Monday, 18 June 2012

Travel update

Having a blast in South Africa, working with street kids teaching them how to sew. Bought some fabric and dye to show them tie-dye this week. Also purchased some traditional shwe shwe fabric in gorgeous prints.

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Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Jubilee weekend

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How to make a pencil case

Start with a back and front, a back and front lining and a zip. I added a layer of batting to the outside fabric and quilted it in straight lines.

Sandwich one side of the zip between the front fabric and the front lining fabric as below:

Zip sandwiched in-between. Stitch and repeat with the back pieces.

Top stitch as below to enable the fabric to sit flat against the zip.

Zip inserted and top stitched. You will need to move the zip up and down the teeth as you sew to get close enough to the zip.

Put right sides of the outside fabric and right sides of the lining together. Pin and stitch, leaving a 10cm gap in the lining to turn through. Trim all corners.

Turn inside out and stitch the bottom of the lining closed, by hand or machine.

Voila! Finished pencil case!

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Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Second set of fairy wings

Second set made for my fairy friend!

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Friday, 1 June 2012

Finished placket with buttons

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Great colour tutorial

My mum found this tutorial, which explains colour theory in photographs. It's great for all forms of art and design, but especially helpful for putting together quilting fabrics for projects and even fashion design.

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