Ironing plastic bags

Projects, Tutorials

This week I picked up a quilting panel to be made into a cloth book for the wee boy (The Pokey Little Puppy). He likes crinkly pages so instead of using batting to line the pages decided to use plastic bags, but I had to iron them first.

No, really, I had to iron them first. I found a tutorial years ago (my link is long gone) where someone ironed plastic grocery bags together to make a stronger plastic fabric and figured this would work perfectly for my needs. Thicker (better crinkle), more durable (it’s going in the washing machine at some point) plastic interlining that doesn’t require a trip to the fabric store.

Here’s how I did it:
I used two bags flattened and smoothed out together. I placed them between two pieces of scrap muslin (the inks used to print the backs can sometimes transfer so I recommend using scrap fabric) and turned my iron to the cotton/hottest setting and turned off the steam. You want the iron hot since you are actually trying to melt the plastic.
Slowly iron the bags through the fabric trying to use consistent speed and pressure. You will likely be able to hear the plastic melting and contracting as you iron. Give it a minute to cool before moving the fabric to check on it otherwise the plastic may stick a bit. If it isn’t melted thoroughly just cover it back up and try again. It’s pretty forgiving that way. The end result is a paper like plastic that now can be used for what you want. In my case a baby book.

Project Post – Leftover Skirt, a tutorial

Projects, Tutorials

I have been using the project feature of the Threadbias.com site and really enjoying being able to track my projects. Periodically I will be posting copies here.

After finishing the Sweet Pea Dress I had bit of swaddle left so I decided to make a skirt for the little girl.

Fabric: leftover Aden & Anais swaddle and leftover brown slug jersey from the A&A Sweet Pea Dress

Pattern: a bunch of rectangles. Not very exact or anything but this is what I did.
Waistband – Hip plus ease wide x desired (what looked right) hight. I folded the whole thing in half to make the elastic casing.
Skirt – max hight x max length I could get out of the remnant of swaddle, I then cut it in half so pocket could be added in the side seams.
Pockets – what I could get that would fit a child’s hand folded in half.
Skirt lining – same hight as skirt minus about 1/2″ x hip plus ease.

Sewing: Prep sewing – instead of serging I folded the short edge of the skirt and the pocket opening edges of the pockets for a clean finish. (I don’t have my serger set up yet and didn’t what to have to do so). I then did a french seam on the bottom of the pockets ending 1/2″ from the open edge.
Adding pockets – I seamed the open edge of the pockets to the side seams with at 3/8″ SA and the under stitched the SA to the pocket. Next it sewed the side seams with a 1/2″ SA.
Waist band – I seamed the single seam with 1/2″ SA making a tube. I then folded it in half. And place the seamed elastic inside.
Joining the two – I used a double line of gathering to match the skirt to the waist band. I then basted the two together with a 3/8″ SA. This just kept things more stable and manageable to put the lining in.
Lining – I seamed the single seam making a tube. I then seamed it to the waistband/skirt combo with a 1/2″ SA. I kept the SA facing down towards the lining and under stitched it in place.

A New Year and Dinosaurs

New Release, Tutorials, Updates

It’s a new year already, and it amazes me how much I’ve got done but yet to finish. This past year I’ve managed to start a variety of patters but all but one is still in the works. They all are close to being done but something has kept me from managing to complete them. This year I hope to change that and I think I have started out on a good foot thanks to dinosaurs and cold weather.

The wee girl does not like to dress for the weather. Even when it’s cold and she’s shivering she will still flat out refuse to wear coats, hats, socks, etc. As an attempt to entice her into dressing warmer I thought I’d make sure it was stuff she’d want to wear. First I tried getting her into a hoodie by turning it into a dinosaur hoodie. I used this tutorial from Ginger & George. It works sometimes, like when she wants to go rawring and stomping around in it.

Then I tried I knitted her a hat, a dinosaur hat at no less. Well at lest she will wear the hat.

The pattern turned out super cute so I decided to release it. This is my first knitting pattern and with that and I’m a left handed knitter I learned tons!  Julie from Feather Press Knits has been and continues to be a huge help. The Dinosaur Hat is available on both Etsy and Ravelry.

Better late then never – Tutorial

Tutorials

I was really hoping to make this post much earlier but my summer got away on me. Better late then never, here is the dress/skirt tutorial I put together this summer. This is a super easy to draft and sew tutorial for a for a dress you can wear as a skirt or a skirt you can wear as a dress. Either way I found it a versatile piece I’ve worn everywhere from the beach to date night to my daughters gym class. Enjoy!

