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English paper piecing

Happy Wednesday readers!

A couple of weeks ago, a saw a really cool post on Kais (Empress Fibres) blog: a tutorial to English paper piecing! I have always been intrigued by this and the tutorial was so well done that I decided to jump right into it! I first wanted to use scallops shapes but I realised that I was way over my head with the curves 😅 Maybe when I get a bit more practice!

So I ended up going for a jewel shape, I really like it and it’s only straight lines, so manageable for a total beginner!

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I decided to print out my own shapes, I printed them on carboardy paper, and they’ve been holding their shape quite well! I used a free template I found on Google with a bunch of shapes, so I’m prepared for the years to come!

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I just really enjoy it, it’s super relaxing and there are so many possibilities! This is what I’ve got so far.

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Do you see the hearts?

I wish you guys a great end of the week! ❤️

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New project bag

Happy Monday lovely readers!

This weekend I had some prime craft time while watching the Harry Potter movies 😊 I have been having yarn everywhere though lately and so I decided to make myself a new project bag to keep all my yarn in. I made it using calico and it’s actually pretty huge! I even put in a zipper and I was very please with how it turned out (excuse the wrinkledness, I still haven’t found my iron!)

You have probably noticed as well the red patch on the bag? Because the fabric is calico, I thought it would be cool to have a long term project to decorate the bag with cross stitch, and so I’ve made a start on this cute little star fish! I just love how tiny the stitches are and I’m sure it will look great once I’ve done more around it too.

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And lastly, I just wanted to show you what’s currently in the bag! My Blurre shawl from Addydae Designs 😍 I love everything about this shawl and I can’t wait to finish it, hopefully before the 30th of June so that I can enter it in the CAL!

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What have you guys been working on lately? Do you have project bags to keep your crafting area tidy(er)?

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May wrap up

TGIF! And I am on mini holidays too for a week 😊

My hubby and I are going to spend a week in Melbourne (in Australia, not the US!) where he will start working towards the end of the year. I’ve never been there but I’m really excited as I got told that the food and coffee down there is amazing! I’m also pretty excited because they have real winters and I will be able to crochet and knit heaps of wearable things once we move there. If you have been to Melbourne or live there, do you guys have any suggestions for good yarn shops? I might as well go and visit a few!

Anyway, I just wanted to do a quick recap for May. I actually did not finish many things in May but the ones I finished were pretty big (except for Yoda, he is tiny)!

I think that starting and finishing a blanket in a month (actually more like 3 weeks) is a record for me, I’ve never done a blanket that fast! The cross stitch was also the longest of the year, look at all this beigy/brown! And I even got some sewing done, talk about multi crafting 😂 I also tested a great bikini top pattern from Oceans Originals but I can’t show you anything yet, patience!

I also dug out a few projects and I am working hard to get those finished in June!

I’m actually not sure why I’m doing so much needlework considering it’s winter! What I am thinking, I wonder?

I also did some baking in May, and I participated in my first Fantastic Bake Along! It was great and I can’t wait for the June one.

So, my plan for June is to finish knitting my socks, hopefully find some time to read more  (maybe on the plane) and get back on track for my LOTR blanket.

What have you been up to during May? Do you also have a huge list of projects you’d like to start/continue/finish in June?

Have a great weekend!

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FO Wednesday? Calico bag

Happy Wednesday!

Yes I know this is unusual, but today I’m showing you a finished object! It’s not often that my husband asks for something handmade but recently he’s been asking me to make him a bag. More specifically a bag with 2 inside pockets. Big enough to carry his warhammer books. With only one handle. He knew what he wanted!

Now, I don’t have a huge amount of experience sewing bags, I’ve been sewing only for a couple of years and very irregularly. I have mostly made a few pieces of clothing and one bag, which I use to bring lunch with me at work. The inside part with two pockets was a bit of a nightmare to figure out but I did it!

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It’s not perfect but it works so I’m happy 😂

And look, it would fit a few of those books! Husband was happy and that’s what matters 😊 I’m probably going to decorate it as well with some of the logos from the Games Workshop company, we will see if it works! I do need to iron it first though.

Have a great end of the week!

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Thumbelina turned cushion

Hello readers! I can’t believe it’s the start of yet another week! I’ve been busy with finishing my Thumbelina cross stitch and I have to say that I love the backstitching, it really makes everything pop out! 


I’ve added some pretty fabric and made it into a pillow. 


