Sewing Birthday Presents

Hello Everyone,
This week I have been working on birthday presents for a friend and for a family member.


I made a box zipper pouch for my daughter’s friend Alex’s 19th. I used the pattern that you can find in this blogpost. This pouch was supposed to be a cube and and you can find the measurements/pattern piece  here if you’re printing on A4 or here for printing on US letter size.

The pouch measures 3.5” on all sides when finished. This size was a little bit tricky with this pattern, where there is no exposed seams. If you like to make the pouch with an easier pattern you can just download the measurements/pattern piece and use any pattern you want.

These reversible mug rugs is for my sister’s birthday in October. I used the pattern on my tutorials page. All the patterns there are free. I did omit the appliqués this time. I’ve written two blogposts about this pattern. You can find them here and here. They are very easy to make and are a great way to use those appealing coordinated fat quarter packs. Three fat quarters is enough to make four mug rugs, one for the front, one for the back and one for binding.

I love being able to sew presents, they are unique and personal. My daughter put earrings in the pouch for her friend and I’m sending Melbourne Breakfast Tea (black tea with vanilla flavour) with the mug rugs.
Speaking of Melbourne, spring is finally here and my garden is getting colourful. Until next time, happy sewing and take care!
Annika

Easter Sewing

Hello Everyone!

It is almost Easter and if you have time for some Easter sewing I have a couple of small scrap projects that you will be able to finish in a couple of hours. It is also a lot of fun to play around with what fabrics, colours and thread to use. I have made an easter version of the mug rug that I made a tutorial for a couple of weeks ago. You can find the tutorial and pattern on my tutorials page or here.

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On these two I quilted a grid on the diagonal and appliquéd two egg shapes. Read More

Black and White Cushion Covers

Hello Everyone,

It is almost Christmas and summer holidays here in Australia. I’ve had a really hectic couple of months so today I took my youngest daughter out off school for the day and went to the beach. It turned out to be a really nice day.

The only sewing I’ve had time for lately is two more cushion covers. They are a house warming present for my Cousin Camilla in Sweden. She is also a very good friend and support to me. They should arrive in the mail this week. The cushions I made last month you can find here.

How to make the cushions you can find on my Tutorials Page as a downloadable PDF or here. The only difference is that back and front of the cushions are quilted. The zipper is inserted exactly as in the tutorial.

The first of the cushions is made of 2 1/2“ squares and then quilted 1/4” on each side from the seam in a contrasting colour. On the back I quilted the same as the front but black thread on black fabric.

The second one is made of 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” rectangles that was sew together in pairs in to 4 1/2” squares and sewn together with the rectangles in different directions. It was quilted in the same way on both back and front but in a larger grid.

Here is a couple of pictures from today. A very nice day indeed. The pattern to the handbags, The Alex Bag, you can find in my Etsy Shop.

Until next time, take care and happy sewing!

Annika