Ze so easy pillows

Three pillows, very easy to make, which covers have no buttons, no zipper … But are still removable!

I made these pillows for my friend Thierry… Yes he’s a guy… So it’s really not sure he’ll wash his pillow covers someday ^ ^. But if he feels the urge to do so, it’s best if there are the least possible obstacles (buttons, zips, …) between the covers and the washing machine!

Tutorial

These are simple wrapped covers, made ​​from just one rectangle of fabric with a few straight stitch lines : simple and quick to make !

The tutorial is already on my French blog, I’ll be translating it soon.

Fabrics

All 3 fabrics are from the Salt Water by Tula Pink collection, bought at Hawthrone Threads.

I loveeee them (especially the one with the octopus) and I struggled to use them to make something for someone else….  Even if I bought the fabrics especially for Thierry.

So, why did I picked these fabrics for Thierry?… Warning : this is the “I’m-a-grown-up-with-geek-teenager-hobbies” moment !

You should know that Thierry is our GM (= Game Master = the one who leads the scenario in a role playing game) for Cthulhu (= mystery game set in the 20’s, inspired by the books of HP Lovecraft, where the big bad guy is Cthulhu : kind of a giant octopus *).

Illustrations of Cthulhu on Google Images.

So when I saw the octopus print, I immediately thought of him. Plus the print is lovely (even if you’re not a 40 years old who still plays Role Playing Games).

*Well… hum… This is a shortcut and reading this, it might seem… Hum… Well… Anyway…

Pictures

Easy pillow cases

Ze so easy pillows

Tissus coordonnés - Salt water

Coordinated fabrics – Salt water

Tissus coordonnés - Salt water

Coordinated farics – Salt water

Octo garden

Octo garden

Sea debris

Sea debris

Sea stripes - Envers du coussin : on voit le rabat par où insérer le coussin dans la housse.

Sea stripes – Wrong side of pillow : you can see the flap through which the pillow is inserted in the cover.

 

Warning do not watch the previous picture for too long ! It stings the eyes ! Hopefully it does not sting as much when you see it in person.

An infinity of infinity scarves

Well, an infinity… Maybe I’m a little bit off, let’s say more like 16 scarves.

I sewed 16 infinity scarves as Christmas gifts. Infinity scarves are also called “tube scarves” and for a very good reason : they are tubes.

This accessory is super easy to make and uses fabric leftovers from other sewing projects. I like that, it makes room on the shelves for new fabrics!

I love infinity scarves, they are worn wrapped once, twice or three times around the neck. But beware, this is a scarf for adults, It’s absolutely not recommended for children due to the risk of strangulation.

Pattern

Tutorial coming soon

Fabrics

I used all the leftovers yardage of jersey, lycra, panne velvet, cotton, I could lay my hands on.

Photos

I had to make at least a dozen scarves … Luckily, at home we have an infinity scarves tree ! You don’t believe me ? I have proof… See pic below.

Echarpe tube

That’s how you wear an infinity scarf… If you’re a hanger.

écharpes infinies

Ahah ! Le infinity scarves tree !

Echarpes tubes

Tube scarves

Empaquetées à l'écolo, c'est à dire sans papier cadeau !

Going green with wrapping : no wrapping !

Zipper pouches

First let me wish you a wonderful new year, may it be filled with little and great joys for you and all your loved ones !

I was on vacation during the holidays and I took some time to sew… In particular small Christmas gifts. Unfortunately I didn’t take pictures of all of them before laying them by the tree (I must admit… I sewed most of them on the 24th !). I made mostly ​​zipper pouches and infinity scarves from free patterns or tutorials.

Today I’m showing you the flat zipper pouches (well the ones I took photos of !)

They are small, flat and lined pouches with a strap. They’re closed with a zipper.

Pattern

The pattern is actually from the Craftsy website. If you don’t know it, this is a website that offers a lot of online videos classes on crafty topics (sewing, knitting, crochet, cake decorating, quilting, jewellery making, …). The video classes are taught by professionals of each domain. For example, for the sewing classes, there are some renown instructors : Kenneth D. King (I enrolled in his class and I loved it !), Sandra Betzina,…

Most classes have to be purchased but the video lesson I took to sew these pouches is free. You Just have to register for free on the website to get access to it : Bag-Making Basics: Reversible Tote & Zipper Pouch.

The instructor for this class is Kristin Link, who is the owner of the famous blog-fabric store-forum : Sew,Mama,Sew ! I found her very pleasant and her explanations perfectly clear.

I made 5 (only have pics of 3 of them unfortunately) of these pouches in one afternoon. I would watch a segment of the lesson, pause the video and put it into practice.

I have also learned a handy trick from Kristin Link : using gluestick to hold the zipper in place before sewing it. It eliminates the need to pin which can distort the whole thing. I’ve found some gluestick especially made for sewing but Kirstin uses a regular school gluestick : as long as it can be washed away with water, it’s fine.

Fabrics

I used different fabrics but all from the collection “Valentina in  Celebration” by designer Valentina Ramos for Robert Kaufman. Bought online from Hawthorne Thread.

Well I’ll admit it, I was selfish on this one because I put my favorite prints from the collection aside for me… Yes this is ugly and not very Christmassy but I could not resist. Shame on me !

