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By Dawn, Oct 1 2017 08:51PM


It's so lovely to welcome back to our blog CreativeBlonde, whose "Darling Little Cushion" is a "go to" pattern for baby showers and little ones.


"Darling Little Cushion" is designed and created by CreativeBlonde who has very kindly written the super tutorial below. Enjoy x X




This beautiful cushion is made from the adorable fabrics in the ‘Darling Little Dickens’ and ‘Hushabye Hollow’ collection. Both collections are available from Honeybee Cloths



Supplies needed:

Cushion 18” x 18”

1 - Mini Charm park from the ‘Darling Little Dickens’collection

40" x 20” piece of the ladybug fabric from ‘Hushabye Hollow’ collection

5” square of natural linen

Small piece of interfacing (for the two small hearts)

‘Handmade’ button and small ribbon bow (optional)


The following paper templates can be downloaded from the Printed resources page:

- Paper hexagons 1" sides (2" across widest part) for paper piecing (28 in total)

- Heart templates; measuring 11” , 3 ¼” and 2 ½” at their widest point


Basic sewing supplies.




Let’ s begin:


Look through the mini charm pack, choose 28 pieces that you love, because these are randomly cut, some work better than others, when you fussy cut your 2” hexagon from them. I tried to not be fussy with the way I joined mine, but my ‘OCD’ took over, and I found myself rearranging the order for several hours, until I was happy…



Take your large heart template, and draw an outline using a removable fabric marker pen, and check all point are within your template, you will notice in the photo below, I added two half hexagons to each side.


Once your hexagons are all sewn together, remove the papers, I find a seam ripper is handy for helping with this process. (My Paper piecing tutorial can be found on my blog at creativeblonde)



Take your piece of ladybug fabric, and cut in half, to create 2 pieces measuring 20” x 20”. Draw round the large heart template, in the middle of one piece. Mark ¼” inside this area, and cut along this inside edge, using a small pair of sharp scissors. Make small snips in the curves of the fabric, this will help obtain a neater result.


This is what you should have so far…



Carefully pin your hexagon heart in place, and using a binding stitch and a cream thread (I use Superior King Tut hand sewing quilting thread) fold the seam allowance under.

Your finished hexagon heart…


The Reverse… because the ladybug fabric is pale, trim the excess fabric of the hexagons from the reverse, so this doesn’t show through to the front of the cushion.


Draw round the small and medium hearts onto the interfacing, trim away the excess. Fuse the small heart onto the left-over ladybug fabric removed from the centre of the cushion, and the medium heart to the 5” piece of natural linen.


Blanket stitch using a cream thread, the smaller heart onto the linen heart. Position onto the cushion and blanket stitch this is place.


With right sides together, sew along 3 and ¼ sides of your cushion cover, using ½” seam allowance. Leaving ¾ of one side open, to pop your cushion in. Trim away the excess fabric on the corners, to obtain a neater finish when turned right side out.


Press your cushion cover and insert your cushion. Using a ladder stitch, sew up the gap, press your cushion again carefully with the cushion inside.




Optional extras… I couldn’t resist adding a cute little ‘homemade’ button to the small heart, and a small ribbon bow to the hexagon heart…



Thanks, for reading this tutorial, for more tutorials head over to my blog at www.creativeblonde.co.uk.


You can also follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/creativeblonde66


and Instagram at www.instagram.com/creativeblonde66


x creativeblonde x







By Dawn, Sep 23 2017 03:43PM


From our first sight of these sweet, dreamy prints, earlier this year, I've been counting down the months, till September ....

It was certainly worth the wait !


Hushabye Hollow, Lydia Nelson's (Dreamy Quilts) second collection for Moda, and just like the first, it's simply gorgeous!


This sweet collection rendered in pretty neutrals and soft colours is perfect for cot quilts. Prints include the sweetest little woodland friends, vines and soft florals, ditsy ladybirds, pin-dots and vintage ticking.


