Valentines makes

We have got some great fabric, charm packs, buttons and ribbons for Valentines Makes on the website. My favorite is the Surrounded by Love Fabric panel from Moda.

surrounded-by-love-moda-fabric-panel-1477-pOne panel costs £6.75, you can make all sorts of things with it. The squares will make lovely little cushions or you could frame them, or cut them up to make cards. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them! It is my niece Isobels 9th birthday tomorrow so I decided to use 2 panels and make her a quilt. It was so quick and easy to do!

surrounde by Love QulitIt’s not quite single bed size as I only used 2 panels, I quite like the cute size of it, I used a plain red fabric for the back and red bias binding for the edges, It only took just under a metre of fabric and wadding.

Surrounde by love labelI hand stitched one of the lovely labels to the back to complete the gorgeousness!

Surrounde by Love QuiltI think my niece is going to be delighted! I can’t wait to give it to her!!

Happy Sewing!

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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!

There is 10% off everything on the website until 10th January 2014

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

Happy Sewing!

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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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Oven Gloves Tutorial

It’s always difficult to think of something to make as a mans gift, we are having Christmas dinner at my brothers house this year and he will be doing the cooking (Goose is on the menu I think!) so his present is going to be these oven gloves so that he doesn’t burn himself

Oven Gloves TutorialThe fabric I used is Michael Millers Ketchup and Mustard

Firts of all I made a pattern using an old pair of oven gloves, basically it is a rectangle 37cm by 20cm with rounded edges

Oven Gloves tutorialPlace this on the fold of the fabric and cut 2 pieces, then cut out one piece of  wadding

Then fold the pattern so that you have 20cm by 20cm for the hand pieces, you can see where I have marked this on the pattern. You need to cut out 4 pieces in the fabric and 2 in the wadding.

Oven Gloves TutorialDo the hand pieces first, sandwich the wadding in the middle of 2 pieces of fabric, right sides facing up, pin and baste these together

Oven Gloves tutorialTrim the edges

Oven Gloves TutorialNext attach the bias binding to the straight edge

Oven Gloves TutorialDo the same to the main part of the oven gloves, so sandwich together with the wadding, baste and trim, then pin each hand piece to the ends

Oven Gloves TutorialFinally, pin and sew the bias binding all the way around the edge of the oven gloves

Oven Gloves Tutorial Next week I am going to be making an apron for my sister in law, its going to have to be a frilly one!

Happy Sewing!

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Memory Photo Xmas Decorations

I got the idea for these personalised christmas decorations from a post that I made for Mothers day,  fabric photographic memory albums, you can see the tutorial here

xmas decorations 016These funky Michael Miller Christmas fabrics are available from TrixieLixie

Cut some 10cm squares, 2 of each style of fabricxmas decorations 001For the photographs I used Iron on fabric transfer paper, don’t forget to flip your photo’s when you are printing them off so that when you iron them onto the fabric they are the right way around, iron them onto some plain white fabric.

xmas decorations 020I used some medium weight wadding to pad out the photo and then I zig-zag stitched it to one of the the pieces of fabric

xmas decorations 009Next I sandwiched a piece of heavier weight wdding between both pieces of fabric

xmas decorations 012Put a piece of ribbon in the top so that you can hang it on the tree

xmas decorations 013They are so quick and easy to make, I made these 4 in half an hour! I think I will be making them for every single member of my family, I’m sure I can find plenty of embarrassing Xmas photos of them all!

xmas decorations 017Happy Sewing!

 

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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My Wonderful Mum’s actual Mothers day present!

Well here in the UK it is Mothers day today, thank you to my gorgeous daughter for breakfast in bed and a lovely new silky night dress! Now I can reveal what I actually made for my Wonderful Mum for her Mothers day present! A fabric photograph album which has pictures of all her lovely grand-children. I got the idea from the Moda Bake Shop a fantastic quilting web site, full of great tutorials and idea’s.

photo albumTo make this lovely gift I used a Mama said sew charm pack from Trixie Lixie and a pack of Ink jet Iron on fabric transfers, when you print your images onto the transfers remember to flip them so that they are facing the right way when you iron them onto the fabric, I forgot to do this so all my images are the exact mirror opposite to the actual photographs! which is ok, but not good if your photographs feature text!

photosI ironed my images onto white cotton fabric then I sandwiched a piece of wadding between the photo and the charm square to puff it up.photo albumI stitched the photo’s on and then joined 2 charm squares together, back to back (wrong sides together) to make a page for my album, I was intending to do about 8 pages but I used quite thick wadding so 3 pages was my maximum, as I had loads of photos I made 4 albums, one for my Mum and one each for all my lovely sisters.

photo album

I used red thread to contrast with my fabrics.

photo album

to blog 210When I had made all the pages I added eyelets to the top of each and then used some pretty string to tie the pages together.

Photo album

photo

The wadding made the pages quite stiff so it actually stands up by itself so you can use it as a frame, changing the image in the front when ever you fancy.

I also machine embroidered a card for my Mum

CardI will post a tutorial on machine embroidered cards later this week, it’s very easy and never fails to impress people.