 

Collection "Valentina - Celebration"

Collection “Valentina – Celebration”

For each pouches you’ll use two fabrics: one for outside and one for the lining and strap.

In one fat quarter you can cut 2 of each of the pieces needed. Which means that with 2 fat quarters you can make 2 lined pouches !

 

Changes

I slightly changed the size of the pouches to accommodate the zippers that I had on hand. The pattern calls for 9″ zippers and mine were 8″ so I just cut all the pieces 1″ shorter in length.

 

Photos

 

trousses zippées tuto

Zipper pouches

trousses plates

3 flat pouches – front

3 trousses plates- Envers

3 flat pouches – back

Trousses

zipper pouches

Rouge à lèvre pour référence taille

Lipstick of size reference

Intérieur trousse 1

Inside pouch 1

Intérieur trousse 2

Inside pouch 2

Intérieur trousse 3

Inside pouch 3

Languettes

Straps

Languettes

Straps

 

Easy sewing : mittens

Here is a tutorial to sew mittens. This is a super easy sewing project and so simple that it can be fully done in less than 30 minutes.

The measurements given should suit most women’s hands. You’ll find in the tutorial how to adjust for narrower or wider hands .

Here’s what it looks like in fur (do not mind the nail polish, it was a test for a costume ^ ^):

 

easy fur mittens

fur mittens

mittens tutorial

Fur mittens

We need

Fabric: Boiled wool, fleece, faux fur (if the canvas is stretchable) … In short you need a stretch fabric that doesn’t fray.

You’ll need a 24 cm by 40 cm piece of fabric.

For this tutorial I chose fur.

 

 

We cut

Cut the 24 cm x 40 cm piece of fabric to get 4 rectangles of 12 cm x 20 cm.

The cut should be clean, especially since the short edges will be visible as is.

 

cut 4 rectangles of 12 cm x 20 cm

 

We sew

Seam allowances of 1.5 cm are included

1 – Place 2 rectangles right sides together and pin along one of the long edges.

2 rectangles endroit contre endroit – épingler sur un côté

 

2 – Draw 2 markings :

  • one 2.5 cm from the top
  • the other 7.5 cm from the top

The space between these two markings will not be closed : that’s where the thumb will go through.

 

tuto mitaines

2 markings

3Sew with a seam allowance of 1.5 cm breaking stitching between the markings.
Reinforce stitching at markings.
Open the seam

 

tuto mitaines

Coudre selon les pointillés. NE PAS coudre entre les repères.

4 – Still right sides together, pin the remaining long sides together.

Stitch with a margin of 1.5 cm.

Open the seam.

 

Stitch the remaining side.

5Turn the mitten right side out and try it on. In 90% of cases it should fit without adjustments.

But just in case:

– It’s really too loose: redo the last seam with a larger allowance (eg 2 cm)

– It’s really too tight: redo the last seam with a smaller margin (eg 1 cm).

 

6 – Turn the mitten inside out and cut the four corners of the seam allowances without cutting the seam!

 

Cut the corners

Turn the mitten right side out : it’s done !

7 – Repeat the steps with the other two rectangles.

And voilà : a pair of mittens!

 

[box type=”info”] Customise : You can decorate your mittens with buttons, embroidery, appliqués, ribbons or, why not, lace along the openings (top and / or bottom), … Depending on what you want to add (embroidery, appliqués for example), I suggest you do it before Step 4: Before closing the second side because it can be easier to work with the mitten completely flat.[/box]

See, sewing mittens is really quick and easy !

tutoriel mitaines fourrure

voilà, done !

Sunhat – Free pattern

The step by step construction tutorial, with pictures, for this hat is on my French blog : Chapeau d’été

 

Pattern

HotPatterns : Sunny Side Up Sunhat

This is a free pattern from HotPatterns that you can download here.

“Protect your gorgeous face and precious skin from the sun this Summer with our fabulously flattering sunhat! This is designed for fabrics with a little body, like denim, drill, canvas or home-dec materials, but you can also use lighter weight fabrics with a canvas interlining.
Chic bucket-style hat has an oval crown, high tapered sides and a shaped brim with a center back, baseball-cap style cut-out. Contrast binding finishes the brim edge and a contrast band and tie means you can adjust the hat to fit you perfectly.
This sunhat has a soft, slightly relaxed silhouette.”

Pattern Sizing:
On size (adult)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes but this is not for total beginners (it’s rated advanced beginner by Hot Patterns), the instructions are minimal and the drawings aren’t very detailed.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The style, I love it, very retro-chic.
I love the large brim for sun protection.

Fabric Used:
White linen for main fabric.
Printed cotton voile for lining and white cotton voile for underlining it.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I didn’t use self fabric to make the bias binding, I had some already made that was close enough.
I didn’t interline the hat with canvas thinking the linen was stiff enough, but if I had to do it again I would use a canvas, I find my hat a little too “relaxed”
I did underline the lining as I used cotton voile and it was really too thin.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I might sew it again but in this case I would take 1-1,5cm off the hight of the sides, I find it just a little to high for my head.
I would definitely use canvas to interline.

Conclusion:
I just love the style of this hat ! And with a free pattern that’s a treat !

Free hat pattern

Yes I do steal my daughters balloons...

 

Free sunhat pattern

Sunny side up sunhat - HotPatterns

Sunhat sewing pattern

What do you mean, it fits the balloon better ???!!!