In Hushabye Hollow, Lydia Nelson's sweet prints, tell of woodlands friends settling down to sleep....


A glass of milk "night-cap" for a sleepy owl, a beaver brushing his teeth after a long day of chomping and a skunk taking a bath with a bucket in the woods. There’s also a fox strumming a lullaby on the lute for a curious mouse and the man on the moon reading himself to sleep.


The collection includes some lovely low volume neutrals too...



Aren't those little ladybirds lovely!


Hushabye Hollow is now available to order in store, including pre-cuts - jelly rolls, layer cakes, charm packs and yardage.


Plus there's 5% off till noon on Monday 25th September, simply quote code "HARVEST" at checkout :)


Happy sewing,

Dawn x x









By Dawn, Aug 3 2017 09:56PM


Seeing the lovely things made from our supplies, makes us very happy! Often they're met by squeals of delight and admiration, like when we saw this gorgeous Gardening apron, made by Michelle of Creative Blonde....


Photographs by Creative Blonde
Photographs by Creative Blonde

Those little hedgehogs were just meant for Michelle's pretty and practical apron, perfect for pottering outdoors. We are so excited that Michelle has offered to share how it's made in this step by step tutorial.


You'll find lots more eye-candy sewing projects on Michelle's blog too, so remember to pop by and say Hello.


Enjoy and happy sewing x



This handy little apron, is perfect for any keen gardener, for carrying packets of seeds, string, small tools and secateurs. Makes an ideal gift too, and so adorable with this cute hedgehog fabric from honeybee cloths.


Fabrics are from Honeybee Cloths


Tutorial written by creative blonde


Supplies:


4 x long quarters (25cm x 110 cm) in each of the following fabrics:


1. Teal print

2. Hedgehog print

3. Grey print

4. Linen print


5. Rotary cutter, cutting mat, iron and basic sewing supplies.


Let’s begin:


From fabric 1 (teal print) cut 2 rectangles measuring 12” x 20 ½” and the same from fabric 4 (linen print). With right sides together, join the two matching colors together, using the ¼” seam allowance. This with make up the front and back of the main apron



Next take fabric 2 (hedgehog print) and cut 2 rectangles measuring 6” x 20 ½” and 1 rectangle measuring 2” x 21” from fabric 4 (linen print), this with make up the pocket and the top of the pocket.


With right sides, together, sew the linen strip to the top of the hedgehog print, making sure the hedgehog fabric is sitting the correct way.


Open and press the seam.

Then take the other hedgehog rectangle and sew to the other side of the linen print fabric, this time the hedgehogs will sit upside down (but only whilst you sew this together)

Increase your stitch size to 3.0 on your machine, and top stitch along the hedgehog fabric, shown the photo below…


With a fabric marker, which can be removed, mark your pockets, and then stitch along each marked line.

Lay your two main rectangles, with right sides together, using ½” seam allowance, sew along one edge, across the bottom and back up the other side. (do not sew the top of the apron). Trim the two bottom corners to remove bulk, and turn apron correct way out, and press.


Almost done, we just need to make the ties…


From

• Fabric 3 (grey print) cut 2 rectangles measuring 6” x 20”

• Fabric 3 (grey print) 2 rectangles measuring 3 ¼” x 40”

• Fabric 1 (Teal print) 2 rectangles measuring 3 ¼” x 40”


Sew the two grey print fabrics to each other, creating a 6” x 39 ½” length. Join the two narrow strips to opposite fabrics, using ¼” seam allowance, then sew one of these to each end of the large rectangle – shown the photo below, creating a long strip. Press seams open.


Press your long strip in half, to find the middle, then fold and press ½” of the raw edge at each end over.

Fold the corner in at a 45-degree angle – shown in photo below…



Fold and press each length in to the center.



And then fold the whole length in half again, pin to the top of the apron and sew a neat line of stitches across the top, as close the edge as possible, from one side of the tie straight across to the other.


