Monday, April 27, 2015

four years

You guys, I find it so hard to believe that four years went by since I published my first post on this blog :). I must admit, I was quite tempted to delete some of the oldest posts as all those mug rugs seem slightly silly to me now, but I guess it's good to see where one started, right?


Can you believe this ticker tape mug rug is still in daily use in our house?

I'd like to think I've come a long way since those mug rug days. I made tons and tons of quilts, bags, pouches, and pillows in these four years and I could not have done it without your support and encouragement.

Thank you!!! 

 

 Thank you so very much for your friendships, kind words, lovely comments, for understanding how important and stress relieving cutting fabric into tiny pieces and sewing it back together is. Thank you for letting me know you read my posts and get inspired. It means a world to me.

So, how about a little discount coupon to celebrate my fourth blogiversary? 

Use FOURYEARS coupon to get 40% off all pdf patterns in my Etsy shop  (coupon is good for 48 hours, as many patterns as you like).

Wishing you all an amazing and super creative week. Svetlana

Thursday, April 23, 2015

anna pouch {one more pdf pattern}


Once upon a time, quite a long time ago actually, I came across a picture this pouch on Pinterest. I looked and looked to see if I could find some instructions on how to make it since I really liked this unique pouch, but I had no such luck.


So I set out to design my own pattern and after lots of trial and error sewing and ripping I finally made this pouch. I call it Anna Pouch.


I love the idea of two pouches being connected to make one and it's such a perfect size for all the little trinkets most of us carry in our purses.



This pouch finishes at approx. 5.75” x 4” x 1.5”.  And see? Lots of little things fit in with room to spare :).


I always love to see what other talented peeps can make using my patterns and this time it was no different.



Lucy used super adorable strawberry fabric to make this sweet Anna pouch. Love the hand stitching and gingham tab.



How cute is this kitty version made by Andrea? And that tiny gingham binding on bias is just too precious. I totally have to go with gingham for my next pouch :).

Thank you ladies for trying my pattern out. You're amazing.

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You can purchase Anna pouch pdf pattern by clinking on the button below or by going directly to my etsy shop here. And, as usual, the price for the pattern will be a discounted $6.00 for the next 48 hours, after that it will go back up to its regular $8.00 price.

buy this pattern

Thanks for reading and all your support friends. Svetlana

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

drawstring tote {a new pdf pattern}

Hello friends, hope your week is off to a good start. I'm happy to launch my newest pdf pattern today, yay!


This one is for a beginner friendly drawstring tote bag. It's perfect to show off some of your very favorite prints (this Maker print is my absolute favorite at the moment) and just the right size for everyday use. I think it would make a great library bag, too.


I love these triangular boxed corners. They are super sturdy and so very easy to sew, no squaring up corners needed :). Definitely a win - win combination. Plus, they add a fun little feature to this everyday tote.

The finished size is about 15.5" tall and 15" wide.

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Once again I've enlisted help from some super talented ladies to test out my pattern. Ready? Here we go.



I'm in love with this fresh color combo as well as tiny black and white check binding Yvette chose for her tote - perfection for sure.



My beautiful friend Judith made this gorgeous, classy, large print tote. Don't you just love that wonderful ribbon and tabs she added? A winner for sure.



Stephanie made this pretty orange + aqua tote. Such perfect fabric combo. Love the sweet lining, too.


And then there's this stunning ballet bag my amazingly talented friend Rachel made for her daughter. That Rachel has some seriously mad skills. All the little ballerinas are sure to be jealous :).


Last, but definitely not least, is this sweet tote made by Tara. Beautiful!!!

A great big thank you to all the ladies who volunteered to test this pattern for me as well as provide some very useful notes and feedback on how to improve it. You're amazing, I appreciate each and every one of you.

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If you'd like to make a drawstring tote of your own, you can purchase pdf instant download pattern by clicking on the button below or by visiting my etsy shop here. (All my pdf patterns are available worldwide).

I'm offering this pattern at a discounted $5.00 price for the next 48 hours. After that it will go up to its regular $7.00 price.


Thank you very much for all your support. Svetlana

Sunday, April 19, 2015

tablet stands

The other day I came across this tutorial for a tablet stand on Pinterest. What a clever idea, isn't it? I knew right away I had to drop everything and give it a try as I like watching Netflix while sewing but my Kindle keeps slipping and sliding constantly.


I made the first one using black and white Lotta Jansdotter's fabric. And then I made four more stands, one for each of my kids and one more just for good measure :).


