Selfish Sewing Week

Selfish Sewing Week

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This week is Selfish Sewing Week. Where we mostly spend a lot of time sewing for others, this week you are encouraged to sew just for yourself! Check out the post on Imaginegnats’ website: http://imaginegnats.com/selfish-sewing-week-fall-2014-giveaway/

My plan for this week is to make blinds and curtains and cushions for the new studio,  and make a new tunic top from McCall’s M5050:

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I also want to sew up the dress I have already cut up. Pattern is See & Sew B5870, a knit dress (my first!)

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And I may just add some more to that list as the week goes on!

You can win prices, check it out. Here’s your chance to enter to win one of the 40 (yes, forty!) indie sewing patterns also donated by these fabulous designers… PLUS one additional winner will get a $25 credit to IndieSew. that’s 41 winners in total!!

http://imaginegnats.com/selfish-sewing-week-fall-2014-giveaway/

Have a look at the fantastic designers and bloggers taking part:

featured stitchers:

Call Ajaire · The Crafty Kitty · Max California · the quirky peach
Sewbon · Swoodson Says · sewVery · a happy stitch
sew a straight line · Sew Caroline · Our Chez Nous · Casa Crafty
verypurpleperson · Flamingo Toes · Sewing Rabbit · justmejay
groovy baby and mama · you & mie · oona balloona
sew Amy sew · Idle Fancy · miss matatabi · Dandelion Drift
Modern Handcraft · Buzzmills · u&mii · B.Yazoo
A Quilter’s Table · lbg studio · Diary of a Chainstitcher
Compagnie M. · Sew Chibi · la inglesita · Modern Handmade
Sing All You Want · Cookin’ and Craftin’ · Behind the Hedgerow
Milkybeer Handmade · The Charming Needle

many of them will be sewing up patterns donated by these amazing indie pattern designers,

indie pattern designers:

April Rhodes · Blank Slate Patterns · Bluegingerdoll
By Hand London · CaliFaye Collection · Chris W Designs
Christine Haynes · Closet Case Patterns · Clover & Violet
Deer and Doe · Delia Creates · Emmaline Bags
Go To Patterns · grainline studio · GreenStyleCreations
Hey June Handmade · imagine gnats · In-House Patterns
Kate & Rose · Kitschy Coo · Megan Nielsen Patterns
Mouse House Creations · Named Clothing · Noodlehead
Papercut Patterns · Pauline Alice · SBCC Patterns · schnittchen
Scientific Seamstress · see kate sew · Sew Caroline · Sew House Seven
Sew Sweetness · Sewaholic · Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H
Straight Stitch Designs · SUCH Designs · True Bias
Victory Patterns · Violette Field Threads

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Easy peasy PJ trousers tutorial

Easy peasy PJ trousers tutorial

Here’s a super easy way to make your kiddo some new PJ trousers.

1 get some of their old ones and lay one leg on top of your folded fabric. If they are no too short or small cut some extra width or length. In any case add 1.5/2 cm seam allowance. Whatever you like working with. As long as you remember what you used 😉
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2 cut around the leg and fold the crotch back to expose the centre crotch seam and cut around that too. IMG_6387.JPG

3 lay this cut out piece on the next piece of folded fabric. Cut slightly bigger widthways for the back. IMG_6388.JPG
4 lay two leg pieces right sides together, pin, and stitch the outside leg and inside leg. Not the crotchet seam! Repeat for the other leg.

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5 notch the curved seams if you need to (if they are very curved or the fabric just won’t sit nicely if you don’t)

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6 turn one leg inside out.

7 put the trouser legs inside each other, the one you turned the right way around inside the other one. Line up the crotch seam, starting with the centre seam and pin out from there.

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8 stitch the whole crotch seam. Voila you now have some pants!

9 hem the bottoms

10 cut some chunky elastic. I use 2.5/ 1″ wide elastic as it’s nice and comfy. I cut it slightly smaller than my son’s waist circumference.

11 fold over the waist by 1cm and stitch. Fold over by 3cm and stitch again? Leaving a gap at the back for the elastic to be fed through. I like using a triple zigzag stitch at this stage

12 feed the elastic through. Hold the ends of he elastic together and stitch them together securely. Make sure it’s not twisted before you do so!!

13 catch your kiddo and make them wear them so you can take their picture!

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Sewing machine reviews pt 2, Elna Grasshopper

Sewing machine reviews pt 2, Elna Grasshopper

Last Christmas my dad turned up with this little beauty. She was made in 1947 and still purrs away today. I use her all the time as she makes a gorgeous straight stitch and has a tiny free arm. And looks so handsome too 😉

She is operated with a fold out bar which you push with your knee, rather than a pedal. It takes a little getting used to but it’s pretty cool. At least it never wanders off like pedals do.

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It comes in an at green metal case, making it look like something used in WW2! The case folds open to provide a work table around the machine, which is very handy.

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To wind a bobbin you place the empty bobbin on the pin at the side and the machine “knows” you are winding a bobbin and automatically turns off the needle. That is something that wasn’t incorporated back into machines again until fairly recently and is very snazzy!

She’s a beautiful old lady and I would highly recommend getting one if you ever see one for sale. It still stitches as beautifully as the day it was made!

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Cheekyhandmades Bloganniversary!

Cheekyhandmades Bloganniversary!

Ok ok I’m a month late but all the same, let’s celebrate.

Cheekyhandmades has been around for 4 years. In these four years it’s gone from a tiny spark of a dream to a grown up company. From trailing my makes around local craft fairs in the beginning to where I am now has been a long but interesting and fun journey.

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Cheekyhandmades now is much much more than I ever could have hoped for. I teach a lot of sewing classes, both in small groups and private classes. I make bespoke quilts for people (they are in my etsy.com/shop/handmadebycheeky shop). I service and repair a lot of sewing machines and make people smile when I put their trusty steed back on the road ;-). I even still sometimes to fairs. I am about to build a studio in the back garden as I’ve outgrown my current workspace.

It’s been a great four years. I’ve met hundreds of fantastic people and some of them have become great friends. I’ve taught a lot and learnt even more. I’ve loved every minute of it.

Here’s to many many more years!

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Bespoke heirloom quilts, finished and delivered!

Bespoke heirloom quilts, finished and delivered!

These gorgeous quilts were delivered to their new owners, the twins Emmeline and Benedict, today. Mum was so happy with them she actually cried!

Order your own unique quilts here in my etsy shop: shop

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Happy quilting

Happy quilting

Mainly a picture post. I’m working hard trying to finish two quilts for a set of twins. Have just finished the first one and due to quilt and bind the second one tomorrow.

All done on my trusty Husqvarna 875q which is back from the repair shop again. Hurrah!

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