Monday, 27 February 2012

Mothers Day Gift Ideas Using The Humble Fat Quarter

Poochie Bags
Mothers Day in the UK will be here very soon and as we all have one or two Fat Quarters going spare, here are some gift idea to help you on your way.  The first is a Fat Quarter Tote from The super talented monica at Happy Zombie.

Gifting DIY: Hot Pads
Hot Pads by Susan Phillips at Momtastic.
SEW Hip! Slouchy Slippers
Sew Hip Slouchy Slippers with Tutorial by Sewing Daisies.

Kids (and grown ups) art journal by littlebiggirlstudio.

iPad Pouch/Case Tutorial with Kindle Measurements too. From Freckled Whimsy.
Fully Lined Zippered Box Pouch by Pretty Modern

Reversible Tissue Box Cover by Pink Penguin.

Beach Comber Bag Tutorial by 2 Little Hooligans.
Fat Quarter Handbag by Jennifer over at SewMaMaSew.
How to make oven mitt pattern craft idea and free project tutorial
Oven Mitt by Merriment Design.

Bag Organiser over at Fine Craft Guild.

This is a tutorial/pattern for an Easter Card, but I think it would make a really cute Mothers Day card.  Check it out over at Martha Stewart.

Kindle Case Tutorial by Clearly Tangled.

iPhone Pouch from During Quiet Time.

Denim Do It All Bins from Craftzine (FQ plus scrap denim).

Lined Purse with Zipper by n' stitches design.

Do share any FQ sewing tutorials you would recommend as Mothers Day Gifts.

Thank you as always for dropping by.

Please Remember, these free patterns and tutorials are for personal use only and not for personal profit or gain, unless otherwise stated.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Spotlight On Helen Dardik

Do your ever get a moment when you see illustrations and think "I wish I could draw like that!"?  Helen Dardik is one of those artists who just takes my breath away and definitely my latest craft crush.  Scrolling through her Blog there's design after design that's just pure eye candy!

Here are just a few of her designs to savour, there was so much to choose from! But to begin with Squirrels Like To Picnic.

Woodland Flora

Here are some of her divine fabrics.
Too Muchery by Helen Dardik - Half Yard
Too Muchery.
Too Muchery Leaves in Orange by Helen Dardik - Half Yard
And Too Muchery Leaves
Price Drop: 5 Fat Quarter Set Helen Dardik Mod Kitchen
Plus a bundle of Mod Kitchen.

I love this cat and dog from Young Patterns.

The superb Botanical Current Clash

Here's a selection of patterns from her Website.

More designs from her Blog.  Fruit Girls and Other Lunacy.

Wild Horses

Sweet Life

Everyone loves autumn but...

A gorgeous picture of Random Happiness.
About Helen Dardik.  
  • Helen is a pattern designer, illustrator, painter and toy maker. 
  • Based in Canada she is represented by the Lilla Rogers Studio.  
  • Her designs are patterns, editorial illustrations, book covers, cards, fabric and other printed materials.
  • She was born in Ukraine and grew up in Siberia, finishing art school in Israel and completed a graphic design degree in Canada. 
  • Among Helen's clients are: Target, Hasbro, BlueQ, KLUTZ, Walter Fosters Publishing, Boston Globe, Harper Collins Publishing, Nick Jr., Fisher Price, Hanes, and others.
If you would like to view more of her super designs check out her fabulous blog OrangeYouLucky or her Web Page at Lilla Rogers Studio.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Squishy Parcel and Zippered Pouch/Purse Practice

Today this fabulous fabric Indochine Kaori in Pastel by Alexander Henry from Scrappy Girl Shoppe arrived.  

I bought it because poor Amelie has been teased at school for her Peppa Pig lunch bag for being 'too babyish'.  So I thought I would buy some fabric that was girly without being too young and make her a lunch bag to be proud of!  I'll let you know how I get on.

Here's a conundrum, how is it I can sew a dress but was nervous of making a zippered pouch/purse?

Well I found this fabulous Tutorial by nstitchesdesigns and it is unbelievably easy to follow, even for a beginner like me.

And this is what I came up with.
This was my first attempt using my all time favourite Scooter from Monaluna's Monaco.  It has now been gifted to Amelie's 'Beaver Leader' Panda.
This was my next one, super cute Kawaii Japanese Fabric from my scrap bag.  Amelie has laid claim to it!
And my last one.  I wasn't going to share it with you as it's not quite so sharp (LOL), but decided to share the cute fabric (this one will be mine).

Do you Blog your mistakes?

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Tea Towel Winner!

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!  Thank you to everyone who left a comment and in particular taking the time to check out Tea Towels.  Hopefully it's given you some inspirational ideas for gifts for friends, family and of course yourself!

Using the True Random Generator the two winners from the 34 comments are:

Comment Number 3 - Janet said... 
I like the Dictionary of Tea Amusing Tea Towel.

And comment 13 -  Mimi said...
Oh my gosh... I had a blast checking out these tea towels!! Love the humorous ones but a favorite is mackintosh-lilac-linen-towel because it is artsy!! Thanks for the chance!!

Congratulations ladies!  I will be in touch shortly for your address so that All Tea Towels can send you your chosen Tea Towel.

Commiserations to those who didn't win, better luck next time.  But thank you for taking the time to leave a comment.

In the meantime, here are some crafty tea towel ideas.
Upcycled Vintage Linen Tea Towel Patchwork A Line Womens Skirt Blue
Upcycled Tea Towel Skirt by Pie In The Sky .
Deck chairs with Seaside Sisters bags
Upcycled Tea Towels from Seaside Sisters.

Check out these fabulous cushions using vintage tea towels over at Ethel Loves Fred.

Fabulous Tea Towel bag by Darling Bridget.

I love this upcycled tea towel purse by 15 Coast Road.

Some great ideas here that I think I may 'pinch'.

Have a great weekend, keep warm - especially those of us in the UK who are expecting snow. Brrrrr!!!