Monday 16 June 2014

How I'm living without my sewing machine and postponing my project for Sew Many Books this month...

Hi everyone,

So, my sewing machine is off getting fixed...and apparently it will take 3 weeks :(

I am missing it already - especially seeing as I have so many WIP's all half finished for the belly monster and its not long until he arrives!  So, I have been trying to find ways to work around missing it, and thought I would share:

1. I plan to concur my fear of my overlocker (serger for those of you in the US), I will start by tackling this tutorial (and pattern) :)

2. I plan to catch up - oops - on my blocks for the hexie block swap that I'm currently involved in.

3. I have a heap of hand sewing to do to finish off some gorgeous little pants I made using this tutorial (and pattern) and a baby blanket I am making for a friends baby who is due to arrive soon after my little belly monster!

If I finish all of these things and run out of projects to work on, then I will cut out my next few projects, so that all the bits are prepared and ready and waiting for my machines return :)

Of course...a broken sewing machine means I haven't finished my project for this months Sew Many Books :(

Here is a button and please feel free to share it if you would like too...

For My Little Monster

My April Project worked out fantastically and you can read more about it here, if you like :)

My project for May is very pretty...but I still haven't decided what it is meant to "BE" yet - a cushion or a framed picture on for the wall?? Its so hard to decide :P

This is as far as I have gotten on June's project (which will now become July's project):

So, still quite a bit of work to do once my sewing machine returns...
If you want to know more about what my plans were for this month, have a look over this post :)

If you were planing on joining in this month, please contact me as I'd love to share your project and blog instead of missing this month completely!
Thank you :)
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Saturday 14 June 2014

My sewing machine broke :(

Hi everyone

Yes, you read that right, my sewing machine broke while I was trying to finish my Poolside tote (pattern by noodlehead, purchased as part of the bag of the month club).
I have once seam left to sew and it will be finished...BUT I have to wait 3 weeks for my sewing machine to come back from the repair shop :(

Sorry for the bad night time photo :P  
Can you see all the pins?

I'm pretty happy with it so far, I have made some adjustments:
1. I have added a twist lock and a closure tab.
2. There are 3 internal pockets.
3. I have added some recycled nappy bag hard wear so i can hang the tote from the pusher once the belly monster arrives!

It is pretty big, but I wanted something large to fit all the baby things I remember having to carry as well as all the toddler things the Little Monster seems to need me to carry for him now :P

Anyway, when I get my sewing machine back...and get this bag finished...I will take some more photos for you all :)
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Sunday 8 June 2014

May wrap up

Hi everyone

Here are the projects I finished this month:

A Coffee Cuff for Hubby for his birthday :)

My clutch for the the "make it your own" competition being run by So Sew Easy.

My Sew Many Books project for May :)

And my 2nd version...
(this one wasn't finished in time for the sew many books blog post :P)

I also have managed to finish my Necessary Clutch Wallet that I started back in September 2013!
I'm really happy with it :D  
But...I'm unsure if the size of it is a little big for everyday use?
I will persevere and see what I decide in a few weeks time :)

A while ago I made this table runner as a gift...
and I finally got to give it over the weekend :)

Sorry this post was a little late - I actually forgot about it...oops :P
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Wednesday 4 June 2014

I entered a competition on IG and I won!

Hi everyone

I entered a competition on IG and I won!  I cant believe it :)

I have won a free subscription to the Quick-Sew Baby Quilt Club...

"What is it?
The Quick-Sew Baby Quilt Club is a series of 6 patterns delivered to you monthly via email that are tailored to be easy baby quilts that you can whip out in an afternoon. I have so many friends having babies that I just don't have time to make each one a time consuming quilt. I needed a solution, so I found myself designing these quick-sew quilts. By being quick-sew, they don't lose any of the beauty of a modern handmade quilt, the piecing and layout is just designed to be speedy.

Pricing?Early sign up pricing from June 1- June 8 will be a one time price of $20.00. If you sign up after June 8, it will be a one time price of $25.00 (for 6 patterns!)

When Does it Start?Patterns will be delivered on the 15th of each month, with the first one arriving on June 15." (this is an extract from Megan's Post about the club, more information can be found here).

You can join the club too and receive all 6 patterns, how great is that!


With the belly monster only 2 months away and lots of friends having little monsters of their own, I know these patterns are about to come in handy, as I'm sure my sewing time is going to be reduced once this little belly monster arrives!

I can't wait to receive the 1st pattern on the 15th June - I am so excited!

Sunday 1 June 2014

VOTING on another competition I have entered has started too :)

Hi everyone :)

A while ago I posted about this very pretty bag I made to enter a competition over at So Sew Easy. Well voting has started!

At this stage I'm in 4th or 5th position, and I would love to win (who wouldn't?!), so I would really appreciate it if you would head over and have a vote, follow this link and just click on the thumbs up symbol next to my name and the picture of my bag (7 - Emma from for my little monster, is who I am entered as).

Thank you so much!

The Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition voting is still open too (see my post on how to vote here), so if you haven't headed over there yet it is certainly worth a look too :)

Have a great day :)