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STEP-BY-STEP WEEKEND

OTIME
PROJECTS MADE EASY

SEWING

IN N10TIME

SEWING N NO TIME
SO STEP-BY-STEP WEEKEND PROJECTS MADE EASY

EM'MAHARDY'

CICOBOOKS
LONDON NEW YORK

Or 111( HI,,):>.;

This book is dedicated

to my Mum,.

who taught me to sew.

NOTE: Unless otherwise stated. all fabric quantities given In the projects are based on fabric tnat is 135 ern/54 In. Wide.

First published in 2008 by Cleo Books an imprint of Ryland Peters & Small 20-:21 Jockey's Fields, London We1 R.BW 10987654321 TR'd © Emma. Hardy 2008 DesIgn and photography © Cleo Books 2008 The author's moral rrights have been asserted. All nghts reserveo, No part of this publication maybe raproducad, stored In a retrieval syslem, or transmitted In any form or by any means, elecnoruc, mechanical, pholooopying, or omeiWlse, without the pnor permission of the publisher A crp catalogue record for tI1isooak tlls Bmish Ubrary ISBN-13: 978 l 90609425 ISBN-10: 1 90609426 X Primed in China Editor: Sarah Hoggett Designer: David Fordham Illustrator; Michael HIli Photographer: Debbie Patterson Stylist; Emma Hardy
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Contents
6 Introduction
8 CHAPTER

82
IRELAXATION SPACES

CHAPTER

4

WORK ANti

PLAY

SPACES

1

84 Drawstring toy bags 86 Uned storage basket

10 Floral cushion cover with ties

90 Door stop
94 Sewing kit 9B Fabric-covered 102 Peg board 104 Fabric-covered 06 Floor cushion storage box picture frame

14 Dotty patchwork cushion

Scatter cushion with ribbon stroes 1B Yb-yo cushion
16 20 22 24 26 28 Floral floor rug Lampshade with ruffled trim Simple curtain with patterned border Curtain tieback Fireplace screen
CHAPTER

08 IRoll-up blind
,12 CHAPTERSLAUNDRV AND BATHROOMS

114 Ironing board cover 32

2

KITCHENS AND DINING ROOMS

34 Tea CQSY

116 Towelling bath mat 120 Towel with fabric border 122 Drawstring 126 Pegl bag laundry bag'

36 CUtlery roll 38 Pan holder 40 Piacs mat and napkin
42 Napkin ring with button detail 44 Fringed tablecloth with braid 46 Table runner

128 'Ribbon and button lavender bag
130 Padded coat hanger 132 Half curtain
134 CHA.PTER

50 Recipe book cover
52 CIHA'PTER. 3 BEDROOMS

6

OUTSIDE SPACES

136 Mattress cushion for garden bench 140 Garden chaJr cushion with frill
144 Awning! , 48 Children's play tent

54 Reversible duvet cover
58 Sheet wilh ribbon trim

60 Pillowcase with patterned border 62 U e girl's dwet set
66 Patchwork bedspread

152 Picnic blanket
156 Pet basket

70 Bolser n Padded heedboard
76 Rowel)' throw

t 60 Techniques and templates 174 Suppliers

78 Flower-and-leaf lampshade
80 Sheer curtain with ribbons

175 Index
176 Aciknowledgements

Introduction

I ve enjoyed sewing ever since I was a child, My molher
costumes and had, designs

8lJghl me

Ihe basic stitches, which I used to make doli's clothes. blanke sand by hand. progressing to making my own clothes as I gal older

mastered t"'e s9Wlng machine. I loved bemg able no create that were unique. Individual and allowed me to express myself. mind.
I ha.ve put

I still very much delight in Ihis process - bul ~ese days. the demands of modern life mean that I am short of time. W,th this in

togelher 50 Prolects hat are Quick and easy to make. From bed linen and cushions
0 window

treatments, storage ideas and table Finen. the projects

are both practical and decorative and most can be made in a matter of hours. A basic sewt 9 kil and sewing machine are aillhat you need, and
most a me projects are ideal for iii novice - al hough I hope designs WIll appeal to the experienced Each beautifully photographed hat

Ihe

s i cher as well as the beginner:

design is accornparaed

by

charmingly

IlIlJstrated instructions
a gUide: the actual expertise. The guide
0 basic

that lead you slep by step hrough the projects.
ming, al hough

Each project also includes an estimated
me

hIS IS only
and gives a simple

writ vary depending

on your experience

techniques section skills and the book
he projects.

at tile back of the also contains

book

all the templates thai you

need to complete Choose and home fabrics

he will complement

and coordinate wilh your decor

umishings. or ailor-make projects to create special gifts for

friends and family, Experimenl with colours, patterns and lnmmings, col1lecting ribbons. braids and vintage buttons to give yom crea Ions the
perfect finishing touches. With such a wide selection of wonderful'

aoncs

currently on sale Irom craft and sewing shops and online companies.
I hope you

wily' be

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inspired 10 use this IJoo.k as a starting POint to create your own designs.

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CHAPTER,

Relaxation spaces

Floral cushion cove, with ties
cushion over and change the look to suit your mood.

each cover 1~ hours

Add a pretty, country feel to your sofa with these ovely floral cushions. I used he same fabric throughout, but you could choose a coordinating fabric for the back, so that you can turn the The covers are very easy to make. as they have no zips or buttons but are fastened with neat little fabric ties. To make them even simpler, you could replace the ties with ribbon.

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49 cmt 19)( 91., n. Along one shoo 9Oge, rokl over 1 anA's In. and then ann 1.5 emil 2 in. a the wrong Side. Macl'1lne shleh,n place. 1. Cu a piece 01 labne measunng 48

2. Cut

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25-cm13

10-ln, stnps

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fabric. Fold each one In half, wrong sides logether, ana press. Open QUi. Along bOr
longl sideS. old' over 1.5 eml' 2 in. 0 the tong side and press. A one shon end. raid over 1.5 crnI 2 111. and press. 3. Fold the Mtlo!e stnp In hal along he ceotra fold hr.e. Machine sntcn along the stnp. stitching as clOse 0 the unfolded edge as poss~ble. and across 1M aided end Press.

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4. Cut a 48);

19·cml1g

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71 z-ln. l'eCIaJ'lgle of fabnc. Along

one long edge. iotdO'ltleI' 1 ci!nP'8 In and then an01t1er 1.5 cmflt2ln.o·1'Hl wrong Side. Pin and macl'lIne sltlch .

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5. Cui a ";S·cm/ g-lIl square of fabric. With rtghl
sides together. pin !he raIN

edge of ~he rectangle from Step 4 to one side of Ihe square, inserting one be -nto the seam t2 cm/41r.l! In.

from one corner and another one 12 cmi41 2 in. lrom Ihe 01her comer.
Mach~nestitch
Ifl place.

Pless the

seam eoen,

16.lay this piece wrotJg .side down on your work surtaoe, With right siems together place the otlner ~eoe 01 fabne from Step 1 on tOp. aligning me hemmed side Wllhlhe sesrn on the bouom piece

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7. Foldthe-llap over Ihe lop

and PIfl ano rnachlne stitch
aR:llI!1d 111£1hree sides of 111S t

50U8re_ Tum
Side 001

cover nglll

8. Take 1heremamlllQ two ties. fold under 1.5 cmtl 2 in. at the raw ends and machlJ'e sbtcll1hem onto the cushion cover. altgl1ilflg lhem with tile nes alredy In place. Press the cover. InSeri tile c,Llstuon pad and tie the lies m a neal bow to Close

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Dotty patchwork cushion
from fraying.

[ 2 hours

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25 cmr10 In each or a seOecIJ01
o pallerJllOCla0nc5 l

Stitch large circles of patlt!emed fabric onto pllain linen to make this delightfully dotty cushion cover. Choose scraps of your favourite fabrics for the dots and edge them with a small zigzag stitch to prevent them

<l5-cm

18-11'1.SGWlra cus'hmn pad 35·()1Il.I1Cl-ln ZIP
5e\'MQ InmalJ

Sew1ng mach fie and matc:hong

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t, Using a compass. draw B circle 13 cml5 in. In dl&l1st8f on paper. Cu out and use as a paper pattern. Pin Q 100 rabncs and cui out nine abne circles.

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2. Cui two 48-cm119-in. 5q1..lBr'eS 01 linen. Lay one piece right SIde up OIl your work surtacs and alfl'ange the tabric atcles on toP. leaVing 1 cmI 3fi In. between each one and 3.5 em/1' '2 In. aU the way around !he edge. Using a smaJ zrgzag Slrtch on Ihe sewing macl"uns .. stitch all around he fabric circles slaying as close to the edge

as you can .

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3. 1111igl1ll Sides "ega her. lack r e two linen squares together along one Side using the seam altrn.vanGe. Machine sUtch from each corner for 5 cml2 In. Prnss me seam open and lay the zip nghl side down on the wrong Side of too seam. Tack and then machine Stitch the zip in place. Remove me acking stitches.

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4. W4 righ . sides logether. pin and machine stitch 'the remaining ee Sides 01 lhe facnc squares uogeiher. Snip he corners. open he zip and tum the cushiOn cover rigll side out. Press. fnsert Ihe

cusI1ion pad.

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Scatter cushion with ribbon stripes
together

2 hours

This is the perfect way to use up all those leftover bits of ribbon that never seem to be quite long enough to be userul. Collect ribbons and braids in similar colours and stitch them

onto plain fabric to make a stylish cushion cover that no one would guess was made from scraps.

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50 cnv20 In. Piaol' 1al)t1C
$e'e.cI roo 01 ,illbor'Is q; lonng

moors W1d lI8IbiJs ....dths , SelMng maGt;ine
MalChong seN
35

no thread
x

5O-cmr13a,~

:m-In.
'11. Cut two 40 x 39-Cmf1S1l4

cushion pad 3bu1l0ns

:.-51/4-ln.

rectangles 01 plam labile. Fold over and press
1

clTlof3,-a

In. to I he INfO ng Side along one

Talw 1 5-an/'?-111 seam a foo.'I3Ilces throughOul unless 001enmse 'slalecl. r

4(}.cm/153>'·1-in. edge oj each piece. F.oId over anotHer 1.5 ClTV'I '.! in, OIl one PIeOOan(l :5 crnf2 in. on the otller cmr;t machine slitch ClOse to the edge.

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3. Cu Ii 38 x 53-cm115 WIth the arrangement. s!ltch each one onto x 21-tn. rectangle Pin them

2. Make tnree buttonholes

along this wider border (see page 164)
USing

O'f plain labric. Lay jl on
then tack and mad'ilne

io lit the size of Ihe buttons you are

your worl< surface and place the ribbons on 11 untn you are happy

In place.

the

fabric.

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4. Lay tile (ibbon~OOliflrnd piece nghl side up on your work surface, wnh ihe buttonhOled baok Place nght side down 01'1 lop. alignll'9 ihe raw edges Place ll1e other back PIece right side doWf! on tOP. agan aligl1lng the raw edges. and pin in place MaCh.ne stiich arolJJld tile edges. trim the corners Ir.J reduce bulk and tum ngh1 sloe oul. Sew 1hree requ red posJIIQn Press

butlol1S

Of1tQ llie baCk

11'11 lila

Insert ihe cushion

pad

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25-cm11 O· 1'1 lerlgl ~1S01 .1
i'iek1~{~ of smallpall_J

Yo -yo cushion
This
IS

the periect

introduction!

to simple sewing. The yo-yos are made onto a shop-bought cushion. cover to
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latmcs
Paper lor ternl lila> Pena and rorrllJilS:i "leedle and InreaiJ

from scraps of patterned create an inexpensive cushion in
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fabric, stitched

but very decorative size, remember

If you're making

Sttorrboughl cOSlliOn cQ;et 10 1'1 35.f"l1V 14-~" sqUill'll ped

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different

that the 'finished yo-yes will be

about ha[,f the size of the original circle. It's also best to make au the yo-yas from the same weight of fabric: lightweight dress cotton is ideal.

