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The Patchwork Bag

So last week I was given these three books. ‘Stitch’ and ‘Make’ by Cath Kidston and ‘Quilting in no Time’ by Emma Hardy.

There are so many projects in here that I am really excited to try, applique, embroidery, quilts, bags……..so many things and so little time.

In ‘Quilting in no Time’ there is a lovely patchwork bag so I decided to have a go with some navy and cerise fabric and here’s what I came up with, would be great to know what you think.


And the stitch goes on…

Thanks for stopping by, I’ve had a busy and creative couple of weeks.

One lunchtime in Camden Town I was trying to avoid the tourists and found a small parade of charity shops on the High Street. I can highly recommend the Oxfam, it’s so nicely laid out, stocks really colourful clothes and rates as pleasant on the charity shop smell scale.

To find it walk down the High Street towards Mornington Crescent. After Oxfam there are at least three more charity shops and in one of these I found this bargain bag of tapestry wool. 

I was very excited this week to receive my craft labels, hopefully these will make my work look a bit more professional. I ordered these from www.gbnametapes.co.uk  and am really pleased with the results.

‘Pay it forward 2011’ update

So of my five takers two of them will have now received their free homemade item. To the first I sent the ‘Green Stripey Clutch’, you can see a pic in my first post here https://bexmclaughlin.wordpress.com/2011/01/20/gotta-start-somewhere/ .

For my second friend I made another clutch bag out of some upholstery material with a lovely silky lining. Come back over the next few weeks to see what I have created for the remaining three.

Next Week……

The knitting needles are out again and I’ll be sharing a free pattern for something perfect for this chilly weather.

‘Be my Valentine’ Card Tutorial

♥ Want to have a go at making something?

Why not try this really easy Valentines card.

It is very girly but I love it and have made the heart with scraps from my fabric box. Follow the steps below along with the slideshow and see what you can create.

Why not replace the heart shape with one of your own designs then use the steps below to create your card.

What do you need?

Paper, pen, fabric scrap, batting scrap (optional but will make your heart nice and puffy, you can get this from any good fabric store or search online), scissors, embroidery thread, tapestry needle, glue (I used UHU), card & envelope (I got mine from Paperchase).

Make it like this….

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Step 1: Draw a heart shape on a piece of paper and neatly cut it out.

Step 2: Draw round your heart cut out twice onto your desired fabric. You will need to draw one heart on the right side of the fabric (the side that you want showing on your card), then turn it over and draw round the heart on the wrong side. of the fabric.

Step 3: Neatly cut out your two heart shapes (I used Pinking Shears for the criss-cross edge but you can use ordinary scissors).

Step 4: OPTIONAL Draw round your heartshape on a piece of batting (this will pad your heart out). Neatly cut out your batting heart shape.

Step 5: Pin together your heart, the two fabric pieces on the outside (right sides facing outwards) and your batting sandwiched in the middle.

Step 6: Using embroidery thread, stitch evenly around the edge of your heart. TIP: don’t pull your thread too tight or the heart will start to bunch up. I did two rows of stitching but ones looks fine too.

Step 7: If you are happy with how your little heart looks simply tie off the embroidery thread and use your glue to stick it on the card.

Step 8: Write something soppy in it and post it to someone you fancy!!