I feel like I’m in a bit of a craft rut at the moment. Recently I got sick with a respiratory infection (very unlike me to get sick) Because I was sick I was out of craft action for what felt like ages (couple of weeks) I couldn’t touch anything as I didn’t want to spread my germs onto gifts plus my hands were cover in hand sanitizer all the time.
In the past week I’ve started to craft again. I got the hand stitching on a kids hat down but still need to top stitch it so it feels like an unfinished project. This past weekend I made a start on my cloth pads. I did the lot (20) from scratch including tracing out the pattern. After 2 solid days of sewing I still haven’t finished them so again another project not finished.
The only thing I have manage to finish is a batch of eye pillows which I promised a friend I would make for her kids school fete. I had a September deadline for them but luckily have managed to get them done.
With all my unfinished projects I just feel like I’m getting no where. I guess I like quick projects which you can easily finish and feel like you have accomplished something. I keep thinking of all the items I want to make, my to sew list grows but finished items don’t. I’ll snap out of this craft rut as soon as I feel like I have control of my crafting again.
The good news is that my Pamuke Blanket is finished and all wrapped up to give to my trainer next month.
The finished blanket measures approximately 62″ x 67″ The main part of the blanket is made is a granny stripe. I just keep doing row after row until I used 5 balls of each colour. For the border I did 3 rows of regular trebles and a final row of crab stitch to finish it off. I really liked the crab stitch edge. It gave a little bit of texture and difference to the blanket but still kept it very simple looking.
This is the largest blanket I’ve made I think. As I was making it didn’t seem that big it was only when it was placed flat on the queen size bed you get a true a sense of the size of it. I am so happy with the way it has turned out. Even though it is a wedding gift I wanted to keep it simple. This blanket is just one you can grab and use and when it gets dirty stick it in the washing machine. A gift you can easily use, to me that is the perfect gift.
The August Sew Box has been released and theme this month is Let’s Play
In the box we got
- 1m Alphabet fabric
- 50cm co-ordinating fabric
- Black and White Button pack
- Birch Storage container
- Birch Magnetic Seam Gauge
- Rainbow Felt pack
- Magnetic Dots
- Washcloth Puppets pattern by Precious Patterns
- Activity Go Case pattern by Love M.E Patterns
- Portable Playmat pattern by So Sew Katie
- Magnetic Felt Toys pattern by Shill O’POP
Once again another great box. I really like the Activity Go Case pattern that will probably go on my gift list for Christmas. The storage container is fantastic as crafters are always looking for storage. The magnetic seam gauge will come in useful as sometimes my seams are not what they should be. The fabric is gorgeous it fun child like but not babyish so I’ll be able to use it in any child’s gift. I don’t have many black and white buttons so they will go in the button stash. The washcloth puppets are cute.
With every box I get so many more ideas to sew but that is one of the things I love about Sew Boxes each box sparks creativity. I might not make everything in the boxes but the contents of them get me thinking and planning.
I don’t really make items to sell. I would love to start a little business sewing various things but I just don’t have the time to make a lot of stock ready to sell. Occasionally I do make heat packs on request and recently I was asked to make 2. I fill mine with rice not wheat (I can get access to rice easier than wheat) I like to make a bag and cover that way for the pack that way you can wash the outer cover if needed and it gives your skin a bit more protection as the packs can be hot when taken from the microwave.
The first was just a basic standard heat pack. The customer gave me the finished size she wanted and colour preference and I went from there. On the calico bag I stitched in channels so the rice didn’t fall to one side.
This has to be one of my favourite heat packs I’ve ever made just due to the colour. I found this fabric in my stash and thought it would fit in with the colour she asked for.
The second heat pack was a little bit more complicated. The customer asked if I could make one she could wrap around her wrist. My immediate first thought was to stitch in channels to act like fold lines and to secure it in place with velcro. I searched Pinterest but couldn’t find a pattern so I create my own.
The calico bag was made the exact same way as I did the first one. I measured the finished bag after I stitched around the outside of it. I wanted it to easily fold around the wrist so the channels had to be placed evenly so it would be comfortable and would work. It was actually the channels on this one which gave me the idea to do the channels on the other one too.
