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  • About Natalie

    I am just a regular gal taking a stab at sewing and thought I'd share them on a blog rather than having a photo album on facebook, flickr or just leaving the finished products unseen.

    A few words to describe me would be: type 1 diabetic (20+ years), creative, crafter, newbie hiker, cat whisperer, reader of physical books not online books, music lover, wife.

diy handkerchiefs :: sewing for weddings

My beautiful SIL got married this past weekend and had a wonderful DIY wedding. My contribution to the wedding was handmade handkerchiefs for the ceremony.

I got the idea from Pinterest, of course, to have vintage handkerchiefs for guests to grab on their way into the ceremony. I couldn’t find any, that weren’t ridiculously priced on websites like Etsy, so I decided to make them. The construction is simple: cut a square, fold 1/2 inch on all four sides, iron, fold another 1/2 inch on all four sides, sew straight lines with a 1/4 inch seam.

I tried to find vintage fabric on the cheap for this but couldn’t find enough so I ended up picking up two of the wedding colours in heritage cotton from Fabricland on sale. I got 3 meters of a pale yellow and 2 meters of a coral rose colour, two of the four colours that were found at the wedding.


Because I waited for long, due to being so busy, I actually finished the 75 I made two days before the wedding. I had originally planned to make 100 but didn’t have enough time. K helped me by making the template for me to use, along with helping mark and cut the fabric. I couldn’t have done it without him; he even ironed the hems for me while I was at work two days in a row!

Mikey tried to help, but ended up being in the way; he got kicked out of the sewing sweatshop a few times for trying to eat my sewing pins. haha.


The sewing was definitely the easier part of this project since it’s just a few straight lines, whereas the prep took quite a while. I bought an Ezy-Hem ruler though which made the ironing slightly easier. I ran out of sewing pins so we actually started using paper clips! Office supplies to the rescue;)


They ended up being 7×7 inches, because we miscalculated and made the template 9×9 inches, but they still worked out. I put them in one of my small wooden trunks that I used for photo prints at craft fairs and we set it on a chair at the entrance to the church.



diy seashell collection bags :: sewing for kids

While on Pinterest, of course, I came across this tutorial for seashell collection bags which is a super cute idea for summer! I decided to make them for my younger nieces and nephews since the bags are basic construction.


I had some fat quarter fabric to use up so this was a perfect project to get through my stash. I only have three completed at the moment for my nieces and nephew on the mainland, but I have two more pending for my niece and nephew on the island which I hope to get done and mailed to them later this week.


I made some alterations to the pattern, I used white fabric I had in my stash for the sides since I didn’t have enough left in the fat quarter pieces and I gave them two short handles instead of one long handle. On second thought one handle, even a small one, would have been better than two as they don’t open very wide anyways.

You can find the tutorial on the Come Together Kids website here.

maxi skirts in action

This is quite late but I finally made it out to my mother-in-law’s a month or so ago to give C her maxi skirts!

Without knowing her measurements I am happy to say that they fit perfectly and look great!


I also gave C the Staple Dress I made which ended up being a bit too small on me but fits her nicely.:)I have a few more sewing projects for her, including attaching circle skirts to tanks she bought, which I hope to get done before the summer is over!

the zippy top :: see kate sew pattern

When the Zippy Top pattern became available from See Kate Sew I got really excited and bought it a little while after it was up for sale. It was a PDF download pattern where you print it off, tape the pages together and cut the pattern size. I love PDF patterns because you don’t have to worry about tracing paper, tissue paper patterns or losing/storing them; you just print whenever you need!


The only downside to PDF patterns is the amount of time it takes to tape each piece so you can cut it out!

Using some of the awesome cotton voile fabric I found for 50% off at Fabricland I went to making the top.


I altered the pattern to have a wider neck as I was worried a medium neckline would be too small. The interfacing pieces for the front and back did not fit properly so I ended up skipping the piece for the front; this was a mistake as it made the neckline unstructured.


Oh well – chalk it up to a practice piece using discount fabric. I did learn a few things with this practice top so it wasn’t all in vain. I skipped the zipper on this one in the end and use a button with elastic instead which I think is super cute, don’t you? I guess you can’t really call it a “zippy” top without the zipper though eh? haha


I went ahead and made two more zippy tops; this time I went with the medium size neckline but with a large size arm opening which worked out well because I don’t like feeling restricted under the arms. I didn’t use the interfacing pattern pieces and instead I made my own using the neckline from the cut fabric pieces and this worked out.


As you can see above, the neckline worked out a LOT better with the interfacing piece just like the instructions said..who knew!;)

I added some details to the two tops I made on the shoulder to keep the interfacing pieces from sneaking out.


Here are some detail shots of the “first” Zippy Top in the light purple fabric:



I wore both shirts to work in the last week and received a lot of compliments! I can’t wait to make C’s tops and more for me.:)





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DIY travel pillow

I made a travel pillow for A, who is planning a trip to Finland which will be a loooong flight. It came out great and was surprisingly easy; I even got the handsewing to close the seams better than I have in the past!

A choose a cute blue chevron pattern for one side and a smoothing bubbles fabric for the other side; though there is technically no top or bottom, I consider the chevron the top:)


I use a free pattern for a patchworks travel pillow here; I skipped the patchwork part but I plan to make myself one in the future and will likely do it patchwork style:)