• Projects,  Sewing

    Little Rounded Quilted Purse

    I’m in love with this sweet little quilted purse made from scraps of fabrics I had saved from a previous quilt.  You may recognize these colours from my Monkey Wrench quilt, featuring vibrant blues, oranges, and greens with a splash of white. The only parts of this project that weren’t scraps were the white and green polka dot bias binding and lining fabric and the zipper itself.  Reusing scraps that were meant for the garbage made this a very inexpensive project! I started this project by pulling out coordinating pieces of fabric scraps from one of my three scrap bins.  I cut them down into various strips, all 2.5″ wide, but with varying lengths.  I…

  • Sewing

    Cylinder Pencil Case Tutorial

    One of my favourite things about school as a kid was getting to pack up all my pencils and school supplies into a pretty new pencil case at the beginning of the year.  Even as an adult, there is nothing like new supplies, ah!  This tutorial will teach you how to make soft, cylinder pencil case.  The tube shape is really fun, and the soft sides means that you can squish the case into tightly packed bags when travelling with your art supplies. I designed this fabric myself and sell it on Spoonflower.  I made this from two full Spoonflower swatches plus a part of a third.  You can see and purchase the fabric collection…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    DIY Running Gear: Water Bottle Holder

    In 2014, I took up running as a hobby and exercise source.  My lifestyle is pretty sedentary, with a desk job 9-5 and crafting and reading most evenings.  I moved from being unable to run for more than 30 seconds to running a half-marathon within a year.  I’ll just put it out there – I have fallen in love with running! You would imagine that a hobby like running would be pretty inexpensive since it’s just you and the pavement for the most part, but the incremental costs can really add up.  Race entrance fees, decent running shoes, moisture-wicking clothing, energy gels, hydration packs.  I’ve purchased a bunch of different styles of hydration…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    How to Make a Tiny Zipper Pouch

    While building up my Spoonflower shop, I’ve amassed a collection of 8″ square swatches to test my fabric designs. I also have a pretty big collection of tiny 5″ zippers that I ordered online in bulk back in the day when I was slightly addicted to making zipper pouches. This tutorial will show you how to make a lined zipper pouch using two Spoonflower swatches and a 5″ zipper. If you don’t have Spoonflower swatches, you’ll need two pieces of coordinating fabric measuring 8″x5.5″. I actually don’t own a zipper foot (I sadly lost it while moving years ago and haven’t had a chance to replace it), so my zippers…

  • Fashion,  Tutorials

    Zipper Flowers

    As a seamstress I always have zippers laying around. This project is great for any odd zippers you might have. What you’ll need: Zipper Hot glue gun Hair clip, headband or whatever you want to attach the flower to 1. Cut the ends off of the zipper. 2. Roll the edge in slightly and glue it together. This will be the middle of your flower. 3.  Continue to roll the zipper around the middle and make the middle of the flower as large as you want. 4. Start to make larger rolls by folding the zipper and glueing the corner as seen in the picture. 5. After the corner is…