Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

Sweat shop cafe and a cake

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Have you heard of the Sweat Shop Cafe?? †I bet you have! †Have you seen their book?? Oh so full of great ideas!

We have got a copy and will let you know more about it, but in the mean time we want to share two things from the lovely people at the Sweat Shop Cafe… what is that I hear you asking??? It’s a sewing pattern and a cake recipe my dear friends.

These two things will set you up for Mother’s day, what better a present than a handmade bag and a homemade cake?!?!?! They are all yours with the magic of a click thanks to the Sweat Shop Cafe (Please click here: Sissi’s Chocolate Cake and Tote Bag Pattern)

 

A stitch in color

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

We have just received A stitch in Color charm packs and jelly rolls by Malka Dubrawsky and Sassy jelly rolls by Sandy Gervais both from Moda.

Both lines are very different from each other, which makes it harder to find a favourite.† In the mean time I leave you with a link of what to do with 2 of the A stitch in color charm packs, Wonky Baby quilt.

 

Wonky Baby Free Quilt Tutorial

The pattern is free and it was created by the creative minds of Piece n Quilt.† The great thing about this pattern is that it doesn’t have to be for a baby, it would look good in any child’s room :)

A new skirt

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

I was looking for a quick and easy skirt to make when I went to my Google Reader and to my surprise the Noodlehead blog will be running a sewalong next week.  I have already done the Proper Attire Skirt so I thought of give it a go at this Simplicity pattern.  I have everything I need, so I just went over the shop and chose a fabric.  Since winter is upon us, I decided to use the soft corduroy in Silver.  I think it will be great, and I have the perfect boots already, and I am sure I have a top somewhere to make a whole new outfit.


So wish me luck, I am terrible at finishing projects, so I thought that joining a sewalong will help me stay focus and get things done.

I tried to take a photo of the lovely cord but the light was terrible, so you will have to wait for images of the finished skirt.

Noodlehead

Motherís day gift ideas

Friday, March 25th, 2011

If you havenít decided about your mumís present for next weekend let me help you out.† I have a few very good ideas that I can assure you they will put a big smile on her face.† The only down side is that you will love them so much that you might have to buy one for yourself (I speak by personal experience here, so be warned ).

My suggestions are in no particular order, but letís start with 2 talented sisters, that I am proud to say that they are friends of mine too.† The 2 Pink Sardines have quite a few goodies in their Etsy shop, from clutches, iPad covers to very fashionable cowls, basically they can source presents all year around from motherís day, birthdays, to Christmas, even that cheeky treat to yourself!

You can't go wrong when something is made with lots of love

Another shop that I find myself very often browsing is Three Red Apples.† I own two of her handmade goodies and I cannot tell you enough how happy I am with the attention to detail and the how her designs just bring happiness to any room.† Do check the hoops and the messenger bag (if you donít get it I probably will!)

Adorable handmade goodies by Three Red Apples

Another clever girl with an Etsy shop is Fiona from Patchwork Delights.† I do love her Mug Rugs and the fabric covered magnets will be welcomed with open arms.† If your mum has a crafty soul, go for the covered buttons, they will certainly brighten up any project.

Presents like this are always cherished

Of course, I couldnít miss the opportunity to do a sales pitch here, so if you think that your mumís fabric stash is getting a bit low, come over the shop and get her one of our bundles or go ahead and buy fabric by the length.† Ths is a great option if you mum is anything like my nan, because she uses anything that I give her to make something for me :)

You can't go wrong with fabric, but remember that you have to give it away!

Happy Shopping!

More than I expected

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Yersterday I started my weekend a bit earlier and headed down to London to meet two lovely and very talented girls.† To my surprise, I didn’t only spent a great afternoon in Central London looking around fabric shops and eating cake with Margarida and V‚nia but also they gave me this sweet little bag:

Handmade in Portugal - Click on the photo to check their lovely shop

If you haven’t met them, I’d strongly suggest you visit their blog for lots of handmade inspiration, drawings, baking, and all about those little things in life that make you smile.

Enjoy the weekend xx

Fortune Cookies

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

A few years ago I lived in China for almost a year, for me it was quite an experience and many of the things that I learned there have made me who I am today.† I am not going to bore you with those details, but if you want to laugh until your stomach aches you are more than welcome to come over for dinner and Mr Fabric Loft and myself will tell you all sorts of stories that will have you in stitches.

As you can imagine I never saw a fortune cookie in China, you might correct me but I think they were created in America.† I did see them once in Hong Kong in a Kiehl’s shop, which again is an American company.† I really don’t care where they are from, because I think they are a brilliant way to finish a meal and focus your mind on something other than counting the calories and grams of fat that you have just eaten; so when I found these non fat, no calories fortune cookies I thought I’d make some for the Chinese New Year, or Lunar Year, whatever you wish to call it.

I read this tutorial and looked at the photos of this other one and sort of made my own with what I had at hand.† The outside fabric is medium weight but I added interfacing to make them a bit stiffer and used felt as the inside fabric just because I had some.

Fortune cookie made with Milly in Pink

They are increadibly easy and quick to make, and they will add a nice detail to my oriental dinner tonight.

I thought this kawaii was the perfect choice as I don’t have a traditional Chinese design in stock, but if you check the tutorials you can see that any fabric will work just fine.

And to celebrate the start of the Year of the Rabbit, you can buy Milly in Pink at a discounted price from today until the end of the weekend.

Happy Lunar New Year!

Corduroy skirt

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

I have mentioned here before my talent of being able to spend hours browsing online.† Contrary to what others might think, not all of that time goes to waste, some good things come out of my ‘research’.† Last week I stumbled upon Jigsa’s website (I actually have it bookmarked but let’s keep that a secret) and saw this skirt, which† reminded me of the last few metres of Charcoal corduroy that I have in stock.† So I have decided to get out the so many times tried and tested Barcelona skirt pattern and treat myself to a new skirt.† If you want to read about when this simple pattern didn’t go very well click here.

Fine Cord Everyday Skirt from Jigsaw

I haven’t decided on what fabric to use as lining.† Since the cord is so nice and soft I want something equally nice.† Most of the grayish patterned fabrics have flown off of the shelves and I have only the Kona Solids left.† Option B is going for the Ivory cord and use Scroll in Ivory as lining.† What do you think?

I will keep you updated with any progress but feel free to leave some suggestions.

Fine Cord Everyday Skirt from Jigsaw

This year I am not alone

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

January is a tough month for me.† After indulging and spending during the holiday season I always end up with a thin wallet and a not so thin waist.† It is becoming a bit of a bad habit for me to welcome the new year tired, but with a warm hug and lots of optimistic resolutions.† What do I get in return?† I get back my old routine where I try to squeeze in more trips to the gym, more salads, reading time, lessons to learn a foreign language, and an ever tidy work space.

You don’t need a crystal ball to foresee my future.† The formula is infallible, by March, oh right I am coming clean now, by mid February my new year’s resolutions are somewhere in a corner with my gym bag and the 1001 Healthy Meals in a Flash book.

This year I want it to be different, and I mean it.† This time it’s different, I have the help of 2 little mice.† Yes, mice, and no, I have not been drinking. (Just before we carry on, I want to make sure that we all understand that they are not real mice, just stuffed ones).

Two years ago my mother gave me 2 little mice bought in a Christmas shop.† She gave them to me in the middle of the summer (please don’t ask why, we are talking about DNA and genes here) but I liked them so much that I couldn’t put them away with the rest of the Christmas decorations and I kept them as part of other decorations in the house all year round.

My two little helpers.

So just as I have these 2 tiny mice out during the whole year, I am going to do my very best to stick to my resolutions for the whole year, I am hoping that in 12 months from today, my resolutions for 2012 will be† different because I have made already a few nice changes in my life.

Whether or not you have something similar to my two mice for help, I close with the wish that all of your hopes and aspirations come true and resolutions last all year.

Christmas Presents in the making

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

This year, as with the last few years, I have taken a pledge that it will be a homemade Christmas.† It wouldn’t be fair to say that I have failed previous years, because quite a few of the presents that we gave were in fact homemade… not all were made at my home, but in someone else’s home, and yes, I did made a few with my very own hands.

I thought that Christmas 2010 was going to be a bit different, and my house was going to resemble Santa’s workshop than just clicking away at Amazon for last minute presents.† The truth is that many of our clients are indeed creative crafters that make wonders with fabrics they have bought from The Fabric Loft, so they are keeping me busy and leaving me very little spare time to make my own presents.† I am happy to know that they are busy as well selling their goodies in Christmas Fairs all over the country and a few abroad too (yeap we are international now!).

The clock is ticking and I had to find pretty things that wouldn’t take ages to make, I hit the target when I got Fat Quarterly‘s Holiday Special Edition.† I made the sweetest doll ever designed by Katy Jones from I’m a Ginger Monkey.† It is one of those projects that are easy and quick to make and once you finish it you end up with such a great feeling!

I am on a roll now and have a few fabrics pinned together ready to be the next smiley long legged doll… will post more pictures soon in our Facebook page, but in the mean time, feel free to check the ones I’ve published on our Flickr page.

Initially made to be given away... now I'm really considering keeping it for myself :)

Fabrics used:

Head: Tiny Flowers by Sevenberry

Body: Henna Garden by Sandi Henderson

‘Supermodel’ long legs: Sun Spots in Turquoise by Amy Butler

About presents

Friday, October 29th, 2010

I am absolutely mad about buying presents, specially for my loved ones. I am not really into buying lots of presents, I rather give one or a couple of good ones, carefully chosen, than give lots of presents just for the sake of it. Another thing that I like about present is choosing the wrapping, ribbons, tags, etc. I have even designed and printed my own when I can’t find what I want.† I have always thought of the wrapping as part of the present.

Yesterday was my husband’s birthday and after buying his gift I went to all of the shops that sold wrapping paper but couldn’t find one that made me 100% happy. So I thought of putting my stamp on it and wrapping with fabric. After all this is what I am, a fabric lady :) So here it is how it looked:

Prince Charming loved it, both the present and the wrapping. I am sure you agree with me that it is such a great feeling to see people that you love with a big smile on their face. But the very best part of the whole thing was that after he went off to play with his new gadget, I still got a bit of fabric to use for my hexis!

And seeing as we are in a celebration mood, I have teamed up with Fiona from The Sewing Directory for a Giveaway.† For the chance to win a £15 voucher from The Fabric Loft just let us know which fabric or fabric designer you would use to wrap a present, or you would love to receive as a present from the ones that we have in stock (of course feel free to add these to your Fabric Loft wish list and send it to your loved ones!).† Send your answer to fiona@thesewingdirectory.com or by filling out this easy form.

You must be quick, the winner will be drawn at 6pm Monday so you have only got this weekend to let us know which one is your favourite!