Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Toilet Boys / Tiger print reversible handbag



This was designed to be a really quick and simple project to make, because it was one of a few tasks I set myself whilst recovering from my appendectomy!

Firstly, I cut my fabric a little longer than the length of the handles and then used some educated guesswork for the other dimensions. The main body of the bag was made using the basic principle of this tutorial up until Step 4 (remember to leave gaps at either end for space to open the bag, or you will have to unpick it all like I did. D'oh). Instead of sewing all around the top of the bag and then turning it inside out, I then put my little plastic handles inside and hand sewed them in; eliminating the need to turn it inside out.

The Toilet Boys denim and the Cinnamoroll swimsuit fabric in the background is from The Fabric Fairy and the Tiger print cotton is from Abakhan (although I think it's all gone now). The handles are from a local place called Inkspot, I think they were around £3. Not as nice as real bamboo, but about 1/2 the price! As Fugrne Cotton would say; wow!

Wooooooow!

This bag was made using the power of America's Next Top Model marathons

Friday, 5 February 2010

Elvis loves you, baby

After a 2 year break from these rompers, I have finally gotten around to finishing them! They're for my new cousin, who will be Apparating in 3 days. And hopefully not Splinching.


The patterns are both from the first Sublime Stitching book. I used t-shirt stabiliser because the babygros are jersey type fabric, which stretches, not ideal for embroidering. Close ups for detail:

I messed up the satin stitch in the collar (which may have triggered the 2 year hiatus), but overall I am pretty pleased. I also used a relatively more successful satin stitch for the nose, french knots for the exclamation marks and the rest is just split stitching. The part I am most proud of however, is my gay pride friendly colour theme.



I am especially proud of this guy, he is comprised of split stitches again, with one more french knot in his moon buddy and a 'twinkle stitch'. I used metallic thread for extra twinkle. The baby is a girl, so they are nice and gender neutral.
Once the embroidery part was done, I hand sewed some scraps of t-shirt fabric onto the backs of the stitched area. This is to stop the messy knots and inner gubbins (and believe me they are messy gubbins) from irritating the wee one's skin. It also stops the backs of the stitches getting caught and tangled and whatnot. I hand sewed them just for accuracy of straightness; and machine sewing within the restricted area of a romper is not so easy.
Ta-da! These baby clothes were created using the power of Seinfeld and How Clean Is Your House? marathons.