Hazel Rules – Seamwork Magazine

I have subscribed to Seamwork Magazine since the beginning, but it wasn’t until yesterday I got fed up enough with downloading and renaming the various files each issue is comprised of to actually do something about it.

I made a couple of Hazel rules (in order. This is important!) in my Downloads watched folder, I’m sure I’ve either done it “wrong” or in a terribly clunky way, but it works and that will do for now.

So now all I have to do is download the magazine PDF or pattern zip file in question to my downloads folder and they are automagically unzipped, renamed, tagged and moved to the correct locations and any leftover folders are deleted.

The Downloads watched folder

Unzip Archives

Act on Seamwork Folder

Seamwork Patterns Rename, Tag & Move

Seamwork Magazine Rename, Tag & Move

Renaming pattern

I replaced as follows (quotes not included, merely to show spaces etc.):

“seamwork-” with “Seamwork ”

“-all-1127” with “ all”

“-content-1127” with “ content”

“-instructions-1127” with “ instructions”

“-wide-1127” with “ wide”

“-“ with “ – “

I also checked Title Case.

My First Manatee

I couldn’t resist the newest DIYFluffies (manatee!) pattern, and bought it immediately. I love manatees and I love plushies, and I love DIYFluffies plushie patterns especially.

It came out a little wonky, but cute enough, and was absolutely easy enough for me to want to give it another try. This was the first time I tried attaching details like eyes, and nostrils with satin stitch and I think with some practice I can probably get them looking quite nice. Fabric is a cheap fleece blanket from IKEA which seems to be discontinued now, which is a pity since it’s pretty much the perfect manatee colour. Eyes are bits of felt from Stoff og Stil I cut into extremely wobbly circles.

Camp Catkin

I made Nightshade a little tent to hide and snuggle in, based on the pattern and tutorial by Kid Giddy on Sew Mama Sew. I only used the sewing instructions as I had to make it bigger than the original, and ended up drafting a pattern myself.

I used a cheap fleece Ikea blanket for most of it, a piece of polar fleece from Stoff og Stil for the internal floor, and Pem piping from Jula for the structural support.

Now I just have to figure out what to do with the rest of the Pem piping, I have a lot left.


Nightshade seems to enjoy it a bit at least.

Pyramid Pattern Weights


I finally decided to just make the pattern weights that I so sorely need. I was tired of piling various sewing tools on top of my pattern/fabric to hold it down. I’d been putting off making my own sewn weights because all the patterns and tutorials I’d found demanded hand sewing to finish them off. Well, I hate hand sewing, hence no pattern weights were made.

After making a number of the pattern weights using the free pattern so kindly provided by Tea Rose Home, it turns out I don’t actually hate hand sewing, I quite like it. I’m terrible at it, but at least I won’t avoid it in the future.

Little Cat Harness

Nightshade in his harness
Nightshade in his Little Dog Harness

Nightshade adores being outside, but due to his breeder’s requirements and the *extremely* dangerous road that is way too close to our house, he is destined to be an indoor cat. He has his own fenced-in area attached to the front of the house, and we also take him outside on a harness.

So far we’ve tried three different styles of commercial harnesses designed for cats.

  1. The standard kitten harness which consists of a belly band and a neck band connected across the shoulders.
  2. The figure of 8 loop-around-the-shoulders style, and
  3. The Puppia style of soft harness which is so popular for little snub nosed dogs.

All of which Nightshade has slipped out of, without even trying particularly hard. Slinky cats are apparently harder to keep in a harness than their plumper compatriots.

Enter the DIY harness. I first tried the Kimono Dog Harness Pattern + Tutorial by Jill Myslinski posted on Sew Mama Sew but sadly it just didn’t fit Nightshade’s body shape very well. And him being as squirmy as he is, I wasn’t about to get any accurate fitting adjustments.

So then I turned to Erin of Dog Under My Desk and her wonderful Little Dog Harness tutorial. As with all her tutorials and patterns, it was very easy to understand and packed with photos which are very helpful to a beginner like me.

I used the Sammy sized template, and it fits a skinny, slinky 4 kg Siamese very well! I may try to redraft  the neck band in the future to get a better fit for a cat neck/chest, but so far it is absolutely the best fitting harness Nightshade has worn. And he tolerates it so much better than the other harnesses. Putting it on is a breeze, and once it is on, he doesn’t even seem to know it’s there.

Kwik Sew 3629

Count Pepula

Pepper now has his Halloween costume in the bag! I’m pretty proud of it, even if it doesn’t look amazing close up, because neither does it look horrendous. All in all, I’m pleased with it, and glad I made a toile/muslin first.

KwikSew 3629 – view A

Size Made: S with size M neck & chest strap.
Made For: Pepper
Tools Used: Sewing machine, point turner.
Notions Used: I used Vlieseline H 250 / Vilene H 250 / Fliselina H 250 to fusible interfacing to stiffen the collar, and four nylon cable ties instead of boning. The cable ties worked really well, since they aren’t doing much more than stiffening.
Changes: I made a muslin using some cheap cotton from Ikea, which made me realise that Chesty McFattyChest needed bigger straps than the size S provided.


Shantung Sateen Black UL-455Shantung Sateen Black UL-455 from Fabric.com
Amount: .9 m / 1 yard
Contents: 100% polyester
Fabric Weight: lightweight
Washing: Dry Clean
Width: 152 cm/ 60″
Description: This reversible gorgeous shantung sateen (also known as shantung satin) fabric has a smooth shiny sateen side and a shantung finish on the other side. The shantung side of the fabric has a nubby texture similar to silk dupioni, but with more sheen and luster due to the satin side of the fabric.

Polyester Lining Red UO-934Polyester Lining Red UO-934 from Fabric.com
Amount: .9 m / 1 yard
Contents: 100% polyester
Fabric Weight: Very lightweight
Washing: Dry Clean
Width: 147 cm/ 58″
Description: Add a touch of luxury to any garment by lining it with this ultra soft and very lightweight polyester lining fabric. Lining garments helps with the shape, drape and overall structure of the garment.

Sewing terminology

Overwhelmed by the sewing terminology I don’t yet understand, and needing to source some of my supplies from Norway, I need to keep a list of terms I think I’ve found the correct translation for.

  • Grosgrain – ripsbånd
  • Petersham –
  • Crinoline Tape / Horsehair Braid –
  • Bias tape – skråbånd/kantbånd
  • Piping – bisebånd

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