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

Le Stitch is invited to a wedding reception this Saturday but has been faced with the problem of finding an outfit for a very long time.

I did not find any suitable dress until yesterday evening when I was struck by a flash of genius-ity!! Why don't I go to H&M? And there it is on display, this little black dress:

You must be thinking that black isn't a really appropriate colour for a wedding, and you're right. So it's time to get the scissors, threads and fabrics out of the cupboard and get the imagination flying:

The applique is made up of two types of checked fabrics and two roses sewed onto the fabric (originally these were hair pins from H&M):

It's now time to ensemble the outfit by adding a small pale rose t.shirt underneath the dress, complement it with a blue cardigan, etc.

dress: GBP 14.99
hair pins: GBP 1.99
fabric: free (given by my sister)
Total: GBP 16.98

Le Stitch has just demonstrated that it is not always necessary to spend a fortune on cloths. You can create amazing, unique outfit by simply let your imagination free.
First you'll need to gather the materials and items listed in this previous post.

1. Fold the linen in half, center the pattern to embroider on one side and start stitching.

2. Iron the checked fabric to create a 1 cm hem.
3. With a sharp pair of scissors, cut a tiny hole, approximately 7 cm below the top of the bag, in the crease of the fabric. This will be used later as the first button hole.
4. Pin the ric-rac ribbon at 1 cm of the border, on the front side of the bag. Once it is stitched (either mechanically with a sewing machine or by hand), fold the ribbon in half, 1 cm perpendicularly from the top border.
5. Once the ribbon is folded, cover with the checked fabric (front to front), pin needles and sew 1 cm from the border.

6. Iron the sewed pieces in order to flatten the stitches.
7. Working on the back of the linen, which should be folded in half, join the sides with pins and start stitching the entire length. Be careful to leave at least 1 cm of open space where the second button hole will appear (again this should be 7 cm from the border). Cut the excess of linen. Topstitch the side again.

8. Fold the bottom corners at 5 cm from the tip, draw a line with a marker pen, pin the fabric, stitch on the line and cut the excess of fabric.

9. Hem the bottom of the checked fabric, then repeat the step only 2 cm higher than the first hem. It should match the height where the button holes are placed.

10. Insert the cords with a safety pin. The bread bag is ready.