Archive | August, 2014

I have 100 followers!! Thank you!!

26 Aug

I am just a bit excited that as of today I have 100 followers!

I really enjoy sewing, and a lot of that enjoyment is in finding ideas and inspiration from people on here, and also getting feedback or help on my projects.

When I recently tried to show a friend a couple of things I’ve made her response was “So what? Do you want me to show you [list of things she made in textiles at school]?” – which is the complete opposite of the sort of response anyone receives in the blogging world (and I’d honestly have loved to see all of the things she made!).

I know what I  make is not perfect (and is never original), and 99%+ of people who read my posts can do better – but I’ve never had a single negative comment or seen them on other people’s blogs. I started this blog to keep a record of what I’ve done as I struggle (and hopefully improve) at sewing, but it has become much more a part of my sewing process, and blogging is now a big part of my sewing. I don’t sew anything without blogging it anymore! The first time – repeats of items haven’t been posted yet though I imagine when I move onto more difficult projects they might.

This is just a quick ramble trying to say thank you, for all being so nice and talented (and nice enough to share your talent).

Have a lovely week :)

 

Up next – I am hoping to finish the baby quilt this week, make a baby pillow cover, and then comes Sew Selfless September which will hopefully contain: a wheat/rice bag, a sewing bag, a needle book, an eye mask, and a drawstring pouch. I’ve never made that many things in a month before!!

Fabric corkboard/pinboard – de-uglifying a university bedroom

24 Aug

An alternative use for fabric, other than sewing….

I changed rooms halfway through my final year of university, and found myself in a room with a huge (useful) but disgusting yellow corkboard. Armed with some cheap polycotton and a tub of simple drawing pins, I covered that ugly board and turned it into something of a feature in my room. I couldn’t bear to pull it down when I left – I wonder if it is still up, two years (and two new tenants) later! I’ve now passed this tip onto my sister who starts University in just over a month, even if her board isn’t as ugly as mine was it will still be a cheap way to make her room much prettier! :)

Uni fabric corkboard

Sew Selfless September: my pledge

18 Aug

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Jess of the Sometimes Sewist has started a new thing! Sew Selfless September is about sewing things for other people.

My pledge:

I, MRR, of Creative Saturdays, pledge this Sew Selfless September to sew at least three items for my friends and family, including: my sister-in-law, my sister, and my boyfriend.

I am copying Jess’ target of three, as I agree that it is a realistic target. I’ve chosen the three people because they all have exciting things going on in September: my sister-in-law is giving birth to the first of the next generation of our family, my sister is starting at university, and my boyfriend is moving from Germany to the UK to start his PhD. It’s possible that these exciting things will leave me with less time to sew, but that is part of the challenge!

I already sew things which I give to other people, but it isn’t really selfless as I think of things I want to sew and the work out who I should give it to when it’s done. For September I will reverse my thinking – I’ll think of what someone would like, and THEN sew it especially for them, hopefully with fabric from my stash (though I don’t have any manly fabrics so will need to buy some for the boyfriend).

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Want to join me for the first ever Sew Selfless September?

1.  Post your pledge in the comments on the Sometimes Sewists’ post, using this template:

“I, *name*, of *blog name*, pledge this Sew Selfless September to make *your pledge here* for *your intended receipt(s)*.” 

If you want to name specific people to make for or things you’re going to make, cool, if not cool, too.  You can see how vague my pledge is; no problem with leaving some wiggle room!

2.  Post your pledge on your own blog, and link it back to this post by using one of the badges below.

3.  Join the Sew Selfless September Flickr group.

4.  Come September, make all the things for not you and post them to the Flickr group!

Quilted coaster / ‘mug rug’: turning corners with bias binding

16 Aug

If you saw my post about my Botched attempt at a Sorbetto, you’ll have seen that my first attempt at bias binding, around curves, was definitely not a success…

My current WIP, a baby patchwork quilt, will need to be finished off with some (24mm) bias binding. After the comments on that post, which helpfully pointed out some good tutorials, I decided I definitely needed to practise first – especially with turning the corners with binding.

I used a tutorial from So Sew Easy on turning corners with bias binding, but I was being a bit dim and forgot that when joining up bias binding you need to sew it and press etc., so just trimmed at the point where I should have sewn them together! I realised almost immediately after and just felt so silly. Thankfully, this wasn’t the real thing ad was just a bit of a scrap buster practise :)

One side turned out a bit neater than the other, but my lines weren’t perfectly straight.  I am hoping that when I use 24mm instead of 12mm bias binding, I will be able to pin it more accurately and it will be less messy… I hope.

2014.08.16 Teddy Mug Rug side A

The slightly neater corners

2014.08.16 Teddy Mug Rug side B

The messier side!

I think this took about two hours all in, including: finding my bag of scraps; finding enough matching scraps; ironing the scraps (and melting one of my towels by ironing on it); sewing the two sides up and interfacing them; quilting together with some cotton batting; trimming; and eventually adding the binding.

I think it would probably only take other people half an hour, but I am happy enough with that :)

Machine hemming, or “under-appreciating my iron”

9 Aug

My sister-in-law asked me to hem a maxi dress for her…. which is a lot of fabric, curved! 

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:-)

The last time I tried to hem something, was a silk dress by hand which was perhaps a little messy. I decided to be more careful with this one, pinning every inch as I rolled it over. 

Why didn’t I just iron it fr the first fold and again for the second fold?

I have no idea

That would have been so much easier

Though I guess I might have then burnt my fingers rather than a few pin pricks, which is a more long-lasting pain?

Maybe I should try it sometime. But for now, this did the job :)

(apologies for the boring post – the quilt will begin again next week!)