Monday, May 25, 2015

simple does it

Last time I went to Ikea I found the squishiest rectangular pillow form ever. And since I adore both squishy and rectangular pillows, I simply had to take it home with me :).


My plan was to make a simple, low-key pillow cover. I was going for that old time-y feel so I used mostly light colored scraps plus some of the beautiful men's shirt fabric my friend Jamie sent me a while back.


I also went with a super simple backing and very minimal quilting. And, I adhered fusible fleece to both front and back panel before quilting them.


Originally I was going to install my trusty hidden zipper closure. At the last minute, though, I decided to do an invisible zipper. And I'm so glad I did. I think it fits this pillow well and I'm pretty impressed with how invisible the zipper really is.

In case you wonder about measurements, the pillow form is 16" tall x 26" wide.
I cut 25 - 3.5" x 5.5"  rectangles and the finished pillow cover measures 15" x 25" - I always make my pillow covers slightly smaller than forms as this prevents floppy, lifeless pillows :).

Thanks for reading. Svetlana

Saturday, May 23, 2015

{how to} make wrist strap for a pouch

Hello everyone, today I'd like to share a quick little tutorial on how to make a wrist strap which can be added to pretty much any pouch you make.


To make one wrist strap and one D-ring tab you will need:
one 2" x 17" strip of quilting cotton fabric of choice
one 1/2" D-ring
one 1/2" swivel hook

1. Place 2” x 17” strip of fabric right side down on ironing board. Fold in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, press. Open the strip, press long raw edges towards middle.



2. Fold in half again and press (raw edges are hidden inside). Cut your strip into one 2” long strip and one 15” long strip.


3. Pin the open edge of the 2" strip and stitch along both long edges using 1/8" seam allowance. Pull D-ring through the strip, fold in half, stitch along the raw edge to form a loop.



4. Pull swivel hook through the long strip making sure not to twist the fabric. Open both short raw edges, align them and pin together (right sides are together).


5. Stitch along the pinned edge using 1/4" seam allowance. 



6. Press the seam open. Your wrist strap forms one continuous loop now.


7. Refold long raw edges towards the middle seam again, press. Use pins or Wonder Clips to hold layers aligned. Stitch along both long edges using 1/8" seam allowance taking the pins/clips out as you go.



8. Position your seam over swivel hook, fold the strap in half. Use pins of clips to hold strap edges aligned and stitch across the strap (going back and forth a few times) about 1/2" from swivel hook to keep it from sliding around.



9. That's it. You're all done. Now simply attach D-ring with its loop to right side of exterior panel of your pouch before sewing exterior panels together (I usually attach it about 1" from the top edge) and add wrist strap once the pouch is finished.




Hope you find this tutorial helpful. 

Enjoy your weekend everyone. Svetlana

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

let's mingle {a finished quilt}


It's been a while since I had a new quilt-y finish to share which makes writing about this half rectangle triangle quilt - Let's Mingle that much more fun.


I started this quilt months ago and I enjoyed making the blocks quite a lot (more info here), but once main blocks were done I got stuck. I wanted to add a plain border but had a hard time deciding which color to go with. It was between white, gray, and light blue. As you can see, light blue won and I went with a thick-ish border of uneven width.


I wanted to hand quilt Let's Mingle at first, but I soon realized there simply was not enough time in my day to take on a big project like that. So, I went with my trusty straight lines but decided to outline larger and smaller diamonds formed by half rectangle triangles.



Now, I absolutely love the finished quilt and I adore the way quilting looks but let me tell you, this quilting design was not really my brightest idea ever. I was using my regular Juki sewing machine and walking foot for all the quilting and there were crazy amounts of stops and turns as well as shoving the whole quilt through the machine's harp space a million times.


Let's Mingle finished at 58" x 69". It's beautifully soft and squishy, just perfect for some summer napping:).

I'm submitting Let's Mingle to Home Machine Quilted category in Blogger's Quilt Festival. Did you have a peek? There are tons of absolutely stunning quilts on display.

Have a lovely day friends. Svetlana

Monday, May 18, 2015

sew organized for the busy girl {blog hop}

Hello, welcome to my stop celebrating Heidi's gorgeous retro style book Sew Organized for the Busy Girl.


Not only is this book full of wonderful sewing projects, it also gives tons of very useful advice on how to get better organized as well as how to make the most of the sewing time we have. I love how down to earth and totally doable Heidi's advice is and I'll be definitely implementing lots of her ideas to get my sewing space in better shape :).


 As far as projects in this book go, I love how they range from pouches to pillows, to more complicated, yet not too time consuming quilts. Pictures above show two of my favorites: Brass Ring Pillow and Summer Tourist Quilt. Don't you just love that styling? So beautiful.


And since I think one can never have too many pincushions, I decided to make Heidi's Deluxe Pincushion. It's wonderfully big and I adore the addition of patchwork pocket. I used some of my favorite scraps in combination with linen and some Doe cotton to make my pincushion. Plus, I added a little bit of hand stitching for some added interest. ♥♥♥ how it turned out.

I think Sew Organized for the Busy Girl would be a great book to add to any quilter's library. I will definitely be reaching for my copy soon as I have quite a few projects from the book on my very long to do list already :). 


