Bag For Craft Marker Holders

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Makeing A Bag For Craft Marker Holders

Now that I had the holders for my new Craft Markers designed and 3D printed by my nephew and then stuck together (if you missed that post you can see it – here!) it was time for me to design and sew a bag to carry my Prism Craft Markers around in that could also be put on its side for storage and for quick access to the markers when in use.

A job that should have taken me a few hours has taken me several days, off and on, because I just can’t do a complete project like this without having lots of rest these days.

Designing And Makeing The Bag

I started by measuring the two holders side by side, with the pens in to get the height.  Then I made a paper template at the exact size needed – I had a few sheets of A3 cardstock that had become damaged that were not good enough for card making any more, but just perfect for this project.

I then put the pen holders, with pens in place, in it to make sure I had the correct dimensions.

I then cut a panel for sides, top, bottom, ends and flap out of the Bosal I was using.

These were ironed onto the back of a piece of denim – the ends individually and the sides, etc., butted up to each other.  (I could have made the front, back, top and bottom one piece of Bosal but because it is a foam and I wanted to have crisper corners I decided to cut each piece individually).  After ironing I cut out the side panels and the long string of panels, leaving around a .75″ seam allowance.

I then cut out more pieces of denim to match the pieces I already had, makeing them a little bigger so I had a little play room.

To make sure that, should the foam become unstuck from the bag lining at some point in the future, it wouldn’t move, I sewed a line around .25″ in from the edge of the foam for all pieces.

This meant going round the panel on the end pieces as well as every panel on the main piece.

Then, putting the other denim pieces on top, right sides out, I sewed matching sized pieces together right at the edge of the foam, sandwiching the foam inside. I could feel the edge of the foam through the denim as well as see the first sewing line to keep the sewing on the edge of the foam.

Having cut the outside larger than the stiffened inner panel I trimmed off te pieces after sewing to the correct size that the inside pieces already were.

I sewed the long piece together between the foam panels at what was to become the edge between bottom and front, bottom and back, etc.  Again I was feeling through the denim and watching the previous sew lines to help me get in the right place.  Where I’d got two foam pieces butting up against each other I could feel the line through the material because the sewing had slightly pulled and riged the Bosal foam.

Next it was a case of stitching the sides onto the bag.  I had decided that I didn’t want the bulk of the seams inside the bag so wanted to have the seams on the outside and bind them, so at this stage the bag looked very rough.

Next I double checked that my pens in their holders went tidily inside my bag then I put on binding around the raw edges.  I did want to put the binding on with the sewing machine as well, but I found that my chosen binding was a bit slippy and didn’t work so well with the feed dogs of the machine so it was not so easy to control a straight line.

I therefore had to hand stitch the binding on.  This took me a few days to do as my hands are not so good at holding a sewing needle and working for long. Lost one needle on the floor and still not found it, even going over the area with a torch to try and pick up its shine.

It’s not very clear in this photo but the best I could get.

I then finished off by attaching the strap fittings as well as two clips to hold it closed on the front.

So, this is what it looks like upright for carying.

An angled view.

I’ve folded my coloured in swatch sheet so it fits in on top over the pens.

It will only be put upright for carying so there will be no chance of the pens coming out.  For storage it will be put on it’s back.

And then the clips can be opened for access

And a closer look.

It has worked out perfectly for what I wanted it, even if all the sewing, etc., isn’t quite perfect.

This Is What I Used

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I’ve still got some projects on the go, including Christmas Card makeing, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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A Bit Of Clothes Upcycling

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Makeing Changes To Some Clothing

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One thing I’ve noticed when buying clothes, of the comfy, loose kind I like to ware, is that quite often there is not a lot of difference between cut and material of dresses, nightdresses, and long t-shirts or tops, or of shorts and shortie pyjamas.

So sometimes I buy a shortie nightdress and ware it as a baggy top.  Or buy shortie pyjamas and ware the bottoms as shorts – I’ve bought ones before where the pyjama bottoms were exactly the same materials as lightweight shorts I’d bought the previous year.  The only difference tends to be pockets on shorts but not on pyjama shorts.

So these days I look at items on sale not just to see if they would fit and be of a style I would ware, but also thinking about whether they would be suitable to embelish with screen printing, or cut and sew into something that would suit me better.  Such as when I put in a bright stripe of material into the sleeve of a shirt where the sleeve wasn’t quite as loose as I’d like for gardening, and then adding some screen printing to the pocket.

Adjusting and playing with something on sale can work out much cheaper, and quicker, than buying matetial, thread, etc., and makeing the same garments from scratch.

What I’ve got to show you today is a pair of pyjamas from Simply Be that I changed.

Bought on sale for £12.  A lighter weight than some I’ve bought, but nice for wareing around the house and puttering at my daily chores.

I tend to ware shorts around the house and garden, (other than when I ware gardening skirt and shirt when doing actual gardening) because I my damaged leg is permanently miss-shaped and swollen, and therefore isn’t comfortable being covered with tighter trowser leg.

So, the first thing I needed to do was change the pyjama bottoms into a pair of shorts. Which is a quick job of deciding on what length I wanted – this time I decided on just over the knee – cutting off the bottom, opening the side seam a bit to give a slit of around 2″.  The pieces that was cut from the bottom were trimmed down to make pockets.

Just turning up the hems and sewing on my machine didn’t take long.  I then pinned on the pockets and sewed them in place.

And that was the job done – One pair of knee length shorts to ware around the house.

Then I turned to the pyjama top, and out came my Screen Sensation screen printing items.

I decided to use the Plumage and Foliage screen. I used several different colours of the Screen Sensation inks.

The material of the top is a bit stretchy and did manage to move a bit while I was working on it, therefore there is a bit of a shaddow image in some places. But, having shown it to my Mother and both of us deciding that actually the effect was quite nice, I decided to heat set it with my small travel iron as it was (rather than washing off the garment and starting again).

This is what the screen printed image looked like.

And this is what the whole top looked like.

(I should habe photographed it straight after ironing, rather than putting everything I worked on that morning jnto a clothes basket and coming back later to pop them on a hanger and photograph, as it got wrinkled before I photographed.)

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While I had my Screen Sensation equipment and consumables out I decided to do some more printing onto clothes and bags.  I need to crop off the photos I’ve taken of those other items and write a blog post about them, so please do pop back to have a look at them in about a week.

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My “Big” Work In Progress – Part 9

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More About My Big Work In Progress

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I know that some of you who are reading this will have seen my progress reports throughout the year. But some of you won’t have been following the saga, so I’ll start with a bit of a recap this time.

It started with my youngest sister giving me an I Owe You, as a Christmas gift last year, for one day of work to start on the job of clearing and redecorating the small guest room.  But I had an emergency eye operation in the Bristol Eye Hospital the first weekend of the year that meant I was not allowed to do lifting or anything strenuous for ages, which meant the redecorating was put on hold.

I spent some time discussing some ideas with my mother and decided that getting bunk beds for the room would be best and that I’d like to make 2 quilts and two blankets to go on them.

I did get one of our carers to put a die cutting machine on the kitchen table later in January so that I could start cutting the pieces for the quilt out.

It was February half term at my sister spending the day with me – when we took out the wardrobe, etc., leaving the spare room empty, and then set to stripping the wallpaper and washing down the walls.  Well I sat down to do what I could, holding the steamer and topping it with water, pulling a bit of paper off at eye level, etc.

A couple of days later my youngest nephew spent the day helping me paint the room. I can’t climb ladders so he painted everything above my shoulder height when I’m sat down, and did the last wall all by himself. I did the radiator and windowsill once the walls were dry. Doing the limited amount of work that I did still left me in agony that my usual painkillers wouldn’t touch and meant seeing the doctor who prescribed stronger antiinflametories.

Not the best photos I know.  The light wasn’t the best for taking photos.

Our cleaner then helped me get the old underlay out of the room and she brushed up the floor ready for the carpet layer from Teifi Furniture to come and put the new carpet down.  We’d ordered it quite some time before, and the company had been out to lay new carpet in the hall for us previously.  They had been very understanding about coming back to do the small room at a later date.

Once the carpet was down the youngest nephews helped me get the wardrobe back in, and then we started furnishing the room.  Other than the wardrobe and curtains, which I added some patchwork to, nothing else was available to go back into the room.

