DIY Baby Triangle Quilts

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We’re getting really close to little miss Saar making her appearance. She’s been showing signs of being done cooking and my hubby will arrive tomorrow, so hopefully, I’ll have something extra special to share next week.

I’ve been spending the last couple of weeks immersed in sewing and knitting baby blankets including 2 quilts, a double flannel swaddle blanket, a knitted blanket and a warm car seat blanket I whipped up today from the material I’d left over from previous projects.

This baby is all set with blankets, I’d say!

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This is the quilt I made for our baby girl. I used the free pattern by See Kate Sew, but did the sandwitching a bit differently. I’m not sure if I calculated the measurements of the triangle wrong or what it was, but the proportions on the quilt were a little off for me, so I decided to add a little border to the narrow side of the blanket to even it out.

Basically, what I did was to cut the backing a bit wider than the front (about 10cm for the blue quilt and 15cm for the orange quilt) and then connected the backing to the front, creating a tube. Then I inserted the batting inside the tube, made sure that the quilt part of the front was centred, and finally closed off the short sides with bias binding.

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I actually made 2 quilts while I was at it. A friend of my brother’s was also having their first baby  and so I made a boy’s quilt as well for my brother to give to his friend’s baby.

I love both of these quilts! I used all vintage fabrics, so I didn’t buy any new fabric for these projects. And that’s an aspect I really love about them. I always get a thrill out of using up old fabrics instead of buying new. #stashbusting

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baby boy triangle quilt

I love the colour combination on this blanket. I’m using the word “love” a lot in this post, but I truly LOVE how these quilts turned out! In fact, I even toyed with the idea of making a couple quilts for sale, but I was way too pregnant to go through with that plan. But, if anyone is interested in buying a quilt’s worth of vintage fabrics, let me know. Maybe I’ll put together a few options from my stash.

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Hopefully, I can share the other blankets with a baby on them. Wish me luck!

xo. Hanna

Mother’s Day Sale!!

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We’re celebrating Mother’s Day this weekend and this year, I’m almost a Mom myself on that day. We have less than 2 weeks left, so you bet I’m getting really anxious to meet little miss.

I wanted to give all Moms and future Moms a little treat for Mother’s Day, so I’m having a big SALE on all my sewing courses this weekend.

You can get 30% off on any and all sewing courses with the coupon code “MOMSALE” (just enter at checkout to get the discount!)

If you’ve wanted to start sewing your own clothes, why not start now? These courses are the perfect introduction with video tutorials, checklists and troubleshooting guides to help you through the process. Honestly, it’s not as hard as you think.

Plus, the course projects are a perfect addition to a summer wardrobe, so this really is the best time to get going.

Sending you lots of love for Mother’s Day and I hope to see you inside the courses ;)!

xo. Hanna

The Start Sewing Club is Back! (with an awesome discount)

I have exciting news for you today, sewing buddies! I’m bringing back the Start Sewing Club. Some of you might remember the awesome live sewing courses we had in the spring. Well, all the original courses are now available as separate courses, and an awesome all-inclusive bundle with all the courses packed into one as well.

But, that’s not all the excitement.

I’m offering all the courses at 30% off from today through Monday (12/30/15) with the code “SEWCRAZY”!

This is the only opportunity to get these courses at such a low price. They are packed with useful information, video lessons, and worksheets!

I first created the sewing courses specifically with beginner seamstresses in mind. I’d constantly hear from readers who wanted to start sewing that they were confused by patterns, and overwhelmed by all the techniques. Not to mention the fear of not fitting into what they sewed.

These courses are designed to keep it simple, and give you an enjoyable experience while you sew your first self-stitched garments. There are no patterns to follow and no zippers to attach! No fuzz, ladies, just pure sewing fun!

That being said, there were some intermediate sewers among the firs clubbers and they enjoyed the course just as much as the beginners. There’s something for everyone to learn!

I had a group of amazing students in the spring and saw them finish beautiful garments. I’d love for you to join us!

Did I mention that the courses are self-paced and come with life-time access as well as continuous support from you loving and patient instructor? (that’s moi, by the way)

If you’ve been thinking about (finally) learning how to sew, or you’d like to just learn how to draft your own simple patterns, treat yourself to a course this holidays season. Better yet, get one for yourself and one for a friend, because really, sewing is so much more fun when done together.

