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ScrapHappy November

I am a little late to the party… but better late than never! I didn’t make any progess with the scrappy project I introduced to you last month. But I have found such a lovely small scrappy project to show … a small handsewn purse. I made several during the last weeks and I love that I can take it with me on the sofa in the evenings! They are so nice with their special shape … and so clever to open – you only have to press the opposite pointy ends together.

best purses for small things

Wonderful small scrappy purses for small things! If you wonder what the wooden thing on the left is… it is a “nose flute”.

I found these small purses with different names – clamshell purse, thimble pip,  precious pods,  pipkins, pinch purse … I think they look a bit like a paranut too.

I used a wonderful detailed tutorial I found in the www – the Thimble Pip Tutorial by Susan Flemming. She published it on her Super Mom – No Cape! blog.

The purse can be made in different sizes – I tried three versions between 3 and 5 inches.

Three sizes

You need just a few materials to make it:

01_Template sheets

Template sheets – you can use these high quality ones…

02_Templates

… or you can take some kitchen plastic to recycle some plastic containers. It shouldn’t be too thin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can find the explanation how to trace the shapes with a compass in Susan Flemmings detailed tutorial.

Finally all you will need to make the purses are 6 template sheets, 6 small pieces of batting (perfect to use small leftovers up!), 6 pieces of fabric (3 for the outsides, 3 for the insides).

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Here is all you need for one purse. You can take all the same fabrics for the outside or inside pieces – but you also can use different fabrics or only one different for the bottom piece. The first step of preparation after cutting the templates is to glue the templates on the batting – I used spray basting glue for it.

After preparing the three inside lining pieces and the bigger three outside pieces you connect them to three parts – these parts you sew together to build the purse … I have some photos of these steps… but as I said use the wonderful tutorial I linked with.

With some practice it is possible to finish sewing it on one evening. It is also a wonderful small gift. They are so lovely, aren’t they?

Of course you can take nice embroidered fabrics or felt for the outsides. Or you can add a small keyring or embellish the outsides with ribbons or pearls or something… there are countless possibilities.

I’m linking with the other participants:

Gun at https://rutigt.wordpress.com (in Swedish and English)

Susan at https://desertskyquilts.wordpress.com (in English)

Titti at http://tittisquiltlek.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)

Kate at http://talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com/ (in English)

Sue at http://sewingmagpie.blogspot.com.au (in English)

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Snoopy Cushion Cover – pictural tutorial

Today evenening it occurred to me that I had to sew a fast Snoopy cushion cover… I didn’t finish it yet but I managed to sew the front part in less than three hours. There was enough time for some pics I’ll share here:

I made it in a size of 18″ – Snoopy is appr. 6″ – if you search the web for “Snoopy” you’ll find enough picures. You only have to print a Snoopy in the desired size, the doghouse roof and landscape can be drawn freehand.

sketched the basic lines on the sticky side of a thin interfacing

sketched the basic lines on the sticky side of a thin interfacing

 

fabric for the middle plank, right side up

fabric for the middle plank, right side up – it must cover the middle field

 

on top of the first fabric is placed the fabrid vor the upper plank - right side on right side

on top of the first fabric is placed the fabrid vor the upper plank – right side on right side… fixed with a needle

 

the interfacing - the first seam is the line between the middle plank and the plank above.

Like foundation piecing you sew on the interfacing – the first seam is the line between the middle plank and the plank above.

the seems have to be trimmed to 1/4"

the seems have to be trimmed to 1/4″

the interfacing is folded back so it can stay undamaged

The interfacing is folded back so it can stay undamaged. The quarter inch line covers the seam.

trimmed seam allowance

trimmed seam allowance

 

After the seam is trimmed you can fold up the fabric for the upper plank and add the fabric for the lower plank in the same way (mark your seam line as showed in the picture with finger pressing).

After the seam is trimmed you can fold up the fabric for the upper plank and add the fabric for the lower plank in the same way (mark your seam line as showed in the picture with finger pressing).

