A Piece of Cake Book Tour

I have known Peta from She Quilts a Lot for a few years now, and when she told me she was writing a book, I was thrilled for her. So I am very happy to be taking part in the blog tour to help celebrate the release!

A Piece of Cake – Sweet & Simple Quilts from Layer Cake Squares is Peta’s debut book, and I’m sure it will be the first of many. The book has 14 new patterns, including quilts, mini quilts, cushions, and table runners, and all of them can be made with layer cake (10”) squares.

The release coincided nicely with my Mum asking for a new quilt in aqua/turquoise, and I knew I wanted to make something from the book for her. I have to admit, I skipped past this quilt when I first glanced at it, as the fabrics aren’t really me, and I thought it looked a bit…’traditional’ (*ducks*). But then I realised that it is just HSTs (half square triangles), and I knew it was perfect.

This is Delight, and I am absolutely, well, delighted with it. Peta’s patterns are always well written, with excellent directions and diagrams to walk you through construction, and the book is no exception.

I didn’t actually use a layer cake for this one, I just cut 10” squares from the aqua shelf of my stash, and tried to make sure I had enough contrast for the pattern to really pop.

The quilt came together beautifully, and because Peta has written the pressing directions so that every seam nests, it’s the flattest and squarest quilt I’ve ever made, and (almost) all of my points match. (I can’t stress it enough – when a pattern designer tells you which direction to press things, it’s for a reason, and it took time to figure out what works best for the pattern, so I highly recommend following their instructions!)

I’ve backed it with a flannel sheet (my current favourite thing for quilt backing), and quilted it simply to keep it nice and soft.

Side note – Peta ever so politely suggested that my photos are….less than excellent (she is right), and kindly offered (*cough* insisted) to come and take some for me, which is why these are much better than usual!

The book has plenty of projects to suit all skill levels, is beautifully presented, and I will definitely be making more from it. In fact, I have two more Delight quilts in progress!

To see more projects from the book, check out the #apieceofcakebook tag on Instagram, and visit the quilters below to see their projects on the blog tour!

14 Aug Sedef – Down Grapevine Lane

15 Aug Jemima – Tied with a Ribbon

16 Aug Samantha – Aqua Paisley Studio

17 Aug Andy – A Bright Corner

18 Aug Kirsty – Bonjour Quilts

19 Aug Lisa – A Spoonful of Sugar Designs

20 Aug Alison – Cotton Factory

21 Aug Carrie – Moda Fabrics

22 Aug Nadra – Ellis and Higgs

23 Aug Angie – Gnome Angel

24 Aug Tara – Tara Sews (That’s me!)

25 Aug Jules – The Creative Retreat

26 Aug Kristyne – Pretty by Hand

27 Aug Kimberly – Fat Quarter Shop

28 Aug Lissa – Moda Lissa

29 Aug Amy – Diary of a Quilter

30 Aug Kerry – Kid Giddy & Cat – Hello from Cat on Instagram

31 Aug Jane – Modern Makers Retreat

1 Sept Kate – Never Enough Hours

2 Sept Jodie – Vintage Ric Rac

3 Sept Sharon – Patches Indooroopilly (in store & online!)

4 Sept Amanda – Material Girl Quilts

5 Sept Amber – A Little Bit Biased

6 Sept Xanthe – Wife Made

7 Sept Rachel – Family Ever After

8 Sept Jenny – Martingale

9 Sept Amy – Nana Company

10 Sept Peta – She Quilts A Lot

 

Tara (and Cat’s) no-faff odd-angle foundation paper piecing tutorial

Hi all!

I wanted to show you all a quick and easy way to deal with those weird odd angles that you sometimes get when you’re foundation paper piecing (hereafter referred to as just paper piecing, but not to be confused with English paper piecing).

There are lots of tutorials out there, and this is not necessarily the right way to do it, but it works for me (and after telling Cat my revolutionary discovery, it turns out she does it this way as well, so I’m sure we’re not the only ones!)

This is not a tutorial for paper piecing, there are lots out there that explain it far better than I ever could. Craftsy has a good one, but it was the one from Juliet at Tartan Kiwi that made everything click for me.

This is just the way I deal with those funny angles that you don’t want to cut a huge piece for, or for when you want a section fussy cut a certain way. You don’t need to worry about lining up folds, or trimming seam allowances first, or even making freezer paper templates.

(Note, when I talk about right and wrong sides, I’m taking the side of paper that has the lines printed on it as the right side, and the blank side as the wrong side.)

