Doing all my Craft and Sewing related blogging over at My Poppet

Doing all my Craft and Sewing related blogging over at My Poppet
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Monday, June 21, 2010

WIP...

Things progress quite slowly in my sewing space, remember this 'holiday project' from December? Well it's nearly July now and I'm less than half done. I've probably quilted just over half of the squares...finding a spare few minutes with a very active toddler has become tricky and my sewing room is so cold now! I think this winter's new quilt may become next winter's new quilt!
I'm not going to start any more big projects till this one is finished, or it will forever be a Work In Progress...

Friday, June 18, 2010

Blackwork...


1. Blackwork Fill-in 2, 2. Blackwork Fill-in 1

Some interesting Blackwork samplers from flickr...

Monday, June 14, 2010

Found...

I op-shop a lot. It's one of my favourite things to do...I was lucky enough to have a child free weekday this week, probably the first time since before Emma was born. Guess what I did?
I used this fantastic guide on I Op Therefore I Am to plot out a route of my nearest oppies, visited about eight and did quite well.
Found lots of random bits and pieces including an etch-a-sketch (the subject of a few tweets of late) and a rocking horse for Emma, but my favourite find of the day really found me!
I think this skirt and I were meant to be together. It's just perfect! Beautiful soft velvet, my colours, my aesthetic...and it fits me perfectly (with a little room to grow!).
I would have probably paid a lot of money for it in a boutique, but lucky me, it was marked at $15. They were having a 1/2 price special that day, so only $7.50

Meant to be I tell you...

More great flea market finds over at Her Library Adventures

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Sketch for me...

I have started a new blog to document my contribution to the Sketchbook Project 2011. You can follow it if you like...Even better, why don't you take part too?

Monday, June 7, 2010

Easy Hottie Cover - A Tutorial

Emma slept a record 2 hr nap today, so whilst I was burning her lunch (the house stinks), I thought I'd whip up a hot water bottle cover. My old one was about 15 yrs old, and a tad manky! This one took me literally 20min (+ photo time), so no excuse to make one this weekend.

You will need-
Your hot water bottle
An old felted jumper, blanket or wool felt
A large piece of paper
Pen
Scissors

Sewing machine and thread


Step 1

Make a template by tracing around your hot water bottle with a 1cm allowance (approx) this allows for filling roomStep 2
Cut out your template and lay onto felt - I've used a sleeve of a jumperStep 3
Cut around your template with an extra 1cm all the way around for your seam allowance. This will be your front
Step 4
To make the back. You will need an opening in the back to insert your hot water bottle. To do this overlap 2 pieces of felt (with straight edges) by about 2 inches. Pin. Lay your template on top and cut around with 1cm seam allowance


Step 5
Here you can see the front and back. I've sewn some spots onto the front to add some interest. You can embellish any way you like, but make sure you do it at this stage. Now to sew the 2 sides together you need to match up the pieces 'right' sides (outsides)facing in. Sew with a straight stitch all the way around (1cm seam allowance) paying particular care where the back flap overlaps. You may want to sew over this part twice as it will get a little stress. Step 6
Trim away any seam bulk and clip inside curves to make turning easier.
Turn inside out...and you're done!