Category Archives: Sewing

Keepsake Cushions

I managed to get some photos for a keepsake cushion I made in November (I think) – it was for my buyer’s daughter. I got a polo shirt, which are a little more time-consuming to make than a plain buttoned shirt.

I leave the collar on and fill it in with a sleeve, and sew shut the bottom of the shirt. With this one, because of the design of the shirt, I changed the font used in the patch so I didn’t cover up any of the design, with my buyer’s agreement.

My buyer was very happy with the end result — and wasn’t expecting it to be so big! “I have just collected my cushion from the post office. I love it! Thank You so much. I imagined it to be smaller than it is.
My daughter will love it.
Thank You for such a prompt service.”

These photos show the keepsake cushion cover while being made. Each one I make ends up being made slightly differently depending on the shirt/t-shirt/polo shirt/jumper, the size I can make and what my buyer would like.

Picking the size for the cushion cover
Picking the size for the cushion cover
With Patch added & sides sewn
With Patch added & sides sewn
Cut to size
Cut to size
The neckline is ready to fill in
The neckline is ready to fill in
Finished - with cushion form and bottom edge sewn shut.
Finished – with cushion form and bottom edge sewn shut.
Close-up of the patch
Close-up of the patch
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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year!

As I’ve been so busy this October November and December filling orders, this blog has gone by the wayside.

How busy have I been?

I made and sent 210 items in those 3 months including about 7 keepsake cushion patches and 14 keepsake cushions, 12 faux mohair wraps, 12 Santa Letters & Reindeer Food, 17 camera buddies, 7 camera straps and 7 pairs of herringbone handwarmers. I had many more queries for keepsake cushions in December, but simply couldn’t fit more in before Christmas. For the first time ever, I shut my shops for 10 days to catch up. I have never done that before, but with son going to school in Cambridge and even more going on in Real Life, I needed to.

They are all back open now, and there’s a sale on in my Looking Glass Designs shop for 15% off everything!

Here’s a few keepsake cushions I made –

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Halloween Trick or Treat Bags

As some of you know from previous years, I make Hallowe’en bags – crocheted as well as appliqued. I have some listed below and will add more later on this week….

They are always very popular, and if you’d like one, get in my order books now!

Jack o'Lantern Trick or Treat Bag
Jack o’Lantern Trick or Treat Bag

Get my Pumpkin Trick or Treat Bag Here!

Frankenstein Bag
Frankenstein Bag
Get Frankie Here.

Ghost Trick or Treat Bag
Ghost Trick or Treat Bag
Get Ghostie Here.

Ghost Applique Bag
Ghost Applique Bag

Get this Ghost applique bag Here.

White Ghost Applique Bag
White Ghost Applique Bag

And this ghost applique bag here.

Bats & Moon Trick or Treat Bag
Bats & Moon Trick or Treat Bag

Grab my Bat & Moon Trick or Treat Bag here

Jack o'Lantern Bag
Jack o’Lantern Bag

Snaffle up this Jack o’Lantern Bag here!

Camera Scarf Straps

Just a quick little post showing off my camera scarf straps! I participated in a Market Night on a Facebook Group last night and 2 of these sold there, but they were so pretty I thought I’d show them to you anyway. The rest will be, or are, in my etsy shop and my folksy shop ready to go to new homes!

Everyone who has bought them has loved their choice – one customer ended up buying one each for her Mum and step-Dad as they loved the look of hers so much! I rarely have more than 2-3 of each scarf so grab them while you can if you find some you love!

Pink Butterfly Camera Scarf Strap - sold out
Pink Butterfly Camera Scarf Strap – sold out
Pink Leopard Spots Camera Scarf Strap
Pink Leopard Spots Camera Scarf Strap
Bright Blues  Camera Scarf Strap - sold out.
Bright Blues Camera Scarf Strap – sold out.
Black & White  Camera Scarf Strap
Black & White Camera Scarf Strap
Roses on Black  Camera Scarf Strap
Roses on Black Camera Scarf Strap

Roses Camera Scarf Strap on Etsy

Gold  Camera Scarf Strap
Gold Camera Scarf Strap
White Chiffon  Camera Scarf Strap
White Chiffon Camera Scarf Strap

White Chiffon Scarf Strap on Etsy
White Chiffon Scarf Strap on Folksy

Purple Floral  Camera Scarf Strap
Purple Floral Camera Scarf Strap

Purple Floral Camera Scarf Strap on Etsy
Purple Floral Camera Scarf Strap on Folksy

Black Cotton Camera Scarf Strap
Black Cotton Camera Scarf Strap

Black Camera Scarf Strap on Etsy

Is it *that* time of year already?

Is it *that* time of year already? Time to think about Halloween Items in my etsy shop! I guess so….

So what do I have for Halloween? I have Trick or Treat Bags! Whichever you prefer – cotton tote bags, or crocheted cotton bags… take your pick! Either are perfect for your scariest or prettiest toddler to take out trick or treating. The large crocheted Frankenstein one is often used as a book bag too! These have been very popular the last couple of years! If you’d like one, check out the photos, there are links to each one in my etsy shop at the bottom of the photos.

Pick your favourite and tell me why in the comments!

Pumpkin Face
Pumpkin Face
This bag can be found Here!

Ghost no. 1
Ghost no. 1
This bag can be found Here!

Ghost No. 2
Ghost No. 2
This bag can be found Here!

Bats & Moon Bag
Bats & Moon Bag
This bag can be found Here!

Ghost Bag
Ghost Bag
This bag can be found Here!

Jack o'Lantern Bag
Jack o’Lantern Bag
This bag can be found Here!

