Shelley Made: March 2012

Thursday, 22 March 2012

The Emma Bag - Using Personalised Fabric

I made a bag for my daughter's birthday using the Katybag pattern from the very talented LiEr of iKatbag.  She liked it so much, I decided to make one for my niece for her upcoming birthday.  What 3 year old doesn't need their own little handbag :)

It measures about 6.5" wide by about 10" tall (including the strap) - so just right for a wee girl.

I'm really pleased with how it has turned out...I finished it late last night. 

I used my own fabric designs - an allover Emma print with a little daisy, and a coordinating one that was just the daisies.  The best part - the entire bag (both sides!) only needs a fat quarter of linen-cotton fabric! 

I even had a little over to make a matching coin/what-have-you purse.

The resulting actual fabric looked like this:

It's fully lined, and has a magnetic clasp - making it easy for little hands (and no so little ones!).

I love the piping detail, and it's not too frightening once you get the hang of it - in fact, I think I'm going to pipe a LOT more now.

As far as the construction went - pretty straightforward (sorry for the night time shots - it's the only time I get to sew with preschoolers!):

Cut out and interface the pieces...

Add the piping

Add the clasp and sew up the outer and inner bags.

Then put it all together

To look like this :)

Let's hope she likes it!

UPDATE:  I've had a few people contact me asking if they can get the fabric I used in their own name.  Yes you can - by contacting me through the email address listed on my Contact Me page.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Mr Mikey Robot Fabric Collection Has Landed!

It was with great excitement that I opened my latest package from Spoonflower.  The samples for the robot fabrics that I designed for my son had arrived!

I'm really happy with how they have printed and I'm looking forward to designing a quilt for my wee boy with them in the Kona Cotton.  So happy in fact that I've put them up for sale on Spoonflower.

I have Mr Mikey himself:

Mr Mikey's Legs in a stripe (think this is my favourite):

Mr Mikey's buttons:

Smiling Mr Mikey in small:

...and large:

and finally Robot Waves:

They all coordinate with the Robot Cheater Quilt I designed:

Mr Mikey Robot Tumbler Cheater Quilt 42 inch

Which also printed very nicely:

All in all - a great day!  Made even better by 2 year old's reaction to the fabric - big smiles and wanted to run around the house with it as a cape :)

Friday, 16 March 2012

iPad and iPhone Cases!

I just found a pretty neat site that lets you put your designs on iPad / Laptop / iPhone cases and skins (amongst other things...).  Society6 it is called.  They also do stretched art canvases, art prints, etc, etc.

I've uploaded a couple of my own for fun:

This is my Old Film Leader fabric design as an iPad case:

...and my Bubbly Bubbles design as an iPhone case!

I have to say - if I actually HAD an iPhone or an iPad I would be very tempted to buy one of the cases! :)

If you want to pop over and have a look at what you could do the site is here.

Have fun!

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Robot Cheater Quilt - Mr Mikey Robot!

It's contest time again at Spoonflower.  This time - the theme is Robot Cheater Quilts, and this is my entry:


Well, to be precise - the quilt design in the centre is my entry!  I got a little carried away with the coordinates :).  You can view the entire collection here.

If you would like to see all the other entries, and perhaps have a quick vote - click here, then click on "Vote for your favourites".  There are some really neat entries this week.

I'm currently waiting on my proofs to arrive - so the fabric itself should be up for sale in about a week. :)

Personalised Name Fabric Available!

If you are looking for personalised name fabric - then you have come to the right place!  I have a range of different designs, and layouts available - all in any name and any colours.

There are a number of different examples available for you to view on this website - feel free to browse!

Available now is a downloadable PDF catalog, that details all of the options, text styles, and ordering information in one place. 

It includes all of the new 2016 design options, and is the most up to date place to get all of the information you need. 

If you would like to download and save a copy - you can get it by either clicking on the Catalog image below, or hereDownload Range

Download Range


Thank you all for your interest in my collections!!

I've created a number of galleries - with further examples of each of the different options available to order.  You can reach them by clicking on the tabs along the top of this page, or using the links below...


I love seeing items made with my designs - so feel free to add your creations to the Flickr pool, or you can email them through to me.

Lastly - no, I don't mind if you sell items made from my designs...I just ask that you let me know, so I can add you to my list of resellers, and can keep you informed of any new developments ahead of time.

If you have any other questions that I haven't answered here - please feel free to contact me - I'm happy to help.

I announce new designs on my Facebook page - so feel free to "like" me over there to keep up to date. 

Thank you for your interest!



All designs, images and details shown here © Shelley Aakjaer 2011-2016. 

The Mikey Shorts

I was never quite sure about these shorts for my son, until I started letting him out of the house in them!

The positive comments from people I didn't even know were amazing.  All wanting to know where I got the fabric...  I made it, and can do it in any name!

First off - the pattern is again from Tie Dye Diva - the Way Cool Shorts.  Nice and easy - and I just love the pockets.  I will be making them again next summer - the sizing goes from 2 to 8.

Now - an explanation as to why these shorts look so wacky!  Quite simple - it was supposed to be a sunhat!  I ordered two fat quarters - one for each side, then realised my son's head was NOT suited to that pattern...  So they morphed into some very unique shorts.  I only just just just had enough to do it - I've made the pockets slightly smaller than the pattern states - simply because I didn't have enough fabric.

The most time consuming part was keeping switching top stitching thread - I used white on the blue, and blue on the white.  Would anyone actually have noticed if I had sewn it all white??  Probably not! :)

Here's one of the pockets...

 The front with faux fly detail...

And the back...

This is the closest thing to a shot of my son wearing his shorts...scampering away from me up the stairs!!

Love this pattern - and as I said, will definitely be making it again!