Friday, September 26, 2014

Sewing a mini messenger bag, with tutorial link


first project of this term: a cupcake bag for you-know-who. Simple messenger bag with a flap, made with "expert" opinions on fabric, strap length and style. I used interfacing, squared the bottom of the bag and used webbing to reinforce the strap. Looks pretty cute, if i may say so myself .It has enough space for a couple of books, her pencil box, snack box and a small bottle of water.



I drafted my own pattern based on the books she need to carry to sunday school. 

You can get a free mini messenger bag/satchel  pattern and tutorial if you click on the bag here: 

Monday, September 15, 2014

What is quilting? explained here.

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Recently , a facebook friend asked me about quilts. What do i know about quilts and quilting? oh my dear. I know a lot.(my pinterest page on quilts) I can find out a lot more with google as my friend. But let me start at the beginning.

A quilt is basically two layers of fabric with some filler like cotton or 'batting' in the middle. To prevent the filling from shifting inside the two layers of cloth, we stitch the three layers together. This process is called quilting.
  • The most basic way of quilting is to pin the layers together, and  hand tying the three layers at intervals. This is also called tying a quilt.  The image here is taken from a tutorial at http://www.everythingsewing.net/babyquilt.htm
  • The next method is a running stitch to keep the layers together. This can be straight lines or other designs . The stitching cow gives a lot of good tips for hand quilting.
  • The obvious next stitch is machine quilting. You can take the top fabric,( or  make a patchwork top), and after layering with the batting(filling) and backing fabric,  you pin the whole thing to prevent shifting. Then you can use your sewing machine to stitch the three layers together.  then when the quilting is complete, you cover the edges with another fabric, this is called binding.


There are a few subdivisions of machine quilting, like straight line quilts, whole cloth quilts, rag quilts, and many others.

There are a lot of blogs about quilting, I would recommend a few links to browse:
http://www.sewmamasew.com/2014/08/12-fundamental-quilting-skills/
http://www.modabakeshop.com/
http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/p/beginning-quilting-series.html
and a set of videos for beginners.

and here is a good tutorial to make a pretty baby quilt.


you can use the links I have peppered throughout this post to go to really well explained tutorials on each technique. Hope this helps you grow an interest in quilting!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

A birthday dress for little me



because she wanted a maxi dress. i am very happy with the result, would you believe the machine finished inside? Jaya's Place
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Sunday, September 7, 2014

half circle dress

A half-circle dress in a pretty floral chiffon. something of a continuation of my favorite style. no zippers or fastenings, yet fits perfectly. no ironing no fuss. wash and wear. Starting to appreciate the wonders of synthetic fabrics.
 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Pretty lace dress

Action shots were  taken over the vacation.  Lots of photos to edit. Working over them at snails pace.

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