Feature :: Glitter Heart Purse for Love Sewing issue 35

Issue 35 of Love Sewing features a little glittery clutch bag designed by me! Have you seen it?

Heart Glitter Clutch for Love Sewing

As bags go it’s quite a quick make and you can let your creative side run free and play about with the colour and placement of the hearts. Wouldn’t it look great with loads and loads of hearts in a whole rainbow of colours?

 

To make this bag however I used a selection of pink vinyl from a Rainbow of Stitches. They were really great to work with, it was like sewing through butter!

A Rainbow of stitches sells this glittery vinyl in loads of different fab colours, of which I particularly like their Black and Silver collection!

Let me know if you make a glittery heart clutch, it would be great to see it !Love Sewing issue 35 front cover

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New Pattern :: Facets of the Heart a foundation paper piecing pattern

Facets of the Heart FPP pattern

I’m so pleased to announce the launch of my newest Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern,
‘Facets of the Heart’

I was looking around for a heart fpp pattern but couldn’t find one that was nicely rounded and took my fancy, so I got to work on designing a pattern of my own! I’ve come up with a design that is indeed nicely rounded and allows you to play with colour.

Facets of the Heart Mini Quilt

I’ve made my heart in a rainbow of colours, but I think it would also look great in several shades of the same colour, or in just two colours. What do you think?

Facets of the Heart FPP Colour Suggestions

The ‘Facets of the Heart’ Foundation Paper Piecing pattern makes a 10″ block. The sample I made up was transformed into a mini quilt that is currently hanging up in my studio, trying to cheer up gloomy days.

There aren’t any really tiny pieces so I would recommend this pattern to those who are at an intermediate or confident beginner level when it comes to paper piecing. The trickiest part is planning your colours and getting them in the right order!

Facets of the Heart Mini Quilt

The pdf pattern is presented over 7 pages, 3 of which are the pattern pieces. It features a full colour image of the design, a colouring diagram, a diagram on how to assemble your block as well as tips on how to print your pattern correctly first time around.

All of the pattern pieces have been drafted digitally and have been reversed so that you can more accurately plan and sew up your colours in the right order. I’ve also included a 1/4″ seam allowance around each of the sections to make things as easy as possible for you.

Here’s a flavour of what the pages are like…

Facets of the Heart Sample Pages

Use #facetsoftheheart when you’re uploading pictures of your work on social media so we can all see your great work.

You can also join Little Black Duck :: In the Sewing Room on facebook and share your pictures there, or ask questions if you are stuck!

If you would like to buy a copy of the ‘Facets of the Heart’ FPP pdf pattern you can get a copy from my shop, my Etsy store or Craftsy for around £3.50-£4.

I hope you love my Facets of the Heart pattern and enjoy making one of your own!

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Tilda Bumblebee Blog Hop :: A Little Bunny in a Tilda Dress

Have you seen the new Bumblebee range from Tilda? It’s a really lovely range with a fresh Spring like feel to them. As the name suggest there are even bumblebees on some of the prints!

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The team at Sew and So asked me to take part in the blog hop and kindly sent me some fabric to have a look at.

As I am hoping for Spring to get a wriggle on I thought I would design a Bunny in a Dress!

I drafted a simple bunny pattern and made her from some chambray/denim that I had in the stash (I wish I knew where it came from as it was good to work with). I then decided to line her ears in the Pink Flower Nest as surely every bunny girl would love floral ears, don’t you think?

 

Tilda Bunny Ears

She of course needed a little dress as I didn’t want a bear bunny on my website! I decided to go for the Teal version of Rosa Mollis as it has little bees on it, in amongst the flowers.

Tilda Rosa Mollis

Cute and small sewing of course requires the use of the small rotary cutter. A smaller rotary cutting blade really does make it a lot easier to cut around the little curves.

 

If you’re making a cute little dress and need to trim the seam allowances, then ordinary pinking shears will just not do the job….scalloped edges every time!

scalloped edges on mini tilda dress

So, what do you think, does she look ok in her little Tilda dress?

Tilda Bunny in a Dress

Why, yes, I did fussy cut so I she got a little bee on her shoulder. Thank you for noticing!

Tilda Bunny Bee on Shoulder

I was only kidding myself, Spring is not nearly here so I knitted her a little scarf too!

Little Knitted Scarf

3.25mm needles and ggh Soft Kid in stocking stitch if you are interested. Lots and lots of rows.

