Thursday, April 27, 2017

six years (plus a giveaway and discount code)


Hello, hello! Happy Thursday to you all!

Today is a special day as exactly six years ago I wrote my very first post for this blog. Crazy, isn't it? Things have changed, of course. I don't make the same things I used to (which is definitely a good thing because those first mug rugs make me laugh every time I see them :). Sewing and designing patterns has become my job instead of being a hobby, and I definitely have less time for sewing just for the sake of sewing. What haven't changed, however, is my love of making and the enjoyment I get from sharing it with you all.

So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you!!!

Thank you for coming along on this super fun creative journey with me. I couldn't do what I do without all your encouragement, support, and feedback. 


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And, to celebrate, I have a giveaway for you.


The giveaway is open worldwide and three lucky readers will win a pack of 15 screen printed charms pictured above, plus a choice of three pdf patterns from my etsy shop.

To enter, simply leave a comment below letting me know what fun project you're working on at the moment. Mr. Random and I will choose our three winners on Monday (May 1st) noon.


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And, in case you'd like to go ahead and purchase some patterns right away, I have an etsy shop discount coupon for you. Use SIXYEARS during checkout and a 40% discount will be automatically applied to your shopping cart. Discount code valid through Monday, May 1st.

Good luck and happy sewing, friends.

Svetlana





Tuesday, April 25, 2017

screen printed fabric panels shop update


Hello everyone,

I just wanted to pop in real quick and let you know I've added quite a few screen printed fabric panels as well as some charm packs to my etsy shop.




Oh, and I'm not planning on doing another shop update any time soon so in case you see something you like grab it now as once it's gone it's gone.

Wishing you all a happy and creative day.

Svetlana



Thursday, April 20, 2017

grocery bags


One of my go to projects when I feel creatively stuck and completely uninspired is making grocery bags. I know, super glamorous, right? :)  I use Grocery Bag pattern by Michelle Patterns as these bags are quick and easy to make, and I get to play with pretty fabric without thinking too much.

Lately I've had quite a few of those "stuck" days with mile long list of things I needed to do but no desire to tackle any one of them. So I raided my stash and decided it was time for yet another grocery bag making session.

Denyse Schmidt + Cotton and Steel

Charlie Harper

Curiosities by Jeni Baker

As you can see I like to work in batches when making these bags, so I went ahead and made three bags in one go. I really love the unique but super effective construction Michelle came up with as it makes for very practical and durable grocery bags.


 The handles are a bit fiddly to make, but definitely worth a bit extra effort. You can see in the photo above how I make them. Instead of cutting all four handles out, I just cut one pair of handles, pin them to second fabric, stitch and then cut the handles out. I find this to be a quicker and more precise way to make my handles.

I love how these bags turned out and now I'm ready to tackle my to do list head on :)

How about you? What do you do when you get stuck? 

Wishing you all a happy and creative day. Svetlana


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

olivia pouch in three sizes (new pdf pattern)


Hello everyone!

I'm happy to introduce my newest pouch pattern to you today :)





This pouch has been in the works for quite some time as I wanted to make sure I got all the dimensions just right and I'm excited to offer it in three very useful sizes (full size templates are included with the pattern, of course).

 Small size is perfect to keep tiny random items inside one's purse organized, medium size is just right for pencils and pens and the large one would make a wonderful toiletry bag or a dopp kit.


I used a variety of cotton and cotton/linen blend fabrics to make these pouches and I absolutely love how they turned out. I hope you will love this pouch's "tent" shape with straight side edges and wide bottom plus the little side handle as much as I do.

Finished size:
small - 6 ½” wide x 4” tall x 2” deep
medium - 8 ¼ ” wide x 3” tall x 2 ½” deep
large - 9 ½” wide x 5” tall x 3 ½” deep

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As always, this is an instant download pdf pattern available worldwide and you can purchase it by clicking on the link below or by going to my etsy shop.

I'm offering this pattern for an introductory price of $5.00 for the next 48 hours, after that the price will go up to its regular $7.00.




Thanks for reading friends, and happy sewing !!!

Svetlana


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

laptop case


I've been meaning to make a protective case for my laptop for ages now but I was totally stuck on what design and fabrics to go with, of course. And then, while browsing Pinterest the other day, I came across these simple, yet wonderfully stylish cases and I knew right away a padded giant pouch of sorts was the way to go.


I combined some of my screen printed fabric with black and white striped fabric from my stash and loosely based this case on my Purse Organizer (just made it much bigger and with less pockets).


I then added some fun bag hardware and leather accents to spiffy the case up a bit and I absolutely love the final look, especially that zipper tab. I must do things like that more often.

