I haven’t just been sitting around the last month. I am still looking for work, so that has been taking up most of my time, but I have continued dabbling with my sewing and craft and have finished some little projects that I would like to share with you.
The first is another softie pattern. The free pattern is available here, the pattern is designed by Hillary Lang, the crafty and generous (pattern is free yeah!) soul behind Wee Wonderfuls.
I found the instructions good and the pattern very forgiving despite the warnings about the pointy bits being well … pointy! (As you can see my kitty is not so pointy in the face.
So next I was looking at making a little bag of some sort, I had some left over charm squares from Moda’s Freshly Squeezed Fabric Range designed by Sandy Gervais and some left over fabric from the stripey oranges I used for the Kitty. I used the tutorial available here. It was designed by Trish Preston of Two Peas in a Pod Homegrown Design. Trish’s instructions are for making by machine but I made mine by hand (I wanted a project to work on in front of the telly)
This is the front, showing the charm squares cut into strips. When quilting the squares I used the pattern in the fabric print and quilted around them, so around the citrus fruits and the swirls in the dark orange fabric. For the spotted fabric I just used a diagonal grid for the quilting.
The wristlet is completely lined and I used plain calico for my lining. I also made a beaded wire dangle to use for the zip pull. The instructions are very clear and the mistakes I made were entirely due to me not reading properly (as usual!) and nothing to do with the tutorial so generously created and provided by Trish.
Here is a view of the rear of the bag, I used the leftover stripey fabric from the Kitty (see above) and quilted this in a diagonal grid as well.
Last but definitely not least the teeniest of the projects I worked on lately (well in the last 3 weeks since my last post).
This is a combination of two tutorials and patterns (both available for free). The first tutorial is this one for making teeny little bottle cap pin cushions by Jen Segrest of Ohio. Jen also has a photo how to set for the basic bottle cap tutorial, a ladybug version, a mushroom version and an african violet version. They are totally adorable, you have to look at Jen’s Gallery of her works here.
The second tutorial is one for a larger pin cushion or just a decorative cute softie, there are two versions available in pattern form, one for a mushroom and one for a toadstool cottage. Check it out here. It was designed and created by A Little house by the Sea.
This is what I ended up with 🙂