Bags!!!

Well.. This is my first attempt at a canvas bag 🙂 Got the ‘How To Do’ from the net and started collecting bits of materials and fat quarters.. and ended up with this.

Also bought the Sukie Iron on book from Amazon. I tried a few on the bag and they have worked well. I was looking for bigger transfers but couldnt really find any.
Tried to make a wee pocket inside the bag aswell!! It was actually quite difficult to do even though its such a simple thing!!!
My Second Bag….
This is my scond bag for my lovely little Neice Holly. Its probably half the size of the one i made before and i bought some fabric pens to try out as well. I used the sukie transfers on the pretty fabric to keep it simple.

Then i used a design i already had in one of my journals and copied it on with a fabric marker. Then just ironed over the top to seal it. I then ironed on the letters of Holly and put bits of ribbon and other material on the sides. The handles are both peices of ribbon from Boyes! I stiched them together and bobs your uncle!
Hopefully Holly will be pleased with the bag 🙂

Scarf Dress modelled by Amy Watters

Hey! Just made this dress out of a scarf from a charity shop and an old top which was too small for me!

My younger sister kindly modelled for me 🙂 Thank you!!
Here are some shots i took of her in the dress
Close up of the dress and belt
So overall this dress cost £3.00 to make, so not bad really. 🙂

 

 

 

My first Stuffed Animal!!!

My first stuffed animal! Yey!! 😀 Im quite proud of it really.. Never thought id be able to do one of these!!! Heres how i did it…

You’ll need:

fabric-2 coordinating fabrics. 1/2 yard of each is plenty-but you really only need a FQ or scraps for the ears

thread

lightweight iron on interfacing

scraps of white felt

poly fil

 

 

First tape together the pattern, then cut out the pieces of your pattern as labeled. Cut all the pieces so that they are mirroring each other, ie right sides together. Use a 1/4″ seam allowance throughout.

 

Then take the ears, and iron on the interfacing to one wrong side of one piece. Sew the two ear pieces right sides together around the outside of the ear. Leave the inside curve open. Repeat for other ear. Then clip the curves (or use pinking shears-so quick and does the hard work for you!), and turn right side out.

Then sew a gathering stitch along the open side, and gather the ears.

You can gather them in more or less, whatever you want! Pin them to the curve of the elephant body like so..then baste the ear along the gathering stitch you sewed earlier. Repeat for other ear.

Then take the elephant head piece and pin on top of the ear. You’ll have to manipulate it a little to get it pinned but it will fit nicely.

Then sew those pieces together.Lightly press. repeat with other side of elephant.Then take the white eye piece and place it where you want.  (you can add heat n bond to the felt to help it stay in place while you sew it down) Sew around the edge of the eye with a satin stitch. (a zig zag stitch with the stitches close together)

Then pin the two sides of the elephant together like so. Sew around the entire elephant, starting at the back and ending right after the neck, leaving about a 3″ opening. Clip corners and curves-but not too close to the seam! Turn right side out and stuff with poly fil. Sew the opening close with an invisible stitch, and you’re done!

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B0SrCE7gVlywZDgwMjhiMzgtOGE0Ny00MDQ0LThhMmEtMzRiNzE1MTlhMDFj/edit?pli=1  << The Free Pattern for the Elephant.

How to Make a Stuffed Owl Pillow

How to make the Owls! >>>
Supplies needed-
fabric scraps
scissors
felt
sewing machine
needle and thread
stuffing
iron/ironing board
Print your pattern and cut out the pieces. You’ll need two of everything except the beak.
Pick out your fabrics. Trace and cut out the front and back of your owl.
The rest of the pattern pieces can be sewn in place using the machine. add ribbon, lace to the wings for a nice effect 🙂 you can use any material you like to try and create one that is suited individually to your style.
Next sew on the eyes. Layer the second layer (white) of the eyes  first and then the black middle bits. then sew on the nose, I use zig-zag stitching to create more of an effect.
Pin the front of your owl and the back together with the back side of the fabrics showing. Sew a 1/4 inch seam around your owl leaving an opening at the bottom for turning and stuffing.
Turn your owl right side out. Make sure to use a pencil or some other pointy object to push the ears out. Stuff him and then sew your opening shut.

pointy kitty

Well this is pointy Kitty!!! It took me a while to do.. as i left it half way through to do other things… but we got there in the end! and i think it looks quite cool tbh. Its quite small so ive decided that im going to make the next one bigger by just enlarging the pattern peices. I will add the tutorial and the pdf if i can so other people can have a try but i warn you it is quite fiddly! 🙂

This is the link so you can view the tutorial by pdf.

