09 February, 2013

Seaside Picnic Cover

One of our favourite summer holiday activities is a visit to my parents' home. My children love splashing in their swimming pool. We often invite friend to come along. It was during one of this poolside morning tea when I  have the idea to make a picnic cover to stop the flies from hoovering our yummy food. 

0.8m    Lace or organza (width 105cm or more)
0.5m    Border fabric (width 105cm or more)
4         20mm Curtain weight discs (I found mine  in pack of 10)
Matching thread and sewing supplies

Finished cover is reversible,  about 75 x 100cm.

1. Cut organza into 100cm x 75cm rectangle. Cut two pieces of  12cm x 100cm  and two pieces of 12cm x 77cm border fabric.

2. Take one 100cm long border piece. Iron in half lenghtways. Unfold, then fold in the long edges so they meet the centre crease. Fold the border piece in half along the original centre crease and iron in place.  Repeat for the other 100cm long border piece.

3. Take one 77cm long border piece, first fold in short ends by 1cm and iron in place so raw ends are enclosed. Then iron in half lengthways. Unfold, then fold in long edges to meet the centre crease. Fold the border piece in half along the original centre crease and iron in place. Repeat for the other 77cm long border piece.

4. Take one of the 100cm long piece, with the open edge facing away, open the fold. Place the 100cm edge of the organza along the centre crease. Close the fold over the top of the organza so that all raw edges are lined up along the centre crease inside. Pin all layers together and topstitch about 2mm in from the edge. Repeat for the other 100cm long piece on the opposite side of the organza.

5. Place a curtain weight disc inside the border at each corner. Zigzag along the raw edge to close.

6. Take one of the 77cm long border piece, insert the organza inside the border as above. Ensure the weght disc is at the corner. Take care in the beginning and at the end not to break the needle by sewing into the disc. Topstitch about 2mm in from the edge. Repeat for the other side.

7. Topstitch 2mm in from the outer border on all four sides. Finish and plan your next seaside picnic.

05 February, 2013

Water Bottle Cozie Tutorial

Water Bottle Cozie
I made two water bottle cozies for the new school year. The male cozie never come home after the FIRST day of school. While I am still hopeful it will make it way to the lost property box, I started making not one, but two more male cozies. They are not going out of my sight until I buy some iron-on labels.

25cm of main fabric
25cm of light weight interfacing
One face washer or hand towel
10cm of 20mm wide Velcro

1.5cm seam allowance throughout unless otherwise stated.

1. Cut two 28x18cm main fabric for cozie. Cut two 28x18cm interfacing.
Cut two 17x6cm main fabric for strap. Cut two 17x6cm interfacing.
Cut one 28x18cm towel for padding.

2.   Iron interfacing onto the wrong side of two cozie pieces and two strap pieces

3. Cut Velcro into two 5cm pieces. Fold strap in half and open to get a folded line on the strap. Center  Velcro hook (male part) on the right side, 5mm from the folded line and stitch.  

4.   Fold the strap in half with the right sides together and sew the long sides together to form a strap. Trim corners and seam allowance to reduce bulk, turn the right side out and press, the Velcro hook should now be on the outside. Top stitch three sides 2mm from edges, leaving the end open. Repeat the step 3 and 4 for the second strap.

5. (Optional) decorate one cozie piece however your heart desires.

6. Lay the decorated piece right side up as shown on picture below. Measure 3cm from top and bottom edges and position the two straps with Velcro hook facing up, lining up open end with the edge of cozie, stitch together 10mm from the edge.  

7. Position Velcro loop (female part) on the cozie as shown on picture, 3.5cm from the corner and stitch.

8. Place the second piece of cozie facing down over the first one so that the right sides are facing each other. Put the padding material over the top.  Pin and sew all three pieces together, leaving a 3cm opening between the two straps for turning. Trim corners and layer seam allowance to reduce bulk.
8. Turn right side out and press. Pin the opening closed and finish with top stitch 2mm around all edges. 

03 February, 2013

Jungle Beans Bag Tutorial

This is one of the classic toys from my childhood memory. (I am not that old.)  I remember playing, throwing, catching and juggling them. This  also makes the perfect Birthday present for my baby girl who is turning two TODAY! As my children watched me sew them, I  cannot keep them off their hands. As soon as I finish one, they grab it to throw, juggle and play with them. 

Colourful fabric cut to 15cm x 15cm squares

1. Put two pieces right side together and sew together four sides with 1cm seam allowance, leaving a 3cm opening for turning. Double stitch 2-3cm at corners for strength.

2. Zig-zag stitch four edges, leaving the same 3cm opening for turning.

3. Trim corners and turn right sides out. Use a funnel to fill the bag with 1 cup of rice. Top stitch the opening 2mm from the edge. Remember to back stitch at both ends.  

A pair of little hands are already holding onto it before I quickly cut off the thread.

‘Look! Here is another one...’ disappearing into jungle.