Sunday, 30 November 2014

Neonatal Baby Nest Tutorial

As you may already know on 11th Jan 2015 we are holding a Sewing Day for Milton Keynes Neonatal Unit, making Baby Nests;

For anyone who can't make it but would still like to make a baby nest and drop into us or MK hospital here's a quick tutorial

First Print off these pattern sheets

Next join the pages and cut out the pattern.  Note - Use 10mm or 5/8th inch seam allowance which is included in the pattern.

Next cut out your fabric - the padded head section is cut on the bias to allow it to bend nicely.

Cut 2 x each of the base and the padded piece.

The hospital have asked for just the padded section on it's own, so for this fold the long padded section in half length ways right sides together.

Sew using zigzig/ stretch on your machine (this is really really important as the fabric cut on the bias will stretch when stuffed with the hollow fiber and we don't want popped seams or hollow fiber coming out near babies !) leave both ends open.

Turn inside out, stuff with hollow fibre and close each end with your sewing machine.

So that's complete, now for the Baby Nest

For the padded section fold length ways again but this time wrong sides together, and sew using zigzag stitch leaving both ends open.

Next cut 1 piece of wadding the same shape as the base and quilt together.

Next pin the padded section to the base as shown & sew to the base around the edge - 10mm or 5/8th seam again.

Next take the other piece of base fabric, place on top right side down as shown, sew from notch to notch.

Next turn out so it now looks like this

You are ready to stuff the padded section - so it looks like this 

Fold the ends under and machine stitch closed.  Next turn inside out again and close as much of the gap as you can

Turn the right way out and turn under the remaining gap and top stitch closed with your machine.  Then I hand sew the corners of the padded section flat just because I think it looks nice.

All done :-)

 Don't forget if you want to join us here's the event details 


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Charity Sewing Day - Update

Just a quick update on our Charity Sewing event in Jan, details here

We have our fabric !!!!  Which arrived this morning.

Just to let you know I will be doing a tutorial and giving you the pattern so even if you can't join us on the day you can buy the fabric and send us your baby nests.

We bought our fabric from - the best price I could find for the Hungry Caterpillar Fabric. 

Monday, 10 November 2014

Work in progress - Toddler Quilt

My youngest boy will be 2 in December and I was hoping to finish a new quilt and matching cushions for his room...but time is ticking it....I need to find more sewing hours in the day.

Because I knew I would be busy with Halloween, and Christmas planning I picked a simple design, from a book I bought by one of my favorite quilt bloggers Allison Harris her blog is

You can read her posts about this book here, it's idea for busy mums like me and the instructions are really straightforward and clear.

I'm making progress on cutting out and some piecing......I've changed the measurements slightly for my version - I need 72 of these blocks shown here. 

I love this fabric, it's called Little Ark by Riley Blake Designs, such fab colours too !

You can view the fabric line here

Hopefully I will have a finished quilt top to show you soon !!

Monday, 3 November 2014

Getting the most from your Walking Foot

I was so pleased when Fiona at The Sewing Directory asked me to write a feature about the Walking Foot, I've only ever written for my own blog and my class course notes very exciting for me to write for such an amazing site !!!

You can find my feature here :-)

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Lily's Quilts

Over at Lily's Quilts, she very kindly running a small blog meet up for blogs (like me) with fewer than 50 followers, who would like to get to know some other blogs.

Such a fab idea because sometimes smaller blogs don't get seen, yet often have amazing posts.  I really enjoy finding new blogs.  I have young children so when I've been up all night, afternoon nap time is my blog reading time which I love !

Pop over for her website for the the full details