Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I got Skinny (Pin Cushion Swap)

Have you seen that Amy @ Amy Made That! held a skinny pin cushion swap? I couldn't help but get in on that!

Here is the pin cushion I made....


And here is the one I recieved! How adorable!!!!!!!! Love it!

Want to make your own? Check out the super easy pattern here. Keep in mind when looking at the pattern that there are not cutting instructions, the squares/rectangles on the page are templates.... it took me a while to figure that out.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A long time between posts - Crochet Doily Rug Finish

Phew, my last post was in January, and let me say I've been flat out since. I started back at work after my super long 7 week break over Christmas, I've been preparing ( and partying) in the lead up to my friends wedding and I'm in the process of moving house. Excitement (and fatigue) is prominent in the Seraphym Household at the moment.

Of course, being a craft nut (addict), and a Art/Textiles teacher, I've still been crafting like crazy just not blogging about it. So fair to say I'm hoping to get a few posts on schedule today before the wedding and move happens so you can get your Seraphym Fix.

So if you've been reading along I've mentioned some projects that I'm keen to tackle....

So far, I've completed and blogged about the dog bed and one of the Kitty Arigarumi's, and I've bought all of the materials for the fleece hoodie dress (aka: on the UFO list)

And now I present to you my new finish.... The Crochet Doily Rug!

Sprocket just had to be in the picture!

I love me a good doily, and it was my intention to create rugs from the t-shirt yarn that I bought for 50 cents a ball. As you can see from the image above my original intention was to create a plainer version of the rug but as soon as my eyes set on the inspiration images below I was intent on creating a giant doily! Clicky on the images which link to Pinterest.
crochet rug by lorka., via Flickr
Crochet rug
crochet rug by girbska

I had originally started using this tutorial, but as the tutorial would have given me a smaller rug than I had intended I just improvised the rest. I'm still keen to create a plain stitch rug and use it as a bath mat, since it soooo comfy under foot, but I'm not sure how it will go with water, and washing, since I have already noticed some balling of the fabric yarn.

Speak soon!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Updated Quilted Ironing Board Cover Tutorial

Since I released my Quilted ironing board tutorial on the blog and on craftsy, this little baby has been getting a load of attention. I think its a crafty persons prerogative to pretty up their sewing space ( or really, any space for that matter) and sewing space especially since we spend as much time as possible in there.
In my case, my space is the kitchen table (and if I've been reading correctly, I'm not alone there) So slowly I've been "sewifying" the space, so slowly and gradually that Mr Seraphym won't feel like I've dropped a giant quilt bomb on the house that will compromise his manlyness. The first of these beautifying projects being my ironing board cover. because well, just have a look at it!

Yup, that's what my ironing board cover looked like on it's worst day, The day that my darling cat sprocket decided that the ironing board cover was a) a bed b) a play toy c) a scratching post and d) foam is fun to rip up.

So I beautified the cover, wrote you all a tutorial so you can pretty up yours and show me how you went :) I got some awesome feedback from the tutorial and a couple of the questions that popped up that struck me were;

a) Does the bulk of the seams get in the way?
b) The ironing board tutorial suits a smaller ironing board than mine, how do I adjust it?
c) I'm not using fat quarters, how long do I cut my strips?

And in answer to your questions

a) The seams nor quilting get in the way when I'm ironing and they can barely be felt when I move my hand along the board. I believe this is for two reasons
         1. I press my seams apart rather to one side.
         2. I quilted the herring bone section of my cover with straight lines parallel to the seam and a walking foot distance away. This way I didn't create any bumps that say, a meandering pattern may.
b) I have updated the tutorial!! So I have included both cutting instructions for my board size and instructions for cutting to fit your own board! yippeee!
c) see B.

So I have updated the tutorial, so if you were hesitant to start making one, go have a looksie at the updated instructions in my craftsy shop (link is in the side bar)

I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing your finished projects, so don't be shy to join others in linking up a picture of your finished project in craftsy or sharing on Instagram ( just dont forget to @seraphymhandmade )

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Applique Baby Onesies

As I mentioned on this post, A bubba was on the way for a family member and I made These crochet cardigan and matching booties. Well bubba has made her way into the world and of course being in a family of craft ladies, She was showered with handmade gifts! (the best kind)

For Christmas one of the many gifts she received from me was this Cute Applique Baby Onesie!

