Patchwork drawstring bag – part 2! 

Since my last patchwork drawstring bag I’ve been making a bit more progress through the Christmas makes. Am actually getting trough them a bit quicker than I was expecting so am hopeful I might actually get everything finished! I really want one of these bags for myself, but that will have to wait for now!

I used the very cute scotty dog fabric by The Craft Cotton Company for this one,  and can’t wait for the recipient to open it!
Pattern for this is from Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine issue 40.

First of two patchwork drawstring bags is ready to be wrapped for Christmas, making slow progress on these Christmas makes! 

It seems to happen every year, no matter how early I start with the Christmas makes I always seem to be running out of time by the end! It’s starting to happen already this year and I am seriously starting to doubt whether I will get all the things I had planned made in time for Christmas.  


On a happy note I have managed to complete the first of two drawstring patchwork bags I had planned for gifts. I saw this pattern in Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine (issue 40) and knew it would be perfect for some gifts this year, I love the Pom Pom detail on them it really adds to them. 

This lovely fabric is from atbe penguin ski fat quarter set by The Craft Cotton Company. 

I’ve got the next one cut and ready to be sewn together so hopefully it won’t be too long until it’s finished. In the meantime I need to speed on with all my other Christmas makes in the hope I manage to just get finished in time! 

New binding challenge completed with this jelly roll quilt! 

 I’ve had some jelly roll fabric for a little while now and have been wanting to make a quilt with it, but just didn’t have time.  Finally I’ve had a chance to put it together! 
I haven’t made my own quilt binding before so I went a bit out of my comfort zone on this quilt and rather than folding the back fabric round to the front for the binding, I opted to make my own binding out of scrap fabrics.  
I’m so glad I took the plunge to try something different as it was no where near as scary to do as I thought it would be and its worked out so much better than I thought it would, I will definitely be doing it again on my next quilt.  
I followed this tutorial for making the binding: 

http://m.thesewingloftblog.com/69d9tir/articles/99483/How-to-Create-Scrap-Binding#_a5y_p=5017901

The fabric I used was a jelly roll by The Craft Cotton company in vintage floral purple, which I cut down into different length strips, making sure I had 3 strips of the same length so they could be sewn together in threes before sewing all of these sets of threes together to make the quilt. The backing fabric was from IKEA. For the binding I used scraps leftover from the jelly roll and scraps I had left from a cotton fat quarter bundle in purple by Fabric Editions. 

Super pleased with this quilt, what’s even better is this one is actually for me, I’ve been so busy making them for other people I’ve not got round to doing one for myself for a long time! 

Combining two of my favourite things – bags and patchwork! 

I love the ombré trends fabric range by the Craft Cotton Company and was lucky to get the chance to use them to make a lovely to tote bag for them using it. The pattern I used to make it was by the Craft Cotton Company and can be found in the vintage floral tote bag kit. The pattern was really easy to follow, and the bag came together without any problems – which for me when doing patchwork is quite unusual, I normally manage to sew at least one or two pieces in the wrong place! It was also my first attempt at making one of these reversible totes so wasn’t too sure how well it would go – am very pleased it worked out so well – I will have to make some more! 

I used the Ombré Trends fabrics from three of the fat quarter sets: blue, lime and plum. I chose the colour combination myself and I spent a long time trying out different layouts with the different colours and patterns and am really pleased with the outcome.

From a mass of 128 paper and fabric triangles emerged this bright and cosy quilt 

A few months ago I was asked by The Craft Cotton company if I would be able to make a patchwork quilt for them using the new Ombre trends range by Heather Jacks. I jumped at the chance to do this, firstly because I enjoy making quilts, second I love the Using The Craft Cotton Company fabrics and finally because I really liked the look of both the patterns and the colours of the new Ombre trends fabric, I couldn’t wait to get started!

I opted to use the English Paper piecing method to make this quilt as I really like using it when making quilts and don’t often get a chance to do it.
I was so pleased with the finale outcome of this blanket and my tutorial for making it is featured over on their blog;
http://craftcottonco.blogspot.co.uk/p/free-patterns.html?m=1

  

I didn’t think I was going to do it but after some very late nights I did manage to get the final quilt finished just in time for Christmas!

The final Christmas quilt I made was a square blocks quilt, I’m was so glad I managed to get it finished in time – I was getting worried it was going to have to be gifted late. Luckily I didn’t encounter too many problems with this one, although being squares you would think it would be easier to get all the squares to line up unlike the triangles but I did have to redo a couple that manage to misalign themselves a little – and it really was just a little that no one else would notice (I’m talking millimetres here!) but I had to just get them perfect! 
   

    

    
 

A drawstring bottle bag, a solution for me to put bottle gifts in this year rather than fighting with a piece of paper!

I always have problems wrapping up bottles as gifts, although to be honest anything that isn’t a square box tends to give me problems! I can never get the paper to look right without it tearing a few times and rather than just buying a paper bottle bag I thought I would make one.  I wanted to make something a bit different to my previous crochet bottle holder that I made so I thought I would do a fabric one using some very cute Craft Cotton Company penguin fabric.

