Last chance to win in our Sew September competition

Just a last minute reminder to enter our competition, which ends on the 1st October.

book-competition-smlThe prize is the Great British Sewing Bee book, Fashion With Fabric, plus a metre of Regent Street Lawn fabric of your choice.

All you have to do is go to the TrixieLixie website and choose your favourite fabric from the Regent Street Lawn fabric range. Then put your answer in the comments section of the TrixieLixie facebook competition post dated 6th September. Make sure we can contact you if you win.

Anyone can enter, so tell your friends.

Winner will be chosen by random generator on 1st October 2015.

Clover bias binding maker – give away

I have been using a lot of bias binding in my sewing lately, this pretty ready made floral one on my daughters Laurel dress

Laurel dresswe have just added stock of Clover bias binding makers to TrixieLixie so I thought I would have a go at making some, there is an excellent tutorial here on the Colette blog. For my June give-away you could win one of these bias binding makers, for a chance to win, leave me a comment, for a further chance to win sign up for the TrixieLixie newsletter here

bias-binding-makers-109-c[ekm]180x180[ekm]so I made some for this black pinafore dress that my daughter decided she needed

Black pinaforeevery edge has bias binding around it including the button fastenings at the sides

Black pinaforeBlack pinaforeI have finally drawn a winner for the leafy stripe fat quarter bundle that I featured a few weeks ago, Becca Kettle is the lucky winner, she suggested putting the fabric into embroidery hoops and hanging them on the wall, I would love to see that!

Leafy stripe fabric 004Well done Becca!

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Trixie Lixie Knicker kits!

The Trixie Lixie knicker kits have arrived and we are so excited! Take a look on the website here Knickers!

Trixie Lixie Knicker kit

The kit contains everything you need to make a pair of knickers, a fat quarter of fabric, knicker elastic, a 3 size reusable pattern and clear instructions. It is available in 8 different fabrics or you can buy the pattern on its own and choose your own!

Trixie Lixie knickers

Trixie Lixie Knicker kit

Kaffe Fassett Roman Glass Gold

Trixie Lixie Knicker kit

Kaffe Fasset Roman Glass leafy

Trixie Lixie Knicker kit

Kaffe Fasset Roman Glass Magenta

Trixie Lixie Knicker kit

The Birds & the Bees, Pool

Trixie Lixie Knicker kit

The Birds & the Bees, Honey

Trixie Lixie Knicker kit

Gradi Flora, tomato

Trixie Lixie Knicker kit

Gradi Flora, green

Trixie Lixie Knicker kit

Gradi Flora, rose 

As we are so excited about these new kits I am going to do a give-away, for a chance to win a kit just let me know which one is your favourite by leaving a comment. I will announce a winner on Valentines day.

 

 

 

 

Monday makes – Lap Quilt

Here is my first Monday make for 2013, although I actually made it before Christmas and gave it to my Mum! Anyway I haven’t had chance to blog about it until now so here it is, a very simple lap quilt made using a “Sew Mama Sew” charm pack from Moda, available from Trixie Lixie

to blog 259First of all I stitched together 5 squares to form a strip, there are 40 squares in a pack so I made 8 strips, they are pre-prepared at the edges so you don’t have to worry about finishing the sides just press the seams flat.

to blog 249Next I joined the strips together to make one large piece, matching the squares up, and then ironing the seams flat again.

sew mama sew quilt http://www.trixielixie.co.uk/charm-packs-95-c.aspThe next step is to make a sandwich using a piece of wadding cut to size and a piece of fabric for the back of the quilt, have the quilt right side up, wadding in the middle and then the backing fabric right side facing out, I used a piece of black linen for the back of my quilt so it didn’t have a right side or a wrong side.

to blog 263I used safety pins to hold it all together so that I could do the quilting, I am still learning how to quilt so I just did straight lines along all the seams so that all the squares went nice and puffy. Also I started in the middle as last time I did this I started at the edges and met in the middle and it did not work well at all! This is how it looked from the back (a little bit wobbly!) It looks a bit grey but that was just the flash on my camera.

to blog 273Here I am trying to follow the seams in a straight line!

to blog 269When all the quilting was done I used some red bias binding around the edge to neaten it all off.

to blog 274I am really pleased with the way it turned out, think I might be getting addicted to quilting, these charm packs are so easy to use, and my last attempt at quilting with a jelly roll was quite successful too so I might try one of the new Moda candy packs for my next  Monday make. They were featured in my last post and if you spend over £30 on the website you can get a free copy of the project book that I am going to use.

moda-candy-mini-charms-bookThanks for reading, happy sewing!

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Moda Candy

We have just had these gorgeous quilting packs in from Moda, they are called candy packs and they are ‘Oh Sew Sweet’ buy them here Trixie Lixie

42 delicious 2.5″ squares in every pack

Moda-Candy-Display-Box-clippedWe have 10 different packs for you to choose from £4.50 each

tapestry1 Old Glory Ods & ends Morris apprentice Metropolitan fair marmalade harvest moon Everlasting double choc Chateau rougeWe also have a fantastic recipe book with 18 different projects, just in case you don’t know what to do with them! Its £5.00 or we are giving them away free if you spend over £30 on the website during January.

moda-candy-mini-charms-bookThis is one of the projects included in the booklet using the Marmalade candy pack.

marmalade project

 

Friends & collaborations

A couple of weeks ago I sent a little parcel to a blogging friend of mine in Belgium called Sister Sew, here is her lovely blog: Sister sew  

Here’s what I sent

to blog 148I am not going to show you what is inside the parcel as she is going to make something gorgeous and blog about it, all I will say is that  the goodies were from Trixie Lixie

I am quite excited about it and can’t wait to see what she makes!

Fabric covered notebooks

Well Christmas is almost here and I wanted a nice easy Monday make as I have lots of other handmade Christmas presents on the go, Chilli jam, pyjama’s, more knickers etc. So there is no sewing involved with today’s make, only sticking. All the fabric is available at Trixie Lixie it’s from the Oh Deer! range by Moda. And the trimming is from our Bias binding selection.

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You will also need some double sided sticky tape.

First of all I drew around the book and then added a 3cm border before cutting out the fabric.

to blog 229 to blog 228Next I put double sided sticky tape around the outside edge’s of the notebook

to blog 231With the notebook closed stick the fabric to the front of the book, at each side of the spine, top and bottom, snip the fabric then stick the fabric to the back of the book

to blog 220Open the book and put double sided sticky tape on the inside cover, mitre the edges by cutting the corner’s off then fold fabric inside the book and secure.

to blog 235 to blog 234 to blog 233Do the same to the back and then snip off the excess fabric at the top and bottom of the spine. I decorated mine by adding a strip of bias binding using the double sided tape, I also added a little envelope to the front of the small one for keeping things in.

to blog 223to blog 224to blog 227This week I am going to be doing a give-away, all you have to do to win one of these notebooks is leave me a comment, and then follow this link to Trixie Lixie and sign up for our monthly newsletter (we promise not to bombard you with emails). The winner will be chosen by random on 22nd December.