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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Quilted pocket purse

Well, its only 4 weeks to Christmas and I still need a few more presents for my family and friends! This week for my Monday make I am making a quilted pocket purse. It was so quick and easy that I might make another one for someone else.

First of all I cut out 1 large piece of flowery fabric for the main body (I used this lovely fabric called Field Study form Trixie Lixie) This piece is 40cm x 30cm. Also in the main fabric I cut out a flap which is 30cm wide and has a curve 10cm at its widest. Also cut these 2 pieces out in wadding or batting for the quilting.

For the lining I cut another flap the same size as above and then 2 pieces 30cm x 20cm.

I marked the quilting lines on the main bag and flap fabric using a ruler to create diamond shapes.

Next I pinned the wadding to the wrong side of the flap and attached it by quilting along the lines, I then did the same for the main body.

Next I tacked the ric-rac to the right side of the edge of the flap

Then pin and sew the flap lining to the flap right sides together, trim and turn right way around.

With right sides facing sew the flap to the top of the main body

Fold the bag in half length-ways with right sides together, tuck in the flap and sew up the side seams.

Stitch the 2 lining pieces together along the side seams, turn the right way around and then slip inside the bag so that the right sides are together.

Sew all around this top edge, trim and then turn the bag the right way around

Pin and sew the bottom of the lining closed.

Push the lining in and all you need to do now is sew on a popper fastener, I decorated the flap with a button as well. Thats another Christmas present finished!

Christmas Bunting

Hello, It’s Monday again, already! For this weeks #mondaymakes I have made some festive bunting. I have used fabric from the Moda Oh Deer! range available from Trixie Lixie

First of all I made a triangle template and cut out my flag shapes, I used 6 different colours, Spots and Little Deer

I used my new pair of Fiskars pinking shears to cut out the triangles so that they won’t fray. Up until now I have been using an ancient pair of pinking shears that belonged to my Grandmother. These new Fiskar ones are so sharp! My old ones, although they are lovely to look at are hopeless to cut with!

Next place right sides together and sew up the sides leaving the top open.

Do this to all the triangles and then turn them the right way around, trim the tip to get a nice point, I used a large knitting needle to push the point of the triangle out.

Iron all the triangles, then pin onto some bias binding to hang them from, I used some gorgeous red spotty bias binding from Trixie Lixie

Fold the bias binding in half to give a neat edge, I used a piece of bunting to measure the space between each flag and I made 12 flags, alternating colours and designs.

I am going to use this bunting to decorate my stall at a charity clothes swap event that I am doing in Cardiff next weekend. Check out my Facebook page to find out more about this event. trixielixiesays


New stock

This is just a small sample of the mountain of fabric waiting to be photographed, categorised and put on to the website! Give me a week and it should all be done!



Retro Skirt

I have made this retro style circle skirt to wear to The Green Man Festival at the weekend. I used ric rac around the bottom to give it a real vintage look.

And to make it even fuller I made a petticoat to go underneath, lovely sheer red cotton fabric with red lace trim.

Colette Sewing Patterns

We have had the complete range of Colette sewing patterns delivered and they are fantastic! I love Colette patterns because the instructions are so easy to follow, I am really going to have to restrain myself from using them they are all just so gorgeous. In fact the Iris shorts are just what I need!



Jumbo ric rac

I am loving this jumbo ric rac that we have just had in from May Arts. I think I am going to have to trim one of my skirts with it!