Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Share the Love - Blogger's Unite - Featured Artist



This week's Featured Artisan is Suftan - Il Mare Atelier! 
Absolutely gorgeous creations in her shop. 
Perfect addition to any wardrobe and great gifts too!

You can find Il Mare Atelier on:



Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Share the Love - Blogger's Unite - Featured Artist




This weeks featured artisan is Rebecca - Rebecca's Whims! Whimsically beautiful creations in her shop! Perfect gifts for all ages! You can find Rebecca's Whims on:



Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Original Court & Spark Dala Horse Lavender Bag Tutorial

Here's my original tutorial - a version of which was published in Sew Hip Issue 30 July 2011.

This tutorial is for lavender hangers made using a horse design but it could easily be applied to any other shape or piece of fabric you like...

Step 1
  • Choose the horse or other shape on the cloth you want to use and cut out a square around it.
  • Cut a matching square of backing fabric.
  • Cut ribbon to required length (mine is approx. 25 cm)

Step 2
  • Place the pieces right sides together and pin at the bottom.
  • Fold fabric apart.
  • Place ribbon against right side and pin in place (as above). 
  • Fold fabric back together remembering to roll up the ribbon so it doesn't get caught up in the stitching.

Step 3
  • Pin - I usually pin across the outline of the horse shape but if the shape looks faint or you feel unsure, you can always trace the outline first with some tailor's chalk.

Step 4
  • Taking your time, machine stitch carefully around the outline of the horse leaving an approx. 1.5 cm gap along the belly for stuffing. 

Step 5
  • Remove pins and trim seams.

Step 6
  • Turn right side out and press if required.

Step 7
  • Generously stuff the the horse with a mix of lavender and polyfill - doing this inside a clear plastic bag saves a lot of mess (!)

Step 8
  • Hand stitch the gap closed using ladder stitch and sew button in place to finish.

End


Admire your handiwork!

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Share the Love - Blogger's Unite - Featured Artist

This weeks Featured Artisan is Georgia Groves- Georgiamarbles! Beautiful creations!
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Sunday, 7 August 2011

Court & Spark Lavender Dala Horse Tutorial in Sew Hip Issue 30 - a bit disappointing...

Nice of them to let me know but I thought I'd just share that my Dala Horse Lavender Bag tutorial was included in Issue 30 of Sew Hip which I believe has been out for a little while now... It's all a bit disappointing as there is no mention of Court & Spark - only some lovely free mentions for three of my suppliers - ? And all my hard work photographing the tutorial has been replaced by some (in my opinion) quite scrappy illustrated diagrams :(

I am going to post my original tutorial here on the blog on Wednesday.

Anyway at least the little horses made the front page...(!)


 


Tuesday, 2 August 2011

On Fire For Handmade: Share the Love - Bloggers Unite - Featured Artist

This weeks featured artisan is Tracy - Braggin' Rights Bath!
Yummy treats to indulge yourself with! You can find
Braggin' Rights Bath on: