Book Week – Easy Costumes

Blinky and nutsy

Book week is hard for busy parents like us and then the school makes it based on Australian Books which makes it even harder! In reality this means no princesses and superhero’s or store most bought costumes! Thanks…

I had to talk my oldest out of going to school as a convict and i convinced him to go as Blinky Bill! YES! Easy!

Blinky bill
Picture credit to http://www.blinkybill.com.au/

The blinky bill costume is read pants with a strap that goes from the back of the pants to the front of the pants with a big yellow button holding it in place. And a grey t-shirt

Blinky and nutsy

I bought red cotton fabric and used a pair of pajama pants to get a basic pant pattern. I quickly made the pants with wide legs to make them a bit baggy. I measured the strap as best i could and attached it once the pants were finished. I used velcro to make it attach to the pants at the front.  Thanks to my huge button collection i had a yellow button for the strap to look like it was button up!

A friend had me make her daughter a nutsy koala outfit which was also very easy. I bought light lavender fabric to make the dress and light pink fabric make the hanky.

The dress pattern is the seaside dress by Tadah patterns, which is a quick sew and so cute. The hanky is a large triangle that i have rounded, a bit like a giant dribble bib.

I love that my friends daughter can continue to wear the dress in summer because i overlocked on the seams. My son’s costume was a total rush job and can only be hand washed! Next year i will be more prepared!

Now i can get back to a few bag patterns!

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Free Tutorial Pattern Pieces

FREE tutorials

This is a little blog post update. I’ve been sick, so i have not been sewing. The good news is i’m on the mend and i’ve got my sewjo back!

In a small bit of news i have moved all of my free patterns to this blog. If you click tutorials on the menu, it will take you to all the freebies and then each tutorial has a link to the pattern pieces.

I will still be creating more free tutorials for the blog and all of my paid patterns will continue to be sold Here, Etsy and Craftsy. (Affiliate link)

If there is a tutorial you would like to see please leave me a comment or send me a email from my contact page, i would love to know what you would like to see here.

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I’m now working on Book week costumes and of course the next pattern!  Thanks for reading!
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The Little Freehand Pack

I was not paid for this review however i did receive the pattern for free to review it. This post contains affiliate links.

Fitting in a little bit of sewing time this week has been hard!  i did however have good motivation to sew up this little Freehand pack and review it for you. 

This is a little bag with a lot of features including, three strap options, an optional divider in the main department for a water bottle and a zip pocket at the front. It includes instructions for using a pre-made double pull zip or making your own!

Little Freehand pack review

This bag is really perfect for kids or adults. Wear it so many different ways, in endless fabrics! The fabric i chose was Happy Park cotton from spotlight and a mid pink solid for the lining.



I really love patterns that use photos. Two pretty Poppets uses photos and is really well written! I found it really easy to understand, once I picked all my options!

It was really hard to choose which options I wanted however I soon realized I could make more in the near future! I chose the cross body option, but I changed the width of the straps to 1.5” instead of 2” only due to the fact I couldn’t get a 2” ring. I used a 1.5″ D ring and a slider.

I also used a chunky zip that i already had that had 2 zipper pulls on it but the pattern gives great instructions on how to make your own 2 zipper pull zip. As my zip was chunky i also had to increase my top stitch seam allowance from 1/4 to 3/8″ This worked out OK with the drop in lining as well,

Little freehand pack review

I had a lot of fun sewing this bag, i had a little trouble with the rounded corners as you might be able to tell, i also don’t like drop in linings for bags, but it wasn’t as bad as i had expected. I would make this bag again and again!

It turned out super cute in this fabric, it’s a really good intermediate bag. It’s so well written that an advanced beginner could totally pull it off and as with most bags, the more you sew it the better you would get. Slow and steady with this bag pattern will get a great result every time.

This pattern is a great pattern to invest in for your collection, value for money, well written and great fun to sew.

This pattern is available on Craftsy (Affiliate link) or Two pretty poppets website.

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How to make foam Stabiliser fusible

Making Foam fusible

I’m starting a how to series, it will include basic sewing instructions and specific bag making instructions.

I wanted to start with this one as Vilene sent me a sample of their newest product Style-vil. It’s a great new sew in foam. I haven’t used a lot of foams however i did use one for The Luna bag pattern. I wish i had Style-vil back then!

I use Vilene products a lot, mostly fusible vilene H 630 and H 640 for bags. I use them because they are easily available in Australia and inexpensive. I’m always impressed with the results.

The Style-vil is a great product and will allow bags to stand very well. The only thing i wish it was, is fusible. But thats ok! We can make non fusible foam, fusible really easily.



I’ve used heat and bond light in this example but you can use Vilene’s own Bondaweb, or other double-sided adhesive product that you would use for applique.

This test sample i have used is 4″ x 4″ piece of Style-vil and heat and bond light and placed it on 5″ x 5″ piece of fabric.

Fusing Foam stabiliser

I cut my heat and bond and style-vil to the same size and followed the heat and bond instructions to adhere to the style-vil. It  can be ironed with a pressing cloth over it. The style-vil did really well and it’s recommended you press to remove wrinkles from the foam before use.

I then removed the paper backing from the heat and bond and ironed my fabric onto it.

Fusing Foam stabiliser

It bonded really well! It looks great and i can still stitch it.