Roset't,es: 5 minutes eachWho'le project: 4 hours

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1, Using a compass, draw a circle 12 cnV43..j Ill. ~ndiameter on paper. Cui oul and !lin Ihti template 0010 your laM!:. CUI out 36 drcles from a variety of fabrtcs. Turn over about 5 mm/I'I lhe Wl'Clr.g SIde and press an the way around In. to

2", Work a line 01 [unnlng stucnes around each circle

c,lose 10 lhe rOle! Pull he lhread to gather and secure
WIth

a lew

sllIclles.

3. Arrange 1he rosenes on »'Our WOffl surface In six rows 01 SIX, rnaking sure that f1(I two rosettes of the same fabric are MKI 0 (joe anoLhE'r Slllch each row Icge1lW 1....1111 a f(ffl smarr 5tilchoo and then slltcn the
SiX

rov..s togelher In 1he

same w'S'Ilo 'CUM a panel 4,. Lay 111e: panel on !he front
01 the cushion cover and hand sUtch 11In place by

working
wldssl

fI

rew

stitChes at the

point of ea.dh rosette

rnneredges everythlng

and a law stitches a!QUnd Ihe 10 hold
SOCl.lrelyln place.

Floral floor fu,g
For a quick-and-easy completely redecorating, why no make t is pretty Made from vintage-style. floral Iabrl c edged
Witt

2 hours

way to bring pattern into a room without Ireside rug? border a ruffle

that picks up one of the colours in the main fabric, it is as decorative as it is useful, A wide velvet ribbon in a contrast colour provides a lovely finishing touch. Choose a heavyweigh furnishing fabric hat will withstand a bit
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wear and tear.

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In

pJam labile

the I hWll)'\',ag,ht lToral 1:0111:10 or lumsl1J.1"1Q labric .5 mJEiO n. VIiiM!l !lblXl-rl

lnread

Ta\Ie 1 .5-cmf'.M1 seam
a!

~af1CtIS hroughOO unless othel'NlS8 SlilieO.

1. Cullwo 15 x 150-cml6 59'ln ships of plain fabric iar the IIill. WIth igh Sides ogmher. fold in hali lengllnll'laYS and machine sotCh 8100g 00111 short ends, TlJtn I'I1ghtSIde out and press. Wor\( a nne 0 runmng s Iches about 1 CfTlI3.tlln. from tne raw edge along he wtlOle length- Pull he Ihread 10gather the fabnc so nat the fnll is 54 cmt2 Pi.: in.

long. Secure wrth a faw s itches at Ihe ena.

2. Cu twO 57 x 75-cm'221 2 x 291 z-m. rectangles 01 ora! abnc and two 6O'cml23!2-,n lengths or vetve ribbon PIn and maohlne stItch one ribbon arlo each shOrt end 0 one of the noral pieces 5 cml2 In. from ~tle ledge.

3. WIth fight SIdes ogeiher, align ng Ihe raw edges. lay one fn11 along each short end of the Rorallabric to which you slitcl ed e nobon. Pin and lack pl.ace.

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4.

Ifrth ngh1 sides

ioge\tler. lay the

OilJer flDfal PleGe or top Pin and mactlIne slltch a.! lhe way arouno leaving a .20-cmfB·lo. OP&1I"g aIoog 01"9 JOm] s'de. lhm the GOfOelS, I urn right side 0 tJl a no cress Hand slnch rrre OP!ff1'lOg c'OseO. lop :>tin:"a lila way arounc:llhe n.g " em! 1! ,I~lrorr !
;,he

edge.

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Larnpshade with ruffled trim
This is the perfect way to transform a plain, shop-bought larnnshaue: the same tecnnqtue can be used braid around the middle.
011

shades of any shape or size, Just gather
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up ribbon with a simple running stitch and finish with

thin ribbon or

vot

1. Work a line lOf running stilch atong 111e oenlre 0 WILL "'EEl' I'Ibbon and pull the Ihread to gather gathered rlbbon Fils ne

e wide thal the

he nbboo Check

Small square IBm;lshade

Enough 22· mn14 I I
nbbao 10 go ro~ lampsllade

'2-" -WIde
sO!lIme!l

Iy around the base of you lampshade. then In Ish With a few small smches 81 the end to x;ld I1e ruffles

m place.

around 'he base of your Neeole and I read

Sew1'l1 mactwie ar.a ITl<Ilchng 5e\.... thread ng
Enough!1<l1TQ'l around flDbon 10 go e rulfies evenly along I e length of he ribbOn and rnacbme slilell alOng the centre of he ribbon. 2. Arrange the lOp and base of VOUr

Iampsl"OOe

3, Pin and machine stitch a length 0 narrow ribbon over Ule sthchlng on he ruffled ribbon.

4. GIII.l9 th
boHom a

rufffecl ribbOn around he lampshade.

Ie

over1aPlPlng starling

'Ie a!1ds nea
ribbon around

te Ilnish. Glue orumw
!he lop of Ihe lampshade. ruffle.

and finishing at the same sooi as the bouorn

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Simple curtain with patterned border
Liven up a plain curtain with patterned borders and braids or use this method to lengthen existing curtains to fit a new window. Choose fabrics
With

similar colours, mixing sots,

stripes

and florals. and add ricrac braid and ribbor for
eJtra decoration.

3 hours

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", III 5 poll@d laton'"

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50 cl'fl/20

In

Striped lal-nc

1. Cui a pIeCe 01 spoiled

50 Cl1'1l20
~. fig md1

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!lora: ialxil.. ..nn maI..:i'I'lg

'abo<:

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the requIred ses.
0 sloped

Cut a piece

anne

tlVead

26 Cffill01 .; In. dee and a piece 0 floral abnc 29 crrvt i ' _In deep. both peces SI10ti d be lhe same wiO as me spotted abiic.
With ngn sides logelner stItch the pin Taka '.5·cm/' z-m seam a1iCrt/OlYes IM),j(]nl:io.Jl IYI'esS
:'llllP.NJlSE s1a:ed

and machine

strfped fab!')C 10 Ina bonom
o Ihe Spal ad abric and Ina Horallaboc 10 lhe boliOIT' 01 t Silnped fablle PItlSS open t e seams.

a. P

and machlre S1l1Ch one p.ace of 0rai0 ova ne lOin oe ween II''! fjara

a'1d S.lI1ped atxics.

PIJ"'

and

sntcn

lhe ncrac braid along lne )011' between me striped and

sponed
pe:e
nCt8a

fabrics. La~' l:Je second
I

braid

cm:r ha!f 01 ~ aI1d sblCfl n place.
3. CUI a Piece 01 ~nlng fatllic

the same ~e!1glhas he curtain a 3 em! 1 • 'oJ fn narrower With nghl sides
together. ern and tnaCl1tne
stile .a 109 labnc
0 lIle

a afong oolh long SIdes. Turn ngl Side OUI nd pteS.S
4. Ai

he

100 0 the eurtmn, urn eve
If' 10 11MOng

em

side. Tum

oveJ an a~llooa

5 COlI 2 !I' and pIn, p", Ille CUltai1 ne.9nlng tape alOng hIS folded sectJon find machine 511ch IMoIaCe, Hem lhe ecnem of I e WUl by foldIng Over 1 em. 11In and aro her .3 c •. , In. and nacrune SIC
II"! place.
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Curtain tieback
Template on page 167 Tractng paper. pertQl ancl pattern for paper

2 hours

Tiebacks can be a decorative feature in their own nght as well as a means of holding curtains out of the way when they are not in use. Make this one from a plain fabric that is used elsewhere in the room and then add simple fabll1c rosettes, each with a button covered in patterned fabric. at the centre, to provide little splashes of colour.

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25 emil 0 ,n na urcIIlc'l!!O
;fl.

25 omJlO

ifl)fHICl 1I1:er!aciI1Q

75~QTlI3O·in langln Ql ntJiJo!l 150 C11'\I60 in. bra'd

bultOlUi

25

OIl'-

lOan spot eel lahre

Scraps of labnc 10 CClVer 0Ul tons

-~~mowancss

Sewing rnacn.ne and malchil'19

Ih!ead seam 1. Enlarge the temolate on page 167 by 360%. irace fl onto paltern paper and CU1out Pin the pattern onto a double thickness 01 natural linen abnc. Cut oul .

Take 1 5-an1
olhe"...lise

"l' fl. slaleo

Irro..aghoull,ll'lless

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.2..Using lire paper pattern, cui. outone piece of Iron-on interfacIng and Iron It ooto Ihe wrong sIde o one linen plece. Place one bnen piece nghl side up, with a lePg h 01 (lbOOn at either end. Place he other linen Pfece righl SIde down 0Ii nop and machine shIeh together, leaVIng an opening of abo\lt 8 em/3ln In one s de. Snip aroun t e

seam allQl.Mance

c3. Turn the panel light Side au and
ha"Cl snten he opening dosed Press. Hand sllleh braId around 1113 edge 0 the tieback.

4. Cut twelve 25

3·eml10

II 4-in.

Ie glhs 01 SPOIled labnc Sew a toose runnu,g s itch along he bottom 0 each slnp
and
pL! I I.hethread

10 gather and form a

rossi e. Secure with a few
stitches. FOllOWing he manufacturer's Instructions. cover he but ens WI t'I abric. Stl en a bl on to the c~ntJre a each rosette and stitch he rosettes onto B tieback.

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Fireplace screen
This little three-panel screen is ideal for covering an open fireplace or for hiding ugly radiators or electricity sockets. The addition of a pretty fabric-and-ribbon flower makes It a lovely decorative item in its own right. You can increase the size of the panels to make a room screen or add more panels to cover a wider area. 2~ hours

3 pteOeS 01 'S nmVI.,. n MDf
me.llsum"IQ

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plus
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1. CtJt a piece of sOOt measuring ~ x 64 emil a l( ~4 m. Apply sprayadl'lesve lO bom SlUes 01 one 01 re MDF panels and lay Ihe panel on the '!\!Tong Side 01 the rabric. leaVl 9 1.5 em 1 '2 In. 01 fabric: around lhree Sldes of tile panel aoo makl'1g sure lI1ere are no ~vnnkles In the fabnc

Hl!ldawl SCi'D'I'id1tll"r

Sr By ad".6sml ---Paper (01 pattern
BullOfl

3. GI ue around the edges 01 the panel as before, and slick the ralJnc ~tD n again ensuring that II'e finish IS smooth. Repeai Steps 1-3 IIJllh the other two pana~
of

MOE

2. Apptv a thm line 01 oafl 9 ue

aroene the 1t1reesides

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Ihe MDF

and s Ie tl":e fabric 01110 ii, fOlding lhe comers neally. Tum the paf'-e.1over
and press

rha facne onlO the ~Lde. SmDOll1111g the raenc to

other
rt!""0~

any creases or air bwDbles

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4. ~

e poSlbons

or the

as along he edges () (he

panels and make holes WI " bi'adawl SerBIN he hinges place so lhal the Ihr-ee
~ <lfe COMeClecI.

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6. CUi S 23-cmI9-1O.
leng1hs of n bon overlapping Form

each one into a loop.
Ihe ends a

5. Apply a 1 n Ioyl!r 0 gille along the edges of 1he panels and

1II11e he middle, and in work iii aw stnches by hand to hOld I n place. Sm c:h all SIX loops logelher in Ihe middle

e tibbOO In place. overIappmg
sl "" a \'mal will be he bot

t'e ends a he nbbon

o arm a nower.

om

01 e screen.

S. Sew a butte

an

0

Iha cenlre 0

the fabric-andnboon IloweI and se« II In place 0
, Ihe lront panel of the screen.

5 cmt14 x 2 in. and lear I 0 tie main pIeCe. Work a line of runn log sti1ches (see page 163) ab1g one: long edge and pull tile threa~ 10 gatl1erthe stop lmo a ae!e, sectJllngIhe el'l(l a lew sma~11 smcnes, Hand stitch nbtxln-Ioop IIower made in Step 6 0 he bae 0 the rose teo
with

7. Measure a strop of fabric 35

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tnls 'OW bghl
to hold

stitches

he flower securely n place.

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Kitchens "and dining rooms

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2~ hours
Template on payu 167

Keep tea piping hot with this vintage-feel tea cosy. The combination of gmgham and floral fabrics edged with pretty braids. is a surefrre winner. You could easily make a taller cosy to fit a coffee pot - or fair a cute, homely feel, wynot

Trao'lg paper iif'ld penol 50 orrv20 In pok fabric

50 cm.'20 in !l rtgham fabnc

75 0"1),30 10 tJoral him

try making miniature versions from little scraps
of fabric to cover youII'breakfast boiled eggs?

50 cmi20

In

moorurn-wetg

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SewlrlQ machine 1!'lCf rnatch:ng sewtn9 IMiSiid

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Take

i 5-em1' '2·m _ Si!'iiIll otherwise stated

10wances :hlOUJhoullinJess

2. Cur it piece 01 noral labric measuring 9 x. 21 <::rn13 x 1(1301 in. and

...
1. Using the temp!aIe on page 167. cu wo pieces 01 ptn taboc. CUI a panel of gln;gham measunng 119.5 27 cmf7~.~ x l~·l in. Fold over I cmAs in. to the wrong side along both long s' es of eglngt'lam and press. (Use he lines of he gingham as a guide. 10gi a slraighl edge.) Centre lhe gingham panel on I e Iron! oi one 01 the pin.k 'abm;: pieces and machine stilet, II In olace, Tnm off any excess gingham. foUOWIrg the CUNe of Ihe pnk fabnc.

rold l.If1derboth long edges by .5 cmI I :2 in. Pin the !loral
fabnc centrally

onlo he gingham labrie. slipping a length 01
ribbo.

gingham sbtch

under both

edges.

MaetHoe

hrough all layers. SI'!!ctl

mrn along both edges of the gmgharn lehne.
a lerrg'lh 01 OIClJ

....

~r\

.. \\....

r_
j

Press. Us~ng the ternolats.

II ... ~
__.II

.... \1
2-m. piece and Ihen J

3. To make he langlng loop. cut a 3.5 5-cmf1112 of IIotal ablic. Fe over each long side by cmlas
edges.

10.,

.'

1

rold in hal lengthways and machine sillch along the folded
cut two pieces of medlIJM'

weighl wadding. Lay one prece on your work Sl>rface. \Nith he front of Ihe lea cosy right side up on lop. and pin the Il8f'1ging loop lohe centre 01100 curved side. Lay the baCk of the too cosy ri hi side down 01' op, 10110\.,,00by a plec8 0 wadding.
ac I e Slltch aU around the curved

4. USing the template. Cl.J wo pieces 01 gmgham Machine sbidl around llie ClJlVed side, re8Vlng a 20cml8-[n. ga along he lop. Put til1s gmgham over the rent of Ihe tea cosy. nghl sides logelher. Stllch toge,her around Ihe bortorn Tum righ1 Side 01.11 and hand stlld1lhe opening closed on Ihe glng am ic

edge.

ae

34

If

~

.,.;

I

't

[I

.,

..

c

tlery roll
50 cml2Q 86-cml34
111

This is the perfect way to store a set of cutlery, to prevent the individual pieces from getting scratched and keep all the components together. Alternatively. use It to kee picnic cutlery handy for al fresco dining so that you're atways ready for an impromptu summer outing. Careful measurrng is essential to ensure that the compartments are evenly spaced across he roll.

oof.a·dot lat4ic 1!!"'91h01 l2.mrn-

'In

Noodle aCId ma1(;tllTlg hI:ei

5el'tflg

!u..."W'lCIIS 1l1100ghoul u

ess

olherMse staled

-,1'. Cut a 62 x

and a 132

6-cm/2d I :2

12-cmt24P'2 x <l~'I-m. rec1angle 01 polKa-dot rabnc 21 -t·m. stnp of pauemedfabnc. With

righ sides together, aligning raw edges, lay he patle.rned fabric: long one long edge 0 the polka-do s rip and machrne s' ch 1.5 emf! ~ in. in from rcaedge Fold the pa erned slnp ov turn under and press 1 5 emf '2 in. along the remaining raw edge. a d Slips I cl' In place Blong he back.

2. Cut a 162 x 33-crnl24

2

x i3- . rectangle or polka-dO

abnc

Lay he pattemed border IPlece along one long edge. With the raw edges together at the bottom. Measure 6 cm!2' 14 11. in from one side and PIn from he top 0 he bottom althe srnanar panel D:lflunUEI along ina panel. ptoning every 5 eovz in. ThBfB will be another 6-cm121 ~-m. jX>Ckelatlhe olhef end. Machine snteh

along each pinned line.

3 ..Cut an 86-cml34·in.

leng h of blue grosgraln
piece 01 patterned

67 x 39-cm!261
nboon ,12 In. from

,I

151 <:-IfI,

I bOOn. Cut a IOOnc.Pin the

across tile fabrfC 13 cml5

in. from the bottom amount
S Itch

and 3.5 crnr

too

edge, leaVing

the same

of ribbon

exu~fldJng beyond each ed.Q Machine a riC. stile ng a eclang1e 12 crrv 3..:.,

the ribbon omo Ihe ,long 10 Ii he nbbOn

securety

IfI place.

4. Wr wrong SiDes loge

1el'.

centre Ihe

lka·dol

pa.~ on the pal Brned fabric ..leaV1ng an even ~ all he W2i':l around Fold Ihe comers over at1Cllold ear:. sde of the patterned labric over by
~l.! In. and thm by anomer '1.5 em I .,In

. tack and maGoine smcn In place, S ~ching close 0 \l1e olded edge as pass bl

s

I

P

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1. Cur an 18!<. 25-cm17 W-In. piece 01 panerned 1abric and two

6.5 x 25-cm'21?

1'1; fa-In. pieces 01 plain labnc. W! h right sides together, lay each plain piece' along one long sloe of the paffemad piece. Pin and machme stitch 1ogether.

Press

the

seams open.

Pan holder
This practical pan holder is
very straightfolVJard to make

and requires only limited sewing skills. Choose a bold pattern for a striking look and line with thick wadding to
provide adequa e protection

from the heat. Hang it up by the fabric loop and it will always be on hand when
yOLJI

2. Cull.wO 26-cml'O'4-ln.

need it.

SQUan'lS of !hlok waddlng. Pi(lce the backmg fabrIC "'"ong Sjde up on your work surface, with Ihe waoding squares on top and '11mfront 01 1he cover ngnl SIde up on top 01 the waD'ding Pin all layers logelhei: Stick a pece of masking rape diagonally from one corner iQ the OIMerand olachlne sMch along tne edge or Ihe lape.Reposition tim tape 3 emil in. lrol1llha stllching line. Shrch a10ng lhe edge. Conllnue unLiIyou reach Ifle OOff\€{ Lay mas!<lng tape across he Oiller two

I.,

earners and repeal the stilcl"1lngprOCess

untillhe whole rnat ts qUllhed.

\ ell

\\

I

II

~

rr

I)

25 011'10

h1

plair! falulC

50 QTI120 Ul. i111Ckwaddrng

sew.ng madne Mald'lir"lg 00."""9 Ulread

Mas\:tJr.g lape

Tilke 1.5-emJl

·'rn seam
IIn'SsS

8l11l'oYtl110e5 IhloughoUi Olhel".MSe Slaled

3. C~I iii piece of (abnc:: 01"1 the bias 100 cm/J:lO In. long and 4 emilio:? Ill. INlde. (Join several pieces together If Ilecessary.) WUh nght Sides together. pin 11 all around Ille right Side of tile mal, al'gnlng tile raw edges, Fold under Ihe end lor a neat finish and machine sntcn in place. Tom the comers.

38

'" ".

v

4" To mal(e IhE!~langlng loop :::ul an 18 5-clll.7 2 In strIp of pa terned abnG. F"llrl ave, Ihe IO'1g edY£lS by 1 Ql'l/~ a In and 111F111 In hal old Ie hways Machine smcn, stitching as close 10 I'1e edge as ossbte FoICl e b18S Slfjp over 10 Ih back 0 the mal and urn under ~ emf) II ill, Pin, Ihen ~IPS I en 10lhe mal all Ine way around cen nnr the oop on
OIlS sloe.

..

..

39

Place mat and napkin
Add a touch of elegance to your dinner ta;ble with these smart place mats and matching napkins. Quick and easy to make, they would be an ideal wedding' or hous,ewarming gift that the recipients will treasure for many years to come. As table linen req:uires regular I'aundering. make sure you wash all the fabrics betore Y'Ol.lstart sewing so that there's no risk of them shrinking once the project is finished.

I

Placemat: 1 hour Napkin: 20 minutes

TO MAKE THE P

CE MAT
1. For each place mat. cut a 34 x 26-cmI131!z x 10-ln reclangle of plain labric ..lwo 34 x 12-cmJ131J'2 x 4''2·in. rectangles 01 pa Ie-oed abm:: and IWO 34 x rJ..,cml13 I 2 x 21{Il-jn. rectangles

---

For eal:b place mal: ooltemed latJPC

50 c:tnI2O"

of ginghalTll rabrlc. With flight sdss
logether, maChine sntch one gingnam madl1fne sttlch one piece. Press lhe

SO cmI20

in. gfr,g'1aJTt faI:mc;

50 cmI20 n !,lam fabric
50 anl:20 111. mOOl..lm..weignl lWfKIn ml:ttrladng

piece along each long side of the
plain fabnc,lhen of each gingham

palter-ned pIece tlO the other long side

ror each napkin:
50 cmJ2(J In pa118ff118d I"brlt:

seams open.

50 em 20

111.

9111911amlabnc
machne

-----

SewIng

Need~ anc majchin9 sewng thread 2. Cut

a 34)(

5Q-crnl13~12:<:

Take l.5-cml ..·;ft seam
alloWances lNOUgilQClI unless
otherwise SlliTBd

191 '2-ln. preoe of in!eriacmg. Lay Ihe lllleriacing em the wrong side 01 tile fabnlc panel. ·II'.riIh the rough SIde down. P1acea damp cloth on lop and Iron With a medh..m iron 10 fuse tl"le Inter100ng to
the fabne.

