PaperArtsy Making Marks With Fabric

Hi everyone!

I’m on the PaperArtsy blog tonight with a post all to do with the new Making Marks topic. I chose to do some bleaching and sewing using Tracy Scott’s stamps, and absolutely loved it.

Would love to know what you think of it!

See you soon!

Keren x

March 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm 1 comment

Japanese Bento Bag With Aldi Fat Quarters and Recycled Jeans

Hi sewing friends! I’ve got a project to share with you- what should have been an easy Bento bag that ended up being a real challenge. I was kindly sent some Aldi Fat Quarters to create with and I’ve wanted to make one of these bags for ages. Here’s what I ended up with!

So! The Aldi fabric was the best of 3 fabrics I chose in terms of its being easy to sew and lovely to cut! The designs are so lovely aren’t they!!

I started off well. It’s a simple concept; make a rectangle that’s 3 times as long as it’s high ( or wide). I chose to cut some fat quarters into 13.5” squares with the reckoning that they’d end up as 13” squares once I’d sewn them up.

I used my Rotary Cutter and used some spray starch as I ironed them ( I love Best Press for getting beautifully prepped fabric). I also trimmed out some jeans I’d bought from a charity shop, as I wanted it to look like an adults bag and I do love upcycling. I sewed the three identically sized pieces together. They SHOULD have had a 1/4” seam but to cut a long story short, I have a new-to-me sewing machine and I’ve been using it with an 1/8” seam allowance and for some daft reason I continued….Mistake no.1!

Mistake no.2 was using directional fabric..or not understanding how the bag would go together. Strictly speaking, if you have one outer section going the correct way and the opposite end section with the fabric upside down, then the bag will work out perfectly!

Mistake no.3 was to use a slightly stretchy fabric for the inside. I should have just used more Aldi FQ’s and everything would have been perfect!! Once you’ve got the front, you cut out another piece for the lining exactly the same size as the front piece. Now with right sides together and a small gap for turning, sew round, turn out, iron and sew the all around with top stitching.

The inside fabric stretched and puckered and was a general nightmare. Once finished you lay the fabric out with the right side facing up. You then fold the left bottom corner up to the top edge to create a triangle shape and a 45 degree angle and on the opposite end, fold the top right corner down towards the bottom so you have another triangle and 45 degree angle the opposite way.

Now imagine a line going diagonally bottom left to top right across the jeans fabric bit and that’s going to be the gold line as you lift the right bottom section up so the edge on the bottom is jutting up to the triangle straight line on the left side of the jeans fabric. If that all sounds ridiculously complicated, try watching this video which explains the whole process ( except I’ve done the handle differently)

Now the edges of the lining on both sides that are touching need pinning together and sewing.

Then, you just need to box the corners…And sew it all up. Lastly is the handles. I wanted to tie in the denim, so made a sewn loop of denim about 2” wide and about 9” long, pressed under the short ends and sewed this onto the pointed corners of the bag.

That is pretty much it. There was a lot of groaning and unpicking with this project. It was the fact that the denim was stretchy and so was the lining. If I’d stuck to the lovely Aldi Fat Quarters I’d have completed the project in about half the time!!

I do love the finished result and can’t wait to use it for a quick trip to the shops ( or beach…well chance would be a fine thing!!). I do love the little stitched details from the jeans, and recommend that next time you hear of the Sewing Week at Aldi you go and grab some fabric to road test it for yourself!!

See you soon!

Keren xx

March 10, 2020 at 12:52 pm 4 comments

Sewing With Leather- A Valet Tray

Hello! How are you doing? I’m going to be showing you some sewing projects over the next few days, and I’m beginning with this super easy leather make.

One of my boys saw a similar item in a local store. He said he’d quite like one but it was pricey and fake leather. I said ‘I’ll make you one!!). I knew I had some rolls of leather so with the help of my Fiskars Rotary Cutter and Ruler combo tool, I cut two squares of leather and also some thin strips for the ties.

The tool cuts through leather very easily. I was surprised how quick and simple it was.

Next I need to attach the squares together. I picked up some wet glue to make sure that when I began sewing, the squares would remain together. I left it to dry for a few hours and then began to sew.

I needed some good strong thread, and the pack of Gütermann Denim thread was perfect. I chose a slightly lighter shade than the leather and set about sewing.

Well, I tried, at least! I did put a leather needle onto my sewing machine, but I have a sewing machine that’s not really designed for anything strong or tough. Leather was too much for it. So I hand cranked the whole thing!! I did wonder why my hands and wrists were so sore the next day. I don’t recommend it – but it left me with a lovely result!

