Sewing..sewing and more sewing..

My latest craze is sewing. Anything.
I am trying to sew things I can use or things for others, but it’s hard. Why must Pinterest be so damn full of useless/unachievable ideas?

As far as sewing goes, my experience (up until now) has ranged from the projects I completed in Textiles (Home Ec.) in Highschool (and let’s face it, without a genius sewing mother I would have failed) to the horridly hemmed kitchen & laundry curtains and finally to the three quilts I have made.

I decided I wanted to make dolls. I collect Monster High dolls (yes, I really do – I have over 30 or 40 and I even paid $140 for a super rare first edition Lagoona Blue >.>) so I thought maybe I could make some super cool, goth-like fabric dolls and dress them all awesome and stuff….

dolls twoThat one was going great until I pricked my finger so hard I bled all over the back of it. For my next attempt, I decided to go bigger and to just work on straight, standing dolls…

dolls oneAnd that’s about as far as I have gotten LOL
The torso got hard and horrible and I hate to say it but at this point, I’ve given up. I will revisit it at a later date. Maybe.

In February, I was playing around with felt things – felt food is amazing! I wish had children. They would be suffocating in felt awesomeness. Doughnuts are easy and look so real, but everything else……..not so much.

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felt foods twoI have a TON of links on my Pinterest for felt food & patterns, in case you are looking…
I’ve decided to make a whole crap load of doughnuts just because. I’m also using one as a pin cushion.

Having material leftover from quilting, I decided to foray into the world that is the Happy Sewer; and it’s addictive.
I started with a fabric box thing, which I totally did out of my head and had no real idea what I was doing…..

fabric boxThis was made using an old pillow case and doona cover. I inserted cardboard into the bottom piece (which made for awful awkward sewing) and hey, it’s pretty rough. But I found a use for it so yay!
I then decided I would sew something for my nephews 5th Birthday gift (which I then stuffed FULL of Batman things wrapped in Batman paper). I actually followed a pattern and the result was much better (you can find the pattern here).
I am so (sew) proud of how these came out, honestly there is not a flawless stitch in that bag. The pencil case I did from my head so it’s probably best that we don’t talk about that any further.

Lucas' Bag and pencil case Lucas' BagDoes he like it? I have no idea. If I go by the silence from his parents, perhaps not. Maybe they are so astounded by my awesomeness that they just can’t bring themselves to speak to me. You know, it’s happened before.
(Part of me wishes I had kept it because I LOVE Batman. Hrrrmph.)

Bags are addictive. You have been warned.
After making that I was like, ‘Oh I got this, let’s run before we can walk!’ I took my husband on a rather large shopping trip (so that when the cashier rang up the register I could bat my lashes at him and have him pay for it) to Spotlight where I felt like a kid in a candy store. I used to hate going to Lincraft with my mum when I was a kid, it was sooooooooooooooo boring. But now? UNGH. I want at least two of everything, thanks!
I bought a heap of fat quarters because I thought it would be best to play it safe to begin with. Also because I had no real agenda, material-wise – I wasnt about to just buy metres of stuff I wouldnt use.

I decided to make myself a messenger bag because hello, AWESOME.

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mess bag mess bag 3Using fat quarters for this was a mistake. I had to add and chop and do all sorts of strange witchcraft to get it to work. You can find the tutorial for this here, it can easily fit a laptop  along with other stuff inside.
I then found this fabulous tutorial and made these:

skully bag oneI had bought some cool skully/cobweb material last year, planning to make myself a quilt but I decided I would use it for cool stuff like this!

skully bag twoThe first one I made to spec – it’s really small, but cute so that’s okay. The second one, I added 3-5 inches onto the original measurements and (somehow) changed that black bit at the top so it was smaller (and totes planned >.> ) and it’s the perfect size. I really love these 😀

This weekend I will probably make more bags. Or attempt one of the many other tutorials I have pinned haha

-goes to check mailbox for sewing goodies from Ebay- Weeeeeee!

My Quilting Adventures

As mentioned in the last post, I made a quilt for my 18yr old stepdaughter, for Christmas this year. This is the third quilt I have made and I think it came pretty awesomely.

Last year, in November 2012, we took a trip to Canberra and saw my Grandparents – my Mama & Papa.
Mama is a super awesome quilting hero, and when I say super awesome, I really mean super awesome. One of my aunties published a book featuring all of the quilts that Mama had made, and its seriously jam-packed.
When we visited, Mama let me choose from a range of her quilts, one that I could keep and take home – and it was so damn hard to decide!
In the end, I chose this one below:

Mamas 'Indians'

I cant remember what she named it – she always names them something tongue in cheek. This one I believe she made back in the early 80’s, I think 1983? I love that it smells of her. And I love that she let me have this one.

