Madiba Cushion Covers

I was given this Madiba Shweshwe fabric almost a year ago and I really wanted to make something special out of it. After a few measurements and plans, I decided to create 2 cushion covers. To make the most use of the fabric, I cut 1 length of fabric for each cushion  -50cm x 100cm. Added an invisible zip on the 50cm length side and then stitched together the 2 side seams. Total sewing time less than 1 hour. The zip will be either at the top or bottom of the cushion, depending of how the cushion is placed on … Continue reading

I Couldn’t Bring Myself to Throw Away the Scraps of Fabric

My boy calls me a hoarder, but I don’t think I am. I’m happy to depart with items of no use, clothing that is too small but when it comes to my fabric. Well that’s a different story! I find it very difficult to throw away any remnants and smalls pieces left over after cutting out a pattern, as I know I will find a good use for them, no matter how small. so here are a few things I have been constructing to make use of those fabric scraps. I drafted a pattern for a luggage tag to use … Continue reading

It’s Crafting Time

As I have a few more hours “free time” during the day, I’ve been planning sewing and craft projects. I’ve had a couple of busy weeks sewing  items for my Etsy shop, and I still feel like there isn’t enough hours in the day. So many plans…. never enough time to get them finished! So my plans for the next 2 weeks are: – create a couple of interesting purses using this fabulous South African Shwe Shwe fabric to sell on Etsy – MadeByNomes.Etsy.com – Design and plan the construction of my first ever patchwork quilt using this beautiful Liberty … Continue reading

Prague Fabric Shops

Goodbye London … Hello Prague. I’ve been living in Prague now for almost 2 weeks. The time has flown by! I’ve spend my time  exploring the city and trying to get to know the place from the perspective of someone who lives here, rather than a tourist visiting. Our furniture and boxes are still in storage, and wont arrive for another 2 weeks.  It’s strange to be without some many loved items.  I’m missing my sewing machine and sewing paraphernalia, especially as I have free time when I could be doing lots of sewing! So if I can’t sew, I … Continue reading

Swing tags

Happy Easter Monday and hello April 2013 – oh how the the time is flying this year! It’s that time of the year when one feels they need to have a spring clean and de-clutter the sewing studio space. Whilst trying to do a tidy up, I found plenty of small pieces of wonderful African print fabric that I couldn’t quite bring myself to part with. Handmade swing tags: With a bottle of glue in one hand, fabric pieces and luggage tags in the other hand, I created these new swing tags for my Etsy items. I think they look pretty … Continue reading

African print goes tech – ipad covers

I think is was only a matter of time before I started using my African Print fabric to make covers for phones, iPads and accessories. I did some research on the internet to get some ideas for size, shape and closure styles. Liberty Blog has a simple tutorial for an unlined accessories cover – http://www.liberty.co.uk/blog/12177/sewing-project-liberty-print-ipad-case/ So here are a few pictures of my iPad cover. Do let me know what you think of these. x

African print cushion covers

I had some fabric left over from the lengths Dylan gave me to make his Party Pants…. so what better way to make use of the fabric than to construct some African print cushion covers for Dylan’s sister in South Africa. These covers fit cushions of 60cm x 60cm, have 6 ties on the back to secure the covers – makes for interesting back design and also very functional. I think these look great – What do you think?

I’ve gone a bit Purse mad

Having realised that I accumulated in excess of twenty 15cm zippers of varying colours, and tempting to “clean up” my sewing cupboard I have been busy the past 3 weeks testing patterns and making a few purses for friends and family. Here are a few of my finished products. I particularly like the style of the Pyramid Purse, so in the coming weeks a few will be available to purchase through my Etsy Shop www.madebynomes.etsy.com