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
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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