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Would you like to give foundation paper piecing a try? But you have no idea where to start? Then I have something for you! This blog post contains a free paper piecing pattern and a video tutorial where I will make this block with you. This is you chance to join the paper piecing fun. Whoop whoop!

 

Sugaridoo Sampler

This strawberry pattern is one of 38 paper piecing blocks from the Sugaridoo Sampler. I’m sharing it with you, so we can both work on the same pattern. That will make it easier for you to follow along with the tutorial.

 

Get the free pattern

Go download your own copy of the pattern:

 

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Yayy! Great, so you have a pattern. Go ahead and print it. Make sure your printer is set to 100% or true scale. This pattern will make you a 10 x 12.5 cm block.

 

What do you need for paper piecing

  • Cutting mat
  • Add-a-quarter ruler (or any other ruler is fine too)
  • Paper piecing paper
  • Pencil and ruler
  • Fabrics (Small scraps work perfect for paper piecing)
  • Paper scissors
  • Fabric scissors

 

Let’s get started

So, are you ready? Go ahead and click on the YouTube video below to start your paper piecing adventure!

Did you like making this pattern? It’s one from my first paper piecing book, called the Sugaridoo Sampler. You can read all about it over here! It’s available as a eBook in English and a hard copy book in Dutch.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them! Just leave a message in the comment below, or in the comments below the YouTube video.

Happy quilting!
Irene

Hi there!

Picking the right colors of yarn for your crochet project can be challenging. Choosing the perfect color combination can really give your work that bit of extra pop. But which colors match and which aren’t so great together?

How do you pick colors when you’re about to paint your house? With color swatches! Super easy to use, pick a few, hold them next to each other and you’ll quickly see if the combination is a winner. So why not use color swatches for crochet yarn :) They are super easy to make. Let me show you how.

What do we need

  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Thread bobbins
  • Optional: double sided tape

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Let’s get started. Take a thread bobbin and put a small piece of double sided tape on the back. You can skip this step if you want. I like to secure the thread to the bobbin this way, but it also works without the tape.

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Now stick the end of the thread to the double sided tape and start winding you thread around the bobbin.

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Wind and wind and wind and wind..

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Secure the end in the notch of the bobbin and cut off the thread.

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Now write down the brand and color number of the yarn on the bobbin. I use one letter to remember the brand (in this case P for Phidar coton 3) and then the number for the color.

And that’s it! Just repeat this for all the yarn lying around in your house and you’re all set to mix and match yarn colors.

When you make it a habit to make color swatches every time you buy new yarn, you won’t have the problem of not knowing the brand or color number anymore (happend to me too often haha..).

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Easy peasy right? Let me know what you think of yarn color swatches!

Love,
Irene

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The Sugaridoodles are taking over the Sugaridoo headquarters. They are everywhere!
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Not that I can blame them, I’m getting a bit addicted to crocheting them to be honest. The are so fun to make. Quick little cute projects that make you stay up way to late and postpone de dished three days. (Yesterday: Let me make one more, I really have to add purple whale to the collection.)
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Well, I guess you get the idea :) If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen some of the Sugaridoodles already.
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This week I started writing out the crochet patterns. Super exiting, because shortly everyone can start their own Sugaridoodle collection. Walter the Whale was the first one to be turned in to a pattern. And I would like to share it with you guys as a preview for all the patterns to come. Just grab your download below and let me know what you think.
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The pattern uses the following abbreviations:
sc.    –    single crochet
inc.  –    increase (2sc in the next sc)
dec.  –   decrease (crochet the next 2sc together)
BLO –   crochet in the back loops only

What do you think? Isn’t he a cutie? I just want to make him in all colors of the rainbow.

I also received these perfect little boxes in the mail this week. The crew already checked it out and approved ;) These boxes will be turned in to mini crochet kits. Yay!
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So, I’m off to make some more Sugaridoodles. Oh and before I forget, there is a little giveaway running on the blog!
Love,Irene

Last Sunday I attended a local home made market in The Hague. I had some cross stitch art on display in hoop and got asked many times how I framed them. So let me share my technique for framing a cross stitch with you. I love how simple this is and the perfectly finished look it creates.

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What do we need

– a finished cross stitch
– matching hoop
– white thread and needle
– piece of wool felt
– fabric glue
– pinking sheers or normal scissors

Before we start, use the inner ring of your hoop to trace a circle on the piece of felt. We will use this later on.

Let’s get started

First we prep our cross stitch for framing. I sometimes skip this step with small projects, but for larger ones I do recommend following this.

To prepare for framing you first wash you fabric. A gentle hand wash will do just fine. After washing, let it dry flat. When it is almost dry, you give it a nice press (on the back of your work) and then it’s ready to frame.

After washing, drying and pressing you center your work in a matching hoop. Make sure the outer ring sits nice and tight.

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Now cut the exces fabric around the hoop. Leaving about 2.5 cm (1”) of fabric around the hoop.

