Secret Santa Gifts


By Judith on December 12, 2019
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During our last week of classes we have adopted the tradition of ‘Secret Santa’.

 

I love this fun tradition, seeing the variety of handmade and bought gifts, all for under £5!

 

6 weekly classes means I have 6 Secret Santa presents to either make or buy. This year I’m trying not to buy as many presents, but making gifts where I can.

 

So here are my handmade Secret Santa classes gifts:

 

Tilda EPP Pin Cushions (Secret Santa)

 

As you know I’ve been EPP-ing in the evenings, enjoying working with my Tilda scraps from past projects.

 

Tilda EPP Pin Cushions (Secret Santa)

 

I saw some cute pincushions on Pinterest and thought my little Tilda Grandmother’s flowers would make pretty pinnies!

 

Tilda EPP Pincushions (Secret Santa)

 

I appliqued the flowers onto some Essex Yarn Dyed Linen (Flax) and hand stitched with pale pink embroidery floss around the outside of the flowers.

 

Tilda EPP Pin Cushions (Secret Santa)

 

I really like the recessed buttons on this design. I covered some buttons with more Tilda scraps and pulled the thread tightly through to the back of the pincushion to give it a more cushiony look!

 

Tilda EPP Pin Cushions (Secret Santa)

 

I paired each pincushion up with a packet of pins and I’m pleased to report that the ‘secret’ gifts were very well received!

 

Tilda EPP Pin Cushions (Secret Santa)

 

So my secret Santa pinnies are not so secret anymore!

And a big thank you to all my ‘Secret Santas’ for the lovely gifts that I received!

 

Happy gifting!

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Tilda Juniper Basket


By Judith on December 10, 2019
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A special friend of mine had her birthday at the weekend, and this is what I made her.

 

Tilda Juniper Basket Gift

 

This is my take on the Juniper Basket, by my uber talented quilty friend, Svetlana of SOTAK Handmade.

 

Tilda Juniper Basket Gift

 

Svetlana’s patterns are always so well written, and she includes 2 sizes for this cute basket.  I made the small size.

 

Tilda Juniper Basket Gift

 

I’ve been  doing a little EPP (English Paper Piecing) in the evenings, using up some pretty Tilda scraps.

I know my friend likes Tilda too so it was a no brainer when it came to choosing fabrics!

 

Tilda Juniper Basket Gift

 

I quilted some Essex Yarn Dyed Linen (Flax) for the exterior – always a great partner for Tilda!

Tilda Juniper Basket Gift

 

I think this would a perfect basket for a knitting or crochet project, or  even  some  EPP!!

 

Tilda Juniper Basket Gift

 

Svetlana’s Juniper Basket pattern is available here, but be sure to check out the rest of her store!  She has lots of beautiful bag and pouch patterns to choose from!

 

Happy sewing!

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New Class Project: Feb-March ’18


By Judith on February 4, 2018
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Hello everyone!

 

I hope you’ve had a healthy and creative week!

 

My first (half) term of classes are almost through (this is week 5 of 6) so it’s time to announce next (half) term’s class project!

 

 

This is a project for those who not only enjoy a spot of ‘re-purposing’ but also bag construction.  The exterior and lining are reinforced with heavy weight vilene, and the exterior is quilted.

 

 

 

What’s involved?

  • Upcycling your unwanted denim jeans, skirts and shirts (I have a large stash you can avail of!)
  • English Paper Piecing (EPP) – hand sewing the hexies into 2 panels
  • Eyelet Ring handle opening
  • Zippered pocket in the lining
  • Reinforced base

 

And to make it even easier to make this great shopper, I will have part-kits made up of the following:

 

    • 37 hexie papers Sizzix cut and hole punched
    • 37 varied pieces of denim for the hexies
    • 4 sets of eyelet rings
    • 1 metre heavy sew-in vilene
    • comprehensive Just Jude Designs pattern with step by step photos

 

The part-kits are discounted at £13 for those attending the classes.

 

So the only materials you need to bring with you are:

 

    • 0.5 metre cotton for the bag lining
    • 1 fat quarter cotton for zippered pocket lining
    • 8″ plastic zipper

 

Easy peasy!

 

As always, the class project is optional, and I will be announcing class vacancies at the end of this week!  So stay tuned!

 

Happy re-purposing!

 

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Clamshells Handbag


By Judith on May 19, 2017
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Hello everyone!  How has your week been?

It’s been another busy week here in the Hollies’ household – lots more sewing to share with you in the coming weeks.

 

A wee while ago I was prepping for an English Paper Piecing class and brought in some of my sample projects.

 

 

I had diamonds, hexies, kites and coffins to show in a variety of projects, but there was one shape I was missing………. Clamshells (scallops).

 

Clamshells are a great example of curved EPP.  I often get free pre-cut EPP papers with quilting magazines.  Which is where I got these clamshells!

 

 

The little project book that came with the papers was helpful too!  It gave me an idea for a sample.

 

EPP Scallop Bag

 

I decided to make this little bag using some Tilda leftovers teamed with Essex Yarn Dyed Linen (Flax).

 

Joining curved EPP shapes is a little different from straight edge shapes. Shapes like hexies and diamonds can be sewn right sides together using a whip stitch along the straight edges.  Because there are no straight edges on curved shapes, the pieces are appliqued down onto a background instead.

 

EPP Scallop Bag

 

A little note on basting clamshells – snip into the fabric along the curves, approx. 1cm intervals before folding the fabric over the paper.  I’m a fan of hand tacking/basting the fabric to the papers, but I know some of you are big into the convenience of the glue basting pen.  However, the glue pen doesn’t work so well here because the papers have to be removed before they are appliqued down.

 

I sourced some vintage wooden handles on Etsy that were just the right size.

 

EPP Scallop Bag

 

So now I have a sweet little Clamshells Handbag to keep all my English Paper Piecing papers and wips in!  Great for sewing ‘on the go’!

 

EPP Scallop Bag

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

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Hexie Notebook Cover


By Judith on September 15, 2016
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Today is the 2nd Tuesday of the month!  And that means Scraptastic Tuesday!

It’s a while since I’ve linked up with Nicky and Leanne. But I’ve actually had some time recently to play with hexie scraps!
Hexie Notebook Cover

 

This notebook cover fits an A5 spiral notebook and uses 36 English Paper Pieced 1″ hexies, the perfect size for using up those smaller scraps.
Hexie Notebook cover

 

I also experimented a little with some Aurifil 12wt wool thread.  I like the way these thicker threads sit proud on the Essex Yarn Dyed Linen.
Hexie Notebook Cover
Hexie Notebook Cover
These notebook covers come together really quickly once the hexie panel is made. And they are a ‘go to present’ when one of the kids needs a last minute gift for a friend.
Hexie Notebook Cover
So what are you making with your scraps?
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