Reverse applique love heart cushion

I have finally managed to find some time to get a little bit of sewing in. This is the third cushion in a set of 4 that I am making for a friend. Another new technique for me but I have posted previously about it. I have made a couple of these and made quite a few errors so this is the current incarnation of this design.
I do quite like this and think that I will make a lot more using this technique.


Machine and hand sewn zentangle

Thank you Cathy for your encouragement I only went and did it!!! And I am very pleased with how it turned out! I used satin stitch for the outline and then back stitch for all the detail inside the heart. I will use it on a pillow cover I think something for me xxx

I would love to hear what you think of this, I think I will do some more of my designs in sewing as well, they translate very well.

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

Button flower cushion

I have been collecting buttons for some time now and thought it would be rather funky to use a whole bunch of them to make a cushion. The cushion measures 12″ x 12″ and is totally handwashable (with a bit of care). Fabric is prewashed before I made it. I am very pleased with it and the texture from the buttons is fab making it a strangely strokeable cushion. Is strokeable even a word LOL?
I have a whole bunch of pink buttons on order and can see a button fetish kicking of and more of these cushions popping up.
I am currently having a few days off work between jobs. My new job starts on Monday and I am quite excited and a little apprehensive but am really looking forward to getting into a new challenge.
Hope you are all well, have a lovely weekend guys

Neck pillow tutorial

So here I am feeling quite sorry for myself following a fall on my garden steps at the weekend whilst carrying my basket of washing to hang out. I twisted as I fell and have got back spasms which are really painful and even worse unpredictable. One minute I can be relatively fine and then next in agony! I have had 2 days off work already and am off for at least one more hoping to see GP tomorrow. Anyway…….I have been able to get some sewing done, short stints so as not to sit in one position for long. I have been thinking of making a neck pillow for Savannah for use in the car when she goes to sleep and today I finally got down and made it. This is my first attempt at the pillow and I think it needs a little refining but you will be able to use the principles to make your own.

The pillow is a basic horseshoe shape which I free hand drew onto pattern paper. I only drew half of the horsehoe and then laid the straight edge against the fold in the material.

Step 2 cut out 2 of these shapes. I used a dotty fabric for the top and a wincyette for the underneath as it is soft.

I know I know they look like toilet seat covers!!! place them right sides together and sew around the edges. Don’t forget to leave a gap to enable you to turn the pillow in the right way.

Turn it out the right way and stuff. It is a case of personal preference as to how firm you stuff your pillow. Using ladder stitch close the hole and ta dah! there you have it ….one neck pillow for car journeys!

Yes I know it still looks like a toilet seat but it is a comfortable one!!! Savannah can’t try it out cos she is in bed so she will see it in the morning. Me I best be off now I have an early appointment with a GP surgery to wait outside for them to open so I can get an appointment…excellent system I know!!!!!


PS I would love to hear what you think about my tutorial and I would love to see any that you make!

Sewing and Snow



Originally uploaded by Samantha Halliwell

OK so this is not a very exciting picture unless you are like me and find a new thing on your fantastic sewing machine each day! I was getting stressed about overlocking the edges of my sewing to help with preventing fraying when washing and did not realise that my machine had this facility. That will teach me to read the instruction manual carefully and actually it may even be worth watching the DVD I got with it as well!
Anyhoo, I can now get a really tidy and professional looking finish to my work and Sharon will be please to know that her cushion cover is finally complete!

I hope you are all well. We are currently waiting for the forecast snow to appear typical tho I have been off for a few days and I go back to work and what happens, yup it snows.
In case you had not realised I am a HUGE fan of snow. I love it. I know it is disruptive but the sheer beauty of it falling from the sky is stunning and playing out in it is simply fab! I can’t wait to see what we get.

Cushion Covers

Cushion Cover

Originally uploaded by Samantha Halliwell

I have been asked by a friend to make some cushion covers so I have had a go this evening as I have not made them before! This is my first attempt and I have also sewed buttonholes as I have not used the traditional zip as a closure! Thought buttons look a bit classier and more contemporary.
Would love to hear what you think so don’t be afraid to let me know!