Thursday, March 14, 2019

when not sewing ...


Sewing is my most favorite pastime ever. But, it has become my full time job as of late as well, so I've been trying to find other crafts I can do to mix things up a bit to prevent sewing burnout.

I've been a huge admirer of all the fabulous punch needle projects I've been seeing on Instagram so a few months back I purchased the supplies needed - Amy Oxford punch needle and monk's cloth, plus a few balls of bulkier yarn and I was good to go. 


I must say, I didn't really love the whole process as much as I expected. I changed my mind on the design a gazillion times and as you can see from my monk cloth above I did my share of pulling all the yarn out and restarting over and over. 


I managed to finally finish this pillow though and while it's far from perfect I do quite like it. Now just to decide on what to punch next :)


I've also been doing a bit of weaving. Again, nothing too complicated, just some super fun yarn play to show off all the lovely textures.


Here's the weaving I made for our kitchen. It's simple but very sweet and makes me smile every time I pass by it. And that's what it's about, right? 


I started a new wall hanging over the weekend and this fluffy baby was absolutely mesmerized by the whole process :). Super fun!

How about you? Do you like to mix things up or do you stick to one craft only? Do tell.

Wishing you all a happy and creative day. 

Svetlana

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Brooklyn TotePack (new pdf pattern)


I've been a great fan of convertible tote bags + backpacks for quite some time as I find them super practical and useful so, not surprisingly, I'm beyond excited to present my newest pattern for a Brooklyn TotePack to you today :)



She's quite something, isn't she?

She's just the right size to fit everything one might need on a daily basis and all the handy pockets make keeping things in place and organized a breeze. I especially love the back panel zipper pocket as it's perfect to keep one's wallet or phone safe yet within easy reach.


The pattern includes instructions on how to add yet another zipper pocket in the lining as well as a smaller slip pocket, 


.... plus the main zipper closure to keep everything inside one's totepack secure.

I've been using my Brooklyn TotePack for weeks now and can totally vouch for it being a super useful and handy everyday bag :)


FINISHED SIZE: 13 ½'' tall x 10'' wide on bottom x 5'' deep


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MATERIALS NEEDED to make your very own Brooklyn TotePack:

FABRIC A – floral print (main exterior) – 1/2 yard 
FABRIC B – gray Essex linen (contrasting exterior + straps) – 3/4 yard 
FABRIC C – quilting cotton (lining) – 1 yard 
SF 101 INTERFACING (or other medium weight fusible interfacing of choice) – 2 ¾ yards 
INTERLINING FABRIC (solid colored denim, duck canvas, or *foam interfacing) – 1/2 yard 
two (2) – 3/4'' wide x 13'' long LEATHER HANDLES** 
two (2) - 8'' long METAL OR NYLON ZIPPERS 
one (1) – 16'' long METAL OR NYLON ZIPPER 
three (3) – 1'' wide D- RINGS 
two (2) – 1'' wide RECTANGULAR STRAP SLIDERS
four (4) – 1'' wide SWIVEL HOOKS 
eight (8) – 6-8 mm RIVETS (optional)


Please note: This is a measure and cut pattern meaning there's no need for templates as the pattern works best when all the pieces are cut using rotary cutter, self healing cutting mat, and acrylic ruler.



What do you say? Would you like to make Brooklyn TotePack for yourself? If so now is a great time to grab the pattern as I'm offering it at a 25% off discounted introductory price for the next 48 hours (now through March 2nd, midnight central time). No coupons needed, price is automatically adjusted during checkout.


Click here to purchase.


Thank you all for your support and happy sewing :)

Svetlana

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Lisbon Pouch (new pdf pattern)


Hello everyone, welcome!

 I have a new pouch pattern to share with you today :)


Lisbon Pouch is a practical, surprisingly easy to put together two zip pouch and comes in three sizes.

FINISHED DIMENSIONS: (measurements are tall x wide)
SMALL -  3 ½'' x 5 ½''
MEDIUM - 4'' x 7 ½''
LARGE - 5 ½'' x 9 ½''


Small size makes for a great little coin pouch.


Medium size is just right to keep one's pencils, pens, erasers, ... nicely organized.


And the large size fits lots of craft / sewing supplies with ease.

Not bad, right? I'm definitely going to put my pouches to good use right away :).


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!!! This is a measure and cut pattern, no templates needed !!!


Materials needed to make Lisbon Pouch (large size):
1 FE (fat eights) of fabric measures 9'' x 21''

fabric A (pouch exterior) – 1 FE
fabric B (contrasting front exterior) - 2'' x 11'' strip
fabric C (pouch lining + zipper pocket lining) – 1 FE
SF 101 interfacing (or similar medium weight fusible interfacing) – 1/2 yard
two - 9'' long metal or nylon zippers *
         (5'' long zippers for small size, 7'' long zippers for medium size)
two zipper pulls - I used a 6” and an 8” long 1/8” wide leather lace (optional)

*I used metal zippers (purchased from Zipit on Etsy) for my clutches but you can definitely go with nylon ones if that's what you prefer/ have on hand. 


You can purchase Lisbon Pouch pdf instant download pattern by clicking on the button below or by visiting my etsy shop here

And, for the next 48 hours, I'm offering this pattern at a 25% off discounted price of 6.00. Offer ends Jan. 24th, midnight.



Happy sewing friends :). Svetlana


Monday, January 14, 2019

That Handmade Touch - my book


Hello everyone, happy Monday!

Today is a very special day for me as I can finally spill the beans and let you all know that I wrote a book!


That Handmade Touch was a true labor of love and I'm so anxious to see what you think. 

The book includes patterns for pouches, bags, and buckets, as well as a few home and pet accessories. 

