Dylon got in contact a few months ago and asked me to review their fabric dyes, and although not my usual product I also am a crafter so thought that I wouldn’t mind giving dying my own fabric a go. What arrived was a great variety of colours and two immediately jumped out at me: a gorgeous vibrant ‘tropical green’ and a deep ‘burlesque’ red.
Last night I went to another sewing workshop, this time to make this cute little elasticated toddler skirt:
I can’t believe how quick and easy it was to do and I’m so pleased with how it came out. I’m already thinking about all the different versions I can do at home with funky fabrics!
A quick unsolicited plug I can’t recommend the Sew Me How school of sewing enough. This is the second time I’ve done a workshop with them and the tutor is so friendly and goes at a speed that everyone can follow at. It’s great fun for us crafty types or anyone looking to find a new skill for that matter! I mean surely meeting new people while learning a new skill and getting something you can take home and you can immediately use is win win all round?! I’m already looking for more workshops to squeeze in before bean arrives!!
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We had the standard Ikea chair when we did the bears nursery and it was amazing. It worked so well and it was so comfortable that we knew we wanted to use the same / similar chair again but the existing ‘jungle’ theme just wouldn’t work, so we looked for an updated version. Unfortunately when we hit Ikea all the other available colour options wouldn’t suit the theme for the new nursery.
So….time for a challenge to cover the existing one and I have to say it was sooooooo easy!
- Ikea ‘Polarvide’ fleece = £3
- Sewing machine – though optional as it can be done by hand
With hindsight I should have taken pictures as I went along, but as usual when I am playing around and don’t have a pattern to follow, I got too absorbed in what I was doing and simply forgot…oops! Therefore I’ve done a quick mock up using an A4 piece of paper.
Step 1: lay the fleece out flat – you will be working the piece by folding it length ways and working to sew the top and side seams. You should at this stage have a long oblong.
I should have probably ironed it at this stage but I didn’t. Therefore if you have more patience than me maybe give it a quick iron so the finished result is nice and pressed.
Step 2: place the material on top of the cushion you are covering and mark where the cushion ends making sure you leave sewing allowance for the seams. You then want to cut a section out from where the bottom of the cushion ends on one side of the folded material only. When laid back out flat the material should look something like this:
Step 3: you are now going to pin the material ready for sewing. Fold the material back in half length ways. You should have a piece of material that is longer on the bottom and shorter on top on one side. You now want to lift the longer section and fold it over the top. This should look a little like how a pillowcase works.
Pin along the top open edge and along the side making sure to include the folded over section (it will be three layers thick on this folded section). TIP: make sure the folded over section is laid on top so when you turn it the right way around this bit is hidden and the longer piece is showing which will cover the entire length of the cushion.
Step 4: sew!! I used a sewing machine and it was super quick but this can be done by hand too using a standard running stitch. As it’s two long lines to sew, it’s not difficult but it will take a lot longer by hand.
Step 5: turn it right side around and cover your cushion! Make sure the folded section is at the bottom and at the back so it is easily hidden underneath the part you sit on.
You will notice that the shorter side of the folded section is on the inside and is hidden. However this is only attached by the one side you have sewn therefore you will need to smooth this out so it lays flat against the cushion.
Ta-da!! You’re all done.
If you have a go it would be great to see how you got on so please share 🙂
Today a friend and I went to a sewing worship to learn to read a pattern and make a little girls dress as an introduction to dressmaking. As the bear has been so poorly for so long, she’s been pretty attached to me non stop so as guilty as it made me feel, it was actually pretty nice to have a day on my own at some kind of attempt at adulting (the term is used in the loosest sense of the word!!).
I love crafts and making things so this was right up our street. The venue was gorgeous, set in a barn within a cute little retail village:
I don’t have pictures of the creation in progress as to be honest we were so engrossed in what we were doing!! It was great fun though and was a great intro to breaking down all the terms I look at in sewing patterns which always frighten me away from trying them. Needless to say I fell in love with this machine which is soooooo much whizzier than my old geriatric one…unfortunately though waaaayy at the bottom of the “to buy” wish list.
Although my make did not go without issues: I got a bit overconfident at the end and tried some fancy hemming which resulted in the machine eating my dress. Twice!! Therefore I ended up having to cut the hem and re-doing it meaning it was 3 cm shorter more than it should have been. It’s ok though!! It just means it’s a tunic rather than a dress. 🙂 The finished result:
Overall I’m so pleased with it, not bad for a first attempt at making something from a pattern and I’m already eager to go again – to the point where I may have ‘accidently’ ordered some interfacing and fabric online. Oops!!
So, it’s been a stop start this week for blogging so to round up the last week I’m unashamedly using the format I see over at noahandthegirls (if you haven’t already, you need to go check out her blog!)
This is what the last week has meant for me:
Uni books! I signed up to do a few courses before our holidays; both online. One is Prince2 which is a project management accreditation that I’ve been booked on to do before around 4 times in the last 4 years but a deadline or issue escalation has always stopped me being able to attend but I’ve finally started! I have 10 years worth of experience but it will be nice to finally get accredited too!
The idea is to have this finished before my diploma starts in mid-October.
I have also been reading a little trash recently….I’d say guiltily but I’ve actually enjoyed it. It’s been nice to pick up a book for relaxation again and considering how hectic our life it at the moment, it’s been nice to read something easy which was pick up and put down. This week I finished Less Than Nothing by R E Blake which is a coming of age novel of a 17 year old runaway as she has dreams of making it in this X Factor generation. It won’t change your life but it’s a good read.
I’m late to the party to this one but this week I’ve picked up Once Upon a Time on Netflix. I love a good fairy tale so I’m really enjoying the show. We’ve also embraced our inner baker and are enjoying the Bake Off…..it’s such a guiltly pleasure though does nothing for the diet considering all the lovely sweet stuff you crave throughout!
We’ve just booked to see Stereophonics in December for our 7th wedding anniversary so at the moment I’m listening to their new album Keep the village alive and am absolutely loving it. Can’t wait to hear it live!
Winter boots…..where oh where has summer gone?!?! I also heard from hubby that not only is summer apparently gone, but also it’s set to be a nasty winter. I see plenty of winter nights in snuggled in front of the wood burner in our future!
First birthday party preparation is well underway so there have been quite a few makes going on:
Birthday Cards – shocked at the price of special birthday cards I raided the craft box this weeks and pulled some together. They take time but I’m really pleased with how it come out.
Bunting – no little girls first birthday is complete without bunting so I managed to last night finish two sets ready for her party in a few weeks. A string of 16 flags and a huge set with 79 flags! It took a look to preparation and isn’t as easy as I thought it would be but after a lot of stress and some trial and error the end result looks pretty good.
Bees! – more birthday party preparation, these little knitted guys are due to become a bee-utiful mobile. Hopefully it will come out as I imagine and I can share the finished article soon.
What I haven’t been making unfortunately is dinner…..our diet and eating habits have suffered this week as we have lived off a steady supply of cereal and toast. It’s amazing how I always find time to ensure the bear eats properly but not the adults in our house. This week we must do better!!
In amongst all of this we have had a lovely weekend as a family including swimming on Saturday (followed by an Ikea trip – though that was less lovely!) and a first birthday party yesterday where a certain little lady had so much fun playing with EVERYTHING in the soft play area that was set up for the kids.