Here you will find a collection of My Craft Projects, My Tutorials & various Sewing & Craft Links that I have found useful.
All my tutorials assume that you have some basic sewing knowledge.
I hope you enjoy your time spent browsing around my blog

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Sewing Tips

Great site for sewing tips etc

Stuffed Animal Patterns

Found a website with loads of free Animal stuffed toy patterns


Well worth a visit :)

included are dinosaur, owl, cat, birds, dragon, elephant, Fish, frog, giraffe, hedgehog, Lamb, bear, Turtle, dog, plus quite a few others!


Thursday, 18 June 2015

Love this blog

This blog has loads of instructions on making clothes without a pattern,
well worth a visit

Baby Doll Cover & Pillow Sets & Instructions

My granddaughter loves Frozen & wanted me to make some dolls covers for her Baby born doll
so here is what I came up with!
Quick Instructions below


Instructions
(These instructions assume some basic sewing knowledge)

Fabric Needed:

Fabric 2 x  20" x 18"
1 x wadding 20" x 18"
Appliqué picture (for the pink cover only)

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Pink Top Cover

1. Cut out a picture, Add Double sided fusible interfacing, place on fabric & appliqué 
2. Press
3.Lay out the Backing Fabric wrong side up and lay wadding on top
4. Lay quilt top, face up on top of the wadding and pin
5. Sew on Edging Fabric to complete the cover (if you are unsure how to do this there are many videos on You Tube with simple Instructions, here is one I used: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pq2Q3F17lv0 )

For the Darker Cover simply start from no. 2 of the instructions!

Hint: 


Always Damp press between each stage of making your quilt

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Pillow

1. cut fabric 2x 10" x 8" 
2. with right sides together sew together leaving a 2 " opening
3. turn right way around 
4. fill with toy filling
5. slip stitch the opening

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Sheets

1. Using fabric to match the top covers cut 18" x 21" simply hem around & Press

Aqua Throw/Quilt & Instructions

And here is the finished item!!
the finished size is actually 150cm x 90cm
I have to say I am quite pleased with it





Instructions
(These instructions assume some basic sewing knowledge)

Fabric Needed:

10 strips of fabric 5" x 30"
1 strip  x 9" x 30"
2 x 6" x 40" strips for the outer edging
2 x 6" x 51" strips for the outer edging


Fleece backing fabric - 160cm x 100cm
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1. Arrange fabric as in photo
2. sew strips of fabric pieces together
3. Add  side pieces to main throw
4. Press all seams
5. lay fleece Fabric wrong side up on a flat surface
6. Place patchwork Throw, right side up on top of the fleece
7. Pin into place ensuring all fabric is flat
8. hem around the edge, sewing through both layers of fabric
9. Steam Press




Thursday, 11 June 2015

Work in progress

Just thought I would give you a sneak preview of my latest project, a throw for my living room!
Here are the colours and the rough layout
I am using strips of fabric 12 x 4.5" x 28" & intend to use 5" strips for the edging
giving an overall size of approx 38" x 60"
I will show you again when its finished :)
xx



French Tote Bag & Instructions

I made this today, I was wanting a new tote bag & got this piece of fabric of E Bay a few months ago, & wondered what to use it for! lol!!
The Bag measures approx 10" x 11" & took less than an hour to make




Instructions
(These instructions presume some basic sewing Knowledge)

 To make a bag you will need:
2 pieces of Fabric 11" x 12"
2 strips 32" x 3.5" for the Handles
24" of 16mm bias binding
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The pattern is just a freehand drawing I made myself

1.  With the right sides together sew together leaving an opening at the top, Make sure you do a double seam to give extra strength!

3. Fold, Press & Sew the Handles 

4. added Bias binding to the top of the bag

5. added the handles

6.Turn the right way around & press

You could also add velcrose to the top of the bag if required!

Owl Bag

Another Owl Bag, Instructions in a previous post



Dolls Quilt cover Set

Another Dolls Pram cover made!

Fits dolls up to 17"
Quilt cover measures 12" x 16"
Pillow Measures 8" x 4"



Saturday, 6 June 2015

Credit Card/money Pocket Plus Instuctions

Made a quick Credit card/money pocket for my key ring to save me taking my purse out everytime I go out!lol!

Quick Instructions!

Measurements etc to follow when I can find where I put them! lol!
but basically measure your credit card & add extra for the seams
cut out 2 pieces plus a little extra for the loop
Hem around the top, add the loop & sew the seams around the 3 sides.
Add velcrose to the top & sew in place
Turn the right way & press!



