This week we had a custom order to make up, the customer wanted a set of 6 placemats and a table runner as a gift for her Aunt and Uncle.
She chose Ephemeral Antiquity Plum by Michael Miller for the top and Quatrefoils Plum by Michale Millerfor the back. We used bamboo batting in between the two layers of fabric and all three layers have been lightly quilted together. The table runner measures 130 x 30cm and the placemats are 21 x 30cm.
The backing fabric wraps around to the front to form the binding.
There was some batting and fabric left so we made up a set of coasters as well, each one features a different design from the fabric.
All of todays treasuries feature handmade items from our Voodoo Rabbit Stitches etsy shop. Help us say thank you by clicking on the curators name to check out their store. You can also click on the image if you wish to go to the treasury page on Etsy.
I've been meaning to blog about Robyn for the longest time now but have been extremely slack.
Robyn designs and hand makes appliqued cushion covers and has been kind enough to purchase and use some of our original Voodoo Rabbit fabric. Here are some of my favourite designs from her shop (yes I am being biased towards my own fabrics:).
We ordered some more Funky Friends Factory patterns since they are just so cute. Here is the latest sample and our favourite so far. Introducing Geeky Chook, once he was stuffed we decided that he looked so geeky that he needed a pair of glasses.
Cloud did all of the sewing on this one and made the little glasses, I just sewed up the stuffing hole, and did the hand sewing on his wings and attached the eyes and glasses.
The pattern is called Cheeky Chook by Funky Friends Factory. The fabric used was our very own Gingham Invaded for the body. Red homespun cotton for the comb, giblets and feet. Early Bird Yellow Crosshatch by Cosmo Cricket for the beak.
This is a fairly easy patterns to sew together, probably on a similar level to Stu the Sea Turtle.
We now stock 10 Funky Friends Factory patterns in our Coorparoo Market store, new patterns are Mitch the Monkey, Patty the Cow, Cheeky Chook and Silly scrap snake. Samples of the rest to come;)
In other creative pursuits I have also managed to cut out two dresses for myself, hopefully I will be able to sew them together before the start of the new year.
Even though My Creative Space is officially finished for the year I thought I would still try to do one each week. Here is the last of the Funky Friend Factory samples for the patterns that we have in stock.
Meet Larry the Lion, isn't he adorable? He was a joint effort between Cloud and myself.
Larry has been made up using Tailor Made Scissors teal by Cosmo Cricket (body), Tailor Made Floral Outline by Cosmo Cricket (Main, Nose and Feet) and white homespun cotton (muzzle).
Larry's design includes footpads and gussets so he is of a similar difficulty to the aardvard and hippo patterns, maybe slightly more fiddly. He can be sewn in either woven or stretch fabric and you could easily turn him into a lioness by leaving off the mane.
Pauline very kindly sent us 2 extra patterns to try out so we will be making them up next ; D
A new super cute fabric panel from Lecien, Caramel Town is available in red, green and brown.
Each square is approx 13.5cm (5-5/16inch) along an edge and we were very surprised to discover that the text is in Hungarian (according to Google translator).
I made up this cute little cube using 1/2 panel of the fabric.
To make the cube:
1. Cut out each square with a 5mm (1/4 inch) seam allowance on all sides.
2. Cut the floral and gingham patterned strips from each side of the panel to make the ribbons.
3. Iron each square onto a medium weight interfacing (optional).
4. Sew the ribbon strips to a backing fabric, right sides together.
5. Turn ribbons strips right side out and press. Cut into pieces so that you have 8 pieces the same length.
6. Sew 4 squares together edge to edge to create a continuous piece and then sew the start and end edges together to form four sides of the cube. Start and end all of these seams 5mm (1/4in) in from the ends, this will make it easier to attached the top and bottom.
7. Pin the ribbons into position on each sides of the top and bottom of the cube, baste in place.
8. Attach the top square, once again start and end all seams 5mm (1/4in) in from the ends.
9. Attach the bottom square leaving an opening in the centre of one edge.
10. Turn the cube right side out.
11. Stuff with toy stuffing.
12. Sew the opening closed using ladder stitch.
One panel will make two cubes.
This is a pretty quick and dirty tutorial, if you would like a more indepth one with pictures, let us know and we will try to put one together.
This week we have managed to make one more Funky Friends Factory toy, introducing Plattie the Platypus.
He is made up using Daisy Doogle Lime by Michael Miller for the body and Adventures in Wonderland Faux Leathergrain by Winham fabrics for his bill and feet. This is a very simple pattern that goes together fairly quickly and easily.
His bill got a little squished in my bag on the way to the shop, poor little Plattie.
We are halfway through the Larry the Lion plushie mentioned in last Fridays post, hopefully he will be finished in the next day or so.
Join in the last creative space of the year with Kirsty over at Kootoyoo.