Posts Tagged ‘sewing’


Slow getting to Yarn Along this week but no real reason for it.

Just about finished the embroidery.  Made some quick lace for the edging.  I’m not sure what size the thread is??  It’s at Michael’s with the embroidery thread.  It says #12 but it’s much finer than #10??

My book to share this week is a new purchase for Ella.  We picked this up last week at Chapter’s too.  It’s bible stories told with Minecraft pictures!  Weird?  I know, but Ella loves it.  She’s brought it to ‘school’ for days we have bible lessons.

Finally got my new slip/petticoat put together.  The flounce is off a different skirt and the lace on the left is store-bought.  Did a bit more sewing on Sunday (it was Mother’s day after all) but that’s not ready to share yet.

Joining up with Keep Calm and Craft On for the first time.

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I love these little bags or hussifs, to use the historical term.  Inside can be whatever you need.  I have a zippered pocket, a small pocket and ribbon to hold my scissors and another small pocket for a notebook.

The example will be a hussif I made for my friend Michelle.  She’ll be using it to carry her ostomy supplies when traveling.  I really don’t know how to make this look good so bear with me.

First step is your pattern.  I usually just use printer paper taped together:

Michelle’s hussif is 19″ x 9 1/2″.  This is a little big for tucking in your knitting bag.  I make my hussifs 16 1/2″ x 7 1/2″.  This is when you decide on your pockets and placement.  I use a 1/2″ seam allowance for everything.

You need to cut out 4 rectangles.  One is the outside fabric (the black monotone floral).  The next is hard to describe, it’s like batting but not soft like for quilting.  It’s a personal choice really, you just want to give your hussif some body.  The other floral (second from top) is for the lining.  We’re going to quilt the front and this piece is the backing.  The last piece (the black) is the inside.  You will also cut out all the pockets and flaps.  Now measure around your rectangle and then add a few inches, this is how much ‘bias’ tape you need (I don’t always cut it on a bias).  Make the tape 2 inches wide.

Two zippered pockets for Michelle and a centre pouch.  Remember when buying zippers, it’s always better to have zippers that are too long than too short.

Insert the zipper(s).  Cut off the extra zipper (don’t use your good fabric scissors).  Sew all your pockets to the inside piece (black).

Now head over to Wee Folk Art and choose an applique for the front of your hussif.  Of course if you are creative feel free to make your own applique.

Cut out all the pieces you need from felt.  Of course wool felt would be nicest, but more often than not we just use felt from Michael’s.

Embroider the pieces as you like.  I love the Babushka doll.

Put the top, the batt and the lining together.  Mark out your quilting lines.  Mine are about 1 1/4 ” because that’s what my ruler measures.  Just do it how you like.  When stitching, I always start with one of the long middle lines.  Also I sew down the line one direction and then turn and sew up the next.  I find this helps prevent puckering.  I also use as few pins as possible.

When the quilting is done, sew the applique to the front of the hussif.  When centering, don’t forget to leave space for the bias tape.

Now baste the front and the back together around the outside.   Mark the two fold lines and stitch.  This will help make the folds neat.

Now sew on the bias tape.  Start on the back (it keeps the front neat and tidy).  To make the corners easy, sew the tape on one side, all the way down.  Cut thread.

Turn your work to the next side.  Fold the tape as shown in the picture.  Again sew all the way across.  Continue until all for sides are finished.

Now fold the bias tape around to the front, folding under the seam allowance.  Stitch around.

Add a ribbon loop to the front and a button to the back and you are finished.

How’s that?  Clear as mud  🙂  Please send in any questions.

Joining the other ‘sewing goddesses’ over at Dandelion House.

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One last sewing project to share for Yarn Along:

hussif outside

This is a Hussif for my knitting supplies.  It’s a little bigger than anticipated, I couldn’t get the computer to shrink the matryoshka pattern and I didn’t want to drive an hour (there and back again) to use a photocopier.

hussif inside

And here’s the inside.  Everything you need for knitting, there is also a pocket (for a notepad) on the back side of the scissor flap.

Yarn along -3 April

At first glance my shawl is coming along nicely.  But if you look closely there is something very, very wrong!!  I’ve been decreasing along on the centre section and then last night I counted my stitches to see how many more rows.  There are more stitches on one side than the other!!!  Yikes!  I have no idea what happened.  I have a feeling I’m going to have to rip back the entire centre section (and hopefully only that far).  Not happy  😦

I’m ready to start a cool new book.  It’s called Whiskey and Wickedness and it’s about Renfrew County in the early days.

fingerless gloves

I got Ella’s fingerless gloves finished and she loves them.  So much that they needed washed already.

If any one would like to join me, I’ll be participating in the 4th annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week.  It’s lots of fun and she usually comes up with some great topics.

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Yarn Along this week shows little actual knitting progress:

yarn along -27 march shawl

But I have been busy sewing some things for me:

Yarn along -27 March

Outside and here’s the inside:

Yarn along 27 march

And I made a circular needle case:

yarn along -27 march case

I’m not sure how many needles will fit in this case.  I may have to make one for each needle length -just to keep them organized better.

Ella is back to asking for Little Girls Bible Storybook for Mothers and Daughters for her bed time story.  It’s got nice short little bible stories, perfect for bedtime.

Sharing this also over at Deborah Jean’s Sewing Party.

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I’ve got a new smocked sundress up at Bella Ella Creations.  It’s got a 21 inch chest, but smocking is very forgiving.

For any customers in Renfrew County, I offer a $10 discount if they pick it up here at the farm.  It saves me postage and handling charges, which I’m happy to pass on to you my customers.

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Help Needed!

We really need to get the cold situation under control.  This is Ella’s third cold this fall.  It’s going to be a loooong winter.  Any suggestions out there?  Keep in mind Ella doesn’t like vegetables (except apples and grapes) and won’t eat anything that tastes weird or gross.

I also need some sewing help.  I am loving the side zipper idea I got from my bloggy friend.  But I need to figure out how to put in side seam pockets. I feel lopsided with a pocket only on one side.  I know it’s possible but I can’t seem to figure it out.

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