Interview on Zede’s Sewing Blog

Over on Zede’s Sewing Blog I have been interviewed if you are curious about such questions as how long I have been stitching and what my most important sewing tool I use, you might want to pop over and read it.

Of more interest I am sure is the numerous tips, tricks and tutorials to be found here. If you are a sewer you will enjoy this blog so make a cuppa, take a break and browse

Plattie the Platypus Free pattern

This is an ideal Christmas gift pattern and is is free.

I post this for anyone who is organised enough to be making seasonal gifts!

You may have a small person in the family who will enjoy Plattie the Platypus, a soft toy that can be made with scrap fabric. So if you have a stash of bitty scraps of quilting cotton, fleece or corduroy this may prove to be a very useful pattern.

You will find the free Plattie the Platypus soft toy pattern here

The pattern is designed and provided free by Pauline McArthur, from Funky Friends Factory. For more tips and tutorials on toy-making, as well as heaps of great patterns visit the Funky Friends Factory website

For my readers outside of Australia a Platypus is of course an iconic Australian marsupial.


A sewing project that makes an ideal gift

screenshot of websiteIt is early in the year to start digging around for hand made gift ideas for Christmas but anyone who makes gifts knows how much energy can go into the process so we have to start early!  We can only hope the recipients have a sense of this long thoughtful process too. I start poking about mid year bookmarking possible gift ideas.

Over on the Coats site is a new sewing project that is a quick and easy to make Glove box organiser. The free pattern is an ideal hand made gift, or fundraiser item that can be made for local fetes etc.

This Glove box organiser would look great in a special fabric or contemporary print.  The pattern is simple enough to run up a few of these organisers making it ideal pattern to use up fabric scraps or even as part of a stash buster drive to use up old fabric.

So pop over and download the free pattern (it is a pdf file) If you do not have time to make it now, save it for your end of year gift project sewing.

How to insert a zipper well

Do you know how to insert a zipper? Lots of people do not. Many younger readers do not have the advantage of being taught sewing at school and many basics including inserting a zipper properly is a problem.

Threads magazine has produced a good video demonstrating how to insert a zipper as part of their Teach Yourself to Sew video series for beginning sewers.

A few simple tips can make the world of difference to a garment or even projects for your home. If you have not found these before check them out as even for experienced sewers it does no harm to brush up on your technique a little.