I’ve sewn the first two pieces (G1 & G2), and piece G3 is a much bigger piece, kind of an odd shape, with a shortish but sharp angle. All you need to do to make sure you get it in exactly the right spot is line it up on the wrong side of the paper, with the wrong side of the fabric towards the wrong side of the paper, and then on the right (printed) side of the paper, pin exactly on the line that you are going to sew on.

 

 

 

 

Then flip your piece over, and fold the fabric back over itself, using the pins on the sewing line as the fold line, and pin it to another part of the paper (making sure not to catch the seam allowance, as you need to unfold this next).

Once you’ve done this, take the pins out of the sewing line, unfold the fabric, and because you’ve pinned it place it will be in exactly the right spot for sewing, without needing to line up the fold, as the fabric hasn’t moved.

Then flip over, sew along the line, and trim the seam allowance as usual.

I actually end up using this method for most of my paper piecing now, it saves a lot of waste, and it’s great for lining things up perfectly. And I think, based on the photo below, you could even use this technique to pattern match (I didn’t but I reckon I could have lined up those little constellations and it would be bang on.) Let me know if you try it!

I hope that was useful, and that I’ve explained it adequately! If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments.

Pixelated circles, and a brush with disaster

Hi all! No, I didn’t fall off the face off the earth. I just haven’t really sewn for ages, my sewjo* totally up and left the building, and I have made hardly anything this year. But it’s funny how fast the desire to make comes back when someone wants to pay you!

So, this is officially my first paid commission quilt (woohoo!) for a lovely friend from work.

Rainbow pixelated circles quilt

The quilt is a slightly upsized, rainbow version of the Jessee at Art School Dropout’s pixelated circles pattern. I got to test this for Jessee last year (see mine below), and I love this pattern, it’s quite simple, but incredibly effective, and those big curves are nice and easy to sew.

And while this quilt turned out awesome, and I love the finished result, it wasn’t without its problems. Skip to the end if you want to know what happened and how I fixed it.

I decided, with some help from Instagram, to quilt it with a big off centre spiral, and that’s when the problems started.

First off all, the guide bar on my walking foot broke, so I decided to use my trusty blue water soluble pen to mark dots every inch or so, as a guide for the spiral. This worked well, so once the quilt was bound it was covered in little blue dots. No worries, all they need is a squirt of water, and they disappear, so why not throw it in the washing machine, that’s basically one big squirt of water, right? I was a bit worried about some of those colours running, especially the reds, as I’m not entirely sure where some of them came from, so I added a couple of colour catchers.

Wash finished, I took the quilt out, and was relieved to see that there was no colour run. I hung it up and noticed it was covered in brown dots. I FREAKED out. It was already paid for! I realised they were from the blue pen, that were supposed to have washed out.

Holy &#%@!!!

Google told me that a soak in white vinegar would remove them, so I filled up the bath, dumped in two bottles of vinegar, and waited with bated breath, while calculating how quickly I could re-make it if I didn’t sleep that night.

Luckily, they all came out. However, this time some colour had run during the soak (those pesky reds!) I was too scared to mess with it too much more, so put it in the wash for a rinse and hoped Bronwyn would be ok with it! (She was. She’s lovely).

Anyway (god Tara get to the point already), this led me to do some testing with the blue pen. I have used these for years and never had a problem. Some of the posts I’d read in my research suggested that it might have set in the sun, others suggested it could be a reaction with the laundry powder which caused it to stain. So I grabbed some scraps of white fabric, wrote on them all, and did the following:

1. Sprayed straight away with water
2. Left in sun for 6 hours, sprayed with water
3. Set with hot iron for a few minutes, sprayed with water
4. Washed in machine with laundry powder
5. Left in sun for 6 hours, washed in machine with laundry powder
6. Set with hot iron for a few minutes, washed in machine with laundry powder

The pen on first three, that were sprayed with water, came out fine, even having been set in the sun and with the iron. When removing the pen, don’t soak the fabric, as this can cause the pen to run, (as you can see below) and then you need to wait for it to try and remove it again. I saw a good tip to use a paintbrush dipped in water to brush them away.

The second three ALL stained, after being washed with laundry powder.

Terrible picture, but you get the gist

So my expert highly technical science experiment leads me to the conclusion that it is in fact the detergent that it somehow reacts with pen and causes it to stain. However, I soaked them all in white vinegar and water for an hour and they all came up clean. And I then washed them all with laundry powder, and again, all clean.

So, the moral of the story (or if you skipped to the end cos you couldn’t be arsed with my waffle) – DON’T TRY AND WASH OUT A WATER SOLUBLE PEN USING LAUNDRY DETERGENT! Ahem. And if you do, a soak with white vinegar will bring it up good as new.

Hope that was useful, back to my second commission quilt!

 

*like mojo, but for sewing

The Rebel Quilt

Hi all, hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Today I can finally show you my latest quilt finish, since it has been received for xmas: the gorgeous Rebel Quilt by Libs Elliott.

This quilt has been on my to-make list for ages. It measures 90” square (the pattern makes a 72” square but of course I can’t help myself and had to make it bigger to hopefully fit a king bed).

It looks tricky, but it is made up of only 5 simple blocks, you just have to stay organised!

It’s helpful to label each block with the position it’s supposed to be in as you go

Since it was for my sister and her partner, neither of who are into bright pretty colours, I’ve used a colour palette with lots of greys and a few colours thrown in to break it up and keep neutral.

This thing is massive. And since I don’t have the floor space at home, I had to take it to work and use the boardroom table for basting (which worked a treat!)

The quilting is fairly simple, which I love as it gives the quilt such a nice drape (and it was so big, and 35 degrees the day I quilted it, I didn’t want to spend too much time under it!)


The fabric is all Kona cotton – Nightfall, Wine, Hibiscus, Glacier, Shadow, Coal and Pepper. The backing is a wideback I got from Massdrop, Prisms by Studio E, and it’s bound in Kona Pepper.

I’m super happy with how it turned out, and I’m glad to have ticked this one off my quilty bucket list!

 

2016 best nine

Hi and welcome back! Have you seen the #2016bestnine that’s all over Instagram at the moment? You plug your IG name into https://2016bestnine.com and it will show you your most popular pics of the year. It’s always fun to see what people liked, so I thought I’d share mine!

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There are a few double ups!

Sit your ass down

First and probably my most favourite is my cushion – I was trying to come up with a design to enter into the Modern Makers Retreat Cuhsionpalooza competition on Instagram, and I wanted a phrase of some sort. “Sit your ass down” popped into my head, and I thought it was hilarious and could not get it out of my head. So I grabbed my scrap jars and Kirsty at Quiet Play’s Just My Type pattern (which you can buy here) and voila. And even better, it won third prize!

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Need to get my quilt holder upperers working on their skills…

Second most popular is the quilt I made for my Auntie who hasn’t been very well. I knew she liked green, and I wanted something scrappy and colourful and cheerful, so the raspberry kiss block from Rachel at Wooden Spoon Quilts was perfect. I backed this one in a flannel sheet, so it is super cosy, which is just what you want when you’re under the weather!

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The placemats you’ve seen already (and I’ve even given you a pattern for!)

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The teeny tiny colourful sewing machine is another pattern from Kirsty. This is supposed to be a 16 inch block, but I have a serious problem making things the size they’re supposed to be (I either go tiny or enormous) so of course I had to shrink this down. The block finishes at 4 inches square and has about 70 pieces… I only found out afterwards that Kirsty had made smaller simplified versions… I’ve since turned it into a pincushion and given it away as part of a competition I had while I was making the cushion above.

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The quilt in the middle is the Pixelated Circle quilt I made pattern testing for Jessee of Art School Dropout. I love this quilt, it’s my couch quilt (well not at the moment, it’s 32 degrees outside). This one is backed in flannel as well, and is super cosy, I just wish I’d made it bigger. The fabric is Fruit Dots by Melody Miller at Cotton + Steel.

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The last pic is one of my long term sewing projects (of which there are a few), the La Passacaglia. This gorgeous quilt by Willyne Hammerstein from the Millefiori Quilts book has taking the quilting world by storm. This is English paper pieced, and at the rate I’m going it will take me, oh, about 10 years to finish. The #lasspascaglia tag on Instagram has some gorgeous examples, and the facebook group has 8,000 members! It’s taken me a whole year to make almost 3 rosettes, but I do love it. I’m sticking with a navy/pink/aqua/grey palette with text prints for the star points, doing a bit of fussy cutting when the fabric lends itself to it, but other than that I’m just seeing where each rosette takes me!

