Almost getting back!

Has been almost a year since I’ve made something in my sewing machine, but fortunately I think I’m almost getting back!

Since January I’m working from home so I’m still organizing my routine. Working from home is a wonderful thing but you need to get yourself a routine in order to get something done! I’m almost done with mine.

Hope to have something new to share with you in May.

Until then, see this wonderful and easy idea for the cutest toy! Enjoy and make someone happy.

 

sewing robot toy

New handmade notebook – Bradel Technique

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I’m working in a new kind of handmade notebooks!
I’m using the bradel technique that, in my opinion, is a wonderful way of bookbinding.
Unlike the traditional binding, bradel give you a great finishing of the cover, since the cover is made with 3 separate pieces.
Bradel is perfect for decorative notebooks, since you can use at least 3 different materials without the effort of trying to do a perfect collage.

In this notebook I used 3 types of fabric, a black one and 2 with stripes. Before placing the fabric into the board, I’ve used my sewing machine to make my own strips! This way you can make a unique handmade notebook, because the fabric is also a unique pattern. And you can’t tell that is has been sewed.

Hope you liked!

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Kobo Covers – Handmade

I’ve got a Kobo Glo for my birthday! I love to read, but I’ve never tried an e-reader.Don’t know why, maybe it was because I really love the physical books, maybe because I thought that reading from an electronic device would get me tired really fast… but… I was so wrong! 

This e-reader was one the best things that I’ve bought (yes, in my whole life). Thanks to this e-reader I’ve begun to read much more! In 2 weeks I read 3 books!

So, about the covers, I needed a cover for my Kobo Glo, but I didn’t want to pay 40€ for an “official” cover, so I made my own! Actually, I made two! 

Handmade Kobo Covers

This cover is similar to a hardcover book.

Reading Kafka – The Process – Such a great book!

This Kobo Cover is similar to a hardcover book too. This fabric is very soft and comfortable to hold.

You can close it very easily with the velcro. 

It’s perfect to carry in your purse.

The Kobo Glo, and the e-readers are now part of my world! I’ll continue to develop new and better covers for e-readers (yeah, I like to change it often).

Sewing projects – Getting organized

I’ve been very busy lately, but fortunately I’ve also been busy with projects for myself! I’m working very hard on a new project (news soon) and that makes the exhaustion seem just a tiny detail.

Update on the sewing projects!

I’ve done so far:

  • A pouch for my phone
  • A case for my glasses (matching with the phone’s case!)
  • An infinity scarf with this fabric

Soon I’ll post pictures and more details about these projects (right now I’m just too tired).

The beautiful cat fabric

The beautiful cat fabric

This weekend I want to do:

  • Ruffled Scarf (with the same cat fabric)
  • Bed Organizer (to store books, phone, and other stuff)
  • Fabric Bracelet (yes, with the same cat fabric! I love that fabric and I have tons of it!)
My model will be a bit different. I'm thinking to add at least two more compartments. http://www.quiltmag.com/sewing-projects/quilt104-crazy-about-pinwheels-bed-organizer/

My model will be a bit different. I’m thinking to add at least two more compartments.

Mine will have a light cat instead http://www.mrspollyrogers.com/2012/12/felted-sweater-bangles/

Mine will have a light fabric instead

I see a lot of projects that I really want to do, but I tend to forget them, but now I’ve find a way to keep my sewing projects organized.

I use Pinterest to get organized with my To Do projects. I’ve a board for  things that I want to do and another board for the things that I’ve already done.

How do you keep track of the things that you want to accomplish?

Polka Dot Fabric – With acrylic layer!

Today I wanted to show you my new purchase! I have two cats and they like to play with the food and water, so my kitchen’s floor is always adorn with food!

I wanted to make a placemat for them but I didn’t want to use that plastic fabric, that vinyl, because it shines too much! I couldn’t use normal fabric too, because you can’t clean that everyday.

The other day I was doing some shopping at IKEA and I saw this polka dot fabric! It was perfect! It has an acrylic layer so it is cleanable with a wet towel!

It’s perfect! It doesn’t shine too much and I can clean their mess everyday! I can also machine wash if it gets really dirty. It was available in black and white and in red and white. I choose the black and white because it suits my kitchen better.

I’m going to use this tutorial to make a new placemat! I hope the kitties will like it!

I know, I know, the fabric is all wrinkly, but it’s very difficult to press!

polka dot fabric

Polka dot fabric

See the water? It stays on top!

Tutorial – Simple Placemats

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Remember when I said that I wanted to try things by myself? Well, I have made my first project without checking tutorials!

Yes, it’s a very simple one, so it was almost impossible to make mistakes, but I needed something to offer to my mother on her birthday and placemats seemed a great gift!

I’m gonna make a tutorial for this simple placemats so you can make your own!

You’ll need:

  • Top fabric (I used some decoration fabric from Ikea)
  • Back fabric (I used some medium weight cotton)
  • Interfacing (I used some medium interfacing, for sew)
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron

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First cut your fabric with the desired measures – Remember the seam allowance – This tutorial is for 2 placemats.

Remember to pre-wash your fabric! You want the placemats to be fully washable, they will get dirty!

Press them very well.

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Cut the interfacing, I used this one (sorry, don’t know the name/number). As you can see this interfacing is kind of fluffy.

You can cut it just a bit smaller than your fabric, to reduce the bulk.

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Pin everything in place. My hearted pins are so sweet!

I didn’t care too much about the size, as you can see, because you can cut it later, just remember to catch both fabrics when sewing.

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Next step in this tutorial for simple placemats…sew!

Place the right sides together and remember to leave a gap. You will need to turn the fabric inside out. I used a 1/4 seam allowance.

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Trim the corners to reduce the bulk and turn! Your placemats are almost ready!

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Use something to get those corners perfect! I used a bone folder because I also make traditional notebooks, but you can use a pen or something similar.

Then..Press, press, press! We will thank me for this! It will be much easier to top stitch this way.

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Now, it’s time to top stitch! Use some matching thread and be very careful with the corners. Let the needle down and turn the fabric.

My stitches were a little tight because I was having some problems with the machine  (I discovered later that my needle was dull and I needed a new one).

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Tadammmm!!!

The final result! I’ve to confess that I was really happy with the final result! They turned out prettier that I thought and I really like the texture. They were consistent but fluffy at the same time! I’ll be using that interfacing for placemats again!

And… my mother loved them!

If you are a beginner in the sew world, I hope you enjoy this tutorial for simple placemats. They are really fun and easy to do and I loved the final result!

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My new Craft Paper Punches!

 

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So, this Saturday I went to a store to buy some food for my lunch, but when I was passing through the corridors I saw something that caught my eye…something colorful…with hearts!

A beautiful set of craft paper punches were there smiling at me! Of course, I had to bring them home.

I was trying to buy some punchers for a long time, but they are hard to find here, so when I saw it, I was so happy!

With these gorgeous craft paper punches you can:

  • Print hearts (or bears!) in jeans or other clothes (I want to make these jeans)
  • Make beautiful cards!
  • Decorate your notebooks (oh I’ll make some hearts on mine!)
  • Embellish house stuff, like place mats and jars!

Craft paper punches

The possibilities are endless; you just need to be creative! For a person that can’t draw, even simple shapes, like me this is just perfect!

The craft paper punches are really sturdy and I’m really happy with this purchase!

Craft paper punches