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Summer Pinwheels! June 18 2015

Oh my. When the sun came out in Salisbury this week I had the overwhelming urge to 'decorate' the garden (as you do!) and armed with a bundle of colourful felts and some cute paper straws I set upon the project pinwheel! Here is a little tutorial for pinwheels to make to use as decorations - these make great party decor! These are a great project to make with kiddos using craft card or printed papers and straws, you can also experiment with making them move with split pins etc, but these are sewn together with a button detail.

P I W H E E L S !

You will need: Felt, Paper Straws, needle and thread, buttons, scissors and ruler *

1//  Cut out a 10cm square from the felt. Place in front of you and make a approx 4cm cut diagonally from each of the corners into the middle. Fold alternate corners into the middle.

2// When you have all the corners folded into the middle and hold with you thumb. Sew in and out through the middle a few times to secure the corners.

3// With the thread coming up through the centre thread on a button and sew it in to the middle.

4// Bring your thread through the back and push the needle through the straw. Sew back into the felt and back through and around the straw until secure. All done!

I put some of mine in my plant pots - the felts really popped against the green of the garden. Fingers crossed that the nice weather keeps up! 

Happy Making!

Ruth x

*If you attended one of our workshops this week you will have received all the materials you need for this project in your goodie bag - share your makes when finished!


Sewing with Oilcloth workshop! June 02 2015

There is so much nice Oilcloth style fabric around at the moment I really wanted to do a workshop using it this year - the first one in March sold out as soon as it was launched and the follow up last weekend was also very popular and sold out as soon as I published the pictures of the first. You guys were keen! The workshop took place in the Gallery space of Fisherton Mill in Salisbury and we could take in the Charlotte Moreton exhibit whilst sewing - well worth a look if you are local!

Oilcloth can be a tricky fabric to work with and is probably more commonly used as a table covering. Look beyond the dried on Weetabix on your own table cloths and there are wondrous things to be made! Traditionally Oilcloth is a wax coated material, and the name is now applied to more generic materials that have a PVC coating on a woven underside. In the workshop I discussed the ways you can sew the fabric and what additional sewing equipment you may need - all provided on a hand out. 

We started the workshop discussing how the bag is constructed then got stuck right in to cutting and sewing. The workshop participants were given the opportunity to combine the oilcloth with heavier weight, interfaced fabrics.

'Walking Feet' were fitted to the sewing machines - a must when sewing with PVC coated fabrics - these are a great little addition to your sewing kit!

Here are some photos of the beautiful bags that were made (there were talks of mass production for a school fundraiser) and some small tissue pockets were made with all the offcuts! 

 

Everyone getting creative!

Love the dark blue print in the lining of this one (LOOK at that gorgeous floor at FM!)

The one on the left used a printed canvas as the top section

The base of this bag had a linen base which we strengthened with firm interfacing

Love the red bases on these - very summery (whenever that may come!) 

This is a great little workshop which I love to teach - watch this space for another date coming up in the summer, possibly incorporating zips!

Happy Sewing!

Ruth x

 


Make + Do! Pom Pom Pin Cushion! March 10 2015

My own personal sewing kit is such a mis-mash. Jars of threads, vintage sewing paraphernalia and pins and needles everywhere! I do love to make a pin cushion if it takes my fancy (we have a very fun watermelon kit in our shop!) and they are a great way of using up beautiful scraps and will organise those wayward pins! 

This is an easy peasy guide to making a Pom Pom Pin Cushion... read on!

You will need:

2 x squares of fabric (10cm x 10cm)

4 x Felt balls (ours are felt and you can get them from this great felt and craft ware supplier)

Needle and thread

Stuffing material (use a old fibre cushion or toy filling)

Scissors and Pins

optional: Sewing Machine

1. Pin your squares with their right sides together and sew (machine or hand) around the edge with a 1cm seam. You will need finish approx 4cm before where you started so that you leave a gap. Clip the corners off the square - carful not to cut through your stitching!

2. Turn the square inside out and push the corners out so that they are nice and pointing - a chopstick or knitting needle works perfectly. Take a needle and thread and stitch on your felt balls to each corner. Start from the inside so that the knot on your thread is inside the cushion.

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3. Stuff the cushion full of stuffing until its nice and plump. Push it into the corners and give it a squish to make sure the stuffing is even. Using small stitches sew the gap shut.

One cute pin cushion. Why not make one and box it up with some pins and haberdashery bits for a sewing themed present!?

Happy Sewing!