Doing all my Craft and Sewing related blogging over at My Poppet

Doing all my Craft and Sewing related blogging over at My Poppet
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A week in the sewing room...

Hello strangers! Have you missed me. Yes, I've been super busy devoting all my love to the My Poppet blog and of course Miss Emma, which isn't to say I haven't been sewing.
I've actually spent so much time in there I've hardly prioritized blogging at all. If you have been following me on Instagram (@mypoppetshop) I've actually been documenting a lot of my projects via my iPhone.
You can read all about #sewalong here.

So this week in the sewing room I've been:
-Filling orders for vintage bunting
-Making some cute dolls quilts from fabric scraps I can't bare to discard
-Letting Emma have a play on the machine (I've removed the needle for safety of course!), she loves imitating everything I do.
-Creating a new viking softie design for a new stockist.

Have you spent any time in your sewing space this week?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Stripes Ahoy!

I was gifted a big box of fabric off-cuts by a friend of my mother-in-law a couple of weeks ago. It contained a random selection of upholstery fabric, curtain sheers, pieces of jersey knits and some other bits and pieces. The stuff I was never going to use was donated for craft activites at Emma's creche because I really need to get realistic about my fabric stash.
What I did keep were the cotton jersey knits and ribbing because I really need to start making more clothes for Emma. She is growing like a weed!I thought I'd give this vintage T-shirt pattern a try. I bought it for 50c months/years ago, and thought the fact that it contained both child and adult patterns would be handy.
It has a stretch guide in it to give you an idea of which size to choose according to the fabric stretch. Low stretch go one size up, high stretch you can get away with a slimmer fit.
It was a breeze to sew up with my over locker (serger) whilst Emma was having a nap. The only part I had to re-do was the neckline. The head hole was a tiny bit too small to get Emma's head through comfortably and I'd cut the neck ribbing a bit too wide. It had a mock turtle neck effect which I didn't like at all.
Solution: I just re-overlocked around the existing seam which cut off the old one, making the head hole larger and the ribbing band thinner all at the same time. Yay!

I'll post pictures of Emma wearing her top on the My Poppet blog next week.

Monday, August 1, 2011


Well how are you all? I've missed you.
I've hardly had any time to sew, hence the lack of posts.
If you've been reading the My Poppet blog you already know that I've been away to Japan, and before that, the time I've spent in the sewing room was all about making hot water bottle covers for the shop. My machine and I have had enough of hot water bottle covers...

I have been doing a little bit of hand sewing for Emma's new Blythe doll, Perty. I'm finding hand stitching quite therapeutic, and because of the scale of the garments, probably a bit easier than using a machine.
So until the sun comes out and my sewing room warms up a little, I'll be sitting on the couch making Perty her new wardrobe.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Tidy Sewing Room...Finally!

Due to the little blogger glitch the other day, this post was a little late in publishing. Some of you may have seen it already on the My Poppet blog, for those who haven't, here is my tidy sewing room in all its glory...enjoy!

Wow, I'm so excited to share my super tidy sewing room with you. There are no 'before' pictures because they were almost too shameful to post. Picture piles and piles of stuff like in that 'hoarders' TV show...but worse. You couldn't even see the floor!
We moved in two years ago and I've never really have the time to focus on it, but thankfully the photo shoot was the motivation I needed to really get things done.
It took me the best part of 3 days to get it looking this good.

I'm really proud of myself and just love spending time in there now. Everything is organised and easy to find, so I can spend more time creating and less time searching for things.
I took a few photos after the photographer left, just to capture it at it's tidiest...
Here are some of my favourite shots-

I love my collection of woven vinyl vintage hangers.
I have never have my cutting table totally clear of clutter, yay!

All my vintage patterns are in one place, I may even make something for myself soon.
Thanks to Pilgrim for helping me fold and colour coordinate my fabric pieces. I think she had a little too much fun!
Gorgeous apple pincushion by Morgan Wills and my growing collection of Japanese craft books.
All my tools in one easy to find place away from little fingers!
Mum makes my bias binding for me, I don't have the patience.
A rainbow of buttons and threads.

