Friday, 20 June 2014

Giant Button Tutorial

I was in Ikea one day recently and spotted these giant buttons.
Though I loved the idea - I wasn't really fussed on the colours!
So I got to thinking .... oh yes and fabric had to be invovled!
I had recently got some gorgeous Tilda fabrics into the shop and thought 
they would be ideal to cover the buttons.
Here's a quick tutorial for fabric covered Giant Buttons:
First of all  spray the two coloured buttons with white paint -
(I was afraid the bright colours would show through the fabrics) 
Cut out a circle of fabric approx. 2" bigger than the button. 
Spray the front of the button with temporary glue.
(This means you can adjust the fabric as you press it down) 
Centre the fabric on top of the button - right side up! 
Start pressing the fabric down into the centre of the button.
Try not to get any creases in the fabric. 
When the centre is completely in place, 
start pressing down the outside fabric. 
This is a little more tricky, but you can lift the fabric and readjust as necessary. 
When that's down, spray a little more glue around the underside of the button 
and  bring the fabric over the edge, so the raw edges are hidden underneath. 
The edges should fold over neatly.
(once the button is hung on the wall, no-one will see the raw edges!) 
Take a stitch ripper and make a small cross in the centre holes in the button. 

Turn the button over and press the raw edges to the underside.
(You can spray a little more glue here if needed) 
Lace some ribbon through the holes to resemble thread. 
And there you have it Giant Buttons covered in gorgeous Tilda.
My website is undergoing some renovations at the minute,
but if you would like to purchase some Tilda fabric please email me.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

It's like starting all over again (with free p&p!)

It's been sooo long,
it really is like starting a blog all over again.
I had to go to my blog history to remind myself of when I first started.
Anyway, I have a bit of catching up to do.
It's a bit scary, because I don't know if I'll be able to keep up!
I've been busy trying to start up a small patchwork shop with a website
and teaching craft classes.
I will try and recapture what I've been working on 
in the past (cough cough) months in some photos:)
 First up is a Christmas Quilt called Santa's Stable, featuring Santa's nine reindeers!
This pattern was published in Sewing World magazine prior to Christmas.
It's difficult to see, but there's a lot of hand embroidery in the borders.
Next up is a Swirly Whirly Table Runner. This was great fun to make 
and I even managed to squeeze in a workshop before Christmas.
I've been teaching this Spool Quillow at the weekly patchwork class, 
and here's my new handbag pattern- The Gatsby!
The Gatsby (by no means great!) is made using fabrics from 
the Tim Holtz collection Eclectic Elements.
(Some of these are still available on my website)

And of course there have been craft shows and talks.
So there you have it - a brief outline of what I've been up to.
Hopefully from now on I'll be able to blog a little more often - 
and catch up on some of the blogs I've been missing out on lately!
This weekend I have an offer of free p&p to UK and Ireland on my website -
please pop over and take a look!