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On the Ninth Day of Christmas

Posted on December 04, 2015 by Rae | 0 comments

Jacqui made Cloud9 Fabric's lovely little Cloud Zip Bag!

Cloud9 Cloud Purse

A simple little project this week for our ninth make of Christmas.  Who wouldn't love to see this fluffy little cloud purse in their stocking?  Jacqui found this project over on the Cloud9 blog and used Spring Woodland from First Light by Elois Renouf for Cloud9 but other fabrics we'd love to use for this project include:

Murmuration Agave from Canyon by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics

Kate Spain's Murmuration Agave from her latest collection, Canyon

 

Dream A Little from Faraway Forest from Lizzie Mackay for Blend Fabrics

Faraway Forest, Dream a Little Blue by Lizzie Mackay for Blend

 

Arboretum Inspirit from Succulence by Bonnie Christie for Art Gallery Fabrics

Bonnie Christie's Arboretum Inspirit from her collection Succulence for Art Gallery Fabrics.

 

See you next week for our tenth make - can it REALLY by that close to Christmas now - crikey!!!!

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On The Eighth Day of Christmas

Posted on November 27, 2015 by Rae | 1 comment

Sam made a beautiful Mistletoe Wreath!

The simple beauty of this wreath has got me seriously changing my opinion of sewn Christmas door wreaths.  I usually make my own up from the trimmings from the Christmas tree and whatever berries and winter foliage I can scavenge from the woods near my house (that's the traditional thing, right?  Finding beauty in Nature, even on the darkest of days?)  I must admit to not being a big fan of sewn Christmas wreaths in general but this year, I've been converted!  I just can't get over how beautiful this looks. I really don't think my photos do it justice! Also I absolutely LOVE free motion embroidery - it's the most addictive thing.  Not tried it yet?  Do.  Now!

 

Over to Sam...

 

You will need:

 

Green cotton fabric – I used Winter Wonderland Mistletoe by Dashwood Studio

Bondaweb

Hessian/firm linen fabric for backing

12” twig wreath – mine is from Hobbycraft

2m white bobble trim

8mm pearl beads

Fabric glue – I used Gutermann HT2

 

Sewing machine with darning/embroidery foot

Mistletoe template (if you google 'mistletoe' you're bound to find something you can print and use as a template)

 

How to make it:

1. Start by cutting out your mistletoe template and drawing round it onto the back of your green cotton fabric as many times as you want.  I used several different templates – actually all cut from the same picture; I cut the large template up into smaller ones once I’d traced it a couple of times.  Make a few more than you think you’ll need. 

2.  Cut a piece of Bondaweb large enough to cover all your mistletoe shapes and iron it on to the back of the fabric, glue side down on the fabric.  Protect your iron with a piece of greaseproof paper between the iron and the Bondaweb to ensure you don’t get any glue on the iron, or ironing board.

3.  Peel the paper backing off the Bondaweb and cut out your mistletoe shapes. 

 

4.  Place these onto the hessian/linen fabric, protect with some more greaseproof paper and iron in place.  Leave enough space between each shape so that you can cut them out with a little border of hessian showing.

 

 

5.  Lower the feed dogs on your sewing machine and put the darning/embroidery foot on.  Using a thread colour of your choice (I used black so it stands out, but for a subtler look you could use a thread that matches your fabric) stitch around each shape, just inside the edge.  I like to go round a couple of times to catch any bits I missed the first time and to give more definition.

 

 

 6.  Cut the mistletoe leaves out, leaving a small border of hessian around the edge of each one.

 


7.  Sew a few pearl beads on some of the leaves – I just put beads on the largest pieces, but you could do them all if you like – for the berries.

 

8.  Take your twig wreath and wrap some white bobble trim round it.  I used 2 metres, which gave me enough to tie a nice big bow at the top.

 

 

9.  Start arranging your leaves on the wreath until you get a design you are happy with.  You could put leaves the whole way round, or just part way like I’ve done.   I tucked some of them under the bobble trim for a bit of variety. 

 

10.  One piece at a time, glue the leaves onto the wreath.  On the larger pieces I put glue all the way down the central “branch” of the mistletoe, but on the smaller pieces I glued each one dependant on where the leaves touched the twig wreath.  Because the wreath is uneven, you will find the leaves need glue in different places.  Leave the wreath lying flat until the glue is dry.  If you wish, you can add a hanging loop to the back.

 

This looks soooo beautiful indoors or outdoors.  Thank you so much Sam for another amazingly clear tutorial.  Can't wait to make mine!

 

If you hurry, there's still 15% off this fabric and all our Christmas fabrics until midnight tonight!

Happy Stitching!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On the Seventh Day of Christmas

Posted on November 20, 2015 by Rae | 0 comments

Karen gave us a tutorial for making this cute little owl pincushion!

This is such a gorgeous little project!  As the weather turns colder (yes, there's even a flurry of snow forecast for tonight!) we're stepping up our preparations for the big day.You can make this as a pin cushion to give to sewing friends, family or for your kids' teachers as a Christmas gift but we couldn't resist making it up into a Christmas decoration too, by adding a little hanging string.

This is such a simple make and an ideal scrap buster needing only 3 pieces of fabric measuring a teensie 6cm by 11cm each! 

