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Feature :: Pyramid Beanbag, Sew Now issue 6

Sew Now magazine issue 6 features my Pyramid Bean Bag sewing pattern. Perfect for lounging around at weekends (or secretly during the week!)

Pyramid Beanbag for Sew Now magazine

It’s a super simple make. All you need is a large piece of home dec weight fabric, a super long zip and of course lots of beans!

Any home dec weight fabric will do, but how about making it from a more durable/water resistant fabric and make a beanbag for the garden….can you tell I’m hoping for a glorious summer?

You can pick up a copy of Sew Now magazine in your local newsagent, or from the More Mags website

Sew Now issue 6 Front Cover

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Feature :: Giant Pom-Pom trimmed Cushion, Sew Now issue 5

I designed this cushion with giant Pom-Pom trim for Sew Now issue 5. I love changing the look of a room with some new cushions and even more so when they have big fat pom-poms on them! That’s the great thing about having sewing skills, you can change the look of your home so easily and to your own exacting requirements!

Giant Pom-Pom Cushion Sew Now issue 5

When I was shopping for a zip for the pom-pom cushion I happened to see the birdy/floral fabric in Dunelm and couldn’t resist it! I thought the colours worked so well with the giant pom-pom cushion fabric and trim.

I therefore decided to make a complimentary cushion with jumbo piping. Why have one cushion when you can have two!

If you fancy trying out jumbo piping check out my tutorial for making your own piping!

Giant Pom-pom cushion

You can pick up a copy of Sew Now at major newsagents or you can buy a copy online at moremags

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Feature :: Geometric Coasters for Love Sewing issue 36

I got the chance to work with some fab prints for my latest project for Love Sewing Magazine, what a treat!

Geometric Pieced Coasters for Love Sewing issue 36

There were so many prints to choose from, I was like a child in a sweet shop! This is a great project for using up scraps as it only needs small amounts for each section.

Pieced Fabric Coaster for Love Sewing issue 36

These geometric coasters are also a great project for practicing your precise stitching skills. Sew super straight and stop in the right place for perfect results!

To give a nice firm result I used an extra thick felt that I sourced from the Wool Felt Company

Love Sewing issue 36

If you are looking for a copy of Love Sewing you can pick it up in most news outlets or you can order a copy through the More Mags website

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Feature :: Drawstring Bags for Bag Making Essentials

Looking for a quick make in the run up to Christmas? I have designed this simple drawstring bag for Bag Making Essentials issue 3

Drawstring Bags for Bag Making Essentials 3

It’s a simple make that only involves straight line sewing so it’s perfect for confident beginners or those looking for a quick make.

Cloud Print Drawstring Bag

In this edition of Bag Making Essentials I also show you how to print your bags using freezer paper and fabric paints. There are three different templates for you to choose from, a heart, a cloud and a star.

Heart Print Drawstring Bag

You can pick up a copy of Bag Making Essentials from the More Mags website or from larger retailers.

Bag Making Essentials 3 Front Cover

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Feature :: Framed Evening Clutch for Sew Now

Have you checked out the new sewing magazine, Sew Now? It’s a new title from Practical Publishing focusing on fashion led projects.

Sew Now Magazine Issue 2 Front Cover

I’m so pleased so say that Issue 2 features my first project for Sew Now. I have made an evening clutch that uses a slide in metal frame.

It’s the perfect bag for a night out. It’s big enough for your mobile phone, lippy and some cash. There’s even instructions for a little slip pocket to keep your card.

The fabric I used was from Adam Ross, they make gorgeous premium dressmaking fabrics. I used their Jade Lustre Fine Line Fabric which has a lovely texture and sheen to it.

jade gold lablel fabric

They also sell it in a rather lovely Indigo and a similar looking fabric in Gold

indigo fabric

aztec gold fabric

If I had more time on my hands (and more places to go of an evening) I would be making a load of these bags, those colours are just so lovely!

If you can’t find a copy of Sew Now in a local store yet then have a look at the More Mags website

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Feature :: Oilcloth Apron Love Sewing issue 30

Looking for a quick make for Christmas? How about an oilcloth apron?

