I then closed it up like I did the first time. Lesson learnt always check your seams before closing up.

Even with the mishap this took no time to make. The tutorial is a good little pattern to have in your stash.


Overlocking Your Edges Pre-Wash

So in the great debate to pre-wash fabric or not I fall on the pre-washing side of the fence. I also soak in hot water then wash on a normal cycle. One downfall to pre-washing is that your fabrics tend to become a bird’s nest in the machine as they tangle about and all the cut ends shred. Recently I heard about a simple tip to avoid this…. Overlock (serge) your edges before pre-washing! Of course what a simple idea.

Overlocking Pre-Wash

Last week I purchased some new fabric (for a project I’m making and yes I did need it as I didn’t have this fabric in my stash) I decided to try the overlocking idea out. The fabrics were denim and polar fleece. I ran the 2 cut ends of each piece through the overlocker which only took a couple of minutes to do. I then soaked the two together in the washing machine and later washed as normal.

Overlocking Post-Wash

The denim came out crinkled like it usually does but it wasn’t twisted in a heap like normal. I didn’t have to rip apart spiders webs just to stretch it out for the line. The fleece was fantastic. Previously if I washed anything with cut polar fleece I would find fleece fur balls all over it but this time there was nothing. Also my carpet would be covered in fur balls too but not this time.

So I can say after testing this idea out of overlocking the edges before pre-washing it is absolutely worth doing. It does take a couple of minutes to do but the end result is worth it. I also tried the idea out on a fat quarter and again it was great with no twists and tangles when I took it from the machine. This is going to be my way of doing things now. Also it is great incentive to clear the top of my overlocker cabinet now as I will be able to use that straight away instead of carrying my overlocker to my cutting table each time.

Sew Box Mini May Challenge

Leesa from Sew Boxes set Sew Box subscribers a little challenge this month “Use the brooch clip from this month’s box and something from a previous months box to create something” I decided challenge accepted (I love a challenge)

SB Mini May Challenge

I used the following supplies

So obviously I have used the brooch for the centre. The fabric was a scrap from another project I’m currently working on. I traced around the circular  brooch on the reverse of the fabric so I would know the boundary I had to work within. To secure it I did a running stitch and gathered it in like when you do a suffock puff, I pulled it together and stitched it in tight around the back of the brooch. I tried hand beading for the first time using the seed beads and gold thread. I didn’t have any lines to go by I just had a rough idea of the design I wanted. The lace I measured around the brooch then doubled the amount. Again I used a running stitch to gather it together, when I was happy with the shape of it I stitched it onto the blue fabric on the underside of the brooch.

This took me about an hour which is pretty quick. I love it. I now have a funky brooch to wear. What I also love about this brooch is how it demonstrates how you can use the items from the different sew boxes. Your not limited to use the items for one particular project or for one particular month. You can use them whatever way you want.


Out Of Control

I have always said on here I will show both the good and the bad side of my crafting. I have a confession all my craft supplies (fabrics, magazines, books, notions, tools, wools) have exploded. I have never been a neat freak and am used to having lots of stuff around me (stuff not mess) but my craft stuff has gotten to a point that it is out of control and I’m starting to lose things as I put items down and things get piled on top of it. I’m getting to the point where I don’t know where to put things so I just stick them wherever.

OC 1

In my study I have a series of bookshelves. I keep craft books, magazines, craft dvds, containers full of supplies to make jewellery / bags / hair clips. On these shelves above I have started just shoving anything I find that don’t know where to put elsewhere. I have run out of space for craft books and magazines.

OC 2

I have started piling my magazines and some books on chairs in my lounge room, the floor in this room and on the top of my 2nd horn sewing cabinet. I can still open the door to get my overlocker out but I can’t use the top of it.

OC 3

My spare room is probably my dumping room of the house. I have tubs of fabric against one wall. In my built-in wardrobe on one side I have tubs full of fabric, wool and the clear box is my finished gifts box but you can see I can’t easily get to it at the moment. I have a lot of random fabric in here. I recently had a rental inspection and lot of stuff got shoved into this wardrobe and that’s when I realised it is becoming a problem.

OC 4

On the other side of the built-in I have a bookshelf which has patterns, craft machines, threads, sewing supplies, rolls of crafting supplies, You can see my interfacing is shoved in one corner. To get anything out of this I often have to move a lot of stuff.

OC 5

I couldn’t actually tell you what is in this pile here. Clothing, fabric, wadding, wool, packets of mum’s old pj’s would be my guess. It is right opposite my indoor clothes airer so it becomes a really dumping ground. I cover it with white sheeting so not to expose it to a lot of light (only the morning sun) It is a mess.

It is time to take action and to take control. My plan of attack is to basically do a big stocktake of all my items.

I’m going to get rid of any books and magazines which I know I won’t use. I’m also not going to re-subscribe to magazines which I’m finding I’m not reading as much or getting use from. I’m limiting craft books. I have enough books on toys, knitting, crochet, mending, using my overlocker, making clothes.

I will sort all my items so that I have like things together. I only want one place to keep zippers, one place for trims, one place for sewing tools etc. I will get rid of any excess of items if I’m not going to use them.

For the fabric I’m going to measure each item and note down what I have via a private Pinterest board with a photo and size of each piece so when I get a pattern (particularly clothing) I can look through my board easily and see if I have any suitable fabric first. Any fabric that is too small to or I know I won’t use will be given away.

I will handle my wool stash by going through it and any that I can’t use or I know I won’t ever get too will go. This includes the lovely alpaca yarn which I know I’m never going to get around to using.

I will find better storage solutions for my items. My wool felt for example I would love to keep in drawers where I can access each pieces easily instead of squished into a zip lock bag which explodes each time you open it.

This isn’t going to be something I do in one day or one weekend. It is a long term project that needs to happen so long term I can fix the problem from continuing to occur. It has hard to say but my craft supplies have turned to clutter. Crafting is meant to be my relaxation thing but it is starting to stress me out. When I had to tidy up for my recent rental inspection it was the tipping point of wait you have a problem. It is possible to have lots of stuff providing you fully know what you have, it is organised so you can find things easily and that you’re using it.





Sew Box May 16

The May Sew Box has a wild and whimsical theme this time and it is a lot of fun.

SB May 16

In this box this month

  • 50cm of Faux Fur
  • 1m Wild Things Brushed cotton
  • Fawn panel
  • 20 wood toggle buttons (10 dark, 10 light)
  • Leather cord
  • Rotary blades
  • Brooch clips
  • Faux leather sew in tags
  • Pack of Autumn leaves
  • Wild Things Coat pattern by Big Little
  • Wild Things Boot pattern by Big Little
  • In The Woods free motion pattern by Sew So Katie

The brushed cotton which is like flannel is so soft. The fur I may admit I’ve had to keep in a bag by its self, once I sew it up it will be fine. At first I didn’t think I would use it but now I have a couple of projects in mind with it. The fawn panel is cute, I’m most likely to use this as a centre piece on a bag or fabric bucket. The patterns this month are cute, the boots are so sweet. The leaves are a challenge as they are so different. I think I may use them to do sun printing on fabric with my liquid radiance paints. The brooch clips I’ve actually already used in a project which I will show next week. Once again this is wonderful box. You can use the items to make this months patterns or you can use them in other ways. Its up to you and your imagination.