Wednesday, May 26, 2010


I love these coasters I made. Very quick and easy.
They are made using charm squares from the Odyssea by Momo for Moda fabrics.

I think I could have made a dozen if time permitted. I am saving some of the prints to make matching placemats. There's a tutorial coming up on Pink Penguin on the 27th that I am just
itching to try. You know Ayumi's stuff rocks.

At this moment my three kids are on the rug watching t.v while there's lots of rain happening outside. It's a bit chilly and all I can think about are cardigans, knitting and maybe some sewing of jackets; oh and shopping lists...

I'm going to leave you with a link to this re-fashioned t-shirt to shrug tutorial I found this morning. It looks super cool. I am thinking I need to re-fashion an old cardi to match our season.

Good day.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Stardust Baby Shoes

Aren't these the cutest little baby shoes? I made them
They are from the popular Stardust Cloth Shoe pattern.

I made them in a few hours in the afternoon while hubby was minding the little one.
I only used one layer of that super cool Vilene S320 on the sole, heel and top.
I didn't get time to embellish the top as we were going to my mums for dinner.
The pink polkadot is quilting cotton from Spotlight and I used a beige wool flannel for the lining and soles.
They fit her 7mth old feet perfectly; no growing room however :(
Be sure to make a pair if you have a cute little bub to make them for.
Ít's so easy and the pattern is very good.

She is often found snuggling into me and falling asleep in the sling.
It's very comfortable and although she is getting heavier it's so lovely to feel her close to me.
I'm sure she feels the same. They do grow up so quick so I am cherishing every little moment I can.
Hope you are all well. I'm battling a bit of a sore throat and aching body bits right now.
I don't like the cold and flu season that comes with the onset of Winter down here.
Anyhoo, onwards and upwards (?) with life.

Friday, May 14, 2010

For now

Here's a not so great pic of Little Man wearing his toddler backpack.
As you can see it's pretty roomy. Enough to lug a spare set of clothes and a lunchbox.
The added 1 inch to make it taller turned out to be a good decision.

It may look a little bulky from this side but really it's not.
It's very lightweight and I kinda wished that I used two layers of interfacing on the front and back panels as well. It will stand on it's own and it looks too cute hanging from a chair or shelf.

Happy Belated Mother's Day everyone.
My sister got me these beauties. Every time I walk past the smell of the lilies devour me.
I pause... sniff.. smile and think happy thoughts.

The kids have new beds so they have me bed hopping at night.
Sometimes it's my girl and sometimes the boy. Other times it's the baby.
All this night waking is frazzling me out a little but I keep going.
Sometimes all it takes is a little patience, a little cuddle and a bit of play-time to make a world of difference.
My next project might be a little blouse for Little Miss since the weather is much colder these evenings. Can you believe we are already starting flu season?
It's time to rug up and maybe even start a knitting project that I've been procrastinating about.
I would love to go to any of these classes but it's too pricey right now.
I'll just have to depend on my trusty piece of technology: the internet.
Ciao for now.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Fini: Toddler Backpack

{TRUMPETS!} Hurrah, the boy's Toddler Backpack is completed. It's just in time for daycare tomorrow. I can't tell you how thrilled I am to actually have another finished product.

Back View
I wanted to keep the back simple so I used the middle of the fabric.

Side View
I used the part of the train station that was chopped off from the front panel.
I love the little stripes going down the bottom.

Other Side View
The train with some cute trees and lamp post.

I was getting a bit worried after pinning it altogether because it was rather thick at the seams. I was wondering how on earth I could fit it under the foot and sew it without too many mistakes.

It all turned out and I only had to un-pick and re-sew some piping in a few places where I had either not sewn in enough or too much (at the corner). I figured the best way was to go all the way to the curve and if it was too bulky I could stop and then re-insert the bag at a better angle which worked out better than trying for one long seam. I would say that if you didn't want to worry about this you could baste by hand the middle loop panel to the panel that you were working on and then sew it properly. I hope that makes sense.

In any case the only adjustment I actually made to the pattern was to make this taller by about 3cms (seam allowance included) and it was the perfect size for my 2.4yr old.

I used linen in a biscuit colour (from Kelani) for the piping, straps and quilted bottom.

I used a double layer of S320 Vilene on the zipper and side panels which maybe was not necessary. One layer of it would have been enough with the wadding and front fabric.

Tomorrow I shall take a picture of him sporting his new bag.

If you do ever want to make a toddler bag I recommend the Made by Rae Toddler Backpack pattern.

It's so easy to sew up and makes a cute little bag.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Part Two: Straps, Quilting and Piping.

The toddler backpack is coming along really nicely.
I am just loving the piping detail and by adding an extra layer of interfacing to the zipper and side panels it's going to be quite sturdy.

My only disappointment is how big the zipper panels were which meant you had to trim off about 1.5cms on either side to match the side panels. This is included in the instructions later on but I thought it should have been sized better in the templates. I would say to match the width of the side panels when cutting the zipper panels. I lost some pretty designs on the zipper pieces but it still turned out well.

Also, the straps ended up being too wide to fit through the 25mm strap adjusters so I decided to add an extra piece of nylon which is then sewed into the straps instead. This worked out quite nicely.

Here is some more piping added to the back panel. I wish I had a smaller zipper foot as the side of it kept pushing my piping out which made sewing it in place harder. I had to keep angling the bag to stop this from happening.

I quilted the bottom piece as well and added a thin layer of interfacing to stabilise it.
I also decided to line the front and back panels with an extra layer of calico. Gees, I hope it's not going to be too thick in the end.
Now all I need to do is attach the sides to the base and then sew it to the back panel.
Then add the front panel and we're done!
So maybe one more (baby) sleep to go!