Friday, May 20, 2011

HST pillow

The couch at my house is a rather sad-looking thing. I made a pillow last year to brighten it up a little, I meant to make more - but that didn't happen.
Miss V started complaining about us only having the one pillow - and could I please make another one? So I found a Kona charm pack and some scraps and made this
I am pretty happy with how it turned out.
I used some of my FMF for the back
 - sorry about the blurry picture - 

I put it on the couch and I do like it....
Maybe I should make one more? And preferably before 2012 ;)

Saturday, May 14, 2011


Miss Vs fighter-jet
Miss V: This is for you
Little A: Oh, is that for me? Did you really make this for me?
Miss V: Yes I did. Because you are my little brother and I love you :)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day

On Mother's Day I had some sewing time - yay!
I am still working on the star quilt
I really like this pattern!

I think Miss V and her friend must have caught me at a time when I was feeling particularly guilty about not spending enough time with my kids....or maybe I had just said no too many times already that day?! Somehow, they managed to make me promise that I would sew them matching bags. So I did. These are made from KeykaLou's Curvy Clutch pattern.
I quilted their names so they can tell them apart - and because I want (and need) the practise :)
Clutch for Viola
They love their new little clutches, so it was worth the work - the girls picked the fabrics, and they are very proud of how well they did.

My kids woke me up with kisses on Mother's Day :) And some pretty awesome gifts.
I have not been very good at saving hand- and footprints as they are growing up, but they gave me this fabric
All the blue hands are Asks and the red ones are Violas :) I have no idea how I am going to use this, but I am sure I'll think of something.
They also gave me this Moomin mug - because they love bubbles
Moomin Mug 
Cute, huh?!

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day as well. Whether you are a mom, friend, aunt or something else!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Kindle Cover How-to

This is so super-fast! I made this in less than an hour, and so can you :)
What you need is one piece of focus fabric, one piece of fabric for lining and one piece of batting - I used a piece of a fleece blanket from IKEA, because that is what I had on hand.
Quick Kindle Cover
Each piece should be cut to measure 6 1/8'' by 16'' -if you have a Kindle 3G like I do.
The fabric in the photo is folded in half.

The first thing you do is to lay out all your fabric pieces. You place your focuse fabric right side up, and put your lining fabric on top of it wrong side facing  up. And then you place your batting on top of the lining fabric.
Should look like this:
Now you sew each short end with 1/4'' seam allowance.
I cut the batting close to the seam, to avoid bulk.
Do this at both ends of your fabric-pile. This is also the step where you can measure once more, to be sure your cover will have the right size at the end - just lay your Kindle on the fabric, line ot up to the first seam, fold the fabric over your Kindle, and see how much fabric is left for your second seam. I am a lazy measurer, so I need to do this....
Then you turn your fabric right side out, so you have the seams and the batting in the middle, and you lining fabric and focus fabric facing out.

Now you fold the cover in half, with the lining side facing out, and sew down each side, using 1/2'' seam allowance - like so
Quick Kindle Cover
I have cut the fabric close to the seams, maybe 1/8'', to avoid bulk.
Now you turn the cover right side out. make sure you turn the corners out as good as you can. I use a crochet hook or a knitting needle.

The you sew at 1/4'' from the side seam, on the front. This will make a french seam, and cover those fraying edges on the inside, so you don't get lint in you Kindle :)
Once you have done this on both sides, your cover is all done!!
Quick Kindle Cover
It is supposed to be a tight fit, you don't want your Kindle to slide out of the cover.
If you have questions or if you make a cover using this how-to, please let me know :)
This style will also work for your phone or an iPad. You just measure your phone/iPad and add 1/2'' seam allowance to the length and 1'' to the width (remember you need to cover both the height, front and back).
I would love to see your creations!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Spring :)

Spring seems to finally have found its way to Denmark!
We have had picnics, and not only in the living room - real outside picnics. Needless to say Miss V is excited about that :)
First picnic of the year 
It is nice to spend more time outside, without having to put on 50 layers of clothes first.
I have finished my BeeFF block for Lu - she asked for a garden, so I made her some strawberries
BeeFF for Lu 

Also...I finally cut into my Hope Valley jelly roll. I am pretty happy with how this is turning out - more pictures to follow - there are some rookie mistakes, but that's ok. It's my first time.
I hope to get this finished soon. 
Somehow I only seem to sew things that I have not planned. So far I haven't really made any progress on my list for 2011. So either I'll have a very productive fall, or I just won't get everything done :)