Saturday, 28 February 2015

Woodland Beanbags

Last night I made a set of four woodland themed beanbags as a gift for a very special one year old boy. I added ribbon loops to them so that they can be hung up or flung around with ease. The lentils are stitched into felt pockets first and then the whole thing is encased in some of my favourite (and only!) masculine fabrics. You’ve seen the owl fabric before, which is upholstery fabric from Dunelm Mill, the others are from a fat quarter bundle that I got from Hobbycraft. They have some beautiful fabrics that are often half price. I don’t mind paying £6.50 for six fat quarters and have stocked up on plenty of them in the past twelve months. I’ve been meaning to make a set of bean bags for Jess for ages. She has an elephant one that I made a while ago but I just haven’t got around to making any others yet. It’s just another thing on my long list of crafting things to do.

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Thursday, 26 February 2015

First Ever Quilting Project

I bought my quilters edition sewing machine way back in 2012 with ever intention of adding quilting to my repertoire of crafts. It has taken until now for me to even attempt to acquire the skill. I decided that a good first project would be a quilted playmat and chose a striking tessellated design featuring 42 separate pieces. Once the pieces were cut the pinning, sewing, pressing and quilting (along the seams) took about 4 hours. It’s certainly not perfect (there is one piece in particular that’s not even close to right) but I’m happy with it and I think the recipients of the gift were quite pleased too. My quilting career has begun!

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Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Window Seat 1

Woodford’s library is currently undergoing a facelift, which has included the installation of three new window seats. I was (happily) roped into making seat pads for them and have finally finished the first. It replicates the design on a fireplace guard in the library. The Essex emblem and trees are blanket stitched felt and the WCHS logo is stitched directly onto the fabric with embroidery cotton. Here it is in situ…

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Apologies for the poor photos, I only had my phone with me!
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