Thursday, 14 May 2015

My Patchwork Pouch

This post follows on from the previous one.
This is the zippered pouch I made for myself.

The patchwork is a little more uniform this time as I used
mainly squares & rectangles of fabrics.

The patterned fabric was from a bag of Cath Kidston scraps.
 I didn't have enough floral pieces to
complete the rectangle so included a couple of 'odd' pieces
- football players and part of a bird -
I put them at the bottom so they wouldn't show on the 
finished pouch.

This is the back of the pouch.

I had another go at some cotton reels - and attempted
some scissors.

Another rubber stamped mannequin on some linen
and freehand stitched fabric over the top.

The box corners give it a flat bottom and enable the 
pouch to stay upright.

I lined it with some co-ordinating fabric.

I'm all pouched out now!
Thanks for looking :)

Playing with Patchwork

I've been having a go at some patchwork lately.
Not proper or precise, just piecing together some fabric
in a haphazard way and seeing what develops!

I got inspired to do this originally when I saw
this pin on Pintrest
Freehand machine embroidery
It is from a site called Just Bunting
and has been freehand machine embroidered.
How cute, a little sewing machine made from fabric pieces!

I made one of my own so it could become one
of the pieces in my patchwork.

I rubber stamped a mannequin image onto some linen
and added some fabric for another piece.

I had a go at some cotton reels based on this image
also found on Pintrest

Make do and mend - framed freestyle machine embroidery picture
 This is from Jo Melrose Designs.

I didn't like how my version turned out originally,
but decided it was OK in the end.

So, having assembled and stitched together my
pieces I had two rectangles of fabric

I decided to make them into a little bag
and found a great tutorial for making an

I also found this YouTube video, which although
I didn't follow, found it contained some useful info.

Here's some pictures of the finished pouch

I was really pleased with how it turned out
and decided to give it as birthday gift to a
blogging friend.

I made a card to go with it - I just love those
little fabric sewing machines!!

I liked the pouch so much - and chuffed with myself
at having inserted a half decent zip so decided to make
one for myself ..... I'll show that in another blog post.

Thanks for looking :)

Friday, 8 May 2015

12 Tags of 2015 - May

12 Tags of 2015 - May | 

Making sure this month I get my tag made in time!

Tim's beautiful tag is above.
If you click on the pic it should take you to
his blog where he shows and describes how he made it.

As usual I had to improvise with most of the
products needed to make the tag.

I didn't have the self adhesive burlap, but did
have some on a roll, so machined stitched it onto a tag.

 I did have a Tim Stencil - but not the texture paste.
I bought some 'Modelling Paste' from either Lidl or Aldi
a while back and it worked fine.

 Next was a case of collecting bits and pieces to 
layer up on the tag.

The picture of the girl is part of an actual old photograph
which I cut down.  I've never 'tinted' a photo before
and really like the effect - with Spun Sugar coloured Distress Marker.

The sentiment was rubber stamped onto tissue
and applied to the tag with gel medium.
(It's a PaperArtsy stamp I seem to remember)
I didn't have the floral die cut set so used some
flowers from my stash.

Here's the finished tag

Thanks for looking :)

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Giveaway Winner

The winner of my giveaway is

Congratulations Jackie - will you please let me
have your address details (via the email button in my sidebar)
and I'll send your little Prim-cess onto you.
Thanks to everyone who took part
and for your lovely comments which are of course
always appreciated :)

I shouldn't forget a real Royal Princess who came into
the world yesterday - isn't she beautiful!

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their newborn daughterPrincess of Cambridge 
I wonder what her name will be?
Thanks for looking x 


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Fabric Prim-cesses Madness - and a GIVEAWAY!

My latest crafting obession is making these little
fabric Prim-cesses and as you can see I've made
quite a few!

I've listed the ones above in my Etsy shop
should you like to buy one.

These are a few of my favourite ones


Over Easter, my niece and nephew came to stay
and guess what we made ....

It was fun letting them use the sewing machine.
Chloe has used it before but it was the first time for Aaron.
I think he enjoyed it although after a while he seemed
to prefer making paper airplanes which I keep finding
in the strangest places in my craft room :)

.... so the obession continues and
I've made some more this week

I'd like to give one from the last photo above away.
If you would like to win one, please leave me a
comment and let me know which one you'd like.
I'll draw a winner at random on
Sunday 3rd May. 
(It's open to all, UK or overseas)

Thanks for looking - and good luck :)

Thursday, 16 April 2015

A little bit of Goth meets Floral for SDC #190

I made this little fabric collage for a blog challenge -
the challenge was to use stitches - of any sort
in our makes.

I decided to use sewing machine stitches -
here's what my plan of action looked like!

As a starting point I used this  'inspiration pack' 
I bought a few years ago and found again recently
at the back of my craft cupboard.

I used an old cotton hankerchief to work on,
and the 'Prom Queen' stamp by Stampotique.

For the background I used these Distress Ink pads.

Here are some close ups

She wasn't originally going to have a crown, but
I made a bit of a hole in the fabric and needed
to repair it!
Her eyes are sequins and beads.

I enjoyed making the flowers and practising (my version of)
the free motion sewing machine stitching.
The base is some jute (from the Pound Shop!)

Want to see the back?

This was obviously before I added the buttons
and jute base.

She looks a bit of a droopy drawers doesn't she!
I hope she'll find her Prince at the Prom Ball
- she looks a bit miserable at the moment!

Thanks for looking & happy stitching!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

12 Tags of 2015 - March


 Tim's beautiful tag is above.
If you click on the pic it should take you to
his blog where he shows and describes how he made it. 

As usual I didn't have many of the products used,
so made do with what I had

I did have plenty of different tissue tape,
but only three colours of Distress Paint.

For the next stage I didn't have the texture paste
so used a Golden product 'Coarse Pumice Gel',
but unfortunately that didn't work well at all and
at this stage I was ready to throw the tag away!

However, I scraped the gel off and quite liked
what was left - a shadowy stencilled effect.

I finished it off with a sari ribbon branch
and some scruffy machine stitching around the edge.

Not forgetting the little fragment -
coloured with alcohol inks - FLY stamped on a
piece of white copy paper and glued on underneath
with Glossy Accents.
(The bird is from 'Artful Flight CMS069' from
Stampers Anonymous.)

I'm glad I didn't throw it away now.

Thanks for looking :)