Selfish Sewing Week

Have you heard about selfish sewing week yet? it’s a week all about sewing a little something for yourself. I have a million projects that I want to start and most of them don’t involve sewing for me :/. You can find more details about Selfish Sewing Week over at Imagine Gnats and enter the Rafflecopter competition while you’re there to go into the draw to win 1 of 30 patterns from participating indie sewers.

What Will I Be Sewing??

I am the queen of comfort and have been venturing into the world of knits to create comfy tees. I have had some knit fabric in my stash for a while now, so I’ll be creating a new tee out of this fabric. I also just bought a couple of new pairs of yoga type pants (they’re just too comfortable) and, because of my shortness, they need to be taken up. So, sewing a knit top and taking up some new pants is on my list of things to sew for this week! I have also been thinking of creating a zippered pouch for my laptop that is coming up to three years old. Better late than never! We’ll see how much I get done.

What will you be sewing for Selfish Sewing Week? I’d love to know. Leave a comment down below or let me know at any of my social media places :)

You can check out what others have been sewing here.

Happy (Selfish) Sewing!!


How Cool is That! February 2015

Feb 2015

Hello all! Although I haven’t been able to get into the sewing room to create any new tutorials lately, I have been browsing the internet and coming across some cool things. These are the things that make me go “Whoa! How cool is that??!!”. I wanted to share some of those cool things that I’ve come across incase you haven’t seen them. (it’s also kind of a way for me to remember the cool things I’ve come across as well ;) )

Feb 2015

No Pictures here. Just straight out text so I can actually get some information out without being distracted. Grrr. Too easily distracted at this point in time!

Color Me Fabric

Hayley, over at Welcome to the Mouse House, is getting ready to release a fabric line with Michael Miller Fabrics. It’s fabric that you can colour in! The line is called Color Me featuring two different designs. A Royal Life for the girls and To the Moon and Back for the boys. Load your kiddies up with fabric markers at bedtime and let them go for gold colouring in a pillowcase made of this awesome fabric. I’ve freaked out about textas all over the bed sheets before, but this fabric helps to satisfy any child’s desire to draw on the bed and make it all ok!

The Great British Sewing Bee

Eek! I’ve found a way to watch the Great British Sewing Bee all the way down here in Australia. It’s more awesome than I thought it would be! I get slightly excitedly stressed watching the show but have an overwhelming desire to go and sew after I finish watching it. I’m loving Lorna’s calmness while sewing and I can’t quite work out how Ryan gets his garments finished so quickly. I don’t usually watch TV, but this show is a must watch for me. If I can watch it, I’m pretty sure you can too. All you need to do is create an account on the Filmon website then find the Great British Sewing Bee on the BBC2 channel. Expand the details for the show and it should give you an option to ‘Record Show’. Once that is done and the show has aired you can go into your recordings and view the show. Awesome! Let me know if it works for you too.

How Cool is Heather Rosas?!

I love Heather Rosas designs. Her fabric is just adorable with Fairyville being my favourite! Heather has some freebies that you can check out over on her website here.

What cool things have you come across (or have created) in the world of sewing and fabric this month? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.

Until next time, happy sewing (or in my my case, happy browsing the internet ;) )

[VIDEO] How to Print on Fabric with an Inkjet Printer and Freezer Paper – Washable as Well!

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Well it’s finally here! Here is my tutorial for how to print on fabric using an inkjet printer and freezer paper all in the comfort of your own home. I’ve almost perfected my process for this and am very excited to share it with you all today. Below you will find my step by step video instructions for how to print onto fabric which also has an extra tip for helping that fabric retain more of the ink after it has been washed in the washing machine. Scroll down past the video if you want to see a list of what you will need along with some notes. Also look for the button to download the Project PDF from my Craftsy Store to view this project conveniently on your mobile or tablet device!

or watch it here on YouTube

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Downloadable the PDF Instructions Here If the button above does not appear

