29 May

Lined linen purse

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photograph by Emma Sekhon

… snap open a plain linen purse …

& reveal a rich patterned interior – perfect for a neat little sewing or first aid kit to take on your travels…

you will need:

14 inch x 12 inch plain linen for outer
14 inch x 12 inch heavy fabric stiffener
14 inch x 12 inch floral fabric for lining
5 inch glue-in clip purse frame
Threads to match your fabrics
Scissors
Sewing machine
Sewing needle and pins
Iron
Fabric glue

1

Use the template to cut two pattern pieces from your outer fabric, your lining fabric and your fabric stiffener.

Take your two pieces of lining fabric and place them right sides together. Pin or tack to align the raw edges. Stitch a 3/8in seam by machine along the sides and bottom edges between the two marked dots. Leave a turning gap of 2 1/2in along the bottom seam as indicated. Reverse stitch at the start and finish of all stitching for strength.

Press the seams open with a hot iron – this is a bit fiddly, so take care not to scorch your fingertips with steam. With your work still wrong side out, and starting with one of the bottom corners, create the flat base by putting your hand inside the lining and pushing the corners out and away from the seam. Align the side seam exactly with the bottom seam and press flat so that the corner forms a triangle. Press with a hot iron. Mark a stitch line across the corner by measuring 1in from the tip along the pressed seam. Stitch along this line. Trim this seam to 1/8in.

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2

Place your two pieces of outer fabric together, sandwich them between the two pieces of fabric stiffener, pin and tack. Stitch all four of these layers together between the two marked dots with a 3/8in seam as before. Reverse stitch at the start and finish to strengthen.

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3

Repeat step 2 to create box corners for the flat base.

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4

Cut notches in both the outer and the lining pieces just where the stitching starts and ends. Turn the lining piece right side out and place it inside the outer, stiffened shell (which is still inside out). Align all the raw edges and the side seams, and pin.

Starting at the top center of one side, stitch a 3/8in seam 
all the way around – stop at
the side seams with the needle down, raise the foot and manipulate your work under it so that you can continue without breaking the stitching.

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5

Clip notches out of your selvedge, near to but not through the stitch line, along the top curves.

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6

Carefully ease the purse right side out through the turning gap. Slipstitch the turning gap closed by hand.

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7

Now tease and manipulate the layers along these seams so that you have a good crisp edge all around the top opening. Pin or tack before topstitching 1/16in from the edge.

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8

Open your frame out wide. Run a line of fabric glue along the inside of one half
of the frame, starting and stopping 1/16in from the hinge at either side. Do the same along one side
of the purse opening, starting and stopping 3/8in from each side seam. Insert the fabric into the frame, taking care that the sides are at similar levels first and then feeding the center in. Use your fingers or a knitting needle to push the fabric is pushed snuggly in, and make sure that the line of topstitching is hidden. Leave to dry fully before gluing the other side.

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Resources

Patterned fabrics (V&A Teal Fat Quarter Bundle): www.vandashop.com

Silver purse frame and fabric glue: www.bag-clasps.co.uk

 

 

03 Jan

Ice tumbler votive

ice votive jemima schlee

photograph by Emma Sekhon 

…ice tumbler votives make a magical welcome on your front steps, flickering  with tea lights and a little ground frost…

1

Pour 1cm of water into a glass tumbler and freeze.

2

Place a smaller tumbler inside, hold in place with two elastic bands, fill the gap between them with water and freeze.

3

To release, fill the smaller tumbler with warm water and slip it out. Run warm water over the inverted larger tumbler until the ice slips out.

4

Place a tea light inside – this will float as any melted ice collects in the bottom of your ice tumbler.

25 May

Appliqué footstool

 

photographs by Emma Sekhon 

…a project to transform an old footstool and add a striking shot of colour & pattern…

 

You will need:

Footstool

(Roughly) 25cm of felt in turquoise, pink, red and orange (nb: felt can run, so either dry clean or use linen or coloured drill in its place)

White cotton drill measuring the upholstered top (including sides) of your footstool plus 5cm all round

Threads to match all your fabrics

1m iron-on BondaWeb

Sewing machine

Iron

Fabric scissors

Paper scissors

Pen or pencil

Pins

Herringbone tape (5cm wide x the circumference of your stool plus 10cm)

Jumbo rikrak the circumference of your footstool plus 5cm

 

1

Cut your base fabric to size: the length and width of the sides and top of your footstool plus 10cm.