Whales and Hearts

Whale
This was really quite simple to do, i printed off the pattern pieces but made my own bottom strip so the whale would be able to balance. 🙂 I used some old buttons i had on my cardigan and bish bash bosh its a whale!!
Hearts
Since these little Hearts are all the rage in shops i thought i would try some out and they are soooo simple to do! 🙂 and they look really pretty.

 

 

First dress i made

Hey!

Ive decided to do something really difficult(in my opinion) and make something wearable…

A dress!! I thought id start small and make my little sister a dress so i looked up patterns on the internet and came accross a halter neck dress that looked really cute. So heres how i did it….

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B1F4fli7PB6WYTVmMTM5YmYtNmI5My00YTQzLWIxYjYtNjgwZmNiNGRmZjg4/edit

I first printed off the template from the link above^^^^^ and sellotaped it all together so that the X joined together.

First, Fold your piece of fabric in half and line up the pattern on the fold (as marked) with the top x at the top of the fabric, like so. Trace it, then repeat again moving your pattern downwards so that they are directly above and below each other. 

After you have traced both patterns, cut them out.

 

 

Then use the scraps leftover to trace the straps. Leave a little just below the x for your seam allowance. Pile the two scraps on top of each other and trace twice, so you get four straps, like this:

 

Now take your two bodice pieces and lay them right side up. Pin a strap to each side of each piece, right side down:

Sew them in place with a straight stitch. Then trim your threads and iron the seams open:

Now take one complete bodice piece and lay it right side up. Lay the other piece right side down on top, so right sides are facing. Pin all the way around the entire thing except the bottom edge. Sew all the way around the top of the bodice and straps with a straight stitch, and leave the bottom flat edge unsewn:

Now its time to turn it inside out. Turning the straps inside out is very hard to do, i use scissors that are together and try push the fabric up.(Be careful not to put a hole in the fabric though) Push the seams out and iron flat.Then iron the bottom unfinished edge under about 1/2″ all the way around.
 
You also need the skirt portion of the dress. That is just a big rectangle. Use the width of your fabric metre ( 44″ or so – doesn’t have to be specific) and cut it the length you want your dress plus one inch. I cut mine 15″ for my 1 and a half year old.

Now take your rectangle of fabric and finish each short side edge by folding to the wrong side 1/4″ and ironing, then another 1/2″ and ironing, then sewing in place with a straight stitch:

Take the bottom edge of your fabric panel and finish it by folding to the wrong side 1/4″ and ironing, then another 1/2″ and ironing, then sewing in place with a straight stitch. Now along the top unfinished edge of the panel sew a basting stitch. Make sure you pull a long length of thread out of the machine before you start. To sew a basting stitch, use a straight stitch set to the widest width your machine will allow, usually a 5. Baste all the way across, then leave a long length of thread at the end:

Open your bodice and lay it out flat. Pull the bobbin thread on your basting stitch to gather the fabric until the skirt panel is the length of your bodice

Snip the corners at the top of your skirt panel at an angle (so they will fit into the bodice):

Choose which side of your bodice is going to be the front (the side that will be away from the kid’s body and show) and lay that side up. Lay the skirt right side up as well. Fit the skirt into the bodice and pin. Make sure the gathers are evenly spaced and use lots of pins, it helps with sewing it all in place. Double check that your basting line is not showing, that it’s nicely pinned inside the bodice.

Sew straight across the bodice at the edge to secure your skirt in place:

Now is the time to try it on your wearer if you can, to mark where your fasteners will go. The fasteners can either be buttons, snaps, velcro.. what ever you choose or have available!! It really is up to you. I used snaps so i can adjust them as Millie grows 🙂

 

And there you have it! My first ever dress!! Only took a day to do! 

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