Tuesday, 23 October 2012

I have been accepted!!!!!

I just received this mail:

Hi Di

I am pleased to tell you that you have been selected for scholarship for the Apprentice Course 3.  Congratulations!

I will be sending out an email hopefully tomorrow with some videos and review assignments that must be completed before we begin in January 12, 2013.

Please find the critique for your entry attached.  Good job!


Monday, 22 October 2012

My 1st Bag pattern

MadeByDi Bag Pattern Pieces

You can download this from Scribd - open a free account & off you go.  Please link photos of your finished bag in comments - I would love to see yours!
Print at full size - do not minimize / scale, unless you would like to make a bigger / smaller version!
I called it a cosmetic bag, but a friend made one with longer handles & it is a perfect handbag!  I plan on making another one (slightly larger) with D-rings inserted into the tabs & then add an adjustable strap to the D-rings - a good overnight bag.
Looking forward to seeing your bags!

My 1st Bag pattern - tutorial

MadeByDi PDF Bag

Please do not waste paper printing this out!!

Here is the link

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Bright, Bold, Beautiful Babies' Bibs

I love the style of these bibs!  The design is practical as the armholes prevent the bib lifting, thereby avoiding the usual problems faced with bibs that close only around the neck, keeping baby's whole outfit clean.  As it is closer to clothing than a bib, even fussy little people generally do not object to wearing this bib style (you can leave the neck tie undone - usually the most objectionable part of the bib - and it still functions).  This design is also hard for little ones to remove alone (as they generally manage to do just as they are spitting out a cheek full of carrots).  The soft toweling backing is great for wiping little faces down after a meal, and the whole thing is fully washable!

This is the green range - keep an eye out for the blue range & the pink range coming soon!

Halloween Bunting

Fun Bunting for Halloween - available soon at Volksfaden

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Pretty cushions....

Don't you love the bright, vibrant colours of these little cushions.  The front one is part of a very sweet & well considered gift for a mom-in-law recovering from illness, I just finished making for a customer, the back one for the customer herself.
The fabrics are both from Volksfaden - okay, I know.... here it goes...

Hi, my name is Di, and I am addicted to the lovely fabrics at Volksfaden!
Your response:  'Hello Di'

- I think that's how it goes.

Better pic? Slightly?

The pumpkin packs are ready at Linda - go on, make your own holiday decor!

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Not as pretty, but very practical...

I left off this pic from my sewing room make over:

Like I said, not pretty, but very practical!
All my lovely CeKa interfacing is kept off the floor & stored away nicely on brackets above the door.  No one really sees them and they stay clean & out of the way.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Bathroom window complete!

Remember way back here... when I started the roller blind makeover?  I said I just needed to make the covered pelmet to hide the roller blind & it would be done...

Well, today I finally got up that ladder & installed it!

Much better!
Happy stitching!

Tactile Tuch

These little sensory blankets are great for little ones.  They are easy for small (uncoordinated) hands to grab and hold.  The little ribbon tabs are great for little fingers, and provide many different textures.  But the hero of the piece is definitely the Minky Dot on the reverse.  This stuff is gorgeous!  Soft doesn't even start to describe it.  Adults may just be stealing cuddles from it too!
BUT, be warned... do not iron Minky Dot!  It is completely washable at low temperatures, but don't iron and don't place in microwave to heat it - yes, I have heard of people doing this - odd, I know!

This is a 'wash 'n wear' toy... forget the wrinkles.

It is a perfect 'la la' blanket... you know, the thing babies hang onto and rub on their faces as they are falling asleep.  The thing that woe be you if you forget to pack for a trip, as nothing will do in it's place...

Tuch translates as cloth, and in every baby bag you have a variety of them... one for spit up, one for tying baby to your chest for easy transport, one for sitting on, one for placing over pram to keep sun off baby's face - or stop them seeing interesting sights so they will fall asleep, and now this one!  The Tactile Tuch!

Happy stitching!!