Wednesday, 26 August 2015

DIY 'Living in the Land of Do' Pencil Cases Tutorial



In your kit you will recieve the fabric and zip make your pencil case to fit all your goodies in so you can continue to live in the Land of Do :)

You can buy the kit here.

(you can also buy them made up here if you're not feeling so crafty!) 




Here are the simple instructions to help you put it together in no time. Do feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.


Place one of the Outer Fabric pieces right side up. Unzip the zip so that the pull is in the middle and lay the zipper wrong side up along the top horizontal side. Align the top edge of the zipper with the top edge of the fabric. Pin and sew along the inside. (where pins are in this image). You will find it easiest to use a zipper foot on your sewing machine unless you are hand sewing.





Place one of the Lining Fabric pieces on top, wrong side up. Pin all three layers together, being careful to keep the zip centered and straight as you pin. When you get to the zip pull, zip it over to a section that has already been pinned, so that the fabric of the zipper stays straight and flat. (sew along where are the pins are in the image)





Turn both pieces wrong sides together so that the zips teeth are right above the fold. Press and pin the fabrics together along the edge of the zip.





Edge stitch along just below the zip teeth. You could also hand stitch this with a bright colour like pink to give a pretty finish.






Go through the same process on the other side with the outer fabric and lining fabric.






Slide the zipper pull to the middle to get it out of the way. Pull the two Lining Fabrics up and out of the way and bring the right sides of the Outer Fabric pieces together. Pin the two outer fabric pieces together along all three raw edges. Make sure the zipper is folded in such a way that you can pin its two fabric edges together with the teeth of the zipper pointing up and away from the Outer Fabric pieces then you can sew around the edges of the outer fabric.







Do the same with the lining fabric but make sure you leave a gap for turning out.




 

Snip the corners of the outer fabric from the inside so that you get a nice point when you turn out.






Turn out the fabric through the gap you left in the lining. This is the point where you realise how important it was that you kept the zip undone! 




 

Sew up the hole where you have turned out and press your pencil case... fill it with goodies! 

(Optional - sew heart shapes together and attach to zip.)












Place one of the Lining Fabric pieces on top, wrong side up. Pin all three layers together, being careful to keep the zipper centered and straight as you pin. When you get to the zipper pull, zip it over to a section that has already been pinned, so that the fabric of the zipper stays straight and flat. - See more at: http://www.purlbee.com/2014/04/18/mollys-sketchbook-simple-lined-zipper-pouches/#sthash.AUB1pcwd.dpuf






Monday, 17 August 2015

New products for kitsch kittens and crazy cat ladies


http://shopmissella.etsy.com/

I can't believe I'm about to say the c word but yes it is that time when I have to start getting stock ready for Christmas! I have lots of new goodies in the pipeline including more feline inspired crazy cat lady jewellery and prints as well as the 'Living in the Land of Do' range which includes mugs, stationery and pencil cases. My work is always based around doing and the DIY ethic having always been a keen maker. 

The short run of mugs sold out so quickly I barely had time to blink but I now have another run as well as a new design.


http://shopmissella.etsy.com/

http://shopmissella.etsy.com/ 

The design go's all the way round the mug giving a different element of the illustration for each turn. They all come in sweet presentation boxes so great as gifts. If you look closely you can see that the sleeping cat is a house too so a great housewarming pressie! 

I am yet to photograph and list the ones below as they are fresh in today but I hope you like the motivational aspect of the message here!



There are also two new necklace designs for cat ladies and eclectic sewing fans who love the tools of craft as much as I do! (see below)

http://shopmissella.etsy.com/

http://shopmissella.etsy.com/ 

And finally this print is available in the shop too.... "Draw no Evil, Sew no Evil, Knit no Evil" - 




I have so many more new goodies in the shop and you can also come to Holt this Saturday to see the whole collection in person! -