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What You Will Need to Print on Fabric at Home

  • 100% cotton fabric
  • Freezer Paper
  • Inkjet Printer (I am using an Epson XP-410)
  • Pigment Basked Ink for your Inkjet Printer (I use the Epson Durabrite ink)
  • Sharp cutting tools (scissors or rotary cutter, ruler and cutting mat)
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Sticking lint roller (optional, but highly recommended)
  • A piece of your printer paper

What you will need to print on fabric inkjet printer logo

A Note About Pigment Based Ink vs Dye Based Ink

Oh the things I didn’t know about printing on fabric before starting this little adventure! Printer inks for your inkjet printer can come in two different kinds. You have dye based inks and you have pigment based inks. when it comes to printing on fabric I have learned that having a printer with Pigment based inks it far easier and more durable than a printer with dye based inks.

Pigment based inks tend to be more permanent. They are naturally more fade resistant and the fabric holds the ink better if you plan to wash your fabric in the washing machine. This post here by Gloria Hansen, has some great comparison photos of pigment vs dye based inks. Dye based inks are not water and fade resistant and will lose their colour quickly if and when you wash it. If you do have a printer with dye based ink then you can always pretreat your fabric with Bubble Jet Set first and then print. To get this product in Australia was going to be expensive for me, RRP of $35 and that’s not including postage costs,  so it was a much better solution to just buy a new printer. I think I paid $80 for it! (It’s even cheaper to buy the Epson Xp-410 if you live in the US). If you’re not sure if your printer has pigment based or dye based inks then check out this website for a great list of inkjet printers and the kinds of ink they take.

So I’ve come a long way in this journey to print on fabric. From my epic fail to my victory made the adventure well worth it and i’m glad that I persisted with it. If I can help just one other person learn how to print on fabric successfully, then my job here is done. I would love to know it this video tutorial has helped you in any way. Leave a comment down below here on the blog or even on YouTube. I’ll find it!

Happy printing on fabric! Yay!

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Printing on Fabric Update and My New Printer

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Sometime last year….I started the epic journey of printing on fabric at home. I eventually worked out how to get the fabric through the printer without making a complete mess of it all, but my next challenge seemed to be in making the printed material colourfast and washable without fading. Well, you can see the results here if you want to see what happened when I washed the fabric. Terrible!

In my last post I also mentioned that I found out that printer inks are actually made with two types of bases. These bases being a pigment based ink and a dye based ink. What’s the difference you ask?

The Difference Between Pigment Based and Dye Based Ink

I could get really technical about it, but I think I’ll keep it simple. Dye based ink is water soluble. As soon as water touches the ink it tends to smear, or drastically disappears when washed (as I found out). Pigment based ink is more durable and tends to be fade, smear and water resistant. You should be able to spill something on your printed paper or highlight over the printing and not have any smearing or smudging.

I tested this theory and was delighted with the results.

The Results

You can see below the piece that I printed with My Brother printer that has dye based ink. It looked beautiful until I put it into water. See the pinkish text? That was black before I washed it. This made me worried because I didn’t want to make something for my little girl and have her chew or suck on it and have printer ink going into her mouth.

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brother washed sample


I recently purchased a new printer with pigment based ink. I came across a blog that recommended Epson printers for printing on fabric and with a bit of research I found an inexpensive one that I thought would be worth a try. My choice ended up being the Epson XP-410 along with the Durabrite inks. This is just the printer I chose to use, but there are many printers that use the pigment based inks. I found a great list here. It very clearly shows which printers use pigment and dye based inks. Be sure to check because some printers use pigment based ink for the black and dye based for the colour ink and vice versa.

Below you can see how well the Epson printed onto the fabric. The colours in the rainbow came out bold and bright and minimal smearing. I’m extremely happy with the results. The photo also printed up a treat (what a cutie Elyse is!).

