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 gifted 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!
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.
Fabric was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company.
Sewing The Binding:
I followed this tutorial for making the binding:
Sewing The Quilt:
The fabric I used was a jelly roll by The Craft Cotton company in vintage floral purple which I cut down into groups of 3 of the same length. These groups of three were then sewn together to give separate rows, which were then joined together to make the final 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!
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 after being gifted them by The Craft Cotton Company. 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 The Craft Cotton Company’s blog
Better solution for gifting bottles in this year rather than fighting with a piece of wrapping 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!
Fabric was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company.
Drawstring bottle bag tutorial:
- Christmas Fabric:
- One piece 31cm x 29cm (Penguin pattern).
- One piece 31cm x 9cm (zig zag pattern).
- Place the zigzag fabric 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.
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.
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!