The fabric for the lower plank is added.

The fabric for the lower plank is added.

Now the shape of the roof must be trimmed.

Now the shape of the roof must be trimmed.

 

Fold the interfacing back on a thin ruler wich is placed exactly on the line.

Fold the interfacing back on a thin ruler wich is placed exactly on the line.

I used my "add a quarter ruler" to trimm my 1/4" seamallowance.

I used my “add a quarter ruler” to trimm my 1/4″ seamallowance.

First step is done... that is the roof. Next is to add the landscape beside the roof.

First step is done… that is the roof. Next is to add the landscape beside the roof.

I prepared the landscape out of green and blue fabric (for meadow and sky). The fabrics were connected with curved line piecing.

I prepared the landscape out of green and blue fabric (for meadow and sky). The fabrics were connected with curved line piecing.

I cut my landscape strip in two pieces - for both sides of the doghouse roof. Your landscape strip has to be as wide as the roofs hight is.

I cut my landscape strip in two pieces – for both sides of the doghouse roof. Your landscape strip has to be as wide as the roofs hight is.

Roof and Landscape are joined - they have to be trimmed now: use the lower and upper roof line as guide.

Roof and Landscape are joined – they have to be trimmed now: use the lower and upper roof line as guide.

Add now a large sky-piece.

Add now a large sky-piece.

The ear is sewn from black fabric - two pieces right side on ride side sewn together. I left an opening on one of the long sides and turned right side out. I closed the opening with an small edgestitch around the ear-piece. The ear is only fixed on the upper part and hangs down losely over the roof.

The ear is sewn from black fabric – two pieces right side on ride side sewn together. I left an opening on one of the long sides and turned right side out. I closed the opening with an small edgestitch around the ear-piece. The ear is only fixed on the upper part and hangs down losely over the roof.

The nose... a black oval wich is zigzagged with black yarn - the white gloss strip is zigzagged too. Lower part of the nose and upper part of the ear will be later covered with the head.

The nose… a black oval wich is zigzagged with black yarn – the white gloss strip is zigzagged too.
Lower part of the nose and upper part of the ear will be later covered with the head.

The nose... a black oval wich is zigzagged with black yarn - the white gloss strip is zigzagged too. Lower part of the nose and upper part of the ear will be later covered with the head.

The body silhouette is marked on the sticky side of the thin interfacing. It is ironed on a piece of white fabric and cut out afterwards.

After the silhouette shape had been cutting out it is machine appliqued with a black zigzag stitch.

After the silhouette shape had been cutting out it is machine appliqued with a black zigzag stitch.

Add black zigzag lines for the eye, the arm, a line between body and head and fingers/toes.

Add black zigzag lines for the eye, the arm, a line between body and head and fingers/toes.

Zigzag the outline of the doghouse roof and the lines between the planks. Done!!!!

Zigzag the outline of the doghouse roof and the lines between the planks. Done!!!!

I plan to add a blue back side and a zipper at the bottom … hope to get it done tomorrow.

Linked with Crazy Mom Quilts finishitupfriday linky party and with the TGIFF-party this week over at whatahootquilts .

 

A Friday Finish!

Today I finished a cushion cover I made as a gift for a friend’s 40th birthday we will going to celebrate tomorrow. For the orange peel shapes I used the template I made for my last quilt which had an orange peel quilt pattern… I cut it just a bit taller for the cushion cover. The technique I used for it I tried first with tiny pieces for my Dear Jane quilt – and in such a small size it didn’t work well. But here – the cushion cover is appr. 20″x20″ – it worked very well. A detailed description for that technique is shown in a MSQC-tutorial you can find here.

But here you can see progress & finish of my cushion cover.

sewing orange peel shaped thin interfacing  with the sticky part inside onto my fabrics... and cut out after sewing together

sewing orange peel shaped thin interfacing with the sticky part inside onto my fabrics… and cut out after sewing together

cut a small slit into the interfacing and then turn the inside out

cut a small slit into the interfacing and then turn the inside out

after turning inside out it is looking like this from the front

after turning inside out it is looking like this from the front

after turning the inside out you can see the sticky side of the interfacing on the surface now

after turning the inside out you can see the sticky side of the interfacing on the surface now

placed the orange peel shapes on the front... iron carefully to fix it before applique with a small blanket stich

placed the orange peel shapes on the front… iron carefully to fix it before applique with a small blanket stich

I had my orange peel machine appliqued with a small blanket stitch.

I had my orange peel machine appliqued with a small blanket stitch.

the basted front ready for quilting

the basted front ready for quilting

quilted the front with my walking foot

quilted the front with my walking foot

I used my serger to sew front and back together.

I used my serger to sew front and back together.

the back side

the back side

Finished!

Finished!

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Winter… time for woolen accessories

Meanwhile it is cold and wintry here – I had a walk in our park in the morning nearby where I live. It is a park around a Castle – “Castle Borbeck” (Borbeck is the name of the part of our town). By the 14th century this castle became  the favorite residence of the princess-abbesses of Essen.

Until a surgery on my hand last year I used to do “excessive knitting” around the year. Most of all I loved to knit all kinds of accessories  – cowls, hats, scarfs, shawls, gloves, mittens… Most of it I gave to family or friends and I didn’t used to take pictures of the things I gave away; I take pictures  for a couple of years now.

Some wrist warmers and gloves…

The pattern for the mittens I found here.

This one is a simple triangular crocheted shawl, made out of stocking wool. I love that – its length is appr. 60”… in my childhood I loved watching “Our little house in the prairie” series – it reminds me on it.

This one is a very spontaneous work… a kind of collar – knitted out of grey wool, lined with fleece fabric and with multicoloured crocheted small bobbles out of 6ply socksyarn.

A simple woolen collar or shoulder warmer:

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This was my first lace scarf – “Kiri”, the pattern is free and can be found here at Ravelry in several languages.

A crocheted scarf with matching knitted wrist warmers.

I really love that one – my “Mosaic-Cowl”, completely out of the smallest leftovers from 6ply socksyarn, lined with fleece fabric.

Very fast one evening project… festive cowl with matching hat.

Here my daughter is showing a nice fair isle knitted hat – the pattern’s name is “Selbu Modern” and it is free to download here.

An easy pattern I really love – can’t count how often I knitted it – is “Pimpelliese”, available for free at Ravelry: “Pimpelliese” by Spinning Martha. It is a 1-yarnball-project. While knitting you have to to weigh the yarn on the scales – you start at one corner and increase, if the half weight of yarnball is knittet you decrease and end with the other corner. And the nice border is directly knitted within the process. It is originally created for 4ply yarn (then it is a very pretty small shawl, out of cotton even for summer) – but I love to knit it with wool too – here are two out of thick yarn:

Next is the “Revontuli” shawl – a very easy and fast project from the Finnish blogger Anne. You’ll find the pattern for free on her blog or for free download at Ravelry.

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Another lace project was a nice small asymmetric shawl – Lazy Katy. The pattern is just for sale, available on ravelry – Lazy Katy Pattern by Birgit Freyer. And yes  –  where is wool, there’s a cat!

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Another pattern of Birgit Freyer is “Wave Of Color” – a moebius cowl. It is available in several languages at Ravelry – but not for free.

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Beside knitting and crocheting I love felting very much (… yes, I’m crazy about wool! 🙂 ) Last year I felted a shawl with matching wrist warmers with natural wool curls:

It is a pitty that I can not knit a lot anymore – if I knit an hour, I can feel it for a hole week!

But still I am crazy about wool!

I wish you all a Happy New Year – especially health and the ability to persue your beloved hobbies!

