Friday, 3 July 2015

Sweetly Stitched Sew-a-Long | Round Two .....


I hope you're managing to stay cool?
I'm not.
I'm literally about to combust.

If you're from generally hotter climes
we're in the midst of a heatwave here in the UK
I'm sure you're wondering what all the fuss is about
but for us it is HOT HOT HOT!

I wanted to share with you my second Sew-a-long make
(If you're wondering what this 'Sew-a-long' I speak of is ..... please click HERE)

Simple Zipper Patchwork Pouch

I made mine into a First aid pouch
the one I currently use is pretty horrid
a freebie zipper bag. Nasty.
I shall be proud to use my handmade pretty patchy one
whipping it out at any first aid opportunity!

This, believe it or not, was the first time I had inserted a zip into a pouch
not quite sure how I've managed to avoid those scary things up till now
but I had.
It wasn't plain sailing
I should have got an acrylic zip instead of a funky metal one
the thing actually ate two sewing machine needles
anyway that's a lesson learned.
I need more practice.
There'll be plenty more zips in my future
I am DETERMINED to get over my zip phobia. For good.

..... anyone need a plaster?

I've closed my shops for a while
they'll re~open the later end of July
lot's going on here
exciting things .....
my best friend and her family are visiting from Australia
(Oh. Em. Geeeee!)
I also have a holiday coming up soon!

Back soon

BIG love
x Jooles x

Friday, 26 June 2015

Quick Pics | June .....

1   This happy little chap sits in my sewing room ~ ALWAYS smiling
2   Cinnamon pecan granola (deliciously Ella) ~ homemade by my Sweet Bee
3 & 4  A GLORIOUS evening walk
5   The most wonderful & long awaited magazine
6   On my flower shelf
7   Treats from the Emma Bridgewater sale
8   There's been LOTS of these packages going out this week
9   Planning a new project
10  This chopping board makes my heart dance ~ from my lovelies on my birthday
11  Strawberries from the garden ~ SO delicious & they just keep coming!
12  Roses roses roses x

My house is a PIT. A dusty pit.
Arrhhhh you wouldn't believe the dust
(& noise)
We've been having our driveway re~laid
It's been THREE weeks!
Three weeks today in fact.
Three weeks of dust making activities.
My 'Cups of tea' tally must be well into the hundreds
(No kidding!)
It's really looking lovely now
I'm wishing a little prayer that today it will be finished
That would be wonderful.

Wishing you a beautiful, peaceful and dust free weekend my sweet friends

BIG love
x Jooles x

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

My First Sew-a-Long .....

Hello there
I hope you're having a wonderful week so far
I've been having a LOT of sewing fun!

I decided to join in with a Sew~a~long on Instagram
(My first EVER)
devoted to my lovely new friend Amy's gorgeous book

There are six rounds in the sew~a~long each lasting two weeks
for each round you simply need to complete one project
and with this book I'm spoilt for choice
there are even prizes to be won!
It really is a lot of fun and we all cheer each other on
IG's a super friendly and inspirational place.

I'm not sure if I'll manage to find the time for all six rounds
It may help me sort out lots of gifts that I need to make
some for new babies, some birthday and I may even get ahead for Christmas (V.V.sorry.)

This is my make for round one  ::  Modern Colour Block Quilt

It seems family babies are a little like buses
none for Sooooo long
(lots of wishing and hoping and dreaming)
and then two come along at the same time
both due in September
both due on the exact same day
both boys!
(I feel that's a little unfair on me ..... I wanted to make a PINK quilt ..... whaaaaaa!)
 what are the chances?!
Our nephew (on my side) and our niece (on Mr. Sweets side)
are both expecting
(not together obvs.)

My first make is for Mr. Sweet's niece's baby

I LOVED sewing this and am planning a Liberty one next time.

Come and join in the fun ..... I think you'll LOVE it too!

I've already completed my round two make
it's on a much smaller scale
I'll save that for next time.

Thank you for all of your kind feedback on my
Party Bird Brush Roll Tutorial
you give me a big head!
Please show me if you make one ..... that'd REALLY make my day x

Thanks for stopping by
Back soon!

BIG love
x Jooles x

Friday, 19 June 2015

Party Bird Brush Roll Tutorial .....

This sweet little bird is off to a party
resplendent in her sparkly crown!

I made this pretty brush holder almost two years ago now
(how time flies)
It was a project I made for Mollie Makes Feathered Friends book
The very kind people at MM have given me permission to share the project with YOU
and I'm SO pleased about that because I love it!

I adore mine (so much) and have used it ever since it returned from the publishers
 although I wear pretty minimal amounts of make~up
(I need some otherwise I would scare people)
I like to store my brushes somewhere, and somewhere pretty is always good, no?
I like things to be tidy and organised ..... that makes me HaPpY.

