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.
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!
There are lots of great things to make in this book,
I 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.
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.
I 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.
Next 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.
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.
Moda are a great fabric company to deal with, they have fabulous ranges and also you can get free patterns from their terrific blog at the Moda Bakeshop.
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
I used the envelope cushion cover technique so no zips, see the tutorial here
There 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
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
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.
Next I tacked the ric-rac to the right side of the edge of the flap
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.
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
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!