Monday, January 31, 2011

Quilted Pillow Case

Last year when a good friend of mine was moving into dorms she bought a new comforter for her dorm bed. She showed me the comforter, and it was a quilted blanket with lady bugs on it! It was very cute, and because it was quilted, I thought it needed a nice matching quilted pillow!

It was my first attempt at quilting something other then a blanket, and I actually really liked how it turned out. I had a bit of extra material, so I made a tube pillow to go with it.

Here is a little more detail on the actual quilting. I just followed sewed from the center out to the edge on each one. Its simple, but I think has a nice look.   

Below is the tube pillow I made out of the extra fabric. It was fun to make, but hard to sew closed (I had to hand sew.... yikes)! 

The background fabric is my old bedding, not the matching bedding!

Thats all! I am very excited to post my valentines projects soon, I have 4 different things to share!
Thanks for reading :)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Trying to pick a design..

Im working on the design for the quilt I am going to donate to the G-W Women In Crisis Charity Auction. It is a lot harder then I thought, I've never designed something that was going to be purchased! I'm having fun though, and I have a few ideas bouncing around in my head...

Here are some sketches I drew during my Heat and Mass Transfer class...

ignore the little gray lines connecting at the top
..also this may be to hard with the time I have.

kind of busy.

I dont know what colour I am doing yet, those colours are just of what I had on me when I was drawing..

The other idea I had was to do a quilt similar to the quilt below, its simple, but I think it would be enjoyed by a lot of different people. Maybe? Thoughts?

...  ahh so hard to decide!  If anyone reads this, comment and let me know what you think!! I'm in need of help! :) I am excited to start sewing though, I just need to pick my design and I can get to it!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Fish Pillow!

A friend of mine has a fish pillow (that is a ridiculously detailed fish pillow) For his birthday I wanted to make another fish pillow to go with the original. I knew I couldn't do the detailed fish pillow thing, so I made a cute little fish! I had only ever made 1 other stuffed animal type thing before, so I just kind of figured it out as I went along, but it turned out to be pretty straight forward.

The Original Fish Pillow (note: that 6 year old boy is not my friend haha)

My version of the fish pillow

Just another shot of the fishy

It was fun to make a stuffed animal, and even though 20-somethings don't generally have much use for them, I think my friends are going to be getting more of these! haha

Happy Monday! :)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

On the case! ...haha so punny

I've been on a bit of a sewing spree lately. I wanted to make a clutch for 2 cousins birthdays, and then I just ended up sewing a bunch more! I hope my cousins don't read this, or don't know which ones are theirs because I know that there still in the mail!!  anyways, on to the sewing!

This was made for my friend before she moved to BC (did the gient card give it away?)

this is my favorite!

SO MANY!!  I love making them though, so its all good. I have an AWESOME valentines themed sewing project to post soon, but it is a gift for a friend, so I have to wait until I have given it to her to post it...  you should get excited though!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Quilting for a Cause

I found out today that I get to donate a quilt to the 2011 Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis Auction! I am so excited to be able to donate a quilt to such a good cause. It was one of my goals for 2011 to donate a quilt to a cause I care about and I'm really excited it has worked out so well, because this is a charity that I am excited to get involved with.

I haven't started a plan yet (it doesn't even need to be complete until early March) but I know I will be jumping right into this project because I'm too excited!

Here are the details of the auction if anyone is interested in going:

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Unrealated, but so fun

I found this in my thermodynamics text book last semester, and I just really wanted to share. Its very unrelated to sewing, but just so funny and awesome!

I just love that they specified a househusband! So great!
Also, please note that everything I did in this class was MUCH harder then this question...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Wall Art Finished

I finished the wall quilt this afternoon! It was a fun project because I like how it looks, and it was nice and easy.

close up

Here it is on my wall to give a better idea of size. Now im off to sew a bunch of pencil cases, and FINALLY start designing my new bed quilt! :)

Wall Quilt!

I am making a wall quilt, and im very excited about it. It uses lots of little scrap pieces from previous projects, but I also added in a few pieces of the fabric that is going to be in my new bed quilt so it will look good together. I used crazymomquilts ticker-tape method to make this quilt. All the edges are raw, but I think the texture looks nice.

I still have to add the binding and hang it up, but here is the quilt so far.

The shot below shows the colours of the fabric a bit more accurately. Notice the mermaids...

Here is a pic of it on my lovely desk so you can get an idea of how big it is. Once I have it up on my wall it will be easier to tell the size. 

That's it for now!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

True Art

Earlier this year I found this AMAZING fabric at the creative festival in Toronto (Ontario) with my two roommates. Of course there was nothing we could do with it but frame it and admire.

Impressed? I have added a few close ups for your viewing pleasure.


my favorite hahaha

What studs. They are hanging up in my houses hall way, and I just love it.

More Fabric and Joy

I found a picture of me from Christmas morning that shows pretty much how i feel about sewing. I'm holding all the lovely sewing things I got in my stocking. (needles, thread, pins, lots of lovely stuff) It's just a face of pure joy.

its almost to much joy... and mom in the back, looking' preoccupied

Here are 2 swatches of fabric that I just love, I got them on "free swatch day" from Spoonflower. (It is a website where you can design your own fabric and have it printed, these were designed by someone else though!)

I just liked these snails a lot, no reason, just cute!