 

I am really impressed with how this came out, I might do some smaller ones for some beer bottles I have as gift too – obviously I don’t have enough things I need to make in time for Christmas already!

Drawstring bottle bag:  

  • Cut a piece of penguin fabric 12 inches long by 11 1/2 inches wide. 
  • Next cut a piece of the red zigzag fabric, 12 inches long by 3 1/2 inches wide.

  

  • Place the zigzag piece right sides together at the top of the penguin fabric with the bottom edge of the zigzag fabric lined up with the top edge of the penguin fabric and sew along to join.

  

  

  • Fold the fabric in half with the red zigzag fabric along the top of the bag and place right sides together.  Now starting 6 1/2 Inches from the top of the fabric sew down the side and along the bottom of the bag.  Turn out the right way.

  

  

  • Fold over the top edge by 1cm, and then on both the front and back side seams, fold in the raw edges by 1 cm.  Next fold the zigzag fabric inwards so it lines up with where you started sewing the front and back together – now pin and sew along the bottom edge. Now sew another line 2cm up from the previous line.

  

 
  
 

  • Thread through the ribbon for the drawstring, fold over the end of the ribbon a few times and sew to stop it fraying.

 

   

  • Slipstitch closed the side seam above the drawstring section.

  

 

   
  
 
 

 

 

 

Third quilt down only one more to go, this arrow quilt was so much easier to make than it looked too, so glad my fears were unfounded! 

I saw this pattern in Love patchwork and Quilting magazine issue 20 and really wanted to make it as a gift this year, however, I was really nervous to get started on it as it looked like it would be quite complicated to make – especially with the problems I have encountered and had to overcome so far with the triangle quilts I have machine made.  
However, the time came when I could no longer put it off and had to face my fears. I couldn’t believe it when I got started – it really wasn’t as bad to make as I had thought it would be! I didn’t encounter any major problems with it at all, it ended up being really great to make.  

I did change the pattern slightly and used individual arrows throughout rather than the long strips at the top in the plain fabric, as a result I also made my own template and cut the arrows out individually, rather than the method they used. I also didn’t add the different coloured fabric strips onto the tops of the arrows.  For the fabric I opted to use patterned fabric for inbetween the arrows rather than just the white used in the magazine.  

 
 I also used a slightly thicker batting than I normally use as I wanted it to be a bit thicker, but this did make it a bit more difficult for quilting but I got their eventually with it. The worst part was the choice of backing fabric I used, I knew when I bought it it might put up a bit of a fight and it certainly did, with it being slightly silky it was slipping about with all the other layers no matter how many pins or tacking stitches I put in. But I got there eventually with it and never again will I pick a fabric like that for backing, especially when using thicker batting as that just added to the problems! 
Only one more quilt make to go, I will be so relieved when they are all finished and on their way to their recipients.  

   
    
 

Finally, after making them for other people all these years I have finally got round to making my own table runner. I can’t wait for Christmas so I can use it!

I’ve always wanted to make my own table runner, but it has been on the back burner for a few years now as I get so busy around Christmas with gift makes that I just run out of time to make it, and it just doesn’t seem right making a Christmas runner in the summer! I had a spare evening the other day and some material that was just perfect for it so I decided to get it made now while I had the time and before I assigned the fabric to another gift!

I decided to do a patchwork stripe table runner with an organza overlay on one side.  This meant it could be used on either side for a different effect; one just the patchwork stripe pattern, the other a patchwork stripe with a snowflake pattern over the top.

For the fabric I used a fat quarter set from the Craft Cotton Company fabric in stripes and stars along with some of their silver organza with a snowflake pattern.  The Reds and greens in this fat quarter set are just perfect for Christmas and the snowflake pattern of the organza just adds a little more Christmas sparkle, I do love a little sparkle at Christmas!



Christmas table runner 

1 – Cut a piece of grease proof paper 130 cm by 26 cm wide, this is the full size of your table runner.  If you want your table runner to be wider or longer just increase the width or length.  Now cut out one piece of organza from this pattern piece but make sure you leave a 5 mm seam allowance when cutting.


2 – Take the pattern piece and cut into strips of different thicknesses, I chose to do 5, 6, 7, and 8 cm strips.

  
3 – Cut out the fabric using the pattern strips allowing a 5 mm seam allowance when cutting.  You will need to cut two pieces of fabric for each pattern piece so you have one for the front and one for the back.

4 – Sew all of the front strips together length ways, first placing the first two pieces right side together and sewing down the long edge, then placing each subsequent piece right sides together with the previous piece and sewing down the long edge.  Then repeat for the back.


5 – Place the front and back pieces right side together with the organza piece in-between them. Pin, and then sew around the edges leaving half of the top edge unsewn.


6 – Turn the runner right way around and hand sew the unsewn edge closed with a slip stitch.


7 – Give the runner a run over with an iron to flatten it out and square the edges – make sure you don’t iron the organza side or you’ll melt it!

You could make this as long or as wide as you want, all you need to do is make your pattern wider or longer than what I have done.
For more ideas using The Craft Cotton Company fabric, check out their blog with free sewing tutorials:
http://craftcottonco.blogspot.co.uk/p/free-patterns.html?m=1