NEW PATTERN!! Mellebug Reversible and Adjustable Hat

Its only taken me two weeks to blog about the release of my hats but it has finally happened. Truth be told my pc is on its way out and is sooooooo slow to work with that I dread going on it. If I sell enough patterns who knows I may just get that much needed upgrade for my computer.

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Okay, Lets get down to details (reading about my computer woes is not that all interesting). Hats!! Yes Hats. If you have been following my little journey through this blog you would have noticed that I make reversible/adjustable hats. I look back and notice that I have been selling them for over 4 years now, quite a feat for me. I would ideally like to continue making them but alas as my babies are growing up I have to return to work. SO! I am handing the reins over to YOU!!. I have loving drafted the patterns of all the sizes I have, photographed the process and written detailed instructions. As with all of my patterns you are more than welcome to sell your creations on a small scale as long as you credit ‘Pattern by Mellebug’ in your listings. This was my third baby and I was very reluctant to sell the pattern I drafted and created many years ago. I dont believe there is any other handmade pattern out there that is similar in design.

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The patterns are available in my etsy store (links on side of page). You can purchase the sizes individually at $10 AUD each or you can purchase all four for $35 AUD. The prices of these patterns are due to the nature of this design, its selling capacity and the hard work that went into creating it.

Sizes available are:

small, medium, large and adult.

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The instructions come with over 50 photographs to help you along the way and thorough instructions. I believe a person with a little sewing know how can tackle this pattern.

Please head over to my etsy store for more info.

Happy sewing peoples!!

Bec (thats me below sporting an adults version)

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Tea Towel Tutorial with Mitred Corners

With my need to stencil as many things as possible I decided I would make personalised tea towel for the teachers this year. I asked the kids what’s one word that describes your teacher and we will stencil it onto a tea towel. Perfect!
Initially I was looking into purchasing pre-made blank tea towels but discovered that they are quite pricey. Thus a trip to spotlight was needed to get some linen/cotton blend fabric. I do love linen tea towels but at $27m I compromised with blended. It worked about each tea towel cost me $2.50.

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So I just bought 55cm off the bolt so it works out roughly 2x (50×65) when finished.
Linen and linen blend is not the easiest to work with as it shifts and stretches but who cares if the tea towel isn’t perfectly square in the end, to me that’s what handmade is all about.

So cut out your rectangle, press.
I then drew 2 x 1/4 inch lines on each side.

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Starting on one side bring the raw edge to the second line, press.

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Then fold over again so it’s the same width as the first fold.

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Complete this for all four sides. Make sure to unfold a folded corner to complete each edge. The fold lines run the entire lengths.
Okay, grab one corner and have it so the good side is facing up.

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Now fold the corner back so that the second lines meet.

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Press. This line is the guide you use to sew the corner.
Still with right side facing up fold that corner so that the last folded line meet, see pic.

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Place a pin along the first line, this is where you sew too.

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Trim off the excess fabric from that corner. Now turn your seam inside out.

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Fold the unsewn section of the corner under and pin. Do this for both sides. Repeat for all four corners.
Sew around the entire tea towel along the edge of the fold.

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Voila you have a tea towel. Easy peasy and done within 20 mins. Use my stencil tutorial if you want to contact stencil or embellish as you wish.

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New PATTERNS for Mellebug

It has been a little long inbetween blog posts but that is life at the moment. There is only so much time I will spend on the computer these days and unfortunately maintaining the blog is at the bottom of the list.

This year has been full of designing and creating patterns to add to my etsy store. This has been a fun change to what I was doing. With the success of the Wristlet Clutch I had to continue on with clutch theme. This lead to the Deco Clutch Pattern.

I just love the pleat detail and the scalloping at the front. Finish it off with a funky vintage button and its a perfect accessory to take out.

Then came the Haru Clutch. The biggest of the clutch patterns I have on offer with a boxed in bottom. It also has a pleated detail on the front and back and the little wristlet to help carry it.

To mix it up a little and the want to use some gorgeous drill out at the moment I  had a go at making a funky little handbag. The Soho Handbag Pattern was born.

This bag fits all your daily essentials, even my large glass case. The pretty detail of bias tape on the front makes into something unique and funky.

My little miss saw the bags I was making and asked ever so politely “I WANT ONE TOOOOO”. I thought that this would actually be a great combination to offer, a mummy and daughter bag pattern oh and the fact that I like making things for my children too (LOL).

