I managed to do a spot of sewing a couple of weekends ago. Whilst my parents were having cuddle time with our baby boy, I put together this arm yarn holder.
I’d been knitting at Mum’s recently and was having to balance the ball of yarn on my lap. It kept rolling off and I remembered seeing these yarn holders on Pinterest.
So I did hunt around for some tutorials and patterns and found a few different ideas. I eventually decided to download a yarn bag pattern from this site. At the full size, it was too big for my needs, however I printed it out at 60% and this brought it down to a much better size.
I didn’t bother with the pocket and I did actually change the curve shaping slightly when I cut it out. Unfortunately I didn’t follow the assembly instructions carefully because I thought I had it in my head but I kept thinking back to a different tutorial I’d read and as a result, ended up mixing up both tutorials and needing to fiddle around to sew it up properly.
But the end result is fine!
The fabric was from our stash and I found this button in the same colour green which I thought would decorate it nicely. (I was originally looking for a knitting themed button I know I have somewhere, but couldn’t find it.)
My husband loves dandelions and so I decided to make and embroider a cushion for him, for our 4th wedding anniversary.
The cushion itself is made from half a metre of Barkcloth fabric from Moda. Barkcloth is a soft, thick, slightly textured fabric, so named because it has a surface like that of tree bark – but it doesn’t feel rough like a tree! It’s heavier weight means it is ideal for home furnishings or bags.
My husband also likes the sashiko work I’ve done in the past, so the embroidery was meant to resemble that style.
Buying maternity clothes has not been easy. Hardly any shops have them for you to try on. 99% is online only and it’s very annoying!
So I ordered a Burda pattern to make a top and possibly some cropped trousers too. The pattern said it was super easy and I thought it would be good to have a go at sewing with jersey fabric too, which I’ve never done before.
So this is what I did over the Easter weekend last week.
My first decision was whether to use an overlocker to seam and finish at the same time, or to use a stretch stitch on my sewing machine instead. I chose the latter figuring if something went wrong I’d be able to fix it easier.
My sewing machine has different stretch stitches and overlocking type of stitches for neater finishing of seams, so I experimented on some left over pieces of fabric after cutting out the main pieces and settled on the stitches I would use.
On the whole it was pretty easy to put together. I particularly liked using the twin needle. The hems look quite professional finished this way.
The only issue I had was with the neck. You had to cut a strip, fold it in half lengthways wrong sides together and tack it all the way around the neckline. You stitch in place, snip around the curves, then fold it back inside the top and tack and then top stitch in place. The problem was that when I folded it back inside the top and tacked it, I could see it wasn’t going to lie flat.
After showing Mum, I mentioned that the strip for the neck barely met at the ends. She suggested that I needed to sew the strip into a circle first, slightly shortening it and then ease that into the neckline. It might bring it in.
So I spent ages unpicking the line of stretch stitching that I’d done. It was very tedious and fiddly. Grrr… and after all that, the neck looked even worse and curled out. It was like there was too much fabric when I folded the strip back.
So in the end I didn’t fold it back. The strip was quite happy to sit as it was. So I just neatened the seams and voila!
I have finally finished this arm chair sewing caddy. My husband hates it when I drop my needle or scissors down the side of the sofa whilst sewing and so having this caddy beside me will hopefully stop me doing this.
I looked on Pinterest for ideas of what style to make and I used some fat quarters I bought from Joann many years ago on holiday in Florida. I’m pretty pleased with it. I think I will make a thread catcher to go with it, which will perhaps attach to the front of it.
I started a very exciting small sewing project this week, which I will probably get finished tomorrow, so I should be posting again very soon!
I had an urge to dig into my stash this weekend and do a spot of sewing. I’ve never made one of these cathedral window pincushions, which are very popular, so I thought I’d have a go.
The fabrics were fat quarters that I bought in JoAnn‘s many, many years ago on a holiday to Florida. It was nice to finally use a little bit of them.
I have to say I did find it a little tricky. The inserts under the curves kept slipping, but I got there in the end and I’m pleased with how it turned out.
I made up my Japanese rice bag the weekend before last, using the kit I bought at the quilt show. I love it, although I don’t know what I’ll use it for 🙂
I thought I would share a couple of small sewing projects that I have completed this past week.
First of all was this Lil Red doll made from a Moda Fabrics panel. Lil Red is a new collection of fabrics featuring Little Red Riding Hood.
The panel includes the doll, her shirt and cape, quilt, pillow and Mr Wolf.
She was very quick to make and I enjoyed myself!
The second thing I made this week was a tote shopping bag which folds into a pouch.
This was a pattern my Mum devised a few years ago and I thought I would make a new bag using some of the new Aria fabric by Kate Spain. I love this fabric range and was dying to make something with it.
I love Moda’s Candy Packs – they are mini charm packs containing 42 2.5″ squares. I find it very hard to resist slipping one or two into my stash every time we get a new set in at the shop.
I’ve used them to make a couple of different cushions in the past – one using the Sunnyside collection and one using Aspen Frost. However I had a spare Mistletoe Lane mini charm pack which the designer, Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs, gave me and I’ve been wondering what to do with it. I didn’t want to make another cushion.
Then I came across a mini quilt which Anne Sutton had made with a Mistletoe Lane mini charm, as part of the Moda Love Blog Tour. This tour saw all the Moda fabric designers make something using the same quilt pattern and using either a layer cake, charm pack or mini charm. I just loved how it looked, so as the weather forecast was awful for this weekend and my husband was out with the boys on Friday night, I borrowed a sewing machine from work (my own is in storage in preparation for our house move) and got started.
This is the basic pattern – some half square triangles mixed with whole squares and obviously the larger the precut, the larger the quilt.
It’s been quite a while since I did some quilting and it was nice to be able to complete the whole thing in the weekend. I still can’t get my machine quilting as smooth as I’d like, but I guess I just need to practise more. I must also remember to alter the stitch length to 3.0 as I forgot at first and had to unpick a lot of tiny stitches!
You download the free instruction sheets here on the Moda website.
I make another one with a Canyon mini charm which is more summery 🙂
Last week I found that my to-do list wasn’t too long, so I took the opportunity to grab a few hours at work to make one of this year’s advent calendars from Stof Fabrics.
Rather than the traditional colours, I decided I would make one in the copper colour way to show people just how lovely and effective it is! Stof do some really lovely Christmas fabrics.
I had fun with a little free motion quilting on the top too, trying to follow the swirls 🙂 Think I succeeded ok!
I needed to do a quick sewing project. I just had a urge! I recently came across a free tutorial for a Travel Tissue cover on the Two Brown Birds blog and had to have a go.
The fabrics were in my stash. The aqua coloured one was a free fat quarter with a magazine, Love Patchwork & Quilting or Quilt Now (I can’t remember which), and the red one is one we sell in the shop – part of Makower’s Chicken & Egg collection.
It was dead easy to do and I even overlocked the edges before turning right side out. Check me out!
Might make one for my Mum this weekend 🙂