Over to Karen for the tutorial:

You will need:

  • 1x piece of fabric a minimum of 6cm wide by 11cm high for the owl's front
  • 2x pieces of fabric a minimum of 6cm wide by 11cm high for the owl's back
  • wool and embroidery floss for owl's feathers and beak
  • 2x buttons or more embroidery floss for eyes
  • 1x large button for the base
  • rice/wool balls/toy stuffing
  • thread
  • needle
  • scissors

(use a ¼ “seam throughout)

1. Cut two of the template shapes above out of the fabric you have chosen for your owl's back and one from the fabric chosen for the front. To print your template, hover over the template picture above, right click your mouse and copy and paste it into a word document.  Resize the picture so that it is about 12cm high and then print, making sure your printer is set to 'actual size'.  If you have trouble with this, email us at hello@fabrichq.co.uk and we can send you a PDF of the template.

 

2. With right sides together, sew the two back pieces together along one long curved seam,.Open out, the place the front piece, again right sides together, against the back.

3. In one long seam, start at the bottom edge, go up to the top point and go down the other side, leaving the bottom seam open. Trim the seam at the point and turn right side out. 

 

4. With the front piece facing, fold you shape flat and tack a line of small stitches 1” down from the point as this area doesn’t need stuffing. Turn a small hem up around the bottom and sew with a strong thread, leaving the end free for drawing up.

5. Stuff the body using either toy filling, wool balls, rice or a combo of each. If you are using your owl as a pin cushion you may want to use a combination of wool balls or toy filling at the top and rice at the bottom to help weight your owl down and stop her falling over.

6. Then draw up the thread at the base, putting a few stitches in to keep it closed.

 

7. Cut the wool into 4 or 5 strands, each 2” - 3” long and lay along the line of the tacking. Keep in place with a few stitches.

8. Then fold over the point at the line of tacking, then remove your temporary stitches, this creates your owl's face.

9. Use the embroidery thread to make a few straight stitches to hold the point in place and form the beak.

10. Attach the large button to the base of the owl to cover your drawing in stitches and to form a steady base.

 

11. Sew on buttons for eyes or use you embroidery floss to sew some star bursts for eyes instead. Trim ends of wool if necessary.

 

The pattern can easily be adapted to make larger or smaller owls but please be safety conscious and remember they are not toys.

Thanks to Karen for this brilliant little tutorial. 

That's it for this week's make.  We're more than half way through now but we've got lots of exciting projects to look forward to over the next few weeks.

Happy stitching!

 

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On the Fifth Day of Christmas

Posted on November 06, 2015 by Rae | 4 comments

We made our first Christmas gift - a jersey pompom infinity scarf!

Last year we posted the incredibly quick (shhh, don't tell anyone) tutorial showing you how to make a half hour infinity scarf, and also on another week, the scarf/snood/hat thingie.  This year we're merging the two and adding a little spin.  We love the soft feel of jersey knit as a scarf so for this week's make we used beautiful Art Gallery Fabric jersey knit and a string of pompoms to create this irresistibly snuggly but stylish gift.

Jersey knit pompom infinity scarf at Fabric HQ

 

So, for this project you will need:

Jersey knit pompom infinity scarf what you need at Fabric HQ

  • half a metre of 150cm wide medium weight jersey knit fabric we used Imprint Butterballs Gold Knit
  • 150cm coordinating pompom trim
  • coordinating thread
  • scissors
  • tape measure
  • pins

Jersey knit pompom infinity scarf at Fabric HQ

    1. Line the pompom trim up along the long edge of the right side of the fabric with the pompoms facing away from the edge. 

    Jersey knit pompom infinity scarf attache pompoms at Fabric HQ

    2. Sew the pompom trim down close (about half a cm) away from the edge of the fabric.

    Jersey knit pompom infinity scarf at Fabric HQ

    3. Continue all along the long edge of the fabric.

    Jersey knit pompom infinity scarf at Fabric HQ

     4. Fold the fabric in half along the long edge, right sides together.

     

    Jersey knit pompom infinity scarf at Fabric HQ

     5. Pin together along the edge.

    Jersey knit pompom infinity scarf at Fabric HQ

    6. Take note of the line you can see where the pompom trim was sewn to the fabric edge.

    Jersey knit pompom infinity scarf at Fabric HQ

    7. Sew another line of stitches closer in to the pompom trim than the previous sewn line.  You are aiming to sew as close to the actual pompoms as you can without catching them in the stitches. This is not too tricky as long as you go slowly and smooth out the fabric and push the pompoms away as you go.

    Jersey knit pompom infinity scarf at Fabric HQ

    8. turn the tube in the right way and snip off a pompom from each end of the tube otherwise it will make the seam allowance bulky.

    Jersey knit pompom infinity scarf at Fabric HQ

    9. line up the two ends, right sides together, starting at the seam. Pin and stitch together using a 1cm seam allowance. This will be easy at first but then get trickier as the unsewn gap gets smaller.  When you get to about 5cm stop sewing and backtack to secure.

    Jersey knit pompom infinity scarf at Fabric HQ

    10. slipstitch the remaining gap by hand and then you're done!

     Jersey knit pompom infinity scarf at Fabric HQ

    Jersey knit pompom infinity scarf at Fabric HQ

    Wrap twice around your neck for a lovely snug scarf - or make an extra long scarf by adding two pieces of fabric together before you sew your tube. 

    Jersey knit pompom infinity scarf at Fabric HQ

    Repeat for all the ladies on your Christmas list, wrap them all up, pour a big glass of wine and relax!

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