And that’s it! My sewing machine is currently in the shop (after an unfortunate incident where the foot presser level doodad fell off!!) and I’m soon on holidays for two weeks so there won’t be any sewing from me for the rest of the year. I do have lots of hand sewing though (which I’ll do a post about soon), so maybe I’ll get another rosette finished over the Xmas break!

 

Ugly Sweater Block Sewalong

Hi everyone! If you’ve come from Instagram, then you’ve seen this already. Today it’s my turn on the Ugly Sweater Block Sew-a-Long Kerry from KidGiddy is running.


Kerry created this adorable foundation paper pieced pattern, and it it such a fun sew! You can find the pattern in Kerry’s shop if you want to make your own. There are weekly prizes of gift certificates from different online fabric shops each week, and at the end of the sew along there is also a grand prize. Each day you post a picture of your sweater, you are entering for a chance to win the prize of the week. The more you post, the more chances you have to win!

Of course, I couldn’t just stop at one. Oh no, I had to make the whole zoo…






And once I’d made them all, well I had to turn them in to something didn’t I! Now, if you know me, you know I don’t do Christmas decorating. I had one decoration, and it was black, and had a swear word on it, that I broke. I couldn’t even rustle up some tinsel to make my photos more exciting! So this is as Christmassy as I ever get!


But, since I don’t do decorating, and I’m not even going to be home for Christmas, I’ve decided to give it away! Just leave me a comment below, and I’ll choose someone to send it to!


Thanks for stopping by!

 

EDIT – The competition is now closed, thanks everyone! Congrats to Kath!

Prismatic medallion inspired placemats

Hi all! Man I’m bad at this whole blogging thing. Seriously, where do the weeks go?! Looks like my once a week blogging schedule is more like once a month….let’s pretend that’s what I intended all along….

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Anywho, today I thought I’d revisit one of my favourite makes (that I’m yet to getting around to make for myself). If you follow me on Instagram  you’ve probably seen these before. I made these placemats for my sister…last year some time? They are based on the Robert Kaufman Prismatic Medallion quilt (pictured below on the wall from the lovely Annabel). I couldn’t be bothered with triangles and bias edges and all that faffing about, so I turned it into a foundation paper piecing pattern (I just drew it up on a piece of A3 paper and cut it out).

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I had a few requests for a pattern, and I’ve finally made one! Well, calling it a pattern is a bit of a stretch. It’s a tutorial. With some templates I’ve drawn up in Powerpoint, because I could not for the life of me figure out how to do it all fancy in Illustrator like the pros. And some very rudimentary directions below.

I’m assuming you already know how to foundation paper piece, but if you don’t, there are loads of tutorials out there. Craftsy has a good free one.

Print out the pattern here: PlacematPattern.pdf

The pattern makes one placemat, so if you want more you will have to print extra copies.

Paper piece each of the 8 sections. Once pieced, join:

  • A to B
  • C to D
  • E to F
  • G to H

Then join:

  • AB to CD
  • EF to GH

Then finally:

  • ABCD to EFGH

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I made mine with a mix of solids from my stash, and I backed them in a fun Hungry Caterpillar print (which I forgot to get a photo of) so they could be flipped when the kids are eating. Quilt and bind using your preferred method and enjoy!

As always, let me know if you have any questions!

 

The wicked weekender bag – take two…

Hi! So I had a holiday and kind of forgot that blog posts weren’t just going to write themselves…oops! My mum was here for two weeks, and amongst all the eating and shopping and drinking, I did a bit of sewing. You remember my weekender bag that I made? No? You can read alllll about it here. I’ll wait.

Melody Miller typewriter weekender bag

Ok, so making that bag that was quite traumatic, but very worth it. So when Mum arrived and decided that she would quite like one for herself, I was up to the challenge. I figured I might have it made for her by Christmas if she was lucky, but she had other ideas. When a trip to the mall involved a detour into spotlight and resulted in this GORGEOUS fabric, I knew she was serious.

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I made a few changes to the materials used this time – mainly to the interfacing specified. The pattern calls for 6 yards of Pellon, which you can buy at Spotlight under the Legacy brand, but is quite expensive. And we’d already spent about $80 just on the fabric alone. I had about 5 yards each of a cheap fusible fleece, and a medium weight and heavy weight interfacing at home (Lincraft, about $3 each a metre) so I figured I could come up with some combination of those to get the required finish. After a few tests I settled on 2 layers of medium weight interfacing, and one layer of fusible fleece. I also used pre-made piping (which was much thicker than the pattern specifies, so not actually the best idea). I omitted the false bottom and all the extra layers of Pellon, and just used two layers of heavy weight interfacing on the bottom piece of the external bag, one layer of fusible fleece on the bottom of the lining, and I used two layers of a really thick sew in stabiliser (again from Lincraft), which I anchored with bag feet.

