Monday, May 23, 2011

Shabby Lovin’ GIVEAWAY


I love cloth dolls and if you do as well, why not pop over to Shabby Art Boutique and enter for this giveaway for this lovely doll called Thrifting Tammy.

Good luck!


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Origami Christmas Tree Tutorial

The long awaited Origami Christmas Tree is finely here! I hope you are able to follow my instructions. The images should be of great value if I have failed.

Using Freezer Paper, I made ten triangle pattern pieces with seven inch sides . This gave me enough triangles for half the project. You need ten triangles in a dark and ten in a light tone. I made four trees, hence it saved me reusing the template so often and of course saved a lot of time. The Freezer Paper templates are now packed away safely for another day.

It is surprising how often Freezer Paper can be ironed onto the fabric, shapes cut out and then paper peeled away for another time.

Using a scant 1/4” seam, sew a light and dark fabric triangle with right sides together by machine. Leave enough room on one side to turn your triangle in the right way. Carefully push out corners. You do not need to sew the opening shut. Press well.

HINT: Depending on how thick the fabric is, you may need to snip the excess fabric away at the corners before turning the right way.

Using a piece of paper the same size as your triangle template, fold  it so that you can find the centre of the sewn triangle, plus each edge centre.

You may find it easier to remove the seam allowance on this paper to mark your centres on your made up triangles. 

HINT: Transfer these centre marks onto the dark side of your triangle using chalk or other removable marker of your choice. It is easier to see chalk on the dark side of the sewn up triangles.

Take each point of the triangle and tack it to the centre mark as you see in the image below. Take the tacking stitch right through to the light side of the triangle so that the fabric sits nice. The stitches will also be a guide for the next step. Try to keep the stitches small and tidy.

Turn your work over for the step that you see in the image below. This is where you will tack with 3 or 4 stitches, the guide marks you made along the straight edge to the centre on the light side (previous tacking stitches will be your guide for the centre). I didn’t take the stitches right through to the dark side.  

Continue with each side as above trying to keep the folds as neat as possible. Here you will tack each centre of an edge together so that the fold is held snug and tight to the middle.

The image below shows the completed triangle all folded ready to be hand stitched to its neighbour.

Lay three pieces together as you see below so that you will get the idea of which parts have to be sewn together. You will add to these as you progress.

The hand sewing (I used the same whip stitch that I sew my hexagons together) will be done on the back so you will need to face two pieces together and sew the folded edge  that you see touching in the image below.

The finished Origami Christmas Tree at the very bottom of this tutorial will also help you to understand this step.

You can put any shape pot that you want at the base of the tree. I did put a little bit of padding in mine, as I felt it gave it a bit more oomph. Don’t pad the trunk or you will not be unable to turn the fabric if you are going to hide the opening behind the tree.

Wrong side of finished Origami Christmas Tree

Decorate your tree in any manner that you wish.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, even though a snail is much faster than I am getting it put together!  Snail

May your day be full of creative time,


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Catching up

Catch Up_

Well it is time to kick this blog into gear, starting with a new name. I hope you like “Creative Times With Sue”. I feel parts of, “Home of Creative Treasures” is a a bit to common on the Internet for my liking and wanted something that was more me.

My faithful followers will also see a new look. I hope to expand on this as the creative light bulb lights up.

Tomorrow I will be posting the long awaited tutorial for the Origami Christmas Tree wall-hangings that I made for myself and family.

Easter Softies

Also Easter has been and gone with a lot of fun making bunnies using a pattern I found at RevoluzZa for my grandchildren. I forgot to take a photo but lucky enough that my daughter did. Thank you Renae for allowing me to share this photo.

Now to start on tomorrows post…. catch you then. Red rose



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Monday, April 4, 2011

Blind Quilter

Are you looking for some inspiration? Take a look at this video and you will be in awe of what can be achieved if we put our minds to it.

Well I have a date with a sewing machine! :)



Friday, January 28, 2011

Out of the Box BOM - 2011

Out Of The Box BOM 2011

I can’t believe I had forgotten to do a post about this BOM. You have only until the end of this month to grab the first block from The Pickedish Patch, as the second one will be up on the 1st of February. Vicki who is the blog owner also has a sneak peak of the 2nd block …. take a look!

Dawn from Sweet as Cinnamon also has a BOM running with the same dates, as The Pickedish Patch. These two ladies are working together; it really is worth a look. Smile

Also there is a Flickr group showing off their progress, which you can find by going to Vicki’s blog.

Well I am on holidays at the present time at Moonta Bay. I am having a lovely time doing some stitchery and applique with the Girls Day Out quilt that I am doing. I am just loving it! Open-mouthed smile


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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Decorations & Happy Holidays

With Christmas nearly here I thought I better show you an image of the finished Origami Christmas Tree. I just don’t have the time to edit the photos and write up a tutorial just now, but promise to have it up after the silly season is over. At least you will have an early start making your own for next year. ;)

Origami Christmas Tree

I also plaited three filled tubes of fabric to make a simple wreath. The little ornament at the bottom was purchased from KMart to finish the wreath off. I did consider making a bow and hot glue it onto the wreath. The problem was finding the colour ribbon that I needed, so decided to go with the welcome Santa at the base. I was rather pleased with the result.


I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you, my wonderful blog readers, a Merry Christmas and if you don’t celebrate Christmas, Happy Holidays!

Cheers to you all!