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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.

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This is the tutorial I followed to make them:
http://craftygemini.com/2013/01/fabric-paper-towel-roll-diy-tutorial.html

I bought two fabrics from my local lincraft store. And some microfibre terry towelling from http://www.gbau.com.au 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

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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 http://www.snapsautralia.com 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.

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

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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.

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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:

http://thecraftymummy.com/2012/08/felt-tissue-holder/

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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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 booktopia.com, 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.