Monday, January 31, 2011

Simple Bias Binding Tutorial

I have been promising myself for ages to do this Bias binding tutorial. My good friend Adair had been shown this ingenious method by her sister and I was lucky enough to be shown by Adair...so now it's my turn to pass it on.That's what I truely love about crafting.....if you know a little trick or a tip....isn't it just fantastic to let others know too.
I cut a rectangle 12inches by 21inches.

Fold back a piece and cut on the 45 degree line.


Cut at 45 degrees


Pin the Straight end of the triangle to the opposite side.Run down through the next pictures if this sounds confusing.Its simple...you'll see!!

Sew!


And press open.


Now then....Pin the long ends together,keeping the end of one side 1.5inches down from the other end.(I want 1.5inch wide binding)


Sew and press open and this is what you should have.

Cut around and around....and around the tube...I cut by eye but you can mark if you like.

From my rectangle I got 4 yard of binding....Brilliant isn't it....









Monday, January 17, 2011

Lush Bling cushion tutorial!

Blog Hopping a few nights ago I came across Rachels fab blog Stitched In Colour .She is hosting a Bloggers Pillow Party. I could not resist joining in the fun.Pillows are My Thing.

My Spare bedroom could do with a bit of a jizz up so looking through my stash of fabrics I came across a piece of silk leftover from a dress I made myself for a wedding last year.And because I have arranged all my fabrics in colour (took ages)...right beside it was a beautiful piece of the most perfect co-ordinating silk.Yah!!!.....Bling,Bling bling I thought and grabbed a brooch from my bedroom and hey presto my 'lush Bling cushion was born.

Hope you like it!!!



Step by step tutorial to make this cushion.....simple when you follow the steps!




My cushion measures 16 inches square.I made it from two silk fabrics but you can use any type of fabric that co-ordinate with one another.
I love a bit of Bling!!!
All you need is:


For the front 1 piece 17x17inches


For the Back 2 pieces 17x12inches


For the front sash 1 piece 24x25inches


I pretty brooch



A 16 inch cushion filler...mine is feather Turn and stitch a double hem on the 2 25inch long sides of the sash piece
Turn and stitch a double hem on 1 long side of each of the back pieces.
Front Piece
Lay the sash piece diagonally on top of the front piece.
This is the fun piece.........Gather up the sash to the centre.
Close the brooch through all layers in a position you like.
Pin through the folds and trim the excess fabric.
Sew through the fold to keep them in position.
Lay one of the back pieces on top.
Lay the other to overlap.
Pin and sew around all four sides using a half inch seam allowance.
Serge the raw edges.

DONE!!!

Blogger's Pillow Party

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Another tutorial link up!!

Thanks Anne from Craft Gossip for linking up my tutorial to your amazing blog.
Lush shoulder Bag....have you tried it yet???

Sunday, January 9, 2011

My tutorial is featured

Just a quickie....very excited to find that my skirt tutorial has been featured on totally tutorials.How great is that...!!!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

First Bondaweb Encounter!!

Today I fancied a nice quick instant gratification project....you know the kind....not a lot of thinking involved and no arrgh moments when it doesn't go the way you had expected.
I had a metre of bondaweb stashed away crying out for a project.I remember a few years ago being asked to make an applique design on a quilt cover.It was quite a large design so I asked in the haberdashery shop(which will remain nameless!!) if there was any vilene type product to make applique easier.I was told there was not. Darn I thought,and proceded to stick all my pieces on the cover with the hemmit stuff for quickly hemming your trousers. Now,it worked,but the whole project was painful.It turned me off applique for quite a while.
Anyhow recently I had heard about this bondaweb product.You basically iron it to your fabric giving the fabric a little body ,then take off the backing paper and iron it to your fabric.BRILLIANT!!.....and it works....

I of course had to zig zag around....just in case...........
To stitch or not to stitch that is the question......will it stay stuck on through washing or not........do you stitch???


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Customise a skirt

Browsing through the Boden website I took a fancy to this skirt,but hey its £45.
So a trip to Penneys and Pippablue later......€4 skirt,€1.20 ribbon and €3 for 5 mtrs ric rac.I could not get velvet ribbon anywhere!!!

Pin and sew.....can it be any simpler???






Hey Presto....not bad eh???
Don't you just love it when a plan comes together!!!




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