Hope you'll stick around and see what others have created using Heidi's book. Here's the line up:

March 30 - Lynne of Lily's Quilts (Tour Kickoff & Book Giveaway!)
April 6 -      Jodi of Tales of Cloth & Angela of Cut to Pieces
April 13 -     Lindsay of Craft Buds & Debbie of A Quilter's Table
April 20 -    Leanne of She Can Quilt
April 27 -    Fat Quarter Shop
May 4 -      Erin of Why Not Sew?
May 11 -      Jennifer of Ellison Lane Quilts
May 18 -     Svetlana of SOTAK Handmade (we are here)
May 25 -    Lucy of Charm About You
June 1 -       Maureen of Maureen Cracknell Handmade
June 8 -      Becca of Bryan House Quilts
June 15 -     Beth of Plum & June
June 22 -    Jessica of Quilty Habit
June 29 -    Caroline of Sew Can She
July 6 -       Heidi of Fabric Mutt (Tour Wrap!)

Talk to you soon. Svetlana

Saturday, May 16, 2015

blogger's spring quilt festival 2015

Hello, happy Saturday to you all!

Can you believe Blogger's Quilt Festival is already here? I must admit, it sort of crept up on me this year but I'm glad to have a chance to talk about one of my very favorite quilts once again. 


I pieced this My Way Home quilt using a combination of cotton, linen, and corduroy fabrics and I knew right from the beginning I'd be hand quilting it.


Because to me, this very simple patchwork was just a perfect canvas to showcase hundreds and hundreds of small hand stitches. I used Perle Cotton #8 for hand quilting and the final texture of the quilt is just incredible. I wish you could touch and feel how soft and drapey this quilt became.


And since this quilt was about getting out of my comfort zone and trying out some new things, I decided to forgo the usual binding and finished the quilt without it. I've seen quite a few Kantha quilts being finished this way so I thought why not?

Finished size of this quilt is 49" x 58".

http://amyscreativeside.com/bloggers-quilt-festival/

I'm submitting it to Hand Quilted category over at Amy's. Hope you're submitting some of your quilts (up to two entries are allowed) and you'll stop by to see all the amazing beauties already showcased.

Wishing you all a very lovely weekend. Svetlana

Thursday, May 14, 2015

handmade style basket

Anna's blog (noodlehead) was one of the first blogs I discovered when I started sewing and I've admired her gorgeously refined style and eye for color ever since. I made tons of bags and pouches using Anna's patterns and her free tutorials. So, of course when I heard she wrote a book I rushed to pre-order my copy and I was anxiously waiting for it to arrive.

Well, the book finally landed in my mailbox yesterday afternoon and what a treat it is. It's a beautiful, well written, gorgeously styled book full of fantastic projects. Would you think I went crazy if I told you I already sewed a basket from the book this morning? Yes, I'm definitely not wasting any time here :).


I added Annie's Soft and Stable instead double sided stabilizer to the exterior panels as I wanted my basket to be soft yet sturdy at the same time. Plus, I love the texture and the look of simple straight line quilting.


I used two different linen fabrics from my stash. I think they play quite nicely together, don't you agree? And I even cut into my long hoarded Amy Butler polka dots for the lining.


I love how this basket turned out. ♥♥♥

Seriously. Linen, dots, leather handles. So many of my favorites in one project.


And I especially love the way handles are installed. Such a genius idea.

Off I go, more projects to be made :).

Talk to you soon. Svetlana

Linking up to Finish it up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts.


Monday, May 11, 2015

fannie pouch {a new pdf pattern}

Hello, happy Monday to you all!

I'm super excited to show you my newest pdf pattern today.


Ta - da!!! Fannie Pouch!

I designed this pouch mostly with my teenage daughters in mind as I wanted them to have a safe place for their phones and some cash when they are out and about with their friends without having to carry real purses around.


The pattern, however, also includes instructions on how to add a thin detachable handle which makes for a lovely convertible pouch that can be worn both attached to belt loops of your favorite jeans or carried as a regular little purse.


Its finished size is 6.5" wide x 4" tall x 1" deep so it's a perfect size to fit your phone, some cash, sunglasses, and even a few other necessities in.


I love using hardware when making my bags and pouches as I think it adds extra polished touch to a finished product. This little pouch uses swivel hooks, D-rings, as well as heavy duty snaps for closure. I bought my swivel hooks and d-rings on Etsy here, and snaps are from Joann.


This is a beginner friendly pattern and here's the list of materials needed to make one Fannie pouch:

1 FQ fabric A (main exterior, flap lining, swivel clasp tabs, handle)
1 FE fabric B (flap exterior, pocket)
1 FE fabric C (lining)
12” x 18” fusible fleece
2 heavy duty snaps - size 24 – 5/8”
2 – 1 1/4” swivel clasps with 1/2” loop end
2 – 1/2” D-rings

What do you think? Would you like to make a Fannie pouch of your own? I'm offering this pdf pattern at an introductory price of $5.00 for the next 48 hours.

You can purchase this pattern by clicking on the button below or by going to my Etsy shop.


Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you all a super creative week. Svetlana
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