Tuesday, March 13, 2018

two by four baby quilt

You guys, I actually finished a quilt !!!

This sounds so totally strange to me as I used to make quilt after quilt for years and lately the only way for me to get a quilt done is by literally forcing myself to do it :(  So, so very frustrating !!!

The crazy thing is I loved the pattern I was using (free tutorial by Film in the Fridge here), and I loved the fabric (my Stash bundle) and yet I found myself procrastinating and putting off piecing the quilt for way too long.

Once I basted the quilt though, I finally found my groove and absolutely loved hand quilting this little cutie. 

I tried really, really hard to not use my go to striped binding for this quilt, but after pulling out half of my stash to find just the right print and completely failing I concluded a wide stripe was the way to go. And now I'm glad I went with it because I think it frames the quilt beautifully.

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finished size: 42'' x 58''
batting: Pellon Nature's Touch Wool Batting
Thanks for reading friends. Happy day to you all :)

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

lola pouch (pattern update + discount)

Over the years Lola pouch has been one of my most favorite pouches to make. I love the simple structure and assembly of this pouch and I absolutely adore the super unique zipper installation as well as its binding. Best of all there's no need to use zipper foot (it's quite a chore to change feet on my sewing machine) or do any hand stitching, and the pouch is fully lined.

I designed this pouch way back in 2014 so I thought a bit of a pattern update was in order. Which, of course, meant sewing up a few new samples :). What do you think? I think both of these turned out quite lovely.

I used Katarina Rocella's print for the main body of the large pouch and AGF denim in wicked and diagonal stripe for the bottom and the binding. The pouch measures 8 ¼ '' wide on top x 6 ½'' tall x 4'' deep and is a perfect size for a project bag.

I used all Dear Stella fabrics + striped binding for the small pouch which is just perfect for one's pens, notions, or even make up. Its finished size is 7'' wide on bottom x 4'' tall x 2'' deep.

In case you'd like to whip up a pouch (or two), now is a perfect time to purchase the pattern. I'm offering the pattern at a discounted price of $6.00 for the next 48 hours, after that the price will go back up to its usual $8.00. No coupon code needed, click here to buy the pattern.

Happy sewing, friends. Svetlana

Sunday, March 4, 2018

beeswax food wrap

A while back I talked about my effort to reduce the amount of paper and plastic our family uses in the kitchen. I'm happy to say we've all been pretty good about using fabric napkins and un-paper towels which is just wonderful. 

So I decided to take things a bit farther and give beeswax food wraps a try. I scoured the internet for tips and tutorials on what to do and not do, purchased all my supplies, and got to work.

I was super excited about this project and imagined myself making tons and tons of wraps. And then I started making some (I used the oven method), and quickly realized this just wasn't for me :( as I found the whole process too messy and a bit stressful. I did, however, finish a few wraps but I don't think I did it right and pieces of wax were sort of peeling off when I folded the wrap, ooops.

Now, this was definitely not my shiniest moment and, to my family's delight, I ended up throwing the finished wraps in the trash. I am, however, super happy I gave it a try. Because how would I know I didn't like making beeswax food wraps if I didn't try it first, right?

So here's to trying new things, and to failing as well. Because it's all part of the process :)

Wishing you all a happy and creative rest of the weekend. Svetlana

Thursday, March 1, 2018

zoe handbag parade

Hello lovelies, welcome !!!

Things have been a bit crazy busy around here and I have only now realized I never showed you the gorgeous Zoe handbags my lovely testers made. 

Let's jump right in, shall we?

 (click on the maker's name below the photo to be taken to their IG feed)

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Beautiful bags, aren't they? It's such a delight to see each maker's taste and style reflected in the fabrics they chose. 

You did a fabulous job, ladies. Thank you for your help :)

Wishing you all a happy and creative day. 


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

qayg drawstring bag

Yesterday afternoon, completely out of the blue, I decided to dump the contents of my two full to the brim scrap bins and start making quilt as you go blocks. I love this technique as I greatly enjoy turning scraps into lovely new projects, and I also find all that repetitive stitching super relaxing.

This was my first block and I was super pumped and started thinking that maybe I should make enough blocks to make a quilt. Yes, definitely an overly ambitious thinking, especially since my quilting mojo is nowhere to be found these days :(

So, not surprisingly, after making just four blocks I was pretty much done and accepted the fact that the qayg scrappy quilt was not in my future at the moment.

I trimmed two of the blocks to measure 10'' wide x 11'' tall and turned them into a simple, but totally adorable drawstring bag. (click here for a free tutorial if you'd like to make a drawstring bag as well)

I love how it turned out and will definitely find good use for this cutie.

Have you tried qayg before? Do you enjoy this technique? I'd love to know.

Thanks for reading friends. Hope you have a fun and creative day.


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

zoe handbag (new pdf pattern)

Hello friends, welcome!

I'm so happy to be able to show you my newest pattern Zoe Handbag today.

I've had this kind of not too large, not too small handbag on my mind for months and it feels wonderful to be able to finally share it with you all.

This bag finishes at 12'' wide on bottom x 11'' tall x 4'' deep and is a perfect, perfect everyday bag with its roomy interior and four large exterior slip pockets. I've assigned one pocket for my keys, one for my phone, and one for the many packs of tissues I tend to carry around and I absolutely love to be able to actually find what I'm looking for without having to turn my bag upside down :)

I also added an interior zipper pocket and a fabulously easy to install main zipper closure as I'm a great believer in keeping one's purse contents safe and secure. 

