‘Leather’ Kraft Tex wallet – video tutorial

Kraft Tex leather-look wallet. Free pattern and video tutorial.

I’ve been playing with this new ‘fabric’. It’s called Kraft Tex, is described as a paper fabric, designed to look a bit like leather, is tear proof, water resistant, easy to work with and very versatile. You can use it in crafting of all sorts, including sew with it. Use it flat straight out of the packet or pre-treat it to make it look more like leather. It’s great for sewing and using in bags as well as all sorts of mixed media and paper crafts too. I have a couple of previous articles you can look at here to learn more about it: All about Kraft Tex and how to pre-treat it Kraft Tex ‘leather’ key fob C&T Publishing who have created this product have some cool free project ideas so that you can try out various different projects. … Continue reading

My Caribbean Carnivale Bright Quilt Top

All the bright and crazy colors of the Caribbean combined in a single easy quilt for beginners. Don't like it bright? You can make this from any 6 inch strips.

I love living here in the Caribbean.  The sunshine, the relaxed lifestyle, no income taxes and of course the color. Bright color everywhere.  From the ocean and beaches, to the homes, the beach bars, the tourist attractions, (the tourists themselves!) and the wonderful bright and colorful nature of our islands. So when I saw this pack of fabric, it HAD to be mine.  Everything about it just screams Caribbean and I had to make a new quilt top.  If you’ve been following along with my previous quilt top attempts, you’ll know that I’m very much still a beginner and enjoy the simple patterns with the quick results, and of course the very bright colors and contrasts.  This pack came with a free pattern as a quilt ‘kit’ on Craftsy and it was a quick and fun sew. Materials The whole … Continue reading

Kraft Tex ‘leather’ key fob

My first time sewing with Kraft Tex today.  Did you read the wash comparison test I did last week about how to pre-treat the Kraft Tex to make it look like leather?  For this one, I soaked once in boiling water for 5 minutes, gave it a crumple, folded it while wet and then pressed it to dry with an iron.  Perfect! Let me show you how it went sewing Kraft Tex for the first time while I make this simple ‘leather look’ key fob. How to make a Kraft Tex key fob   I think if I was to make this again, I would go for a piece 4 inches wide and fold it into quarters for the leather part of the strap.  I was just worried to start with about how many layers my machine could sew – … Continue reading

The Roundabout Bag – POTM

This round bag is so 'on-trend' right now. Looks like a great purse - straight on my sewing to do list.

It’s that time of year when we start to feel like we are running around in circles, and that feeling has inspired the pattern of the month for December – the Roundabout Bag. I’m told that round bags are going to be all the fashion this Spring after Chanel previewed their Airport Collection with some very stylish round bags for 2016.  Get ahead of the trend and get your round bag ready to hit the runways soon! Features of the Roundabout Bag Unusual circular design with top zipper Uses ready made leather handles for a store-bought look (or you can make your own ) Roomy inside with space for several internal pocket options Front single pocket with twist lock (optional) Back divided pocket Optional piping Full video tutorial (with pattern purchase only) Finished size – approx. 9 inches across by … Continue reading

Christmas Baking – December Mug Rug of the Month

OOh this is so 'sweet'. A Christmas baking gingerbread mug rug pattern. I love how the details and icing are created.

There is still time to throw together some quick and easy gifts, and this is a perfect gift to give along with a matching mug and some snacks, or even alone. What a perfect teacher, pastor, or hostess gift. With my December mug rug pattern of the month, I though it would be fun to use lots of embellishments to give it more of a 3-dimensional look and make the gingerbread boy look a little more real. Sometimes the embellishments you add can really bring your project to life! For more holiday mug rug patterns, as well as everyday patterns, stop by my Craftsy Shop or Etsy Shop. I hope you are following along on our mug rug of the month tutorials! Materials for the Christmas Baking Mug Rug What you will need for one mug rug: Small scraps of fabric for appliqués 1/8 yard of light … Continue reading

Scrappy Christmas Table Mats

Scrappy Christmas Table Mat tutorial. That tree is made up of all the tiniest pieces - how its done is genius!