Tilda Bunny in knitted scarf

Hope you like my little bunny and are inspired to make something for yourself. If you fancy making something from the new range then check out the Tilda Bumblebee fabrics at Sew and SoTilda

You can also have a look at what else has been created on the Tilda Bumblebee blog hop….
Monday 9th January – SewandSo
Tuesday 10th January – Helen Philipps (wow, what a busy lady!)
Wednesday 11th January – Charlotte Newland (winner of the Great British Sewing Bee 2016, no less)
Friday 13th January – SewandSo – Free Pattern! (of a dolly mermaid tail – so cute!)
Tuesday 17th January – Lucie the Happy Quilter
Wednesday 18th January – Little Black Duck
Thursday 19th January – Very Berry Handmade
Friday 20th January – Sew Sweet Violet

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Tilda Bumblebee Range Blog Hop

Have you seen that Tilda have a new range out? It’s called the Bumblebee range and it’s out now!

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Sew and So are  organising a blog hop and they have asked for me to take part again. How nice of them!

I seem to be in good company too….check out their blog post to see the schedule and who is involved. I’m up on Weds 18th Jan, so don’t forget to drop back to see what I make with the new range.

p.s. did you see the hoop art project I designed for the Tilda Cabbage Rose Launch?

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Feature :: Scrappy Brick Quilt with Tree Applique for Quilt Now issue 31

Over the Summer of 2016 I spent time making and designing a scrappy quilt for Quilt Now magazine.

I had a set of Fat Eighths from the Garden Secrets range (by Sarah Watson for Cloud 9) to work with and the brief was to create a scrappy quilt in a cot or lap size.

It is such a great range of prints, with my favourite being this one with the little dashes:

I went for a brick design with a tree design appliqued over the top. Initially I went for a large Hare, but I just wasn’t feeling it….it wasn’t quite me.

Scrappy quilt with Tree Applique

After I had attached the tree to the backing using a blind hem stitch I took a deep breath and went for it with some free motion quilting. As always with FMQ, it took much longer than expected! I am however really pleased with how it turned out. The stitch length is not terribly even, but you only notice if you are looking too closely!

Back of scrappy quilt with tree applique

I did some tree bark effect on the trunk and branches and some meandering leaves for the rest of the tree.

Quilting Detail

Hope you like it!

The quilt is now back home from the photography studio (must get a copy of the picture they took) and is keeping me warm on the sofa on these chilly nights!

The pattern and instructions for my Scrappy Brick Quilt with Tree Applique can be found in issue 31 of Quilt Now magazine

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New Year, New Start

That sounds dramatic doesn’t it? In reality the start of the year is being commemorated with a big fat tidy of my workroom/studio.

Check out the big fat mess it was in….

Messy Studio Jan 2017

Messy Studio 2 Jan 2017

Oh, the shame! Hardly an inch of clear space in the whole room. If the girls had left their bedrooms in a state like this then they would have been in all sorts of trouble!

So, the upshot is that over the break between Christmas and New Year I spent many, many an hour tidying up. Too many hours in fact to admit to!

Clear desk Jan 2017

Check that out, two clear desks! And look, actual floor space…..

Oooh, floorspace!

I even tidied up my fat quarters and re-claimed the top of my storage cabinet.

Neat and Tidy Fat Quarters

As you can tell I didn’t really do that much clearing out, just putting things in their right place and finding homes for bits and pieces.

I tell you what, it feels so good, So great to walk in and not feel overwhelmed by it all. Going through everything did remind me of the many projects that I have on my list (and those that have not managed to get onto the list) but overall is a sense of calm and achievement.

I truly hope to keep it nice and tidy, but when life gets in the way it’s just so easy to throw something on the table and shut the door behind me!

Anyone else starting their New Year with a tidy up?

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NEW Pattern :: Penguin Applique

My daughter loves penguins. When I say love, I really do mean love! Somehow penguins seem to be adorning everything she owns. I therefore couldn’t resist designing a penguin applique pattern.

Penguin Applique T-Shirt

This penguin applique pattern is relatively simple and quick to make. In the instructions I have included my thoughts on some of the stitches you might like to try when appliqueing* your design.

To make sure that your project runs as smoothly as possible I have digitally drafted the pattern pieces and included step by step photographs and instructions.

Penguin Applique T-Shirt

The pdf is 7 pages long, of which 2 pages are the pattern pieces. Useful to know if you are keen on saving paper and printer ink!

