Friday, July 29, 2011

Felt Needle Books

   I decided it was finally time to find a new solution for holding my sewing needles, I hate the round disc things they come in.  I've seen these felt needle books a lot so I decided to give it a try and decided this was also the perfect opportunity to play around with sequins and try the blanket stitch so anyway here is what I came up with.

Above is the fist one I made. I tried to do this peacock on a sweater before and I think the peacock itself turned out pretty cute but I did some modifications to the sweater and it turned out awful. It was kind of an experiment though.   I'm going to use this one for all my regular needles.
  For this one I used a tutorial I found online to make the sequin flowers and I just winged it on the embroidered vines.  I'll be using this one for a travel sewing kit that I'm working on.

For this last one I used a poster I have on my wall for inspiration. I'll be using it for my upholstery needles.

Thursday, July 28, 2011


I've been seeing a lot of stenciling done with doilies so I decided to give it a try on a t-shirt. I think it looks quite nice. I also decided to give screen printing paint a try to stencil with and it worked just fine. I also stenciled a Helly Hansen sweater, I actually already stenciled the sweater but I did black on dark blue so it didn't really show so I did it again in gray. I made the stencil quite a while back. One of the eyes got a bit smudged I should have given the stencil a new coat of re-positionable adhesive before I used it I'll remember for next time. Anyways here's the pictures.
The supplies for the doily shirt

the results
close up

the owl in black
owl in gray

Monday, July 25, 2011

Cucumber Mint Salad

Made this yummy Cucumber and Mint Salad today. Can't remember where I got the recipe from. Didn't have red onion but it's still good.

First time sewing with a double needle

   Today my mum asked me to mend a hem on a t-shirt that had let go. She just can't get the hang of sewing stretchy fabric. So I decided it was a perfect opportunity to finally give sewing with a double needle a try.  I did a search and found this site:
  It was very helpful and I realized it really isn't as complicated as I was making it out to be. So anyway her are my results.

The offending seam

My pay, I'm always willing to work for cupcakes

Got the shirt lined up with my fancy hem guide

Got it all unpicked

and I'm all done so here's the front

and the back, now that wasn't so hard

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Dirndl Skirt

Here is the dirndl skirt that I made the slips for.  I got the waist band sewn back on and it fits just wonderful now.  I used a tutorial from "Evange Sews" she makes awesome tutorial videos on youtube.
 The only thing she doesn't say is how long to make the length wise part of the panel I just guessed and I can't rember how long I made it now, but later on I found a tutorial on "Gertie's Blog For Better Sewing" that explains it in a bit more detail.
It was very simple to make and won't have taken long except that I had to unpick the waist band twice. First because I sewed it down all wonky so the second time I used a boat load of pins and it turned out good but it was to big, so I unpicked it again and re-sized it. In the end it turned out pretty good even if it did take two tries at the waistband.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Bicycle Inner Tube Feather Earrings

I cut these feather earrings out of a bicycle inner tube.

Baby Gift Hot Air Balloon

This is a gift my mum and I put together for my sister in laws baby. We got the idea from the February 2011 issue of "Woman's World" on page 39 entitled "Bursting With Baby Gifts. In there example they used a big Styrofoam ball wrapped in a baby blanket. We couldn't find a Styrofoam ball that was big enough so we decided to go in a different direction and make a "Balloon" by wrapping crochet cotton around a balloon with watered down glue. I remembered the technique from when I was little and we made a really cute caterpillar out of a whole bunch of small balls.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Half Slips

I recently made a dirndl skirt and when I tried it on I realized it was quite see through, so I decided I'd better make a couple slips. So I did a search and found a tutorial from "Gertie's New Blog For Better Sewing"  for her "vintage inspired half slip: no pattern required".  I think it took me about half an hour to 45 minutes to whip up one of these including making the pattern.  I just love Gertie's blog she's just so talented.  Anyway here are the slips and I'll post the skirt soon but I also realized I made the waist band to big so I've had to unpick it and I'll sew it back on today if I get to it.
  Here is the link for the tutorial if anyone is interested

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

forest animal pillows

I made these appliqued pillows not to long ago. Between my mum and my stashes I found some great bits and pieces of cotton. I used heat bond to apply the applique then stitched my critters down around the edges. I just love how they turned out I always shock myself when my projects turn out.
jackalopes are one of my favorite mythical creatures

I love them all but I think froggy might be my favorite

before and after dress refashion

This is a dress I picked up at a 5 dollar bag sale. The white part was ill fitting and stained so I removed it and made a pattern so I could make a new top from some floral fabric I thrifted a while back. I made the top longer as the old waist hit me in the middle of the boobs. I added a belt I picked up at yet another thrift store and I'm quite happy with how it turned out sorry about the mirror picture.

A Good Coat of Paint

here I'm getting ready to prime
I received this little press board table from my landlord and thought it would be great to set my plants on. It defiantly needed to be sealed up though so it won't be damaged by any spilled water.  I primed it first with some primer I picked up a while back for another project at Canadian Tire, then gave it a coat of green acrylic I picked up at Walmart. I used a stencil I picked up at the dollar store and some gold paint I borrowed from my mum, then gave the whole thing a good coat of glossy non yellowing outdoor sealer that I also picked up at Walmart. I'm quite happy with the results.

I love how glossy it turned out

I just love these cute little birds

not to shabby if I do say so myself
 This is a sweater that I restyled. I didn't take a picture of the before but it was about 100 sizes to big and had sleeves so I took it in and cut off the sleeves and added the bias tape. Then I decided it needed a little something more so I added the beads and I think it really pulled the whole thing together. This is one of the first things I restyled that really turned out.

the tools