Dolls Pram Quilt


Made this Dolls Quilt & Pillow with left over fabric
It will fit a doll up to around 18"!
Its got fleece on the underside


Saturday, 23 May 2015

25 best places to buy fabric online

Just found this online & thought it was worth posting here so I don't loose it! lol!!
Also thought someone else might find it useful!
I haven't had time to check them all out yet....so watch this space! lol!



  1. Fabric.com
  2. Online Fabric Store
  3. Hawthorne Threads
  4. Tonic Living
  5. Inside Fabric
  6. Fabric Worm
  7. TwentyOne7.com
  8. Decorator’s Best
  9. Warehouse Fabrics
  10. Serena & Lily
  11. Layla Grace
  12. Ballard Designs
  13. John Robshaw
  14. Caitlin Wilson Textiles
  15. Calico Corners
  16. House Fabric
  17. Lewis & Sheron
  18. Low Price Fabric
  19. Fabric Guru
  20. Marimekko
  21. Ebay
  22. Spoonflower
  23. Joann
  24. Hancock Fabrics
  25. Etsy

Single Bed Bee Throw & Tutorial

I absolutely loved this Bee fabric so I made this Single Bed throw with it along with some left over fabric I had
The finished size is approx 100cm x 160cm

I also decided to add fleece lining to it instead of cotton to the underside to make it a bit warmer! lol!




Instructions
(These instructions assume some basic sewing knowledge)

Fabric Needed:

Patterned 
* 7 Strips  3" x 22"
* 4 Strips 6" x 21" (for sides)
* 2 Strips 6" x 10" (for sides)
*2 x 22" x 19" (centre Fabrics)

Plain
* 2 x 6" x44"
*4 x 6" x 33"

Fleece fabric - 110cm x 170cm
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1. Arrange fabric as in photo
2. sew centre strips & large fabric pieces together
3. sew patterned stips together
4. Add Patterned side pieces to main throw
5. sew plain side pieces together
6. Add Plain side pieces to throw
7. sew top & bottom plain pieces to throw
8. Press all seams
9. lay fleece Fabric wrong side up on a flat surface
10. Place patchwork Throw, right side up on top of the fleece
11. Pin into place ensuring all fabric is flat
12. hem around the edge, sewing through both layers of fabric
13. Steam Press


Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Owl Bags & Quick Tutorial!

I kept myself out of mischief today & made these three bags!
I have to say I'm quite pleased with how they turned out!


Instructions
(These instructions presume some basic sewing Knowledge)

 To make a bag you will need:
 FQ  and cut off 2 strips 22" x 3" for the Handles
The rest of the FQ folded in Half to cut out the owl shape for the bag
scraps of Fabric to make the eyes & Beak
23" of 16mm bias binding
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The Owl pattern is just a freehand drawing I made myself
For the eyes,  cut a 3" circle & a 1.5" circle using a compass & pencil
The Beak I also drew freehand

1. Add the appliqué to the front of the bag

2.  With the right sides together sew together leaving an opening at the top, Make sure you do a double seam to give extra strength!

3. Fold, Press & Sew the Handles 

4. added Bias binding to the top of the bag

5. added the handles

6.Turn the right way around & press

You could also add velcrose to the top of the bag if required!

Monday, 18 May 2015

Owl Quilt/Playmat


Latest quilt/Playmat! Couldn't resist the Owls! lol!!
anyway this quilt is 100cm x 70cm approx with a pale lilac backing.


Instructions
(These instructions assume some basic sewing knowledge)

Fabric Needed:

13 strips of fabric 22" x 3"

2 x 4" x 22" strips for the outer edging
2 x 4" x 44" strips for the outer edging


backing fabric - 110cm x 80cm
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1. Arrange fabric as in photo
2. sew strips of fabric pieces together
3. Add  side pieces to main throw
4. Press all seams
5. lay backing fabric wrong side up on a flat surface
6. Place wadding on top 
7. add patchwork quilt, right side up
Pin into place ensuring all fabric is flat
8. hem around the edge, sewing through both layers of fabric
9. Steam Press


Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Quilt for a friend

I have just finished this quilt which I have made by request
What do you think of it? I really hope my friend likes it, feeling a bit nervous at the minute!lol!
Really hope I have done a good enough job





Monday, 20 April 2015

A Few dresses made without a pattern!

I made these today for my granddaughter without a pattern, Dont think they've turned out too bad all things considered!



oh and a quick skirt too!! lol!!


Stuffed Owl & First attempt at appliqué

 I made this today with some left over fabric from some dresses that I made for my granddaughter!
Not sure whether or not I have done it correctly but not bad I don't think for my first attempt! lol!!