Dare I confess to having never made a table mat in my life? First time for everything!! Especially if it involves using fabric scraps:) It’s surprisingly easy – have a go:) For one mat you will need: Base fabric Batting Scraps of fabric in greens, shimmery see through fabric, and a base fabric Fabric for binding To make: Lets start with the basic mat – cut out two pieces of fabric and batting measuring 18 by 14 inches Lay fabric right side down, next your batting and then your fabric right side up. Pin the layers together. Stitch through the layers with a quilting foot or walking foot (you may like to set your machine to a slightly longer stitch). Use the edge of the foot to guide your next line of stitching. Trim the matt to 16 by 13 inches. To make … Continue reading

The Graffiti dress – free pattern

Free sewing pattern for this easy summer dress. Love the circle skirt and the v-neckline at the back.

Another free pattern for you today. Another quick and simple to sew dress pattern that looks good on lots of different body shapes. I know many of you will be feeling the chill as you are approaching winter, but that also means many are feeling things warming up and summer approaches for the other half of the world. Here in Cayman it’s always summer so a sassy dress to show off my tan is appropriate every month of the year. Features of the Graffiti dress: Sleeveless with narrow shoulders to show off your tan Slightly cut in arm holes front and back Scoop neckline at the front and interesting V in the back Option for a contrast waist band Full circle skirt with ‘choose your own length’ pattern Full video tutorial including fitting tips Available to fit bust 29-41 inches and … Continue reading

Darth Vader Apron pattern

OMG, my guy is going to LOVE this Darth Vader apron. Unisex pattern, for gals too or scale down for the kids. Check out the R2D2 one on this site too.

Come to the dark side! Did you see my R2D2 inspired apron earlier this month? If you didn’t see the appeal – then you probably won’t go for this one. But if you loved R2D2 – then fight the Rebel Alliance and join the dark side with Darth Vader. I hear the dark side has cookies. I hate to hear a man whine, so when he saw me with my R2D2 apron, he was all complaints that I hadn’t made anything for him.  His wish is granted with this unisex Darth Vader inspired apron.  Now we can fight good versus evil in the kitchen instead of just fighting about who does the washing up tonight. I told him to look menacing for the photos, but he just couldn’t stop grinning so I suppose that’s a good thing.  He really loves … Continue reading

Insulated lunch bag pattern – POTM

Make your own insulated lunch bags with your favorite fabrics. Includes make your own laminated fabrics for a wipe-clean option too.

I’m loving my new lunch bag and know that you will too.  Whether you live in a hot or cold environment or somewhere in between, we often need to take things with us we want to keep insulated.  I like to take some cold drinks with me out in the car (and perhaps a bar of chocolate too – shhh) and don’t want them warming up.  Hubby and I have also bought hot take out and used these bags to carry it home too. These insulated lunch bags are perfect to take to work with your lunch, perfect for the kids to take to school and ideal for just making some sandwiches and getting into the big outdoors on the spur of the moment for lunch in the park or at the beach. It’s a fun thing to carry and … Continue reading

Color Block Pillow – With A Twist!

How to make this stunning reversible color block pillow with knife pleat panel and cording. Videos help you every step of the way.

Hi everyone!  It’s Jann again from Newton Custom Interiors.  As some of you know, I LOVE pillows!  I love how they can quickly and easily change the look of a room.   Today I’m going to share my tutorial for how to make a color block pillow with a twist. This pillow is made with two or more fabrics, and is a great way to use those small scraps of fabric that you can’t bear to part with! The twist is the knife-pleated middle section on the front.  I love how the pleating adds a lot of detail and dimension to the pillow. The back side is plain – no pleating.  A nice reversible option! This pillow also has cording around the outer edges.  (Which is completely optional!) You can make any variation of this type of pillow that you … Continue reading

Easy snowflake coasters to sew

Quick and easy snowflake coasters to sew in either fabric or no-sew in felt too. Fun kids activity or ideal hostess gifts too.

We can’t deny it, the holiday season is soon upon us. I’m not planning to sew a lot of Christmassy or winter themed items this year. It’s just not that wintery here in Cayman! That doesn’t mean I don’t want to dot around a few subtle Christmas items around the place, and with all the extra entertaining and visitors that happens at this time of year, I needed some coasters for all those cups of tea. These are really quick and easy to make, and make ideal hostess gifts too. Make half a dozen and wrap them with a festive ribbon and they make a nice little ‘thank you’ to hand over to the hostess if you are invited round for drinks or dinner. Materials you will need: White felt Fusible web such as Heat N Bond Ultrahold Pen & … Continue reading