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Karen's Blog (154)

My Pattern Tester Bag for ChrisWDesigns "Ellen's Esplanade"

I was moaning about the dreary weather when I got an e-mail that brightened my day. Christine asked me to be a tester for her latest Easy Street Pattern "Ellen's Esplanade". It can be sewn from quilt weight cottons or combined with…

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Added by Karen on February 16, 2017 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Sewing Envelope Scatter Cushions

hoveton hall estate…

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Added by Karen on January 12, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Christmas Present for a Teenager - The Urban Bucket Bag (Little Moo Designs)

I liked the look of this bag as soon as I saw the one Bobbin Girl girl made on her Instagram page, and bought the epattern.  When my niece wanted…

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Added by Karen on December 2, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Yummy Christmas Cakes Applique Designs + Free Patterns to Download!

Last year I made these Christmas Aprons with the slogan "Seasons Eatings" and applique pictures of Christmas Cake, Mince Pies, Christmas Pudding and a Yule Log.  I gave you the pattern and instructions to make the…

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Added by Karen on November 17, 2016 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Recycled Denim Genevieve Bag - PDF Pattern by Chris W Designs

I was asked by Shona to make her a bag using recycled denim with an appliqued butterfly on the flap for decoration.  I was given a sketch with dimensions and having looked at several patterns we decided to try the …

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Added by Karen on November 16, 2016 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Quick Gift Idea - Sew a Personalized Gadget Guard

I stitched an Evelyn Tablet Bag (sewing pattern by I Think Sew) for my iPad when I first got it, as I took…

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Added by Karen on November 8, 2016 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

The Revamped Emma Bag Sewing Project and PDF Pattern from Chris W Designs

The original "Emma" and the new revamped…

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Added by Karen on October 23, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

....and the back of the Angler's Memory Cushion!

The finished cushion, but then I thought maybe I should make more of my idea of using the back to leave a message....…

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Added by Karen on September 20, 2016 at 5:52pm — 2 Comments

Sewing for Men - The Angler's Memory Cushion

I have another commission for a memory cushion, but this time it's for her 'other half'. He enjoys fishing so she gave me this photo of him with his catch to use.  I had to edit out the carrier bag, tilt and crop it before trying it out…

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Added by Karen on September 18, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Abby's Alley Striped Beach Bag Sewing Project

An Easy Street sewing pattern from ChrisWDesigns

I'm a great fan of Chris W Designs, I have learnt a lot from making her bags. Her instructions are…

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Added by Karen on August 25, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Sewing the Tropical Vibe Sleeveless Sundress - McCalls Pattern 6957

I bought this pattern as I liked the simple design, a front and two backs and enough fulness to give a nice drape.  No facings, just…

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Added by Karen on August 10, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Embellishing Garments with Applique

I tried darning this skirt when I caught it on a nail and ripped the back open a couple of years ago.  It looked awful.  So I decided to pick out one of my apron applique designs to hide it all.  It was a long thin repair, so I chose a long thin design.…

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Added by Karen on July 31, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The Evelyn Tablet Bag Sewing Project

I wanted a new bag, something I could carry my iPad Air in, as it didn't really fit inside my current bag.  So I went browsing the indie sites  and I chose this pattern, the…

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Added by Karen on July 20, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Mexican Blanket Waistcoats - Patterning and Sewing Project

My other half had bought a Mexican blanket having seen this waistcoat, and asked me to sew him one, or even two if I could manage it!  He wanted it simple and rustic looking, just like this one.…

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Added by Karen on July 9, 2016 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Alterations and Cardigans

A few years ago a friend of mine asked me to do some alterations for her.  She teaches ballet to students at our local university, and they bought her a hooded sweatshirt and a black tshirt with ballet decals. She appreciated the thought, but not the style!  She wanted to know if I could alter them so the hoodie opened down the front, and do something with the t-shirt.  You can read the post I did …

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Added by Karen on June 28, 2016 at 2:12am — No Comments

Another Memories Cushion, A Glenda Clutch Bag, and A Smaller Stow-it-All Bag

I have been busy for the last month, making more of things I have made before so I didn't bother to post about them, but I thought I would share pictures of the results.

1.  Another Memories Cushion …

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Added by Karen on June 27, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The 241 Tote in Recycled Fur, Corduroy, and Denim

A friend of mine had a friend who had inherited her mother's mink coat, and had it cut down into a gilet by a furrier.  They gave her the leftover scraps, and she wondered if I could use them to make her a bag.  I said I probably could.  A…

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Added by Karen on May 22, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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