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Take a white thread and and needle and sew the acces fabric together. Sew crisscross from side to side to get all edges inward.

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Cut the felt circle you traced before we started. You can use pinking sheers for a nice finish, but normal scissors also work fine.

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Finally, put some fabric glue on the back of your work along the inner ring of the hoop. Put your pieces of felt on there and gently press it to secure it in place.

 

And your done! Looks pretty doesn’t it? I hope this helped you framing your cross stitch art.

Have a lovely day!
Love,
Irene

You know what? I have never made a bag! That was about to change when I received my fabric from the stitch swap we hosted with our crafty bloggers Facebook group. I really love the fabric I received! Thank you so much for sending it to me from the other side of the world! What else could I make of it than a nice bag? :) Since it’s my first bag I wanted to keep it simple, so I made a tote bag, no zippers, no buttons, easy peasy. (Oh nd I made a cute little tiny version.)

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So this is the fabric I received. I added some gray fabric for the lining and bottom of the bag. Besides fabric, you would only need some batting or interfacing. I used vlieseline/vilene to stiffen the grey fabric and a cotton batting to give the bag a bit more body.

Lets start cutting some fabric!
(All measures are with 0.75cm (1/4”) seam allowance)

  • twice: 25 x 30 cm (10” x  12”) Travel fabric
  • twice: 12 x 60 cm (5” x 24”) Travel fabric
  • Small piece for a pocket in Travel fabric
  • 15 x 30 cm (6” x 12”) Grey fabric
  • 62 x 30 cm (25″ x 12”) Grey fabric
  • 65 x 32 cm (25.5″ x 12.5”) vliseline/viline
  • 65 x 32 cm (25.5″ x 12.5”) batting

Now we start sewing..
Sew the small grey piece in between the two travel fabric pieces of 25 x 30 cm. This will give you a piece of 62 x 30 cm in total. Now add the batting to the back of this and quilt it through. I used only straight lines, horizontal over the travel fabric and vertical over the gray fabric. But you could just stitch this however you like.

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When you want to add a pocket to the inside of the bag, this is your moment. Just take a small piece of fabric (I think I use something like 15 x 20 cm.) Fold and press the edges and sew over the top fold.

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First add the vlieseline/viline to the grey fabric. The short side of the grey fabric will be the top of the bag.

Than you can pin the pocket on the grey fabric and sew around the sides and the bottom of the pocket. I created two extra compartments for pencils by sewing over the pocket.

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After you sewed in a pocket you fold the grey fabric in half, right sides in and sew along the sides. Do the same for the outer piece of the bag.

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Now we will square the bottom of the inner and outer bag. Take a corner and fold it flat. Mark the corner on about 4 cm (1.5″) from the tip of the triangle and stitch over this line. Repeat this for all of the corners of the inner and outer bag.

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This will give you the nice pointy corners at the bottom of the bag.

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For the handles we will use the 60 cm strips of the travel fabric. Fold and press this piece in half. Fold open and then fold and press the edges to the center line. Fold it in half and you will have a 3 cm wide handle. (Does this make sense? Just fold it like you would when making bias tape!) Do this for both handles.

Sew along the sides of the folded strips.

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Turn the outer bag right side out and sew the handles to the top with a small seam allowance.

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Now place the outer bag (right side out) in the inner bag (right side in). Match up the seams and pin it in place.  Stitch around the edge with a normal seam allowance.

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This is what we have now. Rip the seam of the inner bag at one of the sides to be able to turn everything right side out.

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Now close the hole we just made and place the inner bag inside the outer bag. You can stitch around the top to keep everything in place.

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And there it is, my first bag! So proud of it! What do you think? The size is just perfect to take a good book or crochet cotton and needle to the beach ;) I also made a mini version, cute isn’t it?

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Have a wonderful day,
Irene

You can read all of the others posts on the Stitch swap here:

Monday July 21st
Stephanie — Swoodson Says
Jamie — Salutations Louisville
Ashley — Sewing Sober
Kathy — Handmade Dress Haven

Tuesday July 22nd
Tasha — Friends Stitched Together
Janelle — Emmaline Bags
Kim — Sew & Tell with Mama Eggo
April– Open Sky Creations

Wednesday July 23rd
Amy– Friends Stitched Together
Danica — The Sewing Sparrow
Bethany — Two Novembers
Jessica — The Berry Bunch

Thursday July 24th
Chrissy — Muse of the Morning
Fenna — Fabulous Home Sewn
Melissa — Rebel and Malice
Irene — Sugaridoo

Friday July 25th
Jess — Gracious Threads
Emily — Tangible Pursuits
Roxanne — Pensebrox
Megan — Upcycling? Refashion That Idea.

 

From our facebook group of crafty bloggers we organized a mystery challenge. Everybody comes up with a theme for an other blogger to work with. For me, Tasha from Stitched Together gave me the theme: Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory. What a great theme! :D I just love it!