 

I love how this case turned out and it's a perfect fit for my laptop and the charger.


Now I'm tempted to make cases for all my electronics :)

Thanks for reading, friends. Svetlana


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

improv mini quilt



Improv piecing is without any doubt my most favorite ever way to make a quilt. So, when I wanted to make a mini quilt for my studio (I'm currently decluttering and organizing like a maniac and will show you photos of my progress soon) I knew improv piecing was the way to go.


I started with a small stack of white-ish scraps with just a few gray and navy strips added for good measure. And then I simply arranged and re-arranged them on my design wall until I was happy with the layout. It really didn't take long as this is a mini quilt, but was a super fun way to just play with fabric :)



I'm a huge fan of Carolyn Friedlander's fabulous quilting style and this mini is a direct result of all the wonderful tips and teaching Carolyn shares in her Creativebug class.


Even the back looks pretty cool, would you agree?


I think this mini fits right in on my new wall of eclectic art and miscellaneous hooks :)

Off I go, more organizing to be done.

Svetlana


Monday, April 3, 2017

sashiko pillow


I've long been admiring these absolutely stunning Atelier + S patchwork linen and sashiko tote bags . So beautiful, aren't they? I love how they are sort of rustic looking, yet pretty and stylish at the same time.

So, the other day when I found myself with a bit of spare time and no project to work on, I decided to make a pillow cover inspired by these totes. 


I thought I'd work on patchwork base first, but I really wanted to get stitching, so I decided simple square of Essex linen will do. I drew the lines using ruler and water soluble fabric pen.


I even had some sashiko thread on hand so I was able to get stitching right away. Oh, and I adhered fusible fleece to wrong side of my linen before I started stitching since I found a single layer of linen to be a bit too flimsy for my liking.

This was one of those almost instant gratification projects as I finished all the stitching while watching a movie one evening and turned it into a pillow the next day. The pillow cover finished at 18" square and has an invisible zipper closure for easy removal.

What are your go to projects when you don't have much time but still want to make something? Do tell. I'd love to know.

Happy Monday to you all!  Svetlana

Friday, March 31, 2017

block printed note cards (a quick how to}



Hello everyone!

Many of you expressed interest in reading more about my stamping and printing, so today I'd like to share a quick tutorial on how I made my block printed thank you cards (my stamp was inspired by this stamp and cards). Hope you enjoy this quick little tutorial:)


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Here are the materials I used:


carving block (I like using this one)
#2 pencil
sharpie
x-Acto knife
ink pad
rubber brayer
baren
freezer paper to draw my design on (not pictured)
scrap paper for print testing (not pictured)
heavy paper for finished cards (not pictured)


1. Draw the image/text you'd like to carve on freezer paper.

2. Once happy with your image, flip it right side down on carving block. Rub the side of your pencil along the whole picture to transfer image to your carving block. Remove the paper.

3. Use sharpie to draw along the image's lines, shade the area that doesn't need carving. Use lino cutting tool to carve around your image.

4. Use ink pad and paper to check how your stamp looks and keep carving until you're completely satisfied with the finished look.

5. Spread block printing ink on inking plate using rubber brayer.

6. Use brayer to evenly spread ink on your stamp.

7. Place your note card right side down on inked stamp. Use baren to insure there's equal pressure and even distribution of ink.

8. Carefully pull the note card off the stamp.

9. Let dry and your card is ready to be used.


Pretty fun, isn't it? I hope you do give stamp carving and printing a try. And, if you have any helpful links or questions please leave them in comments section below for all to see.

Wishing you all a happy and creative day. 

Svetlana




Tuesday, March 21, 2017

cora handbag (new pdf pattern)

Hello everyone!

I have a new bag pattern to show you today, I hope you like it as much as I do :)


This is Cora, a beautifully stylish everyday handbag.


Finished size: 12 ½” wide x 11” tall x 4” deep.

I love her classic shape and how super sturdy and roomy she is. Plus, she's not too complicated to make. And, if zippers scare you, you can totally omit the zipper closure and use magnetic snap instead. Or no closure at all. It's totally up to you.



Special features: inset zipper closure, two exterior slip pockets, inner zipper pocket, inner slip pocket.

Materials needed to make Cora:
fabric A (main exterior) – ¾ yard
fabric B (contrasting exterior bottom + straps) – ¾ yard
fabric C (lining) – ¾ yard
SF 101 interfacing (or other medium weight fusible interfacing of choice) – 3 yards
Pellon FF78F1 Flex-Foam (or byAnnie's Soft and Stable) – ¾ yard
one - 7” long metal or nylon zipper
one - 18” long metal or nylon zipper
one – zipper pull (optional)


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And, as always, I had help from some amazingly talented ladies who tested my pattern and gave feedback on how to make it better and more user friendly. Thank you, ladies. I greatly appreciate your talent and willingness to share.

