Wednesday, 30 May 2012

A Few Holiday Makes

We're off on holiday tomorrow - whoop whoop!  This is our first holiday abroad as a family so very exciting....but a bit nervous, how will Little Miss L cope with the flight, how will we cope with the flight!

To try to keep us organised, I've been making a few things:

This HUGE zipped bag to keep toys, books, spare clothes, etc - all the essentials a 2 year old needs to keep them occupied for 7 hours (hopefully)

This simple little wallet to keep some DVDs in:

I'm very pleased with this next one...a travel organiser.  There's nothing really out there when you have multiple passports, boarding cards etc.  So I thought I'd have a go at making one, I think it turned out quite well...

There's enough pockets for several passports, boarding cards, travel documents and a note book.  Plus it's made in this fabulous Amy Butler Lemon Souvenir fabric that I'm in love with at the moment.  I didn't think that Amy Butler fabrics were my cup of tea but on a recent trip to a fabric shop, everything I picked up was Amy Butler!

It folds in half to a little A5 size and is held in place with an elastic strap - pretty neat, huh??

Friday, 4 May 2012

Fancy a new business card holder?

Once upon a time, I had a real job which involved travelling up and down the country, meeting with lots of people and handing out my business card.  I hated doing this because I had this awful little blue plastic card holder, the type that comes free with your order - in fact I still have it and (shamefully) still use it. 

Well no longer...I used the same envelope method I posted a tutorial about yesterday (Handy pocket tutorial) and made a couple of business card holders in some funky fabrics - only thing, I don't know which one to choose now!

I used exactly the same method as the handy pocket, with the following exceptions:

- 2 lengths of fabric and interfacing - 10 x 5 inches
- I used a 2/8 inch seam allowance. 
- I also shaped the flap before sewing the exterior and lining fabric together as I thought this looked more "professional".
- I top stitched around all four sides of the card holder.

I'll be dishing out my cards left, right and centre with these lovelies.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Handy Pocket Tutorial

A quick trip into town to pick up a marker pen turned into a purchase of some lovely new fabric for my stash..ooops!  Motivated by some bright colours on a grey afternoon, I made up this cute little pocket to keep Little Miss L's bits and bobs in when we go out - big enough for a pack of wipes, colouring book and other essentials. 

It's really simple and quick to make - here's how...

1. Cut your exterior fabric, lining and interfacing to 46 x 28 cm (18 x 11 inches); a 1cm seam allowance is used.  Iron the interfacing onto the back of your exterior fabric; you can also add some padding if you want your pocket to be more substantial (just bear in mind that this will take up some stashing space!)

2. Pin your two pieces of fabric right sides together and mark a 1cm seam allowance with a fabric vanishing marker all around the 4 edges of your fabric.  I like to add the loop part of the hook and loop closure onto the lining at this stage to avoid the stitches showing on the outside of your pocket.  Unpin 1 end of your fabric and sew an 8cm (3") length of the softer 'loop' halfway across and 2.5cm (1") up from the edge of your fabric.

3.  Repin your fabric together and sew around your seam markings - remember to leave a gap of a few centimetres to turn your fabric through; backstitch at the start and finish to secure. Clip the corners so that they are easier to turn.

4.  Turn your fabric through the hole (this is the best bit!), use a chopstick to point out the corners.  Give your fabric a good press with the iron and then fold the end without the 'loop' fastener up towards the centre to create your pocket - I turned mine up to about 16cm which makes a nice deep pocket.  Press the pocket crease.

5.  Add the 'hook' part to the outside of your pocket - halfway across and about 2.5cm (1") down from the top pocket seam.  The longer part is on the lining so that if your pouch is full, you can still close it.

6.  Now for the topstitching - almost there!  Unfold your fabric and topstitch along the top of your pocket (the edge above the smaller 'hook' fastener).  Fold your pocket up again and pin.  Topstitch along the three edges (not the folded bottom pocket edge) - the topstitching holds your pocket in place.

And there you have it - a handy little pocket to stash all the essentials.  I'm hoping this means I can return to carrying my grown up handbags....everything Little Miss L needs in the lovely pocket and I can move it from bag to bag without forgetting anything.  Goodbye, Peppa pig back-pack...hello Hermes Birkin ( well, I can dream).