Here's just a little sampling of projects for you to enjoy :)




(all photos by Lucky Spool and Holly DeGroot)

The book also includes projects using my very favorite qayg (quilt as you go) technique as well as instructions on how to add rivets, hardware, and small touches of leather to one's projects for a beautifully stylish and polished finished look.

That Handmade Touch is being published by Lucky Spool  and will be available for purchase this spring, yay!

Off I go, lots of happy dancing to be done :)

Wishing you all a creative week ahead. Svetlana


Friday, December 14, 2018

a bit of screen printing


It's been so long since I last did any screen printing I started worrying I wouldn't remember how to do it anymore :(. Thankfully though once I set up my work area and pulled my first print I was happily surprised to see how quickly it all came back to me. Yay!

I used my Mushroom print on Essex linen to make a pillow cover and I absolutely love the way this pillow looks in our living room.



I used Erin Dollar's (cotton and flax) print for the backing and added and invisible zipper for a clean, polished finish. Do you work with invisible zippers? I used to be quite intimidated by them but then I found fabulous tutorials by Rachel (stitched in color) and Katie (Sew Katie Did) and they both explain the process so well that an invisible zipper is my go to way of finishing pillows most of the time now.



And, while I was at it, I printed a few panels for my stash. I'm so happy with how all these prints came out and can't wait to turn them into fun, useful projects soon.

Today though it's back to Christmas present sewing for me. I only have a few things to finish up and I'll be ready for some serious handmade gifting this year :)

How about you? Any handmade gifts still on your list?

Svetlana 


Saturday, December 1, 2018

Christmas sewing


Hello lovelies,

are you doing any Christmas sewing this year? I want to make tons of presents for family and friends but as far as decorations go I decided to use mostly what we already have (since we do have plenty), and focus on just a few small projects to add a bit more Christmas spirit throughout our home.


I made these Grinch pillow covers for my kids and I just love how cheery they turned out. Funny, I'm using Grinch and cheery in one sentence :). I purchased this lovely fabric last year at Joann's thinking it would make a great backing for a new Christmas quilt, but I don't really see myself making one any time soon so I decided to just cut into the fabric and put to use.


I'm hoping to find enough time (and motivation) to whip up this sweet little bunting in black and white colors in the next few days, fingers crossed :)

You can find a free tutorial for the bunting here.


And, if by some miracle, I still have time to spare I'm thinking of re-visiting Amanda Jean's (crazy mom quilts) fabulous Trees! and Mini Trees! patterns.


Wishing you all a happy and creative weekend. Svetlana


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Slim Pencil Case (free tutorial)



Hello lovelies, happy Sunday to you all!



I've been playing around with some simple pouch ideas lately as I looked for just the right pencil case to keep in my purse and I'm happy to say this Slim Pencil Case is what I came up with.

I love how quick and easy to make this pouch is, and its compact size is just perfect to keep a few essentials in. Which got me thinking that some of you might like to make a Slim Pencil Case (or two) for yourselves as well, so I put together this tutorial for you. Enjoy :)



Finished Size: 7 ½'' wide x 2 ¾'' tall

Materials needed: 
two (2) - 8 ¼'' x 3 ½'' rectangles of quilting cotton for exterior
two (2) - 8 ¼'' x 3 ½'' rectangles of quilting cotton for lining
two (2) - 8 ¼'' x 3 ½'' rectangles of fusible fleece
one (1) - 7'' metal or nylon zipper
one (1) -1 ¾'' long 1/2'' wide ribbon for side tab
one (1) - 6'' long leather string for zipper pull (optional)

You will also need: sewing machine (with zipper foot attachment), coordinating thread, iron, sharp fabric scissors, wonder clips and/or pins

Seam Allowance (SA): use 1/4'' SA unless otherwise noted

Instructions:
1. Adhere fusible fleece to wrong side of both exterior panels. Use hot iron and lots of steam, make sure to press through the exterior fabric and not directly onto the fleece.

2. Fold ribbon in half, pin it about 3/4'' down from top edge along left side of one exterior panel. Use 1/8'' SA to stitch it in place.

3. Bend zipper tape on both ends of zipper at 45 degree angle towards wrong side of zipper tape. Baste within seam allowance either by hand or by machine to secure in place. 


4. Center zipper right side down along the top raw edge of exterior panel with basted ribbon (zipper pull will be on left side). Align zipper tape with panel's top raw edge, clip or pin to prevent layers from shifting and use 1/8'' SA to baste zipper to exterior panel.



5. Now place lining panel right side down along exterior panel's top edge (zipper is sandwiched in between lining and exterior panels). Clip or pin to hold layers together, add zipper foot to your sewing machine and use scant 1/4'' SA to stitch along the pinned/clipped edge taking the pins/clips out as you sew. Press the panels away from zipper.



6. Attach second exterior panel and lining to second zipper tape following the same directions.

7. Attach regular presser foot to your sewing machine and use 1/8'' SA to topstitch along exterior panel ONLY as shown in photo below. Repeat for second exterior panel. Use hot iron and lots of steam to press lining panels away from zipper.


8. Open zipper about half way, align exterior panels on top of each other and linings on top of each other as well, pin or clip to prevent layers from shifting. Sew all the way around the edges making sure to leave about 3'' opening in the lining's bottom edge for turning. Use fabric scissors to trim corners, press the seams open.


9. Turn the pouch right side out through the opening in the lining. Use your fingers to make bottom corners nice and pointy and push out the zipper. Stitch the lining closed. Push the lining gently into the pouch, give it one final press, remove all the stray threads, and add a leather zipper pull if you wish.



All finished. Pretty easy, isn't it?

I hope you give this cutie a try. 

Wishing you all a happy and creative day. Svetlana


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