Friday, 19 July 2013

Whim 5: Dumpling Pouch

Another Pouch - getting a bit obsessive now I think! This time I followed a tutorial by Michelles Patterns to make a tiny but super-cute little dumpling pouch using some fantastic Amy Butler fabric that I bought recently in a fabric sale. It was really easy - despite going straight for "the Harder One" as I only had a 12" zip. I would recommend anyone to try this project especially if you have want to use up small pieces of fabric or you want to make something quickly!

Whim 4: Tie Tutorials continued

I have completed my hybrid design and made my Dad his birthday tie. The fabric may look a little garish and old fashioned in the pictures, but actually is lovely and has in it lots of my Dads favourite colours (or at least ones he gravitates towards when choosing clothes - so I hope it will go with at least one of his shirts!)

I was following two tutorials for this (The Purl Bee and Puking Pastilles) but both had positives and negatives about their designs and tutorials so I had to mash them together to get what I wanted. I found that The Purl Bees pattern was too short and skinny (not generally what my Dad goes for) and the Puking Pastilles one didn't fit together properly when sewing the front and the middle pieces. Therefore I decided to use the Purl Bee pattern with some length and width adjustments to make it more traditional and less"skinny".  

I also decided to use the Purl Bees method of just lining the bottom parts of the tie as I found lining the whole lot made it too bulky. Having said that I used a machine to stitch them in place rather than hand sewing as this had turned out ok when making the Puking Pastilles design, and there is already a lot of hand-sewing in this project!

I also used the Puking Pastilles method when sewing my tie together - only folding over one side of the tie and overlapping it with the other side (see hastily drawn picture below!) as I found it easier. 

So, there you have it - the method I propose is a really mixed hybrid of both of these great tutorials- and it seems I am not alone. After completing my tie and looking for the links to the tutorials I have added here I found  this blog (Pins and Bobbins) which makes pretty much the same conclusion and uses the same mixed method - which gives me the feeling that we've both made the right decisions!

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Whim 4: Tie Tutorials

A bit of a fist fight here with two competing tutorials. I waned to make a tie for my dads birthday - so consulted the internet for help. These two tutorials (Father's Day Tie at the Purl Bee and 'The Best Men's Tie Pattern' at Puking Pastilles) seem to be the most popular and fully described so I've tried both of them out. I suppose the contest is a tie (pun intended) - there are positives and negatives about both patterns and tutorials so I'm going to try a hybrid for the actual birthday tie.

Whim 3: Open Wide Zippered Pouch

This morning i found this lovely multi-coloured material in the market (which I got for a bargain price due to a it having a slight tear in one of the selvedges) and of course wanted to use it immediately! At the market I also found this chunky zipper for 50p, so decided to combine the two.
As the zip was so big I couldn't trim it down to fit my standard pouch, so thought i'd try this this tutorial by noodlehead as you can use a longer zip and a pull tab (a cute extra touch).  As well as the fabric from the market I also used some denim from an old pair of jeans on the bottom of the exterior, and a green cotton fabric salvaged from an old shirt for the lining. Altogether an incredibly cheap make!

The tutorial turned out to be brilliant, very easy to follow with super clear pictures and each stage explained in detail!
I'm very pleased with the result, especially because I normally have a dilemma about whether to topstitch the top edge or not (as I haven't found a reliable enough method that doesn't mess up the corners of the zip) but here it is simple to topstich after everything is already sewn together which has eliminated that problem. I also love the lovely pull tab on the end of the zipper.  - Will definitely make again! 

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Whim 2: A pair of pouches

This is a technique I have been meaning to try out for a while - and what easier way than to make a couple of little pouches/purses/small zipped bags. The technique involves cutting the middle out of the spots on a polka dot fabric, underlying another contrasting coloured fabric (e.g. reverse applique) and sewing around the edges with embroidery thread.

Whim 1: Booglie-Wooglie Piggy

I found this adorable piggy plush on a Korean website (via Pinterest and knew I had to have one! Then, in a stroke of whimsarium luck, a student of mine had some of this pink fleece fabric left-over from a project and i persuaded her to let me have some. And ta-da: a pig was born!

Monday, 15 July 2013

About the whimsarium

I have always had a flighty and spontaneous crafting demeanour. I don't like to plan, I like to cut and sew and get stuck straight in. I hate waiting to find the perfect bit of fabric or going to get the correct piece of equipment from the shops. I want to make it NOW! 
I have tried to beat down this urge over many years - but not anymore! Here is the place for me to revel in my random crafting desires and showcase each one of my 'whims'.