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when in Wales…

My time in Lampeter is dialing down now. I’ll be back here (almost typed home!) in September, in a new living space with new people. Hopefully I’ll be more organised next year! I’m meant to be out of halls by the 14th of June, only ten days away, but because of the awesomeness of my new place for next year, I can move my things there and potentially stay for a few days- giving me even more time to focus on my sewing!

So, this week has been fairly quiet. I’ve got a lot of sewing done over the last couple of months I just haven’t had time to report on here, so here goes.

I made this little guy yesterday- my first attempt at a printed out pattern! I edited the pattern a little, adding ears and arms. He’s a first go, and I’m making my lovely friend Ruth a red dragon.

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I went a little unicorn mad the other week, making one from a tutorial in a sewing magazine and then another more cuddly version. I’m planning on making a larger one, as a cushion (probably for my bed!)

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I made some things for LARP, too. Here are some of the pouches I made, to make it a lot easier to carry around in and out of character things. I usually have one for my in character stuff- potions, poisons, bandages and all the other little bits and pieces- and another one for a chocolate bar, medication and my phone.

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I finally bought my own iron this week, too! It’s been very helpful, and not having to worry about returning things is a big plus! I’ve also gotten really into buying sewing magazines to help with ideas, show me better ways of organising and making, and a lot of the articles are really interesting, informative, and pretty! So many pretty pictures, especially of organised craft spaces, really make me want to do better.

Today’s going to be dedicated to organising my space a little better, but I’ll be back on Sunday with a tutorial.

Thanks for reading! If anyone’s interested in my makes, please comment- I need to know what people like so I can put them on my etsy!

Kaiixx

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fabric dice tutorial!

Sorry for the long absence- health issues and university busy-ness have sort of put the sewing on hold. But I return with a present- a fabric dice tutorial! This one is for an eight-sided dice.

I used the template from this website for the dice. They’re for paper dice, but the template is basically the same for the layout of your dice. Using one of the triangular templates I got for Christmas- presumably from Hobbycraft- I cut out eight triangles in plain white cotton. These can be whatever size you like, and can be made out of any fabric, and any colour.

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I recently got an inkjet printer (woop woop!) and as it’s not as hot as a laser printer, you can print onto bondaweb. I printed a lot of numbers onto a single sheet, and ironed the bondaweb onto some blue fabric, cut out the numbers and removed the backing, and then ironed the individual numbers onto the eight triangles.

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Then comes the use of the template I mentioned! Using the D8 template, you can see where you have to lay out your pieces.

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Now it’s time to sew. I began following the lines of the template- 1 and 4, 5 and 7, etc. Once you’ve finished stitching these, press the seams flat.

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Now comes the tricky part. You must stitch 3 and 5 together, 2 and 8, 2 and 3, and on. Make sure you leave a hole for turning and stuffing! I left mine between 7 and 6.

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And now it’s time to turn and stuff! Make sure it’s not overstuffed or it’ll lose its shape.

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And finally, stitch the hole shut. Here is the finished D8!

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You can follow this tutorial to make any size of dice, using the templates from the website above. Please don’t use this tutorial for profit or recreate it anywhere else. Thanks!

Kaii xx

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Not much to say…

This week has continued to be crazy and I’ve barely had two minutes to do any sewing. I have, however, made a bag for LARP.

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It’s mainly for my potions, but it has a back slip pocket for my coin purse or whatever else small I need to take with me, and a loop for a dagger. This bag’s going to be for my Fire Elemental character. It’s got a little strip of fabric for the close, so it’s easy to use.

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That’s about all for today, but I’ll have something more substantial to write about on Wednesday.

Kaiixx

 

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my brain has been exploded by a half-demon

I’m not crazy! I’ve just joined the RPG & LARP society at university. Took part in my first tabletop RP game (pretty sure that’s what it’s called) last night, and someone dropped a grenade on my head.

Due to the fact my life has been taken over by LARP, I’ve not done masses of sewing this week. I have however made a dice bag for my future RPG exploits! It’s purple velvet with a lighter purple lining and a double drawstring. 

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That’s pretty much it for this week, but I’ll be back with a tutorial on Sunday.

Kaiix

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oblong make up bag

Hey all, This has continued to be a mad section of my life, but I have gotten some sewing done.

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I also wrote this make-up bag tutorial, which I hope you enjoy. It is a little fiddly but it’s worth it! Materials:

  • Outside patterned fabric- 2x 7×10 inch rectangles.
  • Outside plain fabric- 1x 4×36 inch rectangle, or shorter ones adding up to 36 inches when stitched together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
  • Lining fabric- 2x 7×10 inch rectangles, 1x 4×36 inch rectangle.
  • Interfacing- 2x 7×10 inch rectangles, 1x 4×36 inch rectangle. If you’re using smaller lengths of the long rectangles then iron the interfacing on before stitching them together.
  • A zip, around 12 inches long.
  • Corresponding threads
  • Needles and pins.

Image Instructions: Step one: Cut the long rectangles into three- one slightly longer than your zip, then the remainder in half. Sandwich the zip on one side and stitch, then repeat with the other. Image Image Step two: Stitch the two halves of rectangles to each side of the zip, making sure not to stitch the lining and outer fabrics together. Image Image Step three: Pin one of the outside rectangles in place, centring the zip section, and stitch. Repeat with the other side. Make sure the zip is open before you finish, and stitch the gap at the bottom.  Image Step four: Repeat step three with the lining fabric, but leave the gap at the bottom open for turning. Image Step five: Turn and slip stitch the opening you left shut. Image Step six: Use your bag! Image And that’s all. You can use a waterproof fabric for the lining or even the outside and the lining if you wanted to use it as a wash bag. Back on Wednesday! Kaiix

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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