I’d discussed our bed needs with Teifi Furniture and ordered bunk beds that were full single bed size, could take adult weight, and could come appart into two single beds if needed. Suitable matresses were also ordered.  Not cheap to carpet and furnish the room with beds of course, but then again I had asked for good quality that would last.

The beds were delivered flat packed.  I could have arranged for the company to build them for me, but 12 year old nephew wanted to do the job and earn a bit of pocket money.  So between us we got on with the job. Anything I could do while sitting down I did.  Mostly holding things for him to connect and passing him screws.  A bit of lifting one side when it came time to put the lower and upper bed together, but the slats were not in place then so it wasn’t quite as heavy as it would be when complete.

We didn’t try to do it all in one go, we built it in short sessions over several days, and a couple of slats hadn’t been delivered so Teifi Furniture sent out a couple of men with some more, who put those in place and lifted the second matrass up for us.

As the room isn’t big enough for ordinary sized bedside units or cupboards, I ordered a couple of different, flat pack, slimline units. One to go by the bottom bunk (there’s a shelf by the top bunk that the person sleeping there can put some stuff on), and the other, taller one, to go by the side of the wardrobe. Again I had some help from both the young nephews to put these pieces of furniture together, though with these I managed to do more myself as most could be done sitting down over a few days.

And with the matresses in place we were ready for bedding.

And this is where my crafting “Big! Work In Progress” comes in.

I won’t go through every stage again.  You can follow my work by going through my progress report blog posts.  I’ll give you links now to make it easier for you to find them.

In the first blog of this series I said – “Hopefully, by blogging as I go, it will keep me on track to steadily work at the project and get it finished quickly – well sometime this year!

Now you can all chear – I have indeed finished it this year!

The last quilt has been completed, washed at a 30 degree Centigrade quick wash and dried.

This is it hung over the side of the top bunk to finish airing. Doesn’t look too different to the first one finished that I showed you in my last progress report.  This was made using a second box full of the same material as the first all cut out using the same selection of Go! 8″ cube dies, but both were constructed in a random manor.

I then got the wonderful woman who comes to clean for us to make up the beds.

And here we have the room completed.

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Of course, this is just one project I’ve got on the go.  There will be more blog posts over the coming weeks about other crafting I have done, so please do come back in the future to see what I have been creating.

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A Little Project For My Crutch

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A Little Repair Project For My Crutch

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I’m not showing you a particularly decorative item today, but it is practical.

I know that many a crafter that I’ve come into contact with online have health issues, many with disabling conditions.  Many needing to use canes or crutches to get around if they’ve not reached the stage of needing wheelchairs. I’ve found it a little less of a struggle moving around since I got an Arthritic Crutch.

But, of course, the more use such an item has, the more the covering on the trough/arm rest becomes warn and tattered.

I have bought a new cover for mine in the past, but it wasn’t cheap for what it is.

So this time I decided to make my own.

I had a piece of faux leather that I’d bought a while ago to make a bag (a project I’ve decided to put to one side until next year). I knew that the piece would be more than enough for the proposed project so out it came.

The first thing I did was remove the worn out one from my crutch.

It really had become very tatty.

I cut off the elasticated edge and used this old one to make a template.

I copied this onto the back of the faux leather, including the lines inside the corners, and then cut it out.

Putting the corners, right sides together, I sewed along each corner with my machine using a zig zag stitch, and then attached a piece of bias binding around the edge. (The binding was from the piece I bought when I made my towelling robe and other towels a while ago.)

Then it was a case of getting out a reel of 1mm hat elastic, and a bodkin needle, and threading the elastic through the bound edge.

Once that was done I put the new cover onto my crutch.

And while I was at it I made a couple extra so that I’ll have spares the next time my crutch looks tatty.

So that left the strap that goes around the forearm to do next.

The hook and loop fastening on the strap I’d got on at the moment didn’t look too bad, so I decided to start off by removing the strap and unpickicking the hook and loop.

I used the strap itself as a template for cutting out a new one – basically a strip of faux leather twice the width of the strap.

I then folded in both sides to the middle and clipped them in place.

