07 July 2014

Bag designing and charm swapping

Wow, the days have turned into a couple of weeks since I was last here
I have been working on something exciting.  This gorgeous Amy Butler fabric is a sneaky peek from a new clutch bag I've been designing.  It's coming along nicely and I can't wait to show you it completed. 

Emma Clutch bag sneak peek

Another thing in the pipeline is something pretty using all these Kate Spain charm squares.  I have something small in mind to join in with the Kate Spain charm along being run by Ms Midge as well as a bigger quilt project but I'm not sure I can pull that off in 4 weeks.  There are awesome prizes up for grabs so if you have some Kate Spain fabric you can join in too.

Linking up with Little White Dove

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19 June 2014

Commuter Cowl - Lil Pip Challenge

I am loving the Commuter Cowl by Luvinthemommyhood which I discovered this month thanks to Jane from Lil Pip Designs.  That's right its the June Lil Pip Challenge and I've managed to finish it before the end of the month...Yay!  It's also the perfect addition of colour to my Winter wardrobe.

commuter cowl luvinthemommyhood pattern

This is seriously one of the quickest things I've made (well other than the fact I hate hand sewing and it took me four days to get around to doing this and it was such a tiny amount).  I actually had the cowl cut and sewn in about half an hour...Say what?!...I know right.  There's a couple of curly bits like tying knots in the cowl before joining it up and trying to work out how the ends of the fabric sort of kiss to join them.  I really was over thinking the knots and in the end just tied a knot and let it be. This is how my ends were pinned to sew and as you can see I was determined to machine sew as much as I could. 

This was a great sew along and a lovely new feature in my wardrobe.  I may just make a couple more.

18 June 2014

Getting My Craft On

Last week saw me getting my craft on.  There was some baking, a bit of sewing for the boys and cooking up a yummy risotto.  It's starting to become a bit of a Sunday ritual to hide out in the sewing room and last Sunday was no exception.  This time making something for me!

This month in the Lil Pip Challenge is to make the Commuter Cowl and I am determined not to be late this month.  With pattern printed and pretty pink fabric chosen, I was ready to cut and sew.  This one is very close to completion, it just requires a little hand stitching which is not my favourite things to do.

Commuter cowl lil pip challenge

Next on my sewing list is a bag!  This one is from Nicole Mallalieu's new book The Better Bag Maker.  I'm currently in the process of slashing and opening the pattern. 

Linking up with Little White Dove WIP Wednesday, you can too.
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What craft have you tried this week?

10 June 2014

Apple Tarte Tatin

Do you watch Masterchef?  It's one reality show we enjoy watching.  Once I made this ridiculous dessert they had for a pressure test. Lots of caramel and chocolate involved.  I swear it took me about 5 hours to get something on a plate that only slightly resembled the dish on the show.  Anyway I was watching the masterclass last week when they made an apple tarte tatin.  I love apple tarte tatin but always thought it would be difficult to make. 

Maybe not so I gave it a go.

This is the recipe I used from the show.  I left out the vanilla beans as I didn't have any, swapped five spice for cinnamon and used a frozen pastry sheet.  

It was pretty easy and for a first attempt I was really happy.

It tasted amazing!

I'm going to try this one next.  What recipes are you trying at the moment? 

04 June 2014

I heart bowling

This year I made the decision that I would sew more for me and my boys.  This was my plan last year but it just didn't happen so this year I was going to make sure it did.  When Jane from Lil Pip posted about a sewing challenge I was in, even better first up was something I could make for my boys.  A bowling set.  It took me most of May and the first few days of June but it is done!

I used to make dolls in my early teens but haven't made a softie of sorts for a long, looonnng time.  I thought it would be quick and easy to sew the bowling set, it only had 3 pattern pieces, but it seemed to take me forever.  You can check out some progress pics over on instagram.  Anyway I got there in the end and I love it.  Oscar has been enjoying bowling with it as well so it's a win from him too.

I popped into Spotlight yesterday and picked up some fabrics for me at 40% off!
I'm using one of these for the June challenge and the others are going to be dresses or skirts.

I'm linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday & And Sew We Craft  & Lil Pip Sewing Challenge

21 May 2014

WIP Wednesday

It's been a crazy couple of weeks in our house with my brothers wedding on the Gold Coast followed by a busy Mother's Day.  We also caught up with some friends in Brisbane while we were up there for the weekend.  I'm now back into the swing of things and I'm crafting more and hoping to share here more regularly.  So here's what has been happening in my sewing room this week.

First up I'm sewing along with the Lil Pip Challenge making the I heart Bowling set.  I'm all cut and ready to sew.

I've also been working on a couple of projects I'll be sharing over at And Sew We Craft.  It's baby month and these have been on my to do list for far too long, tick, tick.  Here's a sneaky peek.

And lastly, this week I signed up to a Kate Spain Aussie Charm Swap being organised by Ms Midge.  I know I'm only a beginner when it comes to quilting but I love Kate Spain fabrics and am pretty excited about receiving my envelope of pretty fabrics.

I'm linking up with Little White Dove
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09 May 2014

Gift for Mum

zipper purse with a twist and card wallet in Tilda fabric

Are you making a gift for mum this Mother's Day?  Last year I made my mum a bag for Mother's Day so this year I decided to make her a little zipper purse with a twist and card wallet in gorgeous Tilda fabric.  The perfect gift for anyone who collects loyalty & store cards!  I'll be sharing how to make the purse over at And Sew We Craft but here's how I made the card wallet.
Card Wallet
What you’ll need:

5.75”x4.5” rectangle in fabric A (outside), fabric B (lining) and medium to heavy iron on interfacing

2 x 4”x4.5” rectangle in fabric A and medium to heavy iron on interfacing

5” hat elastic

a button

Once you’ve cut the fabrics iron on the interfacing to the reverse side of each fabric A piece.  Fold the smaller pieces of fabric A in half wrong sides together.  Press and top stitch.

Before putting the wallet together place the elastic in the middle of the right hand side of fabric A making a loop and hold in place with a few stitches like below. (this will put the loop on the left hand side once finished - reverse it if you want it on the opposite side)

To assemble it's like making a sandwich.  Place fabric A right side up on your work bench. 

Then add the 2 pockets we’ve just top stitched to either side.

Then place fabric B on top with its right side facing down.  

Stitch around the edges leaving an opening between the 2 card pockets (white & blue pins on the right) to turn it through.  I used a 1/4" seam.

Turn and top stitch all the way around closing the opening in the process.

Measure where the elastic reaches on the outside without stretching it and make a mark in the centre with a fabric marker.  Sew on the button.  A tip so the button is not too tight is to place a tooth pick under the button and then sew it on.
Your card wallet is now finished and is perfect to pop a gift card in, a great gift for mum this Mother's Day.  Might need to make me one too.