Pins and nee­dles

While pre­par­ing to start work­ing on the other projects in this book, why not add some new makes to your sewing room?

Sew Ideas - - Contents - by KEVIN SWARTS

Add some use­ful and pretty new makes to your sewing room

Knit­ting bas­ket

To make

the shape of the base of the bas­ket. Sew three of the 14 x 14cm squares to form a 38 x 14cm panel. Press the seams open. Next, sew one 38 x 5cm strip along one long edge of the three-square panel. Press the seam open. Sew the re­main­ing three squares and one strip in the same man­ner. These two pan­els will form the outer side pan­els of the bas­ket.

2 Cut and iron the bat­ting on to the back of the two side pan­els, as well as onto all the re­main­ing pieces of fab­ric.

3 To sew the bas­ket’s han­dle, pin the two re­main­ing 38 x 5cm strips right sides to­gether and sew the two long sides. Turn the strip through to the right side and press. Top stitch 2mm in from both long sides of the han­dle. 4 Pin the two outer side pan­els, right sides to­gether, and sew the two ver­ti­cal seams. Press the seams open. Sew and press the in­ner side pan­els (38 x 17cm pieces of grey fab­ric) in the same way.

NOTE All seam al­lowances are 1cm. 1 Use the tem­plate on page 81 to cut the two 30 x 20cm pieces of fab­ric into

5 Pin the ends of the han­dle to the cen­tre of the top edge of the outer side panel, pass­ing the han­dle un­der­neath the side panel. Next, pin the in­ner side panel to the outer layer, right sides to­gether, and sew the top edge. Turn the side pan­els through to the right side and press the top edge. Top stitch 2mm in from the edge.

6 Pin the two bot­tom pan­els, wrong sides to­gether. Fold both bot­tom and side pan­els into quar­ters and mark the po­si­tions with pins. Pin the side pan­els to the bot­tom pan­els, with the outer layer fac­ing the bot­tom pan­els, and match­ing the quar­ter marks. Sew and over­lock the seam. Turn the bas­ket through to the right side.

Pin­cush­ion

To make

NOTE All seam al­lowances are 1cm.

1 Pin the short ends of the fab­ric strip, right sides to­gether. Sew the seam, leav­ing a 2cm open­ing in the cen­tre. Press the seam open. Sew a line of stitches 1cm in from the cut edges of both sides of the side panel. Clip both seam al­lowances to within 1mm of the stitch line, spac­ing the clips 1cm apart.

2 Di­vide one fab­ric cir­cle and one edge of the side panel into quar­ters. Pin and sew the side panel to the cir­cle, right sides to­gether, match­ing the quar­ter marks. Sew the op­po­site side in the same man­ner.

3 Turn the pin­cush­ion cover through to the right side and fill with stuff­ing. Sew up the open­ing by hand.

4 Mark the cen­tre of the two cir­cle pan­els. Thread a dou­ble length of uphol­stery thread through the shank of one of the cov­ered but­tons. Draw the thread through the cen­tre of the pin­cush­ion and tie the sec­ond but­ton to the op­po­site side.

Sewing kit

This small pin­cush­ion and sewing set are per­fect for trav­el­ling.

To make

NOTE All seam al­lowances are 1cm. SMALL PIN­CUSH­ION 1 Sew one 9,5 x 10cm piece to one 7,5 x 10cm piece and press the seam open. Sew the re­main­ing two pieces in the same way. Pin these two pan­els, right sides to­gether. Sew around the outer edge, leav­ing a small open­ing on one edge.

2 Turn the pin­cush­ion cover through to the right side. Stuff with polyester stuff­ing and sew up the open­ing with small, neat hand stitches. SEWING KIT

3 Use the two short lengths of bias bind­ing to bind one long edge on each of the two 7 x 18cm pieces. Iron the bat­ting onto the back of the 18 x 22cm pieces of ging­ham fab­ric. Sew the two long lengths of bias bind­ing into 5mm-wide tubes. Turn through to the right side, press flat and knot one end of each tube.

4 Pin the two bound pan­els, right sides up, on the face side of the 18 x 22cm piece of printed fab­ric to form the two pock­ets of the sewing kit. Pin the two bias bind­ing ties to the cen­tre of one 18cm edge. Fi­nally, pin the re­main­ing ging­ham panel to the printed panel, right sides to­gether. Sew around the outer edges, leav­ing a 4cm open­ing in the cen­tre of one of the long edges. Trim the fab­ric from the corners of the seam al­lowances. Turn through to the right side and press.

5 Top stitch around the outer edge and close the open­ing. Sew three evenly spaced lines of top stitch­ing across one of the ging­ham pock­ets to cre­ate three small pock­ets.

Sewing kit with small pin­cush­ion (in­struc­tions on page 63)

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