Sunday, September 26, 2010
Noonies are the original idea and design of Lala Pequenos, designer, mum, and co-owner of a rainforest (indeed). They’re made out of a 100% cotton shell in an array ofcolours and patterns, and have a lining so soft you wish you could squeeze yourself in. Organic choices are also available.
Now if you’ll excuse me — I’ll have to look dreamily at this picture again. Sigh.
(Photo and instructions from Instructables.)
Friday, September 24, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
2. Cut out your fabric.
- You need to cut a piece of linen to the size you require for your bag. Mine is 16cm x 38cm. Make larger or smaller depending on the size of the gift you're giving.
- Cut your lining to the exact same size.
- You should have two rectangles like in the picture below:
- If your doily is not too open a weave, use your sewing machine to sew around the parts of the doily that might lift. This will be the edges and anywhere else in the centre. I sewed around each individual flower in this case using a straight stitch.
- Additionally, I generally then hand-sew the crochet edge of my doilies down, so that they remain open and don't curl and lift on the edges. In this case I have not, because the doily was already secure enough.
- If your doily has a very open weave, you may need to hand sew the whole piece on.
- Trim the corners and turn the fabric piece out through the hole you left at the edge.
- Push the corners out with your finger or a turning tool (like a chopstick)
- Fold each of the short ends of your fabric down towards the lining by approximately 2cm.
- Stitch close to the edge of the fabric (away from the folded edge) to create a casing.
- Do this at both ends.
- Fold the bag with exterior linen sides together and pin.
- Stitch from your casing seam at one end down the side to the base of the bag.
- Repeat this on the other side, making sure that you do not sew across the casing at the top of the bag.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Found at Penny Carnival - Go check it out.
-Two double curtain rod brackets. I bought mine for about $5 each at Lowes.
-Two, 4-foot long wooden dowels or curtain rods that fit into the brackets. Shouldn't cost more than $3 each.
Drill and drill bits
-General sewing supplies, like a sewing machine, thread and scissors
-Optional: paint, paintbrush and sandpaper (options 1 and 2) and wooden balls or other end caps for the dowels (option 3).
I made this hanging book display to help solve that problem. It’s modeled after school-grade book display cases that show the fronts of books, and hopefully will make choosing a bedtime book easier (and faster!).
-Fold the fabric lengthwise, with right sides facing, so you are working with a double thickness rectangle that is 47 inches by 21 inches.
-Using a 1/2-inch seam, sew the fabric together around one of the short sides, the long side and about half-way down the other short side.
-Turn the fabric right side out through the opening, poking out the corners with a turning tool (a pencil will do—just don’t poke all the way through).
-Sew the opening shut by folding the raw edges toward each other, then top stitching down that short end of the rectangle.
-Now you’ll need to sew casings for the dowels on the two long ends of the rectangle. Working with one side at a time, fold the long end over so it overlaps by 2 inches. Pin, then stitch all the way down the length of the fabric. Repeat on the other long side.
-It’s time to hang the hardware on the wall. Locate two studs 47 inches apart on the wall where you want to hang the book holder. (Note: my studs were four feet apart. It’s not a bad idea to find your studs before you start the project and make a book sling that aligns with your studs. Or just use those little plastic things they sell to hold screws in the wall. The bracket packages I buy come with them.)
-Using a level, mark the locations where you'll need to drill lightly with a pencil, then drill the holes for the screws.
-Screw the brackets onto the wall. Hang the fabric on the dowels, then insert the dowels into the brackets. The brackets should come with tiny screws that tighten onto the dowels, holding them in place.
-Load with books. If you screwed the hardware into studs your book holder should be able to handle a good amount of weight, but don’t go too crazy.
-Option 1: Before getting started, you could paint the ends of your dowels a color that matches the décor of the room or the fabric.
-Option 2: If you don’t like the color of the brackets, you could paint that, too, with a paint that adheres to metal. Sand the metal first so the paint has something to grab onto.
Option 3: In addition to or in place of the tiny screws that hold the dowels in place, you could cap off the ends of the dowels with a cute wooden ball or some clever object. I plan to do this but haven’t found the right thing yet.
Option 4: The brackets don’t jut out very far at all, but if you’re worried about someone bonking their head, sew slipcovers for them with a little padding inside.
Option 5: If you have enough wall space, make four or five of these and install them above one another. It could be cute to make a rainbow-like display—red patterned fabric for the top one, orange for the next, then yellow, blue, green, and purple.
Option 6: Make the sling reversible, sew a pocket on the front for holding little treasures or applique an animal shape, alphabet letter, etc. Here are some of the slings I've made since I first wrote this tutorial:
This one was made for Finn, the son of Meg from Sew Liberated:
And here are some slings I've seen on blogs after folks followed my tutorial ...
By Kunz Family:
By Little Dash:
Melanie's double book slings for her office/nursery, featured on Ohdeedoh: