For a room with as many facets as your personality, this combination of fresh white, touches of black and bright flower patterns is ideal.
Make a beautiful duvet, bolster, kimono and handbag plus a fabric chandelier
Top white, bottom bright – make this quilt with its pulled-through tassels for a bohemian room filled with surprises.
NOTE All seam allowances are 1,5cm.
1 Pin and sew the two printed fabric panels, right sides together, along one 207cm-long edge to form one 207 x 240cm panel. Press the seam open.
2 Pin the front and back panels right sides together. Pin the batting to the two layers of the cover with the printed panel against the batting. Starting 20cm from the centre of the bottom edge, sew through all three layers around the outer edge of the quilt, leaving a 40cmlong opening in the centre of the final seam. Trim the excess fabric and batting from the seam allowances at the corners before turning the quilt through to the right side. Next, sew the batting to the printed fabric panel along the seam line at the opening. Fold the seam allowance of the white fabric to the side of the quilt and sew up the opening by hand with small slip stitches.
3 Pin the outer edge of the quilt to hold it flat and sew a line of top stitches 1cm in from the edge.
4 Place the quilt on a flat surface. Measure and mark with pins a 33 x 33cm grid pattern for the positions of the tassels. There should be seven points across and six points down the length. For each tassel, cut five 30cm strands of crochet cotton and thread each one halfway through a needle so each tassel will consist of 10 strands. Draw the strands through the quilt from the white side, and then back through again, 5mm to the left of the first point. Tie each bundle with a square knot and trim the end to a length of 5cm.
Repeat the black in your colour scheme, this time with a fine black stripe on your lovely big bolster. And repeat the floral design on the sides too.
NOTE All seam allowances are 1,5cm. 1 Fold the striped fabric lengthwise over on itself, right sides together, to form a tube 78cm long.
2 Pin and sew 11,5cm at each end of the seam allowance, leaving a 55cm opening for the zip placement. Press the seam open and overlock the seam allowances individually. Place a zipper foot on the sewing machine and insert the zip into the opening.
3 Pin and sew the two pieces of printed fabric for the end panels to form two 15cm-long tubes. Sew the end panels to the ends of the bolster cover. Next, overlock and sew a 1,5cm-wide casing at each end of the cover, leaving a 1cm opening to thread the cord through.
4 Thread a length of cord though each of the casings and draw the cord in to gather the fabric. Tie the cords firmly and cut the excess length from the ends.
5 Sew the cover of the bolster inner using the white fabric pieces, leaving a 20cm opening in the long seam. Turn the cover through to the right side and fill with stuffing. Pin and top stitch the opening, 2mm in from the folded edge. Insert the bolster inner through the zip to complete the cushion.
Easy to make and effortlessly stylish, this kimono is best worn as a light jacket, or to add colour to a tailored evening look.
Size: one size only to fit size 10-14 Difficulty: easy Time: one day
NOTE All pattern pieces include a 1,5cm seam allowance.
1 Draft the pattern pieces on pages 6769 onto dressmaker’s graph paper. Cut the pieces of the kimono from the fabric and transfer all pattern markings. Sew the shoulder seams of the front and back pieces together with right sides facing. Press the seam allowances open.
2 Match the upper edge of the sleeve pieces and stitch together. Set the sleeves into the armholes. 3 Placing them right sides together, match the front and back pieces. Sew the underside of the sleeve and side seam in one continuous seam. Repeat for the other side.
4 Turn the seam allowance of the hem and sleeves towards the inside and top stitch in place with a twin needle.
5 Fold the collar piece lengthwise, right sides together. Stitch the short sides together up to the seam allowance. Turn through to the right side and press.
6 Placing right sides together, pin one edge of the collar piece to the neckline of your garment and sew in place.
7 Press the seam allowance to the inside, hiding all raw edges. Slip stitch the other side of collar in place by hand.
Use your fabric remnants and lots of patience to make this striking chandelier for your bedroom.
1 Plan your colour scheme and cover the beads as follows: measure the diameter of the bead from hole to hole. This is the width of the strip of fabric. Measure the circumference of the bead and add 1cm – this is the length of the strip of fabric. Cut out all the strips. Make little snips on both long sides of the strip so that the fabric fits neatly around the curve of the bead.
2 Apply glue to the back of the strips of fabric and stick them over the beads.
3 Cut 12 strings of waxed cord of about 50cm each and 12 of about 1m each.
4 Tie the strings of cord securely to the bottom of the basket, alternating between the short cords and the long ones. Thread three small (2,5cm), four medium (3cm) and three large (3,5cm) beads onto the first long string and tie it to the top edge of the basket. Take the next (short) string, thread on two small, four medium and three large beads and tie it to the basket edge. Continue in this way (with one long string with three small beads and the next short string with just two) until all 24 strings are tied evenly to the edge of the basket.
5 Now thread four large, six medium and four small beads onto the first long string. This determines the height of the chandelier.
6 Attach the light-fitting ring (the inside part of the lampshade frame) with jeweller’s wire to the three chains at the top of the basket. Cut off the loose ends.
7 Tie the long string that you threaded with beads in step 5 to the top of the light-fitting ring.
8 Now thread beads onto all the long strings in the same way as in step 5 and tie them to the light fitting. You will have 12 strings in total.
9 Make six strings to drape around the chandelier horizontally by threading two small, one medium and then another two small beads on a piece of waxed cord and tying it to the top edge of the basket.
10 Cut away all the loose ends of the strings and hang up the chandelier.
Against the cupboard or over your arm, this pleated handbag will take a weekend to make but will give you years of pleasure.
1 Cut the following: two strips of 150 x 30cm for the front and back panels; two lining panels 37,5 x30cm; two strips 94 x 7cm for the side and bottom panels; and two straps 44 x 8cm.
2 Follow the pattern on pages 70-71 and mark all pleats on the two strips for the front and back panels with a dressmaker’s pencil or pen. Fold and stitch each pleat in position. Press the fabric.
3 Make little snips into the side strip as given on the pattern and then stitch it onto the side and bottom edges of the pleated front panel.
4 Stitch the same side strip onto the side and bottom edges of the pleated back panel. This forms the outer bag.
5 Stitch the other side strip onto the two lining panels. This forms the lining bag. Turn it through to the right side.
6 Fold the straps in half lengthways and stitch them. Turn through to the right side, sew two stitches and press.
7 Pin the straps to the right side of the lining at the markings.
8 Place the lining bag in the pleated bag with right sides together, pin in place and stitch together, leaving an opening of 15cm for turning through. Turn the whole handbag to the right side through the opening. Push the lining bag back inside the handbag. Close the opening with small stitches. Press the handbag. Work a few small catch stitches here and there between the folds in the pleats and through the lining to hold the lining in place.
Books from Abode. Turquoise cushion from Loads of Living. Portrait cushion and turquoise lantern from MRP Home. Small birdcage from In Good Company. Model: Helena from Full Circle. Hair and make-up: Lyndall from Supernova.