Then I put on the hook and loop fastening  – positioning it as it had been on the old strap – and moving the clips to hold all the layers together.

I then stitched the hook and loop into place as well as sewing around the edge of the strap to help hold it flat.  Somehow or another I always manage to wobble my sewing lines, but everything is held in place so I’m not worried by wonkey lines.

The places the strap had been folded over were still visible on the hook and loop strip so I could easily see where I needed to fold over and sew to create a ‘tube’ that the metal attachment on the crutch goes into.

Once the sewing was done I put the strap onto the attachment piece on the crutch – and here it is finished –

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Now, when I do get a bag made in the new year, I will have one that matches my crutch.

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So, that’s another project done.  I’m plodding along slowly with several projects. No telling what I will finish next, but I’m sure I’ll have another post about something to show you again, so please do pop back again soon.

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My “Big” Work In Progress – Part 8

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More About My Big Work In Progress

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Today I have another update on how I’m progressing with my two quilts for the bunk beds in the very small spare room.

It’s been a long time since my last progress report back in June. I hadn’t intended to leave it so long, but during the nice weather over the summer I took the opportunity to go to sit in the garden early morning and of an evening to putter with my troughs, towers, buckets, etc., of fruit, veg and flowers. In between I had to rest quite a bit. Which didn’t leave me with much sewing time when I could sit at the kitchen table with my sewing machine. As well as the fact that, in the sweltering heat we had here over the summer months, the last thing I wanted to do was sit with a quilt on my lap as I turned and manouvered it through the machine.

Last time I blogged about my progress I said that I wasn’t sure whether I’d go on to tidy up the wadding and backing of the one I was working on as soon as I finished quilting, or whether I’d quilt the second one next. I also said that I wasn’t too sure if I’d got enough quilting, in other words a small enough gap between the rows of quilting just in from the seam around each of the blocks.

I had decided that I would have to give the quilts a quick wash before they were used on the beds, both because I’d used temporary fabric adhesive to attach the layers prior to quilting, and also because they had been dragging on what was at times quite a dirty kitchen floor a lot of the time while they were being worked on. I therefore figured I would be better off seeing the effect of a low temperature wash on the quilt, as far as wadding shrinkage etc., was concerned, to give me an indication of how washing affected the quilts, before I went ahead with the quilting of the second quilt.  So completeing one quilt to the end was the aim.

So decision having been made I pushed ahead with completing the side to side quilting on the one I was working on.

I did pull out a couple of packs of new wadding, that I’d bought ready for other projects I plan on doing in the future, and I couldn’t tell the difference between the wadding I’ve used and the wadding I’ve got new in a pack that says you can quilt 8″ appart. So that means that, with the patchwork blocks being 8″ and the quilting lines being inside the edges of the blocks, the amount of quilting I had decided on would be fine.

This is one block having been quilted.

As I used black thread, the stitching doesn’t show on the black sashing, but I have stitched a line on the black the same distance from the seams as I’ve sewn on the patches. Doing the quilting in black may not be usual but I thought it looked best for this project in view of the fact that the sashing and backing are black.

I’d cut the wadding and backing larger than needed originally, to allow for some wiggle room and movement as I went through the various stages.

So onwards with trimming and tidying. I trimmed the wadding to the same size as the front.

But rather than trimming the back pannel to the same size and then sewing a binding to the back, folding it over and sewing to the front, I decided to cheat.  I cut a strip of card to twice the width I wanted the binding to be at the front.  I then used the card as a guide to trim the backing – placeing it up to the side of the front and trimmed wadding and then cutting along the other side.

I’d seen quilt binding being held together with clips like these – Dritz Quilting Binding Clips-30/Pkg, Silver  30 for £5.82 as I am writing this.

But I thought – don’t they look just like clips used by little girls in their hair? So I went looking online for larger packs of then. And this is what I found – 50 Pack Snap Hair Clips Hair Barrettes for Kids, Girls and Women, 50 mm (Silver). 50 for £4.99.

Guess which ones I went for! After all, if they didn’t do the job I wanted I could always pass them on for use by a little girl.

But they did work very well.

I folded the edge of the back over to meet the front …

… then folded the doubled over edge right over the front, and used the hair clips to hold it more or less flat in place.

