Showing posts with label sewing project. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sewing project. Show all posts
My favourite winter jacket has suffered this season. The button at the right shoulder has popped out. No wonder here though as I was always caring my gigantic handbag on the same shoulder. 

My handbag is so big that I use it to carry my personal stuff, my toddler's stuff and my daily shopping. The button couldn't carry all the weight. Here was my look before the repair. That wasn't really glamorous. 

Here is the material you'll need: thread, needle, scissors, button. the ripped fabric is clearly visible on the left. 

First, you'll need to repair the torn fabric by sewing it back.

The end result is not the best looking but it's very hard to get a needle through parka fabric. It feels like a tent fabric covered in polymer.

But then when you fold the flap back you don't see it.

Then, it's time to get on with the button...

... that you'll sew on the area that has been sown back.

When you've done with sewing the button, don't forget to fold the thread between the button and the fabric in order to reinforce the thread. 

Finally, you should have something that looks like this (again not glamorous looking but it will be hidden by the flap).

and there it goes !
Le Stitch is a lazy bugger... Let's start with the beginning, say about 5 years ago when Le Stitch and Mister B moved into their Home Sweet Home. Everything was all rosy, except for one tiny detail. Mister B hated the curtains that were left in the spare bedroom by the previous occupants. A sunburned denim curtain from Ikea. The hems were glued to the fabric ... oooh, the horror!!

Adding panel to extend the fabric length
 'Fine', I responded, 'I'll sew a new pair.'

Using a magnetic guide to help straightening my wonky stitches 
The seasons passed. In the meantime, Mister B changed jobs about 3 or 4 times. I got pregnant, gave birth, moved the kid to that spare bedroom, started a new business, and finally sewed the curtains (say, I finished them yesterday night).

The stitches are not straight, the dimensions are all wrong and not matching. I used black thread against a shiny duck green. And, I had to sew extra panels of fabric as, otherwise, the curtains would have never reached the floor.

But I am happy with the outcome, because if you squint really hard in order not to see these ginormous defects, it looks good, sturdy and warm. Sure I would have loved to have put the curtain rack higher but, if I had to start DIYing with the screwdriver too, these curtains would have never been put up this morning.

Curtains opened

I saw the idea in my head and did not follow any instructions, apart from the system on the back to hold the curtains up, which comes from La bobine website. And, in times of desperate need, I referred back to my sewing bible: Readers' Digest Complete Guide to Sewing.

curtains closed
The 100% wool fabric and the blackout lining were both purchased on ebay in the same shop: the fabricman. All together, I have paid less than £50.00 for the pain pair of 2.15cm-long curtains. 
Le Stitch is always on the look out for new quirky DIY ideas and I came across the amazing website of Charlottises.

Sorry it's in French; however, today's tutorial is super Brit orientated as I am going to show you how you can make your own personalised teabags.

My little one is having difficulties staying put in his highchair when dinner time comes. I thought the best way to keep him still would be by having the little bugger cherub entertained. 

Felt finger puppets seemed like a good idea... until he starts grabbing them and stuffs them in his mouth!

Felt animal finger puppets of a dog, mouse and chicken

I have made three puppets: a dog (looking a bit too grumpy to my taste), a mouse and a chicken.

close-up of the mouse finger puppet

I got help from netmums website. The images are so self-explanatory that I did not even consider reading the instructions. 

You haven't heard from me for a while, dear reader, but I still have from time to time moments of bulimic creativity. Lately I've been working on sewing a skirt, which has required more than 40 hours of work, hence the loooooong silence (ps - photos will come soon after the skirt is washed and ironed, which might require another month of your amazing patience!!). Anyhow, after such harsh sewing time, it was time to give Le Stitch a break. And what break than start a new project - sock creatures.

Here's Joey, the sock monkey, hard at work in the office.

I shouldn't take the credit for such an amazing fury creature. I took the tutorial from Craft passion website: 

My next sockey beast will have to be the bunny or the dragon. More to come then...
Last weekend I purchased some lovely fabric with a friend who asked me to make a pouch for her new mobile. "Challenge accepted my dear!"

A while ago, I made a bread bag (tutorial in French here). So in a way it would have been easy to simply adapt the measurements and follow the same technique. But and there's a big BUT, I've used my sewing machine... I'm very amateur level with this machine and to tell you the truth it took me over 2 hours to make two pouches. Why two you may ask? Well the first one is a mini version of the second. My first measurements might have been a tad too tight :)

Definitely the must have for any awesome sewing projects. Yes, you're seeing well: sewing eraser cuties!!! Truly my best present ever :p

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