Sewing Projects

Keeping busy – I made a wrap!

Baby is due in 16 days (when it will actually arrive is open for bets) so I am trying to distract myself by keeping busy. Today I decided to make a wrap. As you do.  I had a large chunk of purple jersey stretch fabric that I had bought in Rejects of Kirkcaldy about a year ago. I had originally thought about making some sort of top to wear in the summer, but ran out of inspiration and most of my spare time was spent running so the fabric stayed in the bag. I used some to make my maternity jeans a few months ago but it still left a good couple of metres sitting unused in the bag.

After spending some time clicking Pinterest links and following blog after blog, I found my way to this web page – Fine Craft Guild Bina Brianca Wrap Cardigan. This was exactly what I was looking for – something simple but useful and more importantly something I could use the purple fabric for. The tutorial was really simple and easy to follow – no point rewriting it, just have a look there!

using the tutorial on the link above, I cut the fabric into the panels required, left space for arm holes and then sewed the pieces together. To try and keep it neat and stop the fabric fraying, I used a zig zag stitch all the way around the edge of the wrap as well as round the arm holes. All in all, it took me about three hours to make. That’s time taken to measure the drop, width, measure it all again, measure the fabric three times, cut careful, watch an episode of Case Histories, the sew it all together. An ideal quick and easy project!

here it is, carefully placed (bwahahahaha) on the floor to show the colour and armholes. I love it. I may have spent a bit of time sweeping about the house pretending to be some kind of Count…

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Wash bag!

First day of maternity leave and I decided to make a wash bag to put into my hospital bag in a neat attempt to waste time and pretend to be prepared for imminent birth. Job done! It took me about two hours to make all in, including time spent watching Cake Boss on TV.

Firstly, I rounded up the various off cuts from the armchair organiser. I had a few bits from the red material, a few from the green but none of them were the perfect size really for a pouch style bag. I’d read a lot of blogs and tutorials on simple, zipped pouches but as I’ll need to fill the wash bag with a load of essential/useless things, I wanted a more triangular stand on it’s own feet type bag. Again, I found a few tutorials that suggested cutting fabric with fancy triangle bits but it confused me so I ignored them.  And this is what I did:

fabric assortment:

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these are the off its that I had to work with. I decided to make the green the sides of the bag and then have a strip of red at the bottom and then cut two triangles of red fabric for each side.

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Here’s the cut fabric. I’ll just make it clear here that as usual, I didn’t measure out the size of the bag. I just looked at the size of the biggest bit of green fabric and cut it in half. Then the cut the red strip to the required length. Width decided on by virtue of it sort of looking right. The triangles then were cut to the width of the red strip and cut into triangles to match the height of the big green bits.

Once I had cut the fabric, I started to pin the pieces together. First of all, I pinned the three red sections together. The pinned the long red strip to the bottom of one of the green pieces. Next step was to pin a zip in place. I’ve been using up a stash of zips that came with the Sewing Machine In The Cupboard so wasn’t exactly overrun with choice of zip length. I took care (I know! Me! Ha ha ha!) to place it so that there was equal space either side of the zip. It’s shorter than the overall width of the bag but I’m happy enough with that, it hopefully means that things won’t spill out as easily when I inevitably knock it over in hospital. Anyway, back to pinning. I folded over a very small hem all the way along the top width of one green section, then pinned this, right side up, on top of the zip. This meant there wasn’t going to be a raw edge all the way along. I pinned the other side on too and decided that GULP it was time to sew.

sewing it together was actually really simple. I just took it slowly, made sure I kept the fabric steady and it was finished really quickly.  End result:

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Ok, ok, it’s a bit wobbly. But look! It stands up!

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This is from the bottom, also showing the side. I like the contrast of red and green apples. Loves them apples.

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And heres the opening. I had thought about lining the bag, but then gave myself a bit of a shake and decided that life is too short, I have literally NO patience any more, and really, I don’t need to line a wash bag. So it’s unlined, but I REALLY like it. Functional! Bright! Finished!

what do you think?

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Armchair organiser- the verdict!

I saw Gran a few days into the new year, circumstances meant i couldn’t visit before, and hesitantly handed over her Christmas present. Once unwrapped, she looked at the organisers, looked at me, then said:

“What’s this?”

i explained it was an organiser, to put under the cushion of her chair with the ends draped over the arms, there were handy pockets for keeping her TV remote, boiled sweets and various items of importance in. There was silence.

“oh,” she said, “I was just going to tape some plastic bags to the end of the armchair. I suppose this could be better.”

then, after peering at the organisers and trying one out, she said:

“where did you buy this?”

“I made them myself, gran” I said, full of pride.

“YOU made them?” Cue more peering “I didn’t think you’d have it in you. Are you sure someone didn’t help you?” She started to test out the strength of the pockets and seams. “Hmmmmm.  They’re ok. Who’d have thought you could make this. Hmmmmm. That’s nice.”

In case you were wondering, that was a positive reaction. Oh the lolz we have.