Love heart decoration

My latest creation is this love heart decoration. I hope to make quite a few of these and use them as part of my Christmas decorations. I have the idea of some kind of bunting design with the jute twine that I have bought. I have cut all the hearts out now just to put them together.

I am still sewing the blocks together for my Drunkards Path quilt as well but I find sewing the same thing over and over really boring so I have to do it in stages. Goodness only knows how long that will take me ha ha ha.

Right I best get back to my hearts

TTFN xx

Christmas bunting

Christmas bunting by Samantha Halliwell
Christmas bunting, a photo by Samantha Halliwell on Flickr.

My latest offering. I found this difficult a bit as I normally like to have some kind of pattern but this one was intended to be a bit eclectic and random and I think I have succeeded. It is shorter than I normally make but that was because I only had 2 metres of the pink paisley binding left so I altered my measurements to get a good 9 flags on and am quite pleased.

What is everyone up to? Are you all getting ready for Christmas. one month today is Christmas Day, goodness me how this year has flown by.

Anyhoo enough of me hope you all have a lovely weekend and I will see you soon
TTFN x

I love gingham!

P1040622 by Samantha Halliwell
P1040622, a photo by Samantha Halliwell on Flickr.

OMG I never thought I would hear myself say that but I do. I have a MASSIVE apology to make. It has been so darned long since I blogged that I bet you all thought I had disappeared forever! LOL – no such luck. Here I am.  I have been MIA cos I started my new job which I am loving but I work Monday to Friday now office hours and had not realised how much that cut into my computer and blogging time. Now that I am getting settled I should be able to get into a routine and it won’t be so long in future before my next post.

Anyhoo what else have I been up to? Pillows and cushions. The gingham heart you can see is part of a design I have made for a pillow slip I was asked to make for a friend. The fabric is from my most fav current fabric supplier Fabric Rehab, called the Yummy Mummy Vintage Rose and Gingham Bundle. I wonder if Tony would mind it as bunting for the camper.

Speaking of camper we are off on our hols soon. Not long at all. I am sooo looking forward to  a break. We are going to the South of France with some friends camping and are going to have a fantastic time. Hope the weather is way better than it was in Camber a few weeks ago. That was rough…extreme camping we called it!

How are you all? I do love hearing about what you are all up to so don’t forget to leave me a comment, tell me what your summer plans are?

TTFN xxx

Dotty bunting

Dotty bunting by Samantha Halliwell
Dotty bunting, a photo by Samantha Halliwell on Flickr.

Here is some more of my bunting. This bunting measures a little under 5 metres in length and has 15 flags on it at 5 inch intervals. Perfect for those summer garden parties or BBQ, or to hang in your house or for those important occasions like birthdays or family get togethers.
This will be available to buy on Etsy later and if you mention this blog post you will get free P&P. I will refund your P&P after purchase.
TTFN x

Handmade made bunting tutorial

I have a friend who is doing my youngest daughters birthday party for me later in the year. It is a wonderful themed party based around Alice In Wonderland where the guests make their own cupcakes and decorate their own box to take them home in. Aside from the stress of having five 6 year olds baking in my kitchen I think it is a wonderful idea. Anyway in the true spirit of modern day life we are not exchanging money to pay for this (well a little but that is for ingredients) but we are participating in a skill exchange. My friend provides her expertise and equipment and I am providing the aprons and have decided to make some bunting as well.

There is nothing challenging about making bunting but as a first project for a beginner it is a good one so I have decided to attempt my first proper sewing tutorial here on my blog. I am not precious about this project so feel free to use it as you wish, for yourself, your friends or even to sell. If you do make these to sell it would be nice to have a link to my blog as a courtesy if you don’t mind!!!

Anyway here we go.

Equipment

Assortment of material that you want to use. I am using this fabric bundle from Fabric Rehab

Template (mine is 20cm across the top and 25 cm long)

Scissors or rotary cutter

Ruler / straight edge

Pins

Thread

Binding in chosen colour (I am using this from Crafty Ribbons).

I have worked out that I have 2m of binding so I can hang approx 6 flags. You need 10cm free at either end then from the left hand edge of one flag to the left hand edge of the next is approx 30cm. This will make a short length of bunting obviously you can make whatever length you wish.

How to…

1) Cut out your template using some card.

2) Take your fabric. I use fat quarters. Fold it with the right sides together and trace out your flags. If you line your straight edges together you will save loads of material and get more flags for your money.

3) Cut out your flags using scissors or your rotary cutter4) Make sure your flag halves are pinned with right sides together and now you just have to sew the 2 halves together. I use a 0.5 cm seam meaning I sew half a cm from the edge of the fabric. Use a simple straight stitch and there is no real need to backstitch the beginning and then end as the ends will be covered by the binding. Take some time to get your stitching as straight as possible. Don’t necessarily feel the urge to switch to the fastest speed possible. Start slow and gradually build up as you feel confident.

When you get to the point of the flag leave the needle down in the fabric, raise the foot and turn your fabric round so you can sew up the other edge. That way you get a nice neat point.

5) Turn your flags in the right way. Cut the points round to reduce the amount of bulk at the tips. Be careful not to cut through your stitching!

Use a pair of scissors of a specifically designed tool to push the points of your flags out and make them neat. Before you go any further now iron them flat. 

6) With your binding measure 10cm from one end and place your flag onto the binding. Ensure that half the binding is one side of the flag and the rest of the binding is on the other side of the flag. Pin in place. Leave a 10cm gap and place the next flag. Pin in place and keep repeating until all flags are placed. You may find it better to decide on your flag arrangement before actually pinning them to save you mucking around later on.

7) Now all you have to do is sew along the binding to secure the flags to the binding. At both ends fold the 10cm length of binding back to form a loop so that you can hang the bunting up easier.

Ta Dah!!! What do you think??

I hope you have found this easy to follow. I hope it has inspired you to have a go. Let me know how you found the instructions

TTFN xxx

EDITED TO ADD 24TH MAY 2011

1 fat quarter will give you 4 flags using my template above. 

Don’t throw your scraps away I have managed to get around 40 2.5 cm square squares from the left overs which will make a fab patchwork something or other ;o)