The Guilt of Using Single Use Plastic

Is the message starting to sink in with you too?  I have been looking for ways to cut the use of single use plastic in our home.  One thing that has been bugging me for ages in that I use a Ziploc bag every time I bake a loaf of bread, which is quite frequently as we don't eat regular shop bought bread!  

So I decided to track down some food safe waterproof lining fabric and make a drawstring bag for the purpose instead.  That way I can just chuck it in the wash when needed! Instead of chucking it in the bin and reaching for another bag!

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I was lucky to find some kitchen themed fabric that matched in with some of my kitchen's colours!  I think it's an old Andover fabric.

I've written this up as a tutorial that I'm sending out as an exclusive gift to all my lovely email subscribers!! So if you want to get your hands on it you can sign up HERE.

Tutorial Tuesday - Wraparound Quilt Binding

Hi guys.  So as some of you will have seen over on my Facebook page last week, I made a quilt for my lovely aunt who turned 80 this year.  I'll share that with you on here soon.  Whilst making that quilt I was kind of up against it time-wise! So instead of doing traditional hand sewn binding like I normally do, I did wraparound binding instead.  So today I'm going to show you how to do that.  I know that those of you who groaned during classes when I mentioned hand sewing are going to LOVE this!

  • OK so first you'll want to make sure that your quilting stops about half an inch from the edge of your quilt top.  Any ends will need to be buried, as the back won't be covered by binding.

  • With scissors carefully trim away the excess batting / wadding.  Leaving the backing in place.

  • Trim the backing so there is an inch excess on all four edges.

  • At each corner fold the corner in at corner and finger press.  Open up and fold the corner into the fold line and finger press.  Open out and cut along the second fold line you made.  This reduces some of the bulk at the corners when a lovely mitred corner.
  • Using an iron, fold and press the backing fabric in half and inch along one edge so that the raw edge of the backing fabric meets the quilt top.  Press in place.  Now fold it over another half inch so that it has wrapped around and is now sitting on the front covered the raw edge of the quilt top.  Press in place along one edge.  Pin.
  • At the corner fold in at a 45 degree angle as shown.  Then repeat the process above: folding the backing in half and inch, pressing in place, then folding in again another half inch and pressing.  
  • Repeat this process until all four edges and corners are done and pinned in place.
  • Now edge stitch in place with your sewing machine.  Ideally using a walking foot.  Pivot at each corner.  Your stitching should be no more than an eighth of an inch from the quilt top.  I would not recommend reverse stitching, instead bury your ends inside the quilt.

Hope that all makes sense?!

Luggage Strap Tutorial

Off on holidays soon? Struggle to spot your plain black suitcase in the midst of hundreds just the same? Then make a colourful luggage strap to help you spot your case easily!  Download the PDF HERE.

Materials:

  • 40cm fabric
  • 40cm interfacing
  • Buckle 50mm
  • Thread & Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Pins and/or fold back clips
  • All materials available in Sew Busy!

Preparing the fabric

Measure around your suitcase and add 10 inches (mine was 52 inches plus the 10, gave 62).  Cut fabric - given that the length needed will be longer than the standard width of fabric, you will need to cut two pieces to stitch together.  These should measure 7 inches wide. When stitched together along the short edge they should measure the full length you calculated above. Mine were: 7x42 inches; & 7x20.5 inches.  I added half an inch for the seam. 

Stitch together along the short edge to get one long skinny piece (Fig 1).  Press seams open (Fig 2). Attach interfacing to the wrong side of your fabric to give more structure. I used medium weight iron on interfacing.  Again you will need to use two pieces. (Fig 3).

Pressing in place

Press the two short edges in, half inch wrong sides together (Fig 4).  Press wrong sides together along the long length (Fig 5). Open out & press outer long edges to the centre (Fig 6). Then fold and press along the centre line so that all raw edges are hidden inside.  Pin or clip together (Fig 7).

