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Fishy!!


This week I had lots of new sewing projects!
A dress, this fish windsock, other (top secret) things!!

This fish windsock is for my Nephew because it is his birthday later this month so I needed to get it made and posted to the UK in time!

I made it from fabric so it is only good in the wind and not the rain, but I love the bright summer colours and think it will look so cheerful in their garden!

I like it so much that over the weekend I am going to make a couple more for my etsy shop.

Next week I will show you the other thing I am making for him (it is Gruffalo themed again)!!

I am sharing this post in some link parties! Alderberryhill :: Crafty Moms Share :: Craftomaniac :: Sew Can Do :: Sumos Sweet Stuff :: Making the World Cuter ::

Christmas Tutorial Advent {Peppermint Cushion}

I can’t help myself! I keep thinking of lovely peppermint designs! Today I have a tutorial to make a peppermint circle cushion!

Materials:
Red Fabric
White Fabric
2 Large Red or White buttons
Sewing Machine etc
Pattern (download it here)

How to:
Begin by printing off the pattern and using it to cut out 12 white pieces and 12 red pieces.

Pair up a white and red piece, right sides together and sew along one edge.

Repeat for all pieces so you have a total of 12 joined pieces.

Now take 3 of the pieces, and sew them together so they go white/red/white/red etc

Repeat this so you now have 4 semi circle pieces.

Then pin two semi circles right side together and sew across them, so now you have 1 big circle in alternating colours.

Repeat for the other two semi circles so you have 2 full circles. Iron the seams flat for a nicer finish.
As you can seen on mine, none of the centers line is perfectly, but we will hide that later on with the buttons 😛

Place the two circles right sides together and line up the sections so white is on white, and red is on red.
Pin in place and sew all the way around the outer edge, leaving one piece open with a gap (it is a lot easier to not have the gap on a seam)

Clip the curves and turn the cushion right way out. Stuff it nice and full and plump, then ladder stitch the opening closed.

Thread a needle and pass it from one side of the cushion to the other, through the center point. Add 1 large button and thread back through the cushion. Add the other button and keep sewing back and forth through the cushion. Pull the thread tightly so that it makes the cushion dip in the middle. Secure the thread and you have your peppermint cushion!

Christmas Tutorial Advent {Christmas Felt Mouse}

I think real mice are horrid and scary, but I love toy mice!! I use to have a cutey little one that I took in my school bag to exams for luck, and something about mice feels quite festive… I can see them in little Santa hats, or with jingle bells on their shoes…
I absolutely love the dutch / UK sellers from The House of Mouse!! You should look at their shop! They make the most creative little mice ever!
But if you feel like something a bit less technical I have a simple felt mouse tutorial for you today.

To make mousey I used:
Grey wool blend felt from Sew Sweet
Scrap pink wool blend felt from Sew Sweet
2 Black mini brads from Sew Sweet
10cm piece of thin ribbon
And basic sewing equipment, needle, thread etc.
This pattern:

How to:
Start by printing off the pattern above and cutting out all the pieces from felt. I used a light grey felt for the body and pink for the inner ear.

Stitch each inner ear to the outer ear and fold the ear nearly in half and add a few stitch to hold in place.
Then slide the ear into the slit you cut in your mouse body so the fold is facing the nose point. Stitch the ear in place and repeat for the other body (making sure you do the ear coming out the opposite site!)

Place your two mouse bodies with right sides together (so the ears face inwards) and sandwich the tail ribbon inwards near the mouses bottom. Stitch around the top edge.

Turn the body right way out and position the eyes so they match. I used mini brads but you could use buttons, or beads or a simple french knot etc.

Turn the mouse wrong way out again and pin the bottom around the edges of the body, lining up the nose point and bottom point. Sew around the edge leaving a gap to turn later on.

Turn mouse right way out and stuff him , making sure you get his nose nice and pointy. Then ladder stitch the turning hole shut. Mousey is finished and ready to hide under the Christmas tree!

Back to school – Pencil case tutorial

When I was younger I loved going shopping to find the cute pencil case, and matching ruler, rubber, pencils everything! And then getting a new school bag and diary… oh I wish I was back in high school sometimes (Ok maybe back at colledge where it was easier).
Since I start back to my dutch language lessons this week (I forgot sooo much over the summer!), I thought I would join in the “back to school” spirit that is everywhere at the moment with my own pencil case tutorial.

You will need:
5 x Scrap fabric strips, 3cm x 20cm. I used a mix of pink and green cotton fabric.
2 x Felt rectangles, 6cm x 20cm. I used 9″ fuchsia felt from Sew Sweet.
1 felt square, 20cm x 20cm. I used 9″ green felt from Sew Sweet.
18cm zipper
Usual sewing supplies (scissors, thread etc)
Sewing machine with normal & zipper foot.

Step 1
Take 2 fabric strips, and with right sides together sew along the longest edge using a 1/2cm seam allowance. Add the other 3 strips of fabric in the same way. When you have sewn all 5 strips together press the seams flat.

Step 2
Take one of the 6cm x 20cm felt rectangles and place it onto the right side of the fabric along the 20cm edge. Sew it to the fabric using a 1/2cm seam allowance. Repeat with the other felt rectangle on the other edge of the fabric strips. Iron the fabric so it is nice and smooth.

Step 3
Take the 20cm felt square and along one edge lay your zipper down. Now take your felt and fabric square and place it right side down, with the fabric edge along the zipper.

Pin everything in place, and with a zipper foot sew along the top edge. Remember to take care that you catch the zipper and both felt pieces.

Step 4
Open up the felt. Take your felt square and fold it back on itself, and repeat for the felt and fabric square.
Fold the two edges back to sandwich the other side of the zip. Pin in place and sew along the top edge.

Step 5
You should now have a tube of felt, with the zipper holding the middle together. Unzip the zipper and flip right way out.

Turn it so the felt and fabric square is on the inside, and the green lining is on the outside. (Opposite to what I show above).

Step 6
Pin the short edges together, making sure the zip edges line up nicely. Sew along both edges making sure to catch both layers of felt in the stitches. You can use a normal stitch or zig-zag stitch, all depends on what you prefer.

Make sure that the zipper is half open before you sew both ends shut so you can turn it right way out later.

Step 7
Turn the pencil case right way out, and to finish it off, sew around the top edge of the felt where it meets the zipper. This helps stop the felt catching in the zipper when you open and close the pencil case.

I like pink and green but you can really experiment with colours for this pencil case. You can also make it bigger or smaller if you like, add extra fabric strips or use less. It is all a matter of juggling the measurements.

I am sharing this tutorial in several link parties, see this page to see which link parties I take part in.
I am entering this felt tutorial into the 1..2..3.. craft! challenge. Visit Kitty Cats and Airplanes to see other projects in the challenge.