If you would like make your own photo cushion, you may find this class of interest.
Photo cushions make unique and personal gifts, perfect for marking special events and days. I recently made two, one for a wedding and another for an engagement. They may both be photo cushions. but they were two completely different styles.
The one you see in the video was a wedding present. I used the couple's chosen photo from the day and combined it with their preferred fabric and colour choices. The inner burgundy border is a flange border which means it gives a little added interest.
The second was for an engagement and Marie from Marie's Handmade Cards was able to make me a matching card. This time, I kept the cushion square and added some quilting detail to the cushion front. Both cushions have concealed zips in the reverse and binding to finish.
Photos not only make great cushions, they make really special quilts too. Very soon, I hope to show you the photo quilt I have in progress.
If you would like make your own photo cushion, you may find this class of interest.
A little while ago, I had a little competition in myFacebook Group to design a mug rug. Over the summer, I took the winning design and created the mug rug.
Originally, I was going to do an appliquéd design but thought ribbons would interfere with how a cup would sit. I decided to do it in paint and stitch. It was fun to do and meant the design was exactly as submitted.
The group is busy doing a flower themed swap at the moment and I'm busy thinking of the next challenge. If you'd like to come and join in the group, just click on the link below. Anyone with an interest in crafts is welcome.
If you'd like to combine stitching and painting in a project, you will enjoy this workshop.
How many of you remember the pain of having the ends of feathers stick in your head at bedtime? Or did you share the same glee as I did when you were able to pull them out? Funny how things change as you get older as it's not fun any more. The odd one at bedtime isn't too bad, but when you're favourite cushion is covering you with feathers, it gets to be a pain, quite literally!
My cushion had a serious problem with shedding, so I had to do something about it. Ideally, I should have gone and bought some ticking, but I just decided to use what I had. I looked for most tightly woven cotton fabric I could find and made another cover for it.
As you can see, it looks a lot better. It may not be a permanent solution, but for now, it's holding those feathers at bay and I can used my cushion again.
I think this is the last item from the summer dress making sewing. I just love this fabric. There wasn't enough to even consider doing a dress so it had to be a blouse. I've made it a longer length, great for wearing to work.
Over the winter, wearing layers to work is essential. We can be working inside or outside. I can wear this over a t shirt and then add my jumpers to add more warmth when needed. When it gets hot, the layers can come off again.
With all this dress making, I was able to clear one of my storage shelves which was just as well as I had two bags of donated fabric to unpack. I now have a new array of fabric on the top shelf to contemplate for the next session. I have spotted some fabric that may be able to used to make a wedding outfit. I just have to consider what will be less stressful, making a wedding outfit or shopping for one! I'll keep you updated.
You remember that for the fabric review I did recently, I made a cutlery roll. It was something I wanted to make for a while as I take packed lunches to work. It just felt nice having something pretty to take my cutlery.
I've made it with a flap to go over the end of the cutlery to make it more secure. The pocket on the right is the perfect size for a serviette and/or fruit tea bags.
The cutlery roll is this month's project in our member's club. Not only do I show you how to make one, I demonstrate how you can design your own to take account the different sizes of cutlery you may have. You can find out more information and join here.
It was with a bit of fear and trepidation that I agreed to take part putting together a sew a row quilt along. There were two themes, fire and ice. You can see both of them here. There were five of us involved with this quilt, Ruth Garner, Christine Hutchins, Sue Burford, Carol Munro and myself. Carol did a brilliant job of putting it all together, doing the quilting and finishing.
The quilt has been to Festival of Quilts and will be used to raise money for charity. In the upcoming issue of British Patchwork and Quilting Magazine, there is also an article about both quilts.
You can get the details of the rows with instructions here. There is a blog post to go with each row from the designers/makers so you get to hear some of the story behind the designs. You can read mine here. There will definitely be more collaborations in the future, I'll let you know as and when they happen.
I don't know about you, but sometimes I see things advertised and think I'd love to give that a go. It was how I felt about the Clover Embroidery Tool. I'd seen lots of pictures of beautiful pictures created by using one so I jumped at the chance when I was given the opportunity to review one. The video shows my thoughts as I give it a go.
Personally, I much prefer doing my embroidery with a needle and thread. I'm sure, if I had the time and inclination to practice, I'd become more proficient at using it and could produce something decent. For me, it wasn't a tool you could immediately pick up and produce good results. However, I could definitely see it had possibilities. I've now passed this onto a friend and look forward to hearing their thoughts, I shall let you know once I've heard back.
I've always found that making clothes from stretchy fabrics easy to do. I didn't have to worry about darts, or getting in and out of the garment. The stretch in the fabric did it all for me. That meant that I'd been looking at this soft cotton fabric for a long time wondering what to do with it. Skirts were ok, but there was a limit to how many skirts I needed. I didn't yet have the confidence to make a shaped dress so first of all, I made a skirt, well in my comfort zone.
There was still lots of fabric left, so I had to think of what else I could make. I started looking at the clothes people were wearing and looking at the styles of them. I worked out that those with a wide neck and were loose fitting didn't need darts and there was no problem with getting them on and off. I also decided that if I was to put slits in the side, I would be able to make a long length blouse and it would be suitable for wearing with leggings for work.
Next time, I wouldn't do the neck so wide and would deepen the armholes. All in all, I'm pleased with it, especially the side seams. The splits worked perfectly and allow for sitting and moving around. The blouse is great, as I can now wear it with the skirt or with leggings for two completely different looks.
New designs don't always go to plan. Sometimes you try something new and it doesn't work the way you want it to. This is what happened to me recently, but I'm not all downhearted about it. Watch the video to see what happened.
Although things didn't turn out the way I wanted, I learned things to carry forward. The magnetic closures won't be used on thick fabrics but I will give them a chance on something thinner. I will also make the flap longer to allow for more adjustment when it comes to final placement. That way, I should get the patterns to match as I had intended. On the plus side, I know I love the shape and I've got the process for making in place. The bonus is, I still have a bag that will be usable and, more likely than not, it will only be me that knows it's not as planned.
You may remember I made abespoke changing bag that required me to add spots to the fabric. At the end of making it, I had a small piece of the fabric leftover and I didn't want it to go it waste. I made a small cushion out of it and the following video briefly explains how I made it.
By making the fabric I had available into a tube, allowed me to centre the feature fabric on the front and to judge the cut at the back to make the envelope style back. Every bit of the available fabric was used, with no waste, definitely a win win situation, I used up the fabric and someone received a bonus gift.
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I have had a lifelong love of crafts which started with being taught how to knit at a very young age. It didn't take long to realise that great joy and satisfaction came from making things. Even now, I get a thrill seeing something that started just as an idea, becoming a finished product, whether I make it, or teach someone else how to make it.