Friday, 28 August 2015

Free Pattern Friday - 13

Hi everyone

Welcome to...


This week's great free pattern is...


The Crayon Wallet Tutorial by The Bean House.
T's Birthday is only days away...
So I had better start thinking about what I'm making him - lol ;)

If your into freebies, remember to check back here or on FB next Friday :D

If you'd like to submit a free pattern for me to share on Free Pattern Friday, then please email me at emma@formylittlemonster.com :)

Happy sewing!
Emma

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Tips and Tricks for adding a leather accent to your Reunion Clutch

Hi Everyone :)

Late last month I released my newest pattern the Reunion Clutch.  It is a FREE pattern download that you can get here.

Did you know the Reunion Clutch offers the perfect opportunity to use leather and make it a feature?!




Now, I am by no means an expert in working with leather!  
I have not sewn extensively with it, however, 
if you follow these tips and tricks I'm sure you will get a 
professional result when making your Reunion Clutch :)



My 1st tip when working with leather on your Reunion Clutch is to use the right NEEDLE...

Use a leather needle - The 1st time I sewed leather using my 90/14 leather needle was an eye opening experience, not only did the needle cut through the heavy leather like butter, but it was easy and effortless too :)


My 2nd tip is to use a walking foot.  Leather is tough, so when I use my waking foot paired with a leather needle, sewing leather is EASY :)
You could also use a Teflon foot, I don't own one, but I have heard they make working with leather easy too.

My 3rd tip is to use 100% polyester thread (this is a MUST).  You can also use a nylon thread, I haven't tried this, however some bag makers do. When I sew with leather I use 100% polyester thread that is an upholstery weight, it looks nice (and professional) ;)

Now we have all that sorted...

Let's get to adapting the Reunion Clutch pattern to work with our Leather.  In the pattern you are asked to apply Fusible Fleece to Pattern Piece B - Accent.  However, when using leather this is not necessary...

To adapt the pattern you will need:
- Pattern Piece B
- Leather (enough for 2 x Pattern Piece B - remember it is cut on the fold!)
- Fusible Medium Weight interfacing (enough for 2 x Pattern Piece B - remember it is cut on the fold!)
 - 2 x Main A fabric pieces (already interfaced as per the pattern directions).

1. Fold Pattern Piece B on the dotted line, and cut your leather in this new shape (don't forget to cut it on the fold!).


2. Apply the fusible medium weight interfacing to the WRONG side of the leather accent pieces.
When applying the interfacing to the leather, ensure you apply it 1/8" from the top of the leather accent piece.


Now, I know a lot of you probably want to use Vinyl or Faux leather on your clutch too, and you can!
 As you are probably aware you shouldn't iron/press Vinyl or Faux leather - it will just melt... so, you could choose to add a sew in interfacing on these pieces.  If you don't have any sew in on hand, you can make your own - its easy!

Gather a scrap piece of fabric (the size of Pattern Piece B) and apply your Fusible Medium Weight interfacing to that.  You can also choose to apply Fusible Fleece to the scrap, for added strength if you are using a light weight Vinyl or Faux leather.  Then sew the scrap (with the required interfacing attached) to the Vinyl or Faux leather accent you would like to use when making your clutch.
That's it!  See easy ;)

3. Take Main A and place it right side up in front of you.  Then lay your leather accent piece face up on top.


4. Sew the leather accent to Main A using a 1/8" seam (like you would to topstitch).


5. Repeat for the second Main A and leather accent pieces, then continue with the rest of the pattern as instructed.


Have you made a Reunion Clutch yet?  If so, I'd love to see it!  Remember to tag me on Instagram (@formylittlemonster) or post a picture of your creation to my facebook page :)

I hope you enjoy using this tutorial, happy sewing!
Emma

Friday, 21 August 2015

Free Pattern Friday - 12

Hi everyone

Welcome to...


This week's great free pattern is...



This one I have actually made!
See...

It was part of the gift I made my BFF for her Birhtday last year.  
I changed the flap and the strap, but other than that this is my version of the Brookfeild bag :)  
If your into freebies, remember to check back here or on FB next Friday :D

If you'd like to submit a free pattern for me to share on Free Pattern Friday, then please email me at emma@formylittlemonster.com :)

Happy sewing!
Emma

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

DIY Wristlet Strap add on for your Reunion Clutch

Hi Everyone :)

Late last month I released my newest pattern the Reunion Clutch.  It is a FREE pattern download that you can get here.

There are no wristlet instructions included in the pattern, as they just didn't make the final cut ;)
But since the release, I have had a fair amount of interest in how to go about adding one to the clutch...

So here is your DIY :)


You will need:
- 1 x 1/2" (1.2cm) D-ring
- 1 x 1/2" (1.2cm) Swivel Clip
- Tab - From Fabric AND Medium Weight Fusible Interfacing, Cut 1 of 2 1/2" W x 3" L (6.5cm x 7.5cm)
- Wristlet - From Fabric AND Medium Weight Fusible Interfacing, Cut 1 of 2 1/2" W x 15" L (6.5cm x 30cm)

Instructions:
1. Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of both your Tab and Wristlet fabric.

2. We will construct the Tab first.  Take your Tab fabric and fold it in half (length wise - long edge to long edge), press and unfold.

3. Fold the (long) bottom raw edge up to the centre crease line and press.


4. Fold the (long) top raw edge down to the centre crease line. Press into place. Fold the bottom raw edge up to the centre, and press.


5. Topstitch each of the long edges at 1/8" (0.3cm).


6. Slip the d-ring onto the Tab


7. Fold the Tab in half and secure the d-ring in place with a row of stitching.  Ensure to stitch as close the the hardware as possible - you might like to use a zipper foot for this step.


8. Your Tab is now finished.  To attach it to your Reunion Clutch I suggest that when you baste it in place, you use the placement shown below...


This placement is especially important if you ARE using the Emmaline bags 11" Internal Wire Frames (Style A) in your clutch.  This is because once your clutch has been filled with your essentials, if your Tab has been placed higher (eg. on Main A), your clutch will be pulled out of shape if using the wristlet to carry the clutch. 

9. We will now construct the Wristlet.  Take your Wristlet fabric and repeat steps 2, 3 and 4.


10. Slip your swivel clip onto the Wristlet.


11. Unfold the seam allowance at each short end and place them right sides together.  Sew the seam with a 1/2” seam allowance. This will form a loop in your Wristlet.


12. Press the seam out.


13. Refold and press the seam, then topstitch using a 1/8" (0.3cm) on each long edge.  Ensure to slip your swivel clip along the wristet to move it out of your way as you go.


This is what it should look like when your done...


14. Place the join seam at your swivel clip (see photo), and secure theswivel clip in place with a row of stitching.  Ensure to stitch as close the the hardware as possible - you might like to use a zipper foot for this step.


15. Clip the swivel clip to the d-ring and your finished!


Have you made a Reunion Clutch yet?  If so, I'd love to see it!  Remember to tag me on Instagram (@formylittlemonster) or post a picture of your creation to my facebook page :)

I hope you enjoy using this tutorial, happy sewing!
Emma
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Sunday, 16 August 2015

My continued adventures with a slowcooker...

Hi everyone :)

I've never had a slow cooker before, but have finally decided to take the plunge and purchase one (a 6L one at that!).

The 1st meal I cooked with it was a true DISASTER...but I'm not going to let that stop me!  So, onto todays adventures :)

I started with this recepie as a base and then changed a few things...



Here is my version of Spaghetti and Meatballs

MEATBALLS
600g beef mince
1 cup cornflake crumbs (add extra if you need too)
Fresh Thyme
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 small brown oninon (finely chopped)
2 eggs

SAUCE
1 jar leggo's bolognese pasta sauce
1 x 400g tin crushed tomatoes
large squirt of tomato sauce
2 small - med carrots (diced)
1 med - large zuccini (diced)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Mix the ingredients for the meatballs in a bowl

2. Roll the meatballs (makes 14 - on the large side)

3. Brown the meatballs in a frypan

4. In the slow cooker, mix the sauce ingredients and add the meatballs (ensure they are covered with sauce).

5. Cook on LOW for 8 hours (stir once or twice during cook - you probably don't have too, but I did :D )

Serve with cooked pasta

So here is what I thought about this meal:

Will I cook it again?