This is the best darn math fabric ever! I can't figure out what im going to do with it yet. Math themed quit? I think I would have a hard time finding enough fabric, but it would be sooo great!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Fabric Love, and a New Quilt!

I am making a new quilt for my bed and I have fallen in love with the fabric I picked out for it! I bought most of it at the Creative Festival in Fall, and I picked up the last three pieces at my local quilt shop, the Greenwood Quiltery. Before the winter break I looked at my bed and realized it was time for a new bed quilt, so that's what I'm going to use this fabric for!

The solid fabrics are all Kona Cotton Solids. I thought it would be hard to get the solid orange colour to match the patterned fabric, but it ended up matching perfectly :)

 The above are both Amy Butler from her line of fabrics called Love.

The polka dots in this are from Amy Butlers Love collection as well, but the yellow/blue fabric is from her Soul Blossoms line. 

 Again, the polka dot fabric is from Amy Butlers Love collection, but the top fabric with the flowery image, and the pink and yellow dots is from the Weekends line by Erin McMorris, with Free Spirit Fabrics.

And these two are more from the Love line by Amy Butler.

I don't know what pattern I'm going to make the quilt yet, I'm thinking maybe wonky squares. Something like this design that Crazymomquilts made. Its simple and will show off the fabric... I'm still deciding though.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

a nerdy bag

I made this bag for a girl in biology, so I think that makes its nerdyness justified. It is a tote bag intended for groceries and such, so its not very glamorous but I think it is fun! I just sewed a basic square bottom bag, and appliqued some ciliated bacteria onto it.

Just for a reference, this is the picture of ciliated bacteria that I went off of when making the bag. 

Detail of the thread I added so it had the "hairy" textured of the bacteria. It took a while to add them, but it was really fun, and I think it was worth it. :)

There you have it, a very nerdy bag!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Zippered Clutch Tutorial

Over this winter break I decided I wanted to show whoever is reading this how to do a little project that I think is a simple way to start sewing. This tutorial has definitely been done before, but I hope my version will help make this project seem easier to someone! This is the first tutorial I have written so please let me know if there is anything that is unclear and I will try my best to help clarify!

First what you need:
  • 4 pieces of fabric 5'' X 6.25''(12.5cm X 16cm) - 2 of the outside fabric, and 2 of the lining fabric
  • 1 piece of fabric (for the strap) 13'' X 2.5'' (35cm X 6cm) 
  • 1 Zipper (the one shown is a 7inch zipper, but I cut 1.5'' off the end, don't worry, ill show you below!)
  • Thread (this will show on the outside of the clutch, so pick a colour you like)

Because I had a zipper that was too long, I had to shorten it a bit. To do this start by sewing over the zipper about half a centimeter in from where you will be cutting it. The simply cut off the end you don;t need, in this case about 1.5 inches (or 3.5 cm).  Hopefully you can see this in the second picture below. 

Once your zipper is the right size, you will want to sew a little piece of fabric on to each end of the zipper. This will help to make the edges of the zipper look nice and clean once it is all sewed together.

Now that you have a good looking zipper, you want to start sewing the sides of the clutch onto the zipper. First place the liner fabric (right side UP), then place the zipper on top of the liner fabric with the top zipper edge aligned with the top of the liner fabric. Finally place the outer fabric on top of the zipper (right side DOWN) covering the zipper, and aligning the top edges together. Now just pin along the top edge and sew the three layers together. (Remember to use your zipper foot!)

Now flip the pieces of fabric you sewed down to the other side of the zipper, so you can see the bare side of the zipper. Again place the liner under the zipper (right side UP) with the top edge of the zipper aligning with the top edge of the liner fabric. Place the outside fabric (right side DOWN) covering the zipper, the same way you did with the previous side. Now pin the three layers together and sew along the top edge.

Look at how great it is so far! ....Now, flip the fabric you just sewed so the right side is out and the zipper can be seen on the top and the bottom. Once you have done this, pin down the fabric around the zipper, you will be pinning through the outer fabric, the zipper and the lining fabric.

Sew around the edge of the zipper. Make sure you use a colour of thread you like, because this will show (also keep using that zipper foot!).

 Now the clutch is almost ready, but we have to make the strap first. This part is nice and easy. Take your long piece of fabric and fold it in half (right sides TOGETHER) and sew along the edge, creating a tube. Now, turn that tube inside out and iron flat with the seam in the middle.

For this next part make sure you leave the zipper OPEN!!

Pin the pieces of fabric so that the outside fabrics are touching (right sides together), and the lining pieces of fabric are together. Fold the strap in half (with the seam inside the fold) and then slide the strap into the side of the outside fabric section. (the next picutre shows this in more detail). Once it is all pinned together sew around the rectangle you have created, BUT make sure you leave an area open in the lining. The area I left open is marked with the two tall pins. It is also important to make sure you sew over the strap a few times so that it is nice and secure.

This is just a more detailed picture showing how to slide the strap into the outer fabric section.

We are almost done! Now that you have this rectangle all sewed, trim the edges, cut your threads, and flip it inside out through the hole you left in the bottom. You will see you almost have a clutch, but there is still that hole in the bottom.

Pin the whole in the bottom closed so no raw edges show, and then sew it closed! (again, this stitching will show, so pick a colour of thread you like).

Push the lining into the clutch, push out the corners, and sit back and admire your lovely clutch!!

And add a label if you wish :)

I hope that this is helpful! Please comment and let me know if anything is unclear. Good luck sewing :)