Friday, 31 May 2013

Free Your Mind

I've been doing a bit of traveling, and am always so amazed by what I find other women creating. I was recently in a small country town called Young at Robynette Fabric Salon and was presented with this darling little bag. 

It is such a simple concept and a great way to practice free motion sewing. It is as simple as making a "quilt sandwich" ( fabric, batting, and tear away interfacing on the bottom) and then free motion flowers onto the rectangular piece of fabric. After you are satisfied, cut the flower shape out (eliminating in funky stray stitching), and hot glue them onto a woven bag. So simple, yet so effective!!!  

Look at these other designs below.

It is so wonderful to constantly be amazed and inspired by others!!!

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Pillow Madness!!!

I've always felt that a well made pillow can transform the look of a couch, bed, or bench. It is also a great way to try new techniques with out wasting too much fabric or time. Perhaps you just bought an embroidery machine and you want to give it a whirl. The best fabric to start embroidering with is a woven medium to heavy weight cotton. It is more predictable and has less room for errors. Below is a pic of a funky embroidered pillow.

Or perhaps you want to do a bit of appliqué or quilting. Show off your new found skills by creating one of a kind pillows!!

This pillow was designed by me to encourage sewers to try different techniques and explore the world of optional accessories that are available for their machines. 

Piping can always give your pillows that professional look!!

Or you can use up some of your scrap quilting fabrics to appliqué a flower. 

Felt is always a great way to add a bit of texture and birds are always in style!!!

A Ruffle...


Or Fancy pin Pom frindge, the choice is up to you!!!'

So go add a bit of life to your couch, expand your sewing skills, and get to makin' and creatin'!!

A little bit of bling

Turn that vintage jewelry laying around into a GEORGOUS necklace!