Pinterest inspiration for Moda Winterberry

Maybe you are thinking that now might be the time to start thinking about some seasonal crafting ideas. Moda Winterberry fabric is a brilliant choice.

We created a Pinterest board to give you a starting point and you can find it here. Or just pop to the website Winterberry fabric page or have a look at our nice Winterberry charm packs.


Christmas gift making

This week I made some Christmas gifts using some of the new Christmas fabric range that we have got at Trixie Lixie, its called Folk Art Holiday


First of all I made some Christmas bunting, this is available to buy as a kit here for £10.00 it includes everything you need to make 3 metres of bunting with full instructions.


Next I made a little half apron using the instructions from Cath Kidston’s book SEW!

Folk Art Holiday apron

There are lots of great things to make in this book,

Sew! Cath Kidston

Sew! Cath KidstonI also made some quilted pot holders, these were made using 18 x 18cm square pieces of fabric with the edges curved, a piece of wadding sandwiched in the middle and then the edges finished with bias binding.

Folk Art holiday pot holderI can see myself using this fabric for a lot of my Christmas gift making this year.

TrixieLixie Website

The Lola Apron & the Retro Apron

This week I have had a go at making some aprons, one is a retro apron pattern that I think is from the fifty’s, the other one is the Sew Liberated Lola Apron pattern that is available from TrixieLixie.

Retro '50's Apron patternSewaholic Lola Apron Pattern from TrixieLixieI made the Lola apron first as the pattern and instructions for the vintage apron didn’t seem to be complete. I used gorgeous red gingham, ric-rac and spotty lace trim bias binding. I think it has a very Cow-girl feel to it. The instructions are very clear and it was very easy to make.

Gingham Lola ApronI love the curves at the bottom and the circular pockets!

Gingham Lola ApronNext I tackled the vintage pattern which only had 2 pieces and very limited instructions,however having made the Lola I managed to bluff my way through this pattern and I even used some trimmed bias binding to finish it off. It was in fact quite easy and is really lovely,. The skirt part is almost a full circle so you can really twirl around the kitchen in this one.

Retro spotty '50's apron

For this apron I used Moda Oh Deer cherry spot fabric and gingham lace trim bias binding.

Retro '50's spotty apronI can’t decide which one I like best, they are both ear-marked for people for Christmas, they are perfect for the 2 people that I have made them for!

Happy sewing!





Simply Style, gorgeous new fabric from Moda

We have just taken delivery of this lovely new range of fabric from Moda, its perfect for quilting and dress making, in fact watch this space I think another shift dress is in the pipeline.

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Lots of cushions & a give-away

I have been busy making cushions for my sisters new house, I used all the different colours in the Moda Simply Colour leafy stripe fabric

Leafy stripe cushionsI used the envelope cushion cover technique so no zips, see the tutorial hereblog 004 Leafy stripe cushions

Leafy stripe cushionsThere are six colours in the range dark blue, turquoise blue, purple, green, gold and grey. To celebrate the arrival of spring in the UK (finally!) I am going to give-away a set of 6 fat quarters from this range

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This give-away is open to all readers I can post it worldwide, to be in with a chance of winning just leave me a comment telling me what you think you would use the fabric for. For further chances of winning like my facebook page &  follow me on twitter

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!

Monday makes! Cushions

Today I have made a couple of envelope style cushions using some of the Moda Coquette fabric available at Trixie Lixie

For the Pom pom cushion I used 3 fat quarters of fabric and 2 metres of pom pom

First of all I cut the fabric into three 50cm squares (to fit 45cm square cushion pads) and I neatened all the edges, I used my overlocker (serger) but you could use zig zag stitch or a pair of pinking shears.

Next I attached the pom pom to all the edges of the main piece of fabric

This next bit is a bit tricky, you need to layer the pieces together and fold some edges to form the envelope opening, on both the back pieces fold over about 10cm then place them on top of each other right side facing up with overlapping edges it should be the same size as the top piece

Finally add the top piece to the sandwich making sure the pom pom pieces are facing in towards the middle of the cushion pin together and carefully sew all 4 edges

Once you have done this its just a matter of turning it the right way round and putting the cushion pad in.

If this cushion is a bit too tricky to start with you can make an easier version with half a metre of fabric, I neatened all the edges again and then folded the fabric, 6cm at each end and then right sides together to make a square

Sew down each side and there you go, turn it the right way round and put the cushion pad in!


Jelly Rolls & Charm packs

We have just had some rather lovely jelly rolls and charm packs delivered from Moda fabrics. These are great for quick quilting projects and patchworking as they are cut to size. We also have some lovely fat quarter bundles which are also great for quilting and small sewing projects like purses and pencil cases. take a look here trixie lixie

You can find out more about what to do with a jelly roll or fat quarter at The Moda Bake Shop

Moda Fabrics, Coquette and Oh Deer!

We have added 2 new fabric ranges to the website Coquette and Oh Deer! botha are from Moda fabrics and are medium weight 100% cotton, perfect for quilting, dress-making and all types of craft, the fat quarter bundles we have put together will be great for small projects such as purse’s, pencil cases, etc.

Coqutte by Moda sewing patterns for dress makingOh Deer! FQ bundle 6 piecesI can’t wait to use some of these fabrics in my next project. They are £2.75 a 1/4m.

FQ bundles of 8 pieces are £20 and 4 pieces £10 take a look here trixie lixie