I’m actually super proud, I’ve done my first button hole using my sewing machine and it turned out pretty good 🙂


I’ll need to practice a bit more, but I’m happy with it for my first time trying. 

Have a great week!

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Pleated skirt

Hello readers!

Lately I’ve been feeling a bit more adventurous with my sewing machine and I really wanted a new skirt for Christmas so I looked for an easy pattern to start with. I found this really cool pleated skirt pattern and it looked easy enough so I got started.

Getting the measurements right didn’t take long but it took me a bit longer to figure out how to do the pleats. I ended up using this video on youtube, which I thought was so useful. It shows you all kind of pleats but I used the box pleats.

And here it is!

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I’ve ended up wearing it at least 3 times since Christmas and I got lots of compliments from people. Regardless, I am so please with how it turned out 🙂 Hopefully I can extent my sewing skills in 2017!

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Sewing achievement

Happy Friday! 

Today I want to share with you my very first handmade piece of clothing (other than costumes). Although I’ve had my sewing machine for almost a year now, I always felt too scared to actually make an everyday wearable garment. Silly I know!

Well, this week I took the leap and decided to make leggings. The pair I had was falling to pieces at the seams as well, so I was really in need of new ones. 

I read the instructions from two different tutorials to make leggings (you can find them here and here) and I think that, in the end, I got a bit of my own mix 🙂 

Like I said, I already had a pair of leggings that fit me pretty well, so I used them to draw my pattern pieces (I use baking paper for that, it works surprisingly well). 
Then I sewed along the sides of the legs, leaving the crotch area open. At that point I wanted to make sure it would fit me, so I tried the legs on and it was perfect!

After sewing the crotch, I had to add an elastic at the waist. That was a bit daunting but I managed pretty good. I first sewed the elastic on the inside of the pants and then hemmed the top of the pants over the elastic. Two more hems for the ankles and I was done!

 

Honestly I’m so glad I gave it a go, I absolutely love them, they are so comfy and I love the colour too. The good thing is that I still have enough fabric to make at least one more pair 😊

I wish you all a great weekend!

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Boomerang bags

Happy Monday readers!

Today I’m pretty excited to show you what I’ve been up to this weekend.

While browsing the Internet on Friday, I found out about this really cool australian initiative called Boomerang  Bags. The goal is to reduce plastic bag usage in supermarkets in Australia, by providing local communities with free fabric bags, preferably made from scrap fabric. People who borrow the bags are then responsible for returning them or continuing to use them.

The Boomerang Bags website has a pattern to make your very own fabric bag and that’s what I did over the weekend.


Instead of stamping the logo on the pocket, I even embroidered it on.

For the handles, the folding technique seemed very similar to making binding. I thought that I might as well give a go to making my own binding, for my quilted table centre, while I was at it. I have read a lot of great tips over the past few months from many amazing quilting bloggers, and it was actually pretty easy to make binding, I don’t know what I was so afraid of!


I even made different sizes!

Now I’m all ready to finish this table centre and to start something new.

Back to the bag, I’ve tried it out today and it fits all my fruits and veg, now I only need to make a few more to fit the rest of the groceries! 😂

Happy sewing and crafting everyone 😊

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A hedgehog to hold pins 

Hello everyone! 

Today I want to share with you a project I did over the weekend. There was a birthday in my in-laws family and the birthday-lady just got a sewing machine. I thought that a perfect gift for her would be some sewing accessories. 

I got her a rotary cutter but I wanted something more. I found a really cool box of pins but still something was missing. Of courses! A pin holder! I found a really cute pattern for a hedgehog on Pinterest (sorry for no link up, I tried following the links but I couldn’t find where the pattern actually comes from). 


The pattern calls for felt but I decided to use regular fabric for the body and just to use felt for the ears. I also added a little yarn trim at the bottom of the hedgehog, between the main body and the base.


And here it is! A cute little hedgehog ready to go to his new home! 

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Trying my hand at quilting 

Happy Wednesday lovely people!

After admiring for a while all the lovely quilt work from Claire on her blog, I really wanted to give it a go. 
So I followed her advice and started small, with a 2 block table runner. I used some scraps and I had a lot of fun. 


For the back I just chose a plain black fabric I had leftover from my Harry Potter robes. 

For the actual quilting part, I just followed the sewing lines I already had. 



The last part will be to bind it, I’ll probably make my own binding using either the blue or black fabric, I haven’t decided yet 🙂 

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