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I confess to spending far too much time on Pinterest – browsing many inspiring images often sparks ideas. I love the beautiful Shibori style dying images popping up. It’s time to have a go.
My original thoughts were to use denim (you may have noticed I love denim!) using a easily available household dye for light denim, with the plan to try bleaching darker denim another time.
I started with light denim, folding, scrunching, tying then dying in denim navy Dylon dye.
Here are my experiments:
Fabric folded in in half and then pleated as if a fan. This was wrapped round with string.
Fabric folded into squares. Each corner held with a bull dog clips.
Gathering the fabric into a ball, held with rubber bands.
Fabric gathered loosely with a running stitch, then held/ties with rubber bands.
Fabric bunched up and held with rubber bands.
Once dry I played with ideas for hand embroidery to compliment the designs. Finally I made a shibori style denim heart pencil case! I really should make myself a pencil case with the with words printed on Hands Off but it would make no difference, no doubt my pens will soon be borrowed!
Shibori Denim Heart Pencil Case
You will need:
- Dyed denim, one piece measuring 9 by 5″
- Two denim pieces of fabric measuring 9 by 5″
- Two pieces of fabric for lining the pencil case measuring 9 by 5″
- A navy zip 9″
- Sharp scissors
Iron interfacing onto the wrong side of the denim pieces.
Cut out three heart shapes from your denim. I folded the denim in half so I could cut out both sides of the heart at once.
Apply bondaweb to the reverse of the denim, place wrong side of the denim on top of the shibori denim and iron in place.
Hand stitch to embellish the hearts, then machine stitch twice around the heart. This photograph shows a finished heart, a hand stitched heart and the heart as it starts.
Alternatively you can cut out three hearts, bondaweb on top of the main denim bag and embellish.
Now you have finished the decoration of the pencil case its time to sew the zip in.
Place one piece of lining right side up then place the zip long the top edge. Then place the right side down of the denim, edges aligning. Pin, then machine stitch (use a zipper foot) through the three layers.
Fold back and press. Top stitch, this stops the lining becoming caught up in the pencil case zip.
Repeat for the other side of the zip.
Unzip the zip by three quarters. Fold out so the right sides of the lining face each other, and the right sides of the bag face each other. Ensure the zip lies towards the lining.
Stitch round leaving a turning gap along the long edge of the lining.
Turn right sides out, then slip stitch the turning gap on the lining.
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I love sewing for friends and family, when it involves creativity (shortening trousers is not quite so interesting!). A recent whats app conversation with my sister – in -law led to the plan to sew her a door stop. The family live in Amsterdam, in a property they purchased in 2016. I am yet to visit (but its booked, yeah) I thought it would be fun to make the doorstop to represent their property. My Mum kindly supplied me with a photograph so the doorstop design could be a surprise.
This is the property.. not quite a super tall lovely pastel coloured property I was imagining. A little artistic license led to me omitting the balcony’s.
If you would like to make your own doorstop you will need:
Two main panels 10 by 8″
Two side panels 10 by 5 1/2″
Roof 8 by 5 1/2″
Two pieces 8 by 3″
Zip 8″ long
Handle 8 by 6″
Fabric scraps for windows and doors
Strong interfacing or Annies Soft and Stable (you will notice all my photographs do not have this, I realised at the end it was needed!)
Apply interfacing or Annies Soft and stable to sides, front and back panel’s and roof. Start by sewing the side panels to the front panel. This is to enable you to pattern match if required.
Fold the handle in half lengthways, right sides together, and press. Stitch along the length to create a tube.
Turn right sides out, press then top stitch along both long edges. Place along the middle of the roof and baste into place at each end.
Lets sew the zip in next. Turn an press 1/4 along the long edge for both pieces. Place along the zip and pin in place. Stitch to secure.
Now for the fun part – personalising your doorstop. I have worked from the photograph taking measurements to ensure the proportions of the windows and door are in roughly correct.
The door measures 2 3/4 by 2″, with the window highlight above the door measuring 3/4″ by 2″.
The large windows are 2″ square and the small windows 1 1/2″ square.
Use bondaweb to adhere the window and door pieces to the front panel. Having a pattern on the base fabric helped me keep the pieces straight when positioning.
Place ribbon to represent the door frames. I suggest using a glue stick to hold the ribbon in place allowing you to neatly top stitch to secure.
Lastly sew the doorstop together. Place right sides together, sewing in the roof, adding the back panel and then finally the base. As you sew in the base ensure the zip is partially undone so you can turn right sides out.
Fill with lentils or rice – it will take quite a few!!
My husband and I chose not to give each other gifts this year, but he surprised me and brought me this rather large collection of old keys. My kind of present..
New Years Day was rather wet and miserable, whilst I had a nap Jared and the children had great fun creating animals for the keys. I love the animals… No searching Pinterest for upcycling old key ideas for them, they just got stuck in and had fun.
My thoughts wandered to wall art – layering the keys up to create snowflakes. Along the way I did wonder whether a more abstract piece was more my style..
If you would like to make the snowflake wall art “let it snow” you will need wood to create the plack, background blue paint, keys and white spray, a printer, chalk and white paint.
Start be creating the wood base. Cut pieces of wood to create a plack measuring. I have used old wood cutting five pieces long.
Use wood glue to glue them together. Once this is dry place a piece of wood across the back as battoning. Screw into place.
Paint the wood blue – I have used Rustoleum. It is no secret I love chalk paint, it’s great that I don’t need to wait for any primer to dry! Once dry you may wish to lightly sand to reveal the grain of the wood, adding a little texture.
Spray the keys white.
I used Novasol Spray White chalk paint, as this is what I had. It covered well, and dries within fifteen minutes. However it has chipped on the keys – personally I like this effect. Spray both sides.
Next print off the words in a font you like. Using the technique often taught in school rub the back of the paper in chalk. Place the text right side up on the wood. Using a ball paint drawer round the outline of the words. When you lift the paper up the chalk has transferred to the wood to create a guide for handpainting the letters.
Paint the letters in.
Lastly drill a small hole in the wood for the center of each snowflake. Screw the keys in place with long screws.
I have to admit that I prefer my husbands and children’s key animals. We have lots of keys left, what would you make??