Category Archives: Fabric

2 New Dolls

This weekend I struggled through my hayfever suffering to finish these two new dolls.

Roxanne (or Roxy) is a new standard doll I made, she has a more punk rock feel than my other dolls and I had great fun making her! I love the guitar that she has and am so pleased with how she turned out. Buy her here on Etsy.

Red is the first in a series of fairytale themed dolls I plan to make. With the new movie “Little Red Riding Hood” coming out soon I decided to make her first and just love how she turned out. She is just as I imagined her to be, and I love how her cape turned out. You can buy her here.

I always wish I had space to keep everything I make, I love my dolls so much and each have their own character and style! I love the fact that I can also sell them on Etsy so I can fund making more of them!

Toastie Studio banner

You may have spotted it in the top corner of the image in my last post, but here is the whole thing!

I am still not 100% happy with it. The “S”‘s turned out smaller than the other letters even though I used the same font size, So I will be remaking them a bit bigger. But otherwise I love it and think it will look great behind me on my craft stall at the hip and handmade market in Deventer this June.

I wish I had taken photos as I was sewing it to show how I did it. It is very simple though, but would not work so well for a banner with lots of letters that have holes in them (like O, P, B, etc)

First I printed off all the letters from my computer. I used font type “Tw Cen MT Condensed Extra Bold” and made it as big as I could. You can pick a different font, but chunky fonts work best.

I folded my fabric in half and on one side I drew around my letters. I then sewed around the letters on the line and left a gap for turning.
Dont sew around any inner circles like on O, P, B etc!!!

I cut out the letters from the fabric with about a 1/2cm seam and turned them all right way out. The simple letters like T U S etc I stuffed and ladder stitched shut.

The O A D I had to make the hole in the middle. For this I marked the circle outline and with the letter right way out and stitched along the line. Then I stuffed the letter and ladder stitched it shut.
This gives the letter a flat area where there should be a hole. My fabric was terrible at fraying, but if you used a tight woven fabric you could trim out the hole, or paint it white maybe.

Quack, quack!

This week I bought this to die for fabric from my local market. It was €2 a meter!!

How cute is it!! Perfect for some baby gift or toy… I just have not decided what to use it on just yet. Any ideas?

And also this lovely parcel of felt is in the post to Danielle. All my eco-fi felt is currently on sale in my Etsy shop. €5.00 for 10 sheets, or I can do custom listings for more sheets.

fabric flower tutorial

Fabric flower brooch tutorial

I love flowers! And as spring is slowly arriving here I though I would give my book bag a fresh bright feel by adding some to it! Here is what my bag looked like, very black and boring. And next to it is my new spring bag!

fabric flower tutorial

I love it! And I love it so much I thought I should share how I did it.
First you can either use this pattern, or draw your own.

Pick three fabrics and cut out three small squares big enough for each of the flower templates.
Ideally you would now use some fabric stiffener, but I don’t have any of this so I use a mix of 2:1 pva and water. Coat the fabric with the mixture and leave to dry.

Your fabric should be nice and stiff now and wont fray when you cut out your flowers.
Draw around each template on the reverse of your fabric and cut out your flowers. I made enough for 5 flowers.

Cut out each flower and layer the three flowers on top of each other.

Sew through the middle of the flowers onto…anything you like. I sewed 3 of my flowers onto my bag, 1 I turned into a brooch and the other I am keeping for something else (surprises!). You could turn the flowers into lots of other things too.
To finish off the flower either use a button, or a stick on gem and glue it to the middle of the flower to hide the stitches. For extra depth pinch the tip of each flower petal so it makes a bit of a curve.

And there it is all finished! Bag and boorch!

Felt and fabric boxes

I finished the box last night but couldn’t get a good photo because of lighting, so took one this morning.

I decided instead to store some of the accessories for my custom doll in my box instead of using it for my rabbits treats (she would not appreciate it!!). I just love it and managed to make it in just under 2 hours, so will look at ways I can speed it up a bit so I can sell it in my shop.

What do you think? What colours should I sell them in? What should I put on the front of them?
I am looking for a supplier of felt by the meter so I can make them a bit bigger than 10cm by 10cm.

Oh and don’t forget to enter my doll freebie if you haven’t already!! Only a few days left till I pick a winner!