All posts for the month January, 2015

Fabric unpaper towel roll

Published January 30, 2015 by Fi-B

I decided to make some cloth towels to use instead of using paper towels all the time. And this is how they look on my paper towel holder.


This is the tutorial I followed to make them:

I bought two fabrics from my local lincraft store. And some microfibre terry towelling from as this is a good cleaning and absorbent fabric.

I took my current paper towel size as a base so I knew it would fit on my current holder. It wasn’t square but rectangle so I had to keep that in mind when adding the snaps to join together. I made 10 so cut that many of each fabric. I then pinned together and sewed around leaving enough gap to turn inside out


I then turned out and top stitched around the edges and enclose the open section. I also sewed diagonally from each corner to the opposite to help the towel keep it’s size when washing.

I then added snaps using my snap machine and snap press from and rolled them around each other.
Things to keep in mind:
Make sure snaps are done on correct sides as it’s a rectangle and right way around so they match up and sit under each other nicely.


Now they look so good not sure if I want to use them



Personalised tissue holder

Published January 22, 2015 by Fi-B

Tonight I started working on some home made presents for my loved ones. I’ve always wanted to make something nice for my mum, but she is a very minimalist person so I wanted to make something functional.


I embroidered on her initial and a nice flower pattern. Was a bit tricky getting all the tear away stabiliser from in between the flowers so it’s not very clean looking. But I hope she likes it. Will do one for my mother in law before Mother’s Day.

This is the website I used for instructions:

Sewing/embroidery travel case

Published January 22, 2015 by Fi-B

This week I started on a new project for myself. As I travel on the train to and from work I like to do some of my craft sewing embroidery stuff on there. But as I’m working on something my scissors are sliding all over the place and I keep losing threads etc. I decided it was time to make something for holding those necessary items so I made this.

I started by getting two pieces of red felt, one for the inside and one for the outside. I ironed on some interfacing to both pieces. I embroidered my design on the front of the outside one.

I then made some pockets and connected to the inside piece. Most of them I made two pieces of felt for extra strength. The middle yellow pocket for the scissors I also ironed on interfacing to make it a bit tougher.


The section on the left I made a flap to put my needles and pins in, but it lifts up and there is another pocket underneath.

I added a snap with a snap machine and made a double felt piece to use to keep the scissors in place.


I sewed some elastic onto the inner edges of one of the main red pieces and a button onto the back of the outside felt piece


Embroidered card for a sweet 3 year old

Published January 17, 2015 by Fi-B
Birthday card for a sweet 3 year old
Birthday card for a sweet 3 year old

My project for this week has been an embroidered card. I really never thought I could create embroidery in a timely or pleasant looking manner, and thought doing any type of hand sewing/stitching was too difficult. But have lately recently changed my mind after doing a few projects featuring hand embroidery. I have mainly been embroidering on felt. But somewhere in my many pinterest posts I came across embroidery on card and thought it looked great. I thought it would be great for birthday cards, so here is my first attempt for my niece’s third birthday:

I recently found this book through, which I ordered and received very quickly. The book also comes with a CD, so you can put the images on your computer and resize etc and print out.

Embroidery book and CD

Embroidery book and CD

I also had picked up these embroidery threads from Big W to use. IMG_0788

I selected my image from the CD and inserted and resized in Word, then printed. Next I used tear-away stabiliser and traced the image I printed.