I’m deciding to call my lists “To Craft” lists each month as I am doing more than just sewing.
I got 2 things actually done off my May list and that was the Soccer Ball and the mug rug (which I will show once my swap partner receives it). The child’s cape I wasn’t able to do as planned so I scrapped that from the list. I haven’t coloured the fabric yet for the tea set or the bag I wish to make. I wanted to get things a little more tidy around the place before I started the project. The puppy dog I have half completed so good progress has been made. I did do a couple of adhoc projects that I suddenly needed to make straight away after I made my original list. My lists aren’t set in stone and are adaptable.
Looking at June I will focus on the following
- Finish Puppy Dog
- Colour fabrics for bag and tea set
- Attend Sydney Craft and Quilt fair
- Seat Pillow
- Navy Vest
- Start on Christmas items
- Finish hot water bottle cover
- Sew in blanket ends
- Progress on Pamuke blanket
- Continue cleaning up my craft spaces
I can happily say that I have started to make good progress on my craft spaces. I can almost find 2 chairs in my lounge room now that had been covered with fabric and random magazines. I’m finding new homes (outside mine) for a few different bits and pieces.
I started to make a hot water bottle cover using faux fur. I tried to do all my seams on the overlocker as I discovered working with faux fur is very messy. It turns out you can’t do multiple layers of fur on the overlocker at once. I killed my machine…. From what I can see the needle is bent and I can’t lower or raise the presser foot so I may have stuffed that up too. It is have emergency repairs done at the Sewing Machine Warehouse this week. Ironically I had just purchased a little vacuum machine to clean the insides of her out and was planning on doing that after I had finished the cover. She was due for a service anyway along with my small travel machine so they will both get a good clean and tune up.
One item I would like to make sooner rather than later is the above lap pillow. It is like a utility table for your lap with pockets and cushioning and storage. I do a lot of projects on the lounge in front of the tv most times I have a little container next to me to hold my supplies but that gets bumped or I don’t fully put things back in it each time and they fall off me or the lounge. This pillow is perfect as things are all in one spot and I can enforce myself to use it.
Do you ever see a project and immediately think you need to make it. It was make at first sight when I saw this pattern. The pattern is “Double Sided Draft Stopper” by Kerri Williams of Rosalee’s Room published in Handmade magazine Vol. 34 No. 11
Currently I have a draft stopper behind my front door which gets caught under the door each time you open it and my first thought up I’ll replace that one with this fantastic double sided draft stopper that as you open the door it moves with the door. I then discovered a more pressing area that needed a draft stopper… my bathroom. A draft comes right under the door and is very noticeable coming into Winter. Bathrooms are wet areas so I decided to get some Ripstop from Sew Boxes and make the draft stopper from that. Ripstop is a bonded PVC that is waterproof, perfect for bathrooms.
I have never worked with any type of fabric like this before and this was the perfect project to try it out on as the pattern is very easy to follow and make. The Ripstop was a little slippery but not uncontrollable. Right sides together didn’t stick to each other like I thought they would. I used wonderclips instead of pins to hold the pieces in place. I couldn’t imagine pinning it as you would bend all your pins plus loose the waterproofness if you weren’t in your seam allowance. Sew Boxes is having a fabric sale at the moment ending on Monday night. I have purchased more Ripstop to make Christmas gifts after discovering how it easy it is to use.
This took me maybe 2 hours max from start to finished item under the door. That’s a very quick project. It is a brilliant idea. To be honest draft stoppers can be trip hazards but because this attached to the door it isn’t in the way. This project would be a fantastic gift for the elderly or disabled or for anyone who can’t bend down to place the draft stopper into position.
I made this toy for a new born little girl.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.