Monday, August 22, 2016

back to school, back to work

I must admit, I'm quite enjoying this new back to school routine. I almost forgot how much one can accomplish in just a few quiet, uninterrupted hours each day :).


Screen printing is my absolute favorite thing to do these days so I burned a few new screens and printed and printed. Oh, the bliss!!!


 These two prints are my most favorite at the moment. I think I'll use the first one to make myself a tote bag and those scattered triangles will be perfect for quilting.

I listed tons of new panels in my etsy shop in case you're interested in grabbing a few.

And, good news for my non-US friends,  ALL MY FABRIC PANELS AS WELL AS KITS CAN NOW BE SHIPPED INTERNATIONALLY!!!!


Wishing you all a very lovely and creative week. Svetlana


Thursday, August 18, 2016

mini locker emergency kit

Hello friends, hope you're all having a lovely week so far.

My kids went back to school yesterday and the house is suddenly so quiet during the day. It's just me and the cats but we don't complain. They sleep and I work, and the three of us quite enjoy these few precious hours of no interruptions :). I've been doing a lot of screen printing and I'm super excited to show you some new designs soon.

Today though, I'd like to show you these fun mini locker emergency kits I made for my girls.



I followed my mini quilted pouch tutorial to make this adorable pouch (only I didn't quilt it because I didn't feel like it, I used SF101 interfacing instead) and filled it up with tiny scissors, bandages, bobby pins, and other "essentials" a teen girl might need.


I made a second mini pouch for my other daughter, of course. This super adorable travel fabric from Les Fleurs collection is my absolute favorite at the moment. I keep thinking I need a striped tote bag just like the one pictured :).


And then I got a request for an octopus pencil pouch. Cute, isn't it? I adhered fusible fleece to exterior fabric (from an older Cotton and Steel collection) to make it nice and sturdy. I loved how quickly this pouch came together and my daughter loved that I didn't make it all patchworky :).

How about you? Are you doing any back to school sewing?

Svetlana

Sunday, August 14, 2016

patchwork drawstring bag kits


Happy Sunday, friends!

I just wanted to pop in real quick and let you know I listed a few Patchwork Drawstring Bag kits in my etsy shop





Each kit contains 56 - 2.5" screen printed squares for the exterior plus batting, lining, casing, ribbon, as well as four pages of full color step by step instructions.

Hope you'll enjoy making these bags as much as I do :).

Oh, and the kits are now available internationally as well. 


Wishing you all a lovely rest of the weekend. Svetlana

Monday, August 8, 2016

thirty three easy to follow zipper pouch tutorials


 Hello everyone, happy Monday!

Did you have a nice weekend? I hope you got to spend some quality time with pretty stacks of fabric.
I did a bit of sewing, and printing, but mostly I browsed Pinterest until I felt my eyeballs were going to pop out :).


Thankfully though it wasn't just mindless pinning of everything and anything as it tends to happen when I'm on Pinterest. This time I was on a mission! It was all about zipper pouches and free tutorials on how to make them. And now I have a beautiful gallery of thirty three easy to follow, super fun, and absolutely free zipper pouch tutorials to share with you.

(click on the picture to be taken to original tutorial)

 
triple zip pouch 
 
pencil pouch
 
pretty lace pouch
 
pencil case
 
shark pencil case
 

double zipper pouch
 
zippered box pouch
qayg pouch
pencil pouch
mini quilted zipper pouch
cosmetic pouch
window zipper pouch
phone pouch
pencil case
pretty little pouch
triangle zipper pouch
color block pouch
open wide pouch
key pouch
heart pouch
better marker pouch
zippy wallet
boxy pouch
pencil case
earbud pouch
wide open pencil case
flat bottom pouch
 
scissors cozy
charmed pencil pouch
 
cat eye zippered pouch
zipper card pouch
stylish pen case
 
toiletry bag

Hope you enjoy making some of these cuties. I already have plans to sew up some earbud pouches as well as a flat bottom pouch.

Have a lovely week friends. Svetlana

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

tiny treasures basket and tray

I am a huge fan of Anna's (noodlehead) work. I love her style and admire all the gorgeous projects she designs and makes. So, of course as soon as I saw her newest free pattern for Tiny Treasures Basket and Tray I simply had to drop everything and start sewing right away :).



