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hand screen printed textiles + accessories

Please use these tutorials to make gorgeous everyday items for your friends and family. Don't forget to share your finished creations over on our facebook page or by tagging us and using #colettemoscrop on Instagram or twitter.

 

These patterns and guides are for personal use only.

 

Please ask any questions in the comment section or by emailing, I'm happy to help!

By colette, Oct 23 2017 08:24PM


You will need:


1.25m – 1.5m co-ordinating red fabric (see point 8 below)

Scissors / rotary cutter and mat / quilt ruler

Thread

Fabric marker – tailor’s chalk / fabric pencil, and tape measure if using scissors


Cutting:


cut along the red grid of your advent panel to give you 25 individual number squares.

cut 25 squares of red fabric measuring 9.5 cm x 9.5cm

cut 50 rectangles of red fabric measuring 9.5cm x 14cm

cut 4cm x length(s) you require for your bunting. (see point 8 below)


If you want to decorate your number panels, do so before stitching up your bunting pockets, be sure to leave at least 1cm clear of the edges for seam allowance.



1 – right sides together, join a red square and a number square, stitching across the top edge with a 5mm seam allowance.


2 – from the wrong side, press the seam allowance towards the red fabric, then fold back the red and press to the back of the number square. This will create the front of your pocket.


3 – take two red rectangles and the number square you just stitched, make a sandwich, with the number square in the middle, positioned at the bottom, so you have raw edges together.




4 – sew around 3 of the edges with a 5mm seam allowance, ensure all of the layers are caught in your seam allowance, leave the top edge open to turn through


5 – snip the corners of one of the rectangles off to reduce the bulk, be careful not to snip too close to your stitches!



6 – turn through, with your number square facing outwards. Neaten your corners and press your pocket.


7 – repeat for the rest of the pockets, it will be quicker if you chain stitch / work on one section at a time.


8 – depending on the length(s) of bunting you want to produce, decide how close / far apart you'd like your pockets to be. On my example a have a 5cm gap between pockets and used a 125cm strip for 5 numbers which allowed enough at either end to tie up the bunting, the amount of solid fabric you need to buy is based on this example (1.25m red fabric) if you want longer ties please buy more fabric.


9 – once you have decided on your length(s), fold your 4 cm strip in half length ways and press, open and then press the two raw edges to the centre of your strip.



10 – Now add your pockets to the strip, in numerical order or not – your choice! Stitch your strip closed, allow around 25cm before your first bunting pocket is inserted, tuck your pocket right up to the centre fold of your strip, pin to hold and then secure in place by stitching along the edge of your strip. Leave a gap of your choice (I left 5cm) before securing your next pocket. Continue until your length(s) are completed.


Once you have all your pockets completed, hang your advent bunting and you're ready to fill them with challenges / treats and get ready for the festive season!


Enjoy making this, but most of all enjoy bringing this out with your family each year and creating new memories.

If you'd like to share your projects on social media use #colettemoscroptextiles and I can see your finished advent calendar.


Finally - if you spot a mistake, or something is not clear, I'd like to put it right, please email / leave a comment.






By colette, Apr 9 2014 02:34PM

This is a quick project and a fun way to practice sewing curves. These make sweet gifts and it's a great way to use small amounts of your favourite fabrics in everyday items. You can print off the free egg cosy pattern in the patterns section.


To make this egg cosy you will need:


15 x 25cm of coloured felt

15 x 25cm of printed cotton or linen

40cm 18mm bias binding

matching thread


Cutting:


- Cut out the template.

- Fold the printed fabric in two and pin the template to the fabric, lining up the grain line on the pattern with the straight grain of the fabric (parallel to the selvedge)

- Repeat with the felt, I usually only cut one layer of felt at a time for a more accurate finish


Sewing:


- Place one piece of printed fabric face down on top of each piece of felt, pin along the straight edge at the bottom and sew the felt and print together, with 1cm seam allowance. Repeat so you have a front and a back.

- Open the pieces flat and press the print away from the felt, then fold along the bottom edge and press the felt so it is under the print enclosing the seam you have just sewn, do this for both sides. You now have the front and back of your egg cosy.

- Placing the felt sides together, pin both halves of your egg cosy together.

- Stitch around the cosy and join the pieces together, about 2-3 mm from the edge of the fabric.


- Leave about 3cm of the bias binding overhanging and pin your binding around the edge of the cosy, then stitch in the crease all the way around, back tacking at start and finish. Trim the binding so you have approx 3cm of binding at each end.



- Flip the binding over to the other side of the cosy.

- Pin the binding to your cosy at the top of the curve, ensure the binding is laying flat.

- To finish the binding, fold the 3cm overhang towards the cosy, so it is level with the bottom straight edge of the cosy. Hold this firmly and then fold your binding over to cover the raw edges of the cotton and felt, tucking in any raw edges of binding as you go. This can be a little fiddly, but take your time and pin as you go if you find it helps. Fold in and pin the other end in the same way.

- Finish by stitching your binding down, close to the edge of the binding, back tacking it at the start and finish to secure your work.



Notes:


I used 18mm bias binding on the pink hexadot cosy and 25mm bias binding on the green butterfly print cosy. Personally I like the proportion of the 18mm, but either size does the job. A narrower binding is a little snug to fit around the layers of felt and cotton. There are lots of tutorials on how to make your own bias binding, I like Lola Nova's, don't forget you'll need a bias binding tape maker.


Have fun making these, don't forget to post your images to our facebook page so we can see your creations, happy sewing! I'm happy to answer any questions, just leave a comment below.


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