Thursday, March 18, 2010


image via Time Out Brasil

I am taking a break from sewing and escaping to New York for a long weekend with my husband. The weather is fantastic and I am hoping we are going to do a great deal of sightseeing and shopping. In between we will try to see some friends and, as soon as I can get my hands on some tylenol PM, catch up on our sleep!

I will report back next week! 

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Modge Podge rocks!

About two years ago, when I was getting the nursery ready for the arrival of my daughter, I bought wooden letters to write up her name on the wall. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them but I figured I would think of something once they arrived. Well, I didn't. And I just forgot all about them until last week, when I found them in the back of the closet. It's been long enough, I thought. But how should I decorate them? I decided I wanted to cover them with fabric, but how?! I went online and that's when I stumbled upon Mod Podge. It's a sort of glue that clears and hardens as a varnish, once it dries. I wasn't sure if it was going to work with fabric and I couldn't find any info online on how to do it but I decided to go for it anyway.

My first step was to white wash the letters, as I didn't like the color of the raw wood. I used fusible interfacing on the fabric to stabilize it, atraced the letters directly onto the fabric and cut. Using a brush, I applied the Mod Podge on each letter and put the fabric on top of it. I waited for it to dry a little before I applied a coating over the fabric. Again, I waited about 20 minutes before I put in the second and then third coatings. When it was all dry, I used an Xacto knife to cut any excess fabric around the letters, being careful not to cut too much or unglue the fabric.

Finally, I used double-sided tape to hang the letters up and took a step back to admire my work!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Last sewing projects of the week!

These have been two incredibly productive weeks and I have managed to produce quite a few things that have been on my to-sew list for a while! 

The last two projects to be ticked of my list were a camera cozy for my new camera and a eco-friendly make up case.

The Camera Cozy: 

My brother gave me, a few weeks ago, a camera as I had been complaining that ours was too bulky to carry around with me all the time. As with most cameras, this did not come with a case!  Have you noticed how the cameras are always so cheap but then you have to get the memory card, and the case and in the end you spend double the amount you thought you would!o?
Well, this time, instead of buying an ugly generic one, I decided to make my own.

I went online and found this tutorial from Sew Mad and was all set!

The instructions are very detailed and easy to follow. I skipped the quilted look and replaced the velcro closure with a snap and I have to say, I really like the result. It didn't turn out perfect but it makes up for its faults by being super cute!

The Make-Up Case:

I know I keep tooting my own horn, but this make up case turned out adorable! And environment friendly, no less!

It's a basic zippered pouch, with boxed bottom and hot pink Michael Miller fabric. The lining is made from an Oeko-Tex certified waterproof fabric that will allow me to wipe it clean with a damp cloth when it gets make up smudges all over it.

As a final touch, I added one of my brand new labels, fresh off the printer. But more on that later...

This closes my sewing week. Now I need to start planning as there are presents to be made and not much time to do it, before we head out to New York and Lisbon!