Tag: sewing

Christmas Stocking

I made this Christmas Stocking for boyfriend last year, but wanted to keep it a secret then until Christmas Day.  This is our first Christmas living together which means I had the opportunity to decorate the house properly so it’s tinseltastic round here now! Continue reading “Christmas Stocking”

Christmas Tree Skirt

We don’t have a regular Christmas tree but use a large Yucca Plant that boyfriend has had for ages.  So I dress it up with tinsel and festive do-dads but it still has that ugly brown plastic pot.  I made a cover for it a while back but I needed to make another one for Christmas. Continue reading “Christmas Tree Skirt”

Gertie’s New Book For Better Sewing-Book Review

Gretchen Hirsch began her blog, Gertie’s New Blog For Better Sewing, began when she tried to follow the 1950’s book, Vogue’s New Book for Better Sewing.  As well as sewing and fashion, she has written about gender and body image.  Her popularity grew and she ended up publishing several books herself.  Gertie’s New Book For Better Sewing, there are 14 projects inspired by the original Vogue book with patterns including.  They are all pretty vintage in style, but modeled by Gertie with her fuller figure and tattoos there’s definitely a modern touch.

I was given this book as a gift which was sweet.  But it didn’t take long for me to realise that none of the outfits suited my body type, style, or lifestyle.  And, while full patterns are included you have to trace them first before cutting out as they all overlap.  When I got this book I hadn’t used patterns in a book before, and just used single patterns that you can just cut straight out.  I understand why books do this, it saves a lot of paper and expense but it’s a real pain to use.  I attempted to make a skirt a while back but it ended rather disastrously and looked atrocious.  Although I really appreciate Gertie’s work this was not the book for me!

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Sewing Bee Leggings- First Attempt

Mum bought me ‘The Great British Sewing Bee: Sew Your Own Wardrobe’ a while back, when that show was the hot new thing.  I’ve only just got around to looking it over properly.  To be honest most of the garments weren’t my style but I wanted to give a couple a go.  It’s supposed to be accessible if you’re a beginner, and the leggings were marked as ‘easiest’ difficulty, so how could I go wrong? Continue reading “Sewing Bee Leggings- First Attempt”

Craft Books

My craft ‘room’ is actually about 1/4 of a room as it also functions as our guest room so most of the space is taken up by a bed.  We also don’t really have enough storage space so my craft stuff ends up getting quite messy quite quickly.  So I was spending my second weekend tidying it up when I came to my stack of crafty books.  There’s a mixture of sewing, paper craft, knitting, and photography books. Continue reading “Craft Books”

Flower Pot Cover

For slightly mad reasons I decided to make a cover for the flower pot of out (boyfriend’s) Yucca tree. Boyfriend is planning to fill the living room with greenery apparently, he has not though.  I didn’t like the horrible brown plastic flower pot the Yucca is in, so decided to make a simple cover for it.  It is essentially, a rectangle of fabric (isn’t everything?) with elastic in the top.

I measured the flower pot, 29cm high and 79cm diameter. So I cut my fabric approximately 31cm x 84cm to allow for the hems.  I was using some left over fabric so I couldn’t quote get a bit enough piece, and had to add in a little bit on the corner.  I cut the jagged edge off to give a nice straight edge, then cut a triangle out of some off cuts.  The tricky part was getting the pattern to line up.  I’m pretty pleased with the result.

Once I had my beautiful rectangle, I folded over the top about 1cm to create a tube for the elastic.  Given that my elastic was so skinny, and it’s always a ball ache to pull elastic through I decided to put the elastic in first and then sew.  At full stretch my elastic was about 81cm.  I pinned one end of the elastic to the end of the fabric to keep it in place.  It meant when I got about half way along I ran out of elastic, so I stretched the elastic to its limit and pinned that end to the other end of the fabric.

I kept the elastic pinned into place for the time being.  Then I hemmed the bottom edge of the fabric (much easier to sew a straight line, then trying to hem a skirt).  Then I folded it in half right sides together, and sewed the two pieces together.  And it was done!