Oilcloth Apron

I designed an apron for issue 30 of Love Sewing Magazine. You can pick up a back copy from the More Mags website or you can download a digital copy from their app.

 

For this project I used this fab mustard yellow Nazca print from John Lewis. They also sell it in a really nice Navy print.

You could also go all festive and use a Christmas print. I saw some great ones in Dunelm the other day

Dunelm Christmas Oilcloth

Check out that glittery one…only £4.99 a metre! Wouldn’t it make a great hostess gift for someone?

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Feature :: Pelican Applique T-Shirt for Love Sewing issue 31

I just love an applique T-shirt. I love that you can take something plain and really make it your own. It doesn’t take long, but is so effective and you end up with something that’s different to what you find in the shops.

love-sewing-issue-31-pelican-applique

For issue 31 of Love Sewing Magazine I designed a Pelican Applique pattern that you can apply to any store bought t-shirt. I just love pelicans. Where my parents live in Australia they hang out where the fishermen come in with their boats waiting to see if there’s anything left at the end. The most amusing thing though is seeing them perch on top of the telegraph poles!

Pelican Applique Detail

The T-shirt I used for this project came from JoJo Maman Bebe. It is such lovely quality and washes so well. They don’t currently have exactly the same version, but they do have a Navy/Cream and Navy/Fuchsia version. I’ve just had a look and they do have the red and white stripe in the boys’ section, it just has a slightly different neckline.

Pelican Applique with Boat

I took these pictures of Emily when we were on holiday in Spain this summer. We went out early one morning before the sun became too bright and high in the sky. It was so so hot that morning. I felt so sorry for Emily, but she was a little star!

Pelican Applique Tshirt at the harbour

You can find more details about issue 31 of Love Sewing from their website. If you are reading this post after issue 31 of Love Sewing has come off sale, you can get a back copy from More Mags.

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Feature :: Nautical Tote Bag for Bag Making Essentials 2

Despite what the weather might be telling you outside, it’s summer and the children are off school! eep!

I have a busy summer coming as my mum is visiting from Australia for four weeks (hurrah) and whilst she is here we may even squeeze in a little trip to the seaside….we have family in Devon so we have the perfect excuse!

Every trip to the seaside needs a good roomy tote bag, don’t you think?

Nautical Tote Bag

Photo Credit : Dan Walmsley

This Tote Bag that I designed for Bag Making Essentials 2 is just perfect for your Summer Holidays. Plenty roomy enough for a towel, some water and sunscreen, plus all the other stuff I can’t seem to leave the house without!

Nautical Tote Bag for Bag Making Essentials 2

Photo Credit : Dan Walmsley

The pattern features instructions on how to insert eyelets and there are instructions for making a handy little pocket for the inside.

Bag Making Essentials 2 Front Cover

I am feeling very proud that my bag made the front cover 🙂 you can also see my lovely face and some of my other makes on the tips page of the magazine!

Bag Making Essentials 2 Tips Page

You can get a copy of Bag Making Essentials 2 from some major retailers and from the More Mags website

If you are thinking of making a bag for the summer, don’t forget I also have the To-Go Tote Bag pdf pattern now available from my Etsy store and from Craftsy

To-Go Tote made by Victoria Peat

by Victoria Peat

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Feature :: Cross Body Rucksack for Love Sewing Issue 27

Men can be hard to buy for, agreed? Well the men in my life seem to be nearly impossible to buy for. They seem to have everything they need and want for nothing more. I find them even more difficult to make for!

To be totally honest I have never sewn anything for my husband. I have knitted him a few things with varying levels of success, but I have never been brave enough to actually sew something. This bag pattern however may just hit the spot.

It’s a Man Bag!*

This bag pattern has been designed for the bloke that likes to tote stuff about but has too much for fitting in jeans pockets and is too cool for a standard rucksack.

 

Cross Body Rucksack Detail

The bag features an external slip pocket and a handle at the top. The inside also has a slip pocket and the dimensions of the bag have been designed to fit in an iPad, along with a bunch of other bits and pieces.

Love Sewing Issue 27 Front Cover

The faux leather that I used came from Fabric Online. I chose from their range of Flame Retardant Faux Leather…..they have 14 different colours to choose from! I looked at a few options but decided to make a bag that could be used my men or women so I plumped for the Mulberry.