I combined two of my own screen printed fabrics (brushstrokes on Essex linen for the lining and black grid on Kona Fog for the exterior) and I absolutely love the way this little tray turned out. Now I want to add leather handles and rivets to all the projects I make.


I also made a larger basket for my knitting. This time I went with my mushroom print. Actually this was a misprint :( as you can see in the lower right corner but I still love the optical illusion effect it gives to the finished basket very, very much.


See? A perfect fit for my almost finished Mara Shawl.

I'm sure I'll be making many more of these lovelies in the near future. I hope you'll give them a try as well. The tutorial is well written and easy to follow (as always). Just make sure to use the recommended interfacing and you won't be disappointed.

And, in case you're interested, I have quite a few of my screen printed fabric panels available for sale at my etsy shop.


Wishing you all a lovely day. Svetlana

Monday, August 1, 2016

mini quilted zipper pouch {a free tutorial}

Happy Monday, everyone!

As promised, I'm back with a free tutorial on how to make a mini quilted zipper pouch.



Let's start, shall we?

Finished size:  2.75" wide x 2.5" tall x 2" deep

Notes: 
- use 1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise noted
- light to mid - weight quilting cotton is recommended for exterior and lining
- use only low loft batting (I usually use Warm and White), avoid polyester batting as it's too poofy for these pouches 

Materials needed:
exterior fabric: two 4.25" tall x 5.25" wide rectangles
lining fabric: two 4.25" tall x 5.25" wide rectangles
batting: two 6" x 8" rectangles
4" zipper (metal or nylon depending on your preference)
0.5" wide x 1.75" long ribbon for side tab (optional)

505 basting spray or basting pins
disappearing fabric pen
ruler
zipper foot for your sewing machine

Exterior panels
1. Baste batting to wrong sides of exterior panels. Quilt panels as desired. Trim all the extra batting off.

2. Place one exterior panel right side up on a flat surface. Use ruler and disappearing fabric pen to mark a 1" square along the two bottom corners. Cut on the drawn lines so your exterior panel looks like the one pictured below. Finish second exterior panel following the same directions.



3. (skip to the next step if not using ribbon for a tab) Fold ribbon in half. Use 1/8" seam allowance and baste it to the left side of one exterior panel about 3/4" from the top edge.

Lining
4. Place lining panels on a flat surface. Mark and cut out 1" squares along both bottom corners as you did for exterior panels.

Zipper
5. Bend zipper tape on both ends of zipper at 45 degree angle towards wrong side of zipper tape. Baste within seam allowance either by hand or by machine to secure in place. Trim off extra zipper tape if desired.


6. Center zipper right side down along the top raw edge of exterior panel. Align the zipper tape with exterior's top raw edge, pin to hold in place. Baste using 1/8" seam allowance and your sewing machine zipper foot, taking the pins out as you sew.

7. Place exterior panel with zipper attached right side up on a flat surface. Place lining right side down on top, align all the edges and pin along the top edge (zipper is sandwiched in between the two layers). Use the edge of your zipper foot as a guide and stitch along the top pinned edge taking the pins out as you go. Press both exterior and lining away from zipper.


8. Follow the same directions to attach second exterior as well as lining panel to the zipper. Press both panels away from zipper.


9. Push the lining up towards zipper and use 1/8" seam allowance to stitch along exterior panel and zipper seam. Do not stitch through the lining. Refer to picture below. Stitch along the second exterior + zipper seam following the same directions.


Final Assembly
10. Open the zipper about half way. Align exterior panels on top of each other and linings on top of each other as well. Pin or clip all the way around. Stitch along the side and bottom edges, make sure to leave a 2" opening in the lining's bottom seam. Press the seams open.


11. Align one side and one bottom seam over each other to stitch the gusset (corner of your pouch) closed. Clip/ pin to prevent shifting and stitch along the raw edges using 1/4" seam allowance. Stitch the second exterior gusset as well as two lining gussets closed following the same directions.


12. Turn the pouch right side out through the opening in the lining. Stitch the lining closed and push it gently inside the exterior. Use your fingers to gently push the zipper and bottom corners out.

13. Give your pouch one final press if needed and you're all finished. Congratulations!!!

Hope you have tons of fun making these little cuties.  And, as always, if you make a project using any of my tutorials please add it to my Flickr group or use #sotakhandmade if posting on Instagram.

Svetlana


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