Mandala doily

28 Jul

I have found the pattern for this lovely Mandala doily here and I decided to give it a try. It was easier than I expected and the result is pretty!

Dahlia Mandala Doily

Dahlia Mandala Doily

Basket

18 Jul

Some time ago I found a nice project on how to woven bowl basket here, and I thought it was a great idea to give it a try.

Alas, the project proved to be more challenging than expected and it took me quite a long time to complete it. At a certain point I even almost gave it up for good. But after “few” months, I decided that it couldn’t be left there standing in the way any more. So, I finished it despites it is far from being perfect!!

What I found more difficult was the start of the project: the twine, cut straight from the bobbin, was too curly and I struggled to keep it in place. I used plenty of clips but that was a pain in the neck. Before starting, I recommend to cut the lengths of twine and straighten them.

Here is the result. I also added a bit of hot glue to fix it.

potatoes, onion and basket

The woven basket from its best side….

Wearable top

17 Jul

Last week I worked on a top I’ve been given for my birthday whick was way too big for me. It was at least two sizes larger (do I really look *this* fat??) and it wasn’t really wearable. So, since it wasn’t possible to go and change it, I decided to modify it myself.

First I removed the ruffle and the elastic band on the hips, then I cut and sew the sides according to the size of another top which fits me, and then I reduced the ruffle and sewed it back.

It was my first time with jersey fabric and it didn’t go too bad.

Look at the “before” and “after” picture…..

Top: before and after

Top: before and after

And here are the scrap of cloths left…

Leftovers.....

Leftovers…..

Tablet case

1 Jul

This past weekend, due to bad weather, I had the time to stitch also a case for my brand new tablet. I used some blue  flower pattern Ikea fabric for the exterior and some green “tartan-like” fabric for the lining to match with a green zip. I also added some interfacing, that’s why the “bulky” look.

Tablet case

Tablet case

 

lining detail

lining detail

 

tablet case

tablet case

 

Tablet case, zip detail

Tablet case, zip detail

Organising lunch

30 Jun

Few months ago I made a meal voucher holder as Xmas gift for my colleague Floriana, and as my old voucher hoder was falling literally into pieces, I decided it was about time to make one for myself too… this time I also added two smaller pockets. I also handstitched a tab which I think looks cute. :-)

lunch voucher holder closed

lunch voucher holder closed

lunch voucher holder open

lunch voucher holder open

detail: handmade tab

detail: handmade tab

Remnant case

24 Jun

Here is another project I made last weekend. Again I used some remnant of my “cushion-project” here. I’m not completely satisfied with it… I even forgot to add flaps on both to make it easier to zip/unzip. Anyway, next time I’m going to try to make a case with the end tabs of the zipper too!

the "left-over" case

the “left-over” case

The origami bag

23 Jun

I worked a bit with my sewing-machine this past weekend and, among other things,  I made this lovely origami market bag. I used some remnant from this project here, and I got the tutorial from here.

It is very quick to do and you can also easily modify its size: you can make it bigger or smaller depending on your needs! This one is 30×30 cm.

The origami bag

The origami bag

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