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

Green skirt with lining

This skirt I made last year at the end of summer. It is based on another pattern I saw on the Burder Style website –   Ida Maria high waisted skirt . This pattern is a great basic skirt pattern which can be easily modified for other great skirt designs. Essentially 2 lengths of fabric approx 50cm x 70cm,  1 length of waistband fabric approx 80cm x 10cm and a zipper. I modified the pattern slightly to include fixed pleats at the waist band rather than just gathered fabric along with adding lining to the skirt. The skirt has a zipper on … Continue reading

Reversible Skirt – Tutorial

I have been thinking about making a reversible elastic waist skirt for several months as I like the idea of 2 skirts in one …. perfect for travelling or simply to wear when you think you might change your mind half way through the day! I initially got the idea for this skirt from http://verypurpleperson.com/2009/12/easy-full-skirt-and-little-tutorial.html. I have made a few changes, along with making the skirt reversible. I’ve put together a tutorial of how I made my skirt; however this may not be the best nor the preferred way to make the skirt -but it worked for me 1. Take 2 lengths of fabric approx 50cm wide by 115cm wide. I … Continue reading

Sewing with Selina

Selina popped around to my place 2 Sundays ago for a sew and take home workshop. She had in mind to design and make a fitted apron with big pockets which she could use during her up coming summer festival activities. After an initial lunch break (food is very important before starting a project!) then some serious research, design ideas, some umming and arring and help for a top website http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/crafty_tool_belt our afternoon make and take home session got under-way. Using blue curtain fabric,  purchased cheaply from a North London charity shop as the base of the apron (strong thick cotton fabric) mixed … Continue reading

Cute little skirt

I used the following website as a tutorial for this “Milk Maid” skirt. http://crafterhours.blogspot.com/2009/11/milkmaid-skirt-tutorial.html The use of bias binding on the pockets and around the hem is fantastic – as well as being contrasting in colour, it was easy to apply. I did try and make my own bias binding; however is was rather difficult and so much easier to buy !! The tutorial was easy to follow, and I feel confident that I could make another one of these skirts in about 2 hours. I really love this skirt – it’s very comfortable, the pockets are a good size … Continue reading