Sewing course – Little lessons

A selection of little bits and bobs I have created while on my current sewing course.

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Appliqué

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Doodle stitching (there might be a more technical term but I don’t know it at this moment)

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Playing with Free motion

 

Currently working on my main project for the course and will hopefully update with success or failure in the next few weeks.

Sewing practice

This week I have been mostly mending, which in fairness uses pretty much the same skills as some of my crafting but never the less is much less glamorous.

My sewing course has started again so my main crafting time is in use, so will probably get a few smaller projects for the next few weeks.

I had a bonus free evening this week so decided to make a little project to practice the skills I had been taught on my course this week. Being, French seems, corners, reinforced corners and curves.
I thought I would make a little pocket bag just to practice (as I dislike doing things without an end purpose).

Used some fabric quarters I had picked up for the charity shops. Picked this one as it had a nice rounded pattern that made a decent curved shape for the flap. On actually getting round to cutting it I realised it was not a very even curve so used a plate as my template.

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Quite pleased but clearly need much more practice…and maybe a proper pattern next time.

Super hero day

R class is doing a super hero theme for the term so of course they have to have a super hero day.

I’m not going to go out and buy a costume just for a day event but I will adapt previously made items to make up a super hero outfit.

R had had a super hero themed birthday party (as requested) earlier this year and I had made a few super hero items including capes and masks (see previous post). So asked R to pick a cape and a super hero logo (had given her the option to make her own up but she chose the “S” from Superman). We then when through my fabric stash and she picked out the colours she wanted the logo in.

First to make a template. Since she had chosen a pre-existing shape I simply looked it up. I used the ones found here:

I used a graphics programme to copy out the superman logo on to its own page then enlarged one for the back of the cape and shrank one for a belt buckle. (both printed on the same A4 sheet)

I ironed on some wonder web to my fabric pieces then drew and cut out my templates. Cut the insides first, as these were the most likely to go wrong, then used may snazzy new rotary cutter to do the edges in a snap.

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I ironed the cape logo directly on to the cape but the buckle logo I ironed on to another piece of fabric.

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I put a line of purple stitching just inside the edge of the purple to make sure everything stayed attached.

For the belt buckle I cut a piece card to (roughly) the right shape, then wrapped the fabric around and stuck it down with glue. I had planned to attach it over other belt I had that fitted her but it has been lost, possibly thrown. So I had to improvise. I had a length of the purple fabric that was just too short to get around her waist which i sewed into a strap with a few pieces of elestic at the back filling the gap and giving enough so it could just be pulled over her waist.

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She seems very pleased with it

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Crafty group

Ever on the search for a crafty group I can drop in and out of (because of having to time table kids and husband) I have finally made it along to a “sew night” at my local wool shop. They also have a knit night that I am allowed to pop along to, even though I do crochet not knitting 😉
Coming completely unprepared I was allowed to borrow everything I needed and we made these cute little pan handle holder mice (looks a bit more like a fox to me) and pumpkin.

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I haven’t decided weather I want to “complete” the pumpkin by adding the scary face that is just about visible in the photo.

I think I might just leave them off.