Every cloud has a sliver lining

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At schools here were textiles lessons where you learn to use a sewing machine, hand stitch and other techniques to make little things; in year 7 we made odd bookmarks, beanie buddies (a little stuffed thing), in year 8 I made a beanie hat made of fleece which is bright and colourful, but in year 9 most of my class didn’t want to do textiles they wanted to carry on with food (you normally do 2 terms food and 1 term textiles) and I wasn’t that bothered as we had a good (yet slightly temperamental sewing machine at home I could use and all we would do is tie dye a t-shirt that I’m not that bothered about doing). But there was a textiles club you could go to, you had free rein over the fabric cupboard and designed a bad with a lining and a design on the front, I am very proud of the bag and I’m surprised that I haven’t already blogged about it. But unfortunately school have decided to stop textiles lessons as not as many people take it for gcse of a level, although this is sad as future students won’t get a chance to learn it, but as I didnt take it for gcse it wouldn’t benefit me. But every cloud has a silver lining, as there will be no more textiles lessons there is no more need for the Bernina sewing machines and they had to get rid of them, selling them for £50 for a fully functional machine; school serviced the machine, allowed me to have a go on it at school on a scrap of fabric, provide me with different sized needles, the different feet and accessories, thread and bobbins, stuff thing case, hard case and soft case for the machine, and me and my mum were allowed to take the fabric we would like from the cupboard. So all in all it was a very good deal and now I have a sewing machine of my own I was planning to buy a cheep one from ikea or John lewis for the same amount of money but when we found out about school selling theirs we jumped at the deal as looking the model up on the Internet, we found they were a considerably better deal and also all the add ons from school, made it a deal sealer.

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On the first day of Christmas my brother gave to me…

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This year for Christmas I got a case for my iPad mini made by my brother (with help from mum). My brother isn’t the kind of person (unlike me) that is always wanting to make something, but it was his idea and he chose the design (out of some selected patterns), he chose the fabrics (out of a selection) and he did the majority of the sewing. It fits all my requirements of a case for my iPad mini: padded, includes a pocket, beautiful and most importantly, homemade. He definitely put a lot of effort in. Looking at the case I don’t think I could have done a better job, looks professional, and it was mainly his effort which makes it so special to me.

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After I made my brother’s case I was in the mood for felting (well really having to throw the felt around in the bathroom) so I thought mum’s phone would need a case. This time I didn’t have to make two pieces or have a piece just about big enough. This time I knew it would need brute force to get it under the foot. So this case went a lot better and I finished it off with a reindeer antler button, the same as on my brother’s.

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After I made my brother’s case I was in the mood for felting (well really having to throw the felt around in the bathroom) so I thought mum’s phone would need a case. This time I didn’t have to make two pieces or have a piece just about big enough. This time I knew it would need brute force to get it under the foot. So this case went a lot better and I finished it off with a reindeer antler button, the same as on my brother’s.

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Because my brother got a kindle fire for his birthday I thought it would be nice to make him a case for Christmas. I decided, that as I had learnt to felt a couple of weeks earlier at wooly knits, I would felt him a case because it would be easy and well padded to keep it safe, or at least I thought it would be easy. It took 2 attempts to actually felt it properly and then it was only just big enough. My third problem was that it didn’t fit under the sewing machine foot (and there was the chance that I would have to hand sew it) but with brute force it worked.

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Because my brother got a kindle fire for his birthday I thought it would be nice to make him a case for Christmas. I decided, that as I had learnt to felt a couple of weeks earlier at wooly knits, I would felt him a case because it would be easy and well padded to keep it safe, or at least I thought it would be easy. It took 2 attempts to actually felt it properly and then it was only just big enough. My third problem was that it didn’t fit under the sewing machine foot (and there was the chance that I would have to hand sew it) but with brute force it worked.