Fusing Foam

I really recommend doing this for your bags, Try it for yourself.

Check out my other blog posts in the how to series by clicking here.

 

Etsy Treasury

Are you in love with etsy? … i am!

Create a treasury

It’s been around for a long time, but i have always wondered why people make them.
Well I’ve done my research and new i’m showing you how to set up a treasury on Etsy

Treasuries are great as another way to find items of interest on Etsy, businesses are encouraged to promote items they love.

This is a great way to get noticed more by potential customers. If you have a business tribe you may want to create treasuries with each others products.

It may may be items in competition with their product or it could be something that may compliment their product. You should avoid posting the same two products from the same shop and your own items.

An example of these is my treasury of Beautiful bag Patterns, i’ve promoted other bag designers that i collaborate with often and patterns i have tried or want to! A store selling furniture may want to create a treasury for accessories that may match that specific furniture item.

It could be the same for kids items, create a treasury just for certain themes or colours. They are so much fun to create and gives your customers ideas on how to use your product.


Cool huh! Well here’s how to make your own treasury list!

Go to https://www.etsy.com/treasurytreasury copy

on the right hand side you’ll see create a list.

Be specific with your name of your list, use the tags well. and put in a good description.

treasury discription

Open another tab in your browser, open etsy in the new tab and find items you want to add to your treasury! Add all 12 items to your list to get the best exposure on Etsy.
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Advertise your treasury list on Social media, people can comment on it!

You can my treasury here, I’ll be adding a lot more in the future!

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The Portfolio Bag.

Portfolio Bag

I’ve just released my newest pattern! The portfolio bag! i had so much creating this bag.

Once again i designed because i had a need! i really needed a bag to carry around my 2 ring binder when i go to meetings but i also wanted it to be big enough for a laptop!

Large portfolio bag
Portfolio Bag by Lorelei Jayne

I also wanted a smaller version for my colouring books or my kids colouring books (yeah right). The smaller portfolio bag fits small books, journals, tablets and E-readers.

I love how quick and easy these are to sew up and they look amazing. The Testers have done an amazing job sewing such lovely bags. i especially love the bags using vinyl.


The portfolio bag features 2 great sized handles, a back zipper pocket that fits pens and a smart phone in it.

The pattern includes clear photos and instructions, pattern pieces as well as measurements. This pattern can be added to and altered very easily to suit your needs.

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Finished sizes of this Bag (excluding straps)

Small: 12″ x 10″    Large: 14.5″ x 12″

The Portfolio Bag pattern is available here or you can buy it on Etsy or Craftsy

Once again my testers did an amazing job! They went above the call and made multiple bags, used vinyl and did such a fantastic job with fabric choices!

Collage

Some of the testers used two magnetic snaps for the closures. It looks so good!Portfolio bag two snap Portfolio bag

I hope you really enjoy making portfolio bags!

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Craft Fair

On wednesday i visited the Perth quilt and craft fair as i do every year.

The past few years i’ve been going with my sister, its great to visit with her because we appreciate all the crafts together. She loves paper craft and i get excited over all the cute stamp possibilities and wish they were fabric.


She appreciates fabric, then walks off to look at more stamps. Aww sisters!  I bought my first two fat quarters within 5 minutes and my sister had her first stamp in 2!

She did hold my bags while i tried out a lot of machines which was handy!

I tried out some great machines, including the new one from Janome the memory craft 9400. It has amazing features for quilting and applique` I was pretty excited to try it out!

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I also loved the reasonably priced Husqvarna Opal 650, it’s pretty and easy to use. It’s Pretty comparable to my brother NS55 but did seem a bit sturdier and prettier too.

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I looked at a lot of brother machines, i like brother for quilting and embroidery. We also checked out the Brother Scan and Cut and loved it.

We (sisters) now own one that we will share. I can’t wait to cut some of fabric for my free patterns using it. I have created some scan and cut files. I will likely add these to the website soon.

As usually i went with a list of items i wanted to buy, and left with about 5% of those and a lot of fabric i had no intention of purchasing.

I was excited to visit the Vilene (vlieseline) booth and check out all the products, They had amazing showbags with yards of all their products to purchase, unfortunately i had spent over my budget at that stage!

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I love Vilene 630 and use it a lot in my bags and I’m very excited that they are bringing out a new foam product for bags called Style-Vil. It will give great stability to tote bags while looking and feeling good too. I now just need to wait until it’s out to sew with it!

I bought amazing star wars fabric from make it Hobby and craft, 1/4 metres of little red riding hood from a little stall that was crazy busy and some liberty Alice in wonderland fabric from materialise.20160518_102457 20160519_231447 copy

It was a great day, great for my stash, not so great for my wallet. Check out my instagram to see what other items we looked at!

Thanks for reading.

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Selling Handmade

I have recently decided to stop selling handmade at markets. This was a really hard decision because i loved doing markets so much. But with the increase in designing and wanting to keep up with blogging it was getting harder and harder.

Now i have made the decision i can concentrate on the parts of my business that not only make the most money but fit in with my family life more. This also means more blog posts, more designs and more sewing custom items.


Part of this change is that i will be putting bags i have made previously for markets in my store as well as other items i make for fun!

I hope you take a look. I will be adding stock often.

Check out the Bags by clicking below.

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Thanks for your continued support.

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