YES - it was YUMMY :)

Did the kids eat it?

The LOVED it :)

What do I score it?

I scored this one 5 yummies out of 5 :)

Did I add or subtract anything from the recipe?

See above recepie :)

Would I add or subtract anything from the recipe next time?

Nope I would do it exactly the same :)

What recipes will be coming up soon?
(Not in any order - I just want to make them coz they look yum!)

Here is the receipe:

Chicken Tacos - but mine will probably end up being Burritos, as T loves Burritos more than Tacos :)
Hoisin Chicken
Chicken and Spaghetti
Apple Butter

Honey BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
Chicken burrito Bowl
Meatloaf
Corn on the cob - it's not one of my favourite sides, but the Boys in this house LOVE corn!
Spaghetti Sauce
Butternut squash and coconut risotto - we are big pumpkin risotto eaters in this house so this will be a must try.
Asian chicken lettuce wraps - this one might be good when the weather gets warmer too :)
Beef Bourguignon
Honey Garlic Meatballs

Do you have any favourite recipes you think I should try?  Leave a comment for me if you do!

I'll probably add to this list as I go...I'm sure to find more I want to make! :)
Happy tummy makes a happy mummy ;P
Emma

Friday, 14 August 2015

Free Pattern Friday - 11

Hi everyone

Welcome to...


This week's great free pattern is...


The Simple Fold Over Clutch by Flamingo Toes.
This one has been added to my to-do list, it would make a great gift too!

If your into freebies, remember to check back here or on FB next Friday :D

If you'd like to submit a free pattern for me to share on Free Pattern Friday, then please email me at emma@formylittlemonster.com :)

Happy sewing!
Emma

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Tips and Tricks to make your Ingenious Tote even better...(most of these you can use on other bags too!)

Hi everyone :)

Today I'm going to give you some helpful tips and tricks to make your Ingenious Tote (or other bag) even better!

You might have missed a couple of little tutorials I offered here on the blog over the last couple of weeks...they were:


Both of these tutorials will make your Ingenious Tote even better! But if you'd like some more ideas...read on :)

Ensure longevity of your bag
The Ingenious Tote involves cutting/creating holes in your fabric to insert bag feet, magnetic snaps and rivets.  I don't know about you, but I like to apply FrayStop to each hole I make in my fabric before applying the hardware to the bag.

I use this brand of FrayStop, not for any particular reason, 
it's just the one they had for sale at my local Spotlight or Lincraft. 
You should be able to get FrayStop/FrayCheck at any store that sells sewing supplies :)

 Using FrayStop on all holes made in your bag ensures the life of that bag is a little longer.

Reduce your sewing time
I'm not going to lie to you, the Ingenious Tote is a BIG sew...it can take a big chunk of time!  It's because of all those pesky zip pockets ;P

To reduce the time it takes to make the Ingenious Tote, I like to sew all my zip pockets in an assembly line.  So when I sew them I make the 2 large Zip pockets, then the 4 small zip pockets all together.

To do this I:
  • Lay all the main bodies out in front of me
  • Lay the pocket pieces face down on top (according to the measurements given in the pattern)
  • Draw all my boxes for my welt zip pockets
  • Sew all my boxes
  • Cut all my zip seams
  • Push all my zip pockets through and press them
  • Glue baste all my zips in place
  • Sew all my zips in place
  • Fold and press the pocket fabric in place and
  • Sew all the pockets to finish.


When I wright it all out it seems LONG...but it really does go much faster when doing ALL 6 zip pockets in the Ingenious Tote in a production line :)

I also often use the production line method for the 4 side gusset pockets too :)


Give your non reversible handles a different look
One of my lovely testers (Melisa) decided to give her non-reversible handles a different look, and I thought you might like to do this too?!  So I thought I would let you know what she did ;)


To achieve this look, when completing step 10 in the pattern, instead of measuring an marking 7" from each short edge, measure and mark 3" from each short edge.  Then clip and sew as per the instructions in your pattern...and you will achieve handles that look like this:


I hope you have found these tips and tricks helpful!
If you don't own the Ingenious Tote Pattern, and would like to it is available for purchase from my shopEtsy or Craftsy

Happy Sewing!
Emma