Category Archives: sewing

Setting a goal

Every year in November I participate in Make It Indie in Cobourg. It’s a fantastic show, great vendors, huge turn out, wonderful crowd, I absolutely love it. I’ve decided this year I’m going to pick up this display shelf I saw at Michael’s and fill it with oodles of my scrappy wallets! It’s no secret that I love Michelle Patterns and I especially love making my scrappy wallets from one of her now retired patterns.

I went ahead and ordered a pile of zippers for the occasion. I’ve been getting them for a few years now from Zipit Zippers on Etsy. It’s the best value and quality I’ve found. Being in Canada it’s tricky to find selection and reasonable shipping rates (why is it all so hard for us!?). They’re YKK and she has a great variety of colours.

I improvised a bit and made a shirt.

I made a shirt again! I used the Tara Tee pattern from this Etsy shop. I’ve made tees with it before, and even made a sleeve a bit longer on one. This time I wanted a long sleeve version so I just sort of extended what I had going on for sleeves. They fit pretty snug down near the bottom but I actually like it that way.
But I am making a note to self to change the angle to one less drastic for the next long sleeved try.

Pardon the silly expression it’s hard taking posed photos and posing and such.

Coin purse blitz!


Been making a lot of these too.


I ordered a bunch of frames in bulk and I worked to tweak a pattern I have used in the past with different shaped frames.  I did a few test runs and have come up with a pattern that works really well.

I’ve been posting them on my Instagram as I go along. I’m up to about a dozen now. I plan on adding them to my shop and seeing how it goes, competition on Etsy is tough for coin purses, pouches and purse like items.

I tend to sell this sort of items well in person, which is where I like to take them. Make people smile with the fabric choices and I get to talk to people about what I create.

Funny side note, my new favourite pj’s can be seen in the background of many of those Instagram shots.

Making spree!!

I’ve gone a bit crazy recently making these scrappy pouches.

I broke out some of my really fun fabrics and pieced together some fun pouches.  I have so much fabric and so many scraps I made all of these with what I have on hand.  The denim is left over from other projects or repurposed from old jeans.

The red one is from a pattern I picked up on Etsy from Imazzpatterns.

I did some tweaking and made some changes to come up with the multicoloured design.  I played around with the length and the size of the scrappy pieces.

Oooh another pretty pattern and it’s on sale!

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It’s no secret I love Michelle’s Patterns and she’s got a fun new one out and it’s on sale for the weekend! It’s the Peony Pen Pouch and I love the details, especially on the bottom.
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Since I’m off work for another week and a bit I’m going to actual make this thing!
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I heart Michelle Patterns.

I don’t have enough words to express how much I love this woman’s work and how she has inspired me in my own crafty business.  Her patterns were the first ones I started to learn to sew with and the first items I began to make for selling.  My creative bucket list includes things like design fabric and make my own PDF patterns and I’m happy to have bumped into this wonderful lady along the way.

Whenever someone asks me how I learned to sew I tell them I just started doing it, eventually with simple patterns and those pattern’s are Michelle’s.  Soooo if you’ve been putting off learning to sew, or want to make a something pretty quick and easy or just something new because you’re already a sewing master these patterns are for you!

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She has a sale going on right now!
She also has a pay what you want section in her shop where you can choose what you’d like to pay.

Seamwork

Well I’ve been experimenting with making my own clothing over the summer and I think I’m improving.  I’ve got a few patterns that I’m refining to get just the right fit and then I can forge ahead making even more.

While bouncing around the interwebs the other night I fell back onto Seamwork, where I’ve been before, and decided to sign up. It’s only $6 a month and each month you get to download 2 patterns to your library, which is much more than the cost of the subscription if you were to buy them.  Plus you get a bonus pattern for free.

I already owned one of their patterns (have yet to sew it up) and I picked my 2 more already.   I chose these lovelies.

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Can’t wait to get sewing!!

 

Another TinkerTote, this one’s for me.

I can’t tell you how much I loved this class my Tara Rebman- Quilt-As-You-Go: Patchwork Bags. I have made sooo many. They never fail to get commented on. And they play on my love of making use of scraps!

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I love Echnio fabrics and I had a vision of making my self a bag using scraps of their prints.  So off I went to Etsy to find a scrap bundle.  I found Mountain of the Dragon and after some chats about ‘Will you pretty please ship to Canada?’ we sorted out a way to get me some pretties.  Basically I said ‘I’m willing to spend $X, send what you can for that amount’.  It’s so hard lately with the terrible exchange rate to get things shipped from the US . . .

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These scraps were perfect! So I set to sewing up my own tote, finally.

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I used some thrifted purple denim at the bottom instead of the usual blue and chose to make use of my pre-made bias tape I purchased from my favourite pattern making gal Michelle Patterns.  Sadly I was missing about 4-5 inches of tape to finish it off! Of course I hadn’t measured twice before I started so I had all the tape sewn on the bag and then was missing this one piece.  Luckily thanks to a sad face shout out on Instagram Michelle let me know what the fabric was.

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Did, yet another, quick Etsy search and found this shop to order exactly what I needed, and of course a few things more . . . because FABRIC!

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Zipper pulls!

Ok here’s another amazing tip and pattern from the pattern lady I love Michelle at, michellepatterns.com.

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I can’t say enough how much I love all her patterns and tutorials.

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A great place to start if you haven’t done much sewing, or a great place to just go to create some fun accessories.

Stuck on couch = play on Pinterest

Spent some time organizing and adding to my boards on Pinterest the other day.

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I’m going to attempt a petal quilt, using all my current fabric to cut the petals. I picked up some white fabric for the front and a perfect pattern for the backing.

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It’s perfect for the quilt I’m going to make, inspired by this one by Little Miss Shabby.

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