Monday, November 26, 2012

PIN WIN: Felt Earphone Bunny

Wednesday afternoon I was feeling quite restless and I wanted to do something but nothing intesive so I went on Pinterest and found the felt bunny earplug carrier which I had bookmarked. The pin does not have any instructions so first I sketched a pattern and then cut it out of felt (2 pieces for the body, ears and arms). Then I put it all together with simple embroidery stitching and for the cheeks I used a red crayon.




The original pin

 Mine!

Friday, September 28, 2012

PIN WIN: Pretty ribbon wellies

I usually share something I've sewn or knitted but, this time I'm going to post about something I've made from Pinterest. For a couple of months now, I've been hooked on Pinterest so much so that now I have 66 boards and over 1100+ pins bookmarked. I've also ran into Pinstrosity, a blog that shares unsuccessful pin creations. Luckily, I've have a few successes which I'm going to share here.

Ever since Katrina called rainboots 'wellies', I've really taken a liking to this Brit word so now I started to use it! It makes me...happy!

Here is the original Pin:


Here is what I did:

I added two red bows with some leftover ribbon I had. I used silk ribbon which looks great but has the tendency to undo itself so I would suggest that you tie a double knot or sew the bow in.




Sunday, September 23, 2012

PIN WIN: Knee Socks For Boots

This is one of my favourite pins. When I saw it, I knew I had to make it because I wear a lot of boots in the winter so I couldn't pass that cute look of long socks without all that extra bunchiness going on!

Here is the original pin (without pattern):


Here is what I made:
So pretty and warm!!!

This is the cable pattern I used:

Cotton yarn
Size 4 needles
Stitches: multiples of 7 + 3

Cast 56 stitches
Row 1: *P3, K4 (repeat)
Row 2: *K4, P3 (repeat)
Row 3: *P3, K4 (repeat)
Row 4: *K4, P3 (repeat)
Row 5: *P3, cable (repeat)
Row 6: *P3, K4 (repeat)

Repeat rows 1-6 until your desired length.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Square Coin Purse

This is the coin pouch that I made after seeing the Circle Zip Earbud Pouch on Pinterest. The original is in a round shape pouch and seeing that I can't sew in a circle, I opted for a simple square shape. I also did not use any batting but used interfacing on the main fabric to give it stability. So happy with the overall result!!! I will definitely try to do more as it perfect to hold bus tokens, small change, usb drives, and lip balm all handy on my keys.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Flexi Frame Wristlet.

Here my new flexi frame wristlet. I love the details of the flex frame; it has a hoop detail instead of the usual flat tip. It's from a Korean brand called INAZUMA. The tutorial I used comes from UHandbag and it's not a hard pattern to develop; once you have it, putting it together comes very easily!


Flat Iron Cover

I'm excited to be travelling this summer and I needed a cover in which to put my flat iron.
So here it is, two rectangles sewn together in a 1/2 inch inseam (with lining inside). Easy peasy!

 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

25 Clever Ideas To Make Life Easier

More Cute Clutches

I finally started to sew again after a really, really long break and what did I want to do? More gathered clutches!! Soooo easy to make and just the right size to hold the essential stuff!



Business Card Holder

I did this business card/points card/id card/credit card holder after being inspired on pinterest. This is the original blog that offers a really easy tutorial on how to make these cute holders. I just saw another holder where the pockets are lengthwise rather than on the side. I look forward to making one of that too!!!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Keep Calm And Pin On

At first, I didn't get what the big fuss with Pinterest was so I got an account just to check it out. After 15-20 minutes on it, I started to get the whole vision board/scrapbook idea but, it wasn't until yesterday that I spend some serious time on it and I saw all the cool pins that people posted on their boards. I started to "repin" and "love" everything! It's such a great idea bank and clipboard for all the neat things you find on the web especially if you don't know exactly what you're looking for.



