Project #20

So I’ve tried my hand at something new this time! This picnic rug came about after toying with the idea of a picnic-themed wedding but being unable to find picnic rugs that were both nice and affordable.

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After sewing all the squares together, I sewed on a white cotton backing and then quilted the whole thing to some tarp to make it waterproof. The tarp is actually part of a white drop cloth that I found at a hardware store.

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I initially thought I’d add a border like you would on a quilt, but ended up deciding it wasn’t necessary so just zig-zagged the edges of the fabric and folded them over the tarp. It’s not padded or anything so needs some fairly thick grass under it to feel really comfortable. It also doesn’t look as smooth as I imagined it would, but I suppose it’s bound to crinkle when it’s sat on anyway!

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We still haven’t made a decision about its use at the wedding, but I’m happy with how it turned out and had lots of fun making it! Definitely looking forward to many summer picnics!

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Projects #17, #18 and #19

It’s again been a while since I’ve posted anything, so I’m using this efficient post to put things back on track! These are all basic pieces I made a while ago but hadn’t yet gotten around to photographing. It’s probably been obvious from my posts so far that I’m obsessed with floral prints…I must also admit that I’m immensely fond of polka dots! 🙂

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P.S. I’ve been working on something a bit different to usual this week – I’m looking forward to sharing it soon! 😉

Project #15

I first made a skirt using this pattern years ago. Since then I’ve made so many more I could do it in my sleep! I’ve given them as presents to friends and even made a stack in different sizes and sold them on Etsy. I’ve been feeling the need for a pink skirt for a while now, so brought out this trusty pattern to quickly make one! In true form I wore it to work the day after I made it and then again a couple of days later.

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Project #13

My mum gave me this fabric from her own collection a few years ago. I have very fond memories of rummaging through mum’s suitcase of fabric while she sewed (probably making a terrible mess). So it felt quite special using some of that fabric to make something of my own. I based the pattern of this tunic on another I own that I wear to death during in-between weather. 

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Project #10

10! Crazy.

This dress is from an old pattern I had for ages but had never used. I had a great time constructing it, mostly because the fabric is floral and boy am I obsessed with floral! I used to despise invisible zips but I am now rather fond of them – I love how well they blend into their surrounds. Again, looking forward to summer to wear this one!

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Project #5

This silk cotton fabric is so divine – I love how soft it feels! I wanted a dress that used as much of the fabric as possible – this one fit the bill fairly well. It was easy to make – four panels sewn together, with facing (hand sewn in place) at the neck and arm holes and a sash to pull in the waist. I haven’t had an occasion to wear it yet but I’ll keep you posted 😉

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Knitting bag

This bag was made with much love as it was a Mother’s Day gift for my mum. I love making things for people – the process is so enjoyable as you’re always imagining that special moment of handing it over.

The pattern I used was McCall’s M5722. There are two outside pockets (one on each side) and two large, stiff pockets on the inside. The pattern suggested using buckram and fusible fleece to give the bag more shape, but I was unable to find either of these materials and used a thick interfacing instead. Must say, I had no idea what buckram was until I came across this pattern! If anyone else is thinking the same, I can now tell you that it’s a stiff cotton-type fabric commonly used in millinery. Imagine a hat you might wear to the races – apparently buckram is that stiff fabric part that is often moulded to fit your head. Who knew!

Mum loved her gift and has already chosen a project to fill her new bag over the next few weeks 🙂

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