Christmas Crafting 2020

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Christmas Tree Bunting

I has been a different year this year for all of us in some way, and very difficult for some. Things are looking brighter here in Australia at the moment, as we are going in to summer with very few Covid cases.
I haven’t done as much sewing and pattern designing this year as I have done previous years.

We have moved house and out of the big city, like so many others have done this year. Due to the lockdown and restrictions here, we couldn’t get much help and I ended up with a tendon issue in my left wrist. But it is slowly getting better and I won’t need surgery, so that is good.

I have been able to do some crochet the second half of this year, like my never ending hexagon throw that keeps getting bigger and bigger. Today I finished a Christmas Tree Bunting crochet kit that I bought earlier this year from Deramores, it is designed by Melissa Collings. I enjoyed it very much and it will probably be the only Christmas project this year.

Previous Christmas blog posts

Last year I did this Christmas Wreath Wall hanging and these Placemats. Previous years I have done among other things, a Christmas Table Runner and Christmas Cushions. So there is still some Christmas reading to do on my blog.

Two of my oldest pattern in my Etsy Shop are reduced by 70% to $3.30 each. I am going to retire the patterns on the January 10, 2021. It is my Pencil Case x 3 pattern and my Beach Bag pattern. They will be replaced by new patterns during the year, I am already working on a new pencil case pattern. I feel I can do alot better patterns today and that it is time for an update of my patterns.

From me and my family to you, Happy Holidays. Hope you have time for some sewing or other crafting if that is what you want to do. Take care!

Annika

Sewing Inspiration

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To get my sewing and pattern inspiration back, I decided to try someone else’s pattern and make something for me. Except for some mask sewing I haven’t really been sewing for the past six months. Mostly due to moving house in strict lockdown.

I came across The Harris Tote and Clutch Wallet on the new Craftsy. The pattern is from Spencer Ogg Sewing Patterns. It was a fairly easy pattern that I enjoyed making over two evenings.

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Unfinished Projects – Hexagon Crochet Throw

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I recently moved house and when packing up my sewing room I came a cross a few unfinished projects. I mostly sew but I also like to knit and crochet.
We spent a lot of time and money on rubbish removal and getting rid of things that we didn’t need anymore. Three of my four children moved out recently and we have lived in the same house for nearly 20 years. We still had a hard time finding a spot for everything in our new home. Therefore, decided to finish some of my unfinished projects.

The first project I got out was this crochet throw. The pattern is from a Better Homes & Garden (Australia) Magazine, May 2015. So I probably started it during 2015. I can’t find any online reference to the pattern, it was called Bianca Crochet Blanket in the magazine.
I have made a few changes, I always do. The individual hexagons are crocheted following the pattern but I have made changes to the layout and number of colours.

The original pattern is made up of 307 hexagons using 15 different colours of wool yarn. Instead I am using three different colours in a soft acrylic yarn.
I have changed the layout by not having “background hexagons” around the hexagon flower, and letting the hexagon flowers connect to each other. It makes the shape and size of the throw a bit more challenging, but I think it looks a lot prettier.

This is still an unfinished project but I have started to work on it again and I intend to finish it. I will probably have to make a few partial hexagon flowers to even up the edge.
At the moment it measures 105 cm (42″) by 90 cm (36″) at the widest points. I’m hoping I have enough yarn to make it big enough for a single bed. I will let you know how it turns out…

Until next time, happy sewing (or crocheting) and take care!

Annika

Big and Small Zipper Pouch

Big and Small Zipper Pouch PDF Sewing Pattern

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I have a new PDF Sewing Pattern in my Etsy Shop. It is called Big and Small Zipper Pouches. Zipper Pouches is very fun to sew and has so many uses. I think it is almost impossible to have too many of them. Very often it is enough to use leftover fabric scraps and zippers. They can also easily be made in to any size.

This pattern is, like my other patterns, an easy to follow tutorial style instructions with lots of photos. There is three files to download. One is with all the instructions, one is the pattern pieces for printing on letter sized paper and one is the pattern pieces for printing on A4 size paper. The files with the pattern pieces you have to print and cut out. Make sure the page scaling is set to none, actual size or 100% on your printer.

Size: Big – Width 9 1/2″, Height 6 1/2″, Depth at the base 2″
Small – Width 8 1/2″, Height 3 1/2″, Depth at base 2″

If the outer fabric is oil cloth/vinyl/pleather or similar you may not need the batting. Remember to not iron or use pins when using these materials.

Materials (big pouch):
• 12” (30 cm) square of outer/main fabric
• 12″x10” (30x25cm) of contrast fabric for base
• 10″x25″ (25x60cm) of lining fabric
• 8” (20 cm) or zipper
• 15” x 20” (40x50cm) of iron on woven interfacing (light or medium weight)
• 15” x 20” (40x50cm) of thin iron on batting

Materials (small pouch):
• 10” (25 cm) square of outer/main fabric
• 10″x8” (25x20cm) of contrast fabric for base
• 12″ (30cm) square of lining fabric
• 8” (20 cm) or zipper
• 12″ (30cm) of iron on woven interfacing (light or medium weight)
• 12″ (30cm) of thin iron on batting

I hope you enjoy this pattern! Please tag me on instagram if you are posting your finished projects.

Until next time, happy sewing and take care!

Annika

Fabric Scrap Piecing

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I have made another fabric scrap project. Instead of crumb piecing as in my last post, I cut the left over fabric in to 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” rectangles. When pieced together in pairs along the 2 1/2” edge, the pairs become 2 1/2” squares and if pieced together in alternating directions it turns in to a basket weave like pattern.

I made this table runner the same way I made the wall hanging in my last post minus the hanging sleeve. You can find that post here.
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