Sewing (with fabric) is a hobby, yes indeed. But it’s an accepted fact that collecting fabric, is a whole other hobby. They are mildly related, but not completely.

I’ve got a mound of fabric which I’m determined to make smaller.

Some of it is large useable pieces, but some of it is just leftovers.

So I made a couple of things and I will keep making things until I wrestle that pile into submission!

This item was inspired by this.

I say inspired because I’ve yet to meet a furry octopus! I made for a friend who reads a very much a lot.

 

purple and pink neck pillow

purple and pink neck pillow

Neck pillow

Looks a bit like the horns!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This scarf was based on this tutorial. I just love this eastern fabric with it’s lavish reds and golds.

Next time I’ll follow her suggestion of tapering the ends and I think I’ll stretch the fleece a little less. But I think I’ll try this one a few more times.

It’s a fun way to make a functional accessory in a variety of colours. Plus I’m sure they’ll go down well as Xmas presents in the northern hemisphere!

 

fleece and fabric scarf

My first attempt at lettuce edges.

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A bag o bags

May 6, 2014

Just a wee thing I made, from a fat quarter. It took minutes, was a great way to reduce my fabric stash, even if only slightly and looks great!

Plus I got to reclaim that drawer that was overflowing with plastic bags.

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Making happy stuff

April 20, 2014

A few days off in a row has meant a little bit of time to make stuff. What a treat!

I’m trying to use up my fabric stash so I made this little beauty.

I went a little crazy with the mix and match concept, but the idea was to make something that makes you feel happy when you look at it.

And I think it does.

It’s a wee gift for a good friend who has been a superstar lately.

I used the pattern and instructions from here.

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What the Fox?

November 3, 2013

Foxes are pretty trendy at the moment and I can see why! They are super cute, wily and function extremely well as design inspiration.

This hoody was inspired by a picture I saw on Pinterest. Someone way more talented than I came up with this idea.

This was also my first time doing appliqué and I think it came out super cute!

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I made this top today. The fabric is from the recent Spotlight end-of-bolt sale. It’s a jersey fabric and I’ve been waiting for the right pattern to materialise.

When I saw this one, I knew I had found it.

It’s a pretty simple pattern, but I took my time and tried it on once pinned just to be extra sure that I liked the fit.

I must be getting more mature or something! As I’m getting better at sewing I am getting less slap/dash (or maybe it’s the other way around?)

The result? Me likey…

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Fabric-stash-user-uppers

March 9, 2013

So if you are looking for a way to use up your stash, or if you are like me and you owe a few people a birthday present, I recommended this project.

I amended the pattern slightly by overlapping the flaps and pressing it so that the inner fabric was showing.

Which one is your favourite? Mine is the black with white square pattern and red peeking through. I put the squares lining up down to unconscious competence.

I salvaged that fabric from an adult skirt which became a kid’s skirt but didn’t last long in that incarnation either.

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Reversible Wrap Skirt

February 26, 2013

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I wore this lovely number all day and didn’t get any compliments! Can you believe it!

I followed this free tutorial, specifically the beginner version. I omitted the pocket and substituted snaps for the tie. Just because that’s what I had in the house.

I had some trouble though and here is what I learned:

1. Do a test page and check that the PDF prints correctly before you print all zillion pages. Mine had all letters printed over each other and therefore were illegible. Good thing I’m a champion jigsaw puzzler.

2. Make sure you have enough ink before you start printing. That is not a lesson I learned the hard way. Ever.

3. If you are doing the beginner pattern, you don’t need to print the advanced pattern and vice versa. It will save you same paper. It’s all the same PDF though, so select the pages you need.

4. I’m pretty sure you are supposed to invert the pattern when you cut your second piece of the same fabric. Otherwise you end up with exact copies, not mirrored ones. It will make sense if you do it, trust me.

5. When you’re hammering the snaps, put a breadboard under your pieces. (Ooops, sorry table)

Tee to tank

January 22, 2013

Why yes, I did just make a tanktop out of an old Tshirt. Thanks for noticing.

Using my favourate tanktop as a guide I cut it out and sewed up the sides. Then to hem the sleeves and neckline, I just folded the edges once and zigzagged.

It’s a liiiiiitle tight. Next time I’ll leave more space around the sides.

Before

Before

After

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Easiest Pillowcases

January 9, 2013

Super easy.

Got some cheap fabric at Spotlight and made these using the envelope method. 2.5 (ish) x the length of your pillow, hem the two short sides. Fold so the short side overlap (right-side in). Sew the long sides, turn right-side out and yer done.

The best part is you can easily take them off to wash. Original post here

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I’m super proud of this!

(PS – this is NOT a tutorial)

I used a top I already had as a pattern. For tips on how to do that, check this link. Junk mail was taped together and used to draw the pattern on.

I got a fabric I liked but not loved as this is the first time I’ve done this. Of course I had to choose a top that had a fancy neckline, but it turns out the sleeves were the hardest part!

It took ages for me to figure out what shape to cut the fabric to get the folded edge. (diamond shape!) I lengthened the sleeves as the original ones were a little shorter than I would like for work. I might sew a little elastic in the sides to create a gathered look.

Again, I learned a whole lot. Like what it’s like to sew on stretchy fabric (hard!) and how to cut a pattern (generously!)

I can’t wait to wear it tomorrow!