Posts Tagged ‘sewing’

Sweet Felt Birds

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

So easy to make, these handmade felt birds add a sweet and cheerful touch to your Christmas decor.

Here is how to sew them by hand or using your machine:

1. Draw a basic bird shape on a piece of felt (I thought about posting a template but it’s so easy I didn’t want to insult anyone).

2. Put another piece of felt underneath it and cut out the body shape.

3. Cut a little triangle for the beak in a contrasting felt. Be sure to leave enough felt on the thicker end for attaching it to the body.

4. Next prepare a loop of grosgrain ribbon for the hanger.

5. Pin the beak and the ribbon loop in place between the two pieces of felt.

6. Sew around the bird leaving a 1.5″ hole at the bottom for stuffing. Beak and hanger will now be secure.

7. Use a bit of poly stuffing to fill out the shape but not too much as the felt will buckle at the seams.

8. Finish sewing the body shut.

9. Cut two little wing shapes from fabric remnants of your choice and adhere them with no-sew adhesive. Alternatively you can sew the wings on before you sew the body together. If you want to get fancy you can finish the edges of the wings with a blanket stitch and embroidery floss.

10. For the eyes I used a simple french knot embroidery stitch.

Have fun getting in the Holiday spirit!!

Best wishes,
Stephanie

And the winners are…

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

It was so fun to participate in the “Oh Sew Sweet” Moda Blog hop! I enjoyed learning more about my fellow Moda designers. But most of all, I loved reading the comments about you and your upcoming projects! Thank you all so much for sharing.

Well, it’s announcement time. Three lucky people have been randomly selected to win either a charm pack, layer cake, or jelly roll from my Gypsy Girl fabric line. The winners are (drum roll please)…

•  Sharon Hulbert – You have won yourself a “Gypsy Girl” charm pack, congrats!
• Jacque – Congratulations, you win a”Gypsy Girl” layer cake:)
• Carole Lee -You win a”Gypsy Girl” jelly roll, congratulations!

Thanks again to Moda for generously donating the prize group!!

We will be contacting the winners after the weekend by email to get mailing details etc.

To download my free quilt block, click here and go here to download the free quilt blocks by other Moda designers.

Congratulations again and happy sewing to all!!

Best Wishes,

Stephanie

 

Moda Blog Hop: September 2012

Monday, September 10th, 2012
Welcome to the “Oh Sew Sweet” Moda designer blog hop. I am excited to be in the company of so many amazing designers. Below I will tell you a bit about my home town of Vancouver BC Canada, enjoy!

I am a bona fide “Vancouverite” born and raised. As it turns out in 2012 there are not  too many of us. Vancouver is a port city and has long been considered the “Pacific Gateway” between Asia and North America. As you might guess Vancouver has grown into a truly amazing multicultural city.

Vancouver sure has grown since I was a kid. In the late sixties the population was a fairly healthy 800,000 but today we are at over 2.3 million people.

Our town fair the Pacific National Exhibition has been alive and well since 1910. I have fond memories of kiddy rides, baby piglets and corn dogs that go way back for me. You won’t catch me riding the roller coaster though. I rode it once at the age of seven and vowed never to do it again, it terrified me! Not to mention the fact it was built in 1958 and is made of wood (see above)… need I say more.

What Vancouver is often known for is it’s beauty. Now I don’t mean to sound like a travel postcard but on a sunny day it has got to be one of the prettiest places on earth! It has been voted one of the most livable cities on the planet many times. But what they don’t tell you while singing it’s praise is………………….

It rains a great deal, and when I say a great deal I mean a GREAT DEAL!!!
On average 161 days of rain per year. So, don’t forget your umbrella if you plan to visit:)

So what do I do when it’s raining? Visit my favorite restaurant of course. Along with multicultural diversity comes amazing ethnic food. Vancouver has so many fantastic eateries it’s hard to pick just one but my favorite at the moment has to be

Vij’s. Vikram Vij is the head chef and owner of this famous Vancouver haunt. They serve the best Indian cuisine I have ever tasted bar none. Pictured above are the Lamb popsicles, they are simply to die for!!!
Vij’s
1480 w 11th ave
Vancouver, BC

Now it’s time to share my sampler block. This is made from my new collection “Gypsy Girl”and is super cute! Download the instructions here.


The Gypsy Girl line is fun fresh and flirty, perfect for bringing a pop of color into your life. I am working on several projects that I am sure you will love. Please stay tuned as I will share them with you in the next couple of weeks.

It’s giveaway time!! Please leave a comment and tell me what your next 2 sewing projects will be and 3 lucky winners will be randomly selected to receive one of the goodies above. The “Gypsy Girl” charm pack, “Gypsy Girl” layer cake and “Gypsy Girl” jelly roll were generously provided by Moda.
Thanks so much for stopping by and please be sure to visit the amazing designers who I am sharing this hop day with.

Happy sewing and best wishes,
Stephanie

Also today don’t forget to visit:
For links to all of the awesome blogs please go here.

Happy Anniversary Singer!

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

I thought this was so cool! To honor their anniversary Singer has created a VERY retro sewing machine. Check out more on the history of the legendary company here.

Adorable Tank Dress in Cambay Fabric

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

I was looking around on Etsy (as I love to do) and came across the cutest little tank dress at Adelaide’s Boutique. The skirt is in Trade Winds fabric in the Cambay pattern, isn’t it adorable? Click here to check out Adelaide’s Boutique on Etsy.

 

New Fabric for Moda

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

I was very happy that my new fabric line “Gypsy Girl” was shown at Quilt Market Spring 2012 which took place last weekend in Kansas City. “Gypsy Girl” will be available in stores in the coming months. If you would like to receive notification of when the fabric will be available, sign up at the Fat Quarter Shop. Check out some of the photos from Quilt Market at the Jolly Jabber, Fat Quarter Shop’s blog.

Child’s Own Studio: Turning Children’s Art into Toys

Friday, February 10th, 2012

I just thought this was so brilliant and had to share. Wendy Tsao of Child’s Own Studio creates cute soft toys out of children’s artwork. What a great keepsake and an amazing idea! She’s from Vancouver too:) Check out more of her work here.

Fun Summer House Project

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

The wonderful Lissa from the “Moda Lissa” blogspot has created a very pretty quilt using Summer House. Check out details and how-to’s here.

Vintage Sewing Notions

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

I must admit I was bitten by the collecting bug when I was very young. There is just something about groups of pretty things that I find irresistible. Lately my passion has been vintage sewing notions. Vintage mother of pearl buttons and the charming retro graphics on old needle books are just lovely. I am working on a unique way to display my growing collection and will keep you posted:)