Pretty & pink

Ahem, it has been some time. Moving swiftly on, here are two recent projects.

The pinboard was wonderfully quick, thanks to my lovely new mini glue-gun. The cork board was frameless, which made stretching the fat quarter of fabric across it very easy, and I outwitted my nemesis – voile – by coating the edges with Fraycheck to stop them unravelling faster than the speed of light. I then machined the top edge of the voile pocket to neaten it, and hand sewed the ribbon to it, but thinking about it, could probably have glue-gunned that as well.

They're not real ladybirds, they're from Hobbycraft.

They’re not real ladybirds, they’re from Hobbycraft.

The second project was somewhat less speedy, as it turns out that I have a complete inability to sew a square. For those who are able to do so, this would presumably be as straightforward as it looks in the really clear tutorial, although my top tip would be to keep the cut-off corner of the square really level when you sew it up. (In fact, when I make this again, I might leave the opening for turning the square right way out on a long edge, rather than at the corner.)

EnvelopeThis was my third attempt (sadly, I kid you not), and by this point I was against the clock and couldn’t risk the edges of the envelope not being at right angles, so I hand sewed across the back of the diagonal seams, rather than putting them through the machine. I still can’t quite get my head around how – if you do machine the seams – it doesn’t pull the envelope inwards. Perhaps it’s about how much you cut off at the corner of the square to begin with? Anyway, again because of running out of time, I sewed on a popper rather doing a button hole, and glue gunned (ah, my wondrous glue gun) the ribbon rose on top to hide the stitches.

And a few days later the envelope achieved its life purpose, which was to hold a present of a little necklace, and lived happily ever after.


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