My Top 5 Christmas makes 2013

In at number 5 are the ham burger oven gloves that I made for my brother, this gift went down really well and I have already been commisioned to make some more.

Oven Gloves TutorialAt number 4 my ever popular Memory Photo Christmas decorations, these make great presents all year round, I made one for my sister that she has hanging in her car.

xmas decorations 017At number 3 are the Scarves that I made, these are available as kits from the TrixieLixie website and will make great Mothers day gifts!

Scarf making tutorial

At number 2 are the little coin purses also available as kits which have proved very popular on the website, they make a great gift as you can put a bit of cash in them or a lot of cash if it is the main present!

clasp-purse-kit-bird-and-the-bees-[5]-1429-pAt number 1 and always a firm favourite with all my friends and family as they say they are really comfortable! It’s my KNICKERS of course! These kits are absolutely the best seller on the TrixieLixie website and judging by the amount of knicker elastic we sold, quite a few pairs of knickers were made as gifts this year!

knicker kits & tutorialsThe new Gingham knicker kits have been really popular this year, I love making knickers and creating new fabric and elastic combinations, watch this space for new kits coming soon!

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I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and my warmest wishes for the New Year!

Happy Sewing!




Gorgeous scarf tutorial

A while back I posted a scarf tutorial using a beautiful piece of Amy Butler Voile and pom pom trim.

DIY scarf tutorialSince then I have made several more as Christmas presents, these ones are even easier because they have fringe trim which is very simple to attach!

Scarf making tutorialOn the TrixieLixie website we have the fabric and fringe trim already packed up into kits for £15, so all you need to do is follow the instructions and make a gorgeous scarf.

scarf kits from TrixieLixieThis is how it is done: fold the piece of fabric in half, right sides together and sew along the width

Scarf tutorialThen finish the seam with either a zig-zag stitch, a serger or my favourite – pinking shears

Scarf tutorialTurn the right way around and then fold the ends under by about 1cm and pin the fringe inside, then sew in place.

scarf tutorialscarf tutorialAnd thats it! You’re done, either keep it for yourself or give it as a lovely gift!

Scarf making tutorial

Mine are all gifts and I have found (in my stash of things to good to be thrown away) these great boxes to put them in and I am going to decorate them with fabric and trim just like this beautiful box that a friend of mine decorated for me for my birthday (it had wonderful hand made shower gel and body lotion in it that she had also made!)

Box decorating DIYScarf making tutorial Thats 3 more Christmas presents sorted, back to the sewing machine to make some more! Happy Sewing!

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The Lola Apron & the Retro Apron

This week I have had a go at making some aprons, one is a retro apron pattern that I think is from the fifty’s, the other one is the Sew Liberated Lola Apron pattern that is available from TrixieLixie.

Retro '50's Apron patternSewaholic Lola Apron Pattern from TrixieLixieI made the Lola apron first as the pattern and instructions for the vintage apron didn’t seem to be complete. I used gorgeous red gingham, ric-rac and spotty lace trim bias binding. I think it has a very Cow-girl feel to it. The instructions are very clear and it was very easy to make.

Gingham Lola ApronI love the curves at the bottom and the circular pockets!

Gingham Lola ApronNext I tackled the vintage pattern which only had 2 pieces and very limited instructions,however having made the Lola I managed to bluff my way through this pattern and I even used some trimmed bias binding to finish it off. It was in fact quite easy and is really lovely,. The skirt part is almost a full circle so you can really twirl around the kitchen in this one.

Retro spotty '50's apron

For this apron I used Moda Oh Deer cherry spot fabric and gingham lace trim bias binding.

Retro '50's spotty apronI can’t decide which one I like best, they are both ear-marked for people for Christmas, they are perfect for the 2 people that I have made them for!

Happy sewing!