Geometric Felt Coasters

I’m still more than a little bit in love with the whole geometric trend. It’s such a strong, bold look and can be used in so many different ways. I was recently inspired by these modular coasters, spotted on the Purl Bee website and there’s always a place for new coasters in my home! I wanted to give mine a more autumnal feel, using a mix of rich berry and oranges.IMG_6926I made a few changes from the original coasters, which were stitched up by hand. For the sake of speed and efficiency, I used a zig zag stitch on my machine for all the inside seams. After cutting out felt squares measuring 4.75″ on each side, I then cut smaller squares and triangles and arranged them in position on a piece of white wool felt.IMG_6912

IMG_6916After stitching them all together, I placed a second colorful square on the back and sewed around the entire perimeter with a straight stitch. This creates an extra thickness that I feel the coasters need, but I also love the pop of color! I made each backing square a different color just for fun.IMG_6920To finish, I trimmed up the edges with my 8″ Amplify Mixed Media Shears to give each coaster nice straight edges and even seams, and immediately put them to use!IMG_6947



Reusable lunch bags

We are coming to the last few days of summer vacation, and I must admit I’m feeling nostalgic for the days when we still had a long, hot summer ahead of us. I think the kids are, in some ways, starting to feel ready to get back to school, but I’m feeling a little sad! To keep myself occupied, I’m trying to craft my way to school preparedness, starting with this vinyl, reusable lunch bag.IMG_6190I used this pattern by Pretty Prudent, with a couple of modifications. Firstly, I used a vinyl material with a wipedown wrong side. A quick rinse under a tap should keep this lunch bag clean inside and out. Second, I used Velcro for the seal, instead of a button or tie. Velcro is so easy for small fingers to manage, and I really like how you can roll down the top edges to make a neat closure and avoid spillages.

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Summer sewing

IMG_3453 You might recognize this little playsuit as the same pattern I used here. It’s the completely adorable free playsuit pattern by Elegance and Elephants. This time, I used an unknown, super lightweight fabric with this tiny ditsy print. To recap, the pattern has some very lovely details, such as the pleat at the center front…IMG_3461 …and the super comfy elasticated waist.IMG_3463 And of course, who doesn’t LOVE pockets in their clothes?! I know my daughter does!IMG_3465We’re in the middle of a hot, sandy summer here. It’s nice to squeeze in a sewing project or two. What have you been working on lately?