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Fast Christmas Ornament… Giveaway, Gift Tag, Keyhole Protector…

Do you know folded Christmas Tree Ornaments out of paper? You can even do this out of fabric to use it as a Christmas ornament, a giveaway, a gift tag or even as a kind of “keyhole protector” – especially in Christmas time: to protect the view through a  keyhole against prying eyes 🙂

You will need two contrasting fabrics – 2 half circles for one ornament; or you start with a circle two make two at the same time:

Cut a circle from both fabrics (right sides together); use any round object as a template. I used a 8,5″ diameter plate – the finished tree turned out appr. 5,5″.

Add 1/4 inch seam allowance… I do that using a round template with a little trick: I use a steel plain washer to draw it. As you see it is exactly a quarter inch (I suppose they are standard sized?).

Fold the circle into a half and finger press to mark the centre for drawing the diameter. Sew on both sides a quarter inch from diameter – leaving about two inches in both lines for turning. Cut the diameter to get to half circles. Trim the corners and turn your half circle.

Turn the inside out. After turning the raw edges of the opening to the inside close the opening by hand. Iron the half circle and fold it as shown – one side of your tree will show both fabrics; the back side shows only one fabric. Try it out until you like what you see and then iron every fold.

Finally sew from the top along the curved edge – use a decorative stitch and a coloured yarn – and add some matching ribbon to the top for hanging. Of course you can add some other decoration (pearls or sth like that) too.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial. I wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Linked up here: Show and Tell Tuesday, Linky Tuesday

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Some Baby Equipment for a Friend… and a free tutorial for burpcloths

Today I took time to sew some baby equipment for a friend. I tried the selfbinding babyblanket (pattern by MSQC), two burp cloths (look at the free tutorial in this post) and a baby-soother case.

Detail - the corner of selb binding baby blanket

Detail – the corner of self binding baby blanket

I noticed the MSQC-tutorial for the selfbinding babyblanket at youtube first and after watching it I was curious to sew it…

You only need 2 fabricpieces of 30” and 40” – because of the way of connecting these fabrics the binding arises by itself. It was fast & fun to make.

Finally the blanket’s size is 35”.

 

Baby Blanket

Baby Blanket

There was much of the yellow terrycloth fabric left and so I decidet to make some burp cloths. I drawn a pattern by myself… and it turned out well.

If you didn’t notice – this is the 50th post on my blog! For that I’ll give a free tutorial to my readers: It is the first time I traced a sewing pattern using my computer… so I hope everything is understandable – if not I’ll answer your questions. –> Baby Burpcloth – free tutorial (pdf)

Last but not least  – and because I couldn’t stop making this cute baby stuff – I made a tiny baby-soother case out of some leftover fabric…. if you look closely you can see that it is sewn like a chicken-pincushion (just with a zipper).

Thank you for visiting by blog and reading my posts!

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November Review

Oh yes… November is already gone… here a short post scriptum. As I told in my November posts I finished my first big quilt and we have ha winner for my chicken-run-chicken now. But there were  some other things I did:

1. FABRIC BALLOON COVER

For a working mate’s grandchild I made a fabric balloon cover… that is a really cool thing for little children – the balloon inside is protected by the fabric cover but when it pops the fabric cover will damp the noise and keep all balloon pieces inside…. and it fits in any purse 🙂 – insert the balloon into the cover and blow it up when it is inside (and you can use one balloon several times).

I found the pattern on a German blog and so it is in German language, but there you can find an illustrated tutorial (self explanatory) and a pdf-template. It is for personal use only.

2. THE BIG KNIT

In November I joined a charity campaign of Innocent-Drink-Company… they ask every year for little knitted hats. For every bottle sold with a hat a donation is given for old people in need (in UK it is Age UK, in Germany it is the Red Cross). The campaign is going on in UK, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. I designed five little woolly hats.

3. Christmas is near… Christmas Ornament

Avis published a Christmas ornament tutorial on her lovely ohsewtempting blog. I couldn’t resist and had immediately to try. You find her detailed tutorial here… I’ll write a long version for German readers. Thank you Avis for sharing this tutorial !

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Mr. Cluck is going to America…

As I told you, Laura from MAYROSESEWING won one of my chickens – Laura and her kids decided to name the log cabin one “Mr. Cluck” and give him a new home.