Frankie
Frankie
This bag can be found Here!

Large Crochet Frankenstein Bag
Large Crochet Frankenstein Bag
Last but not least, this bag can be found Here!

Scarf Camera Straps

I’ve been making some scarf camera straps and they have been quite popular – I have had 1 buyer buy 3! They are very comfortable and I either buy square scarves and sew them into a rectangle, or find long scarves in local charity shops and use them. Most are adjustable, I haven’t found many scarves that aren’t long enough!

Many are OOAK (One of a kind), so once they are sold, that’s it for that scarf strap. Some of the straps in the photos have already sold…. but you’ll find more in my Etsy Shop, I’ll try to add a couple more every week. Each scarf Camera Strap has swivel lobster clasps to attach to your camera and a slider so you can adjust hte length of your strap. The seams are all triple stitched, and there are 3 rows at the ends of the scarves and then the denim or twill covers are also triple stitched on top.

Which is your favourite?

Lilac Floral Scarf Strap
Lilac Floral Scarf Strap
Black Scarf Strap
Black Scarf Strap
Rainbow Scarf Strap
Rainbow Scarf Strap
Tan Butterfly Scarf Strap
Tan Butterfly Scarf Strap
Purple Floral Scarf Strap
Purple Floral Scarf Strap
Peach Scarf Strap
Peach Scarf Strap
Red Scarf Strap
Red Scarf Strap
Duck Egg Blue Scarf Strap
Duck Egg Blue Scarf Strap
Burgundy Burnt Velvet Scarf Strap
Burgundy Burnt Velvet Scarf Strap
White Scarf Strap
White Scarf Strap
Yellow Scarf Strap
Yellow Scarf Strap

Sewing Pattern Weights

I don’t sew a lot of clothes or anything but rectangular pieces of cloth, but I still pin them to the fabric. I’m a perfectionist, and prefer 90′ corners! I have started to use these pattern weights though, and they work very well.

All the sewing weights
All the sewing weights

I saw some pattern weights on ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’ and decided to make some….. and then made more… and then more. So I have added them to my etsy shop!

I have 3 sets up right now, and plan on making some other sizes and shapes as well. Each one weighs about 53g or a little less than 2 oz. and are about 3″ in size. Which set is your favourite?

You can find them here… they’d make great gifts for sewers!

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Keepsake Cushions

I’ve made a ton of keepsake cushions in the last 5 months, from all sorts of clothes – dresses, stretch jersey tops, chunky cardigans, fine lambswool jumpers, polo shirts, men’s cardigans….. and of course, buttoned shirts.

I have a long processing time on them so I don’t rush. I don’t want to make them quickly (and I could have had at least 50% more orders if I had a quicker turn-around time) but some clothes do need some time to think about how I want to turn them into covers. Sometimes what I did for 1 jumper won’t work on the next – a different fabric or style, or it’s been worn more than others.

I take my time in cutting, sewing and finishing each one. These mean so much to the people who trust me to make them that I try to make them the best I can.

Here are a few of the most recent ones I have made. If you would like me to make a keepsake cushion or 6 for you, get in touch!

Cardigan Keepsake Cushion
Cardigan Keepsake Cushion

Men's Cardigan Keepsake Cushion
Men’s Cardigan Keepsake Cushion
Pair of Chunky Cardigan Cushions
Pair of Chunky Cardigan Cushions
Jersey Top Cushion
Jersey Top Cushion
Lambswool Jumper Cushion
Lambswool Jumper Cushion
Buttoned Shirt Keepsake Cushion
Buttoned Shirt Keepsake Cushion

Keepsake Cushions

A new item I have added to my repetoire is Keepsake Cushion Covers. A friend tagged me in a Facebook post for someone looking to get some made and I offered to make one.

The first Keepsake Cushion Cover
The first Keepsake Cushion Cover

I picked up a man’s shirt from the customer and made up the cushion cover, embroidering a quote on some Aida fabric –

“This is a shirt
I used to wear.
Whenever you
hold it, know
I am there.
Love, Tony xx”

Quote
Quote

Before I knew it, I had orders for 18 more, and stopped taking any more orders until I could get caught up. I sent 3 off to another customer, then 2 and several singles as well.

I added them to my etsy shop, and plan on offering a few different fonts as well as other types of clothing – women’s tops and dresses as well as knit cardigans. Keepsake Cushion and without the Cushion Form – Keepsake Cushion Cover only

I really like making these, they are very special to the recipients and I’m getting back to one of my favourite crafts, cross stitch and embroidery. Each one is unique, no two will ever be exactly alike.

Red Shirt Keepsake Cushion Cover
Red Shirt Keepsake Cushion Cover
Grey Shirt Keepsake Cushion Cover
Grey Shirt Keepsake Cushion Cover
Purple Shirt Keepsake Cushion Cover
Purple Shirt Keepsake Cushion Cover

Hallowe’en…. Trick or Treat Bags

I have crochet halloween bags and they sell pretty well, but I thought I’d try a new style this year.

I came up with 3 designs so far – a pumpkin face, a ghost and a bats/moon combo.

These ones are the prototypes, so they have been listed with a little discount…here. If you order today, you can also get another discount with code “SEPT35” until Midnight tonight!

Bats & Moon Bag
Bats & Moon Bag

Ghost No. 2
Ghost No. 2

Ghost no. 1
Ghost no. 1
Pumpkin Face
Pumpkin Face

Each bag is a 100% cotton tote measuring 20cm x 26cm. These are sturdy little goody trick or treat bags with cute Hallowe’en appliques, perfect for any little trick or treater! Which one is your favourite??