This fabric of the week was a bit back to front – we found the pattern and then found the perfect material for it!
This gorgeous fabric is actually dishcloths – the good thing with this is that we bought them in a pack of three so you know that the colours will match!
The project we foound was a Reading Cushion. We both love reading and you will often find books at the side of the bed and we loved the idea of having a specific place to store your books! Here is a link to the original project: https://www.polkadotchair.com/2016/10/how-to-sew-a-reading-pillow.html/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=thepolkadotchair
The front pocket is inspired and is the perfect size to put your book or Kindle and the machine embroidered “Read” just gives you every excuse to read as much as you like!
I also think that this pillow would be good for your sewing/knitting projects as you could store your pattern and materials in the front pocket.
As ever this is avaliable to buy on our Folksy store!
This week’s fabric of the week is the smallest yet – we only had a few scraps left of this stripey material but we knew that we could craft something from it!
We had seen this Patchwork Pencil Case from Crafts Beautiful and knew that we wanted to try it out and the stripey fabric seemed to fit perfectly.
Rather than using different fabrics we used the stripes in the material to add interest – as you can see we also had horizontal and vertical stripes to show the difference.
We cut out the fabric (the stripes and a plain cream fabric for the nibs) and used Bondaweb to attach it to the grey fabric (an upcycled bed sheet – it is the most gorgeous grey and helps make the colour pop!) We then used our sewing machine to sew round and secure the fabric on. We used black thread to outline the pencils.
We also added a gusset round the pencil case to add depth to the pencil case – idea for stuffing in all your lovely stationery items!
For the coloured tips of the pencils we used pens that we knew didn’t run on fabric – Winsor and Newton pens, they come in colours that perfectly matched the coloured of the striped material.
Here are some of the details of the pencil case:
This was a really enjoyable project to work on and we loved the pop of colour in this fabric – if you love it too you can purchase these pencil cases on our Folksy shop https://folksy.com/shops/givielane
This week’s fabric of the week is fabulous, dah-ling! We’ve had this in our fabric stash for years when we found it in the remnants bin in Ikea. We have always just been looking for a project for it.
We considers several ideas but the beauty of this fabric lies in the lips so we focused on them and made these fabulous cushions.
They were a quick and easy but effective make. We added a gusset around the lips to help define them and make them look better standing on the couch/bed/wherever!
Here are some more details:
These are also avaliable on our Folksy store to buy.
This fabric was never bought for crafting purposes – it was actually bought to be used as pillow cases! However when Lane always wanted to stitch on this fabric – to colour it in – and so when they were no longer used as pillow cases we jumped at the chance to craft with it!
The first step in the process was to identify what where the best shapes and sizes to add the embroidery to. We then cut up the fabric into these shapes (we knew we would be making a glasses case, make up bags and money purses)
Then Lane did her magic and added detail to each item.
The thread used is just standard six thread embroidery cotton. Lane has a stash of random threads that she has collected from different projects over the years (and also from charity shops!) and used them – identify which colours best suited each design. She also used a couple of different stitches, including stem stitch and cross stitch.
It was then over to Givie to transform them into each item. Every item was lined with the same fabric and also had a zip put in – we loved the pop of colour of the red and orange zip!
They were really fun to stitch (if sometimes challenging due to the size and weight of the fabric) and it was fab to see them completed. It was nice to see something that we had thought of doing for so long finally came together – and came together so well!
These items are available to purchase on our Folksy store! https://folksy.com/shops/givielane
This week we have not one fabric but four! They are all the same pattern – a lovely polka dot that is visually appealing – but four different colours. We wanted to see if the different colours changed the look and appeal of what we were making.
This time the make was more challenging as it was something we had never made before and something that we didn’t really have a pattern for. (we used several sites on Internet for inspiration)
We were working on Corner Bookmarks!
The slide show below shows the steps we took to design the book mark. We took a basic shape from a pattern for paper book marks and then, working out seam allowance, adapted it for fabric. However once we had made up our first prototype we realised that you didn’t need the two trianges – in fact it made it more bulky and harder to use. (the pages would get trapped between the two triangles)
We then used the plastic used in pelmets to thicken the bookmark to ensure that it would stay in place.
They were good fun to make – and also the colours don’t make that much difference to the overall look I am sure that you have a favourite!
Gx and Lx
PS Remember if you wish to own one of these lovely book marks come and visit our Folksy site! https://folksy.com/shops/givielane
Week 2 of Fabric of the Week ties closely into one of our main loves – charity shop shopping! This lovely fabric is actually a single duvet and pillow case set that we bought ages ago from a charity shop.
We have used this fabric before – as backing for our character pinboards (check them out in our Folksy shop! https://folksy.com/items/7019621-Covered-Cork-Pinboard-Superhero-Pink-Hair-) but never made the fabric the focus as we wanted to do for this challenge.
We decided to focus on the rainbows and found an amazing quote from the brilliant author Maya Angelou.
We stitched the letters on using two stands of embroidery thread (and one strand for the Maya Angelou because it was so small) We found that stem stitch made the writing too busy and so did a simple (and quick) back stitch for the letters. The coloured letters had the Rainbow song stuck in our heads but that is a worthy price to pay as they look so pretty against the clouds.
We managed to get three bags out of the duvet and the cloud placement meant that each one was slightly different in look.
As we also hate waste we managed to also make a make-up bag and headphone holder from the material.
The fabric was lovely to work with and a much needed burst of colour when the January blues hit!
Gx and Lx
PS If you would love to own any of these unique items they are all available to purchase in our Folksy store! https://folksy.com/shops/givielane
Here is part one of our new weekly feature – Fabric of the Week! Each week we will feature a different fabric and show you a craft that we have made from it. This feature has mainly been inspired by our massive fabric stash and the need to actually stop staring at it and saying “It’s so pretty” and make something from the fabric! (then, and only then, can we buy more!)
So the first fabric is this gorgeous vintage silk scarf. It features these lush and large flowers that really pop out of the orange background. We love silk scarfs but don’t really wear them – I know for a fact that I am not chic enough for a head scarf and my experiments with wearing a scarf round my neck just makes me look like I have mumps. So this project allows us to buy beatiful scarfs and make something a) practical and b) lovely — Shopping bags!
The bags themselves are easy to make and very easy to use – I have one of my own and always get comments when I use it – and who doesn’t love a compliment when out shopping! The best festure is the wee pocket at the top of the bag which means you can fold it up and shove it in your bag for next time!
So there you go – our first fabric of the week! Vintage, upcylced craftiness which helps you to stop using plastic bags!