Basket Case!


By Judith on May 9, 2020
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I’ve been making a lot of baskets lately!

 

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!

 

Improv scrap baskets

 

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 scrap baskets

 

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.

 

Improv scrap baskets

 

To give you a sense of scale, my smaller basket is holding large spools of 50wt Aurifil thread.

 

Improv scrap baskets

 

I create my baskets with an inset base with piping.  I think the piping gives the basket more definition and shape.

 

Improv scrap baskets

 

And the structure is provided by the heavy sew-in vilene that the exterior is quilted on to.

 

Improv scrap baskets

 

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.)

Happy sewing!

 

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Scrappy Heart Drawstring Bags


By Judith on April 21, 2020
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Hello there!

 

I’ve had a little extra time on my hands the past 2 days (that’s in between long lie-ins, short walks and afternoon reading in my sunny garden)!

 

I had a few leftover pieces of Tilda strips from my last free video tutorial project and thought I’d put them to good use.

 

Scrappy Heart Drawstring Bags

 

This little drawstring bag stands around 11″ tall (unfilled) and combines mostly Tilda scraps with some Essex Yarn Dyed Linen (Flax).

 

Scrappy Heart Drawstring Bags

 

I quilted the front and back in a 1″ diagonal grid before needleturning a heart on each side, and a simple running stitch detail.

 

Scrappy Heart Drawstring Bags

 

The bag is fully lined with finished drawstring tabs.

 

Scrappy Heart Drawstring Bags

 

The bag took no time at all to make, so I made another one!!

 

Scrappy Heart Drawstring Bags

 

I’m not much of a hand stitcher, but I really enjoyed the slow stitching of the hearts and running stitches.

 

Scrappy Heart Drawstring Bags

 

I’m planning on filling these bags with goodies and gifting them to some friends who are fighting on the front line of the Covid19 battle.

 

Happy sewing!

 

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Scrappy Table Topper Video Tutorial


By Judith on April 12, 2020
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As lockdown continues here, I’ve had lots more time to play with my favourite scraps!

 

I’ve been needing a little mat to place under the tray that sits on my oak table.  I also love the process of making ‘stacked coins’ from scrappy strips.

 

So put the two together and what do you get? My free Scrappy Table Topper Tutorial!

 

Scrappy Table Topper Vidoe Tutorial

 

The tutorial will take you through how to make the stacked coin columns – they can be any size you wish, maximising the size of scraps you have.

 

Scrappy Table Topper Vidoe Tutorial

 

You will also see how to quilt the topper using a quilting bar – that weird looking ‘allen key’ type bar that languishes in your accessories tray!  It’s a really handy little gadget, and will save you lots of marking out time!

 

Scrappy Table Topper Vidoe Tutorial

 

I also show you how to make and finish off the binding by ‘stitching in the ditch’ from the front side.

 

Scrappy Table Topper Vidoe Tutorial

 

This is a really quick little project, and you can make these pretty and functional mats any size you like!  I now have several of them dotted around my house, bringing me joy each time my eye catches some of my favourite fabrics.

 

Scrappy Table Topper Vidoe Tutorial

 

I hope you enjoy the tutorial.  We are getting better with each one that we make, and we have more planned!

 

Happy sewing!

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Scrappy Scraps Basket!


By Judith on March 16, 2020
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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!

 

Hexie Tilda Scraps Basket

 

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!

 

Hexie Tilda Scraps Basket

 

I wanted a defined cylindrical shape so added some piping to the base and narrow binding at the top.

 

Hexie Tilda Scraps Basket

 

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.

 

Hexie Tilda Scraps Basket

 

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.

 

Hexie Tilda Scraps Basket

 

Now, what will I make next with my favourite scraps!!

 

Happy scrapping!

 

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