Last week I went to my local Hobbycraft for some supplies and saw a new fat quarter bundle of Mickey Mouse fabric. What fun!
I decided to have a go at making a document wallet in the lovely Mickey Mouse fabric as well as some little wallets and purses. I will definitely need to go and replenish my stock of this lovely fabric. If only they had Minnie Mouse too!
Anyway, this led me onto the idea of making a batch of wallets and credit card holders out of my fabric scraps. They will eventually make it onto my Etsy shop but are also useful little presents at craft fairs too! As you can see I’ve had a very busy week!
These little wallets are are easy to make you just need a front fabric, a lining fabric and a layer of interfacing or fleece as a sandwich layer. You can choose how big or small you want to make your wallets, from small business card holders to A4 magazine storage holders.
Its a fun quick way to use up a fabric stash and I like being creative with choosing the fabrics with matching or even contrasting linings. Plus there is the fun at the end with the snap fastener tool! Give it a few weeks and I think I may well start on some more! So go on, give it a go!
A selection of these wallets and card holders are available in my shop just click on the link above and if you fancy a certain fabric or pattern, let me know and I can customise you a lovely wallet.
After the Christmas rush I started my sewing again when my son went back to school. Having had weeks of making Christmas decorations and Santa bags I felt like making something different!
I had a look through all my Cath Kidston books for inspiration however couldn’t really find anything I fancied making. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed my ‘sew retro’ book by the author Judi Ketteler.
I love this book for it’s retro projects and also it’s history of sewing, fabric and fashion through the ages. I’ve previously made a few things from it including an apron and a popular farmers market bag! This time I discovered the ‘charming needlecase’ page and was hooked.
Apparently needlecases were very popular back in the day as needles were so expensive that women wanted to protect them and a made a case specially for them. From doing some research it turns out that the relics of bronze needlecases have been found from Viking sites! I believe the fabric needlecases really stem from the Victorian era.
Anyway, I decided on my material and gave it a go. Actually it was lovely to sew something different and there are so many combinations of front and lining fabric that you can choose from to make your needlecases stand out.
I chose a retro valentines pink fabric with a plain pink lining and pink ribbon. I loved it so much I have made quite a few more and it seems to be becoming rather an obsession!
I wonder if my needlecases will stand the test of time as plenty have from Victoriana!
Needless to say, all are available on my Etsy shop just follow the link at the top of the page!
I loved the look of this dress. It was inspired from the movie “La La Land” with Emma Stones’s gorgeous yellow dress. I had never previously followed a Sewaholic pattern and did some research before purchasing. There were lots of positive reviews and a step by step guide on the Sewaholic website which is a great thing to have if you are a bit unsure during the making up stages. http://sewaholic.net/
The pattern and instructions were easy to follow. I did a mock up first as I am fairly large chested and always generally have to alter bodice measurements to suit my frame. I am usually a size 8-10 so plumped for the size 10 to be on the safe side.
The dress is fully lined and actually the finished result looks more difficult than it really was! Although I think that next time I may not line the skirt and only line the bodice. The only alteration I had to make was ironically to take in the bodice slightly to achieve a more fitted effect! I think next time I might even downsize and opt for a size 8!
The only problem I have now is deciding on which material and pattern fabric to purchase for my next Cambie dress!
Thank you Sewaholic. I will definitely be making more of your creations in the near future!