Christmas Sewing – Gift Wrapping

Hello 🙂

Christmas will be here again soon, November and December always seem to fly past. Here in Australia Christmas is also start of summer holidays and the end of another school year. So it is certainly a busy time, but I try to make time for sewing anyway. My stash of Christmas fabrics isn’t very big, but I have made a few wall hangings, pillow covers, table runners etc. It is also nice to make a Christmas gift for someone and also special to receive a handmade Christmas gift.

Making gift bags is also a practical and environmental project and a personal touch to your present. I have a three free tutorials/patterns on my tutorials page that can be made with Christmas fabric and would work great instead of traditional gift wrapping. These project are great for fabric scraps.

Here is a cute little gift card wallet with a snap button. This is a very easy project can be made in under an hour.

Here is a small drawstring bag that I made as a Valentine jewellery gift pouch originally, but can of course be made with Christmas fabric. The little heart on the bottom of the pouch is a pocket to keep small items safe.

This drawstring bag measures 7″x4″x4″. The size can easily be changed to any size you want. The poinsettia drawstring bag at the beginning of the post measures 5″x3″x3″ and is made using this pattern. There is instructions at the end of the tutorial on how to change the size.

I hope you enjoy this tutorials.
Until next time, happy sewing and take care.

Annika

Drunkard’s Path Table Runner

Hello Everyone 🙂

Today have a new tutorial for you. It is a table runner using the Drunkard’s Path block. I have made my best table runners using a traditional quilt block and scrap fabrics, for example this table runner using the Card Trick block. They are a bit similar in choice of colours and layout.

It is spring here in Australia and it is nice to freshen up the surroundings with something new. I am so looking forward to warmer weather and longer days. So far it has bin quite a chilly spring, but this week we might be able to spend some time on the beach. I have also freshened up my blog by changing web hosts. You might have noticed that the blog haven’t been available for a couple of days. But now I am back and so far I am very pleased.

This pattern is great for scrap fabric and you can use as many or few as you like. I used four different colourful prints and a solid cream coloured fabric from my stash.

I have included templates for the size i used, 2.5″ blocks excluding seam allowances. I used 48 blocks and placed them in four rows of 16.

The size of the table runner can easily be altered by the number of blocks and the size of the blocks. The design can also be altered by placing the blocks differently. It is a great project to make your own or you can make it exactly as I did with similar fabrics.

Most importantly, I hope you enjoy making the table runner. You can find the tutorial/pattern as a free downloadable PDF on my tutorials page or click the button below.

Until next time, happy sewing and take care!

Annika

Magic Cube Pouch

Hello Everyone 😊

What have you been up to lately? Spring is finally here in Australia. We had a couple of warm days last week and the days are slightly longer.

I have been making magic pouches or sometimes they are called cube pouches. When you open them up, you can easily see what’s in the case. It is like a tray for pencils/ make up or whatever you are using the pouch for.

There are plenty of tutorials online, and all of them had seams covered with binding. There is nothing wrong with that, but it doesn’t look very nice when I make it that way. Maybe I would get better at it with practice, but I usually try to find a way to make the project without exposed seams.

I have made five of these pouches in the past week in different sizes. I have included templates for three sizes. I love figuring out the maths behind the sewing to make different sizes in these kind of projects. I’ve done that before with these box pouches, I just wasn’t as good at using Adobe Illustrator back then.

I hope you enjoy this free pattern and templates.

Happy sewing and take care!

Annika

More time for Sewing and Crochet

Hello:)

Another weekend in lockdown and it looks like it is going to stay that way for a couple of more weeks. It is tedious but I am not complaining, so many people are a lot worse off than us. My husband and I can both work from home and we don’t have any young children that we have to supervise studying remotely. We are also very happy with our decision to move out of the big city to regional Victoria, close to the coast. It has definitively made lockdowns more bearable and less frequent.

Last week, I made this coin purse using some left over fabric. I found the pattern and tutorial online. Not that I am using coins that often anymore, but there is always room and use for another zipper pouch. It is also just because they are fun to sew.

It was a was a very good tutorial and an easy pattern. I got some new snaps that did not need a tool to assemble.

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I also did work some more on my latest crochet project that you can read more about in my last post. This is how far I have come since I posted last, about two weeks ago.

Most of the crocheting has been done while watching The Tudors with my daughter. I really like historical dramas.

I am taking some online courses in WordPress and Blogging at the moment too. I really enjoy it and of course to try to improve my blog and blogging skills.

Until next time, take care and happy sewing!

Annika

Time for sewing and crochet

Hello 🙂

I have had extra time for sewing and crochet the last few days. We are in lockdown again, which is stressful but at least I can spend some of the time doing the things that I love. There has of course been some streaming of television too. Good excuse for crochet and coffee.

I finished a zipper pouch using the same basic zipper pouch style as for the cross body bag in my last post. But instead of a long bag strap it has a wrist strap. It is going to be used for diabetes supplies. I have made her a few different ones over the years. I made her one for her glucose meter a few years ago. You can find the post here. I am going to make a pattern for that case.

This pouch has a small inside pocket. I have also used interfacing and thin iron on batting on the outside fabric for more protection. Needless to say, the pouch can be used for anything and it is also a great scrap fabric project.

I also had time for some crochet due to all the time spent in front of the TV this weekend, watching both movies and TV shows. I am making a throw using a 10 ply cotton yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills in a denim blue and a beige called cotton latte. I am not using a pattern here either but the plan is to buy enough yarn for a 50″x80″ throw. I am using a mixed grit stitch which gives a nice texture and weight to the throw. I have been working on it for a month now and and I have a plan for how it is going to look.

This is this weekend’s progress

I hope you enjoyed this post. Until next time, take care and happy sewing!

Annika

Weekend Sewing

Hello

This weekend I have had more time than usual for sewing due to the lockdown and the cold and rainy weather.

I have made a cross body bag in waxed canvas, that will be my oldest daughter’s. I made her one almost a year ago in normal quilting cotton. The fabric has become very thin and even worn through to the interfacing after using it almost daily since she got it. It makes me very happy that she likes to use the things I make. Also nice to make something in a new material.

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