New Clutch bags in my Etsy Shop now!

Hello,

it's a busy week at TPHQ, I'm getting super excited for Christmas, and adding lots of lovely new products to my Etsy shop! 

New for Christmas 2016 are my super sparkly clutch bags! Small enough to easily carry, and large enough for all the essentials! I've made them in a wide range of colours, and all will come gift wrapped ready for the festive season! 

Each one is made from premium, flake free glitter fabric, with a YKK zip for extra durability and ease of use. They will come wrapped in white tissue paper with a glitter sticker seal. They are handmade by me and are ready to ship! 

They make great gifts, either for yourself or to someone you love. 

Thank you for shopping with Totally Pinnable!

Wow what a week it's been! I've been super busy hand punching out lots of lovely personalised confetti, and finishing off some super sparkly clutch bags ready for my Etsy shop! 

But first, here's a couple of photo's sent in of our lovely products out in the wild! 

This first one was sent in by our lovely bride, Ellie. She chose our hand cut, blue and white confetti, with pale blue hydrangea petals for her wedding day! What a cute couple! 

This next image was sent in by another lovely bride, Lorna, of my totally tropical hair bands as part of the gifts to her bridesmaids! We love the thought that went into these gifts, they look beautiful! 

Do you have any photo's of our TotallyPinnable products? i'd love to see them! 

Send me an email: hello@totallypinnable.com

Harriet xx

Personalised Confetti Love!

Hello! 

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer, and now that back to school feeling is creeping in, which can only mean one thing...Christmas is coming!!! YAY! (Just me getting excited or are others too?!)

After a summer of wedding orders, photo shoot collaborations and Etsy orders it's nice to start planning whats in store for the new season.

But first, a few lovely images sent by one of our amazing Etsy customers! Our eco friendly personalised table confetti has been going down a storm over the summer, for bridal showers, weddings and birthdays.

Printed on both sides with your words of choice, on 100g, 100% recycled paper. Please recycle the confetti after use too! 

I would love to see more of your images featuring Totally Pinnable products, send them to: hello@totallypinnable.com

xxx

Shibori dying technique for my wedding guest dress!

I've wanted to try Shibori for a long time, but never had the time or patience required! I really wanted to make my own dress for a wedding we were attending, (Inspired by The Great British Sewing Bee!) and so decided it was the perfect opportunity to give it a go! 

I'll be honest, my first batch of dying didn't work at all. I spent the time doing the Shibori, only to realise when my fabric came out of the dye that I'd used poly-cotton instead of 100% cotton. The fabric just didn't take the dye, and so I had to start all over again! Boo. But a good learning curve! 

A quick trip to Hobbycraft, a lot of help from the lovely ladies in there, and a long dilly dally in the bead aisle meant I was ready to go again with my second batch! 

First I had to decide on my design. Here my fabric is folded in half length ways, so I knew that it would be mirrored on the other side too. I wish I had drawn more smaller half circles on the fold line, so there would be less blue space down the middle. But that's something I will know for the future! 

I used a range of kitchen items to make my circles with as I wanted to easily draw out different sized circles. I had three meters of fabric to hand stitch and dye, on a short time scale, so I knew some had to be quite large in order to get it done in time! 

www.totallypinnable.com shibori technique dying wedding guest dress

Once all my circles had been drawn, I then hand stitched along each line, leaving a long tail of thread on the end, without knotting it so I could pull them tight for dying. I did however tie a knot in my thread at the beginning, so I would have something extra to pull on. 

I purchased extra strong thread from Hobbycraft (Which was in the sale, YAY!) I wanted this so I could pull really tightly on the thread without it breaking.

Do long running stitches over your lines. Where the running stitches are, will resist the dye leaving your base colour. For example my fabric is turquoise, as so it would be left that colour.

www.totallypinnable.com shibori dying fabric technique wedding guest dress

Once all your running stitches are in place, pull the open end of string and slide your fabric down the length of it, until it's all neatly folded up. Where you have lots of lines close together (See photo above), I found it easier to work from the middle of the circle outwards. 

I also (Because this was the second lot of fabric I was using, and also running out of time, so this had to work!) I went back a tied more thread over where i had folded it into little peaks. I really wanted  a defined outline of the circles to show the turquoise colour, and this added to the effect.

I have to admit this part really shredded my fingers! I knew the thread had to be pretty tight to resist the dye, and it cut my fingers. Leave yourself plenty of time so you can come back to it if you need! Or maybe I've just got soft hands! 

www.totallypinnable.com shibori dying technique wedding guest dress

I used a dark Navy Dylon Dye, to dye my fabric. Seeing this batch in the dye bath I could instantly see the difference between using poly-cotton and 100% cotton fabric. It took the dye so much better and was instantly the correct colour. Follow the instructions on the packet, the Dylon dye was super easy to use, and came out exactly the colour I wanted, even considering I started out with turquoise fabric as my base. 