2012 Craft To-Do List

* Make a pair of pjs
* Use bamboo handles for a handbag
* Make fabric flowers
* Make a wristlet
* Make a cathedral window quilt block
* Make a reversible tote

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

PILLOW FORM

When I made the pillow cover from the Quilt-It Kit, I did not buy a pillow form and made my own by sewing together two 15in x 15in squares using a 1/2in seam allowance. I then stuffed it with polyester fiberfill and VOILA!!
Here is a wonderful tutorial on how to make basic pillow form in different sizes!



QUILTED PILLOW

I finally managed to upload a photo of my completed quilted pillow that I made following the Quilt-It Kit I bought at the yard sale back in May!

 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

HOOP ART

I finally used my embroidery hoops and made a quick and easy wall art project. It's an easy peasy project! My only difficulty: choosing the fabrics! You can find the instructions for the swatch pattern from Purl Bee.
 

Monday, May 30, 2011

DEALS AND STEALS AT THE FLEA MARKET

On Saturday, Scarborough Village hosted its annual flea market and as it has been the case in the last 4 years, I had to go to work and miss most of event. However, as usual, by the 1pm closing time, I pop in and still get few great deals on sewing/knitting/craft supplies.
This is what I got this year:

6 embroidery hoops:


3 of the large ones (10 in) were 75 cents each, 2 medium (7 in and 8 in) ones for 50 cents and 1 small one (5 in) for 25 cents. I wanted them all so I asked the lady if I could get a deal. She gave them all to me for $1!!!!!!!!!

Quit-It Kit by Denyse Schmidt: 





Priced at 24.99 US, I don't know why anyone would want to get rid of it! It's brand new with the instruction booklet, the 15 pattern cards, the pattern sheets to photocopy, the 2 fat quarter fabrics for the pillow con the cover, cotton and needle. I was baffled that it was marked $1.50!!!!!!! The lady charged me just $1!



I also got zippers for 15 cents each and left over curdroy and gingham for 50 cents and 25 cents respectively. 


 I can't wait to use them all!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The upholstered ottoman- foot stool

My craft journey this year began with signing up for the upholstered cube class at the workroom. I've been looking forward to taking this class for about a year but, with university and work, I was never able to take the class whenever it was offered...til now! Being very crafty and handy, I always wanted to do some carpentry work but, not signup for a carpentry class at a community college, so when I knew that the workroom was offering a class that merged carpentry and sewing, I was elated!

The first Sunday class, was all about constructing the cube. Erin provided us with 5 planks of wood and nails and spent nearly half of the class time gluing and hammering away. My main concern during this first part was making sure that the nails went straight in without sticking out or splitting the wood. At some points I hammered nails into knots which Erin told me was ok if I hammered really, really hard.

After hammering, came the cutting of the foam. Erin brought an electric carving knife which did the job superbly. Then I used a staplegun to keep the foam in place. Using a staplegun for the first time was...something. I was supernervous, especially about having my finger in the trigger. It reminded me of those movie scenes where the guy who has never held a gun is shaking their hand and randomly pulls the trigger. I was scared I was going to accidently pull the trigger and hurt someone with the nails. The sound of the staples coming out also made my heart jump quite a few times.

Then it was time for the polyester batting. This was a quick sew but it was tricky to put on because the batting had to be stretched without being teared.



Soon after the lining and the cover came together fairly quickly. Careful cutting, marking, pinning made the sewing a snap. The most important thing I learned is definitely how to round and sew corners. 


The final step was cutting a dust cover to cover up all the fabric and the staples.

The next most exciting thing about the ottoman was getting the legs which I found at Lee Valley on King and Bathurst. I have to say that I saw very nice legs at Home Depot but for price reasons I ended up getting these adjustable legs.



Ta-da! My finished ottoman! I'm so happy with it! I want to make so many of them but it's going to be an expensive hobby- at least for now!