So many ideas came to my mind. I wanted to do a sewing projcet, and this is how it turned out. A chocolate half apron! You can wear the apron on both sides, so you can use 2 lovely fabrics on it! Would you like to make your own? Keep on reading!

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You will need

  • Fabric 1: two fat quarters
  • Fabric 2: two fat quarters
  • Fabric 3: one fat quarter

A fat quarter is a piece of fabric of about 50 x 55 cm (18″ x 22″)

Let’s get started!

We will begin by cutting all the fabric. All measures include a 0.75 cm (1/4″) seam allowance.

  • Round off the corners of a fat quarter of fabric 1 and fabric 2, this will create the shape of the apron. We will take 55 cm (22″) as the width of the apron. You can keep the length 50 cm (18″) or make it 45 cm for a shorter apron. Make shure both farbics have the same shape ;) I use a piece of paper as a template.

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  • Cut fabric 3 in four strips of 11.5 x 50 cm (4.5″ x 18″) and two strips of 5 x 15 cm (2″ x 6″)
  • Cut a fq of fabric 1 in four strips of 6.5 x 50 cm (2.5″ x 18″), a piece of 15 x 18.5 cm (6″ x 7 1/4″) and a piece of 15 x 15 cm (6″ x 6″)
  • Cut a fq of fabric 2 in four strips of 6.5 x 50 cm (2.5″ x 18″), a piece of 15 x 18.5 cm (6″ x 7 1/4″) and a piece of 15 x 15 cm (6″ x 6″)

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Pockets

Sew for the pockets the small strip of fabric 3 to the square of fabric 1 together. (When you have a label, you can add it here!)

Place this new rectangle on the other rectangle of fabric 1, right sides together. Cut the bottom edges round and sew the pieces together. Leave a opening at the bottom to turn in right sides out.

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Repeat this for fabric 2. Turn them right sides out and press the pockets. Fold the seam in at the opening.

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Pin the pocket in fabric 1 to the apron in fabric 2 and the pocket in fabric 2 to fabric 1. Sew close to the edge of the pocket to secure it to the apron. Please leave the top of the pocket open ;)

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Ruffles around the apron

Join the strips of fabric 1 to form one long strip of about 2 m (75″). Do the same for the strips of fabric 2. Place the strips right sides together and sew them together at on side. Press open.

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Fold (and press) the strip with the wrong sides together. Now you have a pretty strip with fabric 1 at one side and fabric 2 at the other.

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Then it’s time to make some ruffles! It was my first time ruffling anything, but I think it went pretty well. I put some extra strong yarn on my machine. (After braking the bobbin threat a few times I also used extra strong threat there.) Then you just sew with the largest stitch size on you machine along the whole strip. I sewed about 1.5 cm (2/3″) from the open side.

Now you can just simply pull the top or bobbin threat and your strip will start ruffling. Just ruffle it until it fits around the rounded shape of the apron. After ruffling I sewed over the strip one more time to secure the ruffles.

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Waistband

Join the strips of fabric 3 together to form a long strip of about 2 m (75″). Fold it, right sides together. Now mark with some pins a opening in the middle of the width of the apron. The area in between the pins we will not sew together yet.

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The ends of the waistband, outside the pins, you can sew together.

The turn it right side out. This might be a little struggle, but with the help of a pencil you will manage. Press the waistband, and also fold and press the seams of the opening in the middle. That way we can easily sew it over the apron in the end.

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Let’s put the half apron together!

Put the part of the apron with fabric 2, right side up, in fornt of you. Now pin the ruffles on top of it. The ruffles will also go with fabric 2 up, with the finished side inwards and the frayed side outwards. Then place the part of the apron with fabric 1, right side down on top. Pin this neatly together. Of course you could also do this in one go if your a better pinner than me ;)

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Now sew over the rounded side of the apron. You can leave the top open. And thennn turn it right side out quickly! Look how pretty your ruffles are placed between the two fabrics! :D

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The only thing left to do it attach the waistband. Place the opening over the top of the apron and pin it in place.

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Sew along the edge of the waistband to attach it to the apron.

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And there you are! A super cute half apron that is wearable at two sides. That wasn’t so hard was it? I would love to wear this to visit the Oompa Loompas once ;)

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I loved the mystery challenge, and I couldn’t have though of a better theme myself. Thank you Tasha!

Love Irene

Please click over and check out everyone else’s themes and projects! I am really excited to see what everyone else made.

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Becca at Becca Duval Photography & Lisa at Stubbornly Crafty

Meriel at Create 3.5 & Amy at Friends Stitched Together

Kelly at Kelly J Designs

Carmen at Mar Abierto (Out To Sea)

Shawnta at Shawnta Sews & Jessica at Make Me Crafty

Tasha at Friends Stitched Together & Irene at Sugaridoo

Fenna at FABulous Home Sewn & Stephanie at Swoodson Says