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quilts!

Sorry for the week away, everything’s been insane here! Classes starting back and visiting home has put a little dampener on my sewing time, but I’ve still managed to do some things…

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This is the finished William Morris quilt, beautifully modelled by my flatmate Beth. I made it with a jelly roll of fabrics I got a long time ago, plus some extra bits and pieces. It’s a fairly basic design with ditch-quilting, but it was really fun to make. 

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I’m working on a table runner design too. My Grandma got me a gorgeous fat quarter pack of red patterned fabrics, and I bought some Rowan cotton fabrics from Craftsy which I’m using as border and binding fabrics. Once that’s done I think I’m going to take a look at this tutorial for a round gathered basket- I need something to put my threads in on my desk!

I’ll be back on Sunday with a tutorial for a washbag. Watch this space!

Kaiix

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crazy days

Last few days have been bonkers, as always right now. All I’ve been able to do is make bits and pieces! No major updates but if you missed them on my timeline on Facebook, I’ll post all my new things from the week here.

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Pencil case!

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Purse!

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A little toy basket thing!

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Elliephant purse!

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And last but not least, my red and black ruffle messenger bag.

That’s all for tonight, and I’ll be back on Wednesday with more!
Kaiix

 

 

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Cute pin cushion tutorial and quilt update!

Hey all,

This week has been utterly crazy, with work and with the occasional party. I’ve been slowly but surely working on my quilt, which should be finished by Sunday.

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Here’s the tutorial.

Materials

This one’s pretty simple!

A small amount of felt, maybe in different colours.

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Cotton that corresponds with the felt

Polyfill toy stuffing

Corresponding thread, needles and pins.

Fabric Cutting

Cutting the cotton is super simple. You want two rectangles of fabric, 6 inches by 4/5 inches.

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For the felt, design something that is 4×3 inches or smaller and draw it onto the paper side of the bondaweb. Iron it onto the felt and cut out the design.

Making the pin cushion

Step one: Peel the paper backing off of the felt and iron it onto the centre of one of your pieces of cotton.

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Step two: decorate the design, with stitching or beading. I did both.

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Step three: put the two cotton pieces right sides together and stitch, leaving a two inch gap on the middle of one of the longer sides.

Step four: Turn!

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Step five: Stuff with polyfill and stitch up the hole.

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And there it is! If you feel like changing it up you could always make it a smelly cushion by putting a lavender or other scented insert into the mini-cushion before stitching the hole up.

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And if you don’t feel like making one, you could always buy one from my Etsy store.

Thanks for reading!

Kaiix

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First big Quilt!

So the last few days I’ve been working on my assignments for university, but I’ve been piecing the blocks for a quilt when I take breaks.

It’s made of a William Morris Jelly Roll I got off of Ebay a few months ago. I got some other bits and pieces of the collection for the trim of the quilt, but it’s not quite ready for it yet.

I’m using the basic idea from a quilt design by Tricia Maloney, called Woven Indigo. It’s in a book called ‘Quilts By Monday’ that has a lot of great ideas in it.

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I’m really pleased with it so far. The strips are pre-cut to 2.5 inches wide, and I cut them 6 inches long. I picked the cream colour because it really goes well with the collection. I used six different patterns, and made four blocks of each pattern making 24 blocks. There’ll be two borders after that, one thin and one thick. It’ll be a smallish quilt, more for a throw over the back of a sofa or something than for a bed.

And my new business cards arrived!

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Sorry for the short update today! I’ll be posting a tutorial on Wednesday to make up for it.

Kaiix

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My Craft space and V-Day prep!

Afternoon all!

This week I’ve been doing a lot of my university work so I thought I’d give everyone a quick run through of my desk here at university. 

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Here’s an overview. I just moved some things around so I have a lot more space. I have my noticeboard for project organization and appointments and events I need to remember. My main organizer is above me on the shelf, a really gorgeous week by week organizer. 

 

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And here’s my thread and my quilting template. I have all my threads out in a rainbow so I can pick corresponding thread easily. I’m trying to use up all my threads so I can excuse buying fancy Gutermann thread in all the colours. It’s more expensive than the basic cotton thread I usually buy, but it’s definitely worth it. The seams just look a lot better.

I currently only have one template (the diamond) and a bit thing of pins. I go through pins at a rate of knots, I’m always losing them. I put up a hook especially for it so I can see and quickly use the template. 

