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.
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.
I hate seeing anything go to waste. I have a system in place at home which means very little goes to waste. All my thread clippings and trimmings too small to work with get saved up to stuff dog beds, if they are usable scraps but not what I would use, they go in a back and when it's full, it gets sent to a quilting group that make charity quilts.
When I was sorting my projects in progress box, I came across two patchwork blocks that were a result of pattern testing. They were two small for what I needed so they'd been hiding. They were too good to waste so I pondered for a while and then came up with a plan.
The video shows what I did with them.
As soon as the cushion cover was finished, it was straight into a gift bag and off to the new recipient. That meant I didn't get any finished photos, but I was thrilled with the outcome. Combined with coordinating fabric, it made a wonderful gift for someone, so much better than lying in the bottom of a box.
What do you do with your orphan blocks? I'd love to see and hear what you do with them.
Those of you that have known me long enough know that I'm not a natural maker of clothes. I'm no longer scared of having a go, but it's still a bit out of my comfort zone. However, over the years, I've been given a lot of dressmaking fabric and I just feel the need to use it. I'm running out of space to store it, so I thought I'd better get busy and start using it up.
I've picked this fabric up several times and put it back down as I wasn't sure about wearing it, but the more I looked at it, the more it was growing on me. I thought I'd take the plunge and see what happened. The top is from a pattern I drew up from a previous dress, I've added an elasticated waistband, and then a skirt to the bottom. I'm really pleased with how it turned out, although there is one error that I hopefully won't repeat. Unless you are in the know, it wouldn't be noticed and it doesn't affect the fit of the dress. As we are having a proper summer, the fabric is perfect.
There was fabric leftover, enough to make a top. This time, I've lowered the neck line and lengthened the dress bodice to make a longer top. If I add a navy cardigan to my wardrobe, I'll be able to add this to my wardrobe for work.
Apart from time and elastic, these two garments haven't cost me a penny. The next lot of fabric has come off the shelf and I'm planning the next make. All being well, there will be another dress made very soon.
It seems to have been a very wet spring and apparently, there are dogs that really dislike the rain too. A few weeks ago I was asked if I could make a waterproof coat for a dog. Well, I'd never made one before, but I was happy to give it a go.
I was given the vital measurements and got set to with paper and pen. I created a paper pattern and then made a prototype from scrap fabric. I sent the prototype out for testing. I wanted to know how it fit. I'd already made some adjustments but needed a pooch to test it for me. The only thing that needed changing was the positioning of the tummy fastening. I was delighted that only minor changes were needed.
Next came the fun bit, finding pretty waterproof fabric. As it was to be a lightweight coat, we teamed it with a coordinating cotton fabric for the lining and we even got velcro to match.
My sewing machine kindly modelled the coat while I was waiting for the velcro to arrive. I forgot to take a photo when it was finished, I packed it up straight away and sent over to France. Fortunately, I got some photos sent to me this week of it in use.
I think Muffin should get a job as a model, she was brilliant at showing her coat from all angles. Apparently, it has made her walks in the rain more bearable. I have to thank her for her patience too, in testing out the prototype, her help was much appreciated.
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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.