Monday, August 9, 2010

SCRAPPY STRING QUILT

Here is my first hand at a scrappy string quilt!!!! After trying the Nine Patch block, I wanted to try something different! I began doing the scrappy blocks in December during my university break. Then in July, I sewed the blocks together [6 inch squares] to make 12 inch blocks and added the brown sashing. Today I finally finished it!!! It measures 34x34, has no batting in between so I can use it to dress a table. I'm quite happy that it turned out well even though I cut everything by hand with scissors! The one mistake I soon learned from [after the first block] was not to take the paper out of the back after you assemble the 4 squares together to make one block. Sew everything with the paper and only after the sashing is on, take out the paper. It's quite a bit of a pain but it makes sewing easier and it's completely worth it.

Here are some helpful links to those who are looking to start making their own scrappy quilt:

Friday, June 18, 2010

THE CUTEST CLUTCH

I love this zippered gathered pleats clutch!!!!!! It's a brown tweed with a cotton band in the middle. I can't wait to make more and in different sizes!



Thursday, February 25, 2010

PLEATED CLUTCH WITH ZIPPER

After this project, I think my new favourite thing to sew will be pleated clutches! If you made a pleated handbag, you are well on your way to sewing a pleated clutch. I have been a little picky with the design because I really wanted to insert a zipper and the tutorials I found, did not have any instructions for that so i was left to figuring it out on my own It was not an easy task but I certainly learned quite a bit for my next project.

Here are some links to get you started or inspired!

2) Make a pleated pouch bag from Threads Magazine
3) Fat quarter pleated handbag from Sew Mama Sew




Friday, January 15, 2010

PLEATED HANDBAG

This bag was supposed to be just a simple pleated handbag, instead it turned out into a HUGE beach-size tote!!! I made the mistake of adding a couple of inches thinking that the bag would turn out to be too small for my liking!

Things to learn from this project:
-Make larger pleats
-Don't use interfacing, or if you do, apply it after pleating the fabric
-Make slimmer handles or use braided handles
-Don't add a border
-Think of adding a magnetic snap or zipper closure
-Think of adding a zipper pocket inside
-Use heavier fabrics [canvas, linen]



For more information/tutorials on the pleated handbag check out the following links:

1)
Green wool + brown plaid handbag "how-to" from sewtakeahike
2)
Butterflies and Fruit Pleated Tote from Cut Out + Keep
3) Good posting on Craftster

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

PASSPORT WALLET from ADORN

Here is my take on the ADORN Magazine passport wallet. I absolutely love it. My concern was to get the main cover with the two larger side pockets right and the rest was just decoration I could have omitted. I made the opening tab slightly longer [it wraps around] and decorated it with one crochet flower. I have the pattern and the instructions on PDF file so if anyone is interested, please leave a message in the comments along with your email address and I will be very happy to pass these along to you.


Saturday, July 18, 2009

ECO FRIENDLY FABRIC GROCERY BAG

On June 1st, 2009, Toronto new bylaw took effect: customers have to pay 5 cents for plastic bags. In order to be environmentally conscious, I sewed by very first fabric grocery bag! I searched for the very best tutorial and I found the Singlet Style Shopping Bag on Craftster. The tutorial is amazing and I didn't even mess up once [not that I was expecting to but sometimes tutorials aren't written well]! To continue with the theme of eco-friendliness, I even reused a bedsheet to make this bag! I am so proud of myself and I love this bag.


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

TWEED PASSPORT SLEEVE

I recently became a Canadian citizen and I am waiting to get my brand new Canadian passport in the mail! Of course, I didn't want to get any ordinary passport sleeve/cover!
I followed bunnybum's passport sleeve tutorial and as you can see, it turned out great!

First of all, I have to say that tweed is my new friend!!! I had some tweed that I bought at a thrift store and haven't had that chance to use. Tweed makes everything so polished!
For the lining I used a sheer, woven cotton that I reinforced with interfacing.
bunnybum finishing steps were to topstitch the outside and to fold the pockets and topstitch again. I didn't want the topstitching to show so I embroidered little running stitched to mimick the 'topstitching' and finally, I sewed the folds by hand using the invisible/slip stitch.

To top it all off, I placed a simple crochet flower made from this tutorial.


