Thursday, March 23, 2017

Notepads


The notepads in a better light.....

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Little gadgets and notions - Clips and Zips

Clips


I thought I would share some of the little things that I have bought over the past year that have helped me on my 'sewing  journey', by searching the internet for various things, you don't have to pay loads of money.

The first thing I am going to start with is these little clips, these ones are unbranded and I have compared them with the branded ones and cannot tell the difference, these are loads cheaper and you get a lot - and I can assure you you can never have too many if you have a few projects on the go!

http://craftsbycarolyn.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/buttons-and-zips.html

and since then have bought again from the same seller as I have shared some with friends.

I only paid £2.35 for 50 search in amazon for "craft clips quilt" or something like and you can see a lot of sellers out there, they may take a week or 2 to come, my last order was in December and quality was the same.

Zips

I love paying with zips - I don't always get it right, but buy a selection of zips and happy to play about with them.  Tend to search around ebay and see what is out there, try searching for zipper as well as zip, using words like 'lot' in there, or '30' or '50' you should be able to get some for around £3.00 around 10p a zip or less, last purchase was from a UK seller Seller-Vision

I recently bought some pretty pink ones here try this search in their shop



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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Teeny bags

Have been having great fun making these little bags, saw several ideas around the internet, checkout my pinterest board for some of the ideas I spotted.

Pinterest sewing ideas

All the seams are enclosed, i am never keen on a finished bag that has raw seams showing even if they are zig zagged.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Tidy up

So up and until now I have had all my fabrics in clear plastic boxes, but have been bending down a lot, and also the ones I want are always at the bottom....so now I have moved some of the card out of these trays and ta da..have my fabrics (well a lot of them) - nice and easy to choose....


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Patchwork

So I have been inspired by YouTube videos (and the Sewing quarter shopping channel!) and had a little go at patchwork.

Used up lots of the scraps that I had in a bag, and came up with this little purse...Just made 2 strips - size was determined by the scraps, and piece them together, decided on the dark blue as I have a limited range of plain colours and kind of thought I needed it.

Will have to take a pic of the back!

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Thursday, March 09, 2017

Bean bag stands


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I did a load of these a year ago...have now moved on as did get a bit fed up with all of the little polystyrene beads...but love mine and were great gifts - nice and light and perfect for sitting in bed, lounging on settee etc!

You can place your tablet or book at many different positions, and much prefer this style to the ones with the fixed cushions bit at the front.

I cut piece of fabric 22 inches by 15 inches so finished size 10.5 by 14 approx, and also a little piece of ribbon so that they can be hung up!

Just fold on half so it is 11 by 15, and then stitch along 2 sides.  Leave a gap along the underneath towards the top (for turning and then for filling), this was nice and neat as it will be on the back of the 'stand', and add the ribbon loop on shorter side. 

So to summarise - sew short side with ribbon at beginning, turned did about an inch, left gap, then continued on long side.  

Then you flatten out the other end so that the seam is now meeting the middle of the fabric and sew - turn inside out.  Was super quick...filling was another matter!  tried a few methods and ended up with a big cardboard box and made a funnel with card.  Used a glass jar to scoop out beads as thought it might be less static than plastic...still got static.  So sew lots and then fill lots and then get cleaner out!

I filled them with poly beads leaving about 3 inches free at the top, too full and you can’t place the tablet on them in many positions, so peg it and test it.

here was the original post



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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Vintage and lace

I have collected a selection of fabrics with a 'vintage' feel so thought I would make some mix and match accessories, and break out the oodles of lace that I keep buying but never seem to get around to use. I just love cotton lace so when I see it at a good price can never resist!

So have a selection of glasses cases, tissue pouches and other zipped bags.

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