Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
And if anyone looks at my hands for evidence they'll have no trouble identifying me as the guilty party.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Why, you may ask, is the blender covered in mixer fabric? That would be because I made this very very late at night and realized too late that I was following the blender measurements instead of the mixer ones. Nice, huh?
Saturday, October 16, 2010
The lining and outside/main panels need to be wider than your zipper (about half an inch) like this:
Make a sandwich of your lining, zipper and main fabric and stitch together using your zipper foot. Flip so that everything is wrong side to wrong side, iron and topstitch. Please reference one of the 43 gazillion other tutorials mentioned above if you need to see how this is all done in more detail. Do it again on the other side and you'll have something like this:
Oh! I completely forgot to talk about interfacing/fusible fleece! Good thing I have these pictures to remind me.
Next line up the main panels right sides together and sew all the way around from zipper stitching to zipper stitching. It is very important that you do not sew beyond the zipper stitch line! I use a half inch seam allowance for this part.
Make sure your zipper is at least halfway open or you will say some very bad things later. Then line up your lining panels right sides together. Again, sew from zipper stitching to zipper stitching leaving an opening at the bottom for turning. For the lining, I use a 5/8" seam allowance. When you cut your lining a little bit shorter and use a slightly larger seam allowance your lining won't be quite so bunchy when it's finished and all tucked into the pouch.
For the lining I trim the corners but leave the full seam allowance at the bottom because it makes turning it under to close up easier.
Okay, the moment of truth! Turn everything right side out through the opening. Leaving the lining out of the pouch (as below) get your favorite pointy tool (mine is an old knitting needle) and gently poke out those corners.
Sew up the opening in the lining either by hand or machine and tuck it inside the pouch and you are done!
Friday, October 15, 2010
I love how you approach things - keeping at them until your satisfied, then move on (like the zippers!) Great job on the pinnie - really cute, but not so precious that you don't want to use it.
Hmmm...funny you should mention the zippers. I've been working on a post about my zippiphany. Stay tuned for some tips and tricks to making zipper pouches with nice pointy corners!
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
There's not enough contrast between the background and the feature fabric. And I think it would have looked better if there were more contrast in size between the half square triangles and the straight side pieces. So....not so thrilled with the result but I learned a lot and thankfully, Jennifer loves both of them!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
We glued some wooden circles to the end of wooden dowling and then painted them. Add some ribbons, pipe cleaners, and sparkley gem stickers and we had some pretty awesome new creations. Some pretty awesome hard-to-photograph-because-the-kids-wouldn't-stop-playing-with-them-long-enough creations!
The kiddos love them because they got to make them all by themselves (pretty much). At first, my son kept asking why his wand didn't work and did it need new batteries. Now he can tell you that the thing that makes wands work best is imagination. And he can also explain that the sparkley heart gems make it so the wands can only do good magic. These lessons were learned immediately after the lesson that wands are not weapons (especially when one is doing "magic" on the kitties). Sigh.