Sunday, June 12, 2016

My Quilted Open Wide Zippered Pouch!

I have the biggest fear of sewing zippers, I don't know why but I do, I generally shy away from any pattern that includes a zip!! But if I want to learn to sew many different things I must try to become friends with them.... right??

So, to cut a long story short, Simone from simonelovesquilts posted a gorgeous Open Wide Zipper Pouch the other day on her Instagram using Bonnie & Camille's new fabric range Handmade, it was so lovely I knew instantly I had to make one!! I followed the tutorial by Anna at Noodlehead, & I decided to make the lager size.

I had some scrap pieces of Handmade left over from cutting out my Kindred quilt, & they were perfect for this project. I decided to use the Cloud 9 Cirrus Solid in Shadow as my base contrast, so I needed two pieces for the top half of my pouch, my scrap pieces were 2" x 3" which worked out really well as my top contrast pieces needed to be 5.5" x 14".

After I made these I decided I wanted it slightly taller so my EPP I am working on would fit into it. I did have some more Handmade scraps but I am saving those for another project ;)

So I added a strip of the Vintage Picnic Dots.

Instead of adding interfacing I decided to quilt my panels, it didn't bother me at the time that they wouldn't be stiff enough to stand upright. I went with just a simple straight-line quilting down to the grey panel.

After I did this though I realised that since I made it taller it definitely needed some interfacing to help keep it's form, so I did add that to the back of the batting, I really should have added it before, lesson learnt!!

Next up was attaching both the exterior & lining pieces to the zipper, it really wasn't as bad as I was imagining (I always worry way more than I should) & as you can see it turned out pretty darn good if I do say so myself!!! (sorry for the poor picture quality)

Simone had added some of the Moda ribbon to her bag between the top & bottom pieces which I loved, but instead of copying her I decided to use a small piece in the side of my bag to use as ... something, decorative, to carry it, I don't really know LOL!!

TA-DAH!! It turned out pretty good I think, my side seams don't match up though, DOH! on either side, I was having so much trouble with my machine yesterday that when I finally got it sewing well enough to finish this I totally forgot to make sure they were matched up when I was sewing my side pieces together. Another lesson learnt!

And it was even the right size for my EPP!! YAY!!

Sheena - 1 Zipper - 0

Monday, May 16, 2016

20 things about me!!


Today I thought I would share a few things about me, including where my new name 'Down the Rabbit Hole' came from! For those that have been following me on Instagram for a while, you may have already seen a post I did with '20 things about me' last year, but I am going to change it up a bit & share again :)

My inspiration for my new name came from 2 places, I recently had a Alice in Wonderland themed tattoo done, & whilst looking at it the name just came to me, literally, it was a light bulb moment! & then I thought when I made my 1st quilt & became hooked on quilting, I really did fall down the rabbit hole, the sewing/quilting rabbit hole LOL!!

So a few things about me!!

This is ME!! & my hubby. This is my most favourite photo of us, taken in 1999. Back when we were spring chickens ;)

1. I am 35 (19 when this photo was taken) 
2. We have no children as yet due to unexplained fertility issues
, I think I am now at the stage where I have accepted that our lives will be what they will be, I'm quite content now with the fact that we may never have children, a feeling I never thought I would have, I've always wanted to be a mum, from a very young age, so to feel this way is a huge thing for me!
3. I started bubbamia
(my old name) while we were doing IVF in 2009 to keep myself occupied
Sometimes I just like to sit in my sewing room, not sew, not make plans, just sit, I love my sewing room! You will find me in here nearly all of the time that I am at home, in my flannel Elmo pj bottoms & my favourite hoodie LOL ( & yes I am in here now as I write this, in said clothing)
5. My ideal weekend is staying home & not having to go ANYWHERE!! Why does that never happen though????

6. I have 2 fur babies, Huskies, Brocky & Jax, they think they are actually human, I swear!
7. I never thought I would be able to sew clothing, but with a little push from my lovely friend Kerryn @millie_mae I found that I c
8. I love looking at all the pretty handmade things people make!
9. I wish I had more time to make ^^ said pretty things for myself!
10. I have 3 tatto
os, Alice in Wonderland, Minnie Mouse & a flower.
11. I find myself socially awkward in the real world, I get nervous, say things that make no sense, but I love my online friendships I have made ❤️
12. I love reading a good book & not being able to put it down
13. I am a self confessed TV junkie, LIKE REALLY!
14. I can not sew without watching something at the same time, just
15. I love fabric, LOVE LOVE LOVE!
16. I would love to own my own brick & mortar fabric shop one day, I have always had grand plans of big work stations where people can come in with their sewing mach
ines & just sit, chat & sew all day ❤️
17. I've
started to only buy fabric when I have plans for it! My sewing 'to make' wish list is now never ending HAHAHA!!
18. I am the slowest sewer ever, I know you think you are, but I am telling you now, I am, I win! :p
19. I have 3 favourite fabric designers whose fabric you will find the most of on my sh
elves, Bonnie & Camille, Tasha Noel & Pam Kitty
20. I can not put on makeup, I have never ever been able to do it so I don't wear it, mascara is about as good as it gets;)

I know as soon as I publish this post I will think of 10 more things that are probably way more interesting to share than what I just shared, but that's ok, I will make a note of them & share them with you later!!

I hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little better, feel free to leave a comment sharing something about yourself, I would love to hear from you guys.

Thankyou for reading, 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Blogging... Fifth time successful?

So this would be the 5th time I have decided to start a blog! I guess I never really knew what I wanted to write about before, but now I do!!
I am going to share my sewing journey with you, I hope I don't bore you too much, I promise I will do my best to make my post's interesting enough that you don't fall asleep ;) So I am starting with how I got to here, today, totally addicted to Bonnie & Camille fabrics, Instagram, & neglecting my husband nightly to spend time with Jessie, my Janome, in my sewing room!!

I started sewing in 2010, I used PDF patterns to teach myself how to sew children's clothing, I loved it so much I started selling the items I was making. But around the start of last year I found myself not enjoying sewing as much as I used to, I hated even the thought of setting foot inside my sewing room ( & I LOVE my sewing room), orders started to feel like a chore & I knew that something had to change!

Annnnnnnd then I found Instagram!!! Oh my gosh... the hours I have spent scrolling through Instagram in the last 12 months!! All of these gorgeous ladies sharing their items they had made, quilts, mini quilts, quilt blocks, sewing accessories, HEXIES & the list just goes on & on! (not to mention my new found obsession with Bonnie & Camille fabrics, but I'll save that chat for another day!)

So I decided to make myself a quilt, I had seen a picture on Instagram, @stitchingrevival had posted a photo of Cluck Cluck Sew's Shortcake Quilt Pattern paired with Bonnie & Camille's Hello Darling fabric & I knew instantly that THAT was what I wanted to make for myself! It did take me a few months start to finish, but I completed my quilt top, it still needs to be quilted & I think I am nearly ready to attempt that myself.

I have made a few things over the last 12 months & I have enjoyed it so much, I am learning all the time, I am meeting so many lovely, talented, inspiring, helpful ladies on Instagram everyday!! My to make list is frightfully long... really, it is, I kid you not, I add to it daily!! I promise to show you once I have typed it up & it looks prettier LOL!

And there it is, my 1st blog post, are you still awake?? I hope so!! xx