Shelley Made: September 2011

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

A Fairy Project!

So, for my daughter's 4th birthday I found this neat pattern from ikatbag.  I've never sewn with plastic canvas before - but hey, I'm keen to give most things a go!

This is how it turned out...

The Toadstool - a.k.a The Fairy House

Checking out their new home
And having a chat

We named them of course...




 And they seem to get on well together

They even have some sparkly decorations inside!

And they like to play peek-a-boo!

Did it go down well?  YES!

It took me a fair while to make, but it was so worth it!  My daughter loved it - so much so I've already had to replace the hair with wool rather than felt.  The felt hair just didn't quite stand up to the attention!

I used cotton drill for the coloured fabrics - and plain old canvas for the outer body, and I'm pretty pleased with the end result.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Custom Labels with Spoonflower

Here is an attempt at my first tutorial of sorts.  I recently found Spoonflower - a fantastic way of printing your own fabric.  My first thought was to try and get some labels made to sew into my kids clothes...  I make a lot of things for them, and getting my four year old to realise front from back will be a LOT easier with some labels!

Step 1 - Design
To start - I created a template in Photoshop.  I allowed a 1/4 inch all around each label for a seam allowance, and decided the finished (folded) size would be 1 3/4 x 1/2 inch.  So each "label" to print would be 2 1/4 wide by 1 1/2 long.  Make sense?  Here is what it looked like.  The little blue lines don't print - they are the guides I used to line everything up.

I did put some light grey lines in between each label to make it easier to cut - but note to self - next time use a DARKER grey.  They were so light they didn't print!

Step 2 - Order

I uploaded the file as a jpg to Spoonflower.  Very easy.  I chose to have it printed as a swatch which gave me 20 labels - which I thought was a good start, and a good test of my label designing skills!

Step 3 Wait!

Wait for your fabric to arrive, nicely wrapped in tissue with a cute little Spoonflower label.  That's the hard part!

Step 4 - Prepare the Fabric

This is what arrived...  I was very happy with how they looked!

I took the photo after washing, drying, and ironing.  A good thing to do with any fabric is to prewash before you use I did!

Step 6 - Cut

Next I cut the fabric to size using a rotary cutter - but if you can cut a straight line with scissors - go for it!

This is where my cutting lines would have come in handy!  Next time - darker grey!  See how there is more space under the design - that is the back of the label...  It will be come clearer...

Step 7 - Sew and trim

Next, I fold each label in half - rights sides together, and sew a 1/4 inch seam down the two short sides...

I made sure I backstitched so they wouldn't unravel when turning.
Trim the seam allowance down by about half.  You could sew a smaller seam to skip this part - but I find it easier to work with 1/4 inch

Step 8 - Turn and Press

Turn your label out - and use something like a knitting needle to poke out the corners.  Give it a quick iron and you are done!  You have an open end complete with 1/4 inch blank fabric at the top - ready to sew into a waistband, neckband, etc.

So - the progression:

Now go and sew it into something nice :)

My First Post

Hello and welcome to my first attempt at a blog.  What is it all about?  Well, me really!  Or more importantly - the things I like doing.  I get such enjoyment out of creating things for my family and friends, and get inspiration from other blogs - so thought maybe, just maybe, someone might get inspired from me :)

First up - I've found Spoonflower...