Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Homemade Gift Tags with Kraft Text Paper


Back in September the lovely Josie over SewforSoul introduced Kraft-tex paper and made a super zipper bag (SewforSoul)

For those who have never seen this great product its same as the stuff that jeans labels are made off.  It cuts and sews like fabric, you can wash it and it looks like leather.  Quite like the idea of it so sent for some off Ebay.  It comes in a few different colours so I got the tan.

You are able to print and stamp on it so got the idea for a luggage label for my mini suitcase.  Which set me off making gift tags using some scrap fabric.

Took a template off a cardboard tag and cut them out of the Kraft Tex paper making sure that I marked where the hole for the string went.  Cut the fabric out slightly larger and used a glue pen to stick it down (opp side from the mark for the hole) and then used the 201 to sew as close to the edge with a contrasting cotton.  Then trimmed off the excess fabric using a sharp pair of scissors.  Punched the hole with a hole punch which went through the Kraft Tex easily but not the fabric so had to carefully trim the fabric away from the hole with scissors.  To finish this off used a eyelet.

On the back, I used rubber stamps with an ordinary ink pad.  Added lengths of string.

Got carried away as usual!


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Singer Imitation Hemstitching Attachment No. 120687


Been having a play with my new Singer Attachment on the 201 today instead of gardening (pouring rain and gales have grounded me!).

I have quite a collection of Singer attachments and accessories, its getting a bit of compulsion looking on Ebay!  Ooops

Got this curious looking thing

Luckily, it had its instructions with it.  Would never have worked out how to use it without them.

Fits on side ways which looks odd. Put one piece of fabric underneath and the top fabric over the front bit and under the back bit, you would put the top fabric right side up but it shows up better this way.  The instructions say to slacken off the top tension a bit.

Then proceed to sew after first checking the needle goes through the hole OK before you put the material in.

Once sewn, carefully remove from the machine, don't pull at the threads in the material.

Fold the upper piece of material on itself along the line of the stitch do the same with the lower fabric. Then gently pull the two piece away from each other.  The threads in the middle look like a ladder.

Stitch down both sides as near to the fold as you can.

 You can also do a picot edging with this attachment but ran out of time to have a go.

Not sure what I will use this for, originally it will have been used to make napkins, tea tray covers and perhaps, fancy stitching in dressmaking.  It was fun to have a go with it.

Before playing nicely, I made a Christmas pressy.  

Take care everyone, be safe.  


Monday, 9 November 2015

Vintage Mini Suitcase Makeover


Bought this cute little case at the Pickering War Weekend.  Wanted it to store my sewing projects in for when I sew on the move.

The lining paper was looking a bit tatty soooo

Got my Liberty fabric out and updated the inside.   Love it.

Covered a slim box with the same fabric and made an envelope style pocket to keep my vintage Singer scissors and tape measure in.

It was sold to me as an Evacuee case (not sure that it is) so made it a matching luggage label so it looked the part.

Can't wait to use it on Tuesday when I go to Sewing Circle.

Take care

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Wonderful Workshop - Textile Illustration Mark II


Went to another one of Sarah's Drawn Threads Workshops the other Saturday with my sister.  It was great to dedicate a whole day to sewing.  We both took our Singer Featherweights.

I decided to make a garden picture so had a look through my many gardening books for ideas.  My starting point was some fabric that looked like York paving and a lovely rose print.

Got the inspiration from this photo

Ended up with this.

It looks better from a distance but below is a close up so that you can see how I did it.  The clouds are made of pure un-spun wool scrounged from Becky the Weaver, tucked under a fine fabric. Thanks Becky.

My sister did an cute owl but he is still under construction.

We had a lovely day with Sarah, she made us very welcome.