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Fabric and Sewing Haul

C: so this morning we did our usual Saturday morning ting and went shopping! But instead of our usual sort of haul, we went fabric shopping instead! Annie is a super good sewer and I am super good at buying things ready made…. So we don’t normally do this sort of thing together! However, Annie found some amazing fabric that I NEEDED for curtains for my new house so we decided to go fabric shopping and then Annie is going to teach me to sew!

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This is the material we bought! The bee material is for my curtains and I’m in love with it. I love it too much to risk ruining so my mum is making me curtains out of this, but Annie is teaching me to make a cushion today.

The rest of the material is Annie’s which she is using for various projects that she will be sharing with you all soon!

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Here is the master at work! She is pro and just made a cushion in the 10 mins I have been writing this…. Mental! So anyway, let us know what you think of these prints and we will be posting the lovely things Annie has made soon, as well as my first attempt… Wish me luck! #twolittleowls

Patchwork Update

A: Hope you’re all having a lovely Sunday evening (if you’re anything like me I’m totally ignoring the fact that I’ve got work tomorrow)!

I’ve spent the day making a roast and doing some more work on my blanket, today’s is pretty simple but really effective I think…

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I’ve made a pattern out of lots of different buttons, I want my blanket to have lots of different textures and although these buttons don’t match all of the colours in the fabric for this square, they will pick up on the colours in other squares. I’ve also placed them just off centre, I use this as a bit of a cheat to be honest because when the blanket is sewn together some fabrics may pull more than others – this might affect the central points in some of the squares. If you place the design in your squares off centre, this won’t happen as they aren’t meant to be central. In the art world, there is a sum to work out the off centre line or ‘golden section’ -artists use it as it is deemed to be more aesthetically pleasing!

Hopefully it’s given you some inspiration, what projects are you working on? #twolittleowls

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Patchwork Update

A: Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday!

I’ve been doing some more work on my patchwork blanket today, if you have no idea what I’m talking about click here.

I’ve done some simple appliqué work, taking some of my favourite fabrics and adding them to a calico backing to strengthen them.

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This bird fabric is from one of my old tops and it’s a lovely raw silk, I wore it to death and could face throwing it out when the time came, so when I said in my last post you can use anything to make your blanket, I really meant it! I’ve finished the edge with some cotton tape, this is a bit of a cheat really because it just means I won’t have to hem the edge!

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I did the same with this square, but placed the patterned fabric in the centre and finished both edges with cotton tape and added some buttons, one plain and one gold. All I need to do to finish these squares is use my sewing machine to see the cotton tape with a coordinating coloured running stitch. You can do this by hand if you want to. #twolittleowls

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Patchwork Blanket

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A: I don’t know about  you but I always think that January is a bit of a rubbish month. The weather is always cold and rainy and I’m normally on a post Christmas diet after indulging way too much!

This year is no different so I have decided to start a new project to keep me occupied and away from the chocolate! I will be posting my progress, tips and how – tos, just in case you’re feeling the same and need a project of you’re own!

The Patchwork Blanket

First of all, you need to think about what kind of size you want your blanket to be. I’m making one for my double bed, which is pretty ambitious but I think it’ll be worth it. Once you’ve decided, measure out the rough size of your total blanket.

So I know now that I need 169 6″ x 6″ squares to make a double blanket. That does sound pretty daunting I know, BUT most of the squares will just need cutting, pressing and sewing together! Choose your fabric. Now this doesn’t need to be done all in one go, if you see some nice fabric whilst you’re out shopping then go for it! And have a rummage through your linen cupboard if you have one! I am very lucky because I am a self-confessed hoarder and have a huge stock of fabric in my linen cupboard. I tend not to throw anything away, whether it was part of an old dress or some bedsheets as I’m sure they will come in handy for something in the future – and now they have!

Remember, this project does not have to be expensive, use anything you can lay your hands on – I am even using some pretty vintage pillowcases I used to use when I had sleepovers at my Nan’s house so my blanket will have some sentimental value too 🙂

Make a template of the size you need your squares to be – remember to add on some space to allow for the seams! I need my finished squares to measure 6″ x 6″ so I have made a template for 7″ x 7″.

Once you’ve got your template ready you can use it to cut out as many pieces of fabric as you need. I’m cutting my fabric as I go, and i’m not planning too much in advance, just doing a few squares when i get a free half an hour or so in the evening or at the weekend.

*TIP* press the squares as you cut them, I ALWAYS use spray starch when I’m doing anything like this, it makes the fabric stiff and it smells nice too!!

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If you’ve got a particular fabric you like, use it as many ways as you can. Here’s the first square I made, using the fabric I mentioned earlier which was my Nan’s.

 

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I cut out a simple heart shape then pinned it to a plain, unbleached calico square and used a coordinating colour thread to do a running stitch and then do three large cross stitches in the same thread. I’ve also used the same patterned fabric to make some squares. I’m not going to add any embellishment to these as i want my blanket to be a mix of decorative and simple – but you can do whatever you want, that’s the beauty of DIY!

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I’ve used a plain calico again as the background for this embellished square (if you need to buy some plain fabric for your blanket, this is the best type to buy – it’s durable, heavy and cheap! most haberdashery shops sell it for around £2.99 a metre!).

I am a firm believer (C: NOT Belieber…) in being thrifty, and to decorate this square I used an old head tie I bought for a 70’s fancy dress. I loved the little daisies so kept in my (overflowing) sewing box, and I thought they’d be perfect for the blanket.

The white fabric was cut from some left over fabric from making a cushion, I then added a couple of rows of yellow running stitch to secure it in place – and then I secured the daisies with a couple of tacks in the leaves. I’ve got some daisies leftover too, so I will put some more in when I make another square. 

C: Hope you enjoyed Annie’s post, the next couple of steps and square ideas will be up in the next few days so keep checking (or give us a cheeky follow for updates) #⃣twolittleowlsblog

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