Archive | sewing RSS feed for this section

Pencil me in, color me in

11 Aug

My goddaughter turned four this spring, and I made her a pencil roll. I’ve made one before using the same pattern. Now, with the help of a rotary cutter, I cut the time it took to make this in half.

pencil case

This case has 12 colors, plenty for a four-year-old still learning color names.

pencil case

I especially like the measuring tape ribbon, bought years ago from Superbuzzy.

pencil case

Thanks to my goddaughter’s mom for the pretty pictures.



1 Jun

I recently made a laptop sleeve for my new MacBook. It figures that I have no pictures of it yet despite using it all the time. However, I do have pictures of the iPad case I made for someone else using the same pattern – because they took the pictures. So, here goes.

The pattern is from Elisabeth from Oh, Fransson!. It is based on the actual measurements of your device, so I could adjust it from the laptop down to the iPad. The hardest part was getting the lovely birch trees on Lara Cameron’s fabric to match up on the different layers. I included a pocket on the backside with room for a charger and earphones, according to the recipient’s wishes. It closes with velcro, just like the main compartment. The lining is a lovely greying blue woodgrain print from Lush.

iPad case

iPad case

Spring sling

17 Apr

Spring is here, finally. To celebrate, I sewed a new bag. The pattern is Birdie sling by Amy Butler.

spring sling

The fabrics are all from the same Lotus colorway I’d stashed away years ago. I love the deep inside pockets.

spring sling detail

This is actually my second sling, I never got around to blogging the first one. Here they are side by side. As you may notice, the first sling is true to the name (Drawing room fabric by Anna Maria Horner).

two birdie slings

The first sling has been a trusty companion on many trips, from cities to beaches. Time will tell where the second one will go. Today it came with me as I voted in parliamentary elections.


5 Feb

My mom turned 60 this fall, though no one would believe it. I knit her a scarf from the silky wool fingering weight I’ve been dyeing with assorted natural dyes. 3 mm needles work just as fine as 2.5 mm, and it goes a lot faster! More than 25 different colors in this one.

mom's scarf

My nephew celebrated his first birthday in January. He received a car play mat, fashioned after instructions from Fiskars. I also included two wooden toy cars: a red race car and a blue tractor, his favorite. There’s an apple orchard, a car wash, a gas station and a pond in the four scenes. Most fabrics are some type of wool felts.  The printed fabric on side pockets is from Liberty of London scrap bin.

car mat

Here’s big sis helping him fill the tank for another round!

car mat

Welcome home, babies!

24 Jan

Happy year 2010! I’m glad to announce the arrival of my nephew. In addition to a grateful  and excited family, he was greeted with the following:

Quilt made from my treasured fabrics of the Aviary line of Joel Dewberry. I’m still holding onto a full quilt’s worth of the pink/green colorway.  The pattern used on this tiny quilt is Nest by Tula Pink (for her Nest line). I modified the original block size down to 11.5 inches. The binding is My folklore by Lecien.

joel dewberry aviary quilt

Here’s the back of the quilt, together with Wave blanket from Loop, knit with three colors of fingering weight merino, two strands held together.

joel dewberry aviary back and knitted blanket

Now, I wanted the baby boy to have some toys for comfort and play to come. First I made the Scotty dog from a mix pack of Anna Maria Horner scraps in home dec weight. While it looked delightful it seemed a bit large for a newborn’s cot. So I made its companion bunny.

scotty the dog and bunny friend

I hope the wee one and his family enjoys these humble offerings. For future notice,  all may be machine washed at 40 degrees.

On the homefront, I upgraded my sewing machine. While my partner hoped I’d choose one “with a bigger tv” (an embroidery machine with large screen) I got a Quilt Expression 4.0. In the plans: stippling and larger quilts. As soon as I learn how to maneuver it! See below for practice runs: appliques for t-shirts for the bigger kiddos in my life.




Happy birthday!

28 Apr

Once upon a time, in the shadow of a tall tree, there was a colorful little barn.

barn by the tree

Inside the barn, lived a happy mixed pack of animals.

this is our home

Luckily for two-year-olds, they like to come out and play on the lawn.

let's play

Pattern:Fabric dollhouse tutorial

Fabrics: Amy Butler, Ikea (reinforcement is batting taped to thin cutting board pieces)

Reception: The barn got carried around, buttons were examined very carefully and assorted animals were tossed into the pan together with the felted food for a rather straightforward stew. A success all around!

Girly things

8 Apr

As promised, here are some practice dresses. I recently traded some yarn for sewing magazines, more specifically Ottobre magazines which include fun patterns for kids. Having only made a few clothing items, I decided to start with some easy dresses. I made these two last weekend. First, a linen summer dress with gathered neckline and sleeves. I appliquéd a little bird on it from Tula Pink’s Full Moon Forest fabrics.

linen dress front

linen dress back

I battled with the elastics a bit but once I figured those out this was a breeze to make. The pattern is from Ottobre 2/2005. It’s a size 92cm (chest circumference 64 cm and total length 55cm) and big for that size. For summers to come, I suppose.

I wanted to make something my goddaughter could wear already now, and decided upon a corduroy vest dress from the latest Ottobre (1/2009). The size is 86cm (chest 62 cm, length 51 cm).

corduroy dress front

corduroy dress back

The second dress offered more challenge for a novice like me: buttonholes, top stitching and partial lining. It came together quite quickly though. The main fabrics for both dresses are from Hilco, the lining is Midwest Modern from Amy Butler. The buttons are from my late grandmother’s stash.

I like looking at the details the most. I think it’s safe to say these aren’t the last dresses I’ll be making.

dress details