A stitch in color

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 :)

Craft on the go

February 17th, 2012

I don’t know if it happens to you but the more I sew, knit, crochet or stitch I want to do, sort of a crazy addiction.

I have noticed that when I am sat watching tv of waiting for something I want to do some sort of handcraft… sometimes is cross-stitch some other times is knitting but either way I just see it as an opportunity to do something.
I usually drag my projects from one sofa to another in a shopping bag or an old handbag, so I thought it was time to make a proper caddy for my stitching… and here it is!

Craft caddy

Do you like it?

I used Sandi Henderson’s Modern Meadow in Midnight as the main fabric and some navy blue canvas that I had in my stash. I was very tempted to use Vintage Ironwork or any other of the fabrics from the same collection, but the first fabric is so pretty and bold that I wanted to really give it central stage and use a solid fabric for the rest of the bag.

I followed the original pattern to the letter, it has 3 front pockets (can you see them??) and 3 dividers inside.  As I tend to have more than one project on the go (and who doesn’t?!?!) I am thinking of making a second one, this time without the dividers and using 2 (or  maybe even 3) of Riley Blake’s Daisy Cottage fabrics.

Do you have a bag for your projects?  Share some pictures in our Flickr group or in facebook :)

Baby shoes

February 9th, 2012

A dear friend of mine had her first baby not long ago and I wanted to make something for her baby girl.  I tried to knit a pair of baby shoes but dpns and I just don’t get along.  I managed to finish 2 shoes but you should have seen them! They looked so different from each other that I thought I had used a completely different pattern for each one of them.  Afther seeing so undeniable facts, I decided to play it safe and turned back to sewing, and I am so pleased I did as I couldn’t be happier with the results.

I knew straight away which fabric I wanted to use, this fabric is cute at its best and I have been waiting the right moment to use it, and now this moment has arrived. I don’t know about you but I think Japanese fabrics have that extra sweet touch that makes them perfect for a gift.

Mary Jane's Baby Shoes

I went for a very simple pattern as the fabric is so pretty that it doesn’t need any help from complicated patterns.  I had a bit of flannel in my stash that worked perfect as lining and I was ready to go.

I enjoyed making this tiny little shoes, I don’t usually sew for babies, but I found it great and gratifying that you finish baby things so quick, besides you use so little fabric that I think I will be making more presents than buying them.

Mary Jane's Baby Shoes

I would love to make a baby quilt with these fabrics (Children at Play by Sarah Jane)… so if you know of a good pattern for them let me know, I am on a roll here!

And the winner is…

February 8th, 2012

First of all many thanks to all of you that sent an entry, and to the honest that let other know via Twitter, Facebook and your own blog.  Big big Thank You!  And now the winner of a very pretty and practical Amy Butler pattern

(Drum roll please)

Louise W says:

Lovely stuf!!! I would go for Kitchy Kitchen Fruit Slices Pink, Kitchy Kitchen Ric Rac Pink and Kitchy Kitchen Utensils Green – Fabulous xx

 

Don’t you love it?!?!?!?!?

If you do, you will be happy to know that they will be on sale until Sunday 12th February in case that you also want use these fabrics to make your own bag or anything you fancy… by they way, have you seen the Serendipity Studio patterns that are back in stock??  :D

We are so happy with all the different combinations of fabrics and colours that all of you came up with that we are planning a few other things, but we will let you know once we have something.

Have a lovely day!

 

 

Giveaway!!! — Now CLOSED –

February 1st, 2012

Yeap! We are having a giveaway and I hope you’ll like it.

How do you fancy winning an Amy Butler pattern?  Since many of you have said that this year you want to sew more, we thought of giving you some help and giving away one pattern.

The frency bag pattern is timeless and a favourite that we have to keep re-stocking.

What do you need to do? Well just let us know which ones are the 3 fabrics that you will use to make it (from the ones we have in stock).

If I was allowed to enter I will probably go for any of the Echo designs, but this new collection could also make a great bag, and then we have the solids! :) oh! decisions, decisions!

Anyway, leave a comment mentioning your 3 fabrics, next week on Wednesday 8th February we will mention the winner.

Good luck!!

 

Riley Blake is back!

January 18th, 2012

For those of you that have not noticed it we have got some Riley Blake designs in the shop and they are ridiculously pretty.  So Sophie collection is, well, so Riley Blake, very cute, great colours, and as usual they are patterns that will make a child smile and a grown up crave for them.

