Christmas gift making

This week I made some Christmas gifts using some of the new Christmas fabric range that we have got at Trixie Lixie, its called Folk Art Holiday

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First of all I made some Christmas bunting, this is available to buy as a kit here for £10.00 it includes everything you need to make 3 metres of bunting with full instructions.

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Next I made a little half apron using the instructions from Cath Kidston’s book SEW!

Folk Art Holiday apron

There are lots of great things to make in this book,

Sew! Cath Kidston

Sew! Cath KidstonI also made some quilted pot holders, these were made using 18 x 18cm square pieces of fabric with the edges curved, a piece of wadding sandwiched in the middle and then the edges finished with bias binding.

Folk Art holiday pot holderI can see myself using this fabric for a lot of my Christmas gift making this year.

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Hemmingway Vintage Fabric

We have got the complete range of Vintage by Hemmingway fabric in stock! I am so excited because I used to love Red or Dead and I am an avid follower of Wayne & Gerardine Hemmingways vintage exploits! You can read about them on their website at Hemmingway Design. The fabric range is gorgeous I love the Tulips design & the fantastic range of colours; duckegg blue, pale pink, green, blue, red and a beautiful yellow.

Hemmingway Design fabric collection

The possibilities with this range of fabric is endless! I am thinking clothes, cushions, curtains even lampshades with our new lampshade making kit from NeedCraft.

The first thing I had to make of course was a dress! It’s another Anna dress from ByHand London as it is my absolute favourite dress pattern at the moment.

Hemingway fabric-By Hand Anna dress

The dress is made using the Twigs design fabric in red, it was a difficult decision between red and duck egg blue but I thought this colour would be more Autumnal. It is a lovely soft fabric, perfect for dressmaking, shirt weight.

TrixieLixie Hemmingway fabric

Now to plan what I am going to make next with some more Hemmingway Fabric!

Cute kids sewing kits

When I was young I used to love making things with my Mum and then when I had my own children I really enjoyed making things with them, my kids are too old now, however I think they would’ve loved these cute animal kits.

Cute Fox & Badger making kit

So you can make yourself a pair of animal friends like Badger and Fox

Badger & Fox kits

The Button Company have done a step by step tutorial here which is an excellent guide.

Tabby cat kit

You just need to add stuffing as everything else you need is in the box, Tabby cat & Mouse.

Black cat & Mouse kit

It doesn’t give an age for these kits but I think that with adult supervision a 7 year old could do them, I might have to do the Black Cat & Mouse kit with my young neice next time she comes and stays.

Cat & Mouse sewing kits

I think these kits would make great christmas presents for boys or girls who like crafting.

Christmas gift ideas

I am never sure how early I shoud start talking about Christmas, some people I know like to get all their planning & preperation done by October! Others leave it until the last minute! Either way I am going to start suggesting some gift idea’s and sharing some great tutorials for making your own presents. I have a large family & I like to make as many gifts myself as I can.

Felix tea towel kit

So my first gift suggestion is a tea towel! But not just an ordinary tea towel! It is also a kit to make a cushion, so you have the option to give the tea towel as the gift or to make it into the cushion and give that as a gift!

Sarah Young tea towel cushionsThey are designed by Sarah Young a Painter, Printmaker, Illustrator and maker. Her work is often narrative, inspired by and referencing, myth, folk tales, circus and burlesque imagery. The tea towels are cotton, screen printed, and they can be cut, sewn and stuffed to make lovely toys or cushions, or fill with sand, pulses/grains to make a doorstop; Or simply keep as a lovely bright tea towel for your kitchen.

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bertha tea towel kit

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They are very easy to make up, you just need toy stuffing or they make goreous tea towels

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Sewaholic Rae Skirt

As I am unable to sew at the moment I persuaded my gorgeous daughter to have a go at making the latest addition to the Sewaholic pattern range – The Rae skirt.

rae-skirt-sewaholic-sewing-pattern-[5]-1920-pThis is a very straight forward beginners elasticated waist skirt, with a small amount of help from me Amy was able to complete this very simple sew in just a couple of hours!