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Printed with my new Epson XP-410


I also trialled a colour fixative called Retayne. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it helped the fabric hold the colour better after being washed on a cold water wash (even thought the test in the photo says gentle hand wash) in my front loading washing machine. below you can see the printed fabric on the left, which has been washed only. The printed fabric on the right was treated with the Retayne and there is a noticeable difference with the fabric holding onto more of the ink. You can see the rainbow colours are brighter on the right and there is more colour in Elyse’s face as well.

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Left: Washed only Right: Treated with Retayne and then washed

I’m so happy that I’ve found a printer that works well. Yippy! I’m currently working on my tutorial now for how to print on fabric using an inkjet printer. So stay tuned for that in the near future!

Until then, happy sewing!

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The Year That Was


When I sit and think about all the things that happened in 2014 I sometimes catch myself getting annoyed with myself and thinking about the things I had planned to do and just didn’t get done instead of what I have achieved and the beautiful things that I already have in my life. This quote seems to be an inspiration to me when I start to get caught up in it all.



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So this post is in recognition of the things that I have done and do have as a result of 2014 with a touch of what I want to focus on for 2015.

Baby Jordan

During July our family welcomed Jordan into the world, although a little earlier than expected and while we were on a little holiday! He is just gorgeous and his big sister adores him. My best creation by far for 2014 :)

Sewing Projects

I did manage to get a couple of easy sewing projects out there before Jordan came along like how to sew a lanyard project and how to make a reversible fabric book cover. I have received many positive comments and photos of peoples’ creations. I do hope to create more this year to inspire others to take up sewing, because it’s just too much fun sewing things, especially those practical things.


The podcast has been extremely fun to produce and it has led to a lot of extra research, but that just means I learn and retain more in order to talk about it to everyone. win/win I say! You can check out the podcast here.

YouTube Subscribers Galore

Even though I haven’t created many new video at the moment, My YouTube subscribers has continues to skyrocket (in my opinion anyway)! All I can say in thank you to you all. It motivates me to make more videos in the future if that’s what people are finding helpful.  I’m currently sitting at 5719 Subscribers to my YouTube channel. Thanks everyone!

Facebook is probably me next biggest channel of communication for my new projects and how tos that I put out, but unfortunately not many of my likers there actually see what I post, unless I pay for it.

A Peek Into 2015 Starting with a UFO

In my personal sewing I have a huge UFO (unfinished object??) that I started in 2007! It’s a block of the month that just got away from me and became too huge. My goal is to have it all pieced together and ready to quilt by July. Then it will be ready to quilt with my sisters quilting machine when I visit her then. Yay! I seriously need to make a plan for that. I’ll keep you updated with that one.

Goals for ESFB

The How To videos and sewing projects are what people love the most. Understandable! My goals for this year is to create 12 new sewing projects, one for each month. I also want to create a a new ‘How To’ video each month as well.

I recently got a new overlocker/serger for Christmas and would love to work out how to use it properly. I’ve purchased 2 Craftsy classes and am slowly working my way through them. You can check them out here and here. I love Amy Allen’s hair in the Beginning Serger class. Looks perfect. I think I’m so memorised with it because she has much shorter hair now. (That was completely unrelated to anything, but I thought I would share it anyway LOL).

Another big goal for me this year is to create my first sewing project to sell. I was wanting to create all my projects for free, mainly because I didn’t think anyone would pay for something that I had created. I now believe that I can create something that is worth a small cost after having many purchase my free projects from my Craftsy store and receiving lovely emails and photos from others who have created something from them. I can do it!

‘Spare time’ is precious and a rarity at this point in time so I really do need to use it wisely. Getting my focus and self discipline back to where it was will be key here for me. I can do it!

Do you have any UFOs that you are planning on finishing this year or even something that you were proud to have accomplished in 2014? I would love to hear about it! Do you have any other sewing related goals for 2015?

Big deep breath and off we go!

Happy sewing in 2015!