/
·3, For the backing. CUI a piece 01 glngnam and a p-JeCe01
olertacln:g. eacb measjJ~lng

34

x

50

crrv131'2

I!(

\912

in, Iron the

InteriaCII19 to Ille reverse of the glf1gham. as oefore. Lay Ihe Ir0l11 of the mat nght skle up on your work surface wilh IMe back pIece on top nghl Side down, Machine stitch al1 around Ina edge. leaving a :gap of about 10 ClI"IVol in. In one side. Trim he corners. Tum right SIde out and hand slitcn Ihe opening c:lo!;ied Press Machine lopslitcto. all sreunc the edg,QS.

40

"

I

~I

TO MlU<E THE \lAPKI
fill eat:h nap '" cui a 40-cm 1 G-n. square OT palterned fatlnc and a~O-cmII6--Ifl, square of gll"9l1(IDl fabric With Hgtrl sidas togelf1€if.machII9 sn~chall ammd. leaving a gap 01 about 10 cmA;I1 In one Side. Trnm the comers Tum ngm Side out and

iwd Sil1ldl1he openmg closed, Press. Machille icosmcn <'III around 1he ertgeS. 2.5 emil U'1. 'rtllTl the edge

apkin ring with button detail
Scraps of leftover fabric can be put to brilliant use
In

these charming napkin rings, The ends together and hout

of each ring are stitche

decorated witl a single ou on - a great way of add'ng a pretty little finishing detail having to go to the bo her of stitching a buttonhole.
45 minutes

so crnI20 Ir"I IlCrac
50 em '20
Ill. narrow

bra

yngham

!llXxm
$e'/iln N rnaCf'lIl'le Ie B"'Id l1I'au:hlf1g se'o','I'19

Itmaa
&11100 <lporoxc 2 damel

cmA

f'I

T"",-e I s-cm

I

,In. 581IJ11 '-I~

a,o{J'!l"l:BSlhroughout

olher.·.~ slal!!d

1. For each napkln nng. cut a <1

23-cm
taone

2. Tac and aN
10119 edge 01 tJOe patlerred
each length of nc.rac.

en mach

119

stile

11'2 x g·ln rec
\'\10

:angle

of

patterned

one te.ng!l'l of ncrac braid along eactl IBbnc Tack and lhen maon ne sUtch one le'l9 h 0 nbbOn over rheedge of

8.5

23-c-m13' 4 x 9-m rec angres 01'

plain labric Cemre he pattemed labile on op of ore of the plam pieces and fack n p1aoe {see page 163).

leaVlno hal

Ihe ncrac VlSlbl

Ren,ove

B

e lac Ing 51

es.

42

3. Wi t> ngh scss logel er. pin and lac' the clecorBl€d S rip OT

and Ihe remaining plarn PJ8Cetoge her Machine stlrch ~!OngthreeSides, leaVing one si"or1 end op n Remove the tacl<,1I"g slIlches, Tl"lrnIhe seam allowance lurn 1"19'11 Side out and In5S Fal If! ttl OPen e-rxl 01 Ihe napkin ring by .S em I • 111 aoo slipslJ C'l closed !sea page 183}

4. Overiap I1e snort enos or Il"e strip t:ly aboLJ 25 on/l nand stitch a button In place. shlchulg through alii layers .

.

.

"

43

Fringed tablecloth 'with braid
This fabulously floral ta·blecloth
IS

extremE!'ly easy to make - and

will add a burst of colour to any room. Simply stttch fringed

braid around a hemmed square of tallrtc and add a pretty
ribbon with little bows to finish. ~hours

Se.oq mec.n ne and malChlrlg
sewlI"lgll'~

-

Take 1.5-cm·' '&-UIl seam
allowances ItvougTlQUI unlesS olhervnse ..lOlled

1. Cuu a Piece of Ilatal fabric to Iii '1'0\.1 table. adding about 30 cml12 in 01'1 all sides for the overhang and 2.5 CI"lIl
Irl. lor 1M hem. Fold over' and another machine side aU the way a round. sntcn

C!'T'lr48

in

1.5 cmli'2 In. 10 lim wrong Pin end Press.

n place.

2..Pmlha
fringing aH the way around the 90ge of he fabric and machine stilcn II In place. foldlll9 lila end under !or a neat flnkSh.
3 .. 1'111 and rna.chlne stitch the nbboi along the lOp of IllR fringing. again lo~dlngthe end under shghtty. T'e algl1! bgy..s.

Hand

SlitcM

one

10 eadl

sma~1 ribbon comer and

ene cenlrally along each side.

44

oj>

,

;.t

!

Tablerunner
A table runner can add the finishing touch to a dinner table. This easy-tostitch runner is made from a bold, modern fabric and will work equally well laid on top of a plain-coloured tablecloth or straight onto the table for a more Informal look. If there is no obvious lengthways pattern, you can economise on fabric by cutting the fa,i;mc across the width, jOining two widths together to make a long. strip if necessary. 1%hours

vou

WILL

~lll)

S!?Mng machne woo noau;tI ng

---

~Ilvead

/IJeedIe CII1t11hrwC
~t'l!YlS

6 $I;Il'-t'Xl\IIlf

S em'2

11'1

"Clfameter

T<i'IOl1.5.cm

' }-In seam,

ilIb.~MteSU"tlUQfJOUl un~ Dtr.c:!!(Wi.se stilli'O

Detide 11(l0'l' ong you want the rul1nar LObe Cui Iwo IJIOCes o1pallemed fabnc 3 em.' I In. 1000ger than 1I'JlSme.asurenent
1.

anc 33 cm/l3 In. wide

47

2. CUi ength

vo pieces of plair fabrIC lhe

S<l111€

as the patterned

tabric

arc

11 CIT'

4 In. wtde With nghl aldes IDg911ler, p I' and maChlM stitch Ot"e plain piece along eac'" side of one of t~a patterr.ed pieces. Press
the seams open.

3. Wi ~ht Sides to.gathtlr, pin and maolil"i6 SUlch lhe second piece of

patterned fabric to me rerrtalning
raw edges o· Ihe plarn fabric peces

10 form BI tube. CareluUy Dress the seams open

4. Pin across the short ends of lha runner. fTIaking sure lhal Ilia seams 01 the patterned abncs align and that you have an even-Slzoo border of plain fabric on eaen SIde. Macn1re sincn along one shorte-nd of the

runner and tum ngh side au

/.5. Tum tmder 1 5 cml' '2 In. on me open end of Ihe
runner and hand shl011 closed. Press care!UIIy

~-~~\, r.:
~~~.

~_
~ ....~

- /1"
/

:

6. F01JowlllQ Ihe m-anufaciurer's \ 1I1stnJctiOns covso' the buttons With pal1e:med tabnc Hand stitch ij1ree buttons
10 each end of Ihe runner. spaclng evenly aOt05S t!"'le paUerned fabriC

)

',

trern

..... :.----

48

49

Recipe book cover
Keep a I
5

2 hours practrc I book

d
them
In

ned yu

and mal tamed the nto the hOing

nostalql everythm

9a

t ge button and ties to hold

place. wh Ie a ribbon strtched

handy bookmarker.

\\

)RKI"(; QIA'\II

11

r fHlltl(

us.

1,.. C,lllhree

sirups or

To \'1Ofk out Ihe depth of eadl 'solic stn!). measure from Ihe lOP tc the ilonom of the book Ihat you WiIfI[ to cover. add <I emil ' '2 in. and ClMde by three. To work oul Ihe lengl" 01

flora fabnc 10 the requmoo sae. WHit rtgnt sides logeLtJer, pin and macnlne 511101Ire: smas
togelher Press Ihe seams opel"'.

each fabric stop, mwwrEt across
the ,badt, spinel and lronl of the book and add 15 c:m16 In.

2. GLlI a Piece 01 gmgham labnc and a piece 01 mlerfacllig Ihe same Size as Ihe lIomll piece. USing", damn cloth. Iron the Imeriaclng 10 111e back of the gingham.

\oI

\\ I 1 .."I I' [

3., PlaCe tl1e IlOra! pace up on your work surtace.

right S~dB For

No'eboofl 25'-1110'10 In ollllfOO tl()rallmlCS
25 tilt' 10 25

thIS

m

g.ng'l<lfll 1"I)fie IQr

Ihl'lnll'"ofi
CI

1010 O'I9I.JIIJ'n·....egtn .
If(I(1"(If'

l"Ilerla::'1l9 iJOO 1 13!ChIO)g

bookmam. CUIa PIece of narrow ribbon 5 ern 2 In longer Ihan 1he oook. and pin II centrally along one long edge. Place the I n,ng p:SC9 wrong SIde LIP on lop. Pin and machinE! stitch logelher, leavmg an opening of aboul 7 cml3 In. alMg one Side. Tllm Ihe comers. tum righl Side out and press. Hand slileh the
..

--\-,

\~.....-

\.,..,-

Sewll'lg

mad'llne

olJerung cbsed.

sewli"og Ihread

L.eng:~I' 12·mm 1~-;f'I r~bbon of boc\U'rn><'k

01

ao-em
15-mIIl SqUill

12-111.

1<mgth al
In

""". rn IIbboo for 1lEIS

e bUlIOIl 2.5 emn
111dJamelS1

by and pirl. Check Ihallhe cover fIls the ['IOtebook sllugl.y. Top stl\el'l aU around. Cut two 1S-cml6-ln lengths 01 1S-mm 5.t!-tl'" ribbon lor the liE'S. SMell
4. Fold OVE.1' IMe side edg.M

5.5 cmJ2llj

In.

one to tt>e fronl of tne book and one 10 TaiUll S.cmI·7·~l ~ the back and finish WJth a button on the

aJ O\.'Ia~es tI1.ougMuI Icjn!ess oll'telWise slated

front, making sura thai you only stTtch

IhroughlM

top layer of tile cover

50

.....

T

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i:

III

CHAPTER 3

Bedrooms

53

Reversibleduvet cover

3 hours

1. Co @ght

53·cm120

a-m, sq.mll?s 0 each of lhe

Iwe patterned fabrics.

la;.e 15 cml1
IflrOU',Jh II un~

Si;',J"lIlI,Qw..lnc"
Olherw!5e Sl1:lleU

2'. Wl1h nght sides logather, all&;oa )1'9 .11e taones. p!" and macnr'1e slitci' toe squares rotlQIt1er 10 lorrn leur rQ';'JS01
lour squares each.

Press he

seams open.

3. 'With ngl" SKIes og8ti~E!r" pin and maCll'1e shIel' tHe four patchwork rovlSOQelher to mal<iea ~k oj 16 SQlial'9S. PleSS Nm seams open.

54

56

v

4. Cu11wO pU3Ce;S 01 slnpec;llabr.c 203 cml8Oln. lOng and the ilill width allha rabnc CUI of! one 01 fre sehredge5 on each PIOCe, With ,;.gIl! Sides I'cgethsi pm and machine slhch thE pt€CeS logett">-eralOll9 he cui

edges Press the seam open Place U'1e iabnc on '.tllJi wOrk surtaCE! Measur@ 101.5 ern"O /1'1, iii ,her side of the centre sean' and use-taior's cf1alk to draw a I ria The 11.11 lenglh at the latmc Ctlilhe fabriC alOflg ,~ese Ijnes. [0 a wldtr. 01203 c:m!80 In.

5. '\i1easwe 71 Scm 28 a t:...111 5 em ]in

In

IrQJY1 one Repeai frorr1 the

COr'ler III !he palCli'WOl k. pare! am! make

deep

olhe' COJ'"lilr ot the sar·le edge 01 1I1eparel Press lila cennl seenoo 10 the WlOrtg SJde bv 5 <rim ' oJ In. and tr.en [ur"1 II1ISover by

anomer I em

lS In pm and machine sllch alorg tt:.elolded-over sec IOn Repea on l'"1e striped pan!'!1 of fabriC

Of tI'e seam allowar~e oH tUrf" Mgt'll5' e out ann press

1', Snip me corners

6, W Ih ''9hl SlCIaS loge:rl'&" pn Ine troo 0' II'Ie OWe! rover to [he baCk Olece tv',aCI11rl9 5lcllch from tne stitched secnon af the ootIDIT'
aJ Ihe 'tIdy
ilIlOl.ol1d 10

the

Q'

he end 01 the

stilched

secton

57

Sheet with ribbon trim
5

no hi

\1

lJ

\\ ~ I 1 :,; I

!r

"'@

Sheel

581,"jJr'KJ

rna

0!!!ifTd 1l\(llC,'1119

~"'1!1g UlJeao

1. Measum lhe shoo~ and cui a lengll1 of 1 5-rJ'll' -n, tlUOOIl about 5 c 11, 2 ITl. anger Iher tne W1dlh ot the sheet Pin Ihe nbbor' illong !h~ 100 01 'pe sheel 1 ~ em In. hom the edge. lold ng under 2.5 Cr'1 1 1f' at each end. Measure from Iha edge 01 t''O! sheet to the f boon as you w()(lo( to ensure that II'!; srra ghl Mach1ne smcn If! place

2. FollOWing S\ep 1, cut a 3-em

f'ngth

0 the

I' .I-In. ribOOrl. pin II across lila sheet 5 mm.· 1 In. below ihalirsl end
suten In place

3. Plr'(the

rrarfOVl'e5!

ribbon "cross the Sh£oel. .5

crn/1

II'

machine

below 1he second

nl:lbon. and machine

shlcl'l as before.

58

... ..,.",..... ,., ~

vo

wu.:

:>irl)

15 d' JG n 00:1"" 1'o'<J 1,'lLf.c :!5 C""'I II) n pia'" 'WI &1m <"U
II'l .::l15 miT N)b()!l
1

Pillowcase with patterned border
aKe cnsp white cotton pillowcases eve more as well - a Simple way to creat decorative fabnc border. You could use the same fabric to edg a rea.lly peelal wedding r

r----

1hour

ppeahng by adding a he t

12S(fI'Ii50
&r;;.·lIrlg

II'\,

,·.il l'llat

machne
U'lreao

housewarrnlng gift

1;Ila!r""t:) ~m'lg

Nee-joe
Ti\>il[! • 5-cml'

-Ir'

sssm
II

'iil;r..,ances

1~1Y.l,

rlY.lSs

!l' .
-I,Gul'''',-'·_21, 16-,"~ pal1£J1':oed fabrIC and two 53 x 7 -on rrw;
2. CUi "2' x aligning Ihe logel~er

1,. /~~

7~
I

a

53 x 54 "crnl2 ;

21' ~ '1

piece olll.lhile

tabnc

Wilt' Ilgllt SlrJas

3·1n peces ot plain labrle. With "ghl sides together. pal1erned fabnc. Pin and mach,r.e slltch
seams open,
I!'I

pin and sntch the border Plea? onto 1he while faboc.

edges. lav one pleun slrlp along each .ang sIde or the

Will 1!'",enbbon-ec;Iged

olace Press 'he
over 01'19 alll'le

plair] pmce clOSesl to thiS seam seam !OVJ3rds Ille border Piece.

Press

me

P 1'1 and

Slltell

,he

ncbon

r

T~
!

I

I-~J~-.
,

4. C1.J1 53 x 9B·cm/21 a. one ",

38' stilchu)g

-ln. ptece 01 wl'J,rle labrie. Along
!l II ,. ana ihen 8nolher

Shan

end, rold over T em.

1.5 em!

n MaC"II'lB sUlch

as Close 0 the edge as possible

3. ~lll1e ather end of lhe border fald ave' 1.5 cml~" In 10 tile wrong and press. Wllh wrong SIdes toge:her. fOld Lim bOrder baCk 00 ItSelf and hand sllt(:h In place. aIignrng the folded edge WIln tha edge of the borda( en the fronl. Press.

see

Lay !he front 01 ng lIle raw ooges FO:d 1M hemmed flap 01 Wf1~teJabrlc over the fronl 01 the cover. Pin
lay the Plece right side up on your work surface, he cover lighl sde Clovm on Lop. aflgn and machl1l8 stitch along the S1101'1 raw end and both long Sides.

nm 1t1eseams and tum nght

sde

out. Pi13ss.

61

Little girl's duvet set
Surprisingly n~ to make. this pretty bed linen set
In

Shours shades

of girly pink will fit perfectly into any little princess s bedroom. Simply stitch two stnps of COwordlnating tabnc to either side of a panel of floral labnc to create a lovely patchwork effe-ct. and fimsh wrth ties on the pillowcase and duvet cover. The key with this design
IS

to use srnatl-prlnt fabrics for Ute co-ordinatlnq

fabrics, as this allows the bold floral deSign in the centre to really make 21nImpact.

\ (11

w- I.

"I I

11

TO
1, CUI

IlAKE THE DU\>T CO\'ER
r.va
25

For the duvel

COlier.

75 em '30 ir'l, w.cl" ul 11'..0
00-010 I"lilMg

labni;s •50 em. • rkYaI lab1c.
Ir'I ......de

x

1JS·c;rn 10 X 541 border

-ln peces

59 or .Yide 125 crn.50
ISO 250 em 100

on 59

abIlGS.Wr[1l 11911'1ides logether pin and lrn3.!;;hme stitcll s one piece 01 each fatale IOgelher alclrlg
one lOng side to make the border

01 each 01 t"'e co-ordmrulng

backing labOC,

150 C1'I1159 in .... c!B 1

pIeces, Press

the

seams open.

For the pilfowC8,se: 75
CI:J

'30
II1lQ

'fl.

ead!'

01

~ytO

OO-{)frll"la

!atn:s, 150 on

59 n. wide
75 cmI30
Ir;,

150 cnll59

r.oOr.ll folblIC. If' \Mde

2..CUI
Sewing machine
MlIlCI'IIIli:j S@\\'f19 thread

an ~ 11

x ·38-

COl 43=l1.1 X 541 2-10,

Take

1 5-01'\1' : .1'1, seam

~IQ'waras Ull:ooghoul uriess

o~nerwise SLilled,

re:lang1e of flora! fabfIC. With nghl sides tagelhEJl', plm and machine stitch one :bot'der piece 10 each enC1. Press the seams open.

,3. To make the ties, cut si>! 36l( 5--cm/14 x. l'ln, pieces of one or 1I1e CQ·OJ'dlnating fabrics. Aklng each tongl s~e of each tie. fold over 1

ra=

~~~~~---:-----';---;-----=~-_--:-p-..;"'_:I

-,
._" . -... ,_'\..

c:rJ1I3 '& m,lo

1M wrong

-===::Z==-======~~":'_ __"":=i=-~_!

side, Fold over 1

In. at one shan end 01 eacl1 tie.

