31 May 2010

Oven Toaster Cover For My Sister

image Remember this ? Made it into …….


....this for my sister.Smile
It’s an oven toaster cover. Used a box to test it out,so it didn’t fit properly but I sure hope it fits the real one !

Let me show you how I made it.

toaster cover layout

First, choose your fabric and cut out the pieces as above.
Cut out another set for the lining.
The 2cm I added is the seam allowance.

On the wrong side of the fabric, draw two lines.
Then draw a circle( I followed the diameter of my stitchery).
I position it in the center of the front panel.


I hope I’m making some sense so far!Wink


Place a white fabric, right sides together where the circle is. (Remember, the circle is drawn on the wrong side.) Pin the fabric in place and stitch the circle. I stitched 0.5cm away from the circle I drew.

Cut out the circle, following the pencil line.Cut notches.

Turn over the white fabric to the back and baste the edges.
I let the white fabric show a little.

      stitchery in window
Place the cut out frame over the stitchery and ta-da… a framed stitchery!
Remember to stitch around the the frame.
Trim the stitchery piece so as not to have too much bulk.
(Sorry, didn’t take a photo of that step.)

Using the scrap from the trimmed stitchery, I cut two flowers and placed it on the side panel pieces. Then using the water erasable fabric pen, I drew the petals and stem.

Machine appliqued the flower using satin stich.

joining toaster 
(Darn…forgot to take the photo again. I hope this picture helps.)
Before joining the panel pieces, I baste the lining to the main fabric pieces.
(If you are using thicker fabric, you may not need a lining.)
Using the picture as a guide, cut notches (0.8cm) (for easier pivoting when you reach the corner) and join the side panel to the main body.
Trim and finish the seams.(I used zig zag.)

That’s the applique flower on the side panel.
Oh yes, I finished the raw bottom edges with striped fabric.

You better like this, sis!Wink
And it better fits your toaster!

Update: Penny joined this party


27 May 2010

First BOM ..done!

Finished Diana’s first Flowers BOM. Used three colours only.

  I must say, it turned out better than I expected.Red heart

Love love the french knots I used for the center of the flowers.

I’m ready for the next BOM! Come join in the fun. Batting Eyelashes


26 May 2010

Dye and Stitch

      Each time I go to Kinokuniya, I’ll make a bee line to the Japanese Books section. I don’t read Japanese. Those books I ‘read’ don’t need me to :) There’s this book ..Dye Stitch. The book is very graphic,that’s why I don’t need to learn the language! This is what I have learnt from all the many visits there  :)

DSCN2121  First, I draw my design with a water erasable fabric marking pen (which by the way is made in Japan).

Then I used grey fabric marker pen to colour the background of my design.


Then I stitched away my design with chain stitch using 2 strands of embroidery thread ( which is  also made in Japan!).


The verdict : I’m loving this!

Looks like cutwork embroidery,eh?
The black you see is painted on. Before I got the fabric marker, I used regular marker pen to test it out.
Gotta find ‘real’ cutwork design .Wink

Penny joined this party

24 May 2010

Flowers by Quiltecke


I stumbled upon this lovely stitchery .


Diana of Germany from Quiltecke is offering free BOM…and they’re Flowers !
(You can find the BOM at the left sidebar.)

I think I’ll be stitching along.

Thanks Diana .Smile

Stay tuned to see my stitchery!

23 May 2010

There…Done..Finally !

Finally!!! After months of hibernation (no..not me! … the sweater !), finished where I left off.
In a hurry to blog about this, so have not washed and shaped it properly yet. But I think it looks good!

By the way, do you call this a sweater,cardigan or jacket? It opens in front but there are no buttons .image Maybe a sweater jacket?!

P.S  Will post better photos next time .Tongue out

20 May 2010

Tea Rose Home Link Party


This is the second time I’m at Tea Rose Home Link Party. Sachiko is hosting her eighth party. Thanks Sachiko..your party is really great !

Go check it out! Don’t forget to look out for me!!  (I’m guest no 82!)

19 May 2010

My First Award

Had a pleasant surprise today :)

I received this award from Heleni õmmeldud.
Thank you !!! I love it! It’s even in my favourite pink!

This is my first award. I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve it but I must have done something right! Thanks again Helkar.So happy that you like my blog :)

From the blogs that I’ve been visiting, I know there are rules to abide by when receiving awards. I think it goes something like this :

1. Thank the person who gave you this award.
2. Pass the award along .
3. Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award.    
4.Add links to their blogs.

Here goes :

Thank you Helkar of Heleni õmmeldud.

I’m sharing this award with
Diana, Khris, Sharon
You can always find them at the the right sidebar.

18 May 2010

This and That and…Ooops !

Have been busy busy…organizing my fabric stash, sewing notions( I didn’t know I had so many zippers!), this and that and then…..

…I remembered this….
Ooops !
Finished this long time ago. But yet to finalize it!
Isn’t the big cables… BIG ?
Those cables belong to this. All I need to do is set in the sleeves and do up the sides. That ain’t too difficult is it ?
But I have had them sitting or rather sleeping in the cupboard. It was supposed to be for my trip to Canada last year end, which did not happen :(
(That should explain why it is still in this state …)

Anyway, it’s now lying on the guest bed as a reminder for me to get it done.
(…and perhaps an excuse to go somewhere this year end !)

And now … a little peek into what I have been doing….

….till then :)

15 May 2010

Sewing For My Home


Isn’t that a gorgeous pillow? :)

Was blog hunting ( …I love to visit all those creative blogs out there and more than often, I end up reading more than sewing !)  when I came across …

It has many sewing project for your home. Looks like I will be busy!

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