DIY Clasp purse kits

I am really excited to announce that we have just added our new kits to the Trixie Lixie website, they ar available to buy now! There are 8 kits to choose from and you get  everything you need to make one including fabric, lining, interfacing, clasp, pattern and instructions. There is also a tutorial video that you can watch if you need help!

The Ladybird purse kits are £7.00, the spotty fabric purse kits are £6.50 and the lovely pink laminated fabric kit is £8.00.

These purse’s will make lovely Christmas presents you can make them yourself or give a kit as a gift, they are very simple to make and can easily be sewn by hand or by machine.

Happy Sewing

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Plastic Bag Tube

A quick and easy tutorial today, my Mum requested one of these so I thought I would include them in my gift making tutorials, I have made several, they are always useful!

Plastic bag storageThe fabric I used is from the Red Rooster range at TrixieLixie

Red Rooster FabricTo start cut a piece of fabric 50cm long x 30cm wide for the tube and 2 pieces of elastic 18cm long. You will also need a piece of ribbon or twill tape for the loop to hang it up with.

Plastic bag storagezig-zag stitch around all the raw edges to stop any fraying and then turn over the top and bottom edges for the elastic casing

plastic bag storageUse a safety pin to pull the elastic through the top and bottom openings, leave .5cm of elastic out at each edge and pin in place

plastic bag storageMake a loop with the ribbon and pin it to the right side of the fabric about 2cm from the top of the tube at a slight angle.

Plastic bag storageWith right sides together fold the tube panel in half lengthways. Pin and stitch, sewing in the ends of the elastic and the handle loop.

plastic bag storageTurn the tube the right way round and stuff it with your plastic grocery bags.

Plastic bag storageHappy sewing!

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Pyjama Bottom Tutorial

I make lots of Pyjama bottoms, they are a quick and easy gift to make, I usually make all the family a pair for Christmas. I wanted to do a tutorial but I haven’t had time to write a detailed pattern so I scoured the net for a good free pattern and found this excellent one on the Simplicity Creative website here

You can print off a FREE pattern and very good instructions, they are unisex and very easy to make!

Here is a pair I made using this tutorial

pyjama bottoms I love this Michael Miller fabric: Trailer Travel its so kitsch!

michael-miller-trailer-travel-1108-pAnother pair:

pyjama bottoms This jersey fabric is very soft, my daughter says these are really comfy pyjama’s

forget-me-not-jersey-520-pThis is the pair I made for my son in the summer using Michael Millers Lil’ Dino’s fabric;

pyjama's Lil Dino's

michael-miller-lil-dinos-fabric-1121-pI am going to make some in this Michael Miller Many Mini Gnomes fabric for my daughter for Christmas this year

michael-miller-many-mini-gnomes-fabric-1302-pHappy Sewing!

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Tea Cosy Tutorial

We have just added some lovely ribbons to the website, I love using ribbons and trimmings so I decided to use them to decorate a Tea Cosy, this will make an excellent Christmas present for one of my friends.

Ribbons & TrimmingsTea cosy tutorialI used the pack of Party Ribbons, they are very retro looking and will give the Tea Cosy a vintage look. I made a pattern on a piece of paper, a half circle to fit my 4 cup tea-pot, I chose a blue spotty fabric for the main piece and a pink spotty fabric for the lining, the wadding is quite thick (6 oz) I used a skinny quarter of each of the fabrics and the wadding.

Tea cosy You need 2 pieces of each, main fabric, lining and wadding, all the same size, except for the lining which I cut out slightly longer.

Tea cosy First of all, go mad with the trimmings and decorate the front and back of the main peices.

Then attach the wadding, a piece to both the front and back, I used safety pins to hold this together and thenzig-zag stitch it in place.Tea cosy

Then I pinned the front and back right sides together, I put a loop of ribbon at the top so that I can hang my tea cosy up when I am not using it.Tea cosy Sew this together, it’s good to use a walking foot if you have one as this is quite thick, it’s not a disaster if you haven’t got one (I haven’t!) just take it slowly. Trim the seam after you’ve done it to remove any bulky wadding. Turn it round the right way.

Tea cosy Pin the lining pieces right sides together, machine stitch around the curved edge leaving the straight edge open.

Tea cosy Slip the lining inside the main piece, it should be longer so that you can fold the edge up twice to neaten the bottom, machine sew in place, this adds another decorative stripe to the bottom of the tea cosy.

Tea cosyThats it, pop it on your tea pot and admire your handiwork, I’m not sure I want to give mine away now, it looks great on my tea pot!

Tea cosy Tea cosy Happy Sewing!

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