Sewing together

Stitch using an eighth inch top stitch along all four edges (Fig 8).  You may also like to add further lines of stitching along the length to add interest and structure (Fig 9). 

 

Attaching to the Buckle

Thread one end through the end of the buckle that only has one gap (the female end) (Fig 10).  Clip in place (Fig 11).  Stitch in place with two lines of stitching reinforced well Fig 12 & 13)

Thread the other end through the other side of the buckle (Fig 14) and secure onto the case (Fig 15).  All done.  Now all you need to do is pack and fly away somewhere warm!

If you would like to download a PDF of this tutorial then click HERE.  If you liked this tutorial then check out my other tutorials HERE.

A Spot of Dressmaking

I bought some funky comic strip fabric a while ago.  Mainly I bought it because it was aqua (I'm a sucker for aqua!) but also because of the funky comic print.

Wasn't really sure what I was going to do with it.  But then I realised what a fab beach slouchy dress is would make!  And seeing as I am off on holiday soon I got to work.

Last year I made a top with a cowl neckline. The pattern was from Lekala.co.  I love this website as you plug in your measurements and they email you a custom PDF pattern within minutes to your size!  It was pattern 4119.

I decided to use that pattern and instead of adding the waistband, I would just lengthen the top to a dress and hem the bottom edge.

I just love the way it turned out!

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Easter Bunny Bunting and Easter Egg Decorations Tutorial

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Are you starting to get ready for the Easter Holidays.  Some schools broke up today and some are later but either way we are on the count down now.  

So I've put together some fun little decorations you can make.

First up is this cute Bunny Bunting.

You Will Need: Hessian/Burlap; White Fleece or Felt; Giant white Bobble Trim; pretty Bias Binding; Fabric Glue; Thread, Template

  1. Use the template to cut your shapes out of hessian (burlap) - you could use fabric instead if you prefer.

  2. Pin the hessian shape to the fleece/felt.

  3. Sew in place about an eight inch in from the edge of the hessian.

  4. Use some fancy scallop fabric scissors or pinking shears to trim the fleece so you have a cute border.

  5. Cut a bobble off your bobble trim and apply some fabric glue to it

  6. Stick the bobble on to act as the bunny's tail!

  7. Stitch your bunnies' ears onto the bias or some fancy ribbon and string up somewhere!

Easter Egg Decorations

You Will Need: Fabric; White Fleece or Felt; Buttons; Pretty Ribbon; Thread, Template

  1. Use the small egg template to cut your shape out of fabric

  2. Pin to a double layer of white felt or fleece, using decorative scissors cut around the edge allowing a small border.

  3. Cut a piece of ribbon for hanging about 6-8 inches

  4. Sandwich the ribbon between the two layers of fleece and stitch the fabric on, securing the ribbon as you stitch.

  5. Add some pretty buttons or ribbon to the front to decorate.

I have given a larger template for the eggs as well as the small one so you could use that to make bunting!

DOWNLOAD the Templates HERE.

Want to sew more fun Easter stuff! Check out my other Easter sewing Ideas:

Mini Easter Basket Tutorial

Thought it was time for another tutorial on here!  This time it's a Mini Easter Basket.

1. Adhere the interfacing to the handle fabric.  Fold the handle along it’s length, press.  Open out and fold the two raw edges into the centre fold, press.  Fold so the raw edges are now enclosed and you have a long skinny handle.  Stitch an ⅛ inchfrom the edge of each long edge and add decorative stitching if you want to.  Set aside.

2. Adhere the In R Foam to the outer fabric, quilt if desired.  Fold right sides together, so that it measures 11 x 4.5 inches.  Stitch the two short sides, using a ½ inch seam allowance.  Stitch the lining in the same way but without the foam.

NB. If you can't get hold of fusible In R Foam, you can stitch it around the edge instead.  Or using fusible fleece or wadding will give a similar result, just less structured.

Using fold back clips on the foam is easier than using pins!

