Simple Bow DIY

For a recent project at work I had to make some bows. It was a great chance to use up old pieces of fabric I had aquired.

Initially, I imagined I would have to get my friend’s sewing machine out and fiddle around trying to make it that way, but after a quick Pinterest search I found a great ‘how to’ tutorial which only requires a needle and thread. Perfect!

I was utterly amazed how simple it was and soon had a variety of colours, sizes and designs made up. I soon sold a few but have kept a blue gingham design to use. I wore it in my hair yesterday and got loads of compliments. I love that craft feeling when you say ‘oh yeah, I made it.’ Like it’s no big deal, and on this occasion it wasn’t!

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Sewing Rebel

Conservatory = done. 

Thanks to my wonderful mother, on Friday I finished the final stage of the conservatory decor and made my first ever cushion! 

I found the experience thoroughly enjoyable; watching her work, learning tips and surprisingly, lots of shortcuts! I never thought my mum was much of a rebel, but if Patrick, from the Great British Sewing Bee, saw her work he would be utterly appalled! 

So we measured out the fabric, used pins as our guide and started cutting! Gradually, as I cut along this imaginary line the pins got further and further away! Next we set up her vintage Singer machine, which I loved. So retro! Watching her expertly set up the machine reminded me of riding a bike, you never forget! 

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After a few failed attempts at attaching the zip in a straight line the sides were a breeze! When we came to putting the pillow in the cover we soon realised the lady on the market stall was right after all and you don’t need an 18 inch zip for an 18 inch cover! Using a bit of hand stitching and it looks like a thoroughly professional job. The pillows look great and I think it was tied the whole scheme nicely together.

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And now time to relax! Or more like start saving and planning for the next room.

It’s Arrived!

Finally I’ve made a decision! After trailing the internet and local fabric shops, which resulted in finding a lot of uninspiring fabrics, I’m absolutely chuffed with what arrived this evening!

Recently I acquired two weaker chairs which are destined for our conservatory. The fabric is very faded but still of high quality, so the plan is to dye these and use new material to make some cushions.

Fingers crossed the dying process works but at £5.99 a packet it’s worth a try. This decision was made mainly due to the fact the only fabric I liked was £37.99! Luckily after a quick check on the internet I found it for £25. Understandably, this is ridiculous, but fingers crossed it will be the only expense for the whole room (except paint) and I think it will tie the whole room together.

I Just need to find some free time where I can borrow my mum’s sewing machine and have a go at putting into practise all that I learnt on a recent sewing day. Can’t wait to get started! Here is the beautiful fabric; it’s a Blendworth fabric.


Sewing Workshop

Following on from my previous blog ‘January Blues‘ my friend and I went to a Sewing For Beginners course yesterday and quite frankly I am very impressed with our efforts! Prior to the course I had failed miserably at using my mother’s old sewing machine which resulted in it breaking! Therefore I’m sure you can imagine how reluctant I was at attempting sewing again, however having someone there at all times was a nice secure feeling to have to give it another go!

Yesterday we arrived bright and early to find the most gorgeous and eclectic workshop, filled to the brim with beautiful fabrics, vintage pieces and antique nic-nacs. My friend and I were in heaven!

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We were given a quick run through about how to set the machines and then had time to experiment. Once we were confident with free motion we were ready to start our projects. I had planned to make something for my friends new baby which resulted in a lot of free motion of his name and date of birth. I’m really pleased with the end result but I would have loved the date to be a bit more centered. I plan to hang it with some vintage buttons and lace. I hope she likes it!

During the process I even learnt how to applique the triangles of bunting on to the piece which I’m sure will come in useful for future projects.

My friend throughout the day was making a cushion, I love her final front side, the colours she has chosen are beautiful. I can’t wait to make my own and have a go at more complex and specific design.

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Later on in the day, after finishing my first project, I managed to make a holly garland as well, ready for Christmas. I’m really pleased with the result as it was really quick but looks great. What do you think?

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January Blues

After a very relaxing and enjoyable Christmas season there’s nothing like the thought of going back to work with those cold dark mornings to wake up to. I don’t know about anybody else but I defiantly wake up ever morning with a spring in my step?! Ha! Luckily, my close friend has booked us on a sewing course this Saturday. I’ve been looking forward to this for ages as, as soon as I see a sewing machine I go into meltdown! Becky, on the other hand, has her own machine and recently made her own wedding invitations with it. Now I am situated with the dilemma of what to make?! I don’t want to make something too difficult, although I have always wanted to make my own quilt which obviously I wouldn’t be able to do during the day. There are some amazing designs on Pinterest though, however do I go simple with a cushion? But I already have so many pillows! Argh, what do I do? I’ll just have to go on Pinterest again to get some inspiration.