Hello my dears! I hope you've had a good week. All is well here in my little corner of London. The sun has been shining, and thoughts of Spring have started to emerge.
Did you see Lucy’s lovely pot holders, lavender heart and mug warmer? That pretty shirt certainly went a long way! Today I am finishing off my jumper, and I have to admit, I am glad. Lucy will tell you, I have a terrible habit of getting bored of projects. I find something new, and research and make obsessively for a few weeks. Then one day, I wake up, and poof! I'm bored. Time for something new! That's why I could never settle down to just one craft. Don't get me wrong, I am envious of people who do…. I just have too short an attention span!
So I have to say I picked up the scraps I had left after my hot water bottle cover and my wristwarmers with a tiny bit of Resentment. I have had enough of this jumper, I thought. But Lu had made so many lovely little things, and not wanting to let the side down, I got sewing.
Lu is really good at appliqué. Her stitches are soooo neat. I am not so good. But I do like a bit of reverse appliqué (is that a thing??). When you sew some fabric to the back and cut around so it shows through. Stay with me, you'll see what I mean….
Reverse Appliqué Felt Pin Cushion
What you need is
Two small squares of that jumper
Some contrasting fabric
Tracing paper, I use grease proof paper!
What you do is
Cut two squares of felt. I decided to make my pincushion 3” square, and I added half an inch seam allowance so my pieces were 4” by 4”. Sorry, Lu, I did not make a template......
Draw your design on the tracing paper. I did a simple little flower. Layer your paper, design up, on top of your fabric, right side down. Lay this onto your felted fabric, right side down. Pin the layers in place. Sew on top of your design, right through the three layers.
Pull off your tracing paper. Carefully poke the end of your scissors through the jumper but not through the fabric and cut around close to your stitch line.
Finally lay your felt squares right sides together and sew around, leaving a gap to turn it through. Once turned, stuff (I used ground walnut shells) and admire!
Little Felt Hearts
What you need is
Heart template (I had this from before, cut out of acetate)
buttons and string
What you do is
Take two pieces of felt and trim them to the same size and shape. Cut a piece of tracing paper about the same size of your two felt pieces. Trace hearts onto the paper, leaving space between. I will not be turning these through, I'll leave the seam on the outside. Pin the layers together, paper on top, then the two pieces of felt, one right side up and then the other right side down. Sew around the hearts, leaving a gap on each one for stuffing. Remove the paper carefully.
Stuff each heart (I used toy stuffing), and sew across the gap. Back stitch wherever you stop, you can then use a needle to take the threads through to in between the layers and cut short. Cut around each heart as you finish it, or do them all at the end......
I used some pretty buttons from Lucy’s Attic 24 shop on Wool Warehouse, and some pink string. I threaded most of them into a length and a couple separately. Luckily I was also able to source a bit of matching chocolate to keep me going....
From my last bits, I made this little teddy. I drew a template and transferred this onto tracing paper. I may have had a little shandy to help me at this point....
I used the reverse appliqué method above to do a tummy, ears and paws.
I left a gap for stuffing, and cut all around him once he was filled and the gap sewn closed.
Phew! It feels like I've been working on this jumper for ages. I am really pleased with all I managed to get out of it, and I am inspired to go searching through the charity shops again soon, (just not too soon!)
Take care, my lovelies, until my next post! And thanks for the jumper, Lu!