Saturday, December 31, 2011

New backpack using Spoonflower Babushka print

After the success from my critics (the same one's who I make school lunches for), I decided to make another backpack. This time I used a strip of my Babushka print. I am liking this fabric. It has been such a versatile print. Perhaps I will make more......

This backpack features Osnaberg fabric, a stripy lining and press stud fastening.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Dalek Backpack

Today I finished off a backpack for my daughter for school. Being a mega Doctor Who fan, I just had to go with this wonderful Spoonflower Dalek fabric from Dalex. My daughter is super pleased with the results (although she now wants a matching pencil case ... oh well)

I think I may have to experiment with this backpack pattern. It was so quick and easy.

Stitch Bit 2

This is some more of my stitch musings for today.... I love little blue birds (almost as much as Babushka Dolls)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Stitch Bit 1

This is a peek at what I have been stitching today...

I normally love redwork, but I think the Chocolate and Plum combination looks really good together. I can't decide which I like best.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Cloth bookmarks

Today I whipped up some handy bookmarks and book garters using the small sized versions of my Spoonflower doll and Babushka prints.

I combined these with lace daisies, elastic, and ribbon to complete each look.

These are so fast to make but work really well. I especially love the book garter - no coming off even if you drop the book!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Babushka Christmas inspired tote

Today I sewed up a little tote and matching phone case in Christmasy colours, ready for the holidays.

I used my Babushka fabric from Spoonflower to create the bags and brought out the Christmas season using red highlights and lining. Now I am ready for Christmas fun (and the sales afterwards too!)

Shopper Tote Using Spoonflower Fabric

I have just finished a tote made up from some of my Spoonflower "I Love to Shop" fabric. This design was based on one of my original paper dolls.

The tote was super easy to make up and I am very pleased with the results. I reckon the colours work really well - grey back, black frill, lining, and handles. I will have to think about adding a flower though...

Monday, December 19, 2011

I am in creating paradise

After a long break from Blogging, my creative juices are starting to run over and I have the need to write about it and share.

I have been busy recently creating my own pattern designs to sew and stitch. I have been lucky enough to become a contributor to the wonderful Australian craft publications "Creating Country Threads" and "Patchwork and Stitching", and I have had several of my doll and stitchery patterns printed this year. I'd love you to check out the magazines. They are "Creating Country Threads" Vol 12 No 4 and Vol 12 No 7, and "Patchwork and Stitching" Vol 12 No 9 and Vol 12 No 10.

Pop into you local newsagency to see the current issues of each or go to the Craftlovers website:

I have also been trying my hand at designing fabric. I am using the services of Spoonflower, a great service for those who need to make their own fabric. I am very pleased with the initial results.
Here are some finished pieces I made up from my Carnival Dolls Trio and Babushka Floral Gal.

I am especially pleased with the way the Carnival dolls go together. I have printed fronts and backs.

All you need to do is:
1. line up the fronts and backs on a lightbox or window,
2. mark a stitching line at the edge of the design using a 2B pencil,
3. stitch around the design with a small stitch leaving a 2cm opening on the leg
4. Trim back to 5mm seam allowance (with pinking sheers is best)
5. Turn through using a chop stick
6. Fill with clean filling to you desired firmness
7. Stitch close the turning hole
8. Enjoy.....

Check out my designs on Spoonflower: