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Sneak Peek – My 2018 Planner

Hello ūüôā

I can’t believe how quickly 2017 went! As it’s almost 2018 I thought I would share my planner for next year.Planner Weekly Layout

In 2017 I started using a bullet journal as my daily planner and while I love how custom the spreads are and drawing cute little illustrations in it, I found that I got tired of laying out my monthly and weekly spreads. So for 2018 I bought a simple binder planner from the Kaiser Style online shop.

Planner Cover

I wasn’t able to find many reviews of this planner online so I decided to share my thoughts on it. They¬† have lots of different styles and two sizes to pick from. I chose this one and I am so happy with how it looks and feels! IMG_1083These planners also have coordinating sticker books and sticky notes which are soooo pretty.Planner Full Month

The planner is in a 6 ring binder made from soft faux leather with four inside pockets, a pen loop and a magnetic clasp. It comes with two acetate dashboards and a snap-in acetate ruler too! The actual planner inserts are a minimalist grey-scale design which means its easy to decorate with stickers and washi-tape as there are no preexisting colour schemes to work around. Each month has a divider, undated monthly calendar, notes page, this month page, 5 undated weekly spreads and a month in review page.Planner Calendar

I am so excited to start using this planner, I couldn’t wait to decorate it! So I added a tracking page, some journal cards and washi tape!Planner Tracker

P.S. Keep an eye on our Etsy store in January, we have some new listings coming ūüôā

√Ä Bient√īt ūüėÄ

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Work-In-Progress Wednesday (Socks)

Hello ūüôā How are you all going?

It’s been raining here lately, so I have started knitting a pair of socks. I love knitting socks, there is something so nice about wearing a pair of cosy hand knitted socks. I know that lots of sock knitters love the magic loop technique, but I personally prefer using double pointed needles.

So anyway, a while ago a friend was knitting a really pretty fair isle cardigan for a baby girl and she told me that it was actually the yarn making the pattern, so there were no ends to weave in and no tricky pattern charts.¬†Then a couple of months ago I was shopping in Spotlight and saw some balls of yarn called “Not Just Socks” which is¬†self patterning yarn. I bought two 100g balls one orange one for my mum and one grey one for me which I put¬†away until I finished some of my works in progress ūüôā .IMG_20160608_153445829

I have finally started knitting a pair of socks from it and i love it! The yarn is 4ply and a blend of wool (50%), bamboo (25%) and polyamide (25%). The bamboo makes the yarn nice and smooth so it’s nice to knit with. I’ll post a photo of the finished socks so you can see the how the yarn turns out ūüôā

Some things I have learnt that make knitting socks a little easier are:

  • Bamboo Double Pointed Needles (DPN), they are awesome! Not only are they eco friendly but they also help to keep your stitches from sliding off.
  • Pretty Yarn. Never underestimate pretty yarn! I find that knitting with bright, variegated or patterned yarn stops me getting bored with a project so I actually finish it ūüôā
  • Always Finish The Round. This is a really good habit to get into, it makes it easier to remember where you are up to.
  • Leave A Tail When Casting On And Joining.¬†This way you can always see where the round starts.
  • Short DPNs,¬†they are easier to control (not poking yourself and everyone around you) plus they make your knitting much more portable.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!

 

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New Listings!!

Hi everyone! Long time no see ūüôā

Do you remember the Tablet Cover Tutorial posted awhile ago? Well, today we are adding a finished tablet sleeve cover to our Etsy Shop so you can buy the finished product. Woo Hoo!

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From now on we will also be adding a¬†NEW listing to our Etsy Shop¬†EVERY¬† WEEK!! So be sure to check back regularly so you don’t miss anything. We are also planning to post weekly¬†blogs, starting (hopefully) next week. The first post will be a tutorial….

Thanks for visiting our web site ūüôā

Gill

 

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Custom Orders

Hi every one!

Sorry its been such a long time since I updated my blog, but things have been a bit busy! I thought that I would take a couple of minutes to let you know that our Etsy shop is now taking custom orders for make up pouches. At the moment we have three sizes available:

-Small (13.5cm x 9cm) Perfect for holding coins, lipstick, mascara or jewellery.

-Medium (16.5cm x 12cm) This size is ideal as a cosmetic bag to go in your handbag, for traveling or even to use as a small clutch bag.

-Large (23cm x 15cm) The large pouch is ideal for your cosmetics whether your travelling or just to keep your make up organized at home.

These pouches make great gifts and are perfect as bridesmaid/wedding favours. As always please contact with any questions at friedasfrills@gmail.com or on our Etsy store.

Thanks for reading,

Au Revoir!

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Tutorial – Easy Rolled Hem

Hello again. Today as I was finishing a pencil skirt that I am making, I thought I would make a quick tutorial¬†to show you how I sew a rolled hem.¬†Rolled hems are especially¬†handy when sewing curved hems as they don’t put¬†puckers in the¬†hem.¬†In this tutorial I will show you how to sew one without a special rolled hem foot. Enjoy ūüôā

DSCF6503Firstl I overlock (serge) the raw edge, this just makes sure everything is neat. You could use your sew a zig-zag stitch over the edge instead if you prefer.

DSCF6504Now carefully press the overlocked edge over onto the wrong side of the fabric.

DSCF6506Next, fold the hem over again, covering the overlocked edge completely and press flat. If you need to you can pin this fold or even baste it closed.

DSCF6509Using the usual foot (normally called a zig-zag foot) on your machine, set it to a straight stitch with the needle on the left side. carefully sew the hem along the left edge of the fold (wrong side of fabric should be facing up) around the whole hem.  Trim threads and press hem.

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This is what the wrong side (back) of the hem should look like. Notice how the hem curves nicely around, and doesn’t pucker.

DSCF6528<— The right side should look like this.

Voila you have a rolled hem, pretty easy huh?!

Thanks for reading I hope you find this tutorial useful ūüôā

 

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Tutorial- Chevron Friendship Bracelet with Adjustable Closure

Hello! Recently I was trying to find a tutorial for these pretty friendship bracelets, but I couldn’t find many simple instructions to take you from the start to the finish. Once you get the hang of the two knots these bracelets are actually really quick and easy, and then you can move onto more complicated patterns. So here’s my tutorial:

Materials:IMG_20150916_125732121

  • Cotton Thread¬† in two colours ( Embroidery Thread, Yarn and String work too.)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Clear Nail Polish
  • Needle (optional)
IMG_20150916_130551697First we need to cut four 41cm lengths of each colour thread. So I have 4 brown and 4 purple. Tie a knot with all 8 threads about 12cm (5″) from one end of the thread, pull tight. Now tape the thread to a flat IMG_20150916_130918794surface just above the knot, this anchors your work.
Separate your threads into two groups of four (two of each colour) and arrange them like in the picture (brown, purple, brown, purple, purple, brown, purple, brown).
IMG_20150916_131344873Taking the thread on the far left (brown)¬†lay it over the threadIMG_20150916_131516587 immediately next to it (purple), making a 4 shape, now take the brown thread¬†under the purple one just¬†above where it lays over the purple thread.¬†Holding the purple thread taunt pull the brown one to the right and slide it up to the knot, that’s your first Forward Knot. Now we need to tie another forward knot with the same two threads, so take the brown thread placing¬†it over the purple thread and then under the purple thread, pull tightly.
IMG_20150916_131954965Now we need to move onto the next brown thread. Take the first brown thread and tie two forward knots around the next brown thread and then tie two forward knots around the next purple thread. It should look something like this.
Now take the brown thread on the far right, and lay it over the purple thread in a backwards 4 shape. Take the brown thread under and over the purple thread just above where they first crossed.¬†Pull tight, that’s IMG_20150916_132403953one¬†Backward Knot.¬†Tie another¬†backward knot on¬†same thread. Tie two more backward knots on each of the next 3 threads.¬† It should look like this photo ——->
Now taking the purple thread on the far left tie two forward knots on each of the next three threads. Take the purple IMG_20150916_134446277thread on the far right and tie two backward knots on each of the next four threads. Keep repeating these steps with the far left and far right threads until your bracelet is long enough to almost fit all the way around your arm. Knot all of the threads together.DSCF6049
Adjustable Closure
Trim the excess threads to the same length (about 12cm) and plait/braid the length. Knot the ends of the plait/braid and paint the knots with nail polish or craft glue so that¬†they don’t¬†come undone.
With two strand of matching thread DSCF6057carefully make several square knots around both plaited lengths as shown in <——–this photo.¬†¬†(sorry about the blurry photo).¬† Flip the bracelet so the wrong side is facing you and tie the ends. Paint the knot with nail polish and trim the ends. Allow your bracelet to dry and DSCF6063you’re finished!
To adjust the size of your bracelet, simply pull on the plaited lengths.DSCF6065
I hoped you enjoyed this tutorial! Please feel free to ask any question below and don’t forget to check out our ETSY SHOP!DSCF6066
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Tutorial – Tablet Sleeve