Click here to shop courses! (and don’t forget to enter “SEWCRAZY” at checkout!!)

If you’re still on the fence about getting one of the courses, let me know what’s holding you back in the comments! I’d love to help you off the fence (doesn’t matter on which side you land).

Last, but not least, I’d like to thank you all for still sticking around, and for being the most awesome blog readers a gal could wish for. Hugs all around!

xo. Hanna

 

Simple Sewing Project // DIY Sewn Scarf

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Sometimes, the hardest part about sewing, is starting. And, I don’t mean learning the basics of sewing, although that’s mostly also about just starting. What I mean is the times when you procrastinate about sewing – you browse through patterns to select your next make, then you diligently pick out the fabric for it, and then… You stop.

I don’t know about you, but tracing patterns and cutting out pattern pieces is the worst part about sewing for me, and unluckily, this is what needs to be done first. I guess that’s why I love refashioning so much. I can just skip the cutting and pattern part.

Lately, I’ve felt sort of stuck with my sewing projects. I have huge dreams and goals, and new fabrics all lined up, but I somehow just can’t bring myself to start something. So, I decided to pick out a started project. Something that would be super easy and quick to make, and wouldn’t need a pattern. Tadaa! A simple scarf was made.

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I used a lightweight cotton fabric I picked up at the fabric market in the spring. My piece was about 1.5mx1.5m, and it’s the perfect size for me.

All I did with it was to straighten the raw edges and the hemmed them. I was done in 20 minutes, but I still got to sit down at my sewing station and make something. I needed that. If you do, too, I highly recommend giving this super simple project a try.

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I might take on another quilt next. I sewed two toddler quilts for new family members in the summer, and I really loved the simple straight lines and mindless sewing in involved. Or maybe I’ll whip up a few t-shirts from my tried and true pattern.

What’s on your sewing table?

xo.Hanna

Sewn // Floral Summer Pants (plus an important note)

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I know it’s practically the end of summer already, but I have one more final summer sewing project to share with you. I made these floral pants at the end of July already, but with my vacation, and catching up with the biz, I just haven’t had time to show it to you.

Truth be told, I had planned to make these in spring. Yep, like about 4 months before I actually made them. But then the Sewing Club came out, and I was so busy with prepping and launching, that all other sewing plans sort of fell to the wayside. I’m so happy I finally got to these plans, though, because I love these pants!

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I used a Burda pattern again – mod. 4 from Burda Easy Fashion F/S 2008. I know it’s an old issue, but here’s a similar pattern. I’ve had more luck with Burda trouser patterns than I have with top patterns, so I was fairly confident these would turn out ok. As always, no muslin was made (#aintnobodygotimeforthat).

I did however make a few major alterations to the pattern itself. I hate constructing the front zipper, so I decided to move the zipper to the side of the pants. Much easier to sew. So, if you’re a beginner, and you’re dreading those front zippers on pants, this could be your saving grace. I also lengthened the trouser leg a bit, since the original pattern was a cropped trouser.

I cut a size 38, with the intention of taking in quite a bit from the waist, which is my usual alteration with Burda patterns. I doubled the darts and folds and took some in from the sides as well. What I didn’t consider, was the fit of the leg. The pattern called for a stretchy woven, but my fabric had absolutely no ease. This became a big problem once I had sewn the pants together and realised just how tight they were in the thigh and calves area. The only time I’ve ever regretted cutting all the pieces with a seam allowance of 1 cm. I let the seams out as much as I possibly could and then they fit just right, although I can’t afford to gain weight, if I want to wear these again.

Funny #notsofunny story with these pants. So I was almost done with the sewing. I just had to rip out the original leg seams. And on the final seam, I ripped a whole through the fabric. NOOOO! I was so frustrated. I decided to fix it and move on, because honestly, the print is so busy, that no-one was going to notice that little rip, right? I batched it with fusible interfacing from the wrong side, and the repaired the tear. Lesson learned: The seam ripper is evil, and check the fit before you cut.