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And here we have my repurposed mug tree! It’s really good for hanging my scissors and bias binding makers. I also have a cute (currently half finished, I need to eat more soup) stack of tin cans that I’ve covered with pretty paper and stuck together to make simple storage for my pens, pencils and everything else. The extra shine in this picture is from the desk lamp that sits behind them.

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And here I have all my buttons, my embroidery thread, anything I use to embellish my projects. The thread is in a Dolmio’s jar, the buttons are in a big not-quite-mason jar that I got a Hooty’s. The pot with the flower currently has pre-made felt embellishments in it. 

I also have my pin cushion sitting at the edge of the table at my left hand for easy use. I usually have my ironing board set up just past there, and my laptop and my monitor are on my right so I can write this, watch TV (usually Newsroom at the moment, or Stargate.) and check my etsy for interest.

This week, like I said, has been really quiet on the sewing front but I have made a couple of things. 

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I’ve started designing my Valentine’s Day range, including this cute pillow. I’ve discovered a really easy way to make heart templates- just fold a piece of paper in half, draw a circle close to the edge and draw a line from the far edge of the circle to the fold, cut the half-heart shape out then unfold the paper. Depending on the circle size and how low you make the line changes the size of the circle. I used an A3 piece of paper for the template for the cushion.

I’ll be back on Sunday with an update and maybe a mini tutorial,

Bye for now!

Kaii

 

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Money Belt Tutorial

Hey! This week’s been madly full of making things. It’s really incredible how productive I can be when I’m avoiding doing my university work…

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I made a Dresden Plate wall hanging, which I’m super proud of. I’ll probably do some kind of Dresden Plate tutorial in the future, but this week is for the money belt! The first one I designed was for my friend V’s daughter, but this one’s going into my stash for future events (unless people really like it, in which case I’ll make more and sell them on my etsy!)

Okay, on to this week’s tutorial!

Materials:

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I’m using some really cute strawberry material for the outside and some plain cream cotton for the lining. 

Outside fabric: 1 x 6×3.75 inch, 1 x 6×2.5 inch, 1 x 6×1.25 inch, 2 x 3×9 inch. 

Lining fabric: 1 x 6×3.75 inch, 1 x 6×2.5 inch, 1 x 6×1.25 inch.

Elastic: This varies on your waist size. I’m using a piece that’s 20 inches long for this tutorial.

Zip: This needs to be plastic and at least 6 inches long, The one I’m using is nine inches long and I’m going to cut it down.

Needles, pins, corresponding thread and scissors and an iron.

If you want it to be more firm you can use interfacing, but I’m not going to.

 

How to make the belt

Step one: Sandwich the zip in between the thinnest pieces of fabric, zipper facing the outer fabric. Open it up and do the same with the 2.5 inch thick pieces. Press them open.

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Step two: Fold the longer strips into double fold binding. folding the top of each one neatly so you can slip about a half inch of the elastic in the middle. Stitch along the sides.

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Step three: Stitch the bigger lining piece onto the back of the other lining pieces, leaning about two inches at the bottom for turning.

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Step four: Pin the belt in place with the fabric on either side of the outer pieces, over the zip.  Unzip the zip.

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Step five: Stitch the last piece of fabric on the top and turn through the hole, then stitch up the hole.

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Step six: Press it flat, and you have your money belt!

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If you don’t want it to be a belt, just a cute and easy to make purse, then just forgo the longer pieces and the elastic.

That’s all for now, but I’ll be back on Wednesday with an update.

Kaiix

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Happy 2014!

I hope everyone had a great NYE, mine was fairly quiet- but I’ve got some big resolutions.

I’m going to continue posting every Sunday and Wednesday (as I have been so far) with a tutorial every week or so. My next one will be for the money pouch on Sunday that I posted about on the 29th.

Today’s been a pretty relaxed day in terms of making, I only made one thing (but I’m pretty pleased with it!). It’s a Punisher themed messenger bag. Frank Castle’s one of my favourite comic book characters, so I thought I would make a homage. It might go up on the Etsy- it depends how many people like it!

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I’ve recently really gotten into looking to books and magazines for ideas and patterns, and tips for how to write tutorials. They can be really helpful for suggestions, tips and little tricks you might not have thought about on your own, like finishing of quilts and new block designs. My favourite crafty magazine at the moment is ‘Love Patchwork and Quilting’, which I got a copy of at Hobbycraft. It’s only on it’s third issue and it has a lot of great ideas, suggestions and articles, plus free sweetheart pins in the latest issue.

I’ll leave it at that for now, and start work on a quilted wall hanging design for my room- that may end up on here.

Thanks for reading and have a great 2014,

Kaiix