Last Week 20180121

Published January 22, 2018 by Fi-B

Monday 20180116

Southbank Parklands, Brisbane

Tuesday 20180117

Pic 1: Ely Lane Brisbane (Corner Adelaide Street)
Pic 2: 285 Ann Street (Anzac Square) Brisbane

Wednesday 20180118

Fabric store

Thursday 20180119

Rewards from Funhouse with Andrew on holidays

Friday 20180120

Saturday 20180121

Sunday 20180122

Quotes of the Week
Andrew viewing a picture of my drawing “Apryl’s drawing is coming along nicely”
Apryl (Age 5) – “Why is my name spelt like that, why is it the name of a month – I want to change it”
Austin (Age 8) – “I sometimes tell lies – I said my Elmo had a knife and killed people with it” ??
“In the movie the two dogs got married, but they didn’t show the kiss on the lips”
Fiona – “Just give me plain chocolate – don’t take up space with other stuff” in relation to easter eggs with different fillings




Birthday calendar with lift up flaps

Published January 21, 2018 by Fi-B

My birthday calendar with lift up flaps is finally finished :). It’s Southern hemisphere style.

It all started with this Monthly Sampler Pattern that I found.  It had a image for each month that was super cute and I knew I had to have it hanging on my wall.

I used calico fabric.  I sewed the black border and month names with my embroidery machine.  Then I cut out all the fabric as per the pattern for the appliqué pictures and sewed them on using the sewing machine.  I changed some of the pictures from the pattern.  I created a kite for August – as it’s windy in my city in August.  I put in a basket with Eggs for April and some tulips for the flowers.  I’ve been enjoying this sewing illustrated technique. This was the first time I tried filling a picture with stitches – creating a satin stitch using the sewing machine (see the green leaves in the tulips below).

After sewing on all the appliqué, I had an idea – what if I turned all the months into little flaps that lift up and I could put all my close family/friends birthdays underneath.  The problem was that the pattern had the rows and columns quite close together with only .5 inch in between.  This made it difficult to turn into flaps with the small seam allowance. And it would of looked a lot nicer if I spread out the months with more room and sewed the border on later perhaps.  But I wasn’t going to start again, so I cut away.

I cut out all the months.  Sewed on another piece of calico and batting and turned inside out, ironed and stitched around the border again.

Then I lined up the months on another piece of Calico and worked out some measurements to space it out evenly and mark out where to sew some clear pockets for the birthdays to go in.

Next I sewed on some clear PVC for the little pockets, and sewed interfacing on the back. I then pinned and sewed across the top of each month onto the fabric.  Then I laid it on the background fabric, which I was also used to bind the quilt.

I ironed over the edges of the backing/binding fabric twice and sewed it on.

I printed out all the names and their birthday date I wanted for each month, and stuck them safely under the clear pockets.  Now I can always be prepared for each birthday as well as enjoying all the little illustrations on my sewing wall.


Book Mark/Gift Tag – You decide :)

Published January 19, 2018 by Fi-B

After binging on Minki Kim’s blog the last week or two, I’ve been so inspired to create her projects.  I already used some of her placemat designs in this post: Zara’s Pinic play set.

I’ve ordered her book and am waiting very impatiently for it.  I brought this pattern on her site in the mean time: Valentine’s Day tag pattern.  I did one of the simple designs using her sewing illustration technique, which creates a look I have fallen in love with.

She has the instructions here on how she made similar tags: Tag instructions (Minki Kim).

I’ve been using Calico to sew these designs as it’s cheap and I like the natural look it.  It went pretty well, until I sewed the fabric right + wrong side together.  I only realised after I had already trimmed the corners, so unpick and try again and hope the shape still come out ok.

I had brought this Fiskars tag maker with built-in eyelet setter. I never had much luck with ones you hammer in.  I think it’s designed more for paper – it had a cutter in it to do the shape of the tag and a hole punch.  But that didn’t really work for fabric.   The eyelet turned out ok, I got nervous about having to cut the hole myself through 3 layers.

Should I make more, yes, yes I should.  You could use for gift tags, but I just want some pretty things I made to hang around my sewing area.  Another great use I want to try is school bag tags, with some of Minki’s pencil designs (hopefully in her book when I receive it).


Last Week… 20180114

Published January 15, 2018 by Fi-B

Monday 20180108

Finished off Zara’s picnic play mat

Tuesday 20180109

School stationery arrived

Wednesday 20180110

Quick duck into the fabric store to see what catches my eye

Thursday 20180111

Book made from a panel for Aubrielle

Friday 20180112

Day home on school holidays with the kids

Saturday 20180113

Cooling off after stinking hot day – Water balloon cricket

Sunday 20180113

Brought back memories – Mum’s old recipe book – inspiration for future project

Panel book for Aubrielle

Published January 11, 2018 by Fi-B

My friend recently had a baby and I decided to sew her something.  It timed in well with the Boxing Day sales and I brought way to much from Spotlight so I could get free shipping.  I found this cute fabric panel to make a book.  This is the second time I have sewed something from a panel and now I’m looking forward to doing more.  I even embroidered dear little Aubrielle’s name on the back (with my embroidery machine).


I’m not good at following patterns like this.  Online tutorials are much easier.  Like this one had no instructions on the seam allowance (that I saw).  Then it had page numbers on there, but I wasn’t sure if they were just to guide putting it together or to show for the book owner.  If I was to include the numbers then I wouldn’t have any real seam allowance, so I sewed close to the edge of the print, but leave a little bit of white space.

Each set of pages gets cut out and batting sewed to it, then sewed to another page and turned inside out.  I was lazy and didn’t slip stitch the opening, but instead top stitched around the edges at a hundred miles an hour.  The cover is a bit bigger than the other pages (luckily I read this – or I’d be putting it together and wondering how I stuffed it up).  At the end you sew all the double pages down the middle.  I was worried it wouldn’t go through the machine being so thick – but it ended up ok.

Close up of the embroidered name.  I should of probably embroidered a FROM part as well.  I haven’t created a label to put on the things I make.  Another project idea 🙂


These were my favourite pages.

Zara’s Pinic play set

Published January 10, 2018 by Fi-B

I have created a pinic play set for my niece.  It’s a combination of different ideas.  This is the finished product.  Most things are removable so you can set the table.  This includes the four placemats, the four coasters, the four napkins and the centre hexagon potholder or cake plate.

The checkers come out a bit overwhelming in the photos, but I think it looked ok.  I found a good tutorial in German, but used Google translate to see in English:

Pinic rug tutorial – Google Translate

I found the embroidery designs for the tea time doodles here:

Der Stickbaer Embroidery

The quilted hexagon pot holder tutorial I followed is here:

Quilted hexagon potholder tutorial

The coaster tutorial link is below:  These were my favourite things to make.  It opened up a whole new world of ideas from Minki Kim and her sewing illustrated techniques.  I have ordered the book called Sew Illustrated because there are so many adorable projects and her illustrating is beautiful.

Sew Illustrated Coaster Free Tutorial

Minki Kim’s blog site

I used this tutorial to create the napkins:

You Tube Sew Fabric Napkins


Embroidered hand prints

Published February 23, 2015 by Fi-B

I always wanted to find a way to capture my children’s handprints, but was never very good with the paint on the hands without making a big mess.  So I decided to trace around their hands and embroider them on some felt.  This is how it ended up.  I made this for one of the children’s grand parents.  I really like how it came out, will need to do for the other grandparents and for myself.

Hand print embroidery

Hand print embroidery