Friday, 29 March 2013

The Cameo Strikes Again - Superhero Eggs

With Easter here, I had to do make use of my Cameo cutting machine for some egg decorating fun. 

I used some superhero dingbat fonts and some images I found online.  The Cameo machine cut the images on some sample vinyl sheets I have. They were applied as a stencil onto blown out eggs which were then coloured with a store bought kit.. Here are the results:


Some came out better than others.. The spiderman was tricky but worked out ok.. I was impressed tht the machine cut out the smaller spiderman stencil so well.. It was about an inch tall.

Here is one with the stencil applied.. It was hard to apply the stencil because of the curves so there were some folds..
And here it is soaking in the colouring. The kit said to use hard boiled eggs but I was doing some baking so blew the eggs out to use instead. I didn't think about the eggs floating, so we had to hold them down with a spoon.

My son loved them.. and I had fun playing with the machine!

Happy Easter!

Monday, 25 March 2013

Vinyl in the mail!

A few weeks ago I noticed that was having a giveaway on their blog. The giveaway was for pieces of red vinyl.    To enter, you had to comment with what you'd make with it.. I said I was envisioning a bag with the different tones of red vinyl pieced together..

I guess they liked that idea and last week I received this:


I'm thinking up my design for a bag using them.  They are various thickness so I have  to figure the best way to use them.. 



I drew a random winner for the purse hardware and Satchel Bag Pattern from A Home with Mrs H..

Drum roll..

Congratulations Natalie!  I'll contact you to arrange delivery of items..

And for those that didn't win, there is another giveaway for the same pattern at Susie's Sunroom going on now, try your luck again.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Testing, Testing.. Mommy Poppins Bag

Another first for me.. I tested a bag pattern for the lovely and talented Jodi of Sew Fearless

I knew Jodi was working on a new bag pattern as I follow her blog and facebook and she posted some sneak peaks of the bag.  She also made a similiar one before and this pattern was based on it.

I was excited when she posted she was looking for a few pattern testers but alas, they needed to be located in the States as Jodi was suppling and shipping the hardware which includes a frame.  I casually mentioned I had the needed frame but in a smaller size.  Well lucky I did as Jodi got back to me and said her pattern has intructions from customizing with different sized frames and if I wanted to use my frame she'd be happy to have me test.. Of course I wanted to! 

So here's my version of the Sew Fearless Mary Poppins bag... Jodi hasn't released the pattern yet, but was fine with the testers sharing.

I used some fabric I've been hoarding for a while and vinyl for he contrast and handles.

It has a removable crossbody strap

Side view

Front large pocket with flap

Back view with another large pocket

And inside.. I LOVE how the frame holds the opening nice and wide.

I really adore this bag..

Once Jodi releases the pattern I'll be sure to share!

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Meet My Machine

Welcome to this installment of

The Tilted Quilt meet My Machine Linky Party
I'm thrilled to be taking part in this, my first blog hop! 

Beginning with a brief introduction.. I have been sewing for about 3 years and still consider myself a beginner. My main interest is in sewing bags, never done any quiliting and only garments I've sewn is pj pants.

And here's the l'il guy that makes it happen.. A Kenmore 385

It has 21 built in stitches (of which I have used 2).  I was a Christmas present from my husband in 2009.  I had just begun sewing and didn't know how long I would keep up with it so it's a pretty enty level machine.  My first machine was one of those mini one, so it was a step up!

I have been managing decently with the machine for bag making but it does struggle at times with thickness.  I am also now starting to work with faux leather which has it's challenges as well.

One thing that allows the machine to work for working with faux leather is a walking foot  It didn't come with machine so it was an additional attachment, but I couldn't do without it now.  It's always on unless I need the zipper foot.

One feature on the machine that has helped a lot is that the press foot can be lifted to a higher postion than normal. The lever needs to be held up to keep the foot a this highest position but it allows me to squeeze that extra thickness under there when working on straps and such.  This is a great help, especially since I loose some clearance with the walking foot.

