I’ve been experimenting with fabric paint and stencils over the last few weeks. This is my first cushion made with handmade piping and hand stencilled fabric….Plus some other cushions ready for market.
I am always on the look out for new crafty projects, especially those that make use of my fabric scraps. This bow tutorial looked simple enough to do, so i started making some last week. They are totally addictive to make and I’m a little embarrassed to say that i have made over 50 bows! Here are the super easy steps –
2. Fold them in half long ways (wrong side out) and sew along the longer edge.
3. Turn the fabric right side out. I used this handy little hooked tool for the smaller rectangle. Iron flat making sure the seam is in the middle.
4. With the seam on the outside, stitch the short ends together to make a loop.
5. Turn both loops inside out so the seams are on the inside.
6. Pinch the bigger loop to make a bow shape and then hand stitch in place. Now squeeze the small loop over the bow to form the centre.
I’m attaching a range of clips, elastics, and fasteners so that they can be used as hair accessories or bow ties. Here are some that i’ve finished. And below is my handsome model wearing a polka dot bow tie.
My inspiration for the green room make over came from this beautiful picture that i found while looking for a bedroom with a similar headboard to mine. This room caught my interest right away. The headboard is similar to mine and i loved the contrast of different fabrics, patterns and textures. I desperately wanted to find a striped valance like the one in this picture, but after much searching i gave up and settled on a lovely linen one, which fits perfectly. I searched for a few other bits and pieces – side tables, coverlet, lamps, cushion and throws. I’m really happy with the end result.
I was able to use most of the bed linen I’d already bought for the room and I’m really pleased this didn’t go waste. And even though I made new pillowcases, I was able to use most of the existing material. I just changed the fabric on the front. This meant I could reuse the piping that was on the pillows too, which gave them a lovely professional finish. I did get some initial heart flutters when I first started cutting my beautiful Warwick fabric, but I got over that quickly.
I’ve never had a sewing project go so smoothly before. Maybe the quality of the fabric makes a difference? I had doubts about being able to reuse the piping, but not only did it turn out perfectly, the colour is a great match for the new fabric. Here are the before and afters….I’m a little ashamed of the befores! I guess it’s nice to know I’m improving though.
And it would seem that Stayz is working beautifully for me. I’ve had many booking enquires and my first official booking!! Deposit in the bank and fully locked in!! Exciting!!!