Friday, 20 July 2012

Sewing fun!

I woke up this morning and couldn't wait to get to my stash and get some sewing on the go! What a change! This is why:

My granddaughter and her best friend have a blog called: Confessions of a Bake-a-holic. They are both fifteen and share a love of baking. I read their blog yesterday and then remembered that I had some fabric in my stash with cupcakes all over it. As they are going to meet up for a baking binge in a couple of weeks, I thought I would make them matching aprons. I'll see my granddaughter next week and will give the aprons to her then. I hope the girls like them! Here the aprons are in my kitchen:
Happy baking, girls!

Thursday, 19 July 2012


Well, the curtain I made for my colleague fitted the window perfectly with one mistake: the hems for the curtain wires were on the wrong sides! I said that she doesn't have a clue about sewing and I made the assumption that the curtain would fit in one direction when it actually had to be in the other direction! Fortunately, I was able to correct the mistake and the curtain is now in place and her son is very impressed. Phew! That was a relief. Lesson learned: don't make an assumption when sewing something 'blind'!

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Life goes on

I thought I should at least write something to keep my blog alive! I haven't done any interesting sewing this week; I don't seem to have the energy to be creative and, with my shifts coming with only one or two nights off between them, I'm either tired or asleep during the day.

My trusty Bernina has not been idle, though. I shortened a pair of waterproof trousers for the Great Golfer to wear on the golf course: rather necessary for the kind of summer we're having! I also shortened a new pair of denims that I bought myself. Having put on weight since I started doing night shifts, I seem to have outgrown most of my trousers. I still have one more pair to shorten.

At the beginning of the week I made a curtain for a colleague. She gave me an existing curtain and I remade it into one to fit the window in the roof of her son's bedroom. I will see her tomorrow to find out if it fits. I found it rather awkward to make something from someone else's measurements (she hasn't a clue about sewing!) and for a window I haven't seen. It was a good example of recycling, though.

Hopefully, I'll feel more energetic in a few days when I have a longer break between shifts. I think I'll make a clutch/writslet using a tutorial by SEWCHRISTINE. You can find it on her blog.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Back in action!

I am back sewing again, at last! My hand is much better, especially since I bought a support for it. There are only a few actions that cause pain: writing by hand; cutting with a knife; using scissors and ironing. The last two don't help with sewing but thank goodness for rotary cutters!

I had to make a colleague a tote bag as a birthday gift. She loves pigs and collects anything with a pig on it. I bought some new curtains at a charity shop some years ago and had one whole curtain left so I was able to 'fussy cut' two pigs out for the outer bag. I completed the front and back with log cabin style patchwork. Inside are two slip pockets, one of which has a rather startled looking sheep on it, as though it has found itself in the wrong bag! There is also a snap hook for keys and the bag closes with a magnetic snap at the top. It is quite a big tote bag but I hope my friend finds it useful as well as fun. I've called it a 'piggy bag' and will put a piggy coffee mug and a chocolate 'Peppa Pig' lolly in it. Here it is: