I’ve still got a few Halloween themed makes to complete but got slightly distracted by the Christmas make I’ve been wanting to get started on for a while.
I have had an idea in mind to complete a patchwork design of a holly but apart from a few rough sketches haven’t had chance to make one.
I had a bit of time a few days ago and decided it was time to sit down and see if I could put this patchwork holly block together or whether the idea needed to be scrapped for good. After a few mistakes with sewing together (no matter how much I try and make sure I don’t see any pieces the wrong way around I always seem to get at least one mixed up) I got the block completed. I love this block – I have already got some ideas for a few more!.
Christmas holly patchwork block pattern
- Fabric – I used some scraps of fabric I had leftover from previous Christmas makes (by and gifted by The Craft Cotton Company).
How to make the Christmas holly patchwork block:
- I drew out my holly themed block measuring 18x18cm on paper to give me my templates to cut out my fabrics.
- I then cut out the templates – numbering/shading the pieces prior to cutting make help to keep them all in the right place.
- I cut out my fabrics adding a 0.5cm seam allowance.
- Placing the pieces right sides together I sewed down the edges to join.
- I started with the right hand side of the block first and began by sewing each individual block together, then I joined each row together. I repeated this with the left hand side of the block then joined the two sides together.
- Next I added the side pieces.
- Finally I added the two top pieces to finish.
This project is great for using up leftover fabric scraps – I’ve used some leftovers of fabrics gifted to me by The Craft Cotton Company.
I’m undecided whether to use this block for a Christmas themed cushion cover, quilt or table runner. Once I have made a few more blocks (hopefully I have enough time before Christmas arrives) I will make a choice.
Time for the Christmas makes to start….first out a patchwork tree cushion.
I received some lovely Christmassy fabric from the Snowy Woodland range by The Craft Cotton Company and after laying out all the different patterns the an idea of a Christmas tree cushion came to mind. I initially thought of doing some appliqué trees but then thought a patchwork tree cushion would be something a little bit different and decided to go with that.
I drew out my pattern so I could work out the length of all the pieces I would need to put the cushion together and decided the Mistletoe, Pinecone and Woodland Lodge fabrics would be perfect for the tree and background.
Super pleased with how this cushion turned out and if you would like to make one the tutorial is available over on The Craft Cotton Company blog.
Time for some patchwork – it’s been way too long since I did some patchwork so after receiving some fat quarters from The Craft Cotton Company I decided it was about time I did some! I had an idea in mind to do something with hexagon shapes but also wanted to do something a little different with them so I decided to use some patchwork sections as appliqué onto a cushion.
I used the English Paper Piecing method for this cushion and created a main section with a few extra smaller details around it. This gives the effect of the hexagons moving together. I love how this cushion turned out – it’s great how many different effects you can achieve using patchwork.
Fabric was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company.
The tutorial is available over on The Craft Cotton Company blog:
I wanted to make a hedgehog design on a cushion and decided that by using some patchwork triangles I could add some more texture to the cushion, and lots of triangles later and the hedgehog was completed! Think I might make another hedgehog cushion in the shape of a larger hedgehog and patchwork triangles on both sides.
Fabric was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company.
The fabric was the Chickie fat quarter set by The Craft Cotton Company and the tutorial is now available over on their blog.
I received some lovely Japanese Florals fabric by The Craft Cotton Company and decided to do a fan block quilt. I must admit was a little daunted about all the curves – I don’t think I have ever sewn so may curved edges before, however, I made sure I took my time (I’m terrible for flying off at speed and then wondering why it all went wrong!) and all the blocks came together without too many problems – I have to admit there were one or two I got a bit carried with and in my haste hadn’t pinned properly so had to redo – getting carried and going to quickly is always my downfall!
The tutorial to make one is available over on The Craft Cotton Company blog.
A few triangles later a folded star cushion emerged….
I’ve been looking at folded star/pine burr quilt designs for a little while now and have been wanting to see if I could make one. I received some gorgeous floral fabric from The Craft Cotton Company and decided it was now or never and would give it a try by making a cushion cover.
I seriously underestimated just how many triangles would go into making the cushion cover, but after a few extra cutting out and ironing sessions I had enough to put it all together. I was surprised how easy it was to make the folded triangles and put the star pattern together – the effect looks much more complicated when you see it all finished, the main thing was trying to keep all the gaps between the triangles the same distance, if the gap started to change it effected the overall pattern.
I really enjoyed making this and will be making another one soon – possibly a square cushion or maybe a quilt, although the amount of triangles needed to make a quilt would take me a age to get all cut out and ironed, then there’s still all the sewing together….
The tutorial to make one of these is available over on The Craft Cotton Company blog