Friday, 10 February 2017

Tooth Fairy Cushion Tutorial



You will need:

2 FQ's of cotton fabric. 
(One for the front and pocket and a co-ordinating fabric for the back)
We used Michael Miller's Bot Boy and Bot Dot fabric. You can find a great selection on the Sew Scrumptious website.
Stuffing

You can download the tooth fairy cushion pattern for FREE on the Sew Scrumptious website and find a great video tutorial on the Sew Scrumptious You Tube channel.

How to Make:

Print out the pattern or make your own. You need a square approx 17cm x 17cm and a pocket approx 13cm x 9cm. You can make any size that you like.

Cut one large square from each fabric and one pocket piece from the main fabric


Press down half inch at the top of each large square (towards the back of the fabric) then fold back up. This will help you at a later stage.

Making the pocket: 

Fold the pocket in half and pin (Make sure you think about the pattern on the fabric and which bit you want to see on the pocket front). Machine sew down each short edge leaving the long edge open.


Clip the corners 


Turn inside out and press flat


Zig zag along the bottom edge to neaten and prevent fraying.


Press over a small amount towards the back of the pocket to make a crease


Place the pocket face down on the back fabric piece of your cushion making sure that when you fold it up again, it will be central. Pin along the zigzaged edge.


 Machine sew along the pressed crease you made earlier


Fold pocket back up and pin both sides in place 


Machine sew down each side.  



Making the Cushion:
 
Pin the fabric squares together (pattern sides facing) and sew down one side along the botton and up the other side leaving the top side open.



Clip the corners.


Turn inside out and press.


Press in the top half inch along the lines you pressed earlier.



Fill with stuffing until a nice shape.



Pin the top edges together. Sew all along the top by machine or by hand if you prefer. This can be a bit fiddly. Try and squish the stuffing towards the bottom while you are doing this.

Print off the tooth fairy poem onto card and pop in the pocket.




Wait for the tooth fairy to arrive!





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Thursday, 2 February 2017

Fabulous 'Guess How Much I Love You' Fabric Giveaway!

We are absolutely loving the new 'Guess How Much I Love You' fabrics from Clothworks which are now available on the Sew Scrumptious website. I used to read this lovely book to my children all the time when they were tiny so it has a bit of an emotional pull for me. 

They are absolutely beautiful so I thought that it was time to have another giveaway. I have put together a FQ bundle of all the new fabrics for one lucky person to win.




The bundle includes a FQ of each of the following fabrics



 




 


The giveaway ends on the 28 February 2017 at 12pm. UK residents only I'm afraid.

Good Luck!

Monday, 23 January 2017

We LOVE Chalkola Chalk Pens!

I have just bought some blackboard fabric for a future tutorial so was thrilled to be asked to review Chalkola chalk pens around the same time. The blackboard fabric project is currently in the planning stage but we couldn't resist trying out the Chalkola pens in the meantime.

They are absolutely amazing! They are a kind of mix between felt tip pens, chalk and paint and write easily on any non porous surface so that children can draw pictures on the windows, on glass, blackboards, whiteboards, plastic, mirrors, and ceramics and it simply wipes off with a damp cloth. Its dries really quickly if you want to keep the design but can be wiped off at any time. You can also use them on more traditional paper!

My children age 8 and 11 absolutely loved  them especially drawing on windows and glass. Sam described them as 'awesome and pure genius!' while Izzy declared that she wouldn't be watching TV again because she loved drawing with them so much. There is no higher praise than that!

We tried out the party colours set which is full of vibrant, bright colours - you can find them on Amazon here



and the earth colour series which is full of more earthy, pastel tones which you can find on Amazon here





The pens are child safe, water based, non toxic and wash off easily from clothes and hands. New markers take a few minutes to get the ink flowing smoothly but then are really easy to use and work immediately. I was really surprised by how good they were and how much my children enjoyed using them.

The lovely people at Chalkola have given me a 20% discount code for ALL Chalkola products so if you would like to give them a try, just type in the code 20OFFSTR. Check out the Chalkola website too for more info and ideas.

We drew on the window!


Made jars to save up for a pony!


Drew pictures 

We will be keeping the pens and looking forward to trying them out on
the blackboard fabric in the next weeks. Watch this space!

Monday, 26 December 2016

Fabulous Fabric Sale!

We are having a fabric sale! 


We have discounted hundreds of our lovely fabrics to make room for all the fabulous new stock arriving in the New Year. All of your favourites are included in the sale including Michael Miller, Robert Kaufman, Blend, Lewis & Irene, Dashwood and Cotton and Steel fabrics.


Pop over and grab them before they go. They are selling fast.....................

Monday, 28 November 2016

Christmas Gift Ideas for Modern Makers!

With Christmas coming up, I thought it would be good to have a little round up of the some of the lovely goodies out there that would make perfect gifts for people who love sewing and fabric. Its a great way to drop a big hint to your loved ones! Here are my top 20........




 
Love these Personalised Hooks for your sewing room from Country Pegs £30


 
A fab Sewing and Knitting Print from Old English Company £13.95



Pretty 'Sewing For Ever, Housework Whenever' Charm Brooch £20 Zamsoe



This Logo Screen Printing Craft Kit is so cool. You send Dinky Screens your logo and they send you back a personalised screen printing kit to use at home. £35 Dinky Screens



A custom made Hoop with a saying of your choice from Fizzy Pig. They have some awesome designs. 7" Hoop is £20, 5" is £15 and 4" is £10. Check out their Facebook Page


 
Love this Gold Star Tapestry Kit designed and made in the UK by Jessica Taylor Made £60




Make your own lampshade! Just add half a metre of fabric for the perfect lampshade. Sew Scrumptious £12.50 for 30cm Kit. Also available in 20cm.




The perfect stocking filler - Those Who Sew Quote Mug £9 from JillyJilly



This is so gorgeous. A Tape Measure Necklace £12.70 from Just K Jewellery


Cute Box of Buttons £6.95 from Annabel James. The box is so pretty and has a selection of 50 buttons inside.




This Sewing Kit £14.95 is also from Annabel James and matches the button box. Includes everything you need to start sewing. 




Love these sweet little A5 'Sewing Notes' Notepad from Ink & Ocean £1.70. Buy them for all your friends!


Everyone loves a vintage Singer. This fab Sewing Machine Tea Towel is from Poppy Treffrey £9.50


 
Perfect for any sewing room - Liberty Print Scissors and holder £8.95 John Lewis




These Pliers and 100 sets of press stud fasteners would make a great gift. Available from XCSource on Amazon £12.99


Love this Book of 36 Gutermann Threads £57 John Lewis



Gorgeous Fabric Bundles from Sew Scrumptious. Beautiful fabrics tied up with ribbon and a tag and wrapped in tissue paper ready for Christmas. From £11






'Make It, Own It, Love It' Sewing Book by Matt Chappell - Winner of the Great British Sewing Bee £8 Amazon






These have been on my personal wish list for the last 5 years! Beautiful Patchwork Tiles from Welbeck Tiles £80 for 16 tiles. One day!




Sometimes you just have to think big and aim high! Look at this gorgeous Oekaki Renaissance Sewing Machine - £459 from Toyota


So which is your favourite? I would love to know! Please feel free to share the list on social media and remember its great for dropping hints to loved ones....

Happy Shopping!