Sunday, May 24, 2015

Jenny Bag

After making a pouch with some leather scraps yesterday I thought I'd use a few more scraps to make a bag. This is the Jenny Bag from I Think Sew.
I used Heather Ross Far Far Away linen blend for the main part of the bag and some Stamped by Ellen Luckett Baker for the strap. The pattern called for an O ring for the strap. I didn't have any but found some of these wooden rings so I used one of them instead.
 The leather scraps were quite thin and a bit stretchy so they were quite tricky to sew, especially the top stitching. I did use a Teflon foot, but I think it might be worth trying a leather foot if I was going to do a lot of leather sewing.
 This is a great bag pattern and the only change I made was to shorten the length of the strap a bit. I have already used it today and I can see it getting a lot of use.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Jamie Pouch

I've been thinking about making myself a leather bag, but decided before buying myself a hide I should get some scraps in different thicknesses and have a play. This is the Jamie Pouch from I think Sew. This is a good size pouch (7 1/2" high x 5" wide). Perfect for a phone and keys. I used leather for the bottom and fabric by Ellen Luckett Baker for Kokka for the top and strap.
 One side of the lining has card holders. If I made it again I would make a couple of pockets instead. It wasn't really tricky to make, but the curved zip did take some patience to get right. This is a good pattern if you want to use up small bits of fabric and they would make great presents.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Rulers and Templates for Jelly Rolls

Quilting Rulers, templates and Jelly Rolls are some of my favourite things and I am always on the look out for interesting and easier ways to cut jelly rolls. I thought I'd share some of my favourite ones with you.
Marti Michell is a quilting ruler and template genius. I have a giant wishlist of her rulers I'd like.
The Perfect Patchwork Templates set B and the Strippers template set are perfect for using with jelly rolls.

 Creative Grids also make great jelly roll friendly rulers like this half square triangle one.
 Many companies make 45 and 60 degree rulers and these are great for cutting triangles after sewing multiple strips together.
I just rediscovered my Tri Recs ruler which has been hiding in my sewing room, I have some plans for this.

 These are just a few of the  rulers you can use with jelly rolls. Have you found any other useful rulers?

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Louisa Dress

I've been saving this vintage flower fabric for the perfect project. The Louisa Dress was it.
I made it exactly as the pattern suggested until I came to the lining. I did cut it out, but decided to just use some bias binding for the neck line instead.
 It is a cute dress and Olive loves it. I'm sure I'll be making another in the future.

Monday, May 04, 2015


I love knitting beanies for the girls, they are quick and easy, they are a great way to try different techniques and colour combinations, and the girls love wearing them.
This is Love Triangle. I thought Olive might like it, but she wouldn't try it on so Eva modelled it for me. Two year olds change their minds a lot so I'm hoping she might want to wear it soon.
 Milly requested a bright blue lace beanie and we found the Lovejoy Slouch pattern. She loves it and it's been worn a lot.
Grace wanted a yellow one exactly the same.

 Then Evie asked for a pink one. I didn't mind knitting three of these. It's a simple pattern to memorise, easy to take to the girls netball games, or to knit while watching TV.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

McCalls 6436

 I finally took some photos of McCalls 6436 that I made before McCalls 6649. It wasn't so bad when I put it back on and it looks ok in the photos. I wore it all day and while it was a little tight in the arms and the collar is too high it was quite comfortable and wearable. I used Liberty lawn which is always beautiful to sew and wear.
The two patterns are very similar. There are differences in the number of darts and 6436 doesn't have a yoke. 6436 has 2 piece sleeves and the placket is done on the seam. When I laid the patterns on top of each other there were slightly different in sizing and shape. Overall I think I prefer 6649 so I will work on getting that one perfect.