The white dots I placed at each corner as the markers for where I’d punch the holes to tie the leather through. I used my Crop-a-dile which made short work of them. All I needed to do was to tie the lengths of leather ‘ties’ I’d made together by knitting securely, and the tray magically stands up by itself! Really easy ( & apart from the hand cranking) and pretty quick too.

I have got a vintage Singer ( more about that in another post) which should handle the job, so will definitely be making more of these!

I’d love to see any links to leather projects that you’ve made; it’s such a gorgeous product to work with!

I’ll be back soon with an upcycled bag and my favourite sewing project EVER!

Keren x

March 9, 2020 at 4:10 pm 1 comment

Clearly Besotted March Release Day!

Well we did it! We got to Release Day, and what an exciting day! so many lovely sets and I’ve chosen Pawly Plushies for a tag.

I’ve used a set from a previous release called Balloon Backdrops. When you’re feeling ill, you need some bright happy images, so thought the rainbow would be perfect to add to the paw little bear (sorry…bad pun!)

I simply stamped, coloured and trimmed out a section of the rainbow. I did have trouble working out which rainbow colours to leave out and still make it look like a rainbow! Which colours would you have picked?

Usefully, the sentiment is part of the balloon so no careful lining up! Any shortcuts are good for me! Here’s the Pawly Plushies set

For the next lot of inspiration, please visit Clearly Besotted’s blog and then onto Michelle for her amazing videos!

All sets and stencils are available from 8pm GMT tonight on the Clearly Besotted store and Simon Says Stamp,

Hope you’ve enjoyed these little sneak peeks. Now you can shop the whole collection shortly! Which ones are a must have?

Keren x

March 1, 2020 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Clearly Besotted March Teasers Day 4

Hey. Welcome back to Day 4. Haven’t the sets been awesome so far. I’ve really super simple today- going back to my CAS roots. I was tempted to just put one image and call it done, but thought you’d all feel cheated.

Prickly Plushies is such a lovely set. I can see it being used for so many different cards. I was going to do a garden shed, but went for the look without it being too literal. After I’d finished, I thought it looked a little like a kitchen top!

Just simple colouring with some gel pen highlights. Easy enough for anyone to do!

As it’s so simple, there’s really not so much to say. Tomorrow is Release Day so do pop back to see another project!

For more inspiration, please visit Clearly Besotted’s blog and then visit Michelle for some wonderful eye candy!

Keren x

February 29, 2020 at 8:00 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted March Teasers Day 3

Hello lovely blog friends! Here’s Day 3 already…more loveliness from Clearly Besotted!

Anteater Antics is the name of the new set, and you’ll adore this little set of characters. Who knew that anteaters had such appeal?!

I’ve used the Picture It Jungle from last month’s release and I think it works so well with Anthony Anteater.

Once I’d coloured and cut out the images, I added it behind a blank with an aperture die cut out from it. It’s probably a bit busy for Anthony to stand in front of, but I went with it, as couldn’t be bothered to start the whole card again!! The butterflies just make it. You don’t need to trim them all out as they’re part of one image and you can simply stamp and colour in.

I wanted more butterflies and for them to be flying all over the scene so trimmed them out and added with teeny-tiny foam pads! I added some little dots of Stickles to lift the colours and highlight them. Hope you like this adorable scene!

Now to gain more inspiration using this month’s sets, please visit Clearly Besotted’s blog and then onto visit the ever lovely Michelle.

See you again for a little more using another new set

Keren x

February 28, 2020 at 8:00 am 4 comments

Clearly Besotted March Teasers Day 2

Hello! Thanks for coming back and a big hello to some of you who’ve recently started following my blog- it’s great to have you here. We’re onto Day 2 of the teasers for the Clearly Besotted March release. I’ve gone natural and a bit earthy!!!

This new set is called ‘Pick A Plushie’. As soon as I saw the set, I knew I wanted to have them planted in the ground. No hassle, simply a piece of brown cardstock with a wavy line trimmed into it (with no particular care, just let your scissors do the talking.. or should that be walking!).

Clearly Besotted design cute so well. These vegetables would make anyone want to eat veg! I stamped and coloured using Nuvo Alcohol markers. Add to the base with some adhered directly and a couple with foam pads.

I thought I’d add a few wispy roots for fun using a gold gel pen. Easy and just adds some nice detailing.

For the next lot of inspiration, please visit Clearly Besotted’s blog and then onto the lovely Michelle.

I’m back again tomorrow with loads of butterflies!

Keren x

February 27, 2020 at 8:00 am 5 comments

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