If you have never bought Riley Blake fabrics I must warn you, they are highly addictive.

These are a few images of some of the fabrics that are in stock, but if you want to see all come on over and check them out.  There will be more fabrics arriving soon, we will keep you updated, don’t  you worry.

 

New year, new bag

January 16th, 2012

A while a go when I got the Liberty Book of Sewing I felt in love with a few of the patterns and some when straight onto my list, and right on the top was this tote bag.  I had a bit of this fabric and I loved it so much that I wanted to make something special, so when I was wondering what to make for my mum’s Christmas present I thought that this Sandi Henderson’s fabric will be perfect to make into a big, roomy bag.

The pattern is very simple, and I thought that the flowers of the fabric pattern will be the start of the show.  I got red leather handles that look like they were made for this fabric.

Bag

For the lining I used Linen to keep it simple, but I used the main fabric for the inside pocket.  I also add a string for keys, it was not on the original pattern but those little things are very simple to add and are extremely useful.

Bag

These are not the best photos I have taken but the light was not on my side.  I must say I am very proud of this bag.  It was a joy working with this fabric and the handles make it look so professional, don’t you think?

I hope it turns out to be a good and useful present.  This is the sort of bag that I drag everywhere with me, big enough that you can carry even a small project with you, and all your necessities.

Sunday Stash #23

December 11th, 2011

Are you ready for the holidays?  All the decorations are up, shopping done, just waiting for Father Christmas to bring the presents??  If you have been hit by the calendar like me and don’t have things quite ready, let me tell you that I have a feeling that we are just not on our own.  I am trying to do as much as I can as long as I enjoy it, the rest, I am afraid it will have to be left for next year.

If you still have a bit of shopping to do, of if you just want to reward yourself because you have been so good and organised, we want to help you out and offer you 15% off from all orders from now until the 15th December!  All you need to do is choose pretty fabrics, add it to your cart and enter code XMAS15.  No minimum purchase necessary, valid to all orders.  Pretty good eh?

I close for now because something tells me you have got a lot of shopping to do ;)

Kitchy kitchen fabrics

Sunday Stash #22

December 4th, 2011

I know we have been a bit quiet on Sundays but we are working really hard packing orders and getting ready for Christmas.  To compensate for that Nicola had a great idea of putting together a bundle just for you and this is it.

Betz White new fabric collection if full of colour and it is so different from whatever is out there that it is just so easy to like it.  I am sure you already know about Betz and maybe even have one of her books but if you want to browse a bit more about her and get good ideas of what you can do with her fabric look around her page.

So back to the Sunday Stash offer…. 6 charming fabrics, 6 fat quarters, one bundle, 20% off from regular price from now until Wednesday 7th December.

Stitch Bundle

Let’s go shopping!

December 2nd, 2011

I wanted to make this bag for I don’t know how long now, I got a step closer when I got the fabric from Nicola, but I got distracted with a few other things and unfortunately fabrics just don’t stitch up themselves.

With so many new fabrics in stock I knew I had to make it before I even started dreaming on new projects.  So I knew I had to act quick, and I am so glad I did finally got off my bottom and did the Grocery bag by Keyka Lou.  The pattern itself is very easy and quick to make.  The bag is small enough to carry with you everywhere, just in case you need it, but big enough to load it up with your shopping.

 

shopping bag

I used Winged Flight in Leaf by Momo for the exterior (on sale!) and Eggplant Kona for the lining and handles.  It was very tempting to make this bag with any of the fabrics from the Echo collection, but I wanted to stick to my original idea.

I didn’t change much the pattern, I just added a few stitches here and there just because I wanted.  I used triple straight stitch on the bottom seam  and to hold the handles just to reinforce the seams.  The pattern suggest to double stitch, so I used the triple stitch on the first one and single on the second on.  I don’t know if I needed it,  but I had never used that stitch so I went for it.

 

Grocery bag- reinforced seams

I also stitched along the corners on the exterior fabric just to keep them neat.  I did it so you can’t see the stitches from above just under the bag.

Grocery bag - topstitch

This is a great pattern for beginners and it is very quick to make.  It could also be a great present, so if you are making your holiday gifts I highly recommend this one.

Grocery bag

Now to get organized with the rest of my holiday making!