Monday, June 15, 2009

EASY PEASY CROCHET FLOWERS

My aunt taught me to crochet when I was 10. It was the first needlework craft I picked up and although I prefer knitting more, I have enough basic skills to create something. I finally learned to do easy two-layered crochet flowers. In the past I made just one small flower, never really understanding how in the world I was supposed to hold the needle in order to make a second layer. Then finally I came across a wonderful tutorial!!!! I made the three white ones first and when I got the hang of it, I made the others while I was watching a movie! I haven't figured out how to use them yet, but I am sure I will resort to them when I need to embellish something!

Friday, May 22, 2009

SUPERCUTE KNIT CABLE TUBE TOP II

Here is another tube top I made using fine, fuzzy, grey wool. The pattern is the same as the regular tube top below but I added small cables all around with ribbing at the top and the bottom. Super warm!

SUPERCUTE KNIT TUBE TOP

I've had a small ball of fine, fuzzy, pink wool sitting around for a long while and for the sake of using it, I knitted a tube top. The pattern is easy [when I wing things like these, I never write down number of stitches or the needle size!]. With a pair of circular needles, begin by ribbing 2 to 4 inches for the hem, knit around as long as you want and rib again at the top. The ribbing will stretch making it easier to slip on and off. What I absolutely love about this is the fact that it is a one piece, no-seam tube top!! Due to the lightness of the wool, I need to sew a light pink lining inside which I haven't gotten around  to doing yet. You can also add extra decorations by pinning fabric or knit flower brooches!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

THESE BOOTS WERE MADE TO.....LOOK GORGEOUS!

First of all let me say, aren't these fabric boots absolutely pretty? I was excited to pick up from the library Sew Pretty Christmas Homestyle by Tone Finnanger. Even though it's not Christmas, I couldn't help myself from trying to sew these cute fabric boots! The patterns provided in the book do not include seam allowances so I used 1/8 inch seam allowance. I also traced the boot pattern as is without enlarging it which resulted in 6 inch long boots. I used some black paint to define the sole and heel. Finally, I sewed little gold rings at the top for easy hanging. 

Sunday, May 3, 2009

KNITTING LIBRARY

  1. Complete Guide to Needlecraft by Reader's Digest
  2. Knitted Toys: 25 Fresh and Fabulous Designs by Zoë Mellor
  3. Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Marion Edmonds
  4. Knitted Toys by Jean Greenhowe
  5. Knitting for Dummies by Pam Allen
  6. Knitted Toys by Sharon Welch
  7. Cowl Girls: The Neck's Big Thing to Knit by Cathy Carron
  8. Hattitude: Knits for Every Mood by Cathy Carron 
  9. Itty-Bitty Toys: How to Knit Animals, Dolls, and Other Playthings for Kids by Susan B. Anderson 
  10. Amigurumi Knits: Patterns for 20 Cute Mini Knits  by Hansi Singh 

SEWING LIBRARY

  1. Complete Guide to Sewing by Reader's Digest
  2. Zakka Sewing by Therese Laskey
  3. Sew Pretty Christmas Homestyle by Tone Finnanger
  4. Simple Sewing with a French Twist by Celine Dupuy
  5. Romantic Home Sewing by Christina Strutt
  6. Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson
  7. Sew and Stow by Betty Oppenheimer
  8. Bend the rules sewing by Amy Karol
  9. Seams to Me by Anna Maria Horner
  10. Sew Teen: Make your own cool clothes by Sheila Zent
  11. Lingerie Secrets by Jan Bones

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

KNITTED CAT PYJAMA CASE

For some reason, I love knitting from toy books! Little stuffed animals, baby toys, dolls capture my eyes! Everything seems to be cuter! This is the Cat Pyjama Case from Zoë Mellor's Knitted Toys: 25 Fresh and Fabulous Designs. It's definitely a book to have in your knitting library. I love how it turned out; I do not use it as a pyjama case, however, it can be used to store anything and since the back has an envelope fold, you can insert a fitted pillow.