3. Use a template to draw a 1½ square on the bottom corners of each fabric.  Measuring from the side stitch line and the bottom fold.  Cut these squares out.  Press the side seams open.  Open the basket and box the corners by stitching the two short sides with a ½ inch seam allowance.  You may wish to trim the foam seam allowance back to a ¼ inch.

4. Keeping the outer inside out, pin the handle in place with the raw edges sticking out.  Now insert the lining so that the two fabrics are right sides together.  Match up the side seams and pin all the way around.  Stitch with a ½ inch seam allowance all the way around leaving a 4-5 inch gap for turning at one side..  Turn right sides out, topstitch all the way around a ¼ inch from the top, closing the gap as you go.

You may like to add a bow or some pom pom trim around the top edge.  Now just fill with eggs!!

If this is WAY too small for you, I also have a larger basket pattern for sale HERE. You'll be able to stuff lots more chocolate in the larger one which makes it perfect for collecting eggs on an Easter trail!

On a roll with Easter Sewing and want to make some more cute stuff?  Then why not check out my Easter Bunny Bunting Tutorial!

And the Winners ARE......Drum Roll Please.......

Wow weren't you guys busy with your Christmas gift making.  It really is wonderful to see what creativity the classes inspire.  I really LOVED seeing all your creations.

It was super hard choosing just one winner...SO INSTEAD I CHOSE TWO!!!  Both win a £10 class gift voucher!!

First up is Cath with her super fun appliqued t-shirts.  I just LOVED the use of ribbons to create the flamingo and the octopus.

Our next winner had to be Louise for making TWELVE (!!!) Oilcloth Wash Bags, now that has to show stamina and perseverance!

But I can't just leave it there as everything shared was really lovely! So to all the other people who entered, i'm sending you a 10% off voucher!  So watch your emails/messenger ladies.  Thanks so much for taking part!

A Bit of Christmas Fun - Join in....

Ok so during the year at many of my classes I've heard people saying how the item we've just made would be great as a Christmas gift.  So I know that many of you who have attended my classes have gone home and indeed made lots of the items to give as gifts.  So.... what I thought would be fun would be for you to share a picture of the gift recipient opening your handmade item with us, on this post so we can all see what you made and how much your hard work was appreciated!  It doesn't have to be the same item as made in the class.  Maybe you used the skills you learnt in the class and made something else similar, that's cool too!

So How Does It Work? You can email me a picture or place a picture in the comments section on the Facebook post.  Either way I'll upload it for you here in our Christmas Gift Gallery, which will be below this text.  And we will all admire your handy work and Ooh and Aah over how much it looks like the recipient loves the item!  Let us know what they said about it too!  Then to make it a bit more fun, on the 1st of January I'll announce a winner.  The winner will receive a Gift Voucher to use towards a sewing class with The Crafty Nomad.  Winner will be picked by me!

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Hand Warmers Sewing Tutorial - Perfect Stocking Fillers!

We had a fun party in the shop where I teach my classes last night.  We had a couple of Make and Takes on the go and I promised to share the details of one of them here on the blog. So here it is.

These little hand warmers are so quick and easy to make.  They are the perfect size for popping in your pockets to warm your hands up on a cold day!  And the best thing is that they use such a tiny amount of fabric they are great scrap busters!

Just click the picture below and save it.  Or download the PDF here.

Got carried away and made a little wrapper so you can give these with usage instructions on too.  You can download these as a PDF here. Simply cut the strips and wrap them around a pair of hand warmers and tape in place. 

Introducing The Bobbin Brooch!

A few weeks ago I introduced a new product at Sew Busy that are now also available online.  The Bobbin Brooches are super cute pieces of wearable art perfect for anyone who LOVES sewing.  Wear them on your outfit, your coat, your bag or even use them to glam up a winter hat!

I absolutely LOVE these!  This super cute brooch was born out of my love for sewing, my hobby of applique and my need to jazz up my hats and coats with something fun and meaningful to me!

I got rather carried away and made A LOT! So they are now listed in my Etsy Shop! Enjoy!