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I owe a 1.5 year old girl a skirt for weeks. Told her papa I’ll make her a skirt at least a month ago… In my defense… or rather an excuse… It took me some time to find a 3/4in elastic band. Finally found it this week… then I realized I needed a overlocking sewing machine because I’ve been using mom’s and have been dying to get one of my own, which I finally did! That acquisition deserves a blog entry on it’s own cos I simply love that machine and must tell you all about it! ;P

Coming back to the skirt… As it is my first attempt at skirt making, I had to make sure it is ‘Level 1’ enough for me. Googled around and found Oliver + S ‘Lazy Days Skirt’ for girls. It was perfect! Oh so easy… and oh soooooo cute! So for all you peeps who want to make a skirt for your lil’ girl, try this. You can download the instructions here. The only thing I wish the instructions had was giving some guide on the sizing. For e.g. the girl I sewn for had a waistline of 20in. I had to kinda guessed the length and the width of the entire skirt so that it won’t impede her walking/running. *fingers crossed!* On hindsight, I would have given the skirt more width, because in this case, more is better than less.

I chose Michael Miller Forest Life Retro, cos the colours are so vivid and happy, and the fabric pattern so pretty. I thought she is gonna look so cute in it! Oh I also added a small pocket to the skirt, for a bit of design detail. I think you can be creative about this and add either iron-on motifs or sew a little flower or any other of her favourite embellishments or cartoon character to the skirt… oh, as I am typing this… I thought a small stuffed bear would look quite cute on the skirt. Hmm…

Time taken: 2 hours (pretty decent timing ain’t it?!)

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Our latest collection of fabrics by Michael Miller.  The Forest Life in Retro colours is perfect for making any crafty projects like a fabric wall art, cushion covers, makeup pouch, etc. I’m tempted to make a tote bag out of this myself. Hmm… maybe I would.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve always wanted to make fabric wall art since my friend told me about it years ago. I finally bought the necessary equipment late last year but they have been sitting around, not used since. Finally I had the opportunity to make some because they were required for a photoshoot.

I had alot of fun making them. I am now planning to offer custom-made fabric wall art services at GOOOD Fabrics. So the idea is… 1. PICK A FABRIC… 2. PICK A WALL ART SIZE. I make them and they get delivered to you! Logistics are being sorted out, but do feel free to drop me an email to find out more.

Anyway, here’s what I did two weekends ago. I worked on 3 pieces of 15inches square canvases. By the way, I kept the canvas on the frame so that the fabric pattern and colours will appear bright and vivid against a white background, unless of course, you are using a dark fabric then I’d suggest you remove the canvas material, so you don’t get white bits showing through your dark fabric.

Difficulty level: 3 out of 5

1. Trim your fabric to size (I left about 2-3inches, depending on the thickness of the frame). I chose to use a 1.5inch thickness frame so it looks more sturdy. Make sure you pressed your fabric before doing this. You do not want any unsightly creases on your eventual frame… that’ll be such an eyesore! I used paper weights to keep the frame in place.

Laying the canvas over the fabric

2. Start pulling from the center of 2 ends. Note that you do not pull them so tight that they start to distort. Give it the right pressure so the fabric is nice and taut but not stretched. Staple one side first, followed by the opposite center side. Repeat this for the other 2 ends.

Start to staple the fabric from the center.

3. I then worked on the corners. Note that this is a new piece of fabric. I got too intent on the earlier fabric that I forgot to take pictures! Try to fold the corners neatly. Repeat for all 4 corners. You can also practice by gift-wrapping boxes first.

Closeup of the corners

4. Viola! Fabrics are like art pieces to me. Each pattern and colour chosen is no coincidence but well-thought out designs by the designers. Don’t they make lovely alternatives to paintings?! Smiles!

Finished series of 3 fabric wall art pieces!