Hello!

Over the weekend I bought a new gadget, and I thought it needed a case so here is a tutorial for you, enjoy!

You will need:

  • One Fat Quarter
  • Lining Fabric (I used flannelette)
  • Contrast Fabric (I used denim)
  • This Pattern¬†(for IPad mini 2)
  • A Pretty Button
  • A Hair Elastic or Piece of Elastic
  • A sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pins

This easy little sleeve can be finished in an afternoon, an ideal rainy day project!

First we need to download and print the pattern. Once you have done that, carefully cut it out. Now, using the pattern cut out two pieces of the fat quarter (A) and two of the lining (B).

To make the contrast piece that runs along the bottom, cut straight across from side to side 7cm above the bottom of the paper pattern (not the fabric), using this smaller bottom piece of the pattern cut two from the contrast fabric (C). Press all of the fabric pieces. Now, take the two contrast pieces (C) and carefully fold under about 0.5cm of the top edge, press this fold.

Pin one contrast piece (C) right-side up to the right-side of one of the main fat quarter pieces (A). Stich neatly along the folded edge, so securing it to the main piece. Repeat with the other contrast piece and main fat quarter piece. If you want to add a label or other embellishments to your sleeve do it now!

Lay one of the main pieces (A)¬†with the right-side facing¬†up, now lay one of¬†the lining pieces (B) on top with the right-side facing downwards. Pin the pieces together along the top side only (marked with a red line in the photo————>) and sew together along this top side using a 1cm seam allowance, this will be the front of the sleeve.

For the second piece (the back) we will to add our elastic loop into the middle of the top seam. To find the place, fold the second main piece (A) in half vertically mark the fold line with a pin and open out flat with the right-side facing up. Place the elastic on top of the pin with a small amount of excess from the loop extending of the fabric. Lay the lining face down on top of the main piece (A) and pin the lining, elastic and main fabric together in a big sandwich! Carefully sew along the top, I like to go over the elastic a few times just to make sure it stays in place.

Take both the pieces and press the seams toward the main fabric. On the right-side of the front main piece (outside) stich a line just below the seam, catching the raw edge of the seam on the back (see the photo). Repeat with the back piece. Press again.

~On a flat surface lay the back piece right-side up, now lay the front piece right-side down on top of the front, lining on lining and main fabric on main fabric. Carefully match the two center seams together and pin. You will also need to match the two contrast pieces and pin them. Sew all the way around the case but make sure to leave an 8cm opening along the bottom of the lining (in between the red lines in the photo). Trim excess thread and carefully clip the corners.

You’re almost done! Put your hand into the opening we left in the lining and pull the fabric back out through this opening, keep pulling until the fabric has completely reversed and only the right-sides of the lining and the outside fIMG_20150909_153807795abric are visible. Using your fingers, a knitting needle or some other pointy object gently poke the corners into shape. Press focusing on the corners. Tuck the lining inside the main pouch. Press, again.

Press the 8cm opening so that the raw edges are hidden inside the lining, sew along the opening. Sew the button on in the middle close to the top of the case. There you go your own handmade tablet case! Thanks for reading this tutorial please feel free to comment below and visit our Etsy shop!