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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 :: Glitter Heart Purse for Love Sewing issue 35

Issue 35 of Love Sewing features a little glittery clutch bag designed by me! Have you seen it?

Heart Glitter Clutch for Love Sewing

As bags go it’s quite a quick make and you can let your creative side run free and play about with the colour and placement of the hearts. Wouldn’t it look great with loads and loads of hearts in a whole rainbow of colours?

 

To make this bag however I used a selection of pink vinyl from a Rainbow of Stitches. They were really great to work with, it was like sewing through butter!

A Rainbow of stitches sells this glittery vinyl in loads of different fab colours, of which I particularly like their Black and Silver collection!

Let me know if you make a glittery heart clutch, it would be great to see it !Love Sewing issue 35 front cover

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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 :: Girls’ Skater Skort (Culottes) for Love Sewing issue 26

Have you got an active little girl in your life? I seem to have two! Both of our girls love the outdoors and it makes me so happy when the weather is warm and sunny and they are racing around the garden.

My girls are girly girls in that they like to wear something pretty and preferably something with a bit of twirl. Problem is though that girly is not always that practical….particularly when they want to run, jump and climb.

This is where my Skater Skort pattern is just perfect. It’s a pair of culottes based on the style lines of a full skirt.

Skater Skort Culottes

The pattern that is included with issue 26 of Love Sewing is for an age 7 girl. As my Skater Skort has been designed with an elasticated gathered waist it can easily be adjusted to fit a slightly younger or older girl.

Skater Skort Culottes

Download the pattern pieces from Love Sewing Issue 26 from the Love Sewing Mag website.

As usual if you have any issues with making up the pattern then let me know!

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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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Feature :: Knit Circle Skirt for Love Sewing issue 25

My girls just love a skirt they can twirl in and I just love a skirt that can be sewn up in an evening! This is where the inspiration for my new knit circle skirt pattern came from.

Love Sewing issue 25 features my knit circle skirt in an age 9. It really is a quick sew and can be sewn with a standard sewing machine accompanied by a ballpoint needle and a stretch stitch, or with an overlocker or a serger if you have one.

Knit Circle Skirt Love Sewing issue 25

I worked with the fabulous Lara by Lillestoff knit fabric from Maud’s Fabric Finds. She seems to have sold out of this print for now, but her site is jam packed with lots of other great options.

Love Sewing Issue 25 Front Cover

You can download a copy of the age 9 pattern from the Love Sewing website. If you have any problems with the download or pattern drop me a line.

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Feature :: Slogan Bags for Love Sewing, Issue 24 (plus a little giveaway)

Issue 24 of Love Sewing features some fabric painted tote bags that I made using freezer paper templates…..do you spy one on the front cover?

Love Sewing Issue 24 Front Cover

I pulled together three different slogans for you to choose from ‘Measure Twice Cut Once’ ‘Sewing Mends the Soul’ and ‘#sewcialist’. To download the templates see the Love Sewing website

 

A couple of points about the paints I used…..

I used Brian Clegg fabric paints that I found at Fred Aldous. I bought Gold, Black, Fluorescent Yellow and Fluorescent Blue.

The neon yellow paint was brilliant and showed up beautifully on a white bag, but I felt like it needed several layers on the pink bag. If you are doing more than one layer, make sure that the stencil is still in place. Anywhere where it has lifted there is a chance that the paint will seep through. Wait for the paint to dry then, with a pressing cloth, give the freezer paper stencil another iron to re-adhere it to the bag.

I applied the paint with a paintbrush but applying with a sponge is also really great as it helps avoid applying too much paint at a time.

My final tip is Gold paint all the way!!! It came out so well and I now want to paint everything gold!

Now, on to the GIVEAWAY……

What’s on Offer :: I have a brand new unopened copy of Love Sewing  Issue 24 to give away to one lucky fan. Issue 24 includes two free full paper patterns which will get you well on your way to creating yourself a new wardrobe full of clothes. I’ll also throw in some freezer paper for you to make your own printed tote bag should the mood strike!

How to Enter :: Leave a message on this post letting me know which slogan you would print onto a tote bag.

Other ways make me happy :: Why not sign up for my newsletter, come and like my facebook page or join my facebook group? None of these are essential in order for you to qualify for entry, but in the same breath, none of them will get you any more entries! Go on, share the love anyway 🙂 Failing that send cake.

Who Can Enter:: Anyone can enter, just make sure that you comment below with a valid email address so that if you win I can contact you for your address details. I am happy to send this prize to anyone in the world – woohoo!

Entries Close :: Let’s not string this out for too long….I’ll close the competition on Monday 14th March 9am GMT.

And the winner is….? I’ll post the name of the winner here and on my facebook page on Monday 14th March.

Good Luck!

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Feature :: Oval Wash Bag in Love Sewing Issue 20

Erratum – Seam Allowances should be 1.5cm throughout (unless specified) NOT 1cm as printed in the magazine


The latest issue of Love Sewing is on the shelves and for this issue I have designed an Oval Wash Bag, the perfect size for holidays and weekends away. You could even make one as a gift for someone special…Christmas is coming!

Love Sewing Issue 20 Front Cover Feature

This is a project more for the intermediate sewer. It involves making and inserting piping (using bias binding) and inserting a zip.

IMG_3584I had the pleasure of working with fabric from Karen Lewis‘s new fabric range, Blueberry Park for Robert KaufmanIMG_3545

The main fabric is Dalmation in grey and I’ve used Flowerbed in peach as a contrast for the tabs at either end of the zip.
IMG_3543I also used the Flowerbed print as a contrast for the lining. I just love it when the inside of a bag is just as pretty as the outside!IMG_3571

If you would like to see the whole Blueberry Park range, check out the Robert Kaufman page, there are loads of brilliant prints and colours.

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Feature :: Love Sewing Issue 19 Royal Cape

Issue 19 of Love Sewing has just hit the shelves and I’m so excited to see that my project has made the front cover!

I have designed a cape that’s perfect for little ones that love to dress up like royalty!

Love Sewing Issue 19 Royal Cape Feature Photo

Rather co-incidentally I made the samples for the shoot in colours favoured by a couple of Frozen sisters! No complaints from my two on that front.

Don’t you think though, that it would also look great in a purple or a dark green? Ooooh, or even one in black…perfect for a spooky mysterious witch! If you make one in a different colour, let me know as I’d love to see it!

Royal Cape - Shorter LengthI’ve drafted the pattern in two different lengths. The shorter one is on Emily who is 4 and the longer one is on Charlotte who was 6 at the time of the photo shoot.

Royal Cape - longer lengthThe thing my girls love the most if of course the twirl factor…..

Twirling Royal Cape

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