And your apron is finished, fill with a few packets of seeds and gardening wire, and give to a keen gardener as a gift…


Thanks for reading, check out more of my tutorials on my blog at www.creativeblonde.co.uk


And follow me on Instagram - happy sewing x


Michelle




By Dawn, Feb 1 2017 02:00AM

So excited today, to be joining in this lovely new project - the Sewcial Bee Sampler, hosted by Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell, two genius designers for A.G.F.


Every week, a new free block, from now 1st February, right through the summertime!


To join in simply leave a comment on Sharon's blog or Maureen's blog. Also, if you're on Instagram follow and join in the fun using hashtag #SewcialBeeSampler


In addition, these gorgeous new A.G.F. premium cottons are heading our way, due in store in the next few days.


Including these sweet little owls from Heartland, by Pat Bravo....


and this pretty meadow print, has us dreaming of sunlit, summer meadows....


There's lots to look forward too! So don't forget to pop by Sharon or Maureen's blog for full instructions on how to make the first block in the Sewcial Bee Sampler Quilt. Till next time, stay snug


Happy sewing


Dawn x X



By Dawn, Oct 30 2016 05:11PM

Yellowing birch leaves in our corner of the world means autumn is truly here. Every year, I love seeing their return, the colours so pretty against the backdrop of the sky.



On bright, sunny days, they become golden....



From these little leaves grew the idea for the "Little leaves" mini-kit.


Each kit contains a sprinkling of 10 bondaweb backed leaves and a few cloudberry coloured berries.


Perfect for making mini-quilts, totes, trimming T-shirts and clothes, or making table-runners, like the one in our post. We can't wait to see how you use your "little leaves" - if you're sharing on social media, please use the hashtag #AutumnLeavesKit


From our little kit, we made a table runner to brighten up the dining table, teaming it up with some left-over strips, in low volume duck egg blue prints, and white on white - to represent the misty autumn skies :)

If you're making a table runner from your kit you will need:


• Light coloured cotton strips 2 ½” wide

• Little leaves mini-kit (found in the autumn section of the store)

• Lightweight Iron-on interfacing

• Insulating wadding (optional)

• Backing fabric

• Thread


The length and width of your runner can be as long or short as you need it to be, so amounts of backing, wadding, interfacing, and strips will vary depending on the size of your runner. If you're making a long table runner, and need more than one pack of 10 leaves, additional Autumn leaves Mini-kits are available in store for just £2.


Low volume prints - Lotta Jansdotter (Mormor); Sweetwater; Cotton & Steel
Low volume prints - Lotta Jansdotter (Mormor); Sweetwater; Cotton & Steel

To make the background:


• Sew 2 ½” wide strips of different length end to end, till you have at least 5 long strips measuring the length of your finished item, plus ½” allowance. Press seams open.


• Place the long strips alongside each other, sew together and press seams open.


• Apply the lightweight iron-on interfacing to the back of the block.




Applying the little leaves:


• Simply peel off the bondaweb backing and scatter the leaves on top of the block.


• Once the leaves are in position press for a few seconds using a hot iron.


Then over to the sewing machine....



• Stitch close to the edge of the leaves using either straight stitch or blanket stitch.




• Dark grey thread is used to stitch the centre vein on each leaf and twigs.






To complete the runner



• Simply place quilt top and backing right sides together.


• Sew ¼” from the edge, leaving a small gap through which to turn the runner right side out.


• Using thumb and forefingers, pinch the edges, shaping them to give a nice crisp edge, then press.


• Slip stitch the gap closed.


• Topstitch as close as possible to the edge.


Alternatively, if you prefer the runner can be padded, simply layer your top and bottom layer, right sides together, then insulating wadding. Sew around the edges and leave a slightly bigger gap through which to turn right side out. Quilt to complete.


Now your runners complete, time to pop the kettle on :)


Hope you enjoy the little wonders of autumn.


Happy sewing x X




























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