Saturday, February 25, 2012

More Baby Pouches

One of my favorite things to make:
Baby pouches. After stitching so many, 
they are becoming easier to make.

This green pouch can be used for a boy or a girl.
I love the olive green ribbon and I used 
some green lace which peeps out from the sides. 

This one has soft yellow ribbons and 
pale pastel colours on the lace.

Yesterday I went to my favorite shop
and found this pretty cotton material.
I bought the last of the roll, 15 yards, and I'm drooling over it.
The only problem is that the prints are too close together 
to cut them out individually.

                                               I'll match it with some plain material and make 
                                                     cushions out of it, can't wait to start...


I hope you have a wonderful week.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Vintage Music Sheets

I love collecting vintage music sheets,
they are cheap and found in thrift stores.
One day I would like to use them as wall paper,
as I see on many blogs or line some drawers with them.

I could go on and on... but this is it!

I hope you have a creative and fun weekend.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Bolster Tutorial

It is nice to be back home again. 
Holiday is over and I couldn't wait to sit behind my 
sewing machine and create something cute.

In this post I would like to show you what I 
bought at the auction last week.

This is one of two vases, they both had the 
magic name Galle but I can't find out if they are
the real deal...

I would like to introduce you to my new table cover...
every inch of it is worked on, it's made in France and I had sleepless 
nights over it.
I bid on it and bought it for 60 Euros, to my delight there were many more 
table covers, napkins and doilies in the box it came with.

December comes with a back rub??

This table cover needs some TLC...

This one is in perfect condition.

Each one came with a set of napkins.

I also won the bid on this cute doll which is in perfect condition,
made by Simon & Halbig in Germany.
Now I have to find or make a dress for her.

I made a few bolsters today and these are my favorite ones.

To make a bolster, I took the measurements 
in the length and around the pillow, 
and added one centimeter for the seams.

The edge, where the zipper is going to be fixed,
was folded  over and steam pressed to make it easy to 
stitch the zipper along.

This plate is the perfect size to use as a measure for the sides,
I added one centimeter for the seams.

I used the cover of a box to trace a perfect oval to 
decorate the top of the bolster,
then stitched it in the middle of the cover.

Zigzag  a few layers of lace on the edge of the oval.

To finish it off,  hide the edge of the lace with a layer of trim.

I first zigzagged the zipper at the back, then turned it over
and stitched the zipper in place.
I like to use a longer zipper than the material so 
I can keep it closed while stitching.

I pinned the circles to the sides making sure the stripes
were the same on each side.

Let your creativity run wild, 
these tops are so much fun to decorate.

I hope you have fun making these bolsters.

Today I will be joining in with 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Antique and Brocante

Today I found this cute shop in Alkmaar
a town in North Holland
Antiek en Brocante Evelien
Perfect to find that special item to add to your collection.
I found my vintage gloves there.

I hope you have a great week.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Winter Wonder Land

Yesterday the temperatures reached minus 18 ...
and some parts even more.
The results.... 

The poor birds suffer in this weather.
We feed them as much as we can,
but it is never enough, I wish everybody would feed 
those helpless animals.

I hope you have a lovely week.