As you can see from the photos above, I used leather straps for one of my bags, but I provide instructions on how to make lovely double sided fabric straps as well. And, of course all the rivets are totally optional.

What do you say? Would you like to make a Zoe handbag of your own? If so now is the perfect time to grab the pattern as for the next 48 hours I'm offering it at a discounted price of $6.00 (after that it will go up to its regular price of $8.00).

You can purchase Zoe Handbag instant download pdf pattern by clicking on the tab below or by visiting my Etsy shop.

Thank you for your support and happy sewing :)  I'll be back later this week to share fabulous bags my lovely testers made .


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

visible mending

Do you mend your clothes? I must admit, I used to see clothes mending as something only poor people had to do because they couldn't afford new clothes. I know, pretty bad attitude for sure, especially since this kind of thinking adds to all the unnecessary waste we produce.

Thankfully though over the last few months I started seeing mending as something not just useful and good for the environment, but also a way to make one's wardrobe more fun and unique. Have you heard of visible mending? I found it super, super inspiring and decided to try it out on a pair of older jeans I was ready to retire :)

I love the way my newly mended jeans look and have been wearing them a lot. I even got some comments from my daughter's friends on how cool my jeans are :)

In case you wonder how I did my mending, here's a quick description. I cut a piece of thin denim and turned the raw edges in to form a patch. I pinned the patch through one layer of jeans and went ahead to attach it using sashiko thread and a simple running stitch. No marking or any serious measuring was needed,  I just eyeballed it all and kept stitching until the whole patch was secured.

Pretty simple, right? I can't wait to start on my next pair of jeans soon.

So tell me. Do you mend your clothes? Any techniques you'd recommend? or articles? I'd love to know.

Hope you have a happy and creative day friends. Svetlana

Thursday, January 18, 2018

my craftsy class, yay !!!

Hello lovelies,

remember when I talked about the amazing opportunity I had a few weeks back when I flew to Denver and recorded a sewing class with Craftsy? Yeah, the class is now live and it all is super surreal, and exciting, and intimidating all at the same time, eeeeek !!!

My class Giftable Projects: Zippered Bags and Purse Organizer is a six lesson class with detailed instructions and lots of tips on how to make three different zipper pouches. Would you like to see the pouches I designed for the class? Here we go.

 Easy Coin Pouch with removable wrist strap is the first (and easiest project). I love this sweet little pouch and have made quite a few of them for my daughters and their friends already. 

The second pouch I teach is Double Zip pouch which makes a perfect pencil pouch or make up bag. I'm also thinking it would make a great hand sewing supplies pouch. Oh, the possibilities :)

Last, but definitely not least, is this Keep it Neat Purse Organizer. This is one of my all time favorite pouches with tons of pockets (zipper pockets as well as slip pockets). *you can also purchase this pattern from my etsy shop if you like

 I absolutely loved the opportunity to talk more about materials and supplies I use as well as being able to show how to work with metal zippers and add many different pockets to pouches.

What do you say? Would you like to learn how to make pouches with me? If so you can purchase my class (which includes instructions + all three patterns) by clicking here. And, to make things even sweeter, you can get my class at a 50% discount for just $19.99 for a limited time.

Wishing you all a happy and creative day. Svetlana

Monday, January 15, 2018

enamel pin banner

It had to be done! I finally caved in and made myself an enamel pin banner.

I love how this was not in any way a very time consuming or advanced skill requiring project. It came together super quickly, especially since I had all the supplies on hand.

I used heavy weight canvas for the front and quilting cotton for the back of the banner. I loosely followed this fab tutorial by Jeni, I just made my banner slightly less pointy and I added an embroidery thread tassel to the bottom.

I love having a dedicated "home" for my pins. They are such a happy addition to my studio :)

Wishing you all a fabulous Monday.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

un-paper towels (a quick tutorial)

Hello friends, I hope 2018 is off to a good start for you all!

I'm not a fan of new year's resolutions as I tend to break them almost as soon as I think them up :),  but I did decide to focus more on producing less waste this year. My whole family is on board (which makes even small changes a lot more doable) and our first task is to work on reducing the amount of paper and plastic products we use in our kitchen.

To start things off, I decided to replace our paper towels with a bunch of fabric un-paper towels. I came across quite a few suggestions on how to make these - some were just plain fabric, others had little snaps or grommets attached. In the end I went with a simple combination of cotton fabric and terry cloth, not adding any hardware as I worried that it might scratch my dishes or counters.

I used some pretty fabric that's been sitting in my stash for far too long to make these. I even had some terry cloth on hand so the whole process was super quick and very, very satisfying.

We've been using these towels for about two weeks now and so far so good. I still keep a roll of paper towels in case we experience some super messy spills, but right now they are placed inside the cabinet instead of sitting on top as usual to help us remember to reach for fabric towels first. 

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In case you'd like to make some un-paper towels of your own here's how I made mine:

I used 1 - 10'' square of fabric and 1 - 10'' square of terry cloth for each towel, placed them right sides together and pinned around the perimeter. I then used 1/2'' seam allowance to stitch all the way around the edges leaving a 4'' opening in one side for turning. I pressed open the seam with an opening, and turned the towel right side out through the hole. I then pushed the corners out to make them nicely pointy and pinned the opening closed. I used 1/8'' seam allowance to stitch all the way around the edges of each un-paper towel stitching the opening in the side closed at the same time. I gave them all one last good press and that was it. Easy peasy.

I'm definitely planning on making a lot more of these un-paper towels in the next few days. And, I think I'll be using darker fabrics to help hide some stains this time :)

Thanks for reading friends. Svetlana

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