A weekender sewing project: made with socks

Looking for a quick, super cute sewing project that you can finish in a weekend?  With easy to find materials?

Well step right up ladies and gentlemen, you have come to the right place.

We’re talking about the Craft Schmaft Funny Tummy Bunny.  It’s cute, it’s cuddly, and easy to make to boot!

All you need is:

Craft Schmaft Funny Tummy Bunny Pattern (buy it here)
Two adult size, crew length socks
Fabric for ears (20 x 30cm)
Embroidery thread
Matching cotton thread
Toy stuffing
Black and white felt or buttons for eyes, pink felt for nose (optional)

Go on, give it a try.  It’s an ace little project.  So very sweet.

I was lucky enough to trial the pattern before it went to market.  And I loved making it!  Your turn now.

Cheerio

Amy x

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A fabric vignette. Cute.

I love a good vignette. Sounds like a good wine I think.

By vignette I mean a shading / screening / ghosting effect often used in graphic design. Like this:

Exactly what I’m talking about. This fabric vignette. Aptly named Ombre Dots by Riley Blake Designs.

Cool, huh? And I’ve learned a new word: ombre. You may already know it. In case you don’t, it’s a french design term meaning the graduation of colour in a garment.

I’ve just made some super cute pillowcases for my girls. With some left over blue for….some creative genius Pinterest type item.

If you like it as I do you can buy it right here at Hawthorne Threads. BTW Hawthorne Threads is one fabo fabric store. I buy all my fabric there. Go. Now. Click. Hawthorne Threads. That’s it.

Bye x

Sewing. A cushy job?

Yesterday I spent some quality time with my brother – Brother sewing machine, that is.  I know, hilarious aren’t I?

I actually haven’t sewn for a few weeks, been concentrating on my crochet – more of that in another post.  (And some questions too – I’ve hit a roadblock.)

So I’ve had these cushion covers cut out and ready to be sewn for about….ummm…let’s see…yes – 6 months now.  Nothing like starting and finishing a project in one go.  Do you finally get around to finishing those half-made things too?

So, with Mr F and kids out for a few hours I sat down and SEWED LIKE THE CLAPPERS (aussie slang for: REALLY REALLY FAST).

I don’t consider myself a fast/speedy sewer.  My mother-in-law: now she can sew fast.  Blink and a new dress is made.  I SWEAR!

So here they are.  5 cushion covers WITH hidden zips – all made in a couple of hours – all looking very sophisticated in our guest bedroom.

A lot of talk and guff really, just to show you these cushion cover quickies.

But hey, thanks for listening to me.

And to show my appreciation – leave me a comment and I’ll send my Oh Sew Rosy Cushion Cover PDF Pattern to you.  For Free.  If you’re one of the first five ‘commenters’

Really, look what you too could be making.  Like now!

Toodles.  Amy x

Great Bar Stool Upcycle – Finale, Finito, Finished!

Ok guys – we do have the finished product of the Great Bar Stool Upcycle.

Actually I finished them a few weeks ago, but crazy times – took me this long to post the final in the series!  For new readers, I do have a step-by-step guide to transforming my bar stools here.

So, we were up to covering the stools.  I covered mine in two different fabrics, but from the same range.  You can buy it here.

So.  I measured the circumference and depth of the seat (added my 1.5cm seam allowance) and then cut a circle and side strip to size.

I used quilting weight fabric, so to make the seat fabric  a bit stronger, I also used curtain lining/canvas to line the seat top and side (I highly recommend doing this.)

 Photos are a little dodgy!  Am sorry for that!

I also added contrasting piping to my seats.  For a quick piping tutorial, go have a looksie here.

I then sewed the side strips to the top panel, sandwiching the piping. Again – more on piping how-to can be found here.

And look!  Here it is over my stool cushion.

Now for the fun (but slightly scary) step.  Staple-gunning.  Just make sure that the staple gun is pointing AWAY from you at all times – and that your husband is nowhere around (my hubby had a bit too much fun with it – we had staples hitting the back wall of the garage!)

Anyway, we stretched the bottom of the side strip quite tightly around the base of the stool seat and stapled it in.  (It’s a bit messy underneath, with stray paint and all – but really who will see it?)

Actually, we stretched it too tightly.  I had to undo some of the staples in the end because the piping was being pulled down onto the side of the cushion.  So just be careful not to pull it too tightly.  Firmly is a better word.  Yes, firmly.

And here they are.  My new old bar stools.  I’ve given you a Before and After shot – so you can truly appreciate The Grand Masterpieces.  Well, my new freshly refurbed stools anyway!

Before:

Bar Stool

After:

How to Make and Insert Piping

Piping is cool and good.  It’s also a heck of a nice way to edge stuff – especially cushions.

And did you know that it’s kinda easy to make?

Here’s a quick Piping Tutorial:

Cut & Make Piping

  1. Cut bias strips to make piping.  To do this lay your piping fabric out flat.  Fold one corner of the fabric up to form a 45° line.

2.  Mark and cut 2” wide strips along the 45° angle side.  Cut enough strips so that when joined together, there will be enought to edge your project piece.

3.  Attach the bias strips, by placing ends at right angles and sewing across on a 45° angle:

Then trim excess fabric:

Iron flat:

Wrap your bias strip around piping (right side of fabric facing out) and pin together.

Using your zipper foot, line your right hand fabric edge with the right side of the zipper foot and sew.  Note: Do not sew too close to the cord (yet).

When you sew the piping into your project, you’ll sew as close as you can to the cord (this way, no stitching will be seen in the finished product).

Attach Piping:

Matching raw edges, attach your piping to the right side of Fabric A.  Using a 1cm seam allowance, sew all layers together (you still don’t want to sew too close to the cord – that step is coming up.)

Join ends of piping:  This is NEAT!

With a seam ripper, undo 1” of stitching on one end of the piping.  Cut the cording back to meet the point to where you have unpicked the stitching.

 Fold a small hem on this end of the piping, then place it to meet other end & wrap over – so you have a nice join, ready to sew.  Pin in place.


Sandwich Your Piping:

With right sides together, pin Fabric B to Fabric A, sandwiching the piping in between.  Now for the tricky part.  Using your zipper foot, stitch together.  You won’t be able to see the piping, so you’ll need to go by feel.  The good news is that it is very forgiving – you can always go back and sew closer to the piping if necessary.

Final Product:

If you’d like to learn more about piping and make these fabulous floor cushions, you can buy the pattern here – or you can join us in an Oh Sew Rosy Floor Cushion Class (if you live in Gold Coast / Brisbane area).

Or leave me a comment – I’m very happy to help!

Amy x

Rosy Sewing Classes

We love teaching people how to sew – not only is it really rewarding to pass on this (often dormant) skill, but we get so much out of the joy, acheivement, camradarie, new friendships and often hilarity that goes hand in hand with our classes.

One of our regular customers posted this yesterday – and we’re just delighted!  Thanks Nadia!

Amy & Deb x