Sunday, October 30, 2011

My lovely horses!

I love horses! Maybe because, I associate them with loyalty... They're just so beautiful and intelligent creatures! This work was done about 2 years ago and now it is hanging on my wall, every time I see them, evrytime I have my positive energy! I took this pattern from one of the "Cross-stitch" magazine, but colors were chosen by me, as the colors that were given in the chart didn't match with the ones, that I could find. I just loved the result!

My "Purple joy"

Recently I finally finished my crocheted bag and now I am enjoying it :) I didn't have any pattern, so all the work is done just "as I go". The inner lining is sewn out of purple colored cotton fabric and attached at the very end of the process. Sorry for such a horrible photos, all the work is done in the evenings in front of TV, and my camera doesn't work well in dark:( Definitely have to change my camera or I will end up with nervousness:)
First I crocheted some flowers and placed them in this order:

Then I just joined them with needle crochet and attached some crystal beads in the center of some flowers.

As I mentioned, I sew lining out of cotton fabric and attached those two pieces (crochet and cotton) together. Here I had some problems with the edges, first I wanted to crochet more flowers and attach them, but as a big lazy person, I decided just to sew up the edges:)

At the very end, I sew up zipper and attached holding strips. Then I decided to attach a small string of crystal beads to the front of my bag:)

Voila!!! My new bag is ready to enjoy! Back:


Closer look:

What do you think about my bag?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

My new warm and cozy quilt!

I have been reading and learning about this technique a lot and at last, wanted to try it myself. I loved the process and a result! Two sided quilt, which is soft, warm and so nice to touch! I used flannel fabric, to make it cozier, but any kind of fabric will go well for this pattern.
For this quilt, I made easy pinwheels out of two different fabrics and for the back, used just one color. I am so thankful for "Missouri quilt company" for it's wonderful tutorials! I learned a lot from them!!! This easy pinwheels are also one of theirs great ideas, it's so simple and fast, that any beginner can sew this quilt just in one day!
So, here what I've done: I cut out same sized squares from all of the fabric.To make half triangle squares, I put different patterned squares one on top of another and sew all of the edges together. Then I just cut them up like this:

Now open up all pieces and you will see your ready halved squares!

Press all of the squares and cut out that extra edges at the corners. Arrange them like pinwheels. Now put one colored (third fabric) squares under each piece and begin to sew them up. Be careful for the corners, as they mustn't be sewed. I just pull up my "foot" at each corner and continued sewing.
So, after you done with binding all pieces, your quilt must look like this:

Now, begins the most irritating step-cutting out the edges! I earned 2-3 corns cutting out them! Usually quilter use the special scissors for that purpose, but I didn't have one, so I did it with my ordinary but sharp pair of scissors.

At the end, just nicely brush out that cut edges with a hard comb or brush or just wash the quilt and your cozy quilt for cold winter days is ready! Yey!!!

Ooopsy, guys, I realized that I didn't take a photo of the back of quilt just now! Gotta shoot one and will put it here later:)
Did you like my quilt?

Monday, October 3, 2011

New back pack for my little one!

Recently I finished my new back pack with cross stitched Winnie the Pooh and a piglet:) My daughter loves them! I had left over fabric out of my husbands shirt, so I decided not to waste it:) I sew up the stitched piece to the other pieces of main fabric, made a "sandwich" out of polyester and just run over with my sewing machine, to make it soft and comfy. For the back, first I made outside pocket. This is how:
First I sew a piece of fabric on to the right side of the fabric, cut it in the middle, corners have to be cut in triangle shape:

Now fold it to the wrong side of fabric and attach the zip:

Cut out two pieces of fabric for the pockets, put one on top of another and sew them together:

Back pocket is ready!
Now, I made a "sandwich" and run around, making the same thing as with front piece. Here, I made a mistake, if you will sew this back pack, first of all make a "sandwich" and then make a pocket, otherwise, you have to leave a space, to "save" the pocket:) But it's o.k
Now, I attached heavy duty zip to the side strip:

Attached the front piece:

Then the back, sewing holding strips all along with it:

Now sew the lining piece in the same manner (just sew inner pockets)and "wear" it on top of the wrong side of the back pack:

Sew along the zip, attaching two pieces together and voila! Your cute back pack is ready!!!

It turned out to be a little bigger back pack for my cuty, but she loved it!