Whipping up a Yoga Tote.

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I have recently started going to a local yoga class and I’m am absolutely loving it. However I’m not loving carrying my yoga mat around. I’m sure to drop it every time I leave the house. So I figured it’s time to make a tote.

I had seen many patters around for long tube like bags but I wanted something that I could also put water and keys etc, into. I came across this pattern from sew 4 home which happily fit the bill,  it holds everything and is easy to carry around.

The awesome map print fabric comes from David Nichols Upholstery they often have sales on and have loads of remnants to route through. I would recommend a stronger fabric for this pattern or interfacing just to give it a little more structure and stability. The pattern was really easy to make however it is hard to manoeuvre large amounts of fabric in my tiny craft room.

I’m pleased with the finished product and I got some lovely comments from the ladies at the yoga class.

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Tiny Ring Tray Tutorial

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I decided to make a ring tray to keep my new engagement ring safe when I’m doing dishes etc. It’s an easy and quick little sew.

You will need:
2 x 5 inch squares of fabric
Heavy interfacing

I first made a template so I can make it again but you can skip this if you want and put the measurements directly on to the fabric

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Cut a 5 inch square from card then cut a 1 and a quarter inch square from each corner.

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Mark the template on two pieces of fabric and cut out. Iron on interfacing to one of the pieces.

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Sew up the corners on both pieces of fabric.  I trimmed the excess here.

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Put the lining inside the outer, right sides together, and pin in place.
Sew around the top with a quarter inch seam leaving a gap on one side to turn it inside out.

Turn out and top stitch to close the gap in the seam and tada!

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A lovely tiny ring tray.

This tutorial is handy if you were thinking about making fabric storage bins and wanted a little practice on a smaller scale. Just change the dimensions around to get different shapes.

Kam Snaps Review

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Yay my Kam Snaps arrived today from eBay so I had to make something to try them out.

First I checked out a You Tube tutorial on how to attach the snaps and work the tool. This video is really handy as it tells you everything you need to know.

I was surprised how easy it was to attach them. There are four parts to each snap and as long as you don’t rush it’s all quite simple.  You don’t need to be very strong to attach them either.

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Once the snaps are on they are not going anywhere.  They are really strong and secure and create a really professional finish.

They come in loads of colours sizes and even star and heart shapes. I’m looking forward to making lots of stuff with these. It sure beats sewing a button hole.

Adventures in mini quilting

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I had a little dabble into mini quilting last week. I got my scraps of fabric out and my patch work templates and went to work. I used the English paper piecing method to put it all together. I was very pleased when I discovered the stars fitted perfectly in the diamond patches. I quilted it by hand with contrasting pearl cotton.

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I am so please with how tidy the corners are.  I thought I knew how to do the corners but after actually reading the tutorials realised I had been doing it wrong.  I machined the binging on then finished it by hand and sewed a loop on the back so I could hang it on the wall.

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Here it is on the wall bringing some colour to the hall way.  I want to make another one at some point so I’ll be keeping my eye out for more designs.

Pins of the Week

This first pin is something I am really considering buying.

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They are called Kam Snaps. They are the little plastic poppers you get at the end of your duvet cover.

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They add a really professional finish to projects (as you can see above) and they have great reviews for being very strong and reliable. The thing I like best is the huge range of colours and that the snaps also come in star and heart shapes. Also it is quite affordable to get started as there are great starter packs on eBay. I think I will be making a purchase very soon.

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This next pin is an embroidery design form Urban Threads. I love the tattoo style however if I get any more craft related tattoos I may look obsessed.

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I am hoping to make something like this today to keep my phone, a small note book and a pen. I spent yesterday evening trying to plan the dimensions and now after seeing this one I this I will be changing it again.

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I picked up some mod podge at hobbycraft last week and I am thinking of doing some decoupage to make some matching pots to keep my desk tidy. I like the floral design, it’s a bit of a theme in the craft room. I seriously need to upgrade from the cracked jug, mug with no handle and bottom half of a water bottle that I an currently using.

Well I hope you enjoyed my pins. What’s your favourite of this week?

Super Easy Jammy Bottoms

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I had been thinking of buying a pattern from Simplicity for some nice simple pyjama bottoms. Thankfully I held on to my money when I saw lots of tutorials to draft patterns form your own clothes so I thought I would give it a go and I’m glad I did.

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I used greaseproof paper/baking parchment to trace around my own garment and cut it out making allowances for seams, hems and rolling over the top for the drawstring opening. If you are using a garment with an elasticated waist make sure you take this into account (I didn’t and had to add a triangle of extra fabric to accommodate my booty).

All the tutorials online show how to do the construction but it is pretty easy to figure out once you have cut out the fabric. I placed the straight edge of the pattern on the fold of the fabric so I only had one seam to sew on the inside of each leg.

I used a vintage table cloth for the fabric.  I loved the pattern at the bottom and wanted to use that at the bottom of the legs. Thankfully the table cloth had already been hemmed so I used that to save some time. I am really please with the finished garment. They were so easy to make and really comfy.  I plan to make a few more pairs 🙂

Pins of the week

I decided I would do a regular post where I round up my favourite Pinterest pins of the week and share them with you.

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We have recently been talking about going to the Harry Potter Studios in London and I really want to make this jacket. It’s so simple, you can get a blazer pretty cheap at primark and the patches on eBay. I know plenty of friends who would also go crazy for this!

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I have been seeing lots of African Flower Patterns on pinterest and I’m a sucker for bright colours. I still can’t belive I haven’t made any of these yet as I’m usually caught up in what ever crafty trend is happening. 

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I love this patchwork cushion from the quilting dee. I’ve been looking for patterns where I can use more of my patchwork templates and this patterns has an inspiring collection of fabrics and stitching.

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This pin makes me feel dumb as I had never thought of this before. Just placing a stitch marker when you make your cable helps you keep track of what row you are on. I’ll need this soon when I knit my new cushion covers.

So what are your favourite pins of this week?