 

Turning a Long Sleeve Top Into A Short Sleeve Top

I bought this long sleeve top about 3 years ago in San Fransisco. I liked the fact that it was long sleeve, and also looked like pajamas!  It was one of the few things I bought that actually also made sense in the UK weather, unlike the very tempting summery items they were selling in California.

Buuuuut…the sleeve ripped on the right side around the elbow.  And everytime I put it on I put my arm straight the hole making it much worse.  So finally I decided to do something about it.  Inititally, I wanted to keep the cuff that was at the bottom of the sleeve but move it upwards.  But that proved too complicated for me.  Obvs the sleeve was a narrower at the bottom than the top so moving the cuff up would have been fiddly, not very neat, and I wouldn’t have been able to fasten it afterward.

So instead, I just cut the sleeves short to T-shirt length, and hemmed them.  Pretty easy in the end.

Homemade Net Curtain

I have made a net curtain for the downstairs toilet.  I am slowly trying to improve my new house (which for a long time was just boyfriend’s, then I moved in).   It’s quite nice that we have a downstairs toilet, although not really that essential.  The decor is quite dated, so I’m trying to spruce up the least exciting room of the house.  There’s no point in investing large amounts of money or time into it, so I’m just trying to add some little touches.

I’m making us a home.

The blind in there below was brown and let in no outside light.  It was also pretty dusty, and at one point I think it rolled up and down but no longer. The net curtain I made also does not roll because I couldn’t quite figure that out.

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It’s just a simple rectangular piece of fabric and I cut to fir the window.  I allowed an extra few cm on each of the long sides for the hem. I also added an extra 15cm to the length.  Hemming the long sides was both simple and fiddly, as the fabric was a bit curled under already.  I folded it over twice, pinned, then sewed.  The same with the bottom hem.  I was going to make the bottom hem bigger and include curtain weights but they just looked weird when I tried it.  The weights ensure the curtain hangs straight down, but they’re not crucial.

At the top I created a loose loop through which I could feed the curtain rod.  I used a tension rod so I didn’t have to have a proper curtain rail or drill into the wall.  For this one you just unscrew it to make it longer and then it wedges in place, but without damaging the wall.curtanin1

The net curtain is still fairly see-through, so I may embark on a proper curtain if I can figure out how to get it to work.

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Snoopy Play Mat

Snoopy Play Mat

play mat I found some fun fabric in a shop in Manchester a few months ago.  It was a quilt panel of Snoopy as the Flying Ace, which I thought might make something nice for my niece.  It was the wrong size for a dress unless I cut up the design which kinda defeated the point.  So I opted for play mat, as in something she can sit on while she plays.  Honestly, not sure how useful it’ll be.

Method

So, totally making it up as I went along.  I cut out the panel piece, which was a simple large rectangle.  Then I cut the same size piece in a plain red drill fabric, as well as two pieces in some quilting I had bought.  It’s quite a bit piece so it was awkward to cut out and get them all the same size.   I just eye balled it really and tidied it up later.

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I pinned the pattern fabric onto one of the quilting pieces, then I sewed it in place.  I sewed around the edge, as well as picking out key details in the Snoopy pattern and sewing around them.  I wasn’t super neat, but I don’t think niece will be overly bothered, although I’m sure she’ll appreciate the extra effort I put in…  I then sewed the red fabric to the other piece of quilting, I used two to make it nice and soft for her to sit on.  Then I put the Snoopy piece of fabric and the red fabric right sides together and sewed them together.  It was difficult at times to sew through the quilting, perhaps a sign I was doing this all wrong?  Anyone know?

I left a gap of a few inches open on one side (near the bottom) so I could turn it inside out.  Actually, I didn’t, so I had to unpick a few inches first!  Anyway, I then turned it inside out, which made it the right way around really.  Then I sewed up the gap with a messy slip stitch, because how do you do a neat one?  I ironed the play mat, and then wrapped it cute wrapping with little pink cats on it.