Showing posts with label easy level. Show all posts
Showing posts with label easy level. Show all posts

A few months back I bought from the online UK shop tshirtyarnshop two large rolls of tshirt yarns of 800g each from the UK brand, Jolly Good Yarn:

I tend not to go for the original Hoooked Zpagetti as the colours do not speak to me, and I find the price slightly too expensive than other, more local, brands.

Anyway, As I started making my own rug, I quickly noticed that 2 rolls wouldn't be enough. I was lucky that, over the last 6 months, I have been accumulating 8 tshirts that we no longer wanted/needed (aka that no longer fitted due to shrinkage in the wash .... and absolutely not due to ballooning of the waistline, yeah right!!)

NOTE: You can also reclaim non-stretchy cotton fabric. This will add texture to your finish project.

I have found some easy and quick tutorials online, here is a short list to name a few:
Crafty blog (shows that you can use other fabric than tshirts)
makery website (photos are self explanatory)
Simply crochet mag

Then on to the rug pattern, which is rather basic (UK terms / back & forth / always draw the yarn through the back loop of the stitches):
A) chain 90 (or as many chains to reach the length desired), turn
B) leave 2 chains out, then double crochet (dc) in the 88 chains, turn
C) chain 1 (do not include it in your stitches), 88 dc, turn
--> repeat C) until you reach the width of your preference.

It's still a WIP as I'd like to increase the width by at least 5 more rows, but I quite like the result, not to mention the feeling under the toes is soooo sooooft.
Ebooks are amazing (sorry if I sound biased here... of course I am, after all I work in the publishing industry).

You can carry your ebook reader everywhere without feeling the weight of your entire library in your hand-bag. It is very practical, but it is also a fragile device that needs looking after. So to avoid any damages done to it, Le Stitch has come up with her personalised Kindle case. Easy to make in a couple of hours; crochet stitches are quite basic.

The yarn used in this project is Soir de Paris in DK superfine sustainable new merino, available in the shop here.

Kindle case

The case is made up of one long piece of crocheted fabric that is sewn on the side to create the pouch shape. Note the pattern is given using UK crochet terms: 2 trebles stitches (tr), 2 bobbles, 3 tr, 2 bobbles, 3 tr, 2 bobbles, 2 tr. Adapt the number of stitches number to fit the size of your ebook reader.
trebles and bobbles stitches to hook an ebook reader case

The closing flap does not require any locking system as its length, plus the weight of the yarn, made it easy to close by itself.
Le Stitch is fully aware that today's post's got nothing to do with stitching as such. Or perhaps it has... Well for a start I've manipulated a thread, and second it's like stitching beads on a canvas. So yes, today I'm here to show you my latest creation: seed-beaded bracelet. 


Here are the tips:
- to learn how to set up the loom, I've watched this video on Youtube
- to learn how to finish the extremities, see Beadedheron blog
- to make the beaded loop at the end, see Hopefulhoney blog

I mention 'dummies' in the heading simply because Le Stitch has never really made proper use of her sewing machine before this weekend and hemming trousers (my trousers) was quite a daunting but still very rewarding experience. 

Now I've done it, I can already see how to improve it next time (maybe in another tutorial as I'm short-legged and trousers these days are made for skinny giants). I might use a different stitch or adopt a different folding technique of the fabrics. But as a first time ever, I'm pretty pleased with myself. I let you appreciate in pictures.

Your accessories (you can stitch by hand if you don't have a sewing machine)

Fold the pair of trousers flat and put the hem in place to see if the hem is straight on both legs

Calculate how much you need to take out (here in cm): my trousers were 33' when bought. I'm averagely short :)

From the length you need to take out, measure 2 cm down - this will be left hidden inside the legs

Add 2 cm up the hem

Draw your lines - here in chalk, which isn't ideal as the lines are quite fatty

Cross yourself and start cutting the fabric!

