Tuesday, October 15, 2019

removable wrist strap (video tutorial)

Hello lovelies, happy Tuesday to you all!

As I mentioned last week, I've been diving into my scrap bins and trying to come up with many different ways of turning all those precious pieces of fabric into useful projects. I seem to have a lot of strings in my bins and I thought making some removable wrist straps for my pouches would be fun. And, it totally was :).


I love that all I needed to make each of these wrist straps was one 2'' x 12'' strip of quilting cotton, one 2'' x 11'' strip of interfacing (I used SF101), 1/2'' swivel hook, and I also used a rivet but you could totally just skip this and add stitching instead.

And you know what? I think these might make great key fobs as well. Or, you could even make your strip a lot longer and use the same technique to turn it into a lanyard. Oh, the possibilities.

You can check out the video on how I constructed these super handy cuties by clicking here.

Also, I'll be adding more how to videos to my YouTube channel so please subscribe if you want to make sure you don't miss any of them :).


And, since I totally couldn't stop at just making wrist straps, I made this pouch as well. Such a lovely combo, don't you think? 

I used The Essential Pouch pattern and this is a medium size pouch.

Hope you'll enjoy this free video tutorial. Let me know what you think. Do you find these helpful? Also, any ideas on what you'd like me to add to my videos next?

Wishing you all a happy and creative day.

Svetlana



Tuesday, October 8, 2019

#the100scrapchallenge


Ever since our move in August I've been trying to organize my studio and all the supplies in the most efficient way possible, which so far has meant moving things around constantly. I think I need to take a little break and just see what works and what doesn't for a while and then get back to it again in a few months.

Last week though, as I was rearranging things yet again, I realized I have FIVE buckets chock full of scraps! I don't even know how that happened. I use my scraps all the time but it still feels like they multiply every time I look away :). Does that happen to you too?


So I came up with a fun challenge. Well, actually the idea isn't really mine, Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts did a similar challenge a while back and I absolutely loved seeing her progress, so I thought now would be a good time for me to give it a go. I'm calling it The 100 Scrap Challenge (#the100scrapchallenge, suggested by @sewrealco) and the idea is to see how long it will take me to make 100 projects using scraps only. Pretty fun, right? Of course I'll be working on other projects and using regular fabric as well, but only projects from my scrap buckets will be counted.


I even have my first project to show you today :)

This pouch is made using QAYG (quilt as you go) technique and was a great way to use up some small scraps. I think it came out really nicely and can't wait to do more scrappy sewing.

Before I do though, I'm trying to bring some order to my scraps. Because, well, right now this is what just one bucket of my scraps looks like.


Pretty horrendous, right? I hope to find a system for sorting them so I know what (and how much) I actually have. I now started pressing them all and sorting them in piles by colors and materials. I'll let you know later how well this works for me.

You all are welcome to join me if you wish. There's no time pressure, the idea is to enjoy the process and use up as many of our scraps as possible. Just use #the100scrapchallenge and post to Instagram so we all can see the fantastic projects you create. Or, just check out the hashtag if you're looking for some scrappy inspiration, I've already seen quite a few fantastic projects added there.

Wishing you all a happy and creative day. Svetlana


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Devon Pouch (how to video)


Hello lovelies,

happy Tuesday to you all!

Today I wanted to talk to you about my most favorite pouch at the moment - Devon Pouch. I designed this super handy zipper pouch a while back and ever since then I've been making them like there's no tomorrow :)


See? And that's not even all of them.

I really love the addition of a zipper pocket on the front of the pouch and I thought it might be helpful for some of you to see how I sew this pocket. So, I created this quick little video for you. Hope you'll find it helpful and enjoy watching.

Please leave any questions you might have in comments below.


Click here to watch the video on YouTube if you prefer.

And, here's the link to Devon Pouch pattern in case you'd like to whip some pouches of your own.

Happy sewing friends. Svetlana



Tuesday, September 24, 2019

QAYG (quilt as you go) oven mitts


Ever since I first discovered Bombazine's free oven mitt pattern I have quite fallen in love with patchwork oven mitts. I know, things that we makers find exciting is quite puzzling to the outside world :)


I decided to make my mitts using qayg (quit as you go method) as that's my preferred way of using up random sized scraps of fabric and I'm positively smitten.

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Here's a little sequence on how I went about sewing the exterior of my mitts. Pretty fun, right? All one needs to do is start from the middle and quilting pieces of fabric onto cotton batting until the whole area we need is covered.

I shared a video of this technique on IG recently. Just click here to check it out.


A few notes:
- I press all my scraps before I start sewing as I find it gives me best finished results.
- I use cotton batting as a base (Warm and Natural or Warm and White are my favorites).
- I usually trace templates to freezer paper as it sticks to fabric and makes for precise cutting.
- I used these quilted slabs for the exterior of my mitts. I then loosely quilted a layer of Insul-bright to my lining and followed directions in the pattern for an assembly.

Easy peasy, right?


And, if you need a bit of inspiration, check out #bombazinemitt over on IG to see tons of amazing mitts others have created. 

Who knew oven mitts could be so fun ?

Happy sewing friends. Svetlana


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Norah Handbag (new pdf pattern)


Hello lovely friends,

I'm very excited to introduce my newest pattern to you today. Ready?


This is Norah Handbag !!

She's a medium sized everyday handbag with two slip pockets and one zipper pocket on the exterior as well as an additional slip pocket on the inside. 


