Monday, 11 May 2015

Zipper pouch tutorial

Well, this is a first for me my first tutorial! I was thinking what can I make for all the teachers this year, that won't cost the earth or won't take too long. Then it hit me we had the perfect Apple fabric in our shop, a pencil/ makeup case is cute but useful. 
So here goes-
1. Decide on your size and cut four pieces of fabric exactly the same size - two lining and two of your main fabric
Grab a zip of the right length, if you have purchased a kit from our Facebook shop you can skip this stage as it's all ready in your kit.
2. Take one lining piece, one main and the zip. Lay the lining down right side up, lay the zip right side up on the edge of the lining. Then take the main fabric and lay it right side down and pin all the layers together. 

3. Now change to a zipper foot on your machine and sew down the zip nearest to the edge of the fabric.

4. Next flip the two layers together and edge stitch on the right side of the main fabric. This stops the fabric from moving when you use the zip. Make sure you keep the two layers tight when edge stitching so it is not baggy near the zipper. Sometimes you have to move the zip closer to get a straight line as it gets in the way.

5. Next do the same with the other side. You will need to lay the main fabric down on the edge of the zip right side down. Then lay the lining on top right side up.
Flip the pieces around and edge stitch the other side keeping the fabric taut away from the zip. Edge stitching both main and lining fabric together.
6. Next move the fabric around again so the main fabric are right sides together and the lining pieces are right sides together.
7.Pin the sides together and sew around the sides and along the bottom. Make sure you leave a hole for turning and reach in to unzip the zipper to be able to turn. When you go over the zip do a few back stitches to make sure it is really secure.
8. When leaving a hole for turning sew along stop and continue to sew to the edge of the fabric. This will create a strong turning hole and the seam allowance will be forced inside creating a neat closure. See picture for detail.
9. Clip the corners and trim the seam allowance to reduce bulk. Trim the zip if you need to.
10. Turn the pouch in the right way, finger press and poke out the corners.
11. Now you have to neatly stitch the turning hole closed and press. Stand back and marvel at what you have achieved �� give to teacher and forever be teacher's pet x

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Friday, 1 May 2015

Tree climbing days

Yet again I had the pleasure of testing a new pattern for Biglittle, who has just had a baby boy, yay Congratulations!
Perfect for summer adventures the tree climbing pants is a really fun, easy pattern and quick to whip up a pair during a nap time. It's also unisex so you can have twice as much fun plus there are loads of variations you can try out. I can't wait to try out a few more ideas and make them for both my little stitches. Lisa is offering a discount at the moment so do not delay use code TCP30 on etsy to receive the pattern for $4.85 USD until Sunday May 3rd!


Sunday, 29 March 2015

Little Stitch and me

I tried facebook for the first time at the beginning of March I have always been a bit wary of it wondering why people want to see what people had for breakfast or where they have been on holiday. Little did I know about the facebook revelation that small businesses sell on there, especially crafty people. I have bought some lovely things from very talented people.

Well, my husband and my Nan, especially,  are always bugging me to start sewing for other people so I decided to give it a go. I lauched at the beginning of March and my page seems to be growing steadily with more interest. I have now got a small rail of clothes in a local shabby chic craft shop called 'Susie's' in Maldon High Street which i am adding to all the time. We also have started a FB page for our extra fabric that we haven't used which is going crazy at the moment.
I have now got 17 dresses to make and am booked up until the middle of the Summer so things are looking very bright. I am quite amazed at the FB phenomenon it has taken me by surprise and i am loving every minute so far. I am doing something that i love and getting paid for it you can't ask any more than that.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

At the beginning of February I volunteered to test for Lisa at Biglittle again. This time it was the pixie hood pattern, Lisa wanted to perfect the pattern and introduce it in bigger sizes and adult's too. I have made this coat before when little Miss was about 19 months, I used a red wool and embroidered the bottom with bees and flowers. It was our favourite coat.

This time i tried the size 8 for my niece. She is such a poser she loved showing off the coat.

I loved making it and used some of my favourite buttons from Mossy roots, I bought the wool mix fabric locally. I tried my best to line up the plaid around the seams and I think it wasn't too bad.

Lisa is currently selling the pattern for a discounted price the children's size goes up to age 14 and adults sizes 6-18. It features layered pattern pieces so you only print the size you want. You can make it with a collar, pixie hood or rounded hood. The tutorial has been rewritten and includes more details like pockets and you can download the rounded hood for free from the Big Little facebook page.

Visit the Big Little facebook page for inspiration 

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Sew like mad...

Sewing is something I am doing more and more at the moment I can't get enough of it. Plus it's sewing bee time which is perfect light hearted entertainment whilst sewing.
I wanted a simple dress to sew for my little girl that would showcase some of the lovely fabrics I have hoarded so I chose the Geranium pattern from Made by Rae.
Wonderfully simple and looks so cute on, it's a great pattern. I love that you can customise it, patch pocket, ruffle sleeves, built in sleeves, pleats or gathers, piping, ricrac, bobbles you name it you can use it.
So far I have done ruffle sleeves

Built in sleeves, notch and patch pockets

Built in sleeves and a ribbon detail

Such a pretty dress and it has toddler approval too.
I am also pattern testing for BigLittle in New Zealand again with two lovely projects. I should be able to show you soon until then it is top secret x

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Tabitha a cloth doll

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here and I have been doing some Christmas crafting for presents. I was lucky enough to be chosen for pattern testing again from Lisa at biglittle this time for a vintage inspired cloth dolly. Lisa has released this pattern in her Etsy shop. She is a lovely project to complete during these long, cold winter nights gently stitching by the fire. It's a simple project but has lots of elements like the embroidery and clothes. It's not something you could complete in a day it's nice to take time over it but then again it isn't too challenging. You can also make some beautiful clothes for her perhaps to match your child's clothes like I did.
I really enjoyed this project and I love the doll now it is finished. She will be popping out of my little girl's stocking on Christmas Day and I am so excited I am sure she will be an instant hit

If you want to have a go at making this heirloom doll or gift the pattern to a crafty friend you can buy the pattern now with 15% discount until Saturday. You can also have a look at all the other dolls the other pattern testers have made in the flickr group.

Purchase the pattern as a gift for a crafty friend, or make your own Fleur doll for Christmas!
Use the code FLEUR15 at checkout to receive the discount.
Click HERE to get Fleur with 15% off

A fellow pattern tester Aimee from Small Steps Big Noises has made another doll valued at $250 which she is gifting to a deserving child this Christmas!  All you have to do is nominate a child you know to receive this special doll and tell us why. Join in here

Merry Christmas xxx

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Where do you start with blogging again after a year of absence....
I have had a busy year getting on with our building work and preferring to be sewing and making rather than wrestling with technology that doesn't want to make blogging an easy process.

Well I hope to be able to be better at this but I can't promise but I have loads to show. I have had a very productive year of sewing clothes for me and my children which I would like to share.
I'll start with this Anna cape that I was a test sewer for BigLittle .
Lisa has a knack for creating simple, magical clothing patterns for children. I have sewn many of her patterns in the past- pixie coat, pixie cape, and a simple waistcoat. I loved sewing all of them and the instructions are very clear and illustrated step by step so as a beginner they were easy to make.
This simple cape was inspired by Anna's clothing from Disney's Frozen. It came together beautifully. I made it from a pink wool mix and lined it with a pink faux fur which is super soft. I had the perfect pretty silver catch to finish it off. Unfortunately my little model wasn't happy the day that we could take pictures she wasn't her normal posing- self.

Bye for now