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?
Add some useful and pretty new makes to your sewing room
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.
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.
This small pincushion and sewing set are perfect for travelling.
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)