Thursday, 9 April 2015

Make your own Manekin! - Tutorial






I found this little tutorial on how to create your own Made to fit dress form for creating clothing 

(Sorry I don't know who originally thought of the idea but if anyone does please let me know so I can give them credit)

1. Put on your short sleeved t shirt, I would suggest using a high collar one so you can tape all the way up to your neck, and a shirt that can stretch to your thighs. (You could always use a long sleeved one as well if you want a full form)
2. Have your friend start at your breast bone and tape up and over your shoulders and around your waist, you can really do this in whatever method but make sure to line your entire upper body and layer it so that it is a thicker width when removing and stuffing.
3. When you are happy with the result of the form using scissors carefully cut up the back of the form, T-shirt too, to remove. And then tape up the arms and neck to cover the holes.
4. Cutting a pillow, or using stuffing, stuff the entire form making sure to get all the edges and then add a board, piece of wood or anything flat and stiff to the back to keep it upright if you like, I do this just to ensure it is heavier and keeps the form from pushing in when working. And then tape up the back slit!
5. Add a tighter T-shirt, plastic wrap, paper mache, or any sort of material over top of it to harden it, make it smoother or just easier to work on if you like. Totally not important but it might help to smoothe down the tape edges if they start to pull up or fray.
6. Leave a bottom hole in order to place on a rod to stand and tape around to keep it upright or just lay it flat on the floor or table when working!

Make sure to always have help from a friend so you do not get stuck.



Monday, 9 March 2015

Easter Egg Hunt Bags & Tutorial

I bought this fabric as I thought it looked cute! lol!! 


Every year I do an egg hunt at Easter for the Grandkids & decided that instead of trying to find a container for the Grandkids to put the eggs in that they find, I would make some little bags for them to use and here is the end result.
I think you will agree that they look ok , I will let you know what the kids think of them after Easter! lol!
This bag measures approx 6" x 9" & holds 25 cadburys cream eggs!!


Instructions
(These instructions presume some basic sewing Knowledge)

1. Cut out 1 piece of Fabric 7" wide x 20" long (for the bag)
Plus 2 pieces 2.5" x 10" (for the handles)

2. fold the 2.5"x10" pieces to make the handles and sew together

3. press a 1" hem to both of the short sides of the 7" x 20" piece of fabric

4. place the handle strips & pin 0.5" in from the presses hem

5. sew the hems ensuring you also sew in the handles

6. sew a further strip to the top of the bag to further secure the handles

7. Fold the fabric up with Right sides together & pin ensuring the top edges of the bag is straight

8. Double sew up both sides of the bag, making sure you use reverse stick when beginning & finishing to secure the bag

9. Turn the right way round and press

you could also add velcrose to the top of the bag if required




Thursday, 5 March 2015

Padded Laptop & Matching I Pad Cover - Tutorial

Well I'm going away on holiday soon & wanted to take my laptop & iPad with me so as I haven't got a case for them I decided to spend the afternoon making one and here are the results!
Both are padded & lined to give a bit of extra protection!
Below the pictures are the instructions for each case






Instructions
(These instructions presume some basic sewing Knowledge)

For The Cover:

1. Measure the size of your laptop or iPad width & Length

2. you will need a piece of Fabric for the outer fabric, double the length(longest edge) plus 6"
i.e laptop length = 14" you will need a piece of fabric 28"+ 6" = 34"
for the width (shortest edge) measure & add 3"
i.e laptop width = 10" - fabric width needed 13"

3. Cut fabric piece, in my case Laptop 14"x10" so I cut a piece of fabric 34" x 13"

4. cut lining 2" bigger all round

5. cut wadding same size as outer fabric

6. Lay the Outer fabric Right side down and lay the wadding on top, then add the lining right side up and pin all layers together, making sure to use the lining to hem the wadding so there is none on view( you don't want any wadding getting into the delicate parts of your laptop or iPad)

7. add a 1.5" hem at both the left & right side near the edge of the fabric- this will form the opening

8. add another stich along to strengthen around the edge of the opening

9. add velcrose to each edge ensuring they line up and sew in place for extra strength

10. fold so right sides of outer fabric are together and double stitch each side for extra strength
11. turn right way & press



Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Dolls Pram Quilt & Pillow Sets - Tutorial

I decided to have a go at making a Dolls pram quilt & pillow set and here is a photo of the finished product
Its not a brilliant first attempt but a good prototype for me to use for making my pattern for future sets!
Anyway see what you think!
The quilt itself measures approx 15"x12" so ideal for a medium sized doll!





