Kantha on Tweed & Giveaway


By Judith on November 9, 2019
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If you read my last post, you will know that I’ve been making gifts for my #Threads Across the Sea quilting friends.

 

Here’s what I made:

 

Kantha Tweed Drawstring Pouches

 

I love the organic nature of kantha stitching, an ancient form of Indian embroidery.  Originally used on saris, kantha now makes appearances on apparel, home furnishings and quilts.

 

Photo source: SewGuide.com

 

Combined with my love of tweed and woollen textiles, I thought wouldn’t it be radical fun to try a little tweed/kantha combo!

 

And so 3 Kantha/tweed drawstring bags were formed!

 

Kantha Tweed Drawstring Pouches

 

Most of the fabrics in the exteriors of these bags are from free sample books (love a bit of recycling).

 

I pieced the exteriors, then bedded down the seams with a little top stitching onto heavy sew-in vilene.

 

And then the kantha fun began!

 

Kantha Tweed Drawstring Pouches

 

Aurifil 12wt wool threads are perfect for this type of naive embroidery.  I choose saturated colours to compliment the soft tones of the tweed and wool.

 

Kantha Tweed Drawstring Pouches

 

Now I sized these bags for a particular purpose.  Inside where funny mugs the girls could take along to their respective Modern Quilt Groups!

 

Kantha Tweed Drawstring Pouches

 

Aren’t they funny! You can find a great selection of craft, sewing and knitting slogan mugs here.

 

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And now onto my giveaway!

 

Kantha Bag Giveaway

 

How would you like to win one of my Kantha Tweed bags?

 

Giveaway

 

Not only that, you will also get a copy of Hoop Art by Christin Morgan (20 hand embroidery projects) and 4 spools of Aurifil 12wt cotton floss.

 

Giveaway

 

To enter please …..

1  follow me on Instagram @justjudebelfast and tag a friend

2  like my Facebook Page

3  and leave a comment here or on FB or IG telling me what’s your favourite textile to work with.

You have until Monday 18th November to enter, when I will announce the winner (international entries welcome).  (Please ensure you leave your email address with your comment if you are a ‘no reply blogger’.)

Good luck everyone!

 

Happy sewing!

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Shared Threads – Drawstring Bag Tutorial


By Judith on June 22, 2018
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As promised, here is the tutorial for the Shared Threads Drawstring Bags Tutorial.

 

Shared Threads Drawstring Bags

 

You Will Need:

1 x (11.5″ wide x 29″ tall) non-directional cotton fabric OR

2 x (11.5″ x 15″) directional cotton fabric

2 x 25″ lengths of ribbon or cord (or shoe laces)

safety pin

 

Method:

 

If using directional fabric, first join the pieces right sides together along the bottom edges using 1/4″ seam allowance.

 

1 Press under both short ends by 1/4″.

 

 

2 Press under both long sides by 1/4″ and then again by another 1/4″.

 

 

3 Sew around all 4 edges using 1/4″ seam allowance.

 

 

4 Bring both short ends wrong sides together. Measure and mark 2.5″ down from each top corner.

 

 

5 Sew from each marker down the sides to the bottom corners using 1/4″ seam allowance. Start and finish with a reverse stitch.

 

 

6 Turn the bag right sides out and press well.

 

7 Press the sides of the top flaps so they fold in.

 

 

8 Fold the top edge of the flap down until it meets the start of the side seams. Pin and sew along the hemmed edge of the flap. Repeat for the other side.

 

 

 

9 Attach the safety pin to one end of the ribbon/cord. Thread it into the top channel, all the way around until it comes out the same side.

 

 

10 Remove the pin and knot the ends of the ribbon. Cut the ends of the ribbon at an angle to reduce fray.

 

 

11 Repeat for the other length of ribbon, this time from the opposite side of the bag.

 

 

And you’re finished!

 

Shared Threads Drawstring Bags

 

 

Thank you for supporting Shared Threads.

 

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Shared Threads – Help Wanted!


By Judith on June 21, 2018
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A few months ago I had the privilege of meeting an Instagram friend, Kirsty from Song of a Nest.

We first made contact via Instagram, but it turned out we only live up the road from each other!!

Shared Threads
Kirsty is multi-talented (just check out her beautiful website), but more than that, she is a passionate and compassionate individual.  Kirsty’s heart for school girls in India is infectious, and this is why Shared Threads was created.

 

Shared Threads

 

“I have started a project called ‘Shared threads’ which makes sanitary kits for girls in India so that they can go to school.

The heart behind the project is to remove the limitations that menstruation puts on women and girls, playing a part in enabling them to live their lives to it’s full potential

So many women and girls around the world have to resort to using leaves or rags or old newspapers to manage their period due to lack of sanitary products. Our pack provides them with a free, washable, sustainable  solution to manage their period with dignity, whilst also being kinder to the environment.

Girls all over the world drop out of school due to lack of feminine hygiene products. Our pack enables them to continue with their education all year round.

Our packs and pads are made with recycled fabric.”

 

(You can read more here about the specific project in India we will be supporting.)

 

Each girl will receive a drawstring bag (tune in tomorrow for the tutorial) which will contain 2 pad holders and 6 pads.

 

Shared Threads

 

Everything is made from donated and recycled textiles, except for the PUL (Polyurethane Laminate), a waterproof, breathable and washable liner in the pads.

 

And here’s how you can get involved:

 

    • Come: join in with our get-togethers – even if you can’t sew, there are lots of other jobs we need done (e.g. cutting out, threading the drawstrings, making up the packs etc.). We hope to next meet in July.

 

Shared Threads

 

  • Donate: we need towels and brushed cotton/flannel for the pads and cotton fabrics for the holders and bags. We also need shoe-laces and ribbons for the drawstring bags.

 

  • Make: tomorrow I will post the tutorial for the drawstring bags, and soon Kirsty will be posting the instructions for the pad holders. Even if you can’t get along to the meet-ups, we would love it if you could make the items at home or why not arrange your own Shared Threads sew-in with friends?

 

So here’s what to do next:

 

    • Hop on over to the Shared Threads page and sign up for the regular updates and info from Kirsty.  This will keep you up-to-date with meet-ups, fund-raisers and progress reports.

 

 

    • Contact Kirsty via FB, IG or her website if you have materials to donate

 

I know from previous experience just how generous and supportive the sewing community is.  Thanking you all in advance of your support.

 

“Small things done with great love will change the world!”

Mother Theresa

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