Small and easy projects

Here are some of the little projects I have recently completed to try and get to grips with some new techniques before trying anything too adventurous.

Pin Cushion

First up, the pin cushion. This is by far the easiest and most useful thing that I’ve made. I used a few odd scraps of material that I had left over. I created two small squares by sewing the scraps together and straight stitched the two pieces together. I used cushion filler from an old cushion and added the button for decoration.

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Envelope Cushion Cover 

I love cushion covers, the simplicity, how easy and fast they are to make but mostly how much of a difference they can make to a room. No zips required!

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 The Peg Bag.

This project was another simple one. I made this for my mum after I noticed she was using a plastic bag to store her pegs! I used a tutorial from The Sewing Directory.It gives an easy to follow, step by step guide. As you may or may not notice the ‘S’ is upside down. I was so keen to finish this quickly that my eye for detail disappeared! Hopefully it isn’t too noticeable!

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What I learnt: The effect of bias binding. This is the bit of fabric around the edge of the opening. I think that gives it such a nice touch, so simple to do yet so effective.

What I would change: I’m sure it is obvious that I would make sure that ‘S’ is the right way round. If I were to do this again, I would probably make it a little bit bigger although it can hold quite a few pegs but I think it would be a little nicer if it were a little bigger.

The Jewellery Roll

I wanted to up my game a little bit and try something a little bit harder. I bought The Sewing Book by Alison Smith which has been such a good purchase. This project is at the back of the book and gives all of the measurements and has great instructions. This required a little bit more thinking as there wasn’t a pattern but was still easy enough to follow.

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What I learnt: Piping! So pleased with the way that this turned out. I didn’t make it easy on myself as I didn’t use a piping foot but this is definitely something I will practice and try again.

What I would change: The interfacing that I used was far too thick. I used a fleece interfacing so I think it would sit a lot nicer if it were a bit lighter.

 The make-up bag/ pencil case

This is again, very simple. You can see that it isn’t the best but for a first attempt, I’m happy.

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What I learnt: Combining the lining and adding the zip was something that was new to me, it baffled me for a while but I found Flossie Teacakes post very helpful and easy to understand. It helped me to put this little bag together.

What I would change: The fabric combination isn’t the best both in colour and texture. The fabric I used for the lining is heavier than the outer fabric, looking back I have no idea why I did it that way but at least I know not to do it again.

The Sunglasses Case

I found an excellent tutorial and free pattern on Thread Riding Hood for a sunglasses case. Very quick to put together!

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Things I learnt: Adding the snap fasteners. Lining those up is a little harder than expected.

Things I would change: I think this would look a lot nicer if I added a decorative stitch around the edge.

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