Cl1"lA-'B

each lie In half leAglhways and slitcl'1ing as close 10 the edge as

d.~"=~3§~L~i:~·~. FoIcr'l£ " Z ; '7 " '- ~ stitch ..............,...--::---=-~"'=-,-..."..-:-.....,,-------'

~~~~E:~!:~~~::':J~.

possi~e.

62

bEll

.' ~

4. CUI a 203 101 3a~(,I'lIBO 1
labrle; j(l(

x 54'

·in ll!Clangle pi

t1'1€

back of Ihe du v e~ cover, PI/') three ties

along one sImp end ollne labnc 011 the rrghl SIde, spaonp tnem e'Jel1ly Cui a 39 • 3B-crn . 5' )l 5'-" • r slnp of 1ne back rig fabnc lor lila flap, Along one long edge 1010OV8f 1 em 1('1 ano Iher eootrer i 5 emF n 101M wrong siae
,~

,

;'I~. logel!ler allgfllllg Ihe raw edges. ~I pin Ih-s sino 0., Ina backrng ''I, fabnc ard maChlre SHICI'
J.

and I"'laC111ne SlliC"

Wltn Oglll sides

along tril lop. sandWlc111ng ~e lies In beh"leen

5. ~ol1g one shoo end 01 t~ ffOnt or the cover fOld over 1.5 ern I _In and thet" another 1.5 D'T\I In. to the wrong. Side Place tM ra>.'J ends 01 the remaining stnps under the fold sP<lclng 1I~ as lor It-a back Plece. and mad'1',e stitch alOng he fOld Fl. Ule! I es lJVer so II".al bev hang Offt e oonom or Ihe labne and work a few sttches to keep them
In place

/ ./
"

.

.,

6. La)! he Dacl< p,ece 011your work surface. right Side l,.P Place tna frQlll piece 01" lop. fight s de own, align 1'19 the ralll edges FOld the ilillp on the back piece OVQi the fronl piece. Pin and stItch along 0011'1long Sldss o~LMe GOVer and the raw short Side. Trim the comers and

tum right s.de out Press

TO ~L-\KE THE PILtO\V
1. Ct.~two 53 12-cnV20

ASE
I-In'!.

X

,I

x~

reclangles 01 ead' ot
SjDes 'Iage!her Ojn

t"eCO ordlll,atllg

border labncs.

WIIIl nghl 0,'61'1. Cui

ana mE!':!11if'€stllCi"' OM

piece

01 each falJrtr logsll'er

along

cne 10Pg Side. Press line seams

a"

1

x 53-em!' 5 x

Pitl Clod I1'IiIch re Slilch One OC1oer loc.e 10 each long end. Press Ire seams open p
reclangle of floral fabne

20-1' - n

..... ,1

1

F5=!:::~tj=~=~~~~~~=I' :1=:=:::::::;

I

2. Make raul l'e5. 8S lfI S,"ep 3 QIIi1e dOliel covet Altach Iwo lies 10 Iha Iron1 oflhe p:lIol.Vi:aSl:l. as III Step 501 'he duvel cover.

/
lC

3.Cl!ta 78 x SJ-anJ30""·: 1l20:l·~-ln ~ece of fabric or the back or 111S p IOWcaSe and a. 19 53·cm!71, 20."1(-111 piece 10' the flap. Ham one long side <t Ihe flao, as Ir SiQP <1 of 11'\9cluval cover Lay the ba.ck p'oce rlgl11 side up on yaw ,,'tII'k surface. Place 'he IWO remain ng lies on ;ap. soacmg Irem as 'lor Ir.e lfOnt D!€Ce. Place ml! hEmmed flap flg,hl Side down on top, al gmng 'Iha raw @dges, arid f11W" hlne stuch. !=:'OIlow ... St~ 6 01Ire dLNel cover 10 sew lhe ~IJowcase lagelher

65

Patchwork bedspread
Th c Iourtul atchw rk q lit m
1 pr:

B hours

tty flora and polka-dot
eel.

ab rc

uses large w y to ere e hen ou re makln eight choos

f f tine - a

(h srm lar c our
f esh mode

ddmg a few whrc as wei as

con ra bo providing

nfr

look Fmr h off the Quilt with a
1,

or er and stitch on an as ortm nt of button decor; tive tau h hold ttl lave

of the qUIll loge her

\('Il "II 50

-.; t, o! SIX
<;QitO:1

en

120

~!

ralll'lf"'l

Pallsm
150 Cf11I6C
1 so
f1

pape1

oackilllJ tabfIC

en 60 m. r'!;""l\V.etgnl
>',OOlJIIJ9 SawIng mach"",

Nt:«I~ anti malcn.og se-.wlg -100 cll1'\lr92·

---

I~

k:~lh

011 oboo

'\sscI1ec1

Dul!Q!"!S

Tahe 1 5·cm/1. In. sean a'J:)...,Ef1(:8S Ir\rO.jghout m'f:SS
OI.h9rw'lS~ 51 aIM

~'

66

2. La me ta ic squaresou on your work surface s rows 0 e squares each and move . hem around until you have a pleaSIng arranqernert, rnaldng sors thai no 0 squares 0 the same fa fie are rext to sacn other Pin a papm label onto each row 0 squares. numbered hom 1 to 9.

3. Starl,ng .V1lh row .
rows of souares

n and machine smcn re squares loget er Press open Ihe seams Repeal vuh the rem ,ning e[gll

4.. Lay Ina stnps 01" your worll. surface m the correct 0 er PU'l and machos s .tch Ihem loge her, all nil'lg Ihe seams, and press
he seams open. Ramo

the paper labels.

5. Lay the baCking abnc on your wmk surface. WlU1 Ihe \vadding on top and Ihe patchwork pane on lOP of tl'1e vvadd ng Pin all he layers ogether

and

cut

re waddlllg

and bac

ng

0

19 same

size as Ihe pau:rwork.

Remove

he ems,

68

16. Place I'

backlf1g rabrc 10 one sKle PIn and Ok Ihe pa\dwtork panel 0 the wadding. Wor..1rorn U1 cenlre out .. ards. v nrtlng In a dlCl on.;!1Ime DlJI 10 eacn corner and lhen rn a scralQill In Irom Ihe centre to Ihe centre 0 eaen side

7. Lay Ihe pate JQ(I( and '119 d 9 panell'1gtn sid LIP on ClJr work surlace. \ I u e backmg fabnc .. I SIde down on lop. Pin 'tlfOL.<9h I lavers war ng from the a centre otJt'<'ta1tis as In Step 6. ac l1'e stitch. leaving a 3Q-.cm 12 In opening alone end Snip the corners aod

!rIm lhe seam allowance a 1111Ie.

8. 1i..., e (lullI gill side cut aI' Pless. af'd slI1cr the opening ClOSed. pll'!. lack and mad1lne sitch ,....
fIOb()f 01110the

top Of Ihe au I <lOOU

1 5 em • ) in n rom Ihe edge aUlhe WEN

around.
sillctr 0

\rlrlre

the corn€:rS lor a neat II1lsh
e ribbon lInder a II e <'1I'1{j

Tur lie end 0
l1S11

9. Hand smcr buttons Ot~0 'he quill. making surE thai the smches go throu 11 alilavE!fs 0' the quilt Use a se.ecnon 01 b",Hons Jf1 a random
arrange!flenl

69

Bolster
This bolst r, made from a very stn twtnned wi has ribbon n riped fabric
I

2 hours 9 Chinese-style fabric, would be an
IS

attractive and useful cushier for a bed The main panel of f bric
In

the same colours. whil

a coordinatl 9

bold conte

po ary polka-dot deslgn adds a smart finishing
I0

touch. SimpTe fabric ti s hold the bolster cover closed with complicated fastenmgs to worry about, I
IS IS

a rea Iy speedy project

0

createl To speed things up even further: you could replace the tres w~lh

ide plain-coloured ribbons.

)l1l

\\ It I, XI

n

57 crrV22''''~

pmleme.i 'aone
In 0'

65 en 25' ~ 1'1 SInned fabnc

-s-cm
t-ern

~5·P'1 •

a-m, r DorI
~1

BoIsIa- ·:8 an 9

100

11.Gu one

1 x 57·em 16

22'

L-

n

Ieee 01 ca emed fabric and wo 65

57·cml2S· _

221 ,_ In

Pieces 01 stllpOO labnc

eacfllong edge ollhe
mac!llne stitch a leng

at, Imcllll"1e sntcn one pece of stnped fabnc along a emed <Ibm: Press Ihe seams open. On he 11hi side 0 Ihe abnc.
of Iboan over each seam. Press.

With iighl SIdes loge!

I

I-L-I-L'~
I
I ~

I

2. With ngh Sides together rold os labnc in hal lengthwa '5. air

nlng

e raw edges. Pln and mach ne stitch along the raw edge Press

3. A each short end o Ihe bois er cover.

lold over

.5 em

I2

In

a bric and press Fold he Slrl eel fabnc bac level with ihe seam between the striped and pa emeet fabrICs and hand s1itch the folded edges 10 IPe seam Turn II1e cover right e

out amI press.

4. For the lies, ClII two 52 )( 9-'Cm 201 J )( 3' -rn, peces oj patterned fabric Fold over ] 5 em '. 11"1 to e wrong SlOe oog each shDr1eoge nd press. Do the same a ong each lOng edge
and press FOld In Ilalt lel1[)H1Wavs stitch. sirtchlllg allgnlrtg

the

folded edges.

ano press. Machine

as Close 10 tile edge as

possible, and press. Pull he cover over Me bolster and tre on tie neatly areuno eacn end.

70

~ III ~ 01 MDFI5 00 ern ':M

\\ Il I
111m!

"I I 1 r 1111.:1-.. ffif'~

3 hours This padded headboard requires only a little very simple sewII19 and IS surprisingly easy to construct. The headboard is padded with a layer of waddinq and covered With a cheery polka-dot fabric. The buttons are covered WiUl bits of ernbruidery cut from old tablecloths that have seen better days - but you could use any scraps of fabnc. Two ricrac braid fin 511 the board off beautifully.
11"1 .',9d-'

I' ~.

In" WlCllh I IJ'E! Ila:I

l'hl nnd l~' "lick ""1<,1.-111"19

FilSk·QI)'1l",("l C:.tll glut! Poka to! '..hoc

R.Q"aC Wa,f) .: -.: 4 -01111'

-n. sed
I

00\'9" bI.ltlons

25 em Ie m 1<i!;;1 10 rover \r" IJUUllrlS
1~2

tOWS

of

un

150

en

60 In iJ'
N~~IIG

,m rlUOO:l

J.llaln b JIIDI1S 22

m:n

anrJ ~1101s.~1Of)' 11'1ead ..•. -oocf rot legs. rre
Ihil tJeOhoodj 00 leql.l!lld

1wo
~lh

[}leclIS

or :') " :0 ::J.-crrll1 ~ ;·in

depeOOs

r :eig111 01

I

"r-----------~----------~~----------I
e

T !- '\IUI~
(,,11 I~

1111

..

For 1119 POlka-dollabTiC.

ajlO'l; twice l1"'e

siZe !)Ithe headboard plus 2Sc;m 10 In For li'le ricrac lXa]d, you wm need tvvice
the width and four IJl11esthe heigh! 01 the board. Fmally. cui a piece of wadding Iha same size as the headboard. '1. DIvide Ine wld!11 alit'£! headboard by 5 Measure lhls distance do.vn lrorn the top of the headboard. and 'Ihen n OOSllre ami marl< lhe sarna distance sTlmeNals across Ina board. 0 a hOle at each marked pom

2. Cut a pece or to iii Ina front of [he 00011.1. Apply glue 10 Ihe hoard 811el Slick the wadding In place
wada'19

.~

I~----~
3. Add 25 CrT' )0 In. to lire 'Nldt and 25 em '0 In 10 lhel~hl
01 the board Mel CUl a pteCa 01 polka-dot Iannc to IhlS size. On Il"Je nght Side of the labric, pin and machine smcn ocrac braid around ooltJ 8Mn ends and along 0fIe IOnq Side of Ihe 'Iabric 11 err 41 ~, from Il"!eedge. Pin and machine slitch a second lenglh 01 norse braid abool5 rnrn. I.! in from Ihe fil'S1.

72

f'--~--------------------~------~~
I
o
Q

o

tLJ====-====-=:::::;::;:;;=====::i
4. Press iha [alOne and then lay II cenirilily
011 me

I

ronl 011'116

5. GUI a piece ot polka dot taeoc 4 em":
than tile neaoboard headboard. smoolhlng fold over 5, Cf)'l;2

m. bigger all around 10 [ne wrong side all

headboan:l. Pu'll the excess fabnlc over 10 Ihe back of the board 1lP1d gille It In Olace. folding the corners neal ,Make sure Ihal the fabnc or the frOl"l! of ti"e headboard IS crease free

In.

tile wa,,' around and press. Glue the fabric 10 the back allha

illn place.

74