We went to the Gold Coast for a couple of days, and after two days of walking round the shops we needed a day at home. So we cranked up the air con, Mum made sure I was fed and watered, and I started cutting out all the pieces. Mum manned the iron and by the end of the day we had all the pieces cut and interfaced and ready to sew (a helper to do the ironing saves so much time – there is a lot of interfacing to be done!!)

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A couple of days later, after another big day walking around the shops, and with a 31 degree day forecast, Mum decided we could do with another day at home, and that’s when I realised she was determined to take the bag home with her!

So, again with Mum on chores, and me chained to the machine, I spent another day at the machine. And this time, the construction went beautifully! My new sewing machine (a Janome 6600P) handled those seams like a dream! By the end of the day, the housework was done, and the bag was almost complete, with only the lining left to attach. Another couple of hours of hand stitching a few days later and she was done.

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But wait, there’s more! No good overnight bag is complete without accessories! So the scraps got turned into a tote bag, a zipped pouch, and an earbud pouch.

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I LOVE this fabric. And the bag turned out fantastic, if I do say so myself. And Mum is pretty happy with it, so that’s the main thing!

On a different note – as those of you who have made one know, this is not a cheap or a quick bag to make. A few people have mentioned I should be making them to sell, so I thought I’d give you a breakdown of the costs involved, and explain why as lovely as the thought is (quit my job and sew for a living? I’d love to!) it’s just not feasible. Those of you who sew know what I’m talking about!

Costs (note all figures are Australian dollars):

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So there you’ve got almost $120 for materials alone, and I used cheap materials. If you were to make it with quality home décor fabric or quilting cotton and the specified interfacing, you’d be looking at about $150.

Now, you’ll notice this is JUST cost, there is no profit at all in there. And if I was to make something like this to sell, I sure as hell ain’t doing it out of the goodness of my heart (after all, in this scenario I’ve quit my job, and a girl’s got to eat). So, I need to add some profit on top of that. If you google ‘how to price handmade goods’, you’ll get this formula from almost every hit:

Cost of Supplies + Labour + 10-15% Overhead = Total Costs
Total Costs x 2 = Wholesale Price
Wholesale Price x 2 = Retail Price

If we ignore overheads, and assume my total costs are as above, $263.96, that means my wholesale price (that I’d sell to a shop for example) is $527.92, and my retail price is a staggering $1,055.84!! And that’s charging my time out at only $10/hour, when in reality it’s worth a lot more. If you were to make a living, you would be charging your time out at what you might otherwise be earning in a paid job, so in my case the $30 to $40 per hour range, so my final sell price would actually end up being between $2,255.84 and $2,855.84!!!!

Obviously I could make the materials cheaper (buying wholesale, importing from overseas etc.), and probably cut down the production time (batch making, amphetamines), but even if I could cut them in half (unlikely), it’s still upwards of $500.

So if I love you, I’ll make you one for free (ok, for food and housework). If I don’t love you, and you’d like to buy one, email me at tara@tarasews.com – I’ll give you a discount and we’ll say $2k. (I’m kidding. Mostly).

Thanks for reading, and hopefully that last bit was useful!

 

The wicked weekender bag…

Hi all! Thanks for coming back! I know most of you are probably as surprised as I am that I’ve actually written another post – I’m going to TRY and do one a week – we’ll see how that goes!

So, I thought I’d talk about one of my favourite makes so far – my Amy Butler Weekender Bag. (I can’t find this pattern on Amy’s website anymore, but if you’re in the US you can buy it here and if you’re in Australia you can find it here.


Lots of you have seen pictures of this bag (and some have even seen it in person!), and I know a few of you have made your own, and if you haven’t, then you’ve probably heard people talk about how difficult it is. Well, they’re right. Sort of.

The pattern itself is not difficult – in fact it’s very straight forward and well illustrated and easy to follow. The difficulty lies in all the freaking layers you have to sew together, and whether your sewing machine can handle them or not. Mine could not. More on that later.

