Monday, 26 November 2012

Hot/Cold fabric bags

Good Morning!
My goodness is it really 2 months since I last updated this blog?
I have been sewing quite a bit but I've also had a lot of papercrafting to do for my other
But...I am back and I have these fab little handwarmers to share.
I found the idea on Pinterest.
The idea is to heat them in the microwave and put them in your pockets to keep your hands warm.
With the weather turning very cold here these are just the thing to keep you toasty!
A basketful
They are made using two pieces of 5x5" fabric
lined with flannel and filled with rice.
I will definitely be back very soon
with some Christmas projects!
I'm also in the middle of making a Leanne Beasley block of the month quilt
so I'll have photos to share as I go along.
I hope you have a lovely day :)
Take care,
Sarah xx

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Handmade P.E. bag

It's back to school time here in Northern Ireland and my little daughter went back on Friday.
Last year I made her a P.E. bag (for her school gym gear) and this year I gave her a choice of a new 'plastic shop bought' one but she chose to use this one again.
I'm delighted it has stayed in pretty good shape after a year of being bounced around every week at changing time!
As I just started sewing last year and couldn't find a pattern for one I made it up as I went along.
Now, I would do quite a few things differently but I still love it anyway :)
I lightly padded the bag with 'iron on' Vilene H640 (I love using it in bags).
For the closure at the top I looped one string through and stitched the bow at the end to make it easier for little hands to handle, rather than two crossed strings to pull at each side.

 My sewing lines at the top of the pocket are definitely a bit wobbly.....!
To do the embroidery on the pocket, I faffed about printing Phoebe's name in mirror image on the paper, tracing over it in pencil and then laying it face down on cream fabric and transferring the pencil marks to the fabric.  Now I've learned that you can print the name as normal, lay the fabric on top and trace over it - how easy is that!
Though for darker coloured fabric you could still use the other way.
The elephant button was a little addition from Phoebe - she definitely has her Mum's passion for buttons.... :)
Thank you so much for visiting today,
I'll be back soon with some more projects!
Sarah xx

Monday, 27 August 2012


Hello again :)
For the past 4 weeks on a Wednesday afternoon I have been going to a sewing class,
where we have been making Christmas gifts.
It has been a lot of fun and this is one of the projects we did.
 He is 10" tall
and I used Makower whte dots fabric for his body.
His hat/scarf is Makower 'rich tea' fabric.
The wooden buttons are stitched with red thread.
His hat is lightly stuffed and wrapped around his neck and held in place with hot glue.
 His gloves are made of black felt with little x's stitched in red.

The 'Brrr' is embroidered backstitch with two strands of embroidery thread and the dots are French knots.

His little carrot nose is made with Fimo clay (made by Hilary who takes the class)
and I drew his eyes, eyebrows and mouth with a pigma micron 005 pen and added pink to his cheeks with versa color ink. 
Thank you for visiting today:)
I'll be back soon with some more projects.
Sarah xx

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Coming soon...

Hi everyone!

I've decided to start a new blog for all kinds of sewing projects.
....some of them will be for sale!
Check back soon :)