The cover is constructed like a regular cover however before I could stitch the sides together I had to attach the velcro. I folded the fabric into the finished cover shape and ironed the 2 end folds. The crease lines gave me the area to mark up where the velcro would be attached. I had to remember to put the sew the hook side down so when it wrapped around it would be the correct way to stick on the loop side of the velcro.
I was worried that the velcro strap may not be long enough (plan b was to sew an extension on it) but I’m happy to say it fits her well.
I like this idea of a wrapable heat pack. You could make them for knees, ankles, wrists. All you need to do is figure out what size you need for that area and the rest is pretty basic.
WIRES looks after native animals who become sick, injured or abandoned. The service works every day of the year to rescue and care for the animals. Volunteers care for the animals in their own homes until they are well enough to be released back into the wild. They do an amazing job. I would love to be a carer but unfortunately I can’t but that doesn’t mean you can’t still help WIRES. If you can knit or you can sew your skills can help WIRES. WIRES are always needing pouches. You can either knit them or sew them. They do require that yarn used be 100% wool 8ply and the fabric be 100% cotton or flannelette. The fabric and wool needs to be breathable as the animal in enclosed in the pouch. Carers go through around 6 – 8 fabric pouches per day per animal and may have 4 – 6 animals in their care at any one time.
In the last couple of weeks I made a batch of pouches and in my spare room found another batch I made earlier this year. I’ve washed them all again (they may get ironed) I will post them off next week. I’ve been doing WIRES pouches for a few years now. I love that my sewing can help others. Native animals are close to my heart and I’m glad to be able to help them.
Confession I don’t like animal printed anything. Some people don’t like spotted fabrics or chevrons I don’t like animal print. I have no problem with leather and I think it is a fantastic material however I’m not a fan of leather where you can see like scales so no croc or snake skin shoes or handbags for me. In the Winter Seasons box we received 2 pieces of pleather (faux leather) they had a scale print on them and I just knew I wouldn’t use them on a bag or purse. I had 2 options either give the fabric away or use it on a practical item which just doesn’t matter what it looked like.
I decided to make myself a table protector pad. The 2 pieces were a really good size for this project as they were basic rectangles. In my stash I found some leftover polar fleece and I thought that would give the pad some extra cushioning. Also the fleece was like the pleather it doesn’t fray so I didn’t have to worry about little fibres everywhere.
To make the pad all I did was literally fold the polar fleece over so it was 2 layers thick and sandwiched it between the 2 pieces of pleather. The cream piece was slightly larger so I placed that underneath then just put the other layers on top. I held it into place with the longer and chunkier wonder clips.
On the sewing machine I used a leather needle and stitched around the edge the width of my walking foot. By chance I had a black spool threaded on my machine. The bobbin already in the machine was a dark green so I just used that. Perhaps I should’ve changed it to a cream but I wanted to use the bobbin up anyway so this I didn’t care. Once I stitched all around it I just trimmed it up with a rotatory cutter.
The pad measures 17.5″ x 14″ It is the perfect size to place under my kam snap press. It is a nice thickness so it protects the table. I can also use it under my overlocker if I use that on my craft table too.
This was a really simple project but I’m really happy with it. I got the experience of sewing with pleather. It was very easy to work with. I can see myself working with it again and will keep my eye out for some. I used up items from my stash to make a practical item for my craft adventures. I’ve been sick all week with a cold and it was just really nice to sew something.
On Sunday I was making some bucket hats. Cutting the hats out I had doubled the fabric as it is very easy and much quicker to cut 2 layers of fabric at once. When it came to ironing on the interfacing to the pieces side by side the 2 pieces looked very different. One clearly looked shorter than the other. I thought I had made a mistake somehow or had the wrong pieces. I was trying my best to think logically knowing that I had cut fabric double from the one pattern piece so clearly it was correct but my brain was thinking otherwise.
When stacked back on top of each other again you can see they were the same and it was just an optical illusion when they placed side by side. Still I stacked and unstacked them several times just to be certain.
What I learnt from this is not to doubt myself. Your eyes and brain can play tricks on you. Sometimes you need to step back and not over think things.