Tuesday, 25 August 2015

The Pear.

I just couldn't wait for the new Tilda range to be released and I must admit it was only home a couple of days when the scissors came out. 

The first thing I made was a little fabric box for the craft room.

Followed by this cute mug rug that used up some of the scraps from making the box above.

I think I'll be making a couple more of these and even an apple or two to compliment the pears.

What are you planning to do with your new Tilda fabric?

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Thread Holders.

I used a tutorial from Kerryanne of Shabby Art Boutique to make some pretties for myself and friends.

A couple of pieces of balsa wood from Spotlight turned into these lovely thread holders. 

I still have a few more to cut out and finish but I love using mine already.

Why not pop over to Shabby Art Boutique and make a couple for yourself.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Make an Owl Pincushion.

Are you ready to make a little Owl Pincushion?


Two pieces of fabric (the largest one measuring at least 6" x 7") for the main body and                         base and a smaller piece for the center insert.
Thread to match fabric
Template plastic or cardboard
Two buttons
Usual sewing equipment

Before we begin download the template sheet HERE
Please check your printer to ensure it prints to the correct scale.

Finished size: Approximately 3"

Note: You can cut out the templates from the sheet or transfer the shapes to template plastic or cardboard if you are going to make a few. You will need to cut out the circle (base "C" ) in cardboard or template plastic as this will be used as part of the pincushion when completed.

 Using the templates transfer the shapes onto the fabric.

 Cut out all shapes on the line except "C" which is cut out with at about a 1/2 " border.

Using matching thread sew a running stitch around the edge of C and gather up slightly, insert cardboard/plastic disc and draw up thread. Sew a couple of small stitches to secure. I use a longer piece of thread and double it over for strength.

 With right sides together stitch main body piece (B) to belly piece (A) stopping about 1/4" from the top (narrow end). I used a 1/4" seam and shortened the length of the stitch on the sewing machine.

Finger press seam open. Do the same to the other side so that you have a little cone shape. You should be able to see where the other seam stops so that a gap is not left when you are finished.
Note: I had to unpick the seam in the photo below as I forgot to stop the 1/4" from top!!

Turn right side out and just play with the top point until you are happy with it. You may need to trim the excess fabric but be careful not to cut too much off and leave a hole! Sometimes the beak will turn out better than others.

Fold over the point about a scant 1" to make the face. Pin in place.

Using matching thread sew beak down onto the belly part. I take a couple of stitches on the top then flip it over and sew the rest from the back (inside). You will be able to feel the beak with your finger.

Using matching thread sew a running stitch around the base of the body leaving the needle attached. Draw up the thread slightly and begin stuffing the body. Use small amounts at a time, firming down as you go.

I like to keep drawing up the thread as I stuff to contain it and to shape the body as I go. You can stuff as firm or soft to your own preference. Mine is firm but not too hard.

When you are happy with the stuffing, pull the thread tight and take a few stitches to secure. Keep thread attached.

Attach the base to the body, using the attached needle and thread and a slip stitch,  holding it in place while you stitch. Adjust gathers as you sew if required.

Now to find some buttons for the eyes! Best part!  Find two matching (or if it's your fancy to have unmatched eyes then please do so) attach the eyes to the front of the bird using the photos as a guide for placement.

All finished. Hope you enjoyed making this cute little owl.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Little Owl Pincushions.

These cute little owl pincushions are simple to make and are a lovely little gift for someone special.

I posted a sneak peek on Wednesday on Facebook.

Which turned into these!

The little blue one is the prototype and the others are made from my lovely Tilda stash.
I have been encouraged to do a tutorial  by Jenny of Elefantz and I am working on this over the weekend. Will post on Monday.
So if you are wanting the pattern and instructions, thanks for waiting.

Thursday, 6 August 2015


I know that I'm not alone in wanting to get my hands on the new Tilda book and fabric range and although I decided to not have a go at anything without a pattern (DD will confirm this)  I just couldn't help myself!

So using fabric from my Tilda stash I had a go. I did things a little different to what the pattern is going to say and I made it according to my own size based on a pair of little scissors.

Pretty happy with the end result and I had lots of fun putting it together but I really know why I don't like to needle turn anything! 
Now I have a handy sewing kit to pack in my bag when I go stitching.

Off to the mountains tomorrow to stitch with wonderful friends so of course I'll take along my new sewing kit.