I’ve been trying to decide what I might like to make for Valentines this year
It’s a tradition, of sorts, to make something, so I decided to have a look around. It’s pretty straight forward, these days, to find inspiration on places like Pinterest and Instagram. So I started pinning some of my favourites.
Here is a really easy, quick skirt that you can make in less than an hour. All you need is a metre of fabric and a metre of thick elastic. I used some of our lovely Regents Street Lawn, it is not too thick so it drapes beautifully. The lush pink elastic is a new addition to the website and I can already see myself using it in all sorts of projects.
Wrap the elastic around your waist add 5cm to the length and cut it, sew the two ends together with a 5cm seam allowance, press open and top stitch each seam down.
Fold the fabric in half and cut it, place the two pieces together with right sides facing each other sew these seams using a 5cm seam allowance, you should now have a tube.
Using a loose straight stitch do two rows of sewing around the top of the tube leaving long tails of thread. This is to gather the fabric until the skirt is the same size as the elastic
So pull the tails of thread until the skirt top is the same size as the elastic waistband.
Put your skirt and elastic together with the wrong side of the elastic facing the right side of the fabric,use a zig-zag stitch to attach the elastic to the fabric, sewing close to the edge of the elastic will give a neat finish and use a thread to match the elastic.
All you need to do now is the hem!
I have finally finished my vintage style cardigan which I shall talk about in another post, but it looks so lovely with my new skirt don’t you think? It is such a quick and easy make that will make a great present.
It seems that I’ve had a bit of a run on making pillowcases for my friends. I love giving them as gifts, as they are so easy to make.
With these ones I made for my sister, I’ve used Gutermann fabrics with a touch of pom pom specialness. They go brilliantly with her seaside themed front room. This Gutermann collection has lots of subtle colours which would fit well in any environment.
My friend Fran loves cowboys and loves these pillows too. They are made using the Moda Fabrics Honky-Tonk range.
A while back I posted a scarf tutorial using a beautiful piece of Amy Butler Voile and pom pom trim.
Since 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!
On 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.
This is how it is done: fold the piece of fabric in half, right sides together and sew along the width
Then finish the seam with either a zig-zag stitch, a serger or my favourite – pinking shears
Turn the right way around and then fold the ends under by about 1cm and pin the fringe inside, then sew in place.
And thats it! You’re done, either keep it for yourself or give it as a lovely gift!
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!)
Thats 3 more Christmas presents sorted, back to the sewing machine to make some more! Happy Sewing!