I used 18 - 2.5" x 4" squares sewn together as in the picture
Added the wadding & backing as with the larger quilts then added a fun ribbon around the edge
The pillow was done in the same way using scraps of material!

Here are a few more I made today, again using scraps of Fabric


and the back of the quilt



and the next one:

and the back!!

Pillows to follow!!

Fabric Storage

I decided to keep my fabrics in some kind of order I would  purchase some foam boards & wind the fabric onto them
I used A4 size 5mm foam boards which I bought from Amazon at a reasonably cheap price!
I think you will agree it certainly looks neat! lol!!








A Few more Fabrics

Here are a few more Fabrics which arrived today
Looks like I'm going to be a bit busy! lol!!


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

New Fabrics arrived Yesterday

Just thought I would post these photos of the new fabrics I purchased from OhSewCrafty!

Great shop for Cottons at reasonable prices although delivery can be a little slow, It took a week for them to arrive from Dispatch so don't expect them in a hurry!



Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Earphone Keyring Pouch Tutorial

Here is a quick tutorial on how to make a Earphone Keyring pouch
Also handy for using to put in small change!

Completed size approx - 3-4" x 2-3"



Fabric Needed:
1x Piece of fabric - 8"x4"
1 x velcrose - 3" long

To Make
1. cut off a small strip of Fabric to make the loop, fold & stitch
2. Hem each short end of the fabric piece
3. pin loop in place (see below)
4. Double stitch around 3 sides leaving top open
5. add velcrose to the top (open end)
6. Trim corners etc
7. turn right way & press
8. Add keyring loop





Monday, 16 February 2015

Pink Quilt/Playmat Tutorial

Newest Quilt

This Quilt is 70cm x 90cm approx & really easy to make, It can easily be made in a day!
You can vary the amount of strips to suit your individual requirements & its a good way of using up small amounts of fabric





Fabric Needed:
7 x 2.5" x 22'" 
3 x 5" x 22"
2x 22" x 5"(for top & bottom)
2 x 44" x 5" (for sides)
120cm x 90cm Backing Fabric
120cm x 90cm 2oz Wadding

Instructions:

1. Arrange fabric as shown in the photo
2. Sew the strips together
3. Add the 22" x5"  strips to the top and bottom of the quilt
4. Add the 44" x 5" strips to the sides of the quilt
5.Lay out the Backing Fabric wrong side up and lay wadding on top
6. Lay quilt top, face up on top of the wadding and pin
7. Sew along the seams through the fabric and wadding to secure it all together ( You tube instructions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqiUQFXV-vI)
8. Sew on Edging Fabric to complete the quilt(if you are unsure how to do this there are many videos on You Tube with simple Instructions, here is one I used: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pq2Q3F17lv0 )

Hint: 


Always Damp press between each stage of making your quilt


Next project - Earphone Holder

I am fed up of when I go out not having anywhere to put my Earphones so I have decided to make a pouch to add to my keyring to keep them safe when I am not using them
I am going to attempt either a round or a square one so watch this space!! lol!!
I will write the instructions down as I go along incase anyone wants to make one
xx

New Pink Quilt/Playmat Tutorial

Well it may be a few days later than expected but I have finally got this quilt finished!!
I don't think it turned out too bad in the end, What do you think?


This one is 80 x 90cm approx



Fabric Needed:
7 x 2.5" x 22'" 
3 x 5" x 22"
1 x 3" x 33" (for centre strip)
2x 25" x 6"(for top & bottom)
2 x 44" x 6" (for sides)
120cm x 90cm Backing Fabric
120cm x 90cm 2oz Wadding

Instructions:

1. Arrange fabric as shown in the photo
2. Sew the strips together
3. Cut in Half 
4. Add centre strip 3" x 33" 
5. Add the 25" x 6"  strips to the top and bottom of the quilt
6. Add the 44" x 6" strips to the sides of the quilt
7.Lay out the Backing Fabric wrong side up and lay wadding on top
8. Lay quilt top, face up on top of the wadding and pin
9. Sew along the seams through the fabric and wadding to secure it all together ( You tube instructions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqiUQFXV-vI)
10. Sew on Edging Fabric to complete the quilt(if you are unsure how to do this there are many videos on You Tube with simple Instructions, here is one I used: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pq2Q3F17lv0 )

Hint: 


Always Damp press between each stage of making your quilt



Friday, 13 February 2015

work in Progress

Here are a few photos of my latest work in progress
Started today, hopefully I will have them finished tomorrow!