That's Chuck-E-Cheese coins I'm using to demostrate the lift

I am hoping to upgrade the machine sometime soon.. To what? I'm not 100 % sure yet..  I want something that will handle thickness and work well with vinyl and leather.. I'm thinking either something on the industrial side or an older metal machine.. we'll see!

Right now my poor machine's home is in a state of flux.. I used to sew in our office/extra bedroom/excerise room but I found I need more space.  I am not a everyday sewer.. when I am working on a project I lug mymachine down to our kitchen table.. And this is the chaos that happens..

At times I will cut my fabric in our dining room which has a bigger table so my mess is spilt between the two areas. 

Fabric is hung on every possible place
I do try an tidy up the kitchen area for dinner so we can eat there. Sometimes the machine gets a seat at table while we eat.. lol.

My supplies are still kept in the office, which is upstairs.  The shelving below containers containers of fabric, my interfacing, toolbox and containers with various sewing and bag making paraphenelia.

Usually when I start I project, I'll fill a little box with what I need and take it down.. Usually it's a few projects before I clean it out so it can get quite full. You can see there various little containers to hold clips, hardware etc..

Back up in the office, is my ironing station and where I keep my finished bags.  You can see rolls of vinyl in the corner.. This room is definetly not the prettiest nor neatest.

So not the most convienent, since I'm need to go back and forth to do various things.. but while I'm waiting for this:

to turn into my sewing/craft space, I'm making do.. :)

Thanks for dropping by, make sure you visit the other blogs on schedule.. Cheers to Sew at Mummy and The Tilted Quilted for hosting this fun hop.  If you would like to take part there is a linky party that you can link to a post about your machine and workspace.


Monday, 18 March 2013

Blog Lovin'

I using this post to "claim" my blog on Blog Lovin' .

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

If you want to do the same check  Tip and Tricks on Sew at Home Mummy.  Thanks Erin!

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Envelope Clutch

I had posted about a sew along at See Kate Sew a couple weeks ago for an envelope clutch.  In the end didn't get the chance to make it during the sew along but decided to make it as part of a gift I'm sending for a swap..

 Cute huh..

The tutorial calls for a button closure.. But I decided to do this closure instead. (Although I really should try out using my button hole foot).

Boo to the mis-oriented lining
Another modification I was to forgo the "dips"on either side of the centre piece.  To do this I just folded the pattern a bit deeper.  (It will make sense if you take a look at the orginal clutch and pattern)

I also top stitched around the opening to keep that vinyl in its place.

This is a great tutorial for a quick project.. Pattern is one piece, should take you 1hr or less.

Linking up to parties on my party page and if you haven't already enter my giveway for a great bag pattern and hardware

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Bag Loving Blog Hop

Just saw an awesome idea on ChrisW Designs blog.  She started a blog hop link party of Bag Loving Blogs.. I added mine and have the linked to the blog hop here.  Add yours and visit some others!

If you've come here dropped by here via the hop, welcome and look around!

Here's the instuctions from ChrisW

What do you have to do? It's easy! (Please note links now require approval due to spamming :( so will be approved after all 3 steps have been carried out! Please make sure your blog has posts about BAGS!)

Step 1) Just add your blog link below by clicking on the "Click here To Enter" link and follow the easy steps to add your blog!

*Step 2) IMPORTANT! Click on the "Get the code here" link shown to grab your copy of the code and add it to your blog! Please include these instructions so that new members will know what to do! :)

*Step 3) Grab this button: (Right Click and Save)
and pop it in your sidebar linking to your Bag Lovin Blog Hop post so that we can leave this blog hop open and people can keep finding it and hopping on! :)

After all 3 steps have been completed, your link will be approved and added to the blog hop! :)

That's it! :)

* Please note it may take me a little while to approve your link due to the time differences! If you have any technical difficulties or you can't see your link within 24 hours, please don't hesitate to email me so I can see if I can help! :) Thanks for joining in!

