Showing posts with label tutorial. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tutorial. Show all posts

A few months back I bought from the online UK shop tshirtyarnshop two large rolls of tshirt yarns of 800g each from the UK brand, Jolly Good Yarn:

I tend not to go for the original Hoooked Zpagetti as the colours do not speak to me, and I find the price slightly too expensive than other, more local, brands.

Anyway, As I started making my own rug, I quickly noticed that 2 rolls wouldn't be enough. I was lucky that, over the last 6 months, I have been accumulating 8 tshirts that we no longer wanted/needed (aka that no longer fitted due to shrinkage in the wash .... and absolutely not due to ballooning of the waistline, yeah right!!)

NOTE: You can also reclaim non-stretchy cotton fabric. This will add texture to your finish project.

I have found some easy and quick tutorials online, here is a short list to name a few:
Crafty blog (shows that you can use other fabric than tshirts)
makery website (photos are self explanatory)
Simply crochet mag

Then on to the rug pattern, which is rather basic (UK terms / back & forth / always draw the yarn through the back loop of the stitches):
A) chain 90 (or as many chains to reach the length desired), turn
B) leave 2 chains out, then double crochet (dc) in the 88 chains, turn
C) chain 1 (do not include it in your stitches), 88 dc, turn
--> repeat C) until you reach the width of your preference.

It's still a WIP as I'd like to increase the width by at least 5 more rows, but I quite like the result, not to mention the feeling under the toes is soooo sooooft.
Ebooks are amazing (sorry if I sound biased here... of course I am, after all I work in the publishing industry).

You can carry your ebook reader everywhere without feeling the weight of your entire library in your hand-bag. It is very practical, but it is also a fragile device that needs looking after. So to avoid any damages done to it, Le Stitch has come up with her personalised Kindle case. Easy to make in a couple of hours; crochet stitches are quite basic.

The yarn used in this project is Soir de Paris in DK superfine sustainable new merino, available in the shop here.

Kindle case

The case is made up of one long piece of crocheted fabric that is sewn on the side to create the pouch shape. Note the pattern is given using UK crochet terms: 2 trebles stitches (tr), 2 bobbles, 3 tr, 2 bobbles, 3 tr, 2 bobbles, 2 tr. Adapt the number of stitches number to fit the size of your ebook reader.
trebles and bobbles stitches to hook an ebook reader case

The closing flap does not require any locking system as its length, plus the weight of the yarn, made it easy to close by itself.
I have two easy principles that I always follow:
  • If the work you have done required hours and hours of work that turned into months, I would highly recommend that you send your work to be washed by professionals. A quick run to the local laundry shop will save you time and worry.
  • If the work only took a few hours of your time, you could probably wash it yourself by following this quick tutorial:

1) fabric; 2) textile marker; 3) ruler; 4) rigid transparent PVC cover (purchased at the stationery); 5) textile glue; 6) bias binding; 7) sewing machine (optional - the cardholder can be sown by hand).


1) Choose your fabric and iron it so that it lies flat.

2) Cut two rectangular pieces with the following dimensions:
* Outer face: 10 cm x 23 cm
* Inner face: 8 cm x 21 cm
Lay the front of the inner face on the revert side of the outer face. Centre. Glue (just a few dots of glue to hold the fabrics in place).

3) Cut the corners. If necessary, recut the flaps to make sure they are 1-cm wide.

4) Fold the flaps using a hot iron: first the flaps on the length, then the width. If necessary, add a few dots of glue to hold the flaps in place.

5) Cut a plastic rectangle of 9.5 cm x 7.5 cm.

6) Cut 4 strips of bias bending: 2 strips of 9.5 cm; 2 strips of 7.5 cm + 2 cm (that is extra for the flaps). Fold each strip in half on the length using an iron. Add a few dots of glue to hold the strips in place.

7) When the glue is dry, sew around the strips.

8) As for the fabric pocket, cut a rectangle of tissue: 10 cm x 11 cm. Cut the corners. Fold the flaps using a hot iron: first the flaps on the length, then the width. If necessary, add a few dots of glue to hold the flaps in place.

9) Find the centre of the cardholder and mark it with a pin. Sew the two pockets on the inner face of the cardholder (tip: sew continuously around the cardholder).

10) finished cardholder.

Le Stitch is fully aware that today's post's got nothing to do with stitching as such. Or perhaps it has... Well for a start I've manipulated a thread, and second it's like stitching beads on a canvas. So yes, today I'm here to show you my latest creation: seed-beaded bracelet. 


Here are the tips:
- to learn how to set up the loom, I've watched this video on Youtube
- to learn how to finish the extremities, see Beadedheron blog
- to make the beaded loop at the end, see Hopefulhoney blog

I mention 'dummies' in the heading simply because Le Stitch has never really made proper use of her sewing machine before this weekend and hemming trousers (my trousers) was quite a daunting but still very rewarding experience. 

Now I've done it, I can already see how to improve it next time (maybe in another tutorial as I'm short-legged and trousers these days are made for skinny giants). I might use a different stitch or adopt a different folding technique of the fabrics. But as a first time ever, I'm pretty pleased with myself. I let you appreciate in pictures.

Your accessories (you can stitch by hand if you don't have a sewing machine)

Fold the pair of trousers flat and put the hem in place to see if the hem is straight on both legs

Calculate how much you need to take out (here in cm): my trousers were 33' when bought. I'm averagely short :)

From the length you need to take out, measure 2 cm down - this will be left hidden inside the legs

Add 2 cm up the hem

Draw your lines - here in chalk, which isn't ideal as the lines are quite fatty

Cross yourself and start cutting the fabric!

Cut from the lower line too

That's it - done! There is no way back. That's 7 cm down

The line you see is the hem line - simply fold the lower 2 cm inside the leg 

Like that

Secure with sewing needles

Secure everywhere. You don't want the hem to be loose when sewing. Your hem would then go wonky 

Obviously do this on both legs 

Turn your trousers upside down gently no to get yourself hurt with the needles

And iron the hem to flatten the fabric

Let's sew up! I've used a normal straight stitch. Nothing too fancy for a first time 

Here's the end result - outside facing

And from the inside

Self-covered button kits can be easily found in haberdasheries, craft shops or simply on the Internet. 

In this tutorial, Le Stitch is going to show you how to make your very own fabric buttons in less than 30 seconds per button, using a kit with a plastic base.

1) Cut the fabric in a circle shape following the dimension given on the package. Here the circle is 18 mm in diameter.

2) Sew a simple, rough stitch all around the circle. Make sure to leave some loose thread at the beginning and at the end of your sewing.

3) Place the button dome in the center of the circle, on the wrong side of the fabric, then pull the two loose thread ends. This will tighten the fabric around the button base. Roll the remainder of the thread around the base

4) Place the plastic flat 'bit' on top of the fabric.

5) To push it inside the button dome, use a solid object - here I've used a bobbin thread.

Then push as hard as you can - no kidding but this is the toughest part of the making.

6) Here's your button!!!!!