HOW TO MAKE… A CAFETIÈRE COVER
Brewing a pot of proper coffee always feels like an indulgent way to start the day, especially when it’s paired with a leisurely breakfast – preferably lovely buttery croissants. Served to you in bed.
Use Laura’s Scandi-folk cafetière cover to keep your coffee warm for as long as possible, and to brighten up your kitchen (or bedroom) with a splash of colour. We’ve chosen a soft blue background for a fresh feel, but black felt would work just as nicely, giving a bold contrast for that dark florals-feel that’s all over the high street right now.
Alternatively, start sewing for Christmas, and add sparkle with gold thread and matching ribbon.
Cut a long length of white embroidery thread and separate out three strands. Thread a needle and sew running stitch around all four sides of one piece of blue felt to create a border, 0.5cm ( ") in from the edge.
Using the templates on page 99, and the light pink, dark pink and orange felt, cut out the following: three large flower outers, three large flower centres, five small flower outers, five small flower centres, 10 large buds and 5 small buds. We chose a different colour of felt for each of the flower layers. From the green felt, cut three large leaves, four medium leaves, and four small leaves.
Arrange the large flower outers, the small flower outers, seven of the large buds, and the leaves, within the stitched border on the blue felt. Pin in place.
Embroider on the leaves using three strands of white embroidery thread and a line of backstitch down the centre, leaving a small gap at either end of each leaf. Remove the pins as you sew each felt piece in place.
Embroider the flower centres using three strands of light pink, dark pink, or peach thread, and long single stitches. We used one per petal for some of the flowers, and two per petal for others, contrasting the thread and felt.
Pin the flower centres on top of the flower outers, then sew using one long stitch per petal.
Add the buds to the flower centres, embroidering them in place with a single cross stitch, using a contrasting thread shade.
If needed, trim the piece of the second piece of blue felt to match the decorated piece. With wrong sides ( WS) together, pin it to the centre of the backing fabric.
Fold the backing fabric over the felt, keeping it tight against the edges, and pin in place. Sew using large tacking stitches, as far away from the edge of the felt as possible. Fold the corners neatly as you go, and remove the pins.
Cut four 30cm (12") pieces of light blue ribbon. Pin them to the back of the cafetière cover as shown, so they overlap the felt edges by 3cm (1 "). Sew using whip stitch, sewing into, but not through, the felt. Trim the ribbon ends at an angle to prevent fraying.
Place the two sides of the cafetière cover with WS together and pin. Sew around all four edges using blanket stitch and one strand of light blue thread, finishing your final stitch neatly on the fabric side of the cover. Remove the tacking stitches to finish.