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Meet My Machine Schedule

As mentioned, I taking part in my first blog hop next week.

The Tilted Quilt meet My Machine Linky Party
Hosted by Erin from Sew at Home Mummy and Stacey from The Tilted Quilt, the hop is sure to be a fun one!

Each blogger will share about their the machine and workspace.  There will also be a linky party for anyone else who would like to share the same. 

Here's the schedule


(And don't forget to enter my giveaway for a bag pattern and hardware!)

Monday, 11 March 2013

Giveaway! - Closed

I'm excited to have my first giveaway!

Samantha from At Home at Mrs H has just released on a new bag pattern.. The Satchel Bag:

Isn't it a smart looking bag!  I did a bit of proof reading for her and she is letting me do a giveaway for the pattern.
And to make it more fun I decided to throw in the pattern's required metal hardware!
So the lucky winner will get
- the pdf pattern for The Satchel Bag from At Home with Mrs H
- metal hardware supplied by myself:
  •   2 1" metal rectangular rings
  •   1 adjustable slider ring set
  •   2 magnetic snaps
All this + the pdf pattern could be yours!
All the winner would need is the fabric and buttons of their own to start sewing the bag..
To enter please leave a comment below. For extra entries follow my blog and/or At Home with Mrs H and leave a separate comment for each letting me know (so maximum of 3 entries = 3 comments)
I'll pick a random entry on Monday 25th March as winner.
Good luck!
 ETA - if you are a no-reply blogger or don't have an blog please leave an email so I can contact you if you win!

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Coming soon..

A few exciting things coming soon to this blog .. well exciting for me at least!

I will be doing my first giveaway on Monday!   It has something to do with this lovely blog:

Shop button
I also will be particpating in my first blog hop in a couple weeks.
The Tilted Quilt meet My Machine Linky Party
You'll get to know a bit about my sewing machine and sewing workspace. 
Make sure to drop by for both!


Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Faux Leather Tip

Recently I've started sewing with faux leather.  I sew with a pretty basic home machine and have come across some challenges.

I generally sew with my walking foot attachment.  This helps tremendously with the faux leather as you'll see with some sample stitches I did below.

However when sewing a zip I need to switch to my zipper foot.. As can be seen on the zipper pocket below, I didn't get great results with the faux leather.

Doing some research online, a teflon foot is sometimes recommended for leather or vinyl sewing.  I don't have a teflon foot and it probably wouldn't help with sewing zippers as I need the narrow zipper foot. (or maybe they have teflon zipper feet?  I dunno??)

So I went and found me some teflon tape at a hardware store.


I put some on the back of my zipper foot.. It's a very thin "plasticy" type material. It's not sticky but more clingy so is easy to remove.
Here are some test stitches I did
Top - zipper foot without tape - The material hardly advanced and resulted in tiny messy stitches.
Middle two - zipper foot with teflon tape. Not sure why I tried twice - much improvement over tapeless foot.
Last - walking foot - best stitches
So in this case the teflon tape did help.. But the walking foot was definitely better.
I then tried on a different kind of faux leather.. it's a bit shiny and more "sticky".  It's very thin, so thickness is not an issue.
The only decent stitches were with the walking foot on left.  With this material the teflon did  not produce good stitches at all. Without the tape, the material didn't advance at all.
So lesson out of this.. Walking foot is the way to go.  Teflon tape might help with faux leather if you need need to use your standard feet BUT try your options out out scraps first! 
 Linking up to Tips and Tricks Tuesdays.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Sweet Pouch Received!

Got a lovely package in the mail today.. all the way for Australia!

It's my pouch from the Sweet Pouch Swap.  There was some yummy chocolates, some post cards and of course the pouch.

Ah the pouch!  It's really lovely.. beautiful fabrics pieced together..


I love the flex frame opening.. and the lining is fabulous too!  

I assume the sender wanted to remain private as there was no reference to a blog or email.. so I'll just say Thank you A!!!  I love it.

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