What I really love about this pattern are the pleats in the front. I also still love this vintage fabric so much. I hope I get to wear these pants (and this top) again next summer. I have a feeling that putting together next year’s summer capsule will be so fun!

What are you sewing at the moment?

xo. Hanna

P.S! I’ll be switching back the blog page as a home page, so if you’re following with Bloglovin’, you probably won’t get the feed. I will get that fixed in the future, but it will take some time. Just try to remember to check back sometimes, or just join the mailing list, to get a weekly reminder 🙂

DIY Leather Fringe Clutch (tutorial)

I finally get to share this suede fringe clutch DIY with you! I’ve been itching to spill the beans for weeks, but as this was a project for Mood, I had to keep it under wraps until now. It’s by far the favourite DIY I’ve created for the magazine. I just love the colour and look of the suede leather.

In true Pearls & Scissors style, I used reclaimed leather for this project. There’s so much good quality leather to be found in thrift stores. I’d hate for it to be thrown in the trash.

I’ve been itching to make my own fringe bag ever since the trend exploded all over Pinterest in the spring. I thought cutting my own fringe would turn out to be difficult, but since this was a pretty thin leather, it was surprisingly easy. Now I’m thinking I might need another, even bigger, fringe bag.

I’m notoriously slow in warming up to new trends. Above all else, I believe in classic style, that stands the test of time (which in my opinion is the base of sustainability), but every once in a while, something classic becomes extra trendy, and even I can get on that train.

SUPPLIES:

  • (Reclaimed) suede or ordinary leather (an old skirt or jacket is perfect for this project)
  • 38cm long zipper
  • Basic sewing equipment (machine, thread, leather needle)
  • Scissors or a rotary cutter (with matt)
  • Glue stick
  • Ruler and pencil

HOW-TO:

STEP 1 – Cut the material

First, you need to cut the material to size. Cut two 40x25cm pieces of leather for the bag. Then, cut four pieces for the fringe in varying sizes: one 35x10cm, one 30x10cm, one 25x10cm and one 20x10cm piece.

Fringe all the narrow pieces. The fringe should be about 8cm long. Premark that to your leather so it’s easier to make the fringe an even length. I cut my fringe to about 2-3mm wide. I used scissors at first, but since that was a pretty slow progress, I switched to a rotary cutter, so if you have one of those, go for it.

STEP 2 – Sew the fringe

Take one of the bag side pieces and draw 4 lines on it to mark the placement of the fringe. These lines need to be horizontal to the longer side of the bag. Draw a line in the center of the bag every 4cm, starting at 3cm from the top of the bag.

Also, draw a vertical line in the center of the bag, and mark the center of each fringe piece. Then, take the shortest piece of fringe and glue it right below the lowest line on the bag (see photo above), so that the center marks align.

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Next, sew the fringe onto the bag.

TIP: When sewing with leather, always use a leather sewing machine needle, and lower your pressure foot pressure. It makes sewing so much easier and smoother, trust me. Also, if you have it, use a teflon sewing machine foot.

Repeat the glueing and sewing until all four pieces are attached to the side of the bag.

STEP 3: Assembling the bag

Next, you’ll want to insert the zipper. I happened to have a previous seam line at the top of both bag sides, so the seam allowance was already folded to the wrong side of the leather. If you’re not that lucky, just fold and glue the seam allowance of 1cm to the backside. Then, place the leather onto the seam allowance of the zipper and attach it with top-stitching.

I prefer this method to the usual zipper attachment process because the zipper lays flat like that, and I simply find it easier to do.

Once the zipper is in place, place the bag sides on top of each other, so that all edges are aligned, and the wrong side of the fabric is facing out.

Make sure you leave the zipper a little bit open, so you can turn over the bag later. Then, sew the side and bottom seams.

Lastly, you can create a bottom for the bag by sewing down the bottom corner about 3cm in. Just fold the bag so that the bottom seam and the side seams line up, and sew down the corner (see photo above).

Cut off the excess and turn the bag over.

I’m so happy with the way this bag turned out. Seriously, the emerald green colour is just to die for on it’s own, but then that fringe takes it to a completely new level. Trust me, you need a bag like this!

Happy sewing!

xo. Hanna

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