So here it is after being washed in the machine on a Quick Wash 30 degrees C cycle. I gave it a quick tumble in the drier on a Silk cycle as well, before hanging it over the top rail of the bunk beds to dry completely and air.

It’s far from perfect, but I think it’s pretty, and it’s very practical as well.

So once I’d got this quilt hanging I started on quilting the second. You’ll notice I’m using blue quilter’s roll clips to help keep the quilt part that goes through the machine tidily together.

I don’t know whether I mentioned getting a new sewing machine before or not.  My previous one was sounding a bit rough and throwing a wobbly every now and then, so I didn’t know how long it would last. So I started looking out for a new one at a reasonable price.  I found one while at a reduced price earlier on this year, a Brother, like my previous one but a newer model. I hadn’t intended to start using it until the old one failed completely, or at least until I finished the heavy work of quilting and binding both quilts.  But then I remembered that the new one came with an extension table – which I didn’t have on the old one. So when I re-started on the quilting mid November I decided to drag the new machine out of it’s box and set it up.  The extension table may not be very big but it is definately easier to manouver the quilt with it in place, and even using the walking foot the machine is definately more quiet than the old one.

It’s the FS210 if anybody is interested.  It doesn’t come with a walking foot, but I had already purchased a walking, quarter inch and free mossion foot to go on my previous machine so didn’t need those again.

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So, that’s it for now, but keep an eye out for more posts about how I’m getting on with the last bit of the “‘Big’ Work In Progress”. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I have the second quilt finished and both on the bunk beds.

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A Bit Of Repair Work

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A Bit Of Repair Work

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I had intended that today I’d be showing you how I’m progressing with my “Big Work In Progress” – making two single bed patchwork quilts for the spare room bunk beds.  But I got sidetracked into doing another sewing project for the youngest nephew.  The binding around the little quilt he takes with him from one place to another was coming loose and he wanted it fixed.  The first thing was to get it washed on a quick, gentle, wash – it seriously needed a wash after being dragged around for weeks since the last one.

Now for some reason, although the front was a square patchwork pattern, and it did have wadding inside, the wadding wasn’t quilted.  Probably because it was a baby quilt that was suppose to be used and washed a lot while a child is a toddler and then not expected to last much longer.  But what is a cot sized quilt for a baby is a lap size quilt for a growing child.  The problem of not being quilted is that, once the binding had started coming loose the wadding had also started to come loose, and once that happend it dragged inside the quilt and tore loose from most of the side stitching around the binding that was holding it in place.

Seeing as there was now a hole on one side now, I decided to put my hand in and try and get the wadding back into place so that it could be re-stitched all the way around.  But really, it was beyond saving!  So I just turned the quilt inside out and cut it away from the one edge it was still attached to.

I then raided my stash of wadding, and searched for my tin of temporary fabric adhesive spray, and set to work putting a new piece of wadding inside.

Lay it out over the kitchen table (it was a little bit bigger, but not a lot), a spray around the edge of the back panel and put the wadding on top.

It was then simply a case of cutting the wadding to the right size and turning the whole thing back the right way and pushing through the corners to make sure they were flat.

I then pinned all the binding that had come loose from one or both sides before sewing over the edge of the binding to the quilt using a wide zig zag stitch all the way around.  That not only had a better chance of holding all the layers together but covered the straight line bits of straight line stitching that was still there holding some of the binding.  By doing the zig zag all the way around it gives it a more even look because I couldn’t match the positioning of the origninal straight line stitching as well as catch the edge of the new wadding.

I then decided that, as holding the wadding to the binding wasn’t enough originally, I’d put a row of straight stitching in a couple of inches from the quilt edge all the way around.  I did consider, and asked my nephew whether he wanted, more rows of stitching.  But he didn’t want any more to change the look of his quilt, and to be honest, after being in use for 10 years, the fabric of the quilt is very thin so I reconed that putting more stitching in would be make it more likely to start tareing.

So there we have it.  One finished repair job.

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So, that’s it for now, but keep an eye out for more posts about how I’m getting on with this “‘Big’ Work In Progress”. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I have more to report – unless the nephews find me more little jobs to do for them of course LOL.

