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.I 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.
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… …and the super comfy elasticated waist. And of course, who doesn’t LOVE pockets in their clothes?! I know my daughter does!We’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?
Spoonflower have recently added a new fabric to their repertoire and it’s going to be a hit, let me tell you! Their new faux suede is an upholstery weight, 54″ wide, napped fabric with a stain-resistant finish. Basically that means it is the ideal choice for covering chairs, cushions, stools, ottomans, benches and any other upholstery project you can think of. Not only that, it has proved a success for making beautiful bags and totes and even clothing, giving projects a luxurious and tactile finish. I used it to whip up this quick Kindle case, and with a little of Pellon’s Fusible Fleece between the layers, it’s extremely padded and protective.
Of course, it’s also the perfect fabric to test out your Fiskars Amplify Fabric Shears!
Tegenn has been desperate to make some slippers for quite some time, so she was quick to jump on the Super Happy Slippers project from Let’s Sew Together by Rubyellen Bratcher. They’re on the cover – she spotted them immediately!
Last week I shared an interview with Rubyellen Bratcher, author of the new book Let’s Sew Together and this week I’m sharing a few projects that my kids and I have been inspired to make.I honestly can’t think of a nicer family activity than sitting and creating something with my children. With a few simple tools, supplies, a little inspiration and suddenly all is calm and productive, fun and focussed. The kids appreciate this creative down time as much as I do.