What you will need:
A kanga – Kangas are a piece of African cloth, 150cm wide by 100cm, but any woven cotton fabric will work just the same. Continue reading
What you will need:
What to do with lots of little fabric scraps? Turn them into a cute patchwork bookmark! This would be a cute gift to pop inside a card for an avid reader, or just to keep for yourself. Here’s mine, which will soon be available for sale along with some others in my madeit.com.au shop, and here’s how I made it. Continue reading
Yesterday I spent some time creating a new banner for my madeit.com.au shop using GIMP. It was quite simple, I used a photo of my fabric and added text to create a very simple but colourful header for my store. It’s a bit ‘fresher’ than the one I had previously, so I’ve added it to my blog as well. GIMP is a free photo processing software which can be downloaded here.
I have been seeing cute little fabric yoyos everywhere lately, from hairclips and hats to t-shirt embellishments. I have heard that people used to make whole quilts out of them! I learnt to make them about ten years ago, and thought I’d share. They are so easy you don’t even know how to sew, and you don’t need a sewing machine.
1. You need: a piece of fabric, something round (I used a tea cup which gives a pretty small yoyo), a pen, a pair of scissors, and needle and thread.
2. Trace around your round thing with a pen
3. Cut out your circle
4. Take your threaded needle, and tie a knot in one end. With the fabric the wrong side up, turn the edge over and straight stitch, turning the fabric edge down as you go. Try not to make the stitches too small, and it’s ok if they aren’t exactly even.
5. When you have stitched all the way around, take the thread and gently pull so that the fabric gathers and the hole closes.
6. Tie both ends of thread together, then flatten out your yoyo.
And you’re done! You can do different sized yoyos and stack them (just stitch through the middle to keep them together), or stitch a button to the top to make a little flower like I did with this one.
Step 2 – cut out along the line you have just drawn.
Step 3 – Unfold your bib shaped peice and pin face down to the ‘right side’ of your top fabric. Right sides will be together.
Step 4 – Sew straight stitch almost all the way around, leaving an opening about 10 cm long on the side, as shown in the image above.
Step 5 – Turn inside out through the section you have left open on the side.
Step 6 – Iron the bib flat, making sure that the edges are turned in and even where you have left a gap.
Step 7 – Topstitch – Stitch all the way around the outside very close to the edge. I use the edge of the foot as a guide, and set the needle to the right hand side using the dial at the top of my machine to make sure it is even.
Step 8 – neaten the loose threads by tying a simple double knot and trimming close to the fabric
Step 9 – Pin the velcro tabs – one on the front, the other on the back.
Step 10 – Sew the velcro tabs on very close to the edges, then neaten as you just did with the topstitching.
Step 11 – There is no step 11, you have finished, and now have a very cute new bib!