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Recycling a Hoodie

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Making A Backpack From A Hoodie

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A few years ago my youngest sister bought a hoodie top for our two youngest nephews.  The boys loved them, and wore them over whatever they were wareing to go to Sunday School for several years (my sister had bought them a bit too large for them so that they had growing room which meant they had good use from them).  They boys have grown quite a bit since then and there is no way they could squash into the hoodies any more.

We’ve started having a bit of a tidy up of some of their old clothes (unbelievable how much little clothes of all sizes there are around this house in all sorts of cupboards and corners considering they don’t actually live here), but none of us wanted to throw out or give these hoodies to charity, which is where much of the other stuff is going, but we wanted them to be useful for something.  So I gave them a couple of suggestions – use the tops to cut up as part of a patchwork quilt or turn them into snuggle cushions.  One of the nephews did want his top made into a snuggle cushion but decided that he’d make it himself.  The other came up with his own suggestion – he wanted his hoddie made into a backpack that he could carry a few bits like a bottle water around in.

Having looked at the hoodie, and had a good discussion with him about what he had in mind, it was decided that the best way to go about it would be to remove the sleeves and stitch up the holes. Put velcro (or any other hook and loop fastner) along one edge of the front pocket and sew up the other hole to prevent stuff falling out, because the pocket is a long one that goes from side to side with two openings to put hands in to keep warm, not  really deep pockets for storeing things. We decided that the sleeves could be used as part of the straps and the hood as a flap to close the top of the backpack.

Finishing off by sewing across the bottom and putting in a bag bottom stiffner to give it some structure.

That was the plan!

This is how I got on with it.

The hood was removed and the two halves were separated.

Each half was a double layer stitched an inch from the front so I opened the double layer out.

I sewed down flat the bit that was the front edge of the hood.

The sleaves were also removed, the elasticated cuff removed and the underarm seam unpicked.

These are what I wanted to use as straps so I cut the pieces in half and then cut off a triangle of material to give me two straight pieces from each arm.

These were all individually folded so the edges were inside, and then sewn down the middle.

This left me with the body of the hoodie ready to sew together the arm holes.

I also sewed down one entry to the pocket and hand sew a piece of hook and loop fastening to the other side.

Then sewing on the hood piece to the front starting in the center and then sewing out to each side so that the piece was properly centered.

I cut off the extra that wasn’t needed and sewed a hem around the created flap.

A strip of velcro was then sewn inside the flap and onto the back of the backpack.

I then sewed on the straps, one at each shoulder and one near the bottom a couple of inches in from the sides.

I then got my nephew to put the backpack on his back so that we could decide how much of an overlap to put when sewing the top and bottom strap pieces together.

Once the straps were sewn I turned the backpack inside out and sewed the bottom together.

I also sewed across the ends to give the bottom a squared off bottom.

I cut two pieces of Clover bag bottom stiffener and stuck them together.

Then it was simply a case of turning the newly created backpack so that it was the right side out. Making sure the corners of the bottom were pressed to the bottom before dropping in the bag stiffener.  It’s not been attached in any way at the moment as just placeing it at the bottom of the backpack means it could be removed if the backpack needs to go in the wash. If nephew wants it stuck in the future it could be.

And here is nephew with his finished backpack.

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That’s it for today. More card making and other crafting before too long, so please do pop in for a look again.

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Back To Sewing And More

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Back To Sewing And More

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After the push before the end of August to complete a lot of Christmas card, I’m now back doing a bit of sewing.

I still have some more cards to show you, and will probably make some more later in the year towards Christmas. Plus I do have some special cards on order that are nearly finished, but they won’t be blogged until after Christmas.

But, before I get on with showing you the sewing I’ve managed to do, I want to tell you that I was delighted that my blog was chosen as Blog Of The Month for a group I belong to on Facebook – you can see the blog post about it – here.

The winner is chosen from members of the All Things Crafty – Hints, Tips and Crafty Inspiration. group.

Now on with the sewing.

I have three sewing projects that I need to be getting on with that I gathered everything together the first week in September.  A few more I haven’t gathered together but I have the makings for somewhere in the house as well.