She also let me choose a smaller one, these are about the size of a pillowcase, a little bit bigger than that:

Mamas 'Sand Witches'

This one is called Chicken Sand Witch or something hilarious like that LOL
So clever ❤

Anyway, after that visit with them I was inspired to try quilting for myself. My middle name is my Mama’s first name and I am the eldest of all of her grandchildren, so it just seemed right that I take on the task of becoming the next quilter, yeah?

The first quilt I made, I started in December 2012 – a denim quilt. I made this based on the tutorial here. The only modifications I made, was that I didn’t make it a double sided denim quilt and I actually attached the denim layer to batting and a backing.

When it comes to quilting, I’m a huge fan of reusing material ie recycling clothing, bedding, etc – because its the traditional thing to do and really the whole reason that quilting started in the first place!
I collected up a bunch of old denim jeans that myself and my husband had, and then I took a trip down to the Salvos and spent a whole $28 on second hand denim clothing! Then I cut it all up and the quilting began 😀

 

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Remember, this was my first ever quilt. My seams were…in all directions and when it came to cutting I was very ‘oh, she’ll be right mate’ >.>

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Trying to piece things together when you have dogs, always becomes a family affair. I took it as a good sign – Quilt Approved by Staffies!

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Please note: When you wash the denim in order to get the frayed edges, IT WILL MAKE A MESS. I was picking bits of denim out of my general washing for the next couple of weeks.
Once that was done, I basted it to some batting and I used an old doona cover (the back of) for the backing piece. It matched perfectly.

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I didn’t hand stitch the entire quilt like my Mama does, but I did hand stitch all of the little stitchy parts you see here.

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See the backing? Lovely!

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The finished product.
It’s so warm..it’s quite heavy, but its nice. Really nice. And a super simple idea that looks seriously amazing.

My second quilt, I made for my husband – he wanted something snuggly and warm for winter, so I decided to chop up his old clothes and make a great big mess of a quilt.
I didn’t hand stitch any of this (because he didn’t want to wait LOL) so it was done entirely on the machine.
I used t-shirts, chinos, jumpers, pjs and boxer shorts!

Note to self: Triangles are HARD.

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Atlas Approved.

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Yes, I put it on the floor JUST FOR YOU GUYS

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The finished product!

Eric loves it. Which is all that matters. It’s very…manly. And stuff.

And now, to the quilt I made for my stepdaughter…

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I just realised..it looks unfinished on that side over there LOL don’t look at it! Hmmm…not sure what I was (or wasn’t) thinking…
Anyways! Her fave colours are purple, lime and that blue..I personally love it. I am finding it very hard to part with. And I’m hoping like hell that she likes it!

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I used the Disappearing 9-Patch thing and then made it disappear a second time…I don’t know how else to explain how I did it.
None of the material used was recycled..which went against what I wanted to do but that’s okay.

I machine pieced it together and of course hand stitched the stitchy bits.

Fingers crossed she has a smile on her face when she opens it on Christmas Day!

 

That Thing…

I have this thing where I decide to do stuff at the last minute. Doesn’t matter how I tell myself ahead of time that I will plan well or better in the future, I just can’t seem to actually roll that way.

This year, I decided to make personalised ornaments for my family rather than spending money on gifts usually go unwanted. Of course, I decided this three weeks out from Christmas. On top of that, I was trying to finish the quilt for my step-daughter AND I had decided to send a box full of baked goods home as well. I’ll post up the quilt next time 😀

-dusts palms- All in a days work, right?

I fell in love with this bacon ornament, I found it on Pinterest and had to make a couple – one for my hubby and one for my best friend, Andre. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t follow this blog so I believe I am safe in saying that..
Anyway, the original pattern and post is here http://blog.seremeres.com/?p=149. I printed off the materials list and away I went…

bacon ornaments

These were really simple and fun to make. I stitched names in the back and the year.

For my family, I did a mixture of these –

bauble ornaments gingerbread ornament pudding ornament

Santa Ornaments

Of course, I forgot to fave them in order to share the links…go me. Sorry about that!
They were really simple to make, the originals used glue instead of stitching, but the thing about stitching is the fact that things last that little bit longer. The accessories I picked up on eBay, super cheap.
I stitched names and the year in the back of each of them.

I haven’t heard from the family yet…not sure if they got the memo to actually open the baked goods asap >.> I hope they did!