Auntie Sceb

Paper crafting my way to an apocalypse scrapbook with some knitting sewing and cooking thrown in.

Felt Christmas Decorations

I don’t like to think about Christmas too early or at all, but I have been getting requests for Christmas decorations so because I’m not quick at crafting sewing I gave in and started sewing!!

I drew a couple of freestyle designs and transferred them onto the felt.  I then used blanket stitch to sew around and lightly stuffed them.

Felt reindeer made by me Auntie Sceb    Felt reindeer made by me Auntie Sceb Felt robin made by me Auntie Sceb

Edited – no one pointed out my robin was missing it’s beak!!

 

Also made a gingerbread man.

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Another reindeer.

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By me Auntie Sceb

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Envelope Cushion Cover on Sewing Machine

Today I finally got around to making some cushion covers.  I had the fabric for ages.  I made two for my sister who loves her tea!

I wanted a plump looking cushion so I cut out one piece of fabric about the same size as the cushion then two halves with a bit of an overlap.  Then I ironed a hem to one edge of the two halves.

Fabric pieces  DSCF7991

Next I sewed a hem to one edge of the two halves.

Sew hem

Then I sewed the unhemmed edge to the large pieces of fabric.

Sew unhemmed edge.

Then I sewed up the sides and snipped corners.

Sew long edges Snip corners

Then I realised my overlap was too small and the cushion poked out, so I added a popper to hold the edges together and I added some buttons for decoration.

Envelope cushion made by Auntie Sceb

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Sewing Slippers Part 2

I have completed the slippers after seven hours!  Did I mention I’m an amateur sewer? I was using a John Lewis Mini which is not bad but struggled getting through several fabric layers this resulted in it jamming a few times and the stitching going askew so had to be unpicked!!

I couldn’t get my markers or fabric pen to show up on my fleece so I just pinned and cut.

Cutting out for slipper

For the uppers you may want to consider pattern placement.  I couldn’t as I didn’t have enough fabric!  I had to fit one upper into the other as with my first attempt I couldn’t fit two onto my fabric (I think it was a fat quarter).

Slipper pattern layout

Pretty Prudent says leave hole on heel of lining.  I sewed as she suggested but could not work out how to turn it right sides so I unpicked a bit of outside pulled inner through then sewed outer through a small hole in the liner.  There probabaly was an easier way but I couldn’t find it!

Pulling slipper through Slipper pulled through

I got my sister to try on the slippers and found they only just fit (she is a large UK 6) – so NO ELASTIC required!  I attempted to do a decorative top stitch but the sewing machine couldn’t handle the bulk of the fabric so I skipped that too.  So I could have handstitched them after all but then it might have took even longer (though not so hard to unpick)!  This is the Sock Stop on the base – difficult to look pretty but hopefully will prevent accidents.  What I hadn’t checked is that Sock Stop takes up to 12 hours to dry – so don’t attempt to use for a last minute gift!

Sock Stop on slipper bottoms Sock Stop close up

The finished slippers:

Finished home made slippers by Auntie Sceb

Here is my sister modelling them:

Slippers made by me Auntie Sceb

Here’s the pattern from Pretty Prudent if you missed it in Part 1 http://www.prettyprudent.com/2010/10/baby-kid/how-to-make-fabric-slippers-with-free-pattern-2/

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Sewing Slippers

I’ve been wanting to make some slippers for a long time. My sister has been looking for some ‘ ballet shoe’ type slippers but hasn’t had any luck.  As it’s her birthday I thought I would finally give it ago though I bought the materials a while back.  I will be using Pretty Prudent’s pattern and tutorial http://www.prettyprudent.com/2010/10/baby-kid/how-to-make-fabric-slippers-with-free-pattern-2/ which is for a size 9 (US) 7 (UK).  My sister is a large 6 (UK) but this pattern uses elastic so I think it should be ok.  I chose this pattern because the elastic should help with the fit and it included using an insole which will make them more sturdy and look more professional (I hope).  Instead of ‘slipper gripper’ which is a non slip fabric I’m using ‘sock stop’ which is like a paint you dab on to make non slip, this is just because it worked out cheaper at the time of purchase.  You should definately use something though as slippers can be very slippy!  The butterfly fabric is by Red Rooster ‘Kiyomi Butterflies’ and I am using some fleece I got cheaply off eBay.

Just to note I am an amateur sewer (is that even a word?) so if this goes wrong please blame me not Pretty Prudent!!

So to start I’ve checked the tutorial to make sure I have everything!!!

Equipment to make slippers   Insoles Elastic   Paper scissors and fabric scissors Pins  Needle and cotton  Pretty Prudent's slipper pattern  Sock Stop

Red Rooster Fabric Kiyomi Butterflies

So I’ve got everything ready.  I was planning to hand sew the slippers as they are fairly small but I realised the top stitched channel for the elastic will look much neater if done on a machine.

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