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Karen's Blog (161)

Totes Ma Tote Nautical Beach Bag ⛵

I've got a couple of commissions to sew for people going on holiday, this is the first one, a beach bag for May, using the …

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Added by Karen on May 1, 2017 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

Floral Applique Cushions

A new florist opened up locally (Flowers at the Forge ) and supplied a lovely basket arrangement for MIL's Mother's Day present.  We got talking and I showed her…

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Added by Karen on April 20, 2017 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Tiger Lily Appliqued Cushion Cover - Embroidery, Patchwork, and the Frill of Gathering!

For the last couple of years I have made an embroidered cushion for my MIL's birthday present. The first one was a pattern I bought from bustleandsew.com but had problems with the sizing both the pattern and…

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Added by Karen on April 9, 2017 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Easter Bunting Tutorial and Downloads

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Added by Karen on April 2, 2017 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

My Seaside Epiphany Bag

The Epiphany (chriswdesigns)…

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Added by Karen on March 26, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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

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