6. Following the manulaclure.r's jllSlruc11OflS, cover Ihe bultcns WIth lat::JrlC.Cut lour 35·Cf1\< 14-m ~,glhs 01 91ngllal11 ni:lllOn Work. running shieh along one edge of eacIl OM and pililltle thraarllO gatller the nbeon Into a rosat1e. Placeeacn roselle rn turn behind a CO',Jarect buttoi'1 to make sure that rt is lha correct size and Ihen Jjnlsf\ WIth a few small sntcnes to hold I'i!! roser e shape

7. Thread an llpholSU~1) naedle. knotting It'e end of the tl'1rea<l. Take Ihe needle through one 01 he pla'n bultO'lS. Workil"{l bom the back of ihe headboard, thread tile needle through one of the !xlles irllhe boafd, puling the tnffiad alilhe way through so Illal tl"51:Jutlon Sits i1'9htly JagB<nsl the headboar'd. Take Ihe needle trroUQh a nbbon ressna and Ulan through ooe of Hie covered tJUttons.. Smel1 back Ihrougi' tile hole In the headboard Repeal
II1U all loul rosettes

ale In

place.

o

the thread to the oack of tile board and make a lew strtches Ihrougr trEj: buttor. Ilmshln9 Wltt"l a lew stltcMes on the
6. Poll

fabric

0

secure

the

buttons In place CUI two plE!Ces 0 wood 1<0 the requi red fengltl ana SCl'e'>V them onto t l'1eback of Ihe board WIth wood screws.

75

about 20 minutes per flower
Brighten up wool blanket w.th these stnklng fabric flowers finished with a setectlon of

vIntage buttons. Felt or other fabrics that do not fray could also be used. Stitch the ttowers at the corners, or group them
In

clusters all over the throw. The flowers would also be great made Into

brooches or used as decorations for a hat or bag.

1. F~.owH1g 119 manu~acll.,rer·sInstructionS. Imn IU51ble '.vebblll . onto tneback of Ihe coloured
labncs. Trace the tamplales 0,'1 page '169 on 0

00

papar

and Cui

peper

patter"'s ror the large ard small pelal shapes and !he overalillower shape. Cui a )Jape I circle 3 em l' .: In. In OJ3meler. Draw aJOUnd the petal Shapes- on tl'1e back or me fabrICS and CUI OUt vo
\1

III

:0.. I

r ro

You Will' need

~g!lt large

pewls

and five small ones for each flower

- baby cord !antlCS CO!OotS

In o11eren!

so cmt20

In

I~t~e weoo<nlg

r efI1plaies OIl

page 16'3
ne"'C'

Irac '"iQ p.1pe1".
pllp€r 101
~Ql

ard

2. USIng a needle and Ulread. make a few small sntchss at ihs pOinted end 0 the oeta srapes 10 gather lhe«i slightly.
Slltch olgl1t large pal OIlS logelher a. tl1ti

J'lin!Efn

of b"aons

polrlloo

ends to make a fIOv..er

Nf!OO

8~

thread

Pinkil'l'.lljh;;!arS

3. Slitct- five small peta~ snapes togeU·.er at the po nlea endS. as beFore. Sew Ihe sfTlaU petals onto tne centre aline large IlOwer. Fnlsll b,)'adding a button m the cenlre Using the paper paUerflS rom Steu 1. cut out 111E! required number of IIOW9r snapes Using PI'lklng shears. cui a orde for Il'1acenjre 01 eaclllfower ~na dlffer-erll col(ll.)r of laone, Sew a cIrcle 10 1he centre 01 eaCl'l !lower shape aI1d add a buuoe to Ihe centre 10complele

arrangemenl hand slrleh the flowers In place

76

!

I

\\ 1 I I

" fill lade

RoU,'ICJ lam C
T~ 25 em t
pas! na'l!!f'1
t~

Flo er-and-I af lampshade
This Into
If1

2~ hours

p;JJJe' ver..:il a'1C1
iJllPEf

IS

a great way of liver
0

109

up a plain lamps ade. Make tabrtc yo·yos
0

weet little flowers by sti ching a button to the centre and then the hade with f bnc leaf shape finlsh,

.... eQCh 01 ,I lal'llCS
CO!otus lOt II'I!lr~f1es

simply glue them on

101 he

SeiecIIOl1 01 ruln!)S

Enull'll1 pY'mllOfl
lltOl.R1 Ina bollnm

''In!:Ie '0 [ !) 01 Ihe sMde:

I1i

I em

III

1. Using a COlT1paSS. dlaw a -In. circle and a 6-cm,2_ ·In. elide Of' paper, Cui Qui tas orcles to use as
9·cml3'

patterns, iben pin Ihem onto yam chosen abncs ann CUI 00:1 the In each SIZe. USing .3 needle and Ihread, work a IIn8 01 runnll19 s1ilell all arcenc tl'!e edge 01 each Circle securjng lila 11IVao ...Llha beglnmng WlIll a ew small stitches PlIlilhs hread to ga er Ihe C'lrcleinto a rosette

required numbel' of each, fabric

---

-

2.. l1n sh with a lew small smcnes to hold Ihe roselle ,., place
SlIIch
0'1

a bullon

0 Ihe cen lie Of each rose1 e Draw 11 leaf snape

paper, aod cut 0' II Pin the leat pattern 10 green 130111; CI) out G!'Ie or IWO Iea~ for each 101t"f

<,

~/~ l.,.-

r

-

3. USing 'asl·d~mg bottom 0 Ihe shade

crall 9 lie. slIck pompom

Innge all arouno

Ina

overlappIng I e ends s tghtly Make sura hal he Innge is SlfaJgrl be ore 'Ile glue dr es, S1 11tng Bfld finishrng at he same 51 e 01 r_ sna e 5 11IB porreom fringe
glue n bon around the lOP of I e shade.

,4. Glue he fabnc and nbOOn rose es

OIUO

he

shade, holding 1001"'1 In place for a lev.' seeonrts unlil Iwy are firmly sh.lck. Apply a thJn layer of glUE! to the hack 0 I'he leal stJapes and gtue Illem 01110tn shade. one or
two

per

rosette.

"

79

Sheer curtainwith ribbons
WIth so many lovely patterned sheer fabncs m the shops now. to make something practical that stili makes a statement
III

12:f hours
It IS

\111

"III

xtr.n
ilnCI ncrsc et Ine flJ"ltSMd
em ..:

S'leiY lat.rte
!) d

easy

11~

I IJiJOr'IS

twa d "'lEI
(';J.,j(l1)n

lo'o'1lJlI1

a room.

1l1l.fS 'iQ

In

Here I ve used lengt!1s of nbbons and braids to make a pretty borde

SeMI"Ig

rr.acrona i'l'lI1 rIIi'llchfl'l!l se...ng llYe11l~ i

\Vl-'Jn,I\~,

'UT

f\RKI\

1 Cui a. piece 01 sheer raoric 10 the reqLJ'"eO sIZe (see right I. Arrnr,ge me nbbcns and ncrac braid across lhe
oonorn ollhe taene. 4 leaVIng at

l.'l :\ '. P

11',)

If

lhe- Cl.lrlaln is to be pUI ed fairly iaut on

lhe pole, you Will neecllO

cut a piece of

least

In. oelow the flrsl tack

en' 11 • ribbon
slitCh

10 allow for 'he hem, Pin,

and

machine

(abric [hal IS 5 cml2 In wider and 5 cnv2 In. lOnger t~ lhe WlndO\!.'~If you wani the curtain 10 be slightly gathered. a1lo~1abo.d 25% exlra \'llhen calcuJa~ing the Width.

Ine ribbons C!'1d bra'd In place al"'d Ihe'" trim the enos
leve! wUh the edge 01 100 labne

2. Along me siodes 01 lha
CIJr1 aim. 'W rn

------------==:
-~~
C/
3. Wort oUl hOw man'l116S you 'M1111eIKI: the first Mdi tast lies should be posItlQ(1edabout 3 cm! . .j in. imm each side of the curtain and Ihe remslndGf' slloul(l spaced about
")!

over - em ~~ and thM another 1.5 CfI1I" .t. In. 10 Ihe IMOflg sea and press. Piland
mach'l1e- sti1(;h
I.f1 place.

be

cut a '::3

16 cnv6' ./. In. ap<!rt. For eaCl' pair of nes, 13-crnt1 I x 5-ln piece ofaboc W,tfI right
each piece of fabnc

Slde:s togelhElf,fold

In half

and

machine slllCh along 1M length ane across one SI1Or! end. Turn nghl sids OUI. press the raw end ullder by 1.5 c:rT'lil 2 m. and nand s1i1eh Dosed. Fold the hes in half
and pin 0 the

4. Fold the iabnc slrp 5 cm/';>

O\lel" 10 the wrong Side of 1he cui18ln and press Machine

top

01 1M nght !lice of the eunan,

Cut a

in. urtder along lhe remaining I"aW edges,

suteh
slilCh

PIeCe o' rabrlc the same width as the Cl'Jriall'l and B env 3 n, deep With nghi s1des logelhef. pin n aJort9 the lop
01 lhe curtain. MachIne sutcb 111 place,

Ihe slnp 10 the back ollne CUrta.lll A the bottom under i cmJ3.a 11"1. and tIlell another in piace Press.

0 the curLalJ1 ium

i .5 CWl ~ In. and rrecnina

80

Work and play spaces

83

Drawstring toy bags
You can never have enouqh storage space for toys and these drawstring bags are both functional and pretty,. Made from oddments of fabric sewn together and decorated with a cute fabric flower, you can simply throw toys in them at the lend of the day and hang on a peg rail. They woulld work equally wen for storifllg gym kit or ballet shoes.

vou

WI LI. N EEl)
ill.

25 emll0

of I

oo-Qrdil'1a!;ng

'aollCS

50 c:mI2O in 'backing falJo: 45 eml18 In. of Ihree co-ortSlnat~

"bbons
1. CUt a 45 x a·cm/17'n 7- n. Pl!!Ceof 2. Cuj a 48 45-cml19:c 17'/2-111. piece o fabriC for he back 0 the bag. I right Sides age her. machIne slltd1 the fronl and back ogethet; leaving 1 em! 20/'1 in. I.IOS itched at lhe op of ~ side. Tum baok the unstltehed part of he side
edges. so tha It's level with tne stilching.

125 C1'T'150 In. CQl'd

Tempia:11I on page 171 Needle and Ilvead

each of the three co-ordinating a.brics.
With righ sides togelher. macl'1lne sine !hem L~ther along their long edges. Press the seams open, Machine sti ch
one ribbon over eaCh seam 0 he nglll

side. Press.
allowances throughout trless

otherwlSill

stated.

and pnISS. TrimIhe comets a tile base or he bag 0 reduce bulk. Fold ~he op of the bag over by crnAtlln. and again 3 cm/1 1/" In. Machine stitch close 10 the folded edge 0 create a channel, en lurn e bag ngll side out.

or

3. C1.Jt two 21·cml8·!n. lengths or ribbon and machtne stitch together 10 create a double hiCkness. S Itch onto he midcne o the back of he bag. lUiS below !he channel. fordIng 1he ends under by 1 crnAtl in. Thread lhe cord rough he ohannel. Cut two 7 x 8-anf2% 3-in. rectangles 01 Fabric. With wrong sides together, fold eacln p ece in hal Wldlhways and machine Stl ch along both
srdes. Tum right side out and tum under

4. Uslngl theemplate

on page I 71, cui

two pela! shapes from each 01 five differen aoocs. PJn each pair toge her and machine stitch around he edge, ~eavil1Qla small gap for urning. Turn ' hi
side out and make
Ii

rev.! small slitches

to gather at the end. S I ch the jive pe als together to form a

the top edge by' omAa In. Push the ends of the cord Inlo this pocke' and
machine s

Rower,and
the bag,
WI

hand sitch

10

teh alOnglthe

on,

a bu on in he centf"e. Attach .he tip 0 each palal to the bag by making

a fewsmaU s tchesat e
baCk.

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Lined storage basket
baskets
fOT

1~hours

This fabric lining is practical as well as pretly, as it prevents delicate items from snagging on the wicker basket. The idea could also be used to line storage linens, clothing and even toys.

