Wildflower Meadow, Pilling, Lancashire • May 2013
Wednesday, 12 June 2013
Friday, 7 June 2013
If you've been on my Facebook page over the last few days, you will have seen sneak peeks of this fabric, and my excitement at having sewn my first zip! So, now to share all...
I seriously LOVE this wallet, and I am so proud of myself!
The basic tutorial is here at All Wrapped Up, however I also followed Colour Me Domestic's modifications. These modifications included the extra flap with button closure, and extra fabric inside the zip pocket. I also made a couple of modifications myself - there are actually two buttons layered up on the closure, to help the elastic slip behind (although I'm not convinced it was necessary!), and I sewed it up leaving the pointed flap til last, and I really like this look.
I love that it has 12 sections for cards (which can each hold between 1 and 3 cards), a zip pocket for change, and 2 open sections which I can even fit my medications and my phone in, meaning it can be used as a mini bag as well as my wallet!
There was only one bit where I got super confused, and that was trying to assemble the card slots with the inner and outer fabrics... I ended up with it looking like the picture below: extra flap on the right (at about 10-12cm, I think), card slots with excess stitched down (at the same depth as the others), a gap allowing room for the wallet to bulge, and the the other card section placed with the excess fabric over the edge, again at the same depth as the other slots. The three sides I stitched up are (looking at below picture again) top, left and bottom, leaving the extra flap til last, and meaning there isn't an row of stitching on the left hand card slot at the bottom. I also did each seam with pins, then tacking, and then on the sewing machine, for a neater finish.
I managed to complete this in a week or so, which is really great for me, bearing in mind I can only do small amounts each day! But I really, really enjoyed the process, and I love using it. If you're loving this fabric as much as me, it's available on eBay here.
Saturday, 25 May 2013
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
When I first saw this origami dress over at Forty Weeks and Then Some I knew I had to give it a try, and I thought it would be perfect for a friend's birthday card! The tutorial is over at Inklings and Yarns, and whilst there are lots of steps it was pretty easy to follow and I love the result!
I embellished the dress with a floral sequin and some good ol' glitter glue, and attached it to my card background - I used different types of paper in complementary colours and patterns to reflect the angular qualities of the dress. I love how the dress is "poofy" - it's so full of character!
So yes, I really recommend Inklings and Yarns tutorial for this dress, it came out perfect on my first attempt, and I can see it on many more cards in the future!