Cut from the lower line too

That's it - done! There is no way back. That's 7 cm down

The line you see is the hem line - simply fold the lower 2 cm inside the leg 

Like that

Secure with sewing needles

Secure everywhere. You don't want the hem to be loose when sewing. Your hem would then go wonky 

Obviously do this on both legs 

Turn your trousers upside down gently no to get yourself hurt with the needles

And iron the hem to flatten the fabric

Let's sew up! I've used a normal straight stitch. Nothing too fancy for a first time 

Here's the end result - outside facing

And from the inside

What a journey since my last post.... Le Stitch has been busy trying to get her life in order: moving house, preparing the next house move [yes, again!], getting out of the country and back on multiple occasions, adding to this, the horrible Internet connection using a plastic USB key larger than my laptop, and there you go, you've got Le Stitch missing from the Web for two months!

With winter coming back, I'm sure I'll be more active in the next coming months. For now, I'm very pleased to offer you my latest new members in the family of free stitching grids: the Japanese doll. 

So uber cute! Feel free to change colours and comment on the grid. Finally if you do stitch the doll, do not hesitate to send me pictures. I'd love to publish them on my blog.

Happy stitching ^ ^
Le Stitch isn't ready to give up on the weather yet. Summer will come. Rain will stop. Hot July evenings will arrive and so will the bbq parties in the garden. 

What is the essential accessory for the grill chef ? Nothing other than the cooking apron (your armour against grease!)

Daring pastel colours and simple patterns.... here is my new apron and reversible to change your look depending on your mood.

To design the apron, simply cut two fabrics and stitch them together. For the 'blue' side, I've sewed a central pocket and had it decorated with an embroidered trim. I've also added a third layer of white fluffy fabric that comes between the two fabrics. This way you can't see patterns in transparency.

Being a rubbish seamstress (my stitches are never straight, I tend to always sew the fabric inside out and have to re-do the job twice or thrice ...), I followed the instructions found on a French blog Violaine. CLICK HERE to access the explanation (pdf file in French - translation will be made available asap).
The mummy loves her cakes.

Since she always so kindly brings to the office some cakes she made over the weekend, I thought I had to give her back some in the shape of a cross-stitched baby bib.

So there it is, some great-looking, mouth-watering, Le Stitch-made, French pastries & cupcakes

(born: 27/12/11)

Religieuse filled with blueberry curstard

(yummy strawberry) charlotte aux fraises :p

Petit chou - pistachio flavoured... my favourite!!

Now tell me, how is it possible for the baby to be difficult when comes dinner time!!!

The grids have been designed by Charlotte et ses petites croix and are available for free on her blog:
Self-covered button kits can be easily found in haberdasheries, craft shops or simply on the Internet. 

In this tutorial, Le Stitch is going to show you how to make your very own fabric buttons in less than 30 seconds per button, using a kit with a plastic base.

1) Cut the fabric in a circle shape following the dimension given on the package. Here the circle is 18 mm in diameter.

2) Sew a simple, rough stitch all around the circle. Make sure to leave some loose thread at the beginning and at the end of your sewing.

3) Place the button dome in the center of the circle, on the wrong side of the fabric, then pull the two loose thread ends. This will tighten the fabric around the button base. Roll the remainder of the thread around the base

4) Place the plastic flat 'bit' on top of the fabric.

5) To push it inside the button dome, use a solid object - here I've used a bobbin thread.

Then push as hard as you can - no kidding but this is the toughest part of the making.

6) Here's your button!!!!!

Le Stitch is invited to a wedding reception this Saturday but has been faced with the problem of finding an outfit for a very long time.

I did not find any suitable dress until yesterday evening when I was struck by a flash of genius-ity!! Why don't I go to H&M? And there it is on display, this little black dress:

You must be thinking that black isn't a really appropriate colour for a wedding, and you're right. So it's time to get the scissors, threads and fabrics out of the cupboard and get the imagination flying:

The applique is made up of two types of checked fabrics and two roses sewed onto the fabric (originally these were hair pins from H&M):

It's now time to ensemble the outfit by adding a small pale rose t.shirt underneath the dress, complement it with a blue cardigan, etc.

dress: GBP 14.99
hair pins: GBP 1.99
fabric: free (given by my sister)
Total: GBP 16.98

Le Stitch has just demonstrated that it is not always necessary to spend a fortune on cloths. You can create amazing, unique outfit by simply let your imagination free.