Amy wearing a Sewaholic Rae skirt

Doesn’t it look lovely! The nice thing about this elastic waist skirt is that it has 4 panels that are shaped so that it drapes beautifully, she deliberately chose some of our new Gaberchino fabric as it is heavier weight and holds the shape nicely.

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#OWOP Barcelona skirts galore!

As I am unable to sew at the moment I was really pleased to be able to take part in this blog-along, I already have dozens of Amy Butler Barcelona skirts so I didn’t have to make anything. #OWOP stands for One Week, One Pattern and was organised by Handmade Jane

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One Week, One Pattern! (or OWOP) is a group challenge where participants wear garments made from just one pattern of their choice, every day for a week.

So the pattern I chose is one that I have been re-using for years and have taught lots of people to make.

amy-butler-barcelona-skirt-sewing-pattern-1520-p[ekm]195x288[ekm]The Barcelona skirt is a an A-line skirt pattern that is fully lined and really easy to make.

tracy-bob-dylanSo to start the week I was having a little stroll with Bob Dylan, this skirt was made using Freespirit Field studies fabric by Anna Marie Horner & I have trimmed it with some Velvet ribbon. The top is a Sewaholic Renfrew in Purple jersey that goes really well with my cast.

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Day 2 saw me swinging with Frank Sinatra, another Barcelona in Freespirit Field studies fabric by Anna Marie Horner, I do love her fabric designs! And another Sewaholic Renfrew this one in Turquoise jersey, (I have quite a lot of these tops, another easy make!)

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Day 3 and I am having a bit of a boogie with Fred Astaire! This Barcelona skirt is a few years old so the fabric is not from TrixieLixie you can just about see that it is a city map, I think its London. Again I have trimmed this one with some Velvet ribbon. And what a surprise! Another Sewaholic Renfrew this one in Turquoise stripe jersey. This Renfrew is a more recent make and is a better fit than the others as I took about an inch off each side seam.

tracy-cary-grantDay 4 and I have a funny feeling that Cary Grant is going to push me into the pool! Doesn’t he realise that I can’t get my cast wet ?!? This is another old Barcelona skirt that I made about 4 years ago! The fabric was designed by Grayson Perry for Liberty, it’s got images of all sorts of disasters like plane crashes and oil spills, it also features his teddy bear – Alan Measles, he is one of my favourite Artists. I have trimmed this one with lace edged velvet trim and I am wearing a Colette Jasmine blouse this time in cream georgette fabric.

tracy-roger-mooreDay 5 and 007 Roger Moore is taking me hostage! Today’s Barcelona skirt is slightly different as I did not line this one, and I have added a waistband. The fabric  is from a Moda range called Honky Tonk. The top is a Cake Pattern, the Cabarita knit top, in red jersey.

tracy-stevemcqueenDay 6 and I am racing with Steve McQueen today in another Barcelona skirt, this one is made using an Amy Butler fabric! Its some baby cord from her Soul Blossoms range called English Garden, it is velvety soft! The blouse is a Sewaholic Belcarra.

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Final day and I am rocking with David Bowie in my Ukulele Skirt! This is a Barcelona hack, I used the top of the skirt pattern and then added a drop waist box pleat skirt. And a repeat wearing of my Turquoise jersey, Sewaholic Renfrew. I even have a matching strap on my Uke, unfortunately I can’t play it at the moment!

It has taken me 2 days to type out this post, using one finger on my left hand! Can’t wait to get the plaster off and actually start sewing again!

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One Week, One Pattern! 2014

I have decided to particpate in OWOP14!

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The pattern that I am slightly addicted to is the Amy Butler Barcelona Skirt.

amy-butler-barcelona-skirt-sewing-pattern-1520-p[ekm]195x288[ekm]I have numerous versions of this skirt so It will be easy for me to wear a different one every day for 7 days, the hard part will be deciding which ones to wear.

The great thing about taking part in this blog-along is that I don’t need to make any thing new, which if you read my previous blog post you will understand, I can’t do at the moment

So watch this space for the photo’s.