Showing posts from December, 2015

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Pitter Pat Jack - Pram Liners, Fabric Necklaces & More

Beautiful pram liner made by Pitter Patter Jack with my Ink Splatter II. White and Black fabric!

Free Embroidery Patterns + Inspiration

Here are the embroidery patterns that I created to go on my ren faire boots. Feel free to use them on any of your personal projects. Selling anything made from them would probably be a copyright headache since they come from combining other people's images so please don't do that. lol.

Project Photos: Suede Boots

This pair of suede boots was one of the major projects that made up my renaissance faire outfit. It was my first time making shoes of any kind, but they still turned out fabulous and warm! I had a lot of inspiration that went into the final design and I put it all together in a pinterest board that is still growing. 

The main sources that influenced the final design:

This pattern was the initial pair of boots that I was going to make, but I have very short legs and wide width feet. That would have basically meant distorting the pattern and doing a load of trial and error to get them to fit, but the simple turnshoe and tongue style were something I did want to incorporate in my finished shoe.

So I looked around online to see how to make a boot that actually fit an individual person's foot. This tape mold method was the way that sounded the best to me to get a custom fit while still hanging on to the style of the first boot pattern I liked.

And I picked up a few pointers on how to do…

Project Photos: Unicorn Needlebook

This is a rather large needlebook made to accommodate my new leather needles as well as my smaller hand sewing needles. It was a quick project cutting out 2 rectangles of fabric and 3 layers of batting measuring 3 3/4 inch by 5 1/4 inch. I added a long length of lace that was about a foot long so that the needle case would be wrapped a couple of times to keep it closed. Everything was stacked together and pinned. The fabrics should have the printed sides together, and the batting layers set under that. The ribbon was wound up and placed between the fabric pieces with a little tail sticking out from the bundle. Then it was as simple as sewing around the perimeter leaving a gap and turning through that hole. I ladder stitched the hole closed and had a neat little place to store my needles :)

*Just a note on the photos: The colors aren't true to life; my camera has an automatic white balance that gets really confused when I photograph bright swathes of color.*

Contest Entry: Confetti Swept Stripe

New Year Traditions

From fireworks to special songs, everyone has a tradition to help ring in the New Year! Here in the Southeast, it's considered good luck to have black-eyed peas with collard greens, corn bread, and Hoppin' John for a meal on New Year's Day. Show us what kind of New Year traditions you celebrate in this week's Design Challenge!  Please note that design previews will be sized on a fat quarter size (21" x 18"). Deadline for entry is Tuesday, December 15th, 2015. Voting will open Thursday, December 17th, 2015 and stay open for two weeks instead of one (we're skipping a contest in observance of Christmas).

Project Photos: Cantaloupe Vineyard Quilt Part 1

A new project that I have been designing like crazy for is my Cantaloupe Vineyard cheater quilt. When finished it should be a little under 6' long, and a little over 5' 3" wide. Now obviously it's not quite as big of an undertaking as a true patchwork quilt, but it is a large enough project that it's getting spread out over a couple of months.

This is an approximation of what the finished quilt should look like:

Of course things change from the concept to the execution, and even that has changed over time.
This quilt started out as a 1 Yard Cantaloupe Quilt Block that I had designed to show off the Cantaloupe Vineyard fabrics side by side.There wasn't much of a plan when I ordered the yard from Spoonflower and got a cheap yard of teal cotton elsewhere to back it. After simply layering it with batting , sewing around the edges, and turning it right side out, it was quilted. At first I thought it would be finished and that I would take a few photos of my little…

Contest Entry: Knitted Paradise

Knitting Stockings, scarves, and socks. Nothing says 'I love you' like something stitched from the heart. Create a knitting-inspired design just in time for the cozy holiday season. Please note that design previews will be sized on a fat quarter size (21" x 18"). Deadline for entry is Tuesday, December 8th, 2015. Voting will open Thursday, December 10th, 2015.

Italian Renaissance Dress

So it has been rather quiet of late on this blog, but not because I haven't been sewing, crafting, and designing. Actually I have been doing too much to have time to share. November 21st and 22nd my friends and I attended a renaissance faire in Louisiana, and I made a dress and boots for me as well as a jacket for my friend. Hopefully, there will be a post for each one starting with the dress :)

So I basically went all out when designing this outfit. The base fabric is a wine colored broadcloth, and the underskirt is a navy satin. The undersleeves are organza with the gauntlets made of the same material as the dress. It is embellished with four separate gold colored brocade trims, gold stitching, and glass pearls. The woven trim on the edge of the overskirt is gold tone with pearls. The gauntlets are held in place with brass lion head buttons, and the lacing rings are fancy brass leaves. There is also a matching snood with some more of those glass pearls on it. I also wore the whi…

Contest Entry: Santa & His Reindeer Holiday Bag

Holiday gift bag

Solve the annual holiday quandary of finding the perfect gift bag! Get ahead of the game by designing your own to give to your loved ones! Create a cut and sew design for your ideal holiday gift bag, including original artwork, sewing pattern, instructions– and don't forget the drawstring! Please note that previews will be sized on a larger fat quarter size (27" x 18") to accommodate big gifts like holiday wine and spirits! Deadline for entry is Tuesday, December 1st, 2015. Voting will open Thursday, December 3rd, 2015.

 This is my entry for the Holiday Gift Bag contest. It makes an easy to assemble unlined bag, and you can add whatever closure you like: zipper, drawstring, magnetic clasps, et cetera.

For the simplest construction: Leave the white unprinted borders around the edges as these will provide the seam allowance. With the fabric face down, turn down the top edge towards you until you can see the printed area and sew in place leaving enough room…