I bought the softest yarn in ages. And I started on a new crochet project: a new scarf. It has neutral colours in soft off-white, green and blue. The pattern is very easy, just rows and rows of double crochet. I think it is quite cool to see how such a simple pattern is still attractive in it's simplicity. The scarf is quite long, so it isn't one of my fastest projects unfortunately. Can't wait to finish this one, and start on another in light pink colours :)
One of my final projects from La Maison Victor edition 1 is the Gig dress.
I made it in a soft blue fabric. It is an easy going dress, perfect for summer. As it is quite wide I need a belt to create some kind of figure and waist in the dress.
In the instructions it states to use elastic to create the shoulder parts. Instead I wrinkled it and even even created some pleads when the shoulder parts were still too large.
What have you been working on?
When the first edition of La Maison Victor came out this was the first project I started on: the Harlequin dress
I usually like dresses that have a tight fit better than a loose fit. That's why I added an invisible zipper in the back, and darts in the front and back panel. The darts in the back are nearly invisible, but I decided to keep the darts in the front with pleads, to give an extra touch to the dress. Happy with the result!
Today I want to show you how to create a pillow cover with a zipper. There are a lot of YouTube videos out there that more or less show you how to do this (there is a good instruction as well at prudentbaby.com) but I always had the feeling that 'something' was missing. So after many attempts, and unfortunately also many mistakes, I now have the hang of it, and would like to share my experience with you. I actually find this way of working quite simple, and you can create your own pillow cover, WITH zipper, in 30 minutes or less! Advice: Before you start read the entire tutorial, so you get an idea where we are heading.
What do you need:
You need two equal parts of fabric, e.g. 32 by 52 cm. Make sure to add room to create seams on all sides later. In this case I have added 2 centimeters on all sides. This means the actual pillow case will measure 30 by 50 cm.
Next you need a normal zipper, see a picture below.
First both parts of the fabric need to be pinned together, see below.
The line on top in purple has three different parts: A - B - A.
Both parts A measures approximately 5 cm. Sew both parts A in stitch length 3. Part B forms the middle of the purple line, and needs to be sewn in a larger stitch length e.g. 4,5. (Part B needs to be opened up by a ripper after the zipper has been added. This is easier if you use a larger stitch length). Make sure to leave a small space between part A and B (see break in purple line in picture above). By having a space between part A and B it is easier to track back where part B begins and ends, and use your ripper later on. After sewing parts A, B and A via the purple line, the outer and inner side of the pillow case look like this.
The seam on the inner side is flattened by ironing it, creating the following:
Make sure to indicate on the left and right side where your part A starts, as the gap might not be clearly visible anymore due to ironing. See the small purple line in the 3rd picture above. Now the zipper will be added.
Place the zipper exactly in the middle of the seam face down on the inner side.
When pinning the zipper to the seam check regularly to see that the zip is in the middle.
After the zipper has been pinned to the seam, you can sew it using a zipperfoot.
A zipper foot looks like this. The right side will be placed against the zipper, and will follow the zipper nicely when sewing.
Start at the end of the zipper and work your way to the front (part where you can open the zipper).
When you are almost at the end of your zipper, leave the needle in the fabric and lift your zipperfoot. Now push the zip behind the zipperfoot. This might take some effort, but will always work. When the zip is past the zipfoot you can drop the foot again on the zipper/fabric.
Continue towards the end of the zipper. Turn, and continue on the other side. Make sure to make your turn beyond the start of part A, indicated earlier by a purple line (within the 5 cm range of part A).
When you meet the zip again, perform the same trick as earlier to push the zip beyond the zipfoot. Then continue along the zipper towards the end. Turn at the same point where you started and finish off.
The outer side of your fabric should now look like this.
You can use your ripper to open up part B, and your zipper is visible!
Turn the fabric inside out and pin the other three sides together. Leave the zipper open otherwise you cannot turn the fabric to the right side once sewn together. Sew all three sides together.
Cut the corners from the pillow to get really sharp corners after turning inside out. Make sure not to cut your thread, otherwise you get a hole in your work. Your pillow cover is now finished!
Tadaa there is your pillow cover!
Now you know how to make a pillow cover, you can make more!
Fabric used in this tutorial is from IKEA.
Enjoy making your own pillow covers!
This morning I tried another version of the business card holder by crafty cupboard. This time without using the fiberfill between the lining and the outside fabric. I like this version better, as it is easier to sew and not as thick as the first version.
Today we made a quick stop at IKEA. They had a new fabric collection, so off course I had to buy some :)
I just love the fabrics they have. It is a shame that most of their fabric is quite stiff, and not suitable to make dresses or skirts from. You can see some of the fabric I bought below.
A couple of weeks ago I found this fantastic blog: crafty cupboard. There are lots of great tutorials on this blog for DIY accessories and clothes. I liked this one in particular, on how to make your own business card holder, or credit card holder. The tutorial is very clear, with step by step pictures that show you how to do it.
So I started to make one for myself, with the new fabrics I bought. It starts with cutting the pieces from one or several types of fabric, with a piece of fiberfill as filling.
Then you just follow the description, sew it all together and here is the result:
It is quite simple to make; I finished this one in about half hour to an hour. The fiberfill I used is actually to thick, next time I will leave it out or use a thinner one. Enjoy making your own!
This time I decided to tell you about the place where my passion for sewing was born: the Naaicafe in Rotterdam.
The Naaicafe is located at the Hoogstraat in Rotterdam, between other creative shops such as Van Beek art supplies, and close to the market at Blaak where you can buy your cheap fabrics on Saturday ;)
The reason why I continued sewing after taking a basic sewing course is probably all thanks to the owner Caroline Vogel. She set up a great concept here, and she is full of inspiration, advice and experience. The shop is very colourful, with fabrics for sale or on display in example projects. The atmosphere is excellent which makes it also a nice stop during a shopping trip in Rotterdam, even if you are not sewing. The cafe offers several courses for beginners or more advanced sewers, or you can just stop by and use a sewing machine yourself. When you are taking a course, you also get to experience the great lunch offers from the cafe, all organic. The great food alone is sometimes for me a reason to spend the afternoon here.
This blog post turned out to be a bit more of an advertorial than a normal post ;) but from my own experience the Naaicafe is definitely worth it. Check it out next time you are in Rotterdam!
As it is so much nicer to start a new project, then finish an existing one, I started a new blankie yesterday :)
Because why would you finish 3 dresses, or 3 blankets in progress, when you can pick a new pattern & yarn and start something brand new!
The pattern is from one of my favorite crochet books 200 ripple patterns by Jan Eaton. This time I picked pattern 81 called Ocean Spray or Delicate Lace. You can see two examples from the book below.
For yarn choice I was surprised by a box full of Scheepjes yarn by lislvp. She made the effort to drive 2 hours to Hardenberg to buy wool at this wool heaven. After seeing the collection she came home with I can´t wait to make the trip to Hardenberg myself.
The colours I used are from Scheepjes Roma: 1600 (purple), 1521 (turkoois),1651 (pink) and 1515 (beige/mustard), and crocheted with 4mm hook.
To show how the blankie will slowly grow I have taken pictures per row/ strips. I think this pattern will also make a nice border if you just use one strip.
Rows 1 to 4:
Row 5 added:
New colour strip added:
Three strips are finished now, and the blanket will continue to grow in the same colour order.
This is Kookiez. My blog on creative projects I am working on. I love to crochet, sew and knit. And in the summer I also paint occasionally.