Ma Craftine Box Review

Hi All!

As you can probably tell, I’m off with the kids for Easter holidays so i can finally play catch up with my blog!

The lovely Muriel from Craftine asked if i would like to review one of her bi-monthly subscription boxes as they have recently started offering this beautiful boxes to the UK, well as a Yorkshire lass can’t say no to that!! Hahaha!

Let me explain a little about how it works! Continue reading “Ma Craftine Box Review”

Snuggly Slipper Boots!

Hi all!

Happy Bank holiday to you all, I’ve been cursed with a tummy bug so I’m feeling rather naff!

On the flip side, I’ve got My printer working again thanks to Mr K sorting it out and bringing it back to life! So of course I’ve had a back log of pdf patterns to print off and 1st on my list and a part of my #makenine2018 is Tilly and The Buttons free pattern and tutorial to make your Slipper Boots.

I don’t know about you but I’m a bugger for going through slippers and they are my favourite footwear, if I could I would wear them to work 😂

My fleece and jersey was from B and M Fabrics in Leeds and I bought half a metre of each and it worked out just under £7, don’t mind that as it’s sometimes more to buy slippers from the high street!

I already have the cotton wadding, thread and Sock Stop in my stash so no need to be hunting down any extras!

The pdf itself is only 8 pages and I soon pieced and taped it together and got onto cutting out my pieces.

Tilly’s instructions as always are very clear and I whipped these up quickly but I did start them Saturday afternoon and finished Sunday morning as I wasn’t feeling too good so if I had my ‘A’ game on its be a few hours.

To add some grip to these as I do have wooden flooring in my house, I added Sock-stop to my soles and if course I don’t do normal, I drew on hearts lol.

Now this had to dry for a minimum of 12 hours…. nooooo! This was hard as I wanted to wear them straight away!

But here they are and of course I won’t be taking them off at all today!! So what have you been up to this Easter weekend?

Happy sewing!

Sal

Xx

Sew Crafty Design Team Project #001 for 2018! Passport Holder Tutorial

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Hi All! I’m back for my 2nd year with The Sew Crafty Design Team and kicking off my 1st Project for 2018 showing you how to make your own Passport Cover! Honestly, It is really easy as i say it is!

List of Supplies:

Let’s make your Cover!

Fold the Fabric Right Sides Together.

I calculated for a UK Passport that i needed a rectangle of 31cm wide and 16cm high and includes a seam allowance of 1/4″ (o.6cm). It’s all written down in my Sew Crafty Journal, which is a fab tool as it had plenty of room to add my notes and calculations instead on a scrap piece of paper which i would end up losing!

I drew on the fabric using my tailors chalk and my Pattern ruler and tried my best to get it straight with the aid of the Ruler and my mat but i am only human after all!

Cut all the way around the fabric, following the outline we just drew.

Lay one piece of the Cover onto lightweight woven fusible interfacing. Pin and cut out one piece. I cheated a little, i folded my piece in half and then did the same for interfacing and pinned in place and cut out which meant less cutting! So now you should have 2 pieces of the fabric for your cover and 1 piece of interfacing 🙂

Sewing it all together!

Fuse the interfacing to the outer layer of the fabric with the glue side of the interfacing facing the wrong side of the fabric.

Place the two layers of fabric right sides together. Pin around the entire piece leaving a section about 2″ wide marked to be left unsewn for turning the piece right sides out.

Sew around the perimeter of the pieces using 1/4″ seam allowance starting at one side of the opening and remembering to Pivot (That word always reminds me of the episode of Friends with Ross and Chandler are moving the sofa to Ross’s apartment!!) when you reach each corner. Then back tacking at the otherside of the opening.

Trim the corners to reduce bulk. I trimmed at a 45-degree angle and also shaved off a little bit on either side of the corner to create nice corners.
Carefully turn the entire piece right sides out through the opening left in the bottom. Use a point turner or chopstick like i have to form nice corners after turning right side out.

Fold the seam allowance into the opening left in the bottom of the fabric and press the entire piece.

Now to finish the Cover!

Measure and fold each end of the fabric 2.1″ (6cm) into the inside. Pin in place all the way around the entire piece, and press.

Edge stitch the hole closed and the flaps in place all at the same time by stitching the perimeter of the cover at 1/4″ (0.6cm) seam allowance. Be sure to pivot at each corner. Press the entire piece after sewing.

Slip each end of your passport into the end flaps (hahaha!) sorry i am crude at times, and you’re ready to go!

So here is my lovely cover with 2 other covers!

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Of course the boys needed one a piece doing! Ethan went for Star Wars Darth Vadar Fabric and Rhys went for Spiderman Comic Fabric – which are both are currently on sale for £3 per half metre, bargain!!