I had some triangles with vleisoflex on them left over from decorating some pencil wraps ( stay tuned for them) and I decided to use them for decorating this. Originally I was going with a bunting design, but the scraps I had left on hand evolved into this design which I just had to do! 
Each piece is vleisoflexed and attached to the onesie and then machine appliqued. The Kite tail is free motion stitched on later. Much maneuvering was required to move this little thing on my machine, I'm used to trying to sew massive quilts on my little machine, this was a change!!

I just could resist sewing some bum ruffles on! So easy to do with lace, you just sew right over the lace band, beginning from the bottom and layering up. The hardest thing was positioning the lace in the first place because the onesie I bought was lopsided when constructed.
Now that I've done this one I have so many new ideas for more! Check out my inspiration below all found on Pinterest (clicky for links to Pinterest). I am absolutely in love with the last one!
applique baby onesies design | Baby Boys Blue Elephant Baby Onesie | Li'l Birdie Shop | Onesie  Applique Baby Onesie  3  6 months   by flowerbubbles, $14.95Horse Baby Girl Bodysuit by BubbyMakesThree on Etsy, $17.00NEW Elegant shabby chic ruffled top baby girl bodysuit onsie. Great for birthday, wedding, photography
What have you been sewing?

Sunday, January 19, 2014

A Multi Coloured Baby Quilt Finish!

This quilt started off as a simple crocheted blanket, but of course I couldn't stop there. I had originally intended to add some cute baby themed fabric to the back of the blanket, but because the crochet stitches are so far apart, you would see the back of the fabric through it. So my thought patterns and ponderings evolved into "I'm going to make a quilt" as it usually always does! The crochet blanket forms the backing of the quilt, which is also lined with calico, to protect the batting.

I first quilted the quilt without the crochet blanket with a meandering stitch, then quilted in the ditch to attach the crochet.The fluffy yarn plus the bamboo batting makes this one thick and SO warm, which was a bit of a pain to sew the binding on by hand in this crazy heat wave we've had in Melbourne this past week.

I didn't use a pattern for this one, instead opting to arrange a tonne of HST's into 6 colour themed formations with grey, white a black fabrics to form the negative space.

What have you been up to?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Seraphym Handmade reaches 12,500 page views! Lets Celebrate with a FREE tutorial.

Yipee! Little Seraphym got to the 12,500 views mark today! How cool! What a better way to celebrate than with a free tutorial?!
This beauty is a little pencil/pen wrap that I whipped up as a stocking stuffer. It took me no time, its so simple, and I'm already thinking of more ideas for applique so I can make a couple more.

This one is perfect for the first time sewer and novice applique-er. Using home decor weight fabric for the main body of the wrap and cotton pockets, this cutey fits perfectly in the handbag, meaning I don't have to dig around for a pen at the bottom. Woo! Coz seriously, my bag is an abyss.
You can find this tutorial here, and all of my other free goodies on Craftsy! I'm SeraphymHM.

What are you making this Christmas?


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Double Wedding Ring - A Finish!!!


Woooohoooo! Can you tell I'm happy? To get a finish done at a time like now! Lets just say I am under the pump and my to-do list is the length of the circumference of the universe!

This is my first DWR EVER! And my oh my, lets just say I have never encountered curves before in my quilting, so I went full out, and took the challenge on BIG time, and even quilted it using circles. Lucky I didn't decide to make a king size or anything! (However I will confess that it had been on my mind and to do list as a gift, and lets just say, its now on the bottom of my bucket list) I know that my work isn't the best on this one, and my mismatches seams make me cringe, but I love it nonetheless.

So I've submitted it to the NYC Metro Mod Quilters DWR Challenge in the 'Traditional' section. I had initially intended for this to be a modern quilt, but I think I've discovered (through looking at the 'Modern' category entries) that my quilting style is more of a Modern/Traditional. Traditional style using Modern fabrics. This is has most likely grown through my fear of creating timeless treasures with a hint of trendy obsolescence. It is my greatest fear to have a quilt go out of fashion. I think it totally defeats the purpose of quilting and the 'process' of the art.
I do encourage you all to go have a look-see at all of the AMAZING work by the other entrants here.

Anywhooo, it back off to my magnificently huge to-do list, and lets hope its not too long between posts. If you're missing your regular doses of Seraphym Handmade, please feel free to pop by my Instagram account and follow me :)

See you soon!