A Space To Make: At Home. Activity #8
- 27th April 2020
- Posted by: Ami Lowman
- Category: Get Involved
Good afternoon friends… Well Spring has sprung and the new season of the Sewing Bee has started… I don’t know about you but it got me itching to start stitching!!
This crafty activity is great for adults and kids alike and is perfect for using up scraps of felt and thread…. Read on below to find out how…
What you’ll need:
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Ok… So here’s how you do it…
Start with your design… If you’re confident, just start creating, but if you’re not so sure, start by making a design / template. Think about the size and final item… i.e., if it’s a pin cushion… what size does it need to be….
You can either start by just cutting out your main shapes (you will need 2… a front and a back) or use a paper template, trace round and cut out… your sides can be one colour or two different ones…
Once you’ve got your main shapes it’s time to start thinking of decorating it (front or both… up to you)
You can use a mix of applique and embroidery to decorate your shape… There’s some creative embroidery stitches online here. This part is great for using up those odds and ends and off cuts of felt, material, thread… you could event use buttons or bees!
Once the decoration is complete you need to attach the two sides together by sewing round the edge. Keep your stitching as neat and even as you can. You will want to leave about a 1inch gap on one of the straightest edges…
Leave your left over thread / needle in place and stuff the decoration with stuffing, off cuts of felt, thread, fabric scraps etc. If you’re using lavender pop it in as you go… You can use a pencil to push the stuffing into the corners… once you’re happy with the filing give it a bit of a squidge to even out the stuffing. You can then carry on with the stitching… sealing up the hole!
If you were making a hanging decoration you will want to make sure you include a ribbon loop at some point. You can also include a lace trim, personalise for friends and family or join more then one together… the possibilities are endless!
And there you have it… Have fun, get creative and don’t forget to share your creations with us! We REALLY want to see what you’re making!!
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