Monday, June 26, 2017

scraps + improv


Lately I've been feeling incredibly overwhelmed and exhausted, finding myself with a mile long to do list and very little energy to tackle it all. So, the other day I decided to forget about all the urgent stuff and indulge in some much needed "scrap therapy" instead.


I dove into my scrap bin and improv pieced these random blocks.


I knew I didn't want to commit to any large project, so I simply turned some of them into coasters.


And then I made more coasters, of course :)  These were super fun to make and I greatly enjoyed adding little hand stitched details to each.


And, after spotting Chase's adorable scrap pouch I decided I needed to make one, too.


I love how it turned out and I can't wait to do some more scrappy sewing soon.

How about you? Do you enjoy sewing with scraps? Or do you prefer using your stash?

Wishing you all a lovely and creative day. Svetlana


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

pattern sale (30% off discount code)

 
Hello everyone!
 
Let's celebrate the beginning of summer with a little sale, shall we?

Use code SUMMER30 during checkout to get a 30% discount on all sewing patterns at my etsy shop.
 
(discount code valid through Friday, June 23rd) 


Happy sewing! Svetlana


Thursday, June 15, 2017

sawtooth star quit (all finished)



I finished my Sawtooth Star quilt and I'm completely in love :)


This quilt is special to me not just because sawthooth star block is one of my most favorite quilting blocks ever, but also because I screen printed the fabrics I used and it feels amazing to see them turned into a quilt.


I used a mixture of Kona and Cirrus solids for my blocks. Each block measured 12.5" unfinished, sashing was cut at 2.5" wide. (click here to read more on how I make my blocks)


When it came to quilting, I wanted just a simple design so the stitching wouldn't compete with the blocks. I think this grid quilting does the work very nicely.

And the stripes for the binding, of course. I don't think I will ever tire of adding striped binding to my quilts.


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QUILT STATS

finished size: 40" x 54" 
fabrics used: Kona + Cirrus solids, screen printed fabrics (can be purchased here)


Wishing you all a happy and creative day. Svetlana

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


Monday, June 12, 2017

my new beach bag


Summer has arrived in full force. It's hot and muggy and the kids are on their summer break, so we try to make the best of it and go swimming as often as we can. Which of course means I needed a new beach bag :).

I've gone back and forth on quite a few designs but in the end I decided to make myself a Market Bag from one of my most favorite sewing books Handmade Style by Anna Graham.



This bag is fabulously roomy (it fits at least three beach towels easily) and way more stylish than most beach bags one can buy at the store, I think ;)


I used yarn dyed Essex Linen in black for main body and a mix of my own screen printed fabric as well as some adorable prints I bought from Krista (spotted stones) for patchwork bands.



I went with olive green canvas for lining. It's wonderfully sturdy and there was no need to add interfacing which is always nice. 

I followed directions in the book to make one zipper pocket and then I added an extra zipper and slip pockets to the other lining as well as a snap hook for my keys to make this fabulously large bag more functional.


I love how it turned out and I'm quite sure this bag will get used a lot over the next few months. Yay for stylish and useful projects !!!

Happy summer to you all! Svetlana


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sylvie and Devon


Hello friends!

How are things? Are you enjoying some lovely summer weather these days? My kids have been out of school for over two weeks and we're now in full summer mode. It's fun being able to spend more time with the kids and take things easy, but it also means a lot less sewing time for me. 

So far though I've been pretty successful in squeezing a few quick projects here and there (you know, to keep my sanity intact) and it seems to do the trick :).



 I made this Sylvie Tote as a gift for my mother in law and I absolutely adore the combination of this long hoarded cotton print by Jeni Baker for AGF and yarn dyed Essex linen. 

I made an 'everyday size' and went with slightly shorter handles than the pattern calls for as my MIL prefers her totes this way. And, I added rivets and magnetic snap closure to make it a sturdy and functional tote. I hope it will be loved and used a lot.


And then I made myself a new Devon Pouch. I think this is the fifth or sixth Devon I made in the last few weeks and I still didn't get tired of making them. That's definitely a good sign :)

How about you? What have you been working on lately?

Svetlana



Tuesday, May 30, 2017

devon pouch (new pdf pattern)


Hello everyone!

I'm super, super excited to show off my newest pouch pattern today, yay!


This is Devon Pouch.

A double zipper, super handy pouch that comes in two sizes. Large one would make a fabulous pencil or make up pouch, and the small one is a perfect coin pouch.


Small size actually fits my Iphone SE (it's on a smaller side, so if you have any of the larger phones and want it to fit into your pouch then go with large size).

Finished size:
small – 6 ½” wide x 3 ¾” tall
large - 7 ¼” wide x 5” tall x 1 ½” deep

Difficulty level: intermediate

!!! This is a measure and cut pattern, no templates needed !!!

Materials needed to make your very own Devon Pouch:
1 FQ (fat quarter) of fabric measures 18'” x 21”
fabric A (pouch exterior) – 1 FQ
fabric B (pouch lining + zipper pocket lining) – 1 FQ
SF 101 interfacing (or similar medium weight fusible interfacing) – 1/2 yard
large size needs an 8” and 6" long metal or nylon zippers
small size needs a 6” and 4" long metal or nylon zippers
(I buy all my zippers from Zipit Zippers on Etsy)
optional – two zipper pulls (I used a 6” and an 8” long 1/8” wide leather lace)

Supplies:
cutting mat, ruler, and rotary cutter
zipper foot for your sewing machine
Wonder clips and/or pins
disappearing fabric marker or fine chalk pen
small sharp fabric scissors


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As usual, I enlisted help of some lovely makers to test the pattern for me. Here are their beautiful creations.

Tami

Jenny

Dana

Annette

Melanie

Thank you so very much, ladies. You did a fabulous job.

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I hope you guys like this pattern and will love making (and using) your own Devon Pouches.

You can purchase Devon Pouch pdf instant download pattern by clicking on the button below or by visiting my etsy shop here. And, for the next 48 hours, I'm offering this pattern at a discounted price of $6.00, after that it will be $8.00.



Happy sewing!!  Svetlana

 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

new fabric panels in shop



Hello lovelies, 

I just wanted to pop in real quick and let you know added quite a few new screen printed fabric panels to my etsy shop.

Enjoy :).  Svetlana


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