Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Feeling Homely

For the home – as this month draws to an end, I’m already feeling inspired to mention the theme for our August sewing challenge, and that theme is For the Home.

To find out more about our sewing challenge and how you can win click here!

We bought our first home a little over a year ago, it’s a project that sees us renovating almost every weekend and in our spare time, and we love it. Of course as a sewing enthusiast I’m always looking to sew those extra finishing touches that really turn a house into a home. There are a few new things I’m attempting for the first time (like curtains) and a few good old sewing patterns that I always turn to in times like these... like my favourite zip up cushion cover tutorial.

Pattern of the week

Quick, simple and really easy, this is a great sewing pattern for the novice home sewist who is looking to do a little re-decorating. Few things make a house feel more like a home than these scatter cushions. They really are one of the best finishing touches you can ass to any living space.

It's also a great pattern to help you to get rid of excess sewing scraps... or to give you an excuse to buy more fabric (just like the awesome fabric featured in this post).

Sewing find of the week

Yes, that’s right! Dr Who Fabric. We were so excited about this find (my heart belongs to sci-fi and many other geeky things). We found this fabric available through the Etsy Store HandPickedFabrics along with many other geek-themed fabrics (as well as many, many other wonderful non-geek themes). I am loving this Fabric so much that I’m already visualizing redecorating my living room so that I can include a few scatter cushions, that will give me the perfect excuse to buy some a few meters

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Tutorial of the week

Make a sleeve for your tablet

Whenever I go out,  always like to take my little tablet with me. I have an online business, and being able to be in touch with my clients constantly is a definite must. Though I often struggle to find the perfect sleeve to keep my tablet protected from the rest of the chaos that happens inside of my handbag, which is what inspired me to create this really easy sleeve to keep it safe.

This tutorial can be easily adapted to any smart device, even your phone.

What you need:
  • A thick woven fabric. I usually like to use denims, or upholstery fabrics, this is because I know that these fabrics will stand the wear and tear.
  • Thick fleece fabric. Try make it as thick as possible as this fleece has a dual purpose, firstly it cleans my screen nicely as I slide my tablet in and out of its sleeve, and secondly it gives the sleeve extra padding to keep my device protected.
  • A decorative button... something pretty, because I can, but it also works as a closure. You are welcome to use press studs or Velcro strips instead if you prefer, however I find that over time these stop working effectively, or come undone on their own.
  • White paper or cardboard to draw out your pattern on. The reason for this is, you never know when you would like to make another sleeve... perhaps one to match a new outfit or handbag. Make sure it is bigger than your device.
  • Pencil, ruler, scissors and dressmakers tape – for measuring, drawing and cutting
  • Sewing thread to match your fabrics.

Let’s get started...

Step 1: Measure along the longest length of your tablet. Measure right the way around, this is because you need to include the thickness of your tablet into your pattern.
Take this full measurement and divide by two. Add 4cm / 1.5 inches for a seam allowance and ease. Draw a line of this length on your piece of cardboard.

Step 2: Measuring along the width of your tablet. Measure right the way around again.
Take this full measurement and divide by two. Add 1.5cm / 5/8” for a seam allowance. And draw a line of this length on your piece of cardboard.

Step 3: Mark out the rest of the rectangular shape for your sewing pattern. On one of the longest sides mark that your pattern is to be placed on the fold. On the opposite end, find the centre point and make a marking for you to transfer onto your fabric.

Step 4: Mark out a second pattern piece according to the following measurements. (you can make it bigger or smaller if you wish, this is just a guideline.

Draw out a rectangle that is 6cm / 2.5” wide by 12cm / 5” wide. This will be your closure flap.

Find the centre line that runs down the length of this second pattern piece. In one end in the centre create a marking that you will use to match up to the tablet sleeve marking. On the opposite end create a marking 2cm / 6/8” from the end that will show where you will place your buttonhole or press stud (this is the same end you will place on the fold when cutting your fabric).

Step 5: Cut out your fabric. For the main sleeve section and closure piece on the fold cut out one piece of fabric. Transfer your pattern markings to the fabric.

Step 6: With right sides of fabric facing, keeping a standard 1.5cm / 5/8” seam allowance, sew down the two longer open sides of your closure flap and clip the two corners on the side by the fold.