 

2

At this point you need to make a decision about the size you will want your pieces and whether you will need more or fewer pieces than I have used here…. Photocopy the templates and cut out. Play around with them on your footstool and work out how many you will need.

 

3

Photocopy the templates re-sized if necessary and cut out.

 

4

Prepare your coloured felt pieces: spread out your strip of BondaWeb paper size up. With a pen or pencil draw around the orange swirl templates (template a), placing the shapes close together to avoid wasting the BondaWeb. Cut the drawn shapes off in one piece and iron onto the orange felt following the manufacturer’s instructions – generally this will mean a medium hot iron without steam. When the bond is securely fixed, cut the pieces out using paper scissors. Do the same with the ‘star’ pieces (template b) in turquoise and pink.

 

5

Finally, draw as many circles as you need (2cm wider in diameter than you have printed template b) on the BondaWeb, iron them on the red felt and cut out.

Lay out your base piece of fabric right side up on your footstool and arrange the pieces as you planned them in step 2. When you are happy with the positioning of the pieces, remove the protective paper backing and use an iron to adhere them to the base fabric, starting with the large circles.

 

6

Assemble and iron on all the pieces working methodically and ensuring you don’t iron on the glue side of the felt by mistake.

 

7

Thread the sewing machine with threads to match the felt pieces and zigzag around each piece slowly, raising and lowering the foot at sharp turns, and keeping accurately to the edge of the pieces. You can keep white thread in the bobbin throughout this process as long as your machine’s tension is good and you don’t get specks of the bobbin thread pulled through to the front of your work.

 

8

Once all the felt pieces are stitched on, turn the base fabric wrong side up and lay it over your footstool. Use pins to shape the corners so that the fabric fits snugly and remove it carefully from the stool ensuring the pins don’t fall out (appliqué.

 

9

Stitch along the corners by machine twice for strength, then trim the excess fabric 1cm from the stitch line.

 

10

Place the cover over the stool again, right side down and trim all around to the depth your require. Remove from the stool. Fold your herringbone tape in half and tack all the way round your cover encasing the raw edge. As the two ends meet, overlap and trim them to cover the raw ends. Machine close to the edge of the tape on the right side sewing all three layers together.

 

11

Tack or pin the jumbo rikrak around the inside of the hem so that half of it protrudes beyond the hem on the right side, overlapping the folding the ends in to avoid fraying. Stitch by machine along the centre of the rikrak using white thread.

 

Making notes

Reduce or enlarge the templates to suit the size of your stool. The motif is stronger if it is slightly larger than the top surface of your footstool and drapes over the edges.

Tips

Add extra interest to your cover by stitching your appliqué onto a striped base fabric, such as ticking.

25 Mar

Easter branch decorations

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photographs by Emma Sekhon

… make a beautiful Easter themed wall decoration …

you will need:

A selection of card or wrapping paper

Scissors/scalpel
Scallop-edged craft scissors
Glue stick

Access to a printer

Darning needle and sewing thread

 

1

Print the outline template for the hare, chicken, egg and bluebird onto the back of assorted coloured card and/or wrapping paper.

2

Print the primrose and cherry blossom artwork onto white card stock.

3

For hares and bluebirds: With a darning needle and sewing cotton, thread through the shapes where indicated on the template and tie the two loose ends in a simple knot.

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4

For eggs: Cut around using craft scissors, then thread as for the hares and bluebirds.

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5

For hens: Cut a length of sewing thread 25cm long and fold in half. Spread glue on one side of one of the small eggs, stick another egg to it, sandwiching the thread in between them 3cm from the ends of the threads.

6

Spread glue on one side of a hen piece, lay the egg and thread across it before placing another hen on top. Press hen pieces together around all edges. When dry, cut of the extra threads extending below the hen.

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7

For the primroses and cherry blossoms: Cut out and fold each piece along its central axis.

8

Glue three pieces together to create each blossom. If they are a bit askew, carefully trim edges flush after gluing. Thread as for hares and eggs.

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09 Jan

Soft leather purse

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photographs by Emma Sekhon

…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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