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Slouchy Recycled Denim Sewing Machine Cover & Accessory Storage

Back in 2012 I made these covers for my sewing machine and …

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Added by Karen on March 12, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Vintage Silk Memories Cushions

I've had another request for some Memory Cushions, using a vintage silk Wedding Dress, and a satin and lace Christening Gown.  The dress was made by the bride (now aged 100) from parachute silk after World War II.  The Christening Gown she made out of her daughter's Wedding Dress for her…

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Added by Karen on February 21, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

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

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