Step 7: Turn your flap the right way out and press it neatly. Do a top stitch along the closed sides, as close to the edge as possible.

Step 8: Finish off your flap by sewing in your buttonhole or attaching your press stud / Velcro at the marking.

Step 9: Right sides of fabric facing, attach your flap to your main fabric piece at the marking you had made earlier and baste into place.

Step 10: Right sides facing, use your fabric to cut out your fleece lining.

Sew the seam around the edge of these two sections (keeping a standard 1.5cm / 5/8” seam allowance) but leave a gap open on the opposite end of the closure flap roughly 10cm / 4 inches long. Trim all the corners.

Step 11: Through the opening you left open, pull your  sleeve the right way out and press neatly. Top stitch around the entire sleeve seam, as close to the edge as possible, closing off the opening you had previously left.

Step 12: With fleece lining coming together, fold the sleeve in half.
Stitch down the two sides of the sleeve, along the same lines as your previous top stitch, to close off the sides of your tablet sleeve.

Step 13: Finishing off, attach your button or other half of your press stud / Velcro. Your new tablet sleeve is ready to use!

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Sewing Gift Set

My apologies for the extremely late blog post, it has been a rather difficult month on the personal side for myself and my family. I would like to thank everyone who has been incredibly understanding and patient with us.

From next week we hope to be completely back on track, supplying you with a whole lot of exciting new patterns, including our high waist, wide legged pants sewing pattern. Incredibly stylish, we just adore this style.

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Pattern of the week

We love this gift set, made up of three sewing patterns. The patterns included in this set are the perfect holiday bag, our Fabric belt pattern and our envelope style gift bag.

Create the physical, homemade with love, gifts or print the patterns out and insert them into an A4 size gift bag to give as a gift to the sewing fan in your life!

 Sewing Pattern Gift set: 3 pattern bag and belt combo

This week’s tutorial

How to shorten a zip

Every now and then we run into the dilemma of having a zip that is too long for the job at hand. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to shorten a zip.

Step 1:

Take your zip and measure out the length you require. Make sure to measure from the top of where the zipper’s teeth end, and not from the top of the ribbon.
Add 1cm / 3/8” to the length you require (just in case) and make a mark so that you know where to sew.

Step 2:

Set your sewing machine to the marking for the top of a buttonhole.
Sew at the previously marked point using this function to create the new bottom for your zipper end.
Step 3:

About 1cm / 3/8” below the newly made zipper end, trim off the excess zip that you won’t be needing. Use stop fray or fabric glue at the end of the zipper to prevent the ribbon from unraveling. Once this is dry, your new shortened zipper is ready to use.
Additional note:

I thought it quite important that I mention this here. I have seen a number of zipper shortening tutorials that advise you to shorten the zipper at the top of the zip, rather than the bottom as I have shown you. I completely disapprove of this method, my reason for this is quite simple.

Those two metal squares at the top of the zipper have two functions, the first being that it prevents you from pulling your zipper off past the teeth. It’s second function is that it “locks” your zipper into place.
Without your zipper being locked into place, there’s no guarantee that while wearing your lovely new garment out in public, that your zipper is going to have a mind of its own and suddenly open up.

Nicki Minaj suffering a zipper malfunction

There is one exception to this rule, and that’s if you have a self-locking zipper, which is a zip with a little point that lodges itself into the teeth to prevent it from coming down when you least expect it. But unless you have one of these, you definitely need those two rectangular ends on the top of your zipper.

A self locking zipper

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Sew Cool

A new month, and a new sewing theme. For all those wonderful sewists taking advantage of our annual sewing challenge (Click here for more information), the sewing challenge theme for July is all things Vintage, Pin-Up or Rockabilly.

We also have this really cute video we put together to show how really easy it is to buy and print our sewing patterns from your smart device.

Patterns of the week

I really like these pants, it could be because I feel a bit like a swashbuckling pirate when I’m wearing them. They are really light and breezy and super cute for spring and summer wear.... I can see me wearing them with anything from boots to summer sandals. A MUST MUST have for my wardrobe!


Happy Sewing!