(Sneek peek at the Parkette Top and Angel Wing Parkette Top patterns which are in the works)

Knit Wit

Tutorials, Updates

Although I learn to knit years ago it was only recently that I picked it up again. Not that I was ever very good. I only managed to learn to knit, purl, cast on and off but thanks to Julie’s help I have managed pick up some new skills, like cabling! It wasn’t nearly a hard as I thought it would be!

Project #1 was the Burberry Inspired Cowl Neck Scarf by Julianne Smith. Mine turned out a bit different since adjustments had to be made to accommodate the bulky yarn I wanted to use (left overs from a hat I made for a baby shower but had to use a different yarn). This pattern was supper easy, even for me, and it knitted up fast.

Now that I could cable I started to play around with it.

Project #2: Inspired by Hurley Sashimi and the Hollis Rope Chain I came up with my own simple rope using the left overs the cowl.

Cast on 10 stitches
Rows 1 –  8: stockinette stitch (knit odd rows, purl even)
Row 9: knit 1, slip 4 onto cable needle (hold to front), k4, k cable needle, k1

Repeat pattern to desired length, seam ends together.

It’s the perfect length for the wee one.

After this I was out of yarn so I decided to make some out of scrap knit. It is really easy to do, just cut the scrap in a zig zag or spiral if using an old t-shirt and pull the resulting length to make them curl on themselves. (see image below)

Cutting-instructions---knit-yarn

Project #3: I ended up making another cowl with my knit yarn. This one is much like project #2 but wider and more cables.

Cast on 22 stitches
Rows 1 –  10: stockinette stitch (knit odd rows, purl even)
Row 11: knit 1, slip 5 onto cable needle (hold to front), k5, k cable needle, slip 5 onto cable needle (hold to front), k5, k cable needle, k1

Repeat pattern to desired length, seam ends together.

The trickiest thing was dealing with the “yarn”. It stretches over the needles so I ended up having to use a much larger gauge needed then the end product looked like I did.

All in all I am very happy to be knitting again and even happier to have the skills to make more then just scarves. Now on to pictures and pdfs!

Large_Chain_Cowl.pdf Download this file

Small_Chain.pdf Download this file

Tutorial Time

Tutorials

So my favourite pair of earrings broke and I really wanted to wear them tonight. So in my typical fashion, if I can’t find what I want, I make it. (Often just in time for when I want to use it.) In  this case I made new earrings from scrap lace laying around the studio and here is how I did it.

 

Lace Earring Tutorial (pdf version after text)

Materials: Lace, Scissors, Glue, Earring Back (Fishhook)

Options: In this tutorial 2 pieces of lace are layered together for extra bulk, it calls for gluing but fusible webbing or hand sewing with also work, it just gives a different look. Also fishhook earring backs are used but so could posts or hoops. Experiment! Have fun!

Try pre-made lace appliqués for a super quick version. Just add earring backs and go!

The Instructions

1 – Roughly cut out lace motif, you will need three of them.

2 – Glue 2 motifs together back to back.

3 – Trim excess lace.

4 – Add earring back.

5 – Done!

 

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Coffee Cup Sleeve Tutorial

Tutorials

I was planing on posting this yesterday but got distracted sampling changes to the shorts for the kids pyjama pattern I’m working on (more on that later).

As someone who is used to cardboard coffee cup sleeves I enjoy this more colourful and customizable version better, even if it means trying to remember it when I go out for coffee.

The tutorial is for three different styles of coffee cup sleeves in three difficulty levels: bound edge, easiest; wrap around, medium and plain, hardest. The instructions are presented in order of difficulty.

This project is perfect for using up small scraps of your favourite fabric (only needs two 6″ x 4″ pieces for each layer). It is also quick to make and endlessly customizable. I wanted one with a spot for my stir stick/stopper so I made the Wrap Around version and used elastic for the closure with an extra loop on it and it works great! I also thought it would be nice to have a plain one so I made the Bound Edge version out of black felt and left the edges raw. (see gallery pictures)

I’d love to see what others come up with!

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Doll Dress Tutorial

Tutorials

It all started with Mina’s favourite fabrics. Mina has a two favourite fabrics; Japanese three little pig fabric (her hoodie) and red and white Ikea hippo fabric (sweet pea dress).

She absolutely loves her hoodie, she plays with it and asks to wear it even indoors. I had a few scraps of fabric left and thought I needed to make something for her with it. So I decided to make her favourite doll Gee a new dress.

The pattern was supper easy to make so I decided to turn it into a tutorial.

The tutorial is for the basic dress with directions for making Gee’s version. Download the pdf for instructions on drafting the pattern and sewing the dress. Lola models the basic version in the Ikea fabric that Mina likes to pull from the closet and carry around the apartment.

Gee

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