Monday, 27 January 2014

Freya, my first doll!

I've called her 'Freya' which I thought was appropriate! I've never made a doll before so kind of winged it a bit, I've just finished a second with much better hands than this one. The stuffing took the longest time, if you try to put too much in at once it just goes lumpy, so I stuffed the wadding in a tiny amount at a time, it's worth it! I'll try and make up a pattern when I've perfected her...

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Bow tote bag

And this is the link to my bow bag... it's lined with a
zipped inside pocket. And so useful!

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Link to my potted pansy tutorial

Click on the link to learn how to make them... I had so much fun and have made quite a few now, my daughter is going to love these perfectly potted pretty pansies!

Ropey flower!

I've been making a few flowers to brighten up my sewing room, this one's made from a ball of hessian with string looped around the edge for petals.

The pot is stuffed with oasis and thats dried moss glued on top!

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Slippers You Tube vid

Apologies to those who were saving the video, I had a tidy-up of old You Tube videos and didn't realise how many of you had saved this, so I've re-recorded a new improved version!

Poor Alfie!

After a few days of being under the weather, the boy has been to the vets, and shook all the time he was there! The vet put a thermometer in the appropriate place then had to struggle as Alfie decided to sit, that could have been awkward... the poor vet was obviously a yoga expert.
The verdict is a trapped nerve in the spine, may be serious, pain killers for now but maybe an mri at some point, 4 weeks rest, and every so often he yelps when he moves. He's only 9, hopefully he'll get over this and be back to normal soon... just off to give him a hug...

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Step by steps for my zippered tote bag

I've had a few e mails from Europe asking for measurements for my bag in centimeters, and a bit of clarity for the zip insertion, so hopefully this is the answer! Please still watch the You Tube video, link in a previous post, as I think it's clearer to be shown how to make it rather than written instructions...

The lining is two rectangles of fabric measuring 46cm x 29cm,
and two rectangles measuring 46cm x 6cm

The outside of the bag is made up of two rectangles measuring 46cm x 33cm
the handles measure 46cm x 4", folded in half, press the edges inwards by 1cm and sewn down the sides.

My zip measures 50cm but I will cut it down a little, this is sewn into four strips of lining fabric, each measuring 36cm x 6cm,

The pocket on the front of the bag measures 23cm deep x 22cm wide, my zip is 23cm, I'll trim a bit off this, and the support for the zip is a piece of spare lining fabric measuring around 20cm x 10cm.

Draw a box on the back of this piece measuring 1cm x 15cm.

place this section centrally towards the top of the right side of the pocket and sew all the way round.
cut straight down the centre of the box, stopping 0.5cm from the end, and mitre your cut into the corners, careful not to cut through the stitches.

Turn the right way out and press, You should have a neat hole in the middle of your fabric!

Place your smaller zip behind the hole, pin, tack and sew as in the video.
Fold the edges of the pocket inwards by 1.5cm and press.
Pin the pocket centrally to the front of the bag and sew all the way round.

Take the four strips of fabric that will hold the long zip, and press the short ends under by 1cm.
sandwich the zip centrally between two pieces of fabric, line up the edges  and sew with the zipper foot on your machine.
Fold both sides open to expose the zip, and press.

Repeat with the other side of the zip, I've top stitched along the zip to neaten, then top stitch across the ends of the fabric strips, avoiding the teeth of the zip.
Make a couple of little pockets and sew them to the ends of the zip as tabs. [I cut about 3cm from the ends of my zip first]

Take the large piece of lining fabric and lay it right side up.
PLace the zipped section on top, centrally, with the slider of the zip facing up.
Lay the narrower strip of lining fabric on top, right side down.
sew across the top, then open up and press.

Repeat with the other side.

This is how the top of the lining of the bag should look.

Take the front of the bag and pin or sew the handle facing inwards in line with the pocket, then do the same with the back of the bag so that the handles are in the same place.

Sew the top of each side of the front of the bag, right sides together, to the top of the lining section. 
This is how the bag now looks.

Fold the right sides of the front of the bag together, and the same with the lining, then sew all the way around the edge leaving an opening of about 15cm across the bottom of the lining for turning.

Make the base of the bag square, it's easier to watch the video than me trying to explain this in writing, but basically your stitch line should make a triangle 5cm from the point of the corner.

Turn the right way out, then sew together the opening in the lining either by hand or machine.
Press, then top stitch around the top of the bag to make neat.

Shopping time!