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

Monday, 20 February 2017

Fabric Shapes, Dies

Well Ive spent the afternoon in my craft room today
The Big Shot Plus Cutting machine is so easy to use, I am so happy with it
 I bought an accquilt 'baby go' die  to try as I had read that they were compatible with the Big shot plus machine. 
At first it didnt work, I think it is because the die is less deep than the Sizzix Big Shot dies but by adding a piece of cardboard folded in half underneath the die itself I have been able to use it in my  machine!
Again I managed multiple pieces of fabric at once.
Looks like I will be investing in a few 'baby go' dies too now as there are so many more to choose from than with the Sizzix Big shot!
Anyway below are a few photos of the shapes I've made this afternoon
The dogs are the one's I made with the 'Baby Go' Dies, the rest are with the Sizzix bigz Dies






Thursday, 16 February 2017

Big shot Plus Cutting Machine & Sizzix Bigz Dies

Oh yes, it's arrived!!......

......The Big Shot Plus Cutting Machine for me to make some appliqué shapes for my craft projects!

What a sturdy machine it is as well, all I had to do was to fix the handle on and it was ready to go!

Literally within less than 5 mins I was cutting out shapes. 

The machine can easily handle at least 5 pieces of fabric in one go, possibly more but thats as many layers as I have tried at the minute! 

Ill let you know when I try more how the machine handles it!

Anyway below are a few photos, I've still got a lot more of the dies to try so no doubt there will be more photos later on!!lol!! but for now I'm off to play for a while longer!





And here are a few of the shapes I have cut out! 







New Fabrics!

Well my fabrics have come today :)
2metres of each for now, not 100% certain what I am going to make with them yet but I'm sure I will think of something! lol!!




Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Little Rant!!

Well I ordered a Big shot plus cutting machine and some Sizzix Bigz dies a few days ago on next day delivery.
The dies came from Amazon within 24 hours, excellent service as always. 
Now the Cutting machine, well thats a different matter, I ordered  this from Hobbycraft and paid £6.00 for next day delivery and  48 hours later and still no machine!
I thought by ordering from a large craft shop, it would be a reliable place and be delivered on time, how wrong was I? Looks like a phone call to customer services is in order first thing tomorrow morning! 
When it comes, I will let you know how it goes and write a review, I really can't wait to have a play! lol!!
I also ordered some new fabric from BST Fabrics and paid £6.00 for next day delivery too but that hasn't arrived either today so I'm hoping that's going to arrive tomorrow!

Kids Tote Bags & Tutorial

I used a 100% cotton FQ for each of these kids tote bags
plus the same amount for the lining of them. 
so they were actually quite cheap to make and only took around an hour to make all 3!

They each measure approx 12" x 10"

The only difference is I cut 4" off the FQ to make the handles.

you can make many variations, even making the bag in a clear fabric and adding an appliqué to the front of your childs favourite animal, character etc



 Instructions
(assumes some sewing knowledge)

Place main fabric face up & If adding any appliqué add it now! making sure it is i the centre of the bag, 
once added
Place fabric right side down with lining on top(good side up) & press
Fold in half right side to right side so that lining is showing
Sew down both sides
Fold fabric for handles and sew
Fold top over using 2” of fabric, Add straps approx 4” in from each side and sew
Press


Reversible King size Bed throw

Just realised that I hadn't posted this photo of a reversible bed throw that I made
I also made matching curtains. cushion & the 'Love' bolster! so here they are!!





Thursday, 9 February 2017

Dolls Quilts & Tutorials

Here are a couple of Dolls quilts & pillows that I made with some fabric Scraps that I had lying around!
Each quilt will be fine for baby born doll size = 43cm x 22cm
I have added the before and after photos for both quilts, I always lay my fabric out before I sew it to see what the end look will be!


For the Pink Quilt above I used the following Fabric:

Overall completed size: 18” x 18”
Cut strips 
15 x 8"x 2"
6 x 22" x 2"

For pillow: 6 x strips 4"x 6"

Below for the Paris Quilt 
I used a
 Variation of plain strips and squares to use up the fabric I had available

The Backing Fabric & Wadding I cut according to the overall patchwork size

I made these dolls quilts in the same way that I make the larger quilts



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A few Tote bags & Tutorial

I always run out of bags while out shopping so I decided to spend a few hours today making a few extra bags to take with me!
These bags are sightly bigger than a normal Tote bag so as to make it easier to get things in and out of whilst packing at the checkout!!

Completed Sizes are:
 14" x 15" for the first bag & 17” x 15” for the last 2 bags




For the first bag I used the following Fabric:

Fabric 36” x 17” + lining piece same size
plus 
2 x 34”  x 4” to give 2 handles (end measuring 32” long)

For the bottom 2 bags I used the following Fabric:

1 x 18” x 38” + lining piece same size 
plus 
2 x 34”  x 4” to give 2 handles (end measuring 32” long)
2 applique Rectangles measuring 8” x 3”


Instructions

Place main fabric face up & If adding appliqué add now! making sure it is i the centre of the bag, 
once added
Place fabric right side down with lining on top(good side up) & press
Fold in half right side to right side so that lining is showing
Sew down both sides
Fold fabric for handles and sew
Fold top over using 4” of fabric giving approx 1-1.5” fold over, Add straps approx 4” in from each side and sew
Press




Thursday, 2 February 2017

craft/sewing room storage

I thought I would post photos of my storage ideas as I have recently been sorting out my craft room!
hopefully I will now be able to find everything! lol!
I used a combination of plastic tubs and boxes ( some of which are recycled!) for a lot of my smaller items and foam boarding to wrap my larger pieces of fabric on making it less likely to crease!
I used cheap Ikea boxes for my remnants of fabric that are reasonably large pieces.
Anyway below are the pictures, see what you think. hopefully it will give you some ideas on arranging your craft/sewing room!




and my large pieces of fabric:










MultiPastel Quilt/Playmat

Multipastel Quilt/Playmat
approx size - 130cm x 100cm


Instructions
(These instructions assume some basic sewing knowledge)

Fabric Needed:

21 x 2.5" x 36" strips

backing fabric - 56" x 39"
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1. Arrange fabric as in photo
2. sew squares 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


Red Heart Quilt/Playmat

Red Heart Quilt/Playmat
approx size - 100cm x 80cm



Instructions
(These instructions assume some basic sewing knowledge)

Fabric Needed:

20 x strips 3" x 21" in 5 different fabrics(4 strips of each fabric)

2 x 5" x 30" for outer edging
2 x 5" x 42" for outer edging

backing fabric - 30" x 50"
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1. Arrange fabric as in photo
2. sew squares 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

Baby Neutral quilt/playmat

Baby Neutral quilt/playmat 
approx 100cm x 70cm



Instructions
(These instructions assume some basic sewing knowledge)

Fabric Needed:

63 x 4" squares
2 x 4" x 29" for outer edging
2 x 4" x 33" for outer edging

backing fabric - 42" x 32"
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1. Arrange fabric as in photo
2. sew squares 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


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

New Fabric remnants

I Bought this from Ebay for £5, I think I got a bargain!! don't you?
there must be around 5 metres of fabric 
I just have to decide what to make with it now! lol!!