Friday, 21 August 2015

Half Square Triangle Cushion

I love half square triangle quilt blocks there are so many patterns, so I decided I would use some left over cotton/linen fabric to make some patchwork cushions.



The fabric I had was probably too thick really for patchwork, but I got away with it ( i think), if you want the linen look for patchwork you can get Robert Kaufman essex linen which is lighter in weight, mine was closer to upholstery weight not ideal.

I've seen lots of half square triangle sampler quilts so the idea was to make a set of HST cushions each with a different block design.  Just for fun I'm going to see which of our guests notice they are different  !

Cutting out all the half square triangles was really quick because I used my fab Sizzix Big shot with the 4 1/2 inch finished square die.  If you are thinking of getting a sizzix I would totally totally recommend they cut perfectly, and are so so quick as you can cut upto 8 layers of quilting weight cotton in one go. I got mine from Hobbycraft  on offer - look out for the offers, and if you sign up to their newsletter I think you get 20% off too.

If you don't have a die cutter you could use charm packs and use this method  I still use this method for larger square, the only drawback with the sizzix machine I have, they do a bigger machine but that's more expensive and not as easy to take to classes etc.





 I quilted with top just a little in the ditched using cotton/bamboo wadding.



Now I just need to make some more !

















Saturday, 8 August 2015

Handmade Espadrilles !

I was browsing Sew Magazine the other day and they mentioned that The Makery had done a YouTube video on how to sew your own Espadrilles here.

The Makery also sell everything you need including the soles, but being a bargain hunter I did a little googling, to see if I could find any soles on sale, and found that New Look had these sandals for just £3



As I'm often between sizes I ordered a size 6 and 7, and even with delivery was still only £9.99 !

The only downside to my money saving idea, was unpicking the new look sandal, and not having a pattern, which is provided with the prymm sole that The Makery sell. 

There is a free pattern here although the prymm one is probably better as it's designed for their sole.  I decided to make my own pattern as I have wide feet and thin ankles so have a nightmare with shoes.   

Here's my test version....I have identified I need the size 6 but a few stitches at the heel makes these wearable so I'm ready for the beach.  I think on the next pair I'll make the heel fabric a bit higher and the foot part smaller but they are really easy to make, I never hand stitch anything if I can avoid but I really enjoyed sewing the blanket stitch around the edge was very simple to do.