I have my “Big Work In Progress” – the two single bed quilts I’ve been showing you the progress of over the last few months.

Then there’s the recycling project I’m doing for my youngest nephew – turning a small “hoodie” he use to ware when he was younger into a backpack he can use to carry around a bottle of water, a few toys, etc. This I have already unstitched into pieces ready to sew up as he wants.  His idea to make a backpack – I suggested a cushion cover – but a backpack is do-able.

But what I’m going to show you today is my project to make a towelling wrap for myself.  I have a nice wrap that I put on after my shower, while my carer is drying and brushing out my hair. It has straps over the shoulder and buttons at the front.  I’ve been looking for another but haven’t been able to find one the same style.  All I’ve found are ones without the shoulder straps and with velcro that say they are one size fits all – yeh, very likely!

So I decided to get some cotton towelling material and make my own. In fact, I decided to get some more than I’d need for the wrap so I could make some matching items.

I started by cutting the robe slightly larger than the one I’ve got.  Then cut a towel for my hair, a couple of pieces to make a mat, a couple of hand towels, and a face cloth.

Toweling material is not a material that is easy to turn over a hem, so I decided to use bias binding around the sides.

The first thing I sewed was the hair towel.  I decided to use a zig-zag stitch to sew the binding on.  My sewing machine is not that happy sewing toweling as the feed dogs are not getting a firm and even grip on the toweling “loops”.

So this is the hair towel.

I then got to work on the robe itself.  One long edge was already bound off the bolt, so I just bound the two short sides and did an overlocking stitch over the edge of the other long side.

I then folded over the overlocked edge by around an inch and three quarters and zig-zagged it in place. This is the top band of my robe.

I prepared and sewed together the strips that were going to be the straps over my shoulders.

I then made a pocket, sewing over a bound edge to give a firmer top before turning under the other three edges and sewing them onto the left hip position on the robe using a zig-zag stitch.

The next thing I did was work out the position that I needed to put the buttons, button holes, the position of the straps, and how far from each end I needed to put the holes to thread through the back elastication.

I used the robe I already had as a guide, and then, after pinning in place with safety pins I put the robe on to make the final adjustments with my mother’s help.

I then sewed everything in place.

Anf this is the finished robe.

Putting a bath mat together was simply a case of putting two layers of toweling together, sewibg the binding around the outside edges, and then sewing another row of stitches around the mat about 2″ in from the edge.

This is it spread out in our wetroom.  The colour looks different due to camera location and lighting being different, but all tgese items were made from the same piece of cotton toweling marerial.

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I’ll still have some more different craft projects to blog about, so please do pop back to have a look.

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A Couple Of Pairs Of Shorts

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A Couple Of Pairs Of Shorts

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A few months ago I sat down with my brother’s eldest son and showed him how to make a pattern for some shorts to fit him using the Lutterloh Golden Rule system.  With basic guidance and a steadying hand to hold and pass him things he made quite a good job of it.

He’d chosen some black material some time previously so the pattern was immediately put to use.  He did most of the pinning, cutting, and sewing himself as well.  He’s been doing bits of sewing on my machine, supervised of course, since he was very small, needing the foot pedal to be placed on the same footstool the boys used in the bathroom to get onto the toilet and stand in front of the washbasin when they were small.

I did have to take over for doing the waistband with chanel for the elastic, the actual threading of the elastic, and sewing the hem, so he’d done the most of it before he ran out of steam.

With one thing and another – schoolwork, exams, life in general – he hadn’t had time to make up any more shorts, so I decided to make both the youngest nephews a pair of shorts each this month to make sure they had something to change into when here.  At the moment the boys are near enough the same size, and the shorts he’d made definately still fit the nephew who’d made it as I’d seen him wearing it the day before I decided to make up the two pairs.

So out came the patern and material – the sewing machine and thread already being out because of the work I was doing on my “Big” Project.

I’d seen a flat seam demonstrated on TV, similar to the side seams on jeans, so decided to give it a go for the outside leg seams.  I didn’t change thread colour to stitch down the outside of the seam, but I do think the seams look neat.  For the other seams I sewed them as normal, right sides together, and then used the machine’s equivelent to an overlocking syitch to sew over all the raw edges.