Ready to see some stunning Coras? Here we go!


This beauty is made by Cindy. I'm totally in love with her combination of this striking graphic fabric and faux leather bottom and handles. 


Kerry used my very favorite fabric at the moment - Maker Maker linen for her exterior and she opted not to add zipper to her bag but used magnetic snap closure instead. Love how it turned out.


Rachel combined Carolyn Friedlander linen and Liberty of London to make her beautiful Cora. I'm so in love with this bag.


This gorgeous handbag is made by super talented Mary. Love, love, love !!!


Lacey used another Maker Maker print to make her Cora. Love these adorable cats so much :)


And how fun is this Mickey Mouse bag made by Laura? Adorable and stylish all in one package. 


Last, but definitely not least, is this pretty Cora by Michelle, ♥ ♥ ♥

I love seeing all these gorgeous versions of the same bag. Totally makes me want to drop everything and start cutting another Cora for myself :).


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You can purchase Cora pattern by going to my etsy shop or by clicking directly on the link below. And, for the next 48 hours I'm offering the pattern at an introductory price of $6.00 (after that the price will go up to its regular $8.00) special offer has expired now, thank you



Happy sewing, friends. Svetlana

 

Friday, March 17, 2017

drawstring tote bag


Hello, happy Friday to you all!

I had grand plans for this week. I was going to be productive and totally on top of my game! And then my son came down with the flu, which then turned into a pneumonia, which of course meant all my plans went out the window and my productivity dropped to almost zero :(

I did, however, do a bit of sanity saving sewing while he took a nap the other day and made myself this chunky drawstring tote bag.  


I've had this Cloud 9 barkcloth in my stash for quite some time and it felt wonderful to finally turn it into something useful. I love how sturdy this fabric is, perfect choice for a tote bag, I think :)


I wanted this to be a quick make, so I used cotton canvas for the lining (no need to use interfacing this way) and added a large slip pocket on the inside.


And, I added a leather tag to the front of the tote. I know I said it before, but I really love adding leather and rivets to my bags and pouches these days.

I love how this tote turned out, it will make a great new home for my on the go knitting project.



And then yesterday I made a patchwork version of the same tote bag. It's fun to see the same pattern interpreted in different ways, isn't it?

Thanks for stopping by friends. Wishing you all a creative and restful weekend.

Svetlana

Linking up to Finish it up Friday over at CrazyMomQuilts.



Monday, March 13, 2017

wristlet kits in shop

Happy Monday, friends!

 Any fun projects you've been working on over the weekend? I did a tiny bit of sewing but most of my time was spent watching various dinosaur movies to keep my son from thinking about his fever and how miserable it made him feel :(


I did, however, manage to put together a few of my Sotak Kits.

What do you think? This one is for a super adorable screen printed hearts wristlet.


Each kit includes all the materials needed to make a beautiful screen printed wristlet + a separate pdf file with detailed step by step instructions.


I think these would make really nice presents for either a seasoned sewist or someone who'd like to give pouch making a try for the very first time. 

You can purchase these kits at my etsy shop.

Wishing you all a lovely start to your week. Svetlana


Monday, March 6, 2017

handmade sale (march 2017)


Hello everyone!

I just wanted to pop in real quick and let you know I listed quite a few finished pouches, bags, and pillows at my etsy shop.

Here's a sampling of what's up for grabs.


All these items are one of a kind and once they're gone they are gone :)


Wishing you all a happy and productive day. 

Svetlana


Thursday, March 2, 2017

large scale star baby quilt

Hello friends,

I have a sweet little quilt to show you today.


Pretty adorable, isn't it?

I used a free pattern by super talented Amy (Diary of a Quilter) to make this cutie.


I love working with large scale blocks as they are fabulous for showing off some favorite prints. I've been hoarding that duck fabric by Lizzie House for years and I'm happy to say I'm finally letting it go and using it in my projects.


I wanted the quilt to stay nicely soft and drape-y so I quilted it using straight lines about 2" apart.

This is the second baby quilt I made using Amy's pattern (you can see the first one by clicking here) and I'm pretty sure it's not the last one as I love these little quilts to pieces :).


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QUILT STATS

finished size: 40" x 44" 
fabrics used: all from my stash
batting: Pellon Nature's Touch
 
 
Wishing you all a happy and creative day. Svetlana 



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