It could easily be used for storing all manner of things
crochet hooks
sneaky choccy supplies
special pens
cake forks
  (oh I've just given myself an idea
I have some pretty vintage ones that need a home, better add that to my  L I S T)

Shall we get going?

Party bird brush roll

You'll need

  • Natural linen
One rectangle 25cm x 32cm
One rectangle 23cm x 34cm

  • Patterned fabric: (I used Tilda’s folklore bird in blue)
One rectangle 25cm x32cm
One long strip 50cm x 3cm

  • Cotton batting:
One rectangle 25cm x 32cm

  • Fusible interfacing:
One long strip 50cm x 3cm
One rectangle 25cm x 32cm

  • 35cm Cotton lace trim
  • 135cm Velvet ribbon
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Rotary cutter
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Iron
  • Rubber stamps (I used BIRD NOTES clear art stamps by crafty secrets)
  • Black ink pad such as Versacraft and an acrylic stamp block
  • Thread

How to

1. First of all, let’s make the ruffle for the front of the brush roll, following the manufacturer’s instructions iron the long strip of fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the long strip of patterned fabric.
Using a sewing machine baste stitch (the longest straight stitch that your sewing machine can do)  down the centre of the strip, or you can make a running stitch by hand if you prefer, pull one thread to ruffle it to just over 25cm, fasten the ends, even out ruffles and press gently with an iron. Set aside for now.

Tip: If you use a matching thread (I used white) then there is no need to pull it out later

Make the pocket
2. Take the slightly longer rectangle of natural linen (23cm x 34cm) and fold in half length ways; press.  Pin then stitch the lace, then the velvet ribbon, along the folded edge.

3. Iron the rectangle of fusible interfacing onto the wrong side of the rectangle of patterned fabric. Place the decorated linen pocket along the bottom edge of the patterned fabric (right sides facing up) aligning the raw edges and allowing a little overlap at each end, place a couple of pins to hold together and then turn over (wrong side up) and pin along the bottom and side edges.

Continuing to work on the wrong side, draw the stitching lines for the pockets and then stitch (also from the wrong side) starting with the centre most line, and using natural coloured thread, start stitching from the bottom long edge up to where you can feel the top of the pocket and then follow your stitch line back down again.
Now stitch down each side of the pocket strip just a few millimetres from the edges and trim excess fabric.
I stitched 6 lines which will give 7 pockets.

This is what it will look like on the front of the pocket piece.

Tip: Remember to check the size of your brushes before making the pockets!

Decorate the front 
4. Take the natural linen rectangle (25cm x 32cm) and measure 7cm up from one short edge, mark with pins and then pin the ruffle along this line. Stitch with matching thread, along the centre of the ruffle to attach it.
If you wish to, you can now remove your basting stitches

   5. Now it’s time to stamp.

Tip: practice this first on some scrap fabric until you're happy.

Take your acrylic block and place your desired rubber stamp on the block, lay this on a flat surface, with your ink pad, gently pat onto the surface of the stamp, making sure that you gently cover the whole stamp. Stamp onto the fabric firmly, keeping the stamp absolutely still to get a lovely crisp image.

I added a crown to the bird’s head (because she is off to a party!) to do this, all you need to do is firstly stamp the bird onto the fabric, then on a sticky note, stamp the bird again cut around the birds head and attach this to the stamped bird on the fabric using the sticky of the sticky note to hold it down, this is called a 'mask', ink up the little crown stamp and stamp onto the birds head over the mask, remove the mask and now the bird is wearing a party crown which fits her perfectly. I also stamped two feathers. Heat set the stamped images on the wrong side with an iron.

Idea: you can stamp any image you like even a name.

Assemble the brush roll 
6. Lay the rectangle of cotton batting on a flat surface, on top of that, lay the pocket layer (right-side up), then fold the remaining velvet ribbon in half (right-sides together) and place just above the pocket to the left. Lay front layer on top right side down, stamped edge to the left also. Pin

Tip: roll up the excess ribbon into the centre section of the brush roll so that it doesn’t get stitched by mistake.

7. Stitch around 1cm (3/8in) from the edges, leaving a turning gap on the short edge with no ribbon, from just below the top corner to just above the top of the pocket.

Carefully trim across corners and around the sides if you need to.
Turn the right way, push corners out and press with the iron
Blind stitch the opening closed by hand.

Fill the pockets ..... roll up and tie with a bow!

Mollie Makes Feathered Friends is published by Pavilion (Collins & Brown)
Main project photography by Rachel Whiting

If you make one, I'd absolutely LOVE to see!

❤ ❤ 

Back soon!

BIG love
x Jooles x