Saturday, August 29, 2009

Skipping Boy

One budget white t-shirt. One Sprout Skipping Boy appliqued on = Super cool t-shirt!

Here's a close-up of my applique'ing. I tried with a darning foot but with the lowered feed dogs there was shuddering and shaking, and NOT the good kind ;)
Least to say I wasn't tempted to continue with this method.
So I reverted to what I know how to do. Which is to use my applique foot (clear plastic foot) and use the first of my buttonhole stitches to do a so-called satin-stitch.
Feed dogs were up and it was fairly easy to manoeuvre around the curves.

This was the end product. One happy skipping boy.

Note: I did use Lite Steam-A-Seam in between the boy and the t-shirt to keep it in place.

Now... what else can I get away with while the kids are watching t.v?

33weeks and trust me, I'm counting...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Stitches and Craft Goodness

I sooo enjoyed the Stitches and Craft Show in Rosehill. Luckily for me it's only a 15min drive and I had my lovely sister to help me out. The other great thing about going on the second last show day was that there were marked down prices. There were 4 levels of craftiness and even though we got there after midday I was exhausted by the end of the day.

I met the really wonderful Fiona of Dearfii (whom I won my free ticket from) and I couldn't leave this lovely pincushion in her stall. I was drawn to it immediately and had to take it home.

Funnily enough, I bought some scrapbooking supplies. A friend of mine had given me a scrapbooking album when I was pregnant with my first and I just never got around to using it. Now that I have some supplies I am definately going to get creative.
It also helped that sis subscribed to a scrapbook magazine for just $36/yr with two back issues we got to take home that day. Awesome.

Ink and Spindle fat qtr and a dotty fat qtr.

This is the pack I got from Sprout. It was only $10, I wish I'd got another one with girly designs. I can't wait to applique them onto t-shirts for Little Man. He is really missing out of my craftiness.

I made this Lazy Days Skirt for Little Miss. It took one night but I still need to add ribbon to the hem. She looks really cute in it but her bum sticks out a bit making the back shorter. Shhhh, I won't tell her that or she'll get a complex. One more week til her 3rd birthday! Better get started on that dress.

Life is getting much more tiring these days. The kids want to sit on my belly or lap. I just can't tell where one starts and the other ends : ) Spring is definately in the air. I just want to drag my sewing machine out to the backyard and sew while the kids play in the cubby house. So many things I want to make: cradle canopy cover, baby quilt, baby mobile, bathroom curtain, tote bag, t-shirts, summer clothes for the kids.... ho hum.

Just patting my belly and enjoying time at home with just two littlies while I can.
We hope you're all well too.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Blind Hem

Wow, wow, wow! That's how I felt when I figured out how to do the Blind Hem on my Janome 521. I needed to hem up some pants for father-in-law and didn't want to do them by hand.
It's a machine alternative to the catch-stitch I believe but don't quote me on that.

There's a super cool tutorial on Hoppo Bumpo about how to do it. I've just added some of my own pictures here to show you the process I went through. There's varied fabrics featured as I ended up doing three pairs of pants.

Above: This is my blind hem foot (G). The edge of the white part needs to stay aligned with the fold so your needle just catches this line when sewing. See my lovely bamboo stick pointing to the folded edge! You will be working on the wrong side of your pant leg.

^ To begin what I did was overlock the raw-cut edge of the pair of pants I was hemming.

I folded it to the length of what I wanted it to end up to be, pressed that and pinned a line about an inch from the folded edge. This line will be the catch-stitch of your hemming foot. I advise to pin horizontally so that when you fold the pins under you end up with a flat line.

^Next I flipped the hem so the pins are now on the inside of the pants.

What you end up with is a folded edge so that's the part that you'll be seeing when you sew.
^ You then need to pin this side by removing the inside horizontal pins and placing them on the other side with the fold.
^ Now place your folded edge under your foot to begin sewing. Make sure you have the correct settings for your blind hemming stitch and that the white guideline stays in line with your fold otherwise you end up with open parts of your hem.

When you are done you can see your row of stitching. The pointed part of the stitch is where your needle has caught the fabric, thereby keeping it in place!

Here is right side of the pant leg showing the caught threads.

When you wear your pants it's not really that obvious, especially if you have matching coloured thread! It's so much faster than doing it by hand but I would just use it on pants rather than skirts which may need more invisible stitching.

I hope this helped you. Let me know if anything confused you. I advise to practise on a scrap piece of fabric. For me, it was really fun and I'm so glad I decided to read my manual and try something new!

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Happy Dancing

You know that I make things for my children and myself but what about hubby? He is my most avid fan so I just had to start something especially for him.
Even though we're nearing the end of Winter but it's better late than never. I searched for a scarf pattern and found this cutie. It's the Irish Hiking Scarf and my first cable ever.
But I didn't have a dpn so I improvised and made one of my own out of this bamboo skewer which was really close in size to my size 4 knitting needles.
I must say it's incredibly easy to do but it's just taking forever to finish.
Plus I keep forgetting what row I am up to... is there an easy way to do this?

What fabric ban? Some lovelies arrived today from Sew Mama Sew.

Japanese Folklore by Lecien.
I'm thinking this will be my backpack tote.

Pussy Willow in Cream - Full Bloom
Definately for Little Miss' birthday dress in September.
Butterflies on Cream - Porcelina
A cute little lazy days skirt for this summer.
Other great news... I won a complimentary ticket from Fiona of dearfii for the Stitches and Craft show next week. I am soooo excited! I didn't have to twist my sister's arm to come along (ah-hum babysit) with me.
So if you're going to be there next week at Rosehill look out for a big fat tired but excited pregnant woman with two little bubs in tow. Say hello!!! Hopefully, one of them would have fallen asleep for a duration of my time there to make life a little easier.
This past week we've been reflecting on our family and the graces we've been given. Bubs #3 is doing just dandy and hopefully will be introduced some time in 9weeks time. We've taken time out to tell each other we still *love* each other and we're so blessed to have a happy healthy family. We hope you are doing the same. XOX

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Spoonful of Sugar Giveaway

Crafting and Cooking! Yes please.

I've spotted a Dujour Cookbook giveaway from Spoonful of Sugar.
Open to Australian Residents only.

Check out her blog. She has a gorgeous String Quilt made using Amy Butler fabrics. It's beautiful.

Which reminds me that I need to stop procrastinating on my baby quilt and get it finished before bub arrives. I'll get it done by October, right?

I've decided today that I need to create something ... anything using my sewing machine.
So I should get off this laptop and just CUT UP SOME FABRIC.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Winners are Grinners

The Bloggerversary winner is.... Rachael who said:
"I love reading other crafty peoples blogs, it inspires me so much. If I can inspire someone who reads my blog to try something new then I have succeeded."

So true. I love it when people get inspired by seeing things on my blog.
Her beautiful blog features a gorgeous vest she knitted for her daughter. I've been admiring so many vests out there for the bubs and this one is just perfect for our winter weather. Not that it's a true winter just yet. The sun is still shining brightly like it was Spring. I think we have a hot summer coming.. yuck.

Thankyou for all who commented. Now I have some new inspiring blogs to read!

E-mail me your address Rachael and I will post out the book to you this week!