Cross Body Rucksack

I chose a great striped webbing from Ray Stitch. It gives a good contrast to the burgundy faux leather don’t you think? It comes in a wide range of colours to match just about any colour you choose for your bag.

Father’s Day is on the way so you had better get sewing!

If you make a bag, I would love to see how you get on. Pop by Little Black Duck : In the Sewing Room on facebook and post a picture or post a picture on instagram and tag me @victoriapeat

Shout if you have any problems. Happy Sewing x

*bag is totally unisex and I would like one for myself in Tan…or this lovely Fuchsia

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Free Pattern :: Rainbows and Raindrops Applique

In Spring 2015 I designed a cute little applique pattern for Issue 12 of Love Sewing magazine

If I look back at my instagram and pinterest ‘likes’ so many of the pictures I’ve clicked like on a are rainbow colours. I guess my psyche is trying to tell me that I’m a Spring/Summer person, rather than an Autumn/Winter kind of girl! Spring this year has been somewhat slow to arrive, it really is time for some sunshine and perhaps some temperatures about ten degrees!

Rainbow Applique FREE download

I really love an applique t-shirt for children, much nicer than the character ones (that they love so much!). So, I thought it would be fun to design an applique project along the rainbow theme.

Below you will find step by step instructions and a link to download the applique pattern pieces. Find yourself a plain t-shirt, some scraps of bright fabrics and you are away!

Rainbow T-shirt Emily

RAINBOW APPLIQUE INSTRUCTIONS

Materials Required:

:: Plain t-shirt
:: Bondaweb
:: Cotton in the following colours
– Red 3.5” x 6”
– Orange 4.5” x 6”
– Yellow 5” x 5”
– Green 2.5” x 4
– Dark Blue 2” x 3.5”
– Pink 1.5” x 3”
– White 3×4”
– Light Blue 3”x3”
:: Stabiliser such as Stitch and Tear
:: Thread in colours to match cotton fabrics

Prepare Pattern Pieces

Download your FREE Rainbow Applique Pattern Pieces.

Trace all pattern pieces onto the paper side of the Bondaweb (remembering to reverse the cloud shape) and roughly cut out (about 1/4” from the pattern line).

Iron Bondaweb shapes onto the wrong side of your fabrics and cut out precisely/along the pattern line.

Arrange all of the pieces on your t-shirt. Layer the Rainbow Stripes on top of each other, starting with the red/largest first.

Iron in place the Rainbow and the Sun, putting to one side the Cloud and Raindrops for the time being.

Attach stabiliser on the inside of the t-shirt.

Stitch in Place

When you are stitching make sure that you don’t sew through both layers of the t-shirt!

Sew around the Centre of the Sun with a zig-zag stitch. Stitch around the Sun’s Rays with a straight stitch close to the outer edges. See pic below.

Pic A Sun stitching detail blog
Sew around the edges of the Rainbow stripes with a zig-zag stitch, changing thread colour for each stripe. This may seem like a pain, but it will be worth it! Consider using a mid grey thread in your bobbin, rather than changing it each time. Just test your stitching on a scrap of fabric first to see if you need to adjust your tension as you wouldn’t want the bobbin thread showing on the right side. See pic below.

Pic B Sewing the rainbow blog

Position the Cloud over the bottom of the Rainbow and the Raindrops under the cloud. Iron in place.

Sew Cloud in place with a zig-zag stitch. I’ve used a grey thread so that it gives a bit more definition to the cloud edges.

Sew the Raindrops in place with a straight stitch close to the outer edges. See picture below.

Pic C Cloud and Raindrop blog

Tidy Up Your Work

Pull all threads through to the inside of the t-shirt, tie off and cut away excess thread.

Remove excess stabiliser from the inside of the t-shirt.

That’s it, you’re all done!

Some Other Ideas…

How about sewing some or all of the design onto a bag or onto a cushion?

You could scale up the size of the rainbow and use just that part of the design on a t-shirt – super cute! Alternatively, try enlarging the cloud a little and cut out lots and lots of raindrops.

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Happy Sewing!

Rainbow Applique

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