Mr. Cluck

Mr. Cluck

If you want to follow the chicken run around the world please visit Laura’s blog.

All about all the other chickens before and how to enter the chicken run  you can find at Avis’ blog from where the chicken run started. In her chicken run gallery you can see all the cute chickens and you’ll find links to all previous participants. Please let Avis know about every chicken that is hatched.  A tutorial to make a chicken pincushion you can find here at Carla’s Granny Maud’s Girl blog. They are fast and easy to make and you just need a very small amount of fabrics – you surely find in your stash. You can use every patchwork block pattern to make these cute chicken pincushions and there are a lot of possibilities to design beak, comb and tail – for beak and comb I took some selvages and for the tail pieces instead of prairie points I folded the small squares like origami square bases… I’m curious looking forward to all the following chickens!

needed material

needed material

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The Chicken Run Continues – Pincushion Giveaway / Swap

Few weeks ago I won a little chicken-pincushion. In spite of Carrot Leaf’s persisting flight* from US, Kentucky to me to Essen, Germany (… or maybe around and around and around the whole wide world…) I want to  introduce to you the chickens I sewed to give one of them away to the lucky winner.

All chicken pincushions I made are between 3″ and 4″.

First Chicken I made was a log-cabin-one. I called it Big Martha – it was the first one I made month ago. But now she would like to go on a journey… so if you like her, how would you name that little chicken?

Next chicken I made was a little one in chenille technique…

Also I made a chicken out of Japanese fabrics. I baught this wonderful fabrics few month ago on a local fabric market – but now I used it first time to make this little chicken:

Last but not least I designed a chicken with scrappy appliques and eyes out of  small freshwater perls  for you:

And this is where you come in: If you would like to win one of these chickens all you need to do is:

1. Agree to make another chicken and give it away on your blog within 4 weeks of receiving your prize. Include a link back to ohsewtempting.wordpress.com so that all the chickens can appear in her Chicken Run Gallery which will include a link to your blog if you have one. Please let Avis at ohsewtempting.wordpress.com know about every chicken that is hatched.  A tutorial to make a chicken pincushion you can find here at Carla’s Granny Maud’s Girl blog.

2. Leave a comment below to say what you would like to call your preferred chicken, which country it would be going to and why it would feel at home there.

The chickens are made from small scraps of fabric and a small amount of stuffing. They are stuffed with polyester batting. Please do not stuff your giveaway chicken with foodstuff or plant material as it may not be allowed into the country you are sending to. It is also possible to send the chicken without stuffing.

This giveaway is open to everyone in the whole wide world until the end of 30th November  (local time) and will be drawn using a random number generator. Numbers will be allocated in the order that comments are received.

Good luck!

–> *11/15/2014 – BIG SURPRISE: TODAY CARROT LEAF AND HER SISTER ARRIVED AFTER TWO WEEKS TRAVELLING FROM KENTUCKY!!!! SO WE HAD A BIG HEN-PARTY ON OUR BALCONY!!! TANK YOU CARLA FROM DANCING MOON FOR SENDING TWO CHICKENS TO ME.

Carla sent the chickens from Kentucky at 31 October... after 2 weeks they reached Essen, Germany

Carla sent the chickens from Kentucky at 31 October… after 2 weeks they reached Essen, Germany

linked with: Linky Tuesday, Let’s Bee Social, Show and Tell Tuesday

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English Paperpiecing – Small Pouch Finished

Today I finished a small pouch with a flexible snap frame closure. The squares and triangles and the hexagon in the middle were made with English paperpiecing and afterwards appliqued to the pouch fabric. It was really fun to make. The pattern I found in a book about English Paperpiecing by the German author Claudia Schmidt (sorry… the book is in German but there are a lot of printable templates on her page).

The snap bag is machine quilted before the lining fabric was sewed in. Its diameter is appr. 7″, the snap frame’s width is 4,75″.

A view inside:

a view inside

a look inside

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