09 Jan

Soft leather purse

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…soft leather lined with Liberty Lawn, a great way to use up precious scraps of each…

 

You will need:

15cm x 25cm soft leather 10cm metal zip
13cm x 24cm printed cotton fabric for lining
Thread to match the leather Leather sewing machine needle Sewing machine
Zipper foot
Scissors
Tissue paper
Rotary cutter (or scalpel), cutting mat and steel ruler

1

Trim your leather to a rectangle measuring 13cm x 25cm using the rotary cutter or scalpel. From the scraps, cut a rectangle 2cm x 8cm. Cut your lining fabric to 13cm x 24cm.

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2

Place one short end of the leather right side up on a strip of tissue paper. Position the zip centrally along the short edge and sew by machine using a zipper foot.

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3

Tear the tissue away and, folding the other short end of the leather around to line up with the other side of the zip. With the wrong side out, stitch the zip to the leather, again backing it with tissue to help it move smoothly through the machine. You now have a tube of leather joined by a zip.

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4

With the leather ‘tube’ inside out and the zip open, position the lining rectangle right side down over the zip and leather so that the three short edges align. Stitch in place by machine through all layers.

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Take the other short edge of the lining rectangle and align it with the other side of the zip and stitch by machine.

Now pin the folded long edges of the lining fabric, right sides facing, and sew one side from zip end to folded end
by machine. Do the same with the other side, but just half way down from the zip to the fold – this will leave you a gap for turning out. You will end up with what looks like two separate tubes.

Take the small leather rectangle and stitch a couple of millimetres in from either long edge to help it hold its shape. Stitch the full length of the two sides of the leather, from the zip to the fold, inserting the folded leather rectangle in one seam 1.5cm below the zip (make sure you do this with the zip at least half open).

5

Stitch at 90° across the bottom corners of the leather, 2cm from the point.

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Do the same with the bottom corners of the lining.

6

Turn the purse through the gap in the lining so that it is leather side out and use slip stitch to close the gap in the lining seam.

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25 Sep

Espresso chocolate shortbread

espresso chocolate shortbread

..dipped in chocolate and topped with a roasted coffee bean…

You will need

230g cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
100g granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt

270g plain flour
2 tbsp finely ground espresso
several coffee beans
100g dark chocolate (70% cocoa)

Baking parchment or greaseproof paper

1

Heat the oven to 150oC/Gas mark 2. Line two baking trays with baking parchment.

2

Combine the butter, sugar, and salt in an electric mixer, or with a wooden spoon in a large mixing bowl. Mix until the butter combines with the sugar but isn’t perfectly smooth. Add the flour and ground espresso and mix until the dough has just about pulled together, but try not to over-mix.

3

Lightly flour a surface and roll the dough to about 5mm–7mm thick. Aim for a uniform thickness for even baking. Using a circular 4.5mm biscuit cutter cut out shapes as close to one another as possible. Press the scraps together, roll them out, and cut out more.

4

Bake for about 20–30 minutes. Cool the biscuits on a wire rack.

5

Set a sheet of parchment or waxed paper on a work surface. Break the chocolate up and put it in a small heatproof bowl and set the bowl over a pan of simmering water. Melt the chocolate, stirring, until it’s smooth and warm; don’t let it get hot. Dip half of each biscuit into the chocolate, place on baking parchment and place a coffee bean on the hot chocolate of each one. Leave to harden at room temperature.

04 Aug

Cotton ‘ticking’ face flannels

… luxurious soft cotton flannels – great for using up dk yarn scraps, beautiful & useful …

 

… & they make a perfect gift for a guest – once you’ve mastered the stitch, you will not be able to resist making more than one!

 

For the RED flannel you will need:

1 ball Rowan Ecru Cotton Glace

(50g) shade 741

1 ball Rowan Red Cotton Glace (50g) shade 725

1 pair 3mm knitting needles Darning needle

 

With ecru cotton, cast on 57

 

K3 rows

 

Pattern row 1: with red cotton k1,* slip 1 purlwise, k5 *, repeat from * until 2 stitches remain, slip 1 purlwise, k1

 

Pattern row 2: with red cotton k1, * yarn forward, slip
1 purlwise, yarn back, k5 *, repeat from * until 2 stitches remain, yarn forward, slip 1 purlwise, yarn back, k1

 

Pattern row 3: with ecru cotton k4, * slip 1 purlwise, k5* repeat from * until 5 stitches remain, slip 1 purlwise, k4

 

Pattern row 4: with ecru cotton k4, *yarn forward, slip 1 purlwise, yarn back, k5 * repeat from * until 5 stitches remain, yarn forward, slip 1 purlwise, yarn back, k4

 

Repeat these 4 rows 24 times
Repeat pattern rows 1 & 2
With ecru cotton, K3 rows.

 

Cast off loosely. Finish off ends with a darning needle.