To work out how mlJCi1 fabric yOlJ need for the SkIes 01 the basket measure around the top 01 l!he outside Qf Ihe baSket and add' 3 emil I '4 m, Then measure the heighl and add Ihe amounl thaI you want to fold over to U"!e OlJtside of lite baSket plus 1.5 cml'~2 In. To worik oul how much fabric you need for Ihe base of Ille basket, measure along OM long edge and add 3 emil 1/4 in, Then m9aSUfe along one short side and add 3, cmf11J4 in. to Ihls measurement, 100.

vo r \\

[lie.

NU

1)

You will also Pa IIllJtoe¢I rablle R bbon 15
mr11l1

need

enough

ntJlJon 10

go

all around

the lOP

olli1e

basket

and lhe hal'lciles, pll)s 120 emMB 'In.

Ill. \'O'lI':kl

SB->"tlr>g machtle iIDd ~~tuea(l Basl(0111

n"IolH:hoc;g

Tillie 1. S emf! ?-''1. seal"

ilIICM'<1.11CeS ih~~'ollt 01 herWISe Slated

!

I1l'ess

1 0..1 a slnp of paHemed fab~ic for he sides at the baskel(see aboVe) 1I\IIlh nghl sides togelher, plnlhe efIds logO!lher PlaCe he laMe Inside lhe basket wrong SIde out, CheCk Ulan rl li!S snugly around lhe top 01 the basket and fald II over 1'0 make sure that
·Ihe 1IIlIng will rlDl 00 100 tigh1.

Machine

stitch lhe

ends

logether

2. PUllhe Ifllng bacs lnro [he basl{el, wrong side out, and press It Into the corners wilh your Imgers SO tha II f'l's snugly all atoonc1 Pin and laoK any excess rabnc <II the comers to form a neal dan. Take he 1,nmg CUI of Ihe basket and machine suteh Ihe comers [II ihe SIdes 01 your oasket are straighl. you can omit IhjS SI6p.,

and press [he seam open

86

"

f

3·,Cut a rec angle 01 abflc for
basket (see page ,,_... Tnm Iile cmners

e base of

€I

86).

WI

rIght sides

rnacbute shieh the siaes

of

I e lining

together. to tine base.

and press.

4" Place Ihe ng msld he baskel and mark where the handles are. Cut oul a fOClangJe 81 eadl8f1d tha Is exacLly Ihe same size as he handles. Ta'<e l1e
Ilntng OU1or he basket

S. For each handle. cuI a length 0 bbon sn{,JhLIy iY1gef man lhe: Sloes anCf base of he handte rectangle: and press It In half Wldlhways. Pin. tack and

ITI<I!:iI1 ne slltcl1 he nbbon around ttre handre 01 l1f! fmdll1g toe ribbon neatl'y al Ille cernes
• I

6. OJ

"r1r9 p\Is 60 cnv24 m, Press In half
Din
Belt and macllln9 stile

a leng1h 0

ribbon 10 rL around one Sice of !'Ie Wldthwavs

and

it along Me Side of the

rIing leaving 3Ocml12 In. of nbMo free aleach and Repeatalong the other SIde all e linll1g Press and Place !he hOing \rl5ide lhe basket
\'/'.t! a lieal bOw at either end

yH'lg the nbbOns

89

This stylish door S and when

t"

ada from striking floral

and spotted fabrics call be moved around as
It IS

needed. You could simplify the

design by uSing Just one fabric and reptac ng the fabric handle with wide cotton ribbon
ru
25 em iO

\\
III

1

...

11

oorlemad labot:
sool1l!d I'abnc

25 em 10 ~

75-olll3O-

..-,glll of
l "l

5 mm. '

rbbcn

rl'llr.:X C/l.rdbowd

0rJ.!d

reas

S11.lI,ng Se-.,>"ng lTlae;w''l ar.r;1 malOllng
seI'III'fg II"JfBa::l

Tahe ' 5-cm a1lowarK;eS t
o;hIl'l\'J~

1

n seam

aug'lOul IJf1Iess
~taloo

1. Cui out IwO 21 x 15cmtBI.1 X 6-11'1. and two 18 x 15-CITh 7 x 6-Hl, rectangleS or pat1emed'laOnc.Cut lwo 21

9-cmr'S·., x 31 :!-in. and
lwo 18

x 9-cmf7

lC 312-1n

reclangles

of spotted

Jab'l1c.

2'. Wl1h machms

11g.""

sides togs\her"

I'

<Jnd

slJIch a spoiled v e fOll! panels

fet;lcmgre 10 a

pallel"'"'oo feCi angle 01 Ihe same w dlh.

unlil
tile

yOLlha

'Thew ',V111Iorrn

sdes 01 It>e dwr seams open

stop., Press il"1e

90

..

over the panels of abric

3. .'. . or Pin W1d ma chtne stitch a ~ngth ribbon .

sea

m on all four

4. For the 1opand be door sl ttom of the 1 . up. cut 7-m. I'eClangl a 21 x 18-cml8 ~ e or each labric
5. CUt a 25 x " -cmI'10 x £1.1/0: f handlB. With nght sides . .' 1'1.S~J1p 1

11

'00 pin

~de oul _~
.

eno","",

". ,~"""""'" eo "'. ll'l the nan die centrall ga. Turn right "",or Slap t y across Ih machu'~ stitch a reel. 'I" umlng under lh e ends AI e fOOne tor . 10 • he "'",d'. '""~ . . ang. aIlOUl5.S cml2" ~ 11'1.klngeacha,tach ' end, t

the lop of tha .... . ~

~ ~ press Pi

_"B<, no ,M'" .,.~,.._

lold lhe slri

of pattern'

,_

ad Jabne , or . p ln hall!englhw

.

,he

6. With rightSldes

together. pin and JTlaoi1il"le slit,*, i.he !CUr sJ de panels
ogelher. a:llema ing the SlZe5 of fhe

panels. totorrn
loop. Press lha

ill

seams open.

92

WOP"

.'

... 0

1. Wrlh righl sldes together. pin and machine stitch !he iop of 'Ihe door stop to the side piece. Snip H1ecomers. Pm arid s!Ttd1lhe bal om piece 10 the bot om or he SIdes In the same way, lsailing one ShoI1 side open. Turn rJ.ghtsIde out and press.

8. Cut twO 18 x 15-cm17 J( 6·ln. pleceS 01 card an(:I puSh tl'tem inside Ihe fabric 0011, one <ill lhe bottom and one at the top, Half fi'l the box wrth sluffing and than pout In dned peas until the box is aiffy solid Hand stitch he open Side dosed.

ce os

SlOP

93

Sewing kit
With this n
I

3 hours
yO~lr

s wing kit all

needles

pins thread and buttons can be kept Just where you need them. Made from a bold spotted fabric and lined with felt, it can be adapted to hold all kInds of things, from sewing and kr il1ing accessories to stationery and art equipment, and
.... I Il 1 reo Ipli 50
(:m 20 III ill

IS

easily portabte, too .

_qJOU~:d I<lbnc ,nedU'11-w@.ghr

50 cmI'2O SoJw.na

roll·on J1"II~r.g
fl'Ia!lr\Ir)E!

and milt

1109

se.w'l9

lhreafJ

l..Jillg", llIess ShKI

lilrQll but lOll
~.MIIY
nWTJ!;
jo.<

--lho:! kit

- errbcc:kliy IhH:la!i.S need €OS ph:; ta.'1e
rTl0.lI!l< I'l!

bul i(1f\5

Iai!m's C;::W"-ole

Tak~ I £0":11"

-m seam

"bovan:::es ,hroua hOOT tr:lIe$s

or h@OMS€ Slmflll

~'l
!

t. Usu19 pmkll19 shears. Cut a 012 24-cr")'I 161-2 x9' z-m,
rectangle 01 red leh Press with a warm Iron. MeaslJI'E! 10 cnv4
SllOW

In,

~

1(1 lrom

earn short end and mark WIth PIl1S\0 folds w111 be.

where 111e

2.1..a1' the feU an your work surface and arranqe ihe contents

01

o

\;-

the sewll1g kit on II. aVOIding ti"Je fold hnes Cut rectangles 0 sponed fabric 2 Cl!"j,,~ In. wide and as lang. as necessary 10 I10Id Ille Items m place. adolilg 3 cPlI'11 ,[ m, all around each piece.

Nlt!. uncler '.5 cnv 1 ~ in. all IIw way around each reclangle and PIliSS. USU1gpmkir.g shears. cU1 reclangles or lell 5 mmn 01 lin
bigger a11lhe way round lh311 1he labrJc rectangfes. lJ1e fabric rectangles erne IheFeH pieces. Machine stitch

C::::::J ,><0 P
Ii'

95

3. Machine s1llch he ie!t-backed sponed J'eC1ar1flles IOn10 he large fell piece In he required positions. Sbtch a 3O-cm/12-in. length or ribbon onto the fell: 1:0 hold !he tape measure In place.

4. Cut two 30 )( 47.5-cml12 lI. 183 4-in. pieces a spol100 abnc. Cu two pieces 10 inlerlaclng tl'le same size. Lay one peoe of Imerlacmg on the baok of each piece of spotted rabric. rougn Side down. Place a damp cloth on top and iron w' a medium Iron 0 fUSB he I e.rfaclng 110 e fabric. Cen rehe Iell panel on 1heright side alone 10 the spotted piooes.

J

I
6. USIng pinking shears. cut a ptece 0 red fell 5 mmj1/4 n, btgger all around than the tab. Centre 111e tab on the FeU and machine s.'tch in place.

5. CUt lWo 7-onl23j1l-1n. squares 10 spoiled abnc ror e !.aD. Wilh right sides together. pin and stitch,

around three sides or - e
fabric. Tnm he seam aU(J'.i~ to 5 mm/VoliIn.• torn ngll side

out

and press. 7" WI h righl sides together, pin e' ont and back of he folder together. RI<lC8 the tab In he centre 0 one short side. aligning the raw edge of the spo eel fabnC 1,'011 Ih he raw edge of he fran . Machine stitch all he way around, leaVing an opening 0 abOul 8 cm/3 in. In one side. Trim the comers, turn right side ou

and press.

8. Hand sf ch he opening closed. Sew hal of tneoress

stud onto the InSide 0 the lab and stilch llie ot er half on 0 e fronl a he rei er.

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'I~OA"

A,t"&'D

Pl.l.,

S.PACES;

'9. S tch

tile ou on :secure:! orne
selNlf'g

th

roll 0
!ql

the a . Press

lhe

~~ef and then 1~11 \lV1 boo it

9]'

i (II

\\'1'

I

'"' I I 1""1

:2 co

ordI'klItillg labncs

llllCk cardboard
Ctal1 kn fe, si&l~rtf ~'I'lJ

Fabric-covered storage box
This
IS

2 hours

M"'i:! ll'itIt Se-... ng nmcrun-e ana

1TIaIc.l"11fl{~

a :l eat

S Ofage

solution for a horne office. Make a whole range

In

se-,.,,!)tJ llutlad Nae:1il iIlld tllre.;;rl

different sizes to keen stationery or correspondence close at hand.

Take IS--arJ z-m
~'mnces

seam.

11ln:)!~llJn,:-ss

OlhelWlSe

Sl aled

\\'1...1 R 1..:1i'> G QB!U \JU,\K

o uT
_..

UIE ..

Doode haw t:aJl and wide y~ wSflt the

bQX 10 be. Add the
measull!mElf1ls lor all 10000r sides together, and

than CJtId 3 em

"101

'n.

<->
..
.

~ .,-'

~~.__..,
-

. .- "

.... .'

.. ..... ..~.....
,/

';

1. to make he.lilandle, cut a '5 11 7.5 erni6 l! 3-m rectangle of iabnc 1 Fold n in hair lengthways. p:n and machine

nghl

stitch a!ong lhe long taw edge. Turn SII:1e OL;L and press. fold t he ends un<:lef by 1.5 em ' 2 n, and press.

AOcI 3 "C:1f'If' ! is IFI 10 lhe l1€19ht 011he Oox..

Take the mea.swamem lor 1M oox base and
adl;l'3 cmiP)I

In. 10
2. Me.asure 1 5 crull ,n lrom one enCi of Il1e Stnp 01 abric 'for Ihe SKies of Ihe bOlC and rrwk w,th oil pin. Measure the 'i\lJdln of' Ire box tmn1
U'lS mark. Pin

I)Qlh the wfdth and lhe 'englh.

on

the handle at tras pllil'lt arc
Pill the Oll'81 end II" pl::lce

machine

si.rleh

a square at the end

.and machine

sntch in place

3. WJln rglTl SlOes logelher p!1 and machjne sMeh lhe
sl"'rcr. ends of 1118 stnp

'ogelhef

PlesS

:he

5ea1!f'1opefl

4. Witl1l19t11 0085 logeOler. pin and machme sntch Ihe side piece 10 Ihe basa. lnakrng sure thaI the handle is p05I11>Oroo centrally aloog one short sde.

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