Yesterday was our charity sewing day in support of Shared Threads.
Shared Threads is a Belfast based charity that makes cloth sanitary pads & hygiene packs, and in doing so seeks to “remove some of the limitations that menstruation puts on so many women and girls across the world, replacing it with dignity and the freedom to get an education and live their lives.
We also believe in making a positive impact on our environment by using secondhand cotton and towels. We love that we can gather makers together around a creative project with the common purpose of helping women.”
These ladies willingly gave up their time and talent to learn how to make reusable sanitary pads, holders and drawstring bags for Shared Threads.
And what a productive day it was! Just look at all this …
Almost all of the materials used are repurposed or donated. Cotton fabrics make the pad holders and drawstring bags. Brushed Cotton and old towels make the pads. The only item to be purchased is a waterproof layer called P.U.L. (Polyurethane Laminate) which is sewn into the pads.
P.U.L. was originally designed for use in the medical industry to withstand repeated washing as well as a high heat steam sterilising clean system. It is durable, it doesn’t crease, doesn’t fray and doesn’t stain easily and has the wonderful properties of being both waterproof as well as breathable which means it will keep moisture from passing through and yet heat is able to escape.
P.U.L. is now widely available online.
Our sanitary haul and donated fabric and towels have already been handed over to Shared Threads with grateful thanks.
If you would like to make the pads, holders or bags you can find the templates and tutorials here.
A big thank you to the ladies who made it to the workshop yesterday and your eagerness to continue making for Shared Threads.
This is the final item on my table to tell you about and will be a Saturday workshop in June.
These cute and practical zippy pouches are great for summer holidays, or just keeping your bits and bobs organised. The handy see-through vinyl means you know exactly which pouch to reach for, and sewing with vinyl isn’t as tricky as you might think.
At the workshop I will be showing some clever ways to sew with vinyl (vinyl available to purchase in class).
There are a few places still available so why not join us for some vinyl fun!
When I was at Primary School we had a ‘Nature Table’, decorated according to the seasons, with items mucky hands would triumphantly find and trophy into class the next day!
The Autumn Table was my favourite. I can still see the bright orangey-red ovals of rosehips, shining like jewels among the tattered leaves and empty conker casings.
Well I may be all grown up now (sort of!), but in the childhood-spirit of celebrating the season, I thought it would be nice to have an ‘Easter Table’ in class!
Not all of these items are strictly ‘Easter’ related – I’m using a little Spring inspiration (& a lot of creative license!) too.
So over the next 2 posts, let me talk you through my table and I’ll give you the links to the free tutorials too!
We’ll start with the left hand side of the table. The items are sitting on my blue chenille mat. If you’ve never tried chenilling before, I highly recommend it. Great fun and super easy too!
Chenille involves lots of layers of fabric, sewn together on the bias in half inch channels. The fabric between the channels is then cut, through all layers except the bottom one. Give it a rigorous wash and tumble dry, and hey presto, you have the fluffiest fabric which you can then turn into anything you like!
So far, I’ve chenilled a baby play mat, a bath mat (below) and a heart cushion!
How is your week going so far? I hope you are getting time to fit in a little sewing therapy!
My eldest daughter has recently started to work for me on a part-time basis, which frees me up to attend to pressing deadlines! Oh how I love having a creatively talented assistant!!
Last summer I was asked by the fabric distributor Makower UK if I would consider coming on board as one of their designers!
I said yes straight away, and my first design for them is not only available for free on their website, but is also featured in the current issue of Quilt Now magazine.
Not only that, if you are a regular watcher of Sewing Quarter (Freeview channel 78) you may have seen Kitty featured! It gets a mention in the programme introduction, and then has a much lengthier feature with sections of the quilt demonstrated here.
This medallion quilt is based around a panel, which I chopped up and spaced out with sashing.
Simple checkboards and drunkard’s path scallops create the feature borders.
So if you love your feline friends, I know you’ll fall in love with this fabric collection.
And if you didn’t want to make a big quilt, why not make the central panelled section as a cute baby quilt instead! Purrrrrrfect!
Last November I became a Great Auntie for the first time! Can you believe it!
Sweet baby Rose was born and of course I wanted to make her a quilt!
Now it took me until the Christmas holidays (and then some!) to get going on this quilt.
Firstly I was stuck for inspiration, and then my quilty friend Geraldine of SophieBelleDesigns over on IG gave me the perfect idea! Hearts! (Thank you G!).
I had already picked up a girly bundle of floral fabrics from the quilting shop where I used to work, some ‘Fleurs Petite Bouquet’ (Brenda Riddle Acorn Quilts) and with the odd Tilda print thrown in I now knew what to do with them!
My colleague in work had a bonny baby girl last week!
As we both work in a Quilting shop, it seemed only fitting to make her a quilted baby gift!
I have loved Ayumi’s fabric basket pattern since she released it in 2008, and have made many in a variety of sizes as gifts for recipients of all ages!
The original size makes for an adorably cute baby gift, especially when it gets stuffed full of treats for mummy and baby!
I recently blogged about my Ditsy Daisy Quilt, which used an uber cute collection by Lewis & Irene called Flos Little Flowers.
I had some leftover scraps from this quilt which I used to make the pretty girly mini basket and matching bibs. Some Essex Yarn Dyed Linen for the base and a little crochet trim finished off the basket perfectly!
For the bibs, I kept the patchwork simple, with a little panel of squares and ribbon trim.
The bibs are backed with towelling, making them soft and absorbent for dribbly little mouths! Using my own template I can get 5 bibs from one hand towel! This time I stitched on little velcro circles for the fasteners.
I like how the bibs make sweet little roll-ups to fit neatly into the basket!
This is a sweet collection of prints I have very much enjoyed sewing with. I hope you like them too!
A few months back when I was planning a commission for the January issue of Popular Patchwork, I knew I wanted to use cool, icey colours.
(And wouldn’t you know it, just when I post about this little quilt, it starts snowing outside!! Brrrrr!)
This block is called The Rolling Stone block (or Broken Wheel).
My icey colours of choice are ‘Littlest’ by Art Gallery, ‘Oh Boy’ Swirls in Aqua by Riley Blake & Kiss Dot Snow by Michael Miller (background), but despite their coolness, there’s also a cute warmth about them too.
Cot quilts should be rectangular in my opinion, so little 1″ square inserts top and bottom soon sorted that out.
This little quilt comes in at 50″ x 56″ and is in the January issue of Popular Patchwork.
Earlier this year, Quilt Now sent me a few fat quarters from the ‘Pitter Patter’ collection by Michael Miller, and asked me to come up with something for their March issue.
The fabrics have adorable little clouds, raindrops and stars! So I thought a baby quilt was in order.
I decided on a tumbler quilt, mainly because I could whizz the fabrics quick smart through my Sizzix (don’t worry, templates are provided by the magazine)! But also because the tumbler shape would lend itself nicely to these cute directional prints.
Approx. 37″ x 45″
If using directional prints like me, you will need to alternate the direction of your prints when cutting out the tumbler shapes. As you can see, they get stacked top to toe!
I decided to keep the zigzagged edges, and it wasn’t difficult at all to get the binding around those gentle angles.
A lady in one of my classes has already made this and it is beautiful (wish I’d taken a pic)!
If you’d like to make one of your own, then pick up a copy of Quilt Now (March). And if you subscribe to the magazine, you get a free bundle of Pitter Patter fabrics!!