I’ll start with the materials I used and the changes I made (because of course I did). The pattern calls for home dec weight fabric for the exterior and lining. I used my loooong hoarded (and out-of-print-so-stupidly-expensive) Melody Miller Ruby Star Shining typewriters. I snapped up half a yard of this from a destash back when I started buying fabric, and knew straight away I wanted to make the Weekender Bag from it. I was then lucky (or stupid) enough to find a yard of it for sale on a difference destash a year or so ago and pounced (and then had a heart attack when I realised what the USD – AUD exchange rate was). I used a plain quilting cotton for the lining, and the eleventy billion yards of Pellon equivalent interfacing from spotlight. (I still don’t know why there are SO MANY layers of interfacing – why not just use one thicker layer??)

ANYWAY, so I had the fabric. And I had the pattern. And then I freaked out and could not cut into my precious typewriters. I had read every tutorial and blog post out there about this bag, and the one thing they all mention is how challenging it is. So I read and re-read the pattern, thinking I must be missing something – the pattern seemed straight forward, so how hard could it really be? (I say this a lot – so much so I have a future post dedicated to this very topic. And it turns out – really bloody hard!)

One day I decided to JFDI* and after re-reading the pattern for the millionth time, and NOT having a glass of wine (that’s how nervous I was to cut the precious) I cut out my first piece of lining. And it wasn’t that hard! But it took forever (there are something like 55 separate pieces of fabric/interfacing to cut out) and some careful fabric placement to make sure I could get all the pieces out of my typewriters.



While I was cutting, I decided to make a few changes, based on some of the tutorials I read. I added an inside zip pocket (using this tutorial), lengthened the straps by 10” so I could put it over my shoulder, and I had planned to add purse feet, but I forgot about them. In hindsight I wish I had added a separating zipper (the pattern specifies a non-separating one) as the zip pull gets lost in the end pocket.

So what about the actual construction? Well it’s really quite simple, as long as you can read a pattern and follow directions (duh), and as long as your machine can handle it. Mine could not. I now have a new machine. The two may or may not be related.



I constructed to top panel with the zip and end pockets, and again thought I must have been missing something, it was so easy! And then I got to attaching the side panels. HO. LY. SHIT. My machine COULD NOT cope with all the layers (three lining, three exterior, two THICK pellon, three more layers of interfacing, and some piping. Phew.) I could only get four or five stitches before the thread would break. And I tried every trick in the book – denim/heavy duty needles, different thread, hand cranking the dial thingee on the machine, you name it I tried it.


I swore and I cried and I read more blogs and more tutorials, and almost gave up. And then the genius (not genius) idea to hand sew it popped into my head, which I promptly dismissed as madness. But it niggled at me and since I couldn’t see any other way to do it, I gave it a go. And it worked! And it was tidy! And the piping was neat!


I did one side in about 8 hours, and was stoked with how it turned out, so decided to keep going. Man it was tough on my fingers though.


But after a weekend of hand sewing, and a lot of blood, sweat and tears, I had an exterior. Then it was a fairly simple process to assemble the lining and hand stitch into the exterior.


I am SO happy with how it turned out. I just love it. It makes me happy to take it places, and I’ve had loads of compliments. I’ll make another one day – here’s hoping my new machine can cope, but even if it can’t, I would be ok hand sewing it again.

If you have any questions or would like any more details, let me know in the comments!

*Just Fucking Do It

The one where she decides to start a blog…

Yup, that’s right, a blog. “But Tara,” I hear you say, “no one reads blogs any more!” Well dear reader, maybe that’s true. But I still read them, and if I still read them then other people must still read them too, right? And if they don’t, well, this whole blogging idea was very much a spur of the moment idea, so this may well be the only post and my mum may well be the only person that reads it!

That said, hi! My name is Tara, a 30-something from sunny Brisbane in Australia.

I like sewing, drinking wine, drinking while I’m sewing, and making things in general. I’ve kind of always known how to sew I think – I remember winning a prize in home ec for my palazzo pants! Then came denim boob tubes and skirts made out of jeans for my friends, a Dr. Frank-N-Furter costume for a mate at uni, and then when I moved to Australia I bought a tiny sewing machine from Spotlight and made my first quilt. Since then I’ve upgraded my machine, made a few more quilts, and a whole lot of other stuff in between. I decided to start this blog to record some of the things I’ve made in the past, and to document the stuff I’m planning to make from my incredibly long wish list.

So if you like reading about other people’s sewing antics, badly lit photos, and won’t get offended by a swear word or two, stick around!

See? Terribly lit!
See? I’m terrible at taking photos…