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

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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?

Tutorial – Simple Placemats

Tutorial simple placemats Top stitch

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

Tutorial simple placemats_Material

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.

Tutorial simple placemats_interface

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.

Tutorial simple placemats_pin

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.

Tutorial simple placemats_sew

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.

Tutorial simple placemats_trim the corners

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

Tutorial simple placemats

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.

Tutorial simple placemats_time to sew

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).

Tutorial_Simple Placemats

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!

I may be linking if these great parties!

Learning to sew – Idea nº 1

No tutorials for me – The first great idea!

Tutorials are a great way to learn how to sew; you can see how things are made and you can reproduce that.

This is great, unless you are a lazy person like me. When I see tutorials I tend not to think, I only read and reproduce, not thinking about the process. This can lead to a numerous mistakes. I’ve spend hours undoing things because I didn’t read the tutorial properly and I didn’t think. I’ve made a wallet, a beautiful one by the way, but the cards holders…were in the wrong side. Yes, for real! They were inside the wallet and were not visible after sewing.

This way I’m not learning properly, so I decided that for 2 months I’ll only make experiences by my own!

I’ll think of stuff that I would like to make and I’ll do it! I know that it will lead to a lot of mistakes but I think that I will learn more this way.

I’ve already two projects in mind: Some place mats with various top stitches and a ruffle scarf with my beautiful cat’s fabric.

What do you think? How did you learn?