I filled the triangular parts of stands with rice (as per tutorial's suggestion) and I love how stable it makes them. The only change I made when following the directions was adhering light fusible interfacing to wrong side of my fabric.


I love projects like this, not only are they fun and easy to make, they are also super functional. And this stand holds my Kindle in just the right angle for comfortable watching (any Breaking Bad fans out there?).

So, if you've ever needed a stand for your tablet I very highly recommend you give this tutorial a try. You'll love it, you'll see. I'm also thinking these would make great presents for my teenage daughters' friends. Oh, the possibilities.

Before I go, I wanted to thank you all so much for the amazing amount of encouragement and support on my last post. You have no idea how much it means to me. Svetlana

Thursday, April 16, 2015

letting go...

http://www.thehappygal.com/letting-go/

.... and so after 16 years of ups and downs a new chapter begins.

It's not easy, I find letting go of a dream I've tried to hold on to for so long is super hard.

At least I'm glad I still find sewing calming (I made six Lola pouches and a few bags in the last few days). And I have new patterns ready to be released soon. I find keeping my hands and my mind busy is the best way forward.

Wish me luck :) Svetlana

Monday, April 13, 2015

sewing machine bag

Hello friends, hope you all got some time to sew and relax this weekend.

I sewed like a mad woman all weekend long (well, I did other stuff too, but most of my free time was taken up by sewing). On Saturday morning I got it in my head that I needed a bag for my sewing machine. Because, really, Sewtopia is just around the corner and I had no way of lugging my super heavy Juki there and back.


I was sort of winging it the whole time I was sewing this bag which meant lots of ripping, and re-sewing, and re-cutting, as well as re-thinking the whole concept. I'm quite happy with the finished bag though, so it was well worth all that extra headache :).


See, it fits the machine perfectly.


I wanted this bag to be extra sturdy so I used linen and decor weight fabric for both exterior as well as lining. I also added Soft and Stable to main panels, plus many layers of SF101 and fusible fleece to sides and lining, to make sure my machine will be protected while being transported.


And pockets, of course. I added pockets to both front and back of the bag. The back one fits a 12" x 18" cutting mat. I almost skipped adding pockets to the lining but I'm glad I took the extra time to add them as they make this giant of a bag a lot more functional - bag's finished size is 15" tall x 20" wide x 9" deep.


Now I feel a leap closer to being ready for my first ever sewing retreat, yay!

Talk to you soon friends. Svetlana


Thursday, April 9, 2015

how to sew fabric tote hadles {a tutorial}

I think it's pretty obvious by now I enjoy making all kinds of bags and totes. Today I'd like to share my most favorite way of making fabric handles.


A few notes before we start:

- I use a combination of quilting cotton fabric (or linen/ cotton blend) and SF101 interfacing (you can use other medium weight fusible interfacing if preferred) to make my handles.

- Use walking foot if you have one - it insures all fabric layers are fed through the machine evenly.

- Lengthen your stitch -  adjust stitch on your sewing machine ( I usually use 2.5 stitch on my Juki, I set it to 3 when making fabric handles).

- Use thicker thread if you have one - your stitches will be more visible which will add to the appeal of your handles. I like to use 30 wt thread.

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Let's start, shall we?

1. Decide how wide you want your finished handles to be (I like 1.25" wide handles for most of my totes), multiply this number by 4 
(1.25 x 4= 5) so my fabric needs to be 5" wide.

2. Decide how long you want your handles to be (mine are 15" long).

3. Cut two 5" x 15" rectangles out of quilting cotton and two 5" x 15" rectangles out of medium weight fusible interfacing.

4. Follow manufacturer's directions to adhere fusible interfacing to the wrong side of both 5” x 15” fabric rectangles.

5. Fold handle in half lengthwise, press. Open the handle, use the middle seam as a guide and press  long raw edges towards the middle.

6. Fold in half again – long raw edges are hidden inside, press and pin (or use Wonder clips) to prevent layers from shifting.

7. Bring your handle to sewing machine, hold both top and bobbin thread in your fingers (picture below) as you start topstitching - this will prevent any knots from forming on the underside of your handle.

8. Topstitch along the open long edge first using 1/8" seam allowance taking pins/ clips out as you go. Topstitch along the other long side as well. You can leave your handle with just one line of topstitching along each long edge, I personally prefer doing another set of topstitching 1/4" from the first line.

9.  Make a second handle following the same directions. Trim the threads.

10. Congratulations!!! Your handles are now finished and ready to be used.

 I hope you find this tutorial useful. 

Have a lovely day. Svetlana

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