Cushion Cover with Invisible Zipper

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I have made two cushion/pillow covers for my daughters new sofa this week and a couple of weeks ago I made two for myself. Such an easy way to freshen up a room with some new colours or a new look. These cushion covers are made with invisible zippers. I put zippers in a lot of my projects but I haven’t used invisible zippers more than a couple of times. I recently got a presser foot for invisible zippers which made it easier but a normal zipper foot works too.

You need:
2 – 19″ squares of fabric, e.g. quilting cotton
2 – 19″ squares of woven interfacing
1 – 16″ invisible zipper
1 – 20″ pillow insert
Sewing machine with invisible zipper foot and/or normal zipper foot
General sewing supplies

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Quick Scrap Fabric Project

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I don’t sew clothes that often anymore. But like everyone else I have a lot of scrap fabric, and summer dress fabrics like thin cotton, rayon and similar is excellent to make headbands from. I came across this headband tutorial from Gingercake Patterns.

I only made a couple of changes to the original tutorial. Sew the wide part of the headband into a tube by stitching the long edges, right sides together, and then turn it right sides out. Press the seam to one side and stitch the gathering stitches on the short ends. With the smaller part that has the elastic inside it, fold the short edges before stitching the long edges together.

It is a very quick project and great for using scraps from dress making. Great gift to make if you don’t have much time for sewing or if you haven’t been sewing for a while, since it is a quick way to get back in to it. I hope you enjoy this project and I will do my best to post a bit more often than I have lately.

Happy Sewing and take care!

Annika

Inside Pockets for Hermione Granger Style Bag

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In May last year made a tutorial and a post on how to make a bag similar to Hermione Grangers beaded bag. The reason I made the bag was for my daughter’s costume for Oz Comic-Con and as I said in the previous post, this is my version and not a replica. About two weeks ago I was asked to make an inside pocket for the bag and now I have made a tutorial for two types of pockets.

Since it is a drawstring bag with quite thick materials, lace and beads, it isn’t really an option to just sew a pocket on the lining, which would be very easy to do if it was a tote bag. So instead I made two different pouches with an elastic loop that can be buttoned on to a big button that is stitched in to the lining of the bag. The pouches I made are suitable for a small phone, but the size can be easily be adjusted as desired. If you want a much bigger pocket you should consider making a bigger bag. A too big pocket will change the shape of the bag when it is closed.

You can find the tutorial here and on my tutorials page.

Take care and happy sewing!

Annika

Easter Inspired Sewing

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I really like the pastel colours of Easter. This year I have made a wallhanging using the pattern and tutorial from the blog Inspired by Fabric.

Tulip Time by Inspired by Fabric

I wanted to make something that I can use for Easter and also for spring since I live in the southern hemisphere. I made this piece using scraps from my ever-growing stash of cotton fabrics. It is a lot of fun just to dig through my fabrics and decide what to use for a new project. Of course fabric shopping is fun, but it is very satisfying to find new combinations and make a new project from fabrics that I already have.

There are lots of half square triangles in this project, which makes it very beginner friendly. I have used three different small print pink colours and a yellow stripe for tulips and pinwheels. For leaves and stems, I used two green colours, one small print and one solid. The background is scraps of tone on tone white prints and for binding I used one of the pink colours.

I quilted the wall hanging with straight lines in different directions because it is easy to do and it looks good.

I also like to put some effort into making a quilt label, to make the project my own. On the back of this quilt I used my sewing machine for my initials and year and then I appliquéd an egg shape next to the text. I really enjoy experimenting with quilt labels so much, I could probably do a blog post on that topic alone.

Quilt label

Are you sewing anything for Easter this year? If you would like more inspiration you can have a look here and here. Until next time, happy sewing and take care!

Annika