Little Miss Soho Handbag was created. This one is a little different to the adult version as it is reversible so in fact they get two bags in one. This pattern is available as a two in one pattern deal for only $8 AUD.

All the patterns that I offer are full of photographs (most over 50) and detailed instructions to help the sewer along the way. This makes them perfect projects for beginner sewers. For more details on dimensions and other photos please swing by my etsy store for a look see. www.etsy.com/shop/mellebug

Whats in store next?? I havent figured that one out yet. I may actually start the process of turning my reversible/adjustable hats into a PDF version for you all to make your own. Hmmm decisions.

See you in the next 6mths with an update.

Ciao

Rebecca x

Orphan/ Apron Dress Costume Tutorial

It has certainly been the month for making costumes and I can foresee that I will be putting my hand to many more in the future. This latest costume has been made for my daughters dance performance at the end of the year (talk about being organised). After coming up with zilch tutorials I decided to make one up of my own so as always I am not a pattern maker and I try to explain things as easy as I can but if you have any queries please leave a message below and I may be able help out.

The pattern provided is for approx 6-8 year old (depending on chest size) but you can increase or decrease as needed (info in pdf file).

Sewing level: easy to moderate

 Orphan/Apron Dress Costume Tutorial

 

Fabric Flower.

With one day to go to a friend’s wedding I thought I should perhaps put a little colour into my outfit. I liked the idea of putting something in my hair but where to start. Google images. It is the place I go to for inspiration on a desired project. I suppose it is a bit like pinterest but I have yet to delve into yet another cyber outlet that can otherwise consume more of my time.

Anyways in my trawling through the photos I came across this tutorial on a flower collar by Katiedid. Very cute indeed.

I turned this great idea into a hair clip.

I ended up using light weight jersey, put a circle of felt on the reverse with a hair clip to attach. I am also thinking of adding a brooch pin. 

I am really pleased with how it turned out. As I had left it to the last minute to make I needed to make it right first time. In the end the wedding was beautiful and I wish the happy couple all the best in the future.

 

1 down 3 to go…

I have finally got my bottom into gear and started making my daughters school skorts (they look like a skirt but are infact a short). With only a week before school starts I am cutting things fine. I can dooooo iiiiitttttt.

1 made and 3 more to go.

I confess though that they are pretty quick to whip up as all the seams are unfinished. The great thing with working with Jersey as it does not fray.
You too can make one of these using my tutorial that includes a pattern for size 5/6.

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The ‘Back to School Skorts’.

My little miss is not a fan of wearing shorts, yet as with most little girls they have yet to learn to sit like a lady. I had a search at other tutorials on the net but I was yet to find the right skort I had in mind. So off to the the drawing board and after a few failed attempts I ended with a working pattern.

Skort Tutorial pdf

I would love to see your end results or a review of the pattern so leave a link/comment below.

Happy Sewing!!

* I found that doubling your hem stops it from rolling up.

Super quick Bolero Tutorial.

I love love this super cute Bolero that gives you that little bit extra over the shoulders and also giving you funky layered look.

Once you draw up the pattern I swear it takes only 5 mins to sew up, thats if you are using a jersey stretch material that doesnt require hemming (always a bonus)

Here is my beautiful niece modelling the bolero.

I only bought 1/2m to make this but liked it so much that I went back and bought more. Perhaps great christmas presents for the ladies in your life.

 

So where is this pattern I here. Well after scrolling through endless tutorial I found it at Modest Prom. They show you how to draft up the pattern using boxes making it easy enough for even the novice to give it a go. It is well worth taking the time to draw it up as you will be asked by your friends to make them one as well.

Cute, Cute, Cute. What can I say. A must make this summer.

Upcycled Lounge Pants Tutorial

I started making these last year for my wee man. They are perfect light weight pants that can be used as pj’s, around the house pants or even going out pants. They can also be made in under 30 mins.

I love the concept of taking something unused and bringing back to life in a different form. I also really enjoy scouring my way through thrift stores. It is my time out as you really have to take your time and look. Bliss! My other half knows  when I say that I am off to Good Sammies that I am gone for a good 2 hours.

So here is the tutorial that I put together for you. I have tried to keep it simple but if you have any questions please dont hesitate to contact me.

Upcycled Lounge Pants Tutorial

Another version using a mans button-up shirt. I just sewed up the edge of buttons to stop gapping.