Wednesday, 24 September 2008
Sunday, 21 September 2008
Thursday, 18 September 2008
Having read The Creative Family, I did like the idea of the pillow, packet of seeds that is in there. Being a bit rubbish I hadn't organised that. But I did make him his very own house shaped pillow, a bit smaller that the first one, and this time it did take an hour to make (May have been even faster, but the husband was watching The Tudors and I had to keep stopping for important speeches in it) We feel that history is being "retouched" in the programme ie Henry VIII is not really so bad, and the wives deserved to lose their heads, but it's still enjoyable.
Keeping with the TV theme, loving Lost in Austen. Fantastic fantasy Austen drama. Last night was the best episode so far. I love my Sky+!!!
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
After I have seen house pillows all over the place (here and here) I decided to make one for myself.
I also challenged myself to do it in under an hour (failed on that count - sewing machine was jamming alot)
Anyway, it was all done on the hoof, and this is what I did:
Cut out the following: 2 triangles for the roof and 2 rectangles for the house and 4 windows and a door.
I pinned the windows and door onto a rectangle and sewed with a zigzag stitch (I didn't bother hemming, only time will tell if that was a rash mistake).
Turn the right was round. (Realise door is too small, and make a new door which is taller and sew over old door - you can miss this stage out! and get it right the first time!)
Oh yeah, aren't I meant to be knitting blanket?!!!
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
Sunday, 14 September 2008
Friday, 5 September 2008
I read 4 or 5 tutorials but decided to make one like this, which seemed the least complicated way to go ahead.
This is for Kleenex Handy Size Pocket Tissues (as sold in UK). Different brands come in different sizes, adjust accordingly.
6" x 8" outer fabric
6" x 8" lining fabric
I used 2 pieces of lightweight cotton fabric
1.Place the fabrics right sides together and pin in place.
2. Sew round, close to the edge approx 1/4". Leave a 2.5" gap at the bottom (on longest side). Trim corners.
3. Turn inside out (so right sides are facing), make sure you poke the corners out, so it is nice and square.
4. Have the outer fabric face up. Now you need to fold the longest side edges into the middle and pin in place. Line up the edges so they touch but do not overlap. Now you should be seeing the lining fabric (the outer fabric is on the inside of the pouch)
5. Sew along the 2 sides where the fabrics are pinned down.
6. Turn inside out - press if necessary. Fill with tissues!
Thursday, 4 September 2008
I now wish that I own a fabric store so I can "help" myself to different fabrics to make these things!!!
I think I will make one with more contrasting colours next time. This pincushion is very pink!
The covered button, I made by cutting out the material larger than the button, then I sewed a running stitch all the way round, pulled the thread, and gathered the material in. I then popped the button into that, pulled the material tight down, and pushed on the "lid" bit. That makes it sound easy and simple, but it was fiddly and faffy!
Wednesday, 3 September 2008
The book is so beautiful, that I have already made the pencil roll.
The instructions were very clear, so I had no problems at all. The only mistake I made was, in my giddiness to assemble it all, I put the bottom pocket on the wrong side, so I would have had the blacks on the left and yellows on the right, but I unpicked it as I wanted the yellows on the left!!!
My son was very impressed that you could match the pencil colours to the fabric.
He told me he wants one as well.
I think it looks pretty all rolled up!
It is in the 2 - 4 hr time slot, and it took me between 3-4 hours, but I did make a mistake, so if I do make another one, I'm sure I would be a bit quicker. Of course, you could make one with less patchwork, or no patchwork, for real speed! Just a fantastic fabric!
Tuesday, 2 September 2008
This time I made it 13" x 15" and the longest strap 18" rather than 16" so it fits on my shoulder more comfortably.
Finally can I just say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone in my gocco swap group. I loved the diversity and orginiality in all the designs. They will all be treasured and only sent out to my closest friends!