 

For the BLUE flannel you will need:

1 ball Rowan Ecru Cotton Glace

(50g) shade 741

1 ball Rowan Blue Cotton Glace (50g) shade 829

1 pair 3mm knitting needles Darning needle

 

With ecru cotton, cast on 57 K3 rows

 

Pattern row 1: with blue cotton k3,* slip 1 purlwise, k1, slip 1 purlwise, k3 *, repeat from * to end of row

 

Pattern row 2: with blue cotton * k3, yarn forward, slip 1 purlwise, yarn back, k1, yarn forward, slip 1 purlwise, yarn back *, repeat from * until 3 stitches remain, k3

 

Pattern row 3: with ecru cotton k4, * slip 1 purlwise, k5* repeat from * until 5 stitches remain, slip 1 purlwise, k4

 

Pattern row 4: with ecru cotton k4, * yarn forward, slip 1 purlwise, yarn back, k5 * repeat from * until 5 stitches remain, yarn forward, slip 1 purlwise, yarn back, k4

 

Repeat these 4 rows 24 times
Repeat pattern rows 1 & 2
With ecru cotton, K3 rows

 

Cast off loosely. Finish off ends with a darning needle.

 

For the ECRU flannel you will need:

1 ball Rowan Ecru Cotton Glace

(50g) shade 741

1 pair 3mm knitting needles Darning needle

 

Cast on 50 sts. K3 rows

 

Pattern row 1: k1, * slip 1 purlwise, k6 *, repeat from * to end of row

 

Pattern row 2: * k6, yarn forward, slip 1 purlwise, yarn back *, repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, k1

 

Repeat these 2 rows 50 times
K3 rows

 

Cast off loosely. Finish off ends with a darning needle.

 

Abbreviations

k knit

st stitch

 

 

03 Apr

Easter Bunting

Making Magazine; March 2015 Edition; Hove flat, Brighton; 9th January 2015. © Pete Jones pete@pjproductions.co.uk

…cheery floral spring bunting with soft fringed edges – a perfect project for using up scraps…

For 16 flags you will need:

25cm in each of four fabrics
7m – 8m of fringed/loop trim
7m of rope trim
pins & thread
sewing machine
sharp scissors
iron

1

Cut two pattern pieces from the pattern template for each flag. Take one piece and first pin, then tack a length of trim along the two long, curved sides. Lay the loop trim down with the looped fringe facing inwards and make a careful tuck at the central bottom tip to avoid catching the loops in the seam.

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2

Place your piece from step 1 on top of your second piece, aligning the raw edges. Pin in position.

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3

Sew the long side seams, leaving the short top edge open. Use the tacking line from step1 as your stitching line for the side seams.

4

Turn your flag right side out and press with a hot iron. Topstitch along the two side seams a couple of millimetres to the fabric side of the seam. Trim the top edge to make the two sides of your flag even. repeat steps 1–4 to make all your flags.

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5

Decide the order you want your flags to be in and lay the first one along the centre of your rope trim, 30cm from one end. Zigzag stitch along its raw edges. Place the next one 10cm to 12cm further along and attach it to the rope trim with zigzag stitch. repeat with all your flags.

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6

Trim the far end of your rope trim to 30cm. Zigzag stitch back and forth along both raw ends to prevent fraying.

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7

Fold the top of the rope trim over to cover and encase the zig-zagged top raw edge of the first flag. Starting a couple of centimetres before the flag, sew in straight stitch along the centre of the folded trim. Work all the way along the length of your bunting, folding the rope trim over as you go.

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Reverse stitch at the beginning and end for extra strength.

 

18 Mar

silk lined embroidered scarf

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…silk and wool make the perfect combination for a stylish scarf, embellished by little embroidered flowers along the hems…

you will need

35cm wool or tweed fabric (150cm wide) for outer 34cm x 150cm contrasting silk fabric for lining Sewing thread to match your lining fabric
Sewing needle

4 colours of Coats Perle embroidery thread

Sharp embroidery needle
Sewing machine
Scissors

Iron

Step 1

Press both short ends of your silk up 2cm with an iron. With right sides facing, lay your silk over your outer fabric and, aligning one long raw edge, sew a 1cm seam by machine. Align the raw edges of the other sides and machine a 1cm seam.

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Step 2

Turn right side out and press with a cool iron – the lining is slightly narrower than the outer and should finish a couple of millimetres short of the edges.

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Step 3

Fold up the bottom raw edges of the outer fabric 4cm and tuck under the fold of the silk lining. Tack along all edges through all layers to hold in place.

Step 4

Using a needle and thread, make small running stitches along the two long edges securing the silk to the seam allowance beneath. This will help to hold the folded edges – take care not to stitch through all layers, you don’t want your stitches to go through to the front of the scarf.

Step 5

Embroider along the ends of your scarf, securing the lining to the outer fabric using the stitch shown (images 3–5), and then adding French knots

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