You can view this tutorial in one of two ways, if you follow just the instructions fom making an envelope cushion and ignore all the stag bits then I promise, even as a beginner you can get this done in under an hour. The instructions come from what I learnt at The Make It Room the other week and my first attempt was done in no time at all. If you want to do the stag too it will probably take you about an hour and a half. I did mean to time it but…umm…I met up with the family and had lunch in the middle so kinda forgot. Sorry about that. The instructions are as follows….
So, after an epic amount of procrastination, last night was to be the night that I did some sewing. Child in bed. Husband out. Embellished cushion covers to be made so cushions measured, template created, even the iron was at the ready. And then of course once The Toddler was in bed I realised I’d left the fabric in his room. Or somewhere like that anyway. Hmm.
Not to be deterred (it having taken weeks to get the sewing machine out after all) I then had a quick panic about what I could make, especially due to the mild no fabric issue. Then I remembered two things; one, while baking that afternoon The Toddler had got his top totally covered in cake mixture, two, while trying to be a domestic goddess earlier last week by cooking a mid week roast dinner, I had set fire to the brand new Emma Bridgewater tea towel that Mumma Craftsonsea had sent me. Normal levels of domesticity resumed there then. So rather than throw away my lovely new towel I thought I would try and up cycle it into an tea towel apron for The Toddler. The whole thing was done in less than an hour and that includes me making up a pattern, so with a bit of foresight I think this could be done in 30 minutes easily. Here’s how I did it. …
So, having declared last week that, inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee, I was going to dust off my sewing machine and bravely try and start sewing again, I was very lucky in that last weekend I got to book on a class at The Make it Room in Howe Green to learn to make cushions.
I’ve sewn an envelope cushion before, in fact it was the last thing I actually cracked the sewing machine out for. I even made up the pattern myself. But the fact that I haven’t blogged it tells you roughly how well it went. It’s ok, I mean, it’s in my front room so it’s not a total disaster-o-rama or anything, but the back rather gapes and it’s just…. well, the machine has gathered dust since then. That’s not a good sign is it? …
So, on Tuesday night I was invited by the lovely people at Mumsnet to attend a function up in London to find out a bit more about the charity Railway Children and to consume my own weight in cocktail sausages at no.10 Downing Street at a do hosted by Samantha Cameron.
I posted back in December about Railway Children who are a charity who try and support young people who have run away from home or, preferably, prevent them doing so in the first place. I’ve never run away from home and with my son only being two, it’s thankfully not been an issue that has impacted my own life too much. However, as The Husband runs the local foodbank/ homeless drop in centre / sometimes night shelter / anything else it needs to be, I have quite a bit of understanding about what can happen when people become homeless, and it’s really, really not nice and really not the kind of thing that I would wish on anyone. Certainly not a child. And people do prey on the homeless, particularly on homeless and vulnerable children in a way that makes my stomach turn. Not nice stuff, but true all the same.
So, after the typical Kate style panics: will the Cameron’s have the heating on high enough or will I need to take a thick cardie? (It was fine) Will it be one of those houses where you have to take off your shoes when you go in? (No, although it would have been ace if it was) Will I get lost finding it? (Obviously) I was on my way. …
I fancied making something to celebrate Easter but couldn’t really justify spending lots of money on it. Then I remembered that I still had my wreath from Christmas and hurrah! A plan was formed.
You will need:
One pre-made wreath. Mine was kindly given by my friend Louise, she bought them originally on eBay though. You can also buy polystyrene ones in fabric shops and if you’re a bit careful you can use them again and again!
Some fabric. I found some pale blue fabric that I’d obviously bought with a plan in mind, however it has since been sitting at the bottom of my wardrobe so this was a good excuse to make room for some more….