Sewing fabric storage buckets

It's that time of the year again. Time to spring clean, or rather spring organise. I came across this tutorial for making fabric storage buckets on Pinterest and pulled out my store of calico and interfacing and got to work this afternoon.

The instructions from Apartment Apothecary are super simple to follow, and involves only straight stitching so it would be a great beginner's project for adults or kids (plus, these are super useful!).

I loved making the random dot pattern on the fabric, so much more freestyle than the patterns I explored for my recent post, Creating patterns for fabric. I think I'll follow Katy's lead and make more in different sizes. I just love pretty storage! Now, I just need to decide what to put inside... embroidery floss, unfinished knitting projects, my collection of silk scarves?

DIY quilted coasters

A new coffee table is the perfect excuse to get new coasters, right? After accidentally burning a hole on the top of one of our other tables, it's safe the say that we've learnt our lesson as to why you really should put a coaster underneath your hot tea.

I spotted this tutorial from Craft Foxes a few months ago and wanted to give it a try. The project is taken from Ellen Luckett Baker's book 1, 2, 3 Quilt: Shape Up Your Skills.

Following the tutorial is pretty straight forward. I used a small bowl for my template instead of a cup because I wanted my coasters to be big enough, once completed, for even my biggest mugs to fit on top of. The template circle I used was 11.5cm in diameter and my finished coasters are just under 10cm across.

Instead of fusible fleece I used some cotton quilt wadding I had leftover from sewing this baby quilt. I am sure a medium-weight interlining would also do the trick.


The first completed coaster was admittedly a bit wonky and I found it very necessary to cut off excess fabric after all the pieces were sewn together and before turning the coaster right side out. Also, making small clippings all the way around helped to get a better circular shape.

I used my walking foot for almost this entire project; it really is my new best friend!

What do you think? Pretty snazzy, right? Who needs store-bought coasters when you can have some fancy patchwork ones in funky fabrics?

Crazy for bento bags

I've always loved Japanese aesthetic. It's just so simple and so minimal. We all need a little bit of that in our lives! Remember those Japanese twine tawashis I made a while ago? Well my Japanese inspired making hasn't stopped there and lately, I've been a little bit obsessed with bento bags... and the girls in my sewing classes are loving them!

I found the tutorial for making the bag over on the Very Shannon blog. Her instructions are easy to follow and she has some nifty diagrams too, to help with the origami folding part. This is a great project to tackle with young designers since it requires only straight stitching and the possibilities for customising are pretty limitless. 

These girl's creativity always inspires me!

Love getting crafty? Check out our range of craft kits and templates in the shop, to inspire your next project. After you make a bento bag, of course!

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New Summer Sewcials at Peacock Yard

Another term has seemingly slipped away and it's almost time for the summer holidays. (How is that even possible?) I had a lot of requests from parents at our open studios to hold sewing workshops at my studio in Peacock Yard, so consider your requests answered!

Summer Sewcials

I'll be hosting Summer "Sewcials" in studio 5B in Peacock Yard off Iliffe Street for young designers ages 8+ on Saturdays this summer, with the first one kicking off on July 12th. There'll be new projects every week. Here's a little taster...

Fabric necklaces and flower power rings!
Foxy cushions!
Embroidered fabric photography 
Portrait pillows

Fancy booking? Drop us a line or an email and check out all the projects on our Workshops page.