Friday, 31 March 2017

Free Canvas Pencil Case Tutorial

I love all patterns by Anna of Noodle Head and this one is free, a super little canvas pencil case tutorial which is a great scrap buster too

I love working with Cotton Canvas, it's such a versatile fabric and so strong, keep an eye out, I'll be getting it in the Bobbin Girl Shop soon




Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Bag Making For Beginners Part 1 - How to print off and put together a PDF Pattern

In part one of my Bag Makers for Beginners series, I would like to show you how to accurately print off and stick together a pdf pattern so that it is the correct size.

Getting your pattern the right size is essential, if you print it too small, your bag will be too small, print it to big, your pattern will be too big and the pattern pieces may not fit together as the designer intended

For the purpose of this tutorial I have chosen to use the Ethel Bag by Swoon Patterns, not only is it a free pattern, but it's also a great pattern for beginners, simple in construction, yet the finished result is a great looking bag

This is my Ethel 



















Step one
Once you have purchased your pattern and downloaded it, open it up (almost certainly using Adobe Reader).

Begin by printing the test square page.  All pattern designers include a test square to ensure that you print the pattern to the correct size.















For Ethel, the test square is 3 inches.  Find this page in the pattern and select Print and when the dialogue box comes up make sure you check the "Actual Size" option.  I also check the "Print in Grayscale (Back and White) option too because it saves on ink and prints quicker





















Once printed, check with a ruler that the box is indeed 3" x 3" in size.  If yes, then you can carry on printing the remainder of your pattern.

Step 2
Cut out your pattern pieces using the black line as a guide, make sure you are really accurate 


Step 3

Join the pieces together with tape - again be really accurate, butt up each piece and match the letters or sometimes shapes 


A lot of patterns including Ethel are designed so that you cut out your fabric on the fold


I prefer to print 2 sets of pattern pieces and tape them together so I have the whole pattern piece.  I find this is more accurate when cutting out my fabric, and it's really useful when it comes to pattern matching your fabric


Once you've taped all your pattern pieces together, you'll be ready to cut out your fabric




Tuesday, 7 March 2017

A Boxy Pouch, a free pattern and tutorial

Boxy Pouch by Sotak Handmade

This would make an ideal pencil case, make up case or even a handy storage pouch for your sewing tools
















Finished Size 7" wide x 2" tall x 3" deep




Heart Backpack, a FREE pattern

I love this Heart Backpack pattern by  Sewmuchado.com, so pretty and the pattern is FREE


Ciara Clutch PDF Pattern - FREE

A free pattern from ithinksew.com, the Ciara Clutch 



Finished Size 14" wide x 11" tall

Follow my tassel tutorial to make a tassel for your Ciara Clutch