I hope you are keeping safe and well and keeping the creativity flowing!
Yesterday I hosted my first socially distanced afternoon tea party in my garden, to celebrate my cousin’s birthday!
I’m happy to report that the sun shone all afternoon and a wonderful time was had by all! It was so lovely socialising again and catching up with sewing friends face to face!
My ‘make’ for the birthday girl was this denim planter, a multi-functional basket for her sewing or living room.
Working with denim is always ‘play time’ for me and I thought I would make a larger version of the selvedge basket I designed and taught at our quilting retreat last year.
First I sewed the denim strips onto heavy sew-in vilene using the ‘quilt as you go’ method of piecing. I quickly realised this wasn’t going to be sturdy enough to allow the basket to retain its shape.
So I quilted the panel onto flex foam using orange Aurifil 12wt wool thread. Much better! And just look at that gorgeous texture!
The lining was inserted before adding the binding and pinching in the sides to give the boxy shape to the basket.
I definitely needed my heavy jeans needle for that part!!
And last but not least, some leather handles secured with bronze rivets, to bring a little rustic colour and texture to the basket.
At this juncture I didn’t know what I was going to put in the basket, or how to ‘prop’ it for photographing. I grabbed a couple of my artificial plants and set them in and immediately fell in love with the contrasting greenery and inventive use of the basket!
And so my denim planter was born! I loved making it and will definitely be making one for my own home!
Some were for my next free tutorial (remember my Scrappy Hexie Basket? Well I’ll be releasing the pattern for this one as a free tutorial very soon).
And some were just an excuse to have fun with teeny pieces of fabric!
These baskets are only 4.5″ and 6″ tall and are ‘improv. pieced’. This means your pieces of fabric aren’t pre-cut to a specific size, rather you just keep adding pieces until you have a section that can be joined to another section.
Improv. piecing for small projects is the perfect way to use up tiny pieces that are too small for English Paper Piecing or regular piecing patterns.
To give you a sense of scale, my smaller basket is holding large spools of 50wt Aurifil thread.
I create my baskets with an inset base with piping. I think the piping gives the basket more definition and shape.
And the structure is provided by the heavy sew-in vilene that the exterior is quilted on to.
I can think of a tonne of uses for these cute baskets, not least filled with goodies and gifted to loved ones!
Tune back soon to hear all about my free Hexie Basket YouTube Tutorial!
(And now there’s a mini tutorial on how to make these improv.pieced versions of my Hexie Baskets here.)
It’s been a while since I’ve posted here! Apologies!
Nothing to do with the current pandemic. I got creatively and mentally very tired after a busy first quarter, but I’m pleased to report that life is settling down for me (ironically, as Covid-19 causes chaos!) and I’m back at the sewing machine!
If you know me at all you will know my love of scraps and Tilda! Put them both together and you get lots of EPP (English Paper Piecing) projects using even the littlest pieces (see some past examples here and here)!
I had been keeping my precious Tilda scraps in an unattractive plastic bag!
But now look what I’m keeping them in!
These are 1″ hexies, hand stitched together and quilted onto heavy sew-in vilene, then magically turned into a cute basket to perfectly house my pretty scraps!
I wanted a defined cylindrical shape so added some piping to the base and narrow binding at the top.
I’m hoping you can’t see where the short sides of the panel are joined together to make the cylinder! With EPP, the shapes at opposite sides will slot together (like a jigsaw) so trim away the excess stabiliser before joining the hexies with some discreet whip or ladder stitches.
My chosen lining isn’t Tilda but a pretty Lecien floral. But as a lover of all things ‘ditsy’ I’m confident it blends beautifully with the Tilda prints.
Now, what will I make next with my favourite scraps!!