For the first pair I sewed the top of the shorts over to make a chanel for threading an elastic through.

For the second pair I got my nephew to measure a 1″ wide length of elastic round his waist and pin it at the correct length.  I then pinned it every 8th of the way round before sewing the elastic directly to the top of the shorts, that I’d turned down around half an inch behind the elastic to hide the raw edge, using a zig-zag stitch.

I got my nephew to try on the shorts when I’d finished.

He was happy with the fit, so it was then a case of tidying up the tgread ends.

The second nephew was more difficilt to grab hold of to try his on, so I had to photograph his shorts hanging on a hanger over a door handle.

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That’s it for today.  More card making and other crafting before too long, so please do pop in for a look again.

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My “Big” Work In Progress – Part 7

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UFO Quilting – Starting To Quilt

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Today I have another update on how I’m progressing with my “Big” Work In Progress – creating two single bed patchwork quilts for the bunk beds in our newly decorated spare room.

By the end of my last update about the quilts I’d got as far as sticking and pinning one set of layers together, but only as far as putting the backing and wadding together for the other – because I’d realised that I’d not finishing cutting off thread ends on the second patchwork front to make it tidy.

It didn’t take me long, while sat watching the TV, to complete the tidying up of the patchwork, and then I got on with sticking the front on the other two layers and attaching the safety pins – well it needed to be done quickly so that we could put the sofa bed back and have use of the sitting room again.

Thought I’d done something stupid, as when I went to lift the layers to put the safety pins in, the whole thing wasn’t coming off the bed – but never fear – I’d not stuck the whole thing to the matress, only forgot that I’d started with pinning the backing layer to the sofa bed so that it didn’t move and remained as flat as possible while attaching the other layers. It was a simple job to take out the pins, and then pop in safety pins to make sure everything remains together.

But I did have a bit of a break from sewing for several days after that.

The next stage was to get my sewing machine out again.

I like free motion quilting, but with two, single bed sized, quilts to do I decided to stick to straight lines, as I’d done on my last cushion covers.  I figured I could still do some free motion quilting over some blocks at the end If I felt something more was needed.

So on went the walking foot to my sewing machine, and off I went with my quilting.

As I was quilting different rows I rolled the quilt up so that it easily went through the machine.

This looks as if I’m heading off straight through the middle of a block, but I’d pushed the quilt to one side off my lap to fetch my camera and forgotten to straighten it up before taking the photo.

I decided to sew my quilting lines either side of the boundry stitch lines between the colourful square blocks and the black sashing. Having made sure the needle was set to the middle of my walking foot I stitched keeping the edge of the foot to the boundry line.

This is looking at it more from the back.

Not the best photo I’m afraid, but I hope it gives you an idea.

And this is showing the stitching coming out the back.

It took me days, sitting at the machine in short sessions, to stitch all the lines from top to bottom.  A few wobbles, but it looks OK if you don’t look too closely.

I then started sewing the quilting lines side to side. Done half a dozen or so rows so far.

Unfortunately I then got another infection in my damaged right leg, and this ment more time in bed with my leg elevated on pillows, therefore less time for me to sit at the kitchen table sewing.

But I will be getting back to it soon.

The 2nd quilt is still waiting for me to start the quilting.

I’m still not sure whether I need to go in with more quilting. Although most of the lines are close enough over the sashing area there are gaps of around 7″ sqare over each of the blocks, and I’m thinking that might be too wide. I threw the batting packaging so can’t refer back to that for guidance, but, of the two other packs of batting I’ve got, one says that sewing can be 8″ inches apart and the other needs stitching closer.  Once I’ve finished the side to side lines I’m going to open the two rolls of batting and compare to what I’ve used in these quilts. I’m hopeing that there will be just enough difference for me to tell. And I’m hopeing that it was one that only needed quilting 8″ appart that I’ve used.

Not sure whether I’ll quilt the 2nd one next, or go on to trim off the excess wadding and backing and bind the sides of the quilt.  It depends how I’m feeling when I go back to it in the next few days.

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So, that’s it for now, but keep an eye out for more posts about how I’m getting on with this “‘Big’ Work In Progress”. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I have more to report.

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