I think a quilt makes a really great gift for a new-born baby and I have made quite a few for various niece’s and nephews. The latest one is for a beautiful baby girl who was born last week, Grace Addison, what lovely names for my newest niece!
The quilt I have made for Grace is quite large so that it fits her cot, the colours are to match the decor in her bedroom. The fabric I used is from the Gutermann Ring a Roses, French Cottage range.
I used quite large squares of fabric (25cm x 25cm) and I used a walking foot on my sewing machine to stitch in the ditch. We have got some fabulous new wadding in the shop, its beautifully soft and not too thick, I used some of our Klona plain fabric for the back and a very pretty spotty bias binding for the edges.
I started finishing the binding using pins but they kept pricking me! So I treated myself to a pack of Quilters Holding clips and they are great!
Here is the beautiful baby Grace in her first modeling role for Trixie Lixie!
I can’t believe that Christmas is almost upon us already (we had our first Christmas card this morning)! So I thought I would share a few gift ideas with you that are available from www.trixielixie.co.uk. Gifts that you could make or just give as kits (or add to your own list for Santa)
We have some gorgeous fat quarter packs in a huge range of fabrics, colour coordinated and ready for you to make into quilts etc. We also have some fab Christmas fabrics which are great for making stockings, pyjamas and decorations.
We also have a selection of jelly rolls, charm packs, sewing accessories and buttons, some of which we have put together in pretty tins and bags so that they can be given as gifts.
And we also have a great selection of sewing kits that you can use to make gifts for your friends and family, why not try making a gorgeous pair of knickers, a scarf or a purse. If you don’t have time to make up the kit yourself you can just give the kit as the gift.
I hope this will give everybody a bit of inspiration for Christmas, I love to give handmade gifts and if I can’t make them all myself I do like to buy handmade whenever I can.
Today’s Monday make is nice and easy, and it will make a great Christmas present. A pair of hand warmers! I am giving the instructions to make heart shape hand warmers however you can make them any shape that you like. I also made a pair of square ones as my daughter gets very cold hands in the winter and likes to have plenty of hand warmers available.
First of all you need to cut out 2 fronts and 2 backs, I have used the left over Moda Oh Deer fabric from the tote bag that I made a couple of weeks ago. The hearts I drew are about the size of my hand
I have used a different colour for the back, but you could do them all the same colour, I have used a pair of pinking shears to cut out so that I don’t need to worry about neatening the edges
Next you need to pin a front to a back, right sides together
Sew around the heart leaving a small opening at the bottom to turn it the right way round and to fill it,
Turn the heart the right way around and fill it with rice, I have added a small sprinkle of dried lavender from my garden to make it smell nice (I used about 100g of rice and a teaspoon of lavender in each) Please note, If you put lavender in you may want to do a lining for the hand warmers.
When its full, turn in the opening and sew together (I did this bit by hand)
To heat them up put them in the microwave for about 1 minute. I also made a couple of square ones that I trimmed with red ric rac.