Mr K had already bought himself one from Amazon so it saved me a job! So my fist lot of Holiday Sewing! Can’t believe it’s only 10 weeks away till we go away to Florida!! Best get a wiggle on on sewing my holiday wardrobe then!

Happy Sewing!

Sal xx

The Wearable Studio – The Franki Top

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Hi All!

I was lucky enough to be selected by Melyssa for her 1st ever PDF Pattern to test! The Wearable Studio are a new Indie Pattern Company based in Australia and their patterns are designed to embody beauty, femininity, comfort and elegance.  Continue reading “The Wearable Studio – The Franki Top”

February’s #sewmystyle – The Estelle Cardigan

Hello!

February has been a bit hectic for me! Kids on half term and We’ve been planning our trip to Florida in May and everything is now finalised and paid for including the dollars so just need to sort our holiday clothes!

February’s Sew my Style was either the ever so gorgeous By Hand London Rumana Coat or Style Arc Estelle Cardigan.

Continue reading “February’s #sewmystyle – The Estelle Cardigan”

January’s #Sewmystyle Project and 1st of my #2018makenine complete!

Hi All!

Sorry I’ve been  missing in action… I’ve had the dreaded Cold/flu bug which knocked me for six and has taken me nearly a month to get over it!! So i am behind on my Blog and keeping you all updated on my Social Media but i am still here honest! Continue reading “January’s #Sewmystyle Project and 1st of my #2018makenine complete!”

Pretty Zip Pouch Tutorial

 

Hi All! I haven’t posted a Tutorial for a while so i thought I’d share with you a nice looking Zip Bag which is quite roomy for a range of uses! But this is one is going to a Friend who needs a little bit of cheering up after a rough few weeks. I’m hoping that this will help! It seems the most annoying thing about pouches using Zips that I’ve seen or made in the past are those pesky corners. Don’t know about you but i hate seeing the ends of zips and it looks a bit odd with the zip ‘jumping out’ of the pouch and it doesn’t look nice and neat. Sorry i think i have an OCD about it!

Continue reading “Pretty Zip Pouch Tutorial”

A Christmassy Deer and Doe Belladone – #Littlereddressproject

Hi All!

Yeah a little bit late of posting about my entry for the #littlereddressproject which is run by Reneta  and Rosa and thought I’d get a Deer and Doe Belladone sewn up using this ever so gorgeous red polka dot cotton from Adam Ross Fabrics that had a fab sale for Black Friday where i picked up 3m for just over £10 and its extra wide too! Yay!

With it being extra wide i was able to get the most out of my fabric which was needed later on as i need to make a new Bodice as there was too much excess fabric! In the end i had to size down (size 42) and make an adjustment to  the upper back bodice piece of by 1/4″ for it to lie flat. Thankfully, I didn’t need to shorten the Skirt for a change! So overall i made Size 42 from the Shoulders and Bust and graded to a 44 for the Waist and Hips.

I also made matching Bias Binding even though it is hidden underneath i wanted it to match inside and out!

For some reason i love installing invisible zips, i find them totally easier than normal zips! Yes…I am a bit of freak! Also my waistband matched up pretty well too for a change!

This is the first time i have used a Skirt facing to finish the hem of a dress before but i do quite like it but instead of overlocking the edge, i used my Blind Hem foot to finish off the neatness of the dress.

I added an hook and eye to the Dress for my personal preference and look what was left on my bobbin after i finished! Talk about cutting it fine eh?! I like to live dangerously!

So here is the Dress! I am in love the cutout detail at the back!

Of course moi modelling it at my Mum and Dads on Christmas Day, you have to wear Kitty socks right? I love the slanted pockets it gives the dress such a cute detail to it and not forgetting the cut out back!

I would recommend that this Pattern is for intermediate sewers as the instructions are a little vague on certain techniques and the bias tape width – where i made 18mm wide for mine and i thought it was just right. So you there you go folks my Belladone on show at last!

All the Best for 2018!

Happy Sewing

Sal x

Minerva Crafts Product Review – Prym Espadrille DVD

Hi All! Merry Christmas!! I hope Santa has brought you lots of nice goodies!

My Product Review of Prym Espadrille DVD Kit is now live over on the Minerva Crafts Blog! Continue reading “Minerva Crafts Product Review – Prym Espadrille DVD”

Sinclair Patterns The Lilly Cami – A Tester Version

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I was lucky enough to be a pattern tester for this lovely easy to sew top! Now i am advocate for indie designers as a lot of hard work goes into making patterns and i must admit i strangely like piecing up all the papers when it comes to a pdf pattern too! Continue reading “Sinclair Patterns The Lilly Cami – A Tester Version”