Thursday, 20 June 2013

Things I've sewn lately

As you may or may not know, I love to sew. I mostly make clothes for myself, but lately I've been feeling like doing smaller projects. They're a bit more fun for someone as impatient as me because they are finished and ready to show off within a couple of hours. I love feeling pleased that I made something lovely myself. If you follow me on instagram (@nadiacupcake) you'll have already seen these because I'm a bit of a show off about my sewing. 

I made this for a friends birthday, it was supposed to be for her ipad but I didn't properly account for the bulkiness of the wadding and it turned out a bit too small to actually fit an ipad in. This is typical of my 'just wing it' sewing style. My quilting is a little wobbly, mostly because I'm not a perfectionist on this sort of thing but also because I don't do it much. I like to use a contrast stitch on the quilting because it looks cool and also because it looks awful when you use a colour that is similar but not quite right.

I cut the little cake motif from a piece of cake print cotton I have and bond-a-webbed it onto another piece of blue cotton. I then bond-a-webbed that onto a piece of white felt so it wouldn't be so flimsy and stitched the lace on. Then when I attached it to the bag with the machine, I went around it several times, for that shabby chic look and also to prevent fraying.

I made this cute nurse pencil case for my cousin. She is a nurse and this is for her to keep all her nurse things in. I just drew out a little nurse face, cut it out in felt and sewed it on! simples!

I'm most pleased with myself for making these knickers. I've been meaning to try my hand at knickers for quite sometime, like 2 years, but the elastic always terrified me and I could never find a good tutorial. So I finally decided to go for it and it worked out really well. I cut up an old pair of primark knickers to make the pattern and since that worked I'm thinking of cutting up some other pairs to try making different styles.

Apologies for the rubbish photos, by the time I wrote this I'd given away the presents and only had the photos I'd taken on my phone left.

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