So last week was my little sister's 9th birthday and I had to sew her something! (I'm serious, no choice there. She's seen me sew a bag for my best friend's birthday and sew random things during 70% of my free time... so I knew she was expecting something nice for her own birthday)
Since she's quite crafty (takes after her older sister ) and I want to encourage her to draw more, I came up with this little purse for art material.
Inside with all the nifty supplies I got her
Without the supplies
(I'm definitely going to add another elastic band to hold the pencils and markers, as you can see they're slanty)
Outside (back) with a pocket for a sketchpad
I sewed the zipper on with white thread because I needed it to be white on the outside, then I simply dabbed some black acrylic paint on the inside. Very simple and very effective, looks a LOT cleaner.
My advice to anyone planing to make a hand-made gift: start WAY in advance! I had a crazy time making this since I was trying to hide it from my sis, who is always at home whenever I'm free and stays up late =P. Even if you can't start too much in advance, make sure you have a very detailed plan of action, rather than just a vague idea (for instance, I knew I wanted a pocket for a sketch pad and elastics for pencils, but I had no idea what to do on the other sides of the purse, both inside and out (it was on the eve of my sister's birthday that I went to get the art store and found the wooden figure and other things)). Once you have a clear plan, every minute of time you have to work on your project will be well used and not just squandered in organisational ideas and doubts.
Thank you for looking and, as always, C&C are more than welcome!
I got this dandy little square scarf at a garage sale for 25 cents. I absolutely loved the colours, but couldn't really figure out what to do with it because I don't really wear square scarves. Then, early this summer, I found a lovely little boutique with recycled clothing and it gave me the idea to make this skirt:
So it was a 25 cent scarf + old zipper + piece of fabric I already had in my stash + a LOOOT of patience. It looks really simple and, frankly, it is, I just started it the wrong way. Instead of cutting a circle in the middle of the scarf, I cut a slit; obviously, that didn't work and had to be redone, which was a pain given that the slippery fabric wasn't the easiest to work with.
So, simple way of doing it: - Take two scarves of pieces of square fabric and superpose them like on my first picture - Measure your waist (where you want your skirt to sit) - Draw a circle of that diameter in the middle of the scarf and sew the two pieces together along that line - Cut out the circle leaving the seam allowance and turn one scarf into the other to hide the seam - Stitch on the right side of the fabric along the circular hole to keep the two scarves together - Choose where you want the back to be, cut a slit and sew on a zipper. Voila!
Despite all the trouble it gave me, I love it! Although I don't wear it without leggings like on the picture, because it lifts with the slightest wind hehe
I am in love with the buttons =) and very excited that I managed to make my first ever buttonholes! (Although I would advise to make the pocket buttonholes before sewing them on, my buttonholes ended up too small (and therefore non-functional) because the machine started backing up as soon as it hit the pocket seam. However, for me, this doesn't pose much of a problem as the pockets were non functional (only flaps) anyways.
The only thing I had trouble with were the darts, does anyone have any suggestions for making them smooth?
A few months ago I saw this project http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=378449.0 and it's been sitting in my bookmarks forgotten till now. I wanted to make a simple little pincushion and re-stumbled upon this a few days ago. My thoughts all of yesterday "MUST MAKE CACTUS" "Omg I'm making a cactus" "Weeeeeeeeee!!!!"
Somehow I prefered the smaller cactus Opalgryphon made and so mine was born!
The earth is a thick foam disc painted brown and I added little beads on the sides to make it look more "real".
I unfortunately don't have many "plain" pins, so the cactus' needles are... sparse... but all my other colourful pins are rocking out on the sides.
"I'm gonna grow up just like you" says the little cactus proudly
This project made (and is still making) me deliriously happy =D I'm wondering whether it's sane... eh well, I <3 cactus!
My boyfriend has a little rice bag that we use a lot in the winter to warm up our feet (it's really cold in his house!), unfortunately it's quite dirty and can't be washed unless you take the rice out.
I've been meaning to make a little pillowcase for it for ages now, and finally it has come to life! (I also thought it would be the perfect project because, with all the stuff I'm making lately, my boyfriend has been getting jealous and nagging me to make something for him lol)
It's got a little android robot on the front because he finds them really cute.
Somehow, I really like the inside of the pillowcase hehe XD
This project really got me wishing I had an embroidery machine... The rounded corners really gave me a hard time, and as you can see, they're not perfect. What I did was just fold over and iron the edges and then top-stitch the pieces to the main fabric. Any suggestion for how I can make it neater?
For my friend's birthday, I decided to make a bag, following her latest obsessions/likes: purple and squids. The pictures aren't great unfortunately, my camera wasn't being cooperative and I didn't have much time.
The squid pattern is made out of p-leather (glued on and outlined with an acrylic writer) with button suckers on the tentacles.
Back with a diagonal zipper pocket.
Inside with two compartments and two different pockets.
First inside pocket
Second inside pocket (This is closest to original colours, by the way)
And my tag (this is the first project on which I put a tag)
Newspaper Boat - Made with <3 (love)
I'm really happy with how it came out =) C&C are always welcome!
I saw some really cool pyramid zip-up pouches around here and wanted to make some for my sister's birthday as party-favors. But I don't have enough zippers lying around and I haven't found anywhere that sells them for really cheap. So I though of velcro instead which is nice and cheep =).
My own (experimental) design. I will definitely try this again tweaking some things up, of course.
Now that I'm sewing/making more things for other people and not just myself, my dad suggested I should make personalized tags. I made these using plain old erasers. It was a little tedious, but I'm very happy with the outcome.
The cardboard one is for a pair of earrings and the fabric tags for a bag I'm making.
Close-up of stamp (Sorry it's a bit dirty, the shot was after I painted over it and it didn't wash off 100%)
"Newspaper boat" is the name of my blog, and of course all items I make are "Made with <3"
I'm so excited about this one! It's my first dress; after practicing on bags and wallets, I now move on to clothing! I made this for my trip to Cuba and here are photos in the field
Close up of bust
Back (hugging a palm tree, YAY!)
I used a pattern and tutorial from Burda to make the bust. I did however have to adjust it quite a bit (the pattern being made for much bustier girls) http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/contour-bust-dress-and-tute The skirt is sewn from six trapezoid pieces. I didn't make an underskirt (although I might add it later) because I was pressed for time and a little tired of it.
Next time (and I will make another dress like it!) I will make sure to use stretchable fabric because even though the dress fits me perfectly, it makes the breathing process a little difficult (oh well, one will always suffer for beauty!). I think I would also like to make the skirt wider.