Posts Tagged ‘fabric’

The Fabric Florist

March 24, 2010

I recently got word from Australia that my last indoor potted plant died. It was a beautiful bunch of curly grass and it apparently went brown slowly over the last few weeks. Before that was a cactus that went squishy and a bonsai tree stuck in perpetual Autumn.

I love the life potted plants bring to a room but I can’t seem to keep them alive. There are some silk flowers out there that are reasonably believable although well out of my price range for a touch of life here and there in the apartment.

Here is another solution from Jane Joss, the Fabric Florist!

Sweet Potted Fabric Plants by Jane Joss

Sweet Potted Fabric Plants by Jane Joss

These beautiful little plants come in these little pots, or longer springs of leaves in vases. I love that she uses bright colorful fabrics in her leaves. They would be fun to switch out to match the seasons. What a great alternative for plant killers like me! Check out her fabric florals in her Etsy store.


Sail Boat Pillow

January 3, 2010

This gift was for my dad who is an avid sailor. He just purchased a new boat that is in storage until spring and the real gift will be curtains for his new boat but until I can get at it to take measurements I wanted to give him something to open on Christmas day.
Sail Boat Pillow

Before I wrapped it I loosely stitched a ribbon at the top of the sails that said I O U SAILBOAT CURTAINS that can easily pull right off.

Sail Boat Pillow

I used a bunch of fat quarter scraps to pull it all together and didn’t really bother with a pattern (I probably should have drawn something up). Sometimes I wing things I shouldnt! But all in all its a nice little pillow he can put on his boat this summer! The real challenge will be the boat curtains 🙂

Little Acorns

November 11, 2009

Fabric Acorn

Wee Little Fabric Acorns by TheTinyHouse

The creator at The Tiny House has the fabulous job of working in a button factory…which may explain why her work is cute as… (cheesey!)

I just love these little fabric acorns. The top is natural and when you order you receive a hand full of all different patterns! I would love these in a wooden bowl on a table…or if you can imagine a tiny christmas tree with these?

Her store is stuffed with goodies for kids and plenty more nature inspired treats. Check out her etsy store at TheTinyHouse.

Fabric Envelopes

October 27, 2009

I’ve been surfing around the web trying to find out what the world of craft holds for Sydney. I discovered a great magazine here called Frankie that not only features music and fashion, but also has a huge connection to the craft and arts world. Unlike a lot of other craft related magazines, Frankie doesn’t target the “country craft”. Not to insult those involved, but this is more my style 🙂

The Frankie website has also lead to a lot of great links to crafters in Australia, resources for supplies, and events I’d like to possibly get involved in.

One such link is Design*Sponge! In particular they have a great project for fabric envelopes.


Design*Sponge Envelope

Fabric Envelope from Design*Sponge

They’re beautiful for keepsakes and I have heaps of fabric scraps around that I can’t use to make more books. I’ve been tucking them away and hoping to find a use for them. I’d like to see how I could incorporate these envelopes into my packaging for my current items or others. I’d like to stamp it with a cute logo and customers could then recycle it into storage around their home.

The best bit is there is very little sewing involved. It’s held together with iron-fusible webbing.

Thanks for the beautiful DIY Design*Sponge!

Snip Snip Snip

October 13, 2009

I spent saturday making alterations to the pattern for the camera bag. Its a bit bigger and can accommodate a larger point and shoot as well as a few other small evening out extras. These 5 are my practice bags from the weekend.

Testing 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Sunday I took off from all the pinning and cutting, but yesterday was spent at the craft store and collecting packing materials. By the evening I was cutting all of the fabric I bought to make bags and I’ve got enough pieces cut to make 37 purses.

Snip Snip Snip

My fabrics are all sequined, sparkling and silky 🙂 I tried to target the evening look but there are a few that will be more casual. They’re still plenty more desirable that the average camera bag!

My goals for the week are to sew together all these bags. I’m not sure if that’s too ambitious or not, but I’d like to be uploading to my store by the end of the week. The fabric allows for four of each design, at the least I’d like to have 2 of each ready to sell.

As well as sewing, I want to get my shipping and packaging materials together. I’ve gathered all of the padded envelopes I need but will be making them my own this week with some more crafyness. My labels are another minor project for the week and I hope I’ve got myself organized enough to touch on all of these!

I’ll keep you posted on all of these balls in the air!