Penguin Applique Sample Pages

Once you have made something with your penguin pattern use #penguinapplique on social media so that we can all see how you have got on. I truly love seeing all of your work.

*I’m sure you’re not allowed to turn French words into adjectives in this way!

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NEW Pattern :: Reindeer Applique

I really love making children’s clothes. I guess it’s because they are small and cute and come together so quickly.  Applique is a great skill and using applique on a t-shirt is a great way of creating something fun and unique.

Applique is a relatively quick and simple skill and if you’ve got a stash like I do, more often than not you’ll have everything you need to get going straight away!

I have designed a Reindeer Applique pattern that is just perfect for a festive T-shirt

Reindeer Applique T-Shirt

The pdf pattern makes a Reindeer head that is about 10″ high and 7″ wide. I have digitally drawn all of the pattern pieces so they are nice, neat and accurate and you are well on your way to getting great results.

Reindeer Applique Sample Pattern Pages

I have included step-by-step instructions and photographs and there is a page of information that talks through some of the stitches that you might like to use to applique your design.

The pdf pattern is a total of 7 pages long, of which the pattern pieces take up just two pages.

If you would like to buy a copy of the pattern it is available from the Little Black Duck Etsy store.

If you are posting pictures of your makes on social media use #reindeerapplique so that we can all see your makes!

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Feature :: Drawstring Bags for Bag Making Essentials

Looking for a quick make in the run up to Christmas? I have designed this simple drawstring bag for Bag Making Essentials issue 3

Drawstring Bags for Bag Making Essentials 3

It’s a simple make that only involves straight line sewing so it’s perfect for confident beginners or those looking for a quick make.

Cloud Print Drawstring Bag

In this edition of Bag Making Essentials I also show you how to print your bags using freezer paper and fabric paints. There are three different templates for you to choose from, a heart, a cloud and a star.

Heart Print Drawstring Bag

You can pick up a copy of Bag Making Essentials from the More Mags website or from larger retailers.

Bag Making Essentials 3 Front Cover

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FREE Pattern :: Reindeer Decoration

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that the Free Reindeer Cushion Pattern that I launched not long ago also had a second set of pattern pieces on the download. As a little bonus I have downsized the pattern so that you can make a felt decoration to hang on your tree!

Reindeer Decoration FREE Tutorial

REINDEER DECORATION INSTRUCTIONS

Finished size 3.5″ high x 2.75″ wide

Materials Required

:: Felt in the following colours:
– Light Brown
– Dark Brown
– Red
– White
:: Coordinating embroidery thread
:: 5″ length of 1/4″ wide ribbon
:: Freezer Paper
:: Toy stuffing (optional)

Tools Required

:: Hand sewing needle
:: Small pair of sharp scissors

Download the Pattern

Download your Reindeer Cushion Tiled Pattern Pieces. When you print out your pattern pieces make sure that you print them actual size and don’t scale or fit to page (unless you’re not totally bothered if the decoration is a touch larger or smaller than it’s designed to be). There is a test square on page 1 if you are not sure and want to check before printing the second page. The pattern pages are designed to be printed out on either A4 or US letter. The pattern pieces for the Reindeer Decoration are spread over the two pages.

Cut and Prepare Felt

:: Trace all of the pattern pieces onto the matt side of the freezer paper and roughly cut out.

:: Apply* freezer paper to the felt as follows
– Backing – Light Brown x2
– Head – Dark Brown x 1
– Nose – Red x 1
– Eyes – White x 2

:: Cut out all shapes along the design lines

*For further tips on cutting out freezer paper from felt check out this blog post

Sew the Facial Features

illustrations show stitching in contrast colours as guidance only

:: Using 2 strands of embroidery thread sew the Nose onto the Face, using a running stitch. Sew the Eyes onto the Face using a few short stitches around the edges.

Reindeer Decoration Sew Nose and Eyes

:: Place the Face on one of the Backing pieces and stitch in place with a running stitch around the outside edges of the Face.

Reindeer Decoration Sew Face to Backing

:: Position the completed front over the remaining Backing piece. Sew the layers together around the outside edges with a running stitch, catching a ribbon hanging loop at the top. If you want you could stuff the decoration a little to make him a bit fat and squidgy.

Reindeer Decoration sew front to back

 

Happy Sewing!

Felt Reindeer Decoration

If you’ve made a decoration and are uploading pictures onto social media use #reindeerdecoration. You’re also more than welcome to join in at Little Black Duck: In the Sewing Room on facebook, we love to see your makes!