Pretty handy, isn't she? And quite easy to whip up, too. 

I graded this bag as Advanced Beginner as I feel that someone who's already dabbled in bagmaking should be comfortable enough to sew this cutie without any major hiccups :). Just follow the pattern as instructed and you should be good to go.


Finished size: 10'' wide on bottom x 10'' tall x 5'' wide.

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


MATERIALS NEEDED to make Norah Handbag: 
fabric A (main exterior) – 1/2 yard
fabric B (exterior bottom + handles) – 1/4 yard
fabric C (lining) – 3/4 yard
SF 101 interfacing (or other medium weight fusible interfacing of choice) – 2 1/4 yards
interlining fabric (solid colored denim, or duck canvas) – 1/2 yard
one (1) - 6'' long metal or nylon zipper
one (1) – 16 mm or 18 mm magnetic snap closure
six (8) – 6-8 mm rivets (optional)

SUPPLIES:
cutting mat, ruler, and rotary cutter
Wonder clips and/or pins
disappearing fabric marker or fine chalk pen
small sharp fabric scissors
90/14 or 110/18 (jeans/denim) needle for your sewing machine
leather hole punch + rivet setting tool (optional)
zipper foot for your sewing machine (optional)

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I hope you love this sweet, super handy everyday handbag as much as I do. 

And, for the next two days (through Sep. 18th, midnight) I'm offering this pattern at an introductory price of 6.00 euros (25% off discount). No coupon needed.

To purchase, click on the button below or go to my Etsy shop here.



Happy sewing.  Svetlana


Friday, August 30, 2019

kitchen sewing

Well, hello there friends!

How are you all doing? Hope things are going well.

I can't believe it's been almost three months since I last popped in here :(. Time definitely does fly, especially during summer months, it seems. We've been busy moving houses (this time we stayed in the same town, no moving continents which was nice) and working hard on making our new place feel like home. 

When we first moved to the Netherlands last summer we were a bit shocked to find out our apartment had no oven. NO OVEN! How can that even be? But since we knew the place was just a temporary home for us, we tried not to worry about it too much. It was definitely quite inconvenient, but clearly we survived :). And now that we moved to a new place we have an oven again, yay! So, of course I took it as an opportunity to work on some new oven mitts.

Actually, I only made just one so far, but more are coming soon :)


Quite lovely, isn't it?

I scoured Pinterest for some oven mitt patterns and tutorials and in the end I settled on trying out this lovely pattern by Bombazine. I find standard oven mitts at the stores to be quite large and so very bulky, I think my hands are too small for them. These mitts though fit just right and I feel like I actually have some control over my hands when wearing them :)

I used a layer of wool felt and a layer of Insul-bright to ensure the mitt will be heat proof. It's fully lined, too. Which is great since I like my mitts to look pretty not just on the outside, but on the inside as well.


I also whipped up a stack on un-paper towels as the ones I made a few years back were not looking so good anymore, obviously :)

You can find a tutorial for these here in case you'd like to make some of your own. It's just a super simple project using up what we have in our stashes, but so very practical. I find I use paper towels way less these days and since I just toss these with my regular laundry I don't feel like it's adding that much more in extra work or usage of water.

What fun projects have you been working on lately? Do tell.

Also, I do post to my IG account regularly so if you don't want to miss any projects I work on just follow me by clicking here.

Happy sewing friends. Svetlana


Thursday, May 30, 2019

boxy tool pouch (new pdf pattern)


Hello, welcome everyone!



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

This Boxy Tool Pouch has been on my mind for way too long and it feels fantastic to have the pattern all finished. What do you think?



FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: (tall x wide x deep) 
SMALL – 2'' x 5'' x 2 ½''
MEDIUM - 2 ½'' x 6 ½'' x 3''
LARGE - 3'' x 8'' x 4''

I am quite a fan of boxy pouches (especially when they come in different sized) and have already been using quite a few of them daily.


Just like many of you, I don't like seeing any exposed or raw edges when I make my pouches. So, after doing a bit of  testing of different techniques, I decided adding fabric binding to finish inner edges was the way to go. This technique makes for a pretty easy pouch assembly and bound edges add extra stability and structure to a finished pouch, definitely a win - win.



See? I love how beautifully boxy they are :)

This middle size is absolutely perfect as a pencil pouch or make up bag.


I think the handle makes these cuties super practical.

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

MATERIALS NEEDED (for large size):
fabric A (pouch exterior) – 1 FQ
fabric B (pouch lining) – 1 FQ
fabric C (pull handle) - 3'' x 7'' strip
SF 101 interfacing (or similar medium weight fusible interfacing) – 1/2 yard
one - 11'' long metal or nylon zipper
(7'' long zipper for small size, 9'' long zipper for medium size)
one - 1/2'' - 3/4'' wide x 2'' long ribbon
one zipper pull - I used a 6'' long 1/8” wide leather lace (optional)

SUPPLIES:
rotary cutter, self healing cutting mat, acrylic ruler
wonder clips and/or pins
sharp fabric scissors
zipper foot for your sewing machine (optional)

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

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What do you say? Would you like to make some Boxy Tool Pouches of your own?

You can purchase Boxy Tool Pouch pattern by clicking on the button below, or by going to my Etsy shop (click here). 

And, now through Saturday (6-1), you can take advantage of an introductory price (25% discount, no coupon needed).

buy this pattern 


Happy sewing friends. Svetlana


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