Thursday, 9 January 2014

Sewing a pillowcase dress 3T size

This is a quick 1-2 hour sewing project depending on how experienced and quick you are.  This is one of the first try I had sewing a pillowcase dress using new pre-washed cotton and poplin fabric. 

Start with 44" width cotton fabric, cut a length of 24-26" fabric if you do not want to add a floral hem at the bottom of dress.  Final length is around 22-23".

For straps, I think I used 44" for one single strap, so I cut two 44" length x 3"width to make a narrow strap.

It is made to fit three year old child.

Beginner's sewing project. I did not serge the seams, instead I fold the fabric by 1/4" once, iron it and fold it again 1/4". This way, all my seams are enclosed.  

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Monday, 6 January 2014

Sewing project: ipad bag

iPad bag or case

I started mine off as a trial and error sewing project, but thought I share what I found online that resembles most what I did.

Materials used:

All-purpose foot
Sewing machine - Singer 160 and matching colour thread
allow 1/2" seam allowances each side
Actual iPad with plastic case measures approximately 8.5" W x 10.5" L x 1.5" thickness
Outer fabric and inner fabric used - same style and print, 4 pieces of 12.5' x 8.5" or
2 pieces of 25" x 10.5" inner lining (Fabric used was Filligree Textiles Pty Ltd, Noah's Ark uncoated Decor fabric. 100% Cotton
Flap:  2 pieces of 10.5" x 5"
Batting for flap: 1 x 10.5 x 5"
Pocket:  2 pieces blue poplin fabric 7" x 9"

Elastic loop - 8cm
Button - 2-3cm diameter
Batting - cut to same size as the outer fabric and inner lining
I allowed 2" extra for seams and bit of room
Inner pocket:  1 piece of 10.5" x 10".

As it turned out, the pocket was not quite centred.  But, quite roomy to contain earphones, power plugs etc.