My Serenity

Just a little photo update of my sewing space, ie. my serenity.

I love my peg board – it makes holding items and keep them off my desk space so much easier., because as you can see, my desk space is minimal.

When I’m quilting, I move to our dining room table as this is bigger and gives my room to spread my wings!

I love my ‘inspire’ word made by a friend .. It gives me little bursts of inspiration if I’m feeling a little low.

You can see the current commission I’m work on at the moment .. I’m super excited for this one!

I’d love to see your serenity space too : )

I hope you all have a safe and creative weekend   xx

Sewing Space

Good Vibes Cross Stitch

It’s been a hard few weeks for Mr A & I lately, so when I saw this pattern I knew I had to stitch it.

For the first time in awhile, I’ve done this as a personal project – just something to pick up and stitch whilst I watch tele or a movie with Mr A. It was SO nice to stitch this without a timeframe!

I love the end result, and once it’s washed and frame I think I’ll make it the first piece I list in my Etsy store.

Good Vibes Only Cross Stitch

I know that it’s hard not to focus on the negative or hard things in life, but I’m going to try and channel any negativity I have into something positive .. Going for a walk or run, working out, making a new recipe, finishing off something I’ve been putting off.

If you’re in a negative space, go and create something amazing with that gorgeous creative mind of yours, and know that you are not alone. 

DIY Felt Flower #2

A few months ago I posted a tutorial for a DIY felt flower canvas tutorial.

My latest commission was for one of these, and my client wanted a purple / black & white theme.

DIY Felt Flower Canvas

I absolutely adore the black and white paisley inspired fabric used as the background fabric.

I used a mixture of the original tutorial, and my own tutorial as the basis of making this.

It’s such a fun, relatively easy project requiring only a few supplies, and most importantly, cost effective way of adding some personality to your walls.

Even better, if you use temporary sticky hooks, you can spruce up a space and then easily take it down .. Bonus for anyone renting a house, or at university of college.

I’d love to see yours if you end up making one!

xx

DIY Easy 10 Step Floral Bunting

My latest commission is for 6m of bunting .. For you folk with the imperial system, 6m = 6.56 yard, or 236 inches – yep, that is a lot of bunting!

My client requested such a large amount in a continuous length, as they’re setting up for a business stall and want bunting all across the roof. This bunting is double sided, so it’s pretty from all angles!

Business Bunting (1)My client supplied the fabric this time round, and I LOVE it! Amazing pinks and greens which make me think of glorious summer days :)

Here’s a photo of it cut and stitched together, with the edged pinked.

I thought I’d supply some steps for anyone wanting to make their own bunting.

 
 

DIY Floral Bunting

You’ll require fabric, stabiliser (if you fabrics are lightweight), bias binding, and coordinating thread.

1. Pick your fabrics, as many or as few as you’d like. My client gave me 5 fabrics for this bunting. Keep in  mind when selecting your bunting that light weight fabrics will require stabiliser to give it some weight.

2. Cut out a template for your bunting. There’s no right or wrong here. You can make it as large or as small as you want. I usually cut my fabric to 6.5″ (w) x 7.5″ (h).

3. With your fabric wrong side to wrong side (pretty side of fabric facing down  and up), cut your flags using your template. Remember that 1 flag requires 2 pieces of fabric, assuming you want it double sided. The amount of flags required will depend on what bunting length you require. When measuring, keep in mind whether you would like a gap between the flags. Once again, this is personal preference.

For this commission, I used 6 flag per 1m, with no gaps in between the flags.

4. Sew a seam allowance of 0.5″ around the left and right side of the flags – there is no need to stitch the top of the flag as this will be seam when we add the bias binding. Add the stabiliser to the middle of the 2 fabrics when sewing, if required.

5. Pink the edges. I like to leave a fair gap between the edge of the fabric and my stitch line, but you can decrease this gap if you want. If you do this, reduce your seam allowance to 0.25″.

6. Repeat steps 2 to 5 until you have the number of flags required.

7. Take your bias binding and iron it length ways, so there is a crisp mid section for the binding. I find this step really helpful, but it’s one that is really easy to overlook.  This mid section will be helpful when you place the bunting to be sewn.

8. Arrange your flags in whatever order you would like. For this commission, I kept the same pattern the whole way through. You could do whatever pattern you’d like though.

Binding9. Once arrange in your desired pattern, place the top of your flags right up into the mid section of your binding. Sew down, and place your next flag in the mid section. When placing your next flag, you can keep a gap, or you can overlap the corner of the bunting slightly. If you keep a gap, make sure it is consistent!

I personally like no gaps in my bunting, so I slightly overlap the corners.

10. Get rid of any small off cuts, and iron your bunting – now you’re all finished!

Here’s what the bunting looks like all finished.

Business Bunting (4)

Bunting

I just wanted to share how cute the packaging for this commission is. It’s like a pizza slice all nicely wrapped and tied with a bow hehe!!

Business Bunting (2)

Baby Oscar

Oscar's Baby QuiltI don’t often get to see my works in action, but baby Oscar’s quilt was made for a family member, who was kind enough to send some photos through.

I wanted to share one with you, partially because Oscar’s overalls are so darn cute, and partially because it makes me smile .. So I hope this makes you smile too!

Oscar looks so tiny on his quilt here, but can you believe, he is actually a 10 pound baby!