Back to school is sneaking upon us! Some kids are entering University and might be heading off to dormitories. We can only hope they will do their laundry at least once a month and not drag it home every holiday for mom to do. Create this simple and cute laundry bag for them to set-up in their new home and cross-your fingers it gets emptied!(more…)
• 0.8m cotton fabric
• 0.8m medium fusible interfacing
• 0.2m baby lamb fleece
• 0.2m Heat n Bond Ultra
• Scrap pink fabric or felt (alpaca ears)
• Scrap felt (alpaca mouth)
• Black embroidery thread & needle
• 0.2m pompom trim
• Elastic (enough to loop over button)
• Sewing machine, thread, scissors, dressmaker’s pencil and iron
• Alpaca pattern
• optional – Insul-Shine for insulation
- Cut two rectangles from your fabric measuring 15″x30″. One will be for the lining.
2. Cut one rectangle from your interfacing 15″x30″ and iron onto the wrong side of the fabric. This will be your outer fabric.
3. Cut out alpaca from baby lamb fleece and extra pieces from scrap fabric.
4. Adhere pieces to the alpaca using Heat n Bond Ultra or a hot glue gun.
5. Embroider the eyes and mouth using a satin stitch and backstitch. Glue on pompom trim around the neck and set the rest aside.
6. Following the instructions of the Heat n Bond Ultra, adhere the alpaca to the right side of the fabric with the interfacing 3″ down from the top and centered.
7. Fold the outer bag in half lengthwise to mark the centre. Pin the elastic in a loop on the top above the alpaca on the right side and baste. The elastic needs to be long enough to wrap around your button.
8. Fold the piece up with right sides together and stitch up the side seams.
9. With the right sides still together pull the bag apart at the corners until the bottom of the bag looks like a diamond. Mark a line 2″ up from each point and sew across perpendicular. Stitch across this line and trim.
10a. Repeat steps 8 & 9 with the lining piece.
10b. Place the bags right side together and stitch across, leaving a small opening to turn inside out. Make sure you stitch down the elastic at this point.
11. Turn right side out, press and top stitch edge.
12. Press in the sides and the bottom of the bag.
13. Sew the button on 4″ down from the top edge.
It’s beach season! There are so many hidden delights in Western Canada that are often forgotten or taken for granted. B.C. is blessed with ocean access but also beautiful forests that often lead to lakes. Not to mention the beauty of the Shuswap! The run-off from the mountains needs to go somewhere and Alberta is full of beautiful lakes. From Sylvan lake to lake Minnewanka we are only a short drive away from a beach day! Although Saskatchewan is known for their Prairies they are still able to enjoy a beach day at little Manitou lake or even lake Athabasca. Be sure to throw in some fishing rods with these visits. Manitoba is home to Canada’s 13th largest lake, Lake Manitoba and is full of little cottages among the bodies of water.
Okay, so maybe a Canadian beach isn’t quite the same as a Mexico beach but they are beautiful, and still require a beach bag!
- 0.8m fabric (140cm wide)
- 1.5m lining (60cm wide)
- 0.6m vinyl
- 4 O-rings 38mm
- 1.5m trim for handles
- sewing machine
- Optional: magnetic clip, 8″ invisible zipper
This little travel organizer can have so many different uses and it rolls up nicely to be stashed away! You can use this for your toiletries, art supplies, make-up brushes, chef knife set, and just about anything else you can think of! It’s is easy to adjust the size to fit whatever goodies you need. These new prints offer gorgeous colour, prints, and patterns. Use vinyl for toiletries or brushes to make it easy to wipe and clean. Or you could even use terrycloth for a full bathroom feel. With so many options this organizer can meet so many needs!(more…)
Embroidery is a great way to up-cycle an older garment or to add an extra touch to a new handmade garment. Even if you’ve never embroidered before it’s easy to learn and once you get the basics down you can start experimenting with different stitches. Be adventurous and try the patterns provided or make some of your own!
- Item to embroider or fabric
- Embroidery Thread
- Embroidery Hoop
- Rinse Away Water Soluble Stabilizer
- Choose your pattern from the patterns provided or make your own design! Trace pattern onto the stabilizer.
2. Place the stabilizer on the garment where you want the embroidery to be. Pin stabilizer in place and attach embroidery hoop.
3. Begin Stitching! Use the video below for reference to basic stitches.
4. When your design is complete, pull off the big parts of the stabilizer. Wash the garment to remove the remaining pieces.