I hope you enjoyed my sewing room tour, I'm happy to answer any questions you may have.
Thanks for stopping by.

x Cinti

Thursday, May 5, 2011

How to make a Toddler Sleep Sac without a pattern

Emma has been growing like a weed, her old sleeping bag is too short for her and a little fitted around the armholes. I had a few hours to spare today and thought it was time to make a nice warm one for this winter.

I will share the steps I used to make her new sleeping sac/bag without using a pattern...
I recommend this as a project for intermediate sewers and assumes some experience with inserting zips and attaching bias binding.

1. I choose to use a thrifted vintage woollen blanket which was going cheap due to several holes, some vintage cotton flannel (pre-washed) and the longest zip I could find in my sewing room. You will also need some bias binding for the neck and arm holes.
2. You will need to use the old sleeping bag as the pattern template.
3. With a washable marker roughly sketch the new sleeping bag shape using the old bag as a guide. I added about a 2 finger width on the body, made the armholes a bit deeper and longer and made the total length about 20cm longer. You can tweak the shape a little as you go.
4. Cutting the back: To get a symmetrical body fold the blanket in half and cut on your markings.
5. You can see how much larger the new back panel is compared to the old sleeping bag.
6. Cutting the front: On a fold place the folded back panel to use as your pattern but place it 1cm in, this will be your seam allowance to insert zip.
7. Cut front and then cut along centre fold to make the 2 halves of the front. Cut a V panel out of the front using the original bag as a guide.
8. Use your back and front blanket panels to cut the same pieces in the lining fabric. (It's a good idea to have the lining a little bit smaller than the outside but I'll tell you how to adjust this at the sewing stage)
9. Insert the zip using this technique but skip the top stitching stage for now.
10. Because the zip doesn't go all the way down, you will need to continue the seam down on the zipper line. Fold your lining onto itself (right sides together and seam, do the same for blanket front panel pieces)

11. Your seam should look like this
12. Now its time to sew the backs to the fronts. Blanket outer, right sides together, 1cm seam allowance, sew around from under arm to under arm, and then the top of the shoulders. Do the same with the lining but use a 1.5-2cm seam allowance. (this will make the lining sit in more comfortably)
12a. Make sure you leave the arm openings open!
13. Turn it all the right way, lining in and outer out.
14. So the zip doesn't get caught in the lining, top stitch around the zip.

15. Pin and trim any protruding lining.
16. Attach the bias binding around the neck and arm holes. I haven't found an adequate tutorial to explain this. Yell out if you want me to post one here.
So what do you think. I have saved myself around $80, the cost of a new sleeping bag, just by making my own with material from my stash. I think this one would be warmer and much nicer than any bought ones.
I am quite pleased with how it turned out, I have a fear of projects with zips so I pleasantly surprised myself.

I would love your feedback if you give this a try.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Hints for using iron-on transfer paper

This weekend I made this mini quilt (read some more here). I had another go at using iron on transfer paper after I'd almost sworn off it after this alphabet debacle.
This time the results were much better. This is what I did differently:
1. Cut very closely around the image with scissors and a blade for the fiddly bits.
2. Ditched the ironing board and used a wool blanket on a hard surface to iron on.
3. Didn't move the iron over the surface, just pressed it down for about 30-50sec.
4. Waited till the paper was almost cold before carefully peeling, not cold, almost cold.
5. Let the transfer cool down totally before handling it. (It sticks to itself if it's still warm)

So I hope that some of these tips help you in your next project. Now that I have more confidence with this product you my see it pop up in some other projects.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sew Happy...

Oh my, where did February get to? I've missed you little blog, but sadly I've had nothing noteworthy to report until now.
All sewing related activity of late has been shop related, and I've been spending every spare minute and all my energies on making My Poppet as awesome as it can be. Don't hate me.
So here is my small offering to placate you...the most amazing sewing machine cover ever, found at a thrift/charity store for only $2. The colours are invigorating and it's in mint condition, I am a happy girl.