Ottoman Pattern

Ottoman I

Hello Everyone!

I have a new pattern in my Etsy shop.
The ottoman is 14″ high with a 19″ diameter.
It is fully lined and has a zipper at the bottom so it can be washed if needed.

I filled mine with polystyrene beads or beanbag filling, which gives the ottoman a great shape and makes it very light weight. They are not very child safe though, so consider using toy fill/stuffing or cutting off the zipper pull with pliers/side cutters and using a paper clip or similar to open the zipper when needed if you have small children around.

Happy sewing and take care!


Half Donut Skirt

Half Circle Skirt I

Half Circle Skirt II

Hello Everyone!

I have made two skirts for my teenage daughters that I want to share with you. I have made a  tutorial that can be downloaded from my tutorials page and here.

I was inspired by a tutorial from It’s Always Autumn to make these skirts.

The main difference is that I have used woven fabric, put in a zipper in the seam and a button in the lining.

Until next time, happy sewing and take care!



Rolled Hem Alternative

Rolled Hem I

Hello Everyone,

I am working on a couple of patterns at the moment and a skirt tutorial that will be ready in a couple of days. In the meantime I thought I would share a nice way to do a hem if the fabric is sheer or thin. A rolled hem on an overlocker is always nice but if you don’t have one this is a good option. The blue and white hems in the picture is a rolled hem made on an overlocker and the black and white fabric is this version.

Fold and press a hem so the garment is about 3mm or 1/8″longer than you want it. Stitch as close to the folded edge as possible. Then cut the folded bit off, close to the seam. Make sure not to cut the stitches or the skirt. Fold the little hem one more time and stitch on top of the original seam.

Rolled Hem II

Rolled Hem III

Until next time Happy Sewing and take care!

BGL Meter Case

BGL meter case I A

Hello Everyone,

Yesterday I finished another unusual sewing project, I made a new case for my daughter Sara’s blood glucose meter. She has had type 1 diabetes since she was four years old, she is 17 now. I love it when one of my kids asks me to make something for them.

It turned out pretty good. She chose a denim print for the outer fabric and a pink polka dot fabric for the lining. She also told me what features she wanted, like a handle.

BGL meter case III A

I had a medium woven interfacing on the outer fabric and a thin batting on the lining. I also had interfacing on the inside pockets.
I sewed the outside, lining and zipper together in one seam and covered the seam with bias tape. One of the pockets are gathered at the bottom and has elastic in the top edge.

A big advantage of a homemade one is that it can be washed in the washing machine. A good thing, since it goes everywhere with her.

After one day of using it, she is very happy with it.

If anyone is interested, I will make a pattern and a tutorial here on the blog. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Happy sewing and take care!


Minky Quilt

Minky Quilt I
Hello Everyone,

Last year I made quilt in minky fabric for my daughter, on her request. We found two lovely pieces of minky fabric at a craft show that we bought just because they were wonderful, soft and the right colours. We got it out again last week because the nights are getting a bit chilly here in Melbourne this time of the year. Read More

Schlep Bag

Sclep Bag I

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I came across a couple of schlep bags a while back and decided to make one. I found a free pattern here from Heirloom Creations. I made the outer bag and the handles according to the pattern from some forgotten fat 1/4’s I had in my fabric stash. But I added the batting to the outer bag instead of the lining. I also didn’t piece the lining, instead I cut out  two 20″ squares from cotton fabric. Read More