You can see my extra strong thread didn't take the dye, which was good! 

www.totallypinnable.com shibori dying fabric technique

When the fabric was dyed, I then rinsed it in cold water until the water ran clear, and chucked it in the washing machine and washed and dried it as I would normally. This allowed my fabric to shrink (If any) and meant it was properly fixed and ready to use!

I used a Simplicity New Look pattern 6125, which I had not used before, and included adding a zip...which I had also not done before! I liked the shape of it on the drawings, especially the little detail on the neckline. It also said 'Easy' on the packet which on limited time I thought would be a good idea! The clean shape and limited darts also would show off the fabric as best it could, and after all my hard work tying it up I really wanted it to be the main feature! 

www.totallypinnable.com simplicity new look pattern 6125 shibori dying teachnique

And here is my finished dress! YAY! Although I was still sewing the detail on the neckline the night before the wedding, it was finished in time! 

I really need to practise my zip's, having never done one before, it took me 7 attempts to get it to be invisible. It didn't help having a white zip on a blue dress! 

I really love the shape of it, I made the cut out on the neckline lower, and widened the skirt slightly as I love a fuller skirt! But I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I think this would be a great dress in some sequined fabric! But I need more sewing practise first! 

www.totallypinnable.com shibori dyed dress wedding guest
www.totallypinnable.com shibori dress wedding guest
www.totallypinnable.com shibori dress wedding guest

I just can't stop staring at all the little details, they look like little planets or a secret underwater world! 

www.totallypinnable.com shibori dress wedding guest
www.totallypinnable.com shibori dress wedding guest
www.totallypinnable.com shibori dress wedding guest
www.totallypinnable.com shibori dress wedding guest

The pattern doesn't quite match up at the back, partly due to my sewing (Adding the zip) and partly due to the fact my fabric was folded over, and so both sides aren't quite the same. 

www.totallypinnable.com shibori dress wedding guest

I love the unique effect Shibori has on fabric, and would love to try out more intricate designs, perhaps on a smaller project though! 

Using a coloured 100% cotton as a base colour saved me a dye batch, and also time! So I wold recommend using a colour as a base again.

Have any of you experimented with Shibori before? If so I would love to see some photo's! 

Harriet xxx

Sugar Delights! From a shop with a GREAT name!

Every time we've been to Cambridge, I've wanted to go to Harriet's Tea Rooms. With the staff in period dress, and the macaroon tower just calling my in from the window, I'm not sure how I've gone this long without visiting! 

It was my birthday, and so on a soggy June Saturday we piled in for delicious scones and tea.

Any may have fallen out the door with these delicious treats! 

xxx

www.totallypinnable.com Harriet's Tea Room Macaroons
www.totallypinnable.com Harriet's Tea Room Macaroons
www.totallypinnable.com Harriet's Tea Room Macaroons

Iron-On-Patches! YAY or Nay?

I've just been given a lovely denim jacket for my birthday, and with the whole iron-on-patch craze happening I thought it would be fun to pop this little guy somewhere! 

Purchased from Jolly Brown's in Hitchin, I can't wait to show him off at our Tropical Summer Party! 

xxx

www.totallypinnable.com iron on pineapple patch

Inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee! (My sequin cape!)

Who else is loving the Great British Sewing Bee!? It's such a refreshing change from cookery shows and survival programmes! 

I've been wanting to make a cape for a while now, but having seen them on the #GBSB I've decided it's time to get making it! 

Having never made a circle skirt before, I looked online for how to cut one out, but made it the right length for a cape. Folding the fabric saves you cutting out a whole circle, and makes it much more even. 

It was so super easy to cut out (No pattern required!) that I now want to make lots of circle skirts! 

I purchased my fabric from HobbyCraft, as they had a really good selection of thin cottons, which will have the flowy-ness I need to make my cape! 

www.totallypinnable.com cutting out my sequin cape
www.totallypinnable.com sequins for my cape

I purchased huge sequins from Ebay, they are 24mm round, with one hole at the top for stitching. I've got gold, silver and a pale metallic pink! I'm hoping to cover my entire cape with sequins (If I have enough!), which although will be a long process, will hopefully look amazing for our Summer Party! 

Fingers crossed I finish it in time! xxx

Totally Tropical Hair Ties added to my Etsy shop!

I've been eyeing up these super soft hair ties on Etsy for a while now, but with expensive shipping costs to post them across the pond from the USA, I decided to go ahead and make my own! And a whole load extra for my Etsy shop! YAY! 

Made from Fold Over Elastic (FOE for short!) they are super soft, washable and adjustable! (Simply untie the knot and make it larger or smaller for your hair!)

They look just as good on your wrist, as in your hair, and come in lots of colours and patterns. They are also 'crease free' meaning they leave no kinks in your hair, or marks on your wrist! (Hands up who leaves a hairband on their wrist, only to take it off, and have a huge indent line!)

Go check them out in my Etsy shop now!