Category: Projects

iChair Pattern PDF – more excitement!

This has been an exciting week, first my Gorgeous Fabric Basket tutorial over at sew mama sew and now I am uber excited to tell you that I have published my first pattern for sale.


This all came to fruition with the help of the amazing stupendous Nicole from who turned my words and pictures into a brilliant PDF pattern.  Can’t tell you how great it was to work with Nicole.  Apart from being a great graphic designer, she knows how to write a pattern (she has some gorgeous ones on her website) and was able to contribute lots of helpful points to make the pattern flow.

The iChair™ is the ultimate accessory for your iPhone, Smart Phone or Kindle. Perfect for the office desk or bedside table. I’ve even made a laminated cotton one for the bathroom!

Over the past 4 years I’ve made and sold hundreds of these iChairs™ at markets, and wholesaled to local gift stores.

I have also given countless iChairs™ away to family and friends. The iChair™ is a really popular gift for all ages.

The construction technique has been perfected and in this professionally designed pattern you will have four pages of clear instructions and photos showing how to make your very own iChair™.

They are quick and relatively easy to whip up and once you have the hang of it, this will be your go-to pattern for all gift occasions.   You will be selling them at the office in no time and your investment in this pattern will be returned in a flash.

The pattern can be purchased through my Shop and a PDF will be delivered straight to your inbox.

So… now on to the next pattern out of my head, and into to Nicole’s inbox.





Annie’s Quilt

Bio Picklefish Studio


It is a bit embarrassing when people go to my blog and I am talking about Easter (that was the last blog post I did).  It is kind of hard to reconcile how fast the months pass.  If you don’t regularly blog, does that mean you are 1. Not doing anything worth blogging about, 2. Too busy 3. Too distracted 4. Your priorities are wrong????

I think it is a mixture of 2 to 4, I reckon I have lots to blog about, in fact I say to myself all the time “I should blog about that!” Then 2 sets in, followed closely by 3. Read more

Woven Labels for your sewing and craft projects

Hello fellow crafters.  I used to make my own labels by printing “picklefish” backwards onto a special film, cutting them up and then ironing them on to twill tape.  The result was great and served my purpose at the time, but as production ramped up this became very time consuming and fiddly.

So I went in search of manufacturers of woven labels, and after much research I chose World Wide Labels.   I am often asked where I buy my labels and am so happy to recommend this company.  They nursed this ‘newbie’ through the design process and patiently provided more than a few drafts of my design.   They are very economical and reliable and super quick to deliver.

iChair labels

picklefish labesl

I think they make my sewing projects look just that little bit more professional

Easter craftiness – Easter Cards with free template

I was busy this morning making some cards for a little shop in my home town who are very kind and take pretty much anything I care to make for them to sell. My hand made fabric cards have been a hit so I decided to make some Easter Cards for them.
I’ve been making cards for a while now, they are fun and easy to create and can save you a bundle on buying cards.
First I print my logo and contact details on to some 200gsm white card – I can fit two cards to an A4 sheet. Trim these, and fold by hand, you can iron the fold later to make a crisp edge.
Card back

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Baby Blanket

Don’t you love it when new babies arrive. A good excuse to do some special sewing and when a friend asked for a special baby blankee I was on to it. I saw a gorgeous baby blanket on nanacompany and bought the pattern for the embroidery. If you haven’t already seen the nanacompany blog then head on over there, it is an absolute delight, Amy is such a talent and I loooove visiting her blog to drool over her latest creations.

Here are a few pictures. Would add more but my gorgeous teenager had used up all the internet allowance for this month and I have to wait till Monday before I am back on line at full speed!
Lily Blanket 1

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Mothers Day Gift idea

Well Mothers Day is fast approaching and aren’t we grateful for our mums, they are a joy in our lives and so important to recognise what they do for us every day, but especially on Mothers Day.

My Mum is an inspiration in so sew many ways. She will be 78 this June and just a bundle of energy, always in the garden, or her sewing room, or doing something for others.

I found this gorgeous card in BallyHoo, which is a most delightful shop in Geelong, packed with hand-made goodness. The card was made by a lovely local girl who doesn’t have a blog yet, but if you would like one of her creations you should call into BallyHoo in Ryrie Street, Geelong, or stop by their Facebook page.

Love You Mum card

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Myki Keeper

Necessity is the mother of invention. O.k. it is not an amazing invention, however a friend of mine said “Mel you need to sew me something to keep my Myki Card in”.

Sew here it is, made with 100% cotton designer fabrics and aurifil threads, quilted on the outside, fused stabiliser on the inside, sturdy clear plastic which:

1. Keeps your travel card secure and safe
2. You can see the card
3. No need to take the card out of the pocket, just swipe and go.

There is room for another store card, or your business cards, or perhaps your ID, in case you lose it and some gorgeous honest person wants to give it back.

(for those reading this from another country – or planet – a Myki Card is a new transport pass introduced by the Victorian Government. My Myki Keeper will also suit any similar travel card, or business card, or store cards!)

I will eventually make a pattern for these, but in the mean time you can find them in my Etsy Shop – go to the My Esty Shop tab above and click on the link.

More sewing to do tomorrow!
Hope you are having a nice Easter