Mum’s dungaree pattern: How I did…

When I started sewing my mum gave me some patterns that she used to sew us when we were children. The one I’ve used the most is a vintage 1980s dungarees pattern. IMG_1416

I don’t even know who its by! haha. I only have sizes 2/3, 3/4 and 5/6 so I’ve only made view 2 (the boys version).

A wee while ago I got a few Riley Blake fabrics on sale from a facebook retailer I follow. One of them was little flyers: IMG_1341

So cute! and retro! My favourite part of the design is this 50s/60s star that reminds me of the Jetsons! IMG_1419

I do love fabric – it’s one of my favourite things about sewing πŸ™‚ There are so many colours in this fabric I was spoilt for choice with the thread I used: IMG_1415

I wanted it to contrast, but I think I played it a little safe by choosing the green closest to the camera. Note to self: be braver next time!

I adjusted the pattern as I wanted it to be shorty dungers for the youngest for this summer :).

Once you’ve sewn the centre seams of the front and back, you sew the in-seam, quickly followed by the side seams. Because I’d adjusted the pattern to shorties there was a bit of a discrepancy in leg length between front and back haha.

As these big bits are sewn first then you get an idea of what the finished product will look like pretty quickly: IMG_1422

So cute πŸ™‚

Next up was the arm hole facing. Firstly you need to assemble the facing. You cut 2 front facings and 2 back facings from the fabric. They do look rather similar so I use my air erasable marker to mark which is front and back (I have also done the same with the main bodice of the dungers because again they are quite similar!). IMG_1424

You match pairs of fronts to backs. Pin and stitch, right sides together.

Flatten out into one piece:

Next is to pin the facing right side to right side of the arm hole, as you want it to encase the raw edge.

Match seams also.

Once pinned, sew.

Once you have sewn this seam, you need to flip it to be wrong side to wrong side. IMG_1441


and sew, topstitching to keep the facing over to the inside. Use a longer stitch so as to look like topstitching.

Next, either sew the bottom edge of the facing to the garment or finish the raw edge. IMG_1447

Next are the straps. Put each strap piece right side to right side, pin:


Clip seams and corners and turn the right way out

I like to topstitch, so I decided to topstitch these

Next is to assemble the front and back yoke pieces. For the back yoke the straps need to be attached. Firstly they need to be attached in the right position to one back yoke piece.

Next, is to attach the other back yoke piece to this, being careful not to keep the straps out of the way!

Once sewn, turn right side out

And once again my top stitching obsession kicks in haha IMG_1464

Repeat for the front yoke, without the straps obviously IMG_1465

Now, you need to attach the yokes to the main bodice. There is a right, well finished way to do this and there is the way you do it when you’re rushing as you want them to wear it the next day and you’re being mithered. I choose the second method haha. I attached the yoke to the main bodice, right sides together – both pieces of bodice.

For both front and back piece.

Just an FYI the correct, well finished way involves attaching one layer of yoke to front and then slip stitching. It does look sooo much better, but when its for your own child and you’re desperate for them to wear it this way will work as well for simple garments – although it does add bulk to the seams.

Lastly is button holes and buttons. I love these star buttons that hubby got me for another project ages ago that I never used! clever hubby! haha

This is the finished project:

And the youngest wearing it for nursery this morning:

I love it, it is so cute and he is so very cuddle-able in it.

This isn’t the first time I have made this pattern. I have done a shorty version for both the youngest and no3 last year out of some fabric I was given from my grandmothers stash by my aunts.

These were age 2/3 and 5/6 years. The pattern does actually call for front pockets to be added but I didn’t want to add them to the latest version as I think the fabric is too cute to obscure.

I also made the long (correct) version for the youngest for last winter. I made it out of heavy linen and added a fire engine applique as that’s what he was into last winter and contrast pockets in red from my stash. I loved this, and the pictures of him in it I think he looks like a child model! haha. Unfortunately he outgrew this before winters end (it can be rather short in the crotch this patternΒ unfortunately)Β – might make him a similar one for this winter πŸ™‚

So, overall I do love this pattern, it is simple to make and you can experiment with it, personalising it etc. Its just a bit babyish, and I’m quite limited with sizes as its a vintage pattern. I’m sure I’ll be making it again as I’m sure you’ll agree my boys look so cute in it! πŸ™‚


No think cushions

Sometimes I think you just need to do a no think, easy sewing project. Kind of like an palette cleanser. Something to just enjoy, and not have to think to much about. Envelope pillows are one of those projects. I have had plans to make some for quite a while now, just not had time. IMG_1311

The material I planned for the cushion covers.

I wanted to make a couple for us to cover a couple of duck down cushions I bought a while ago. IMG_1334

I love this material – I got it at Ikea near my parents back at Easter. I added some pretty floral piping too πŸ™‚

I also wanted to make a couple of cushions for the older two as I don’t tend to sew as much for the eldest especially. I made him a cushion from some funky material I again got from Ikea, with some nice blue piping πŸ™‚

The one I’m most proud of is the one I made for the girly. I got given loads of second hand material a few months ago when one of my craft clubs shut down. In there was an old ikea curtain which I loved but couldn’t be used as a curtain, so I decided to upcycle it. I used the middle bit as the front with some extra applique added, and the top and bottom as the back flaps on the envelope cushions. I also added some cute piping πŸ™‚

Really like this one πŸ™‚

One first was that I managed to bed a needle without snapping it πŸ™‚ IMG_1317

It was a 90/14 as well haha πŸ™‚ making these definitely cleansed my palette πŸ™‚ sometimes its good to enjoy some simple things πŸ™‚

Simplicity 1318: How I did…

In a word: horrendously. I don’t know why. I think it was a combination of things. I was a bit apprehensive about using such fine material. I also had several ill children, therefore very mithery children, making it hard to concentrate. I was also having a bad few days with regards to my mood – I don’t know, why, perhaps because I’ve been a wee bit under the weather. IMG_0574

This pattern is simple, and effective. However I managed to mess it up royally in virtually everyway imaginable. As I said I was apprehensive before sewing it as I’ve never sewn with such fine material before. I used a 70/10 needle, and this was ideal, about the only right decision I made haha.

When cutting out I found that the material was much more see-through than I thought, the stripes are completely see-through. IMG_1158IMG_0660

I was unable to find lightweight iron on interfacing, so I had to make do with sew on interfacing. I have never used this before, so I just sewed it onto the fabric with a minute gap at the edge.

The pieces that require interfacing are the collar and front edging pieces.

Once this was done, I went to begin sewing. I decided then that the fabric was too transparent for its use, so it needed a lining. I used one of my charity shop bedding sheets, cut it up into the pattern pieces I needed. I then stayed in interfacing mode and sewed each piece of lining onto each fabric piece. Arrrggghhhhh! What can I say? I’m an idiot! I of course was on auto-pilot and didn’t realise until I’d sewn both the back seam and the shoulder seams what I’d done wrong and how dreadful it looked.

The only thing I could think to rectify it slightly was to use bias tape (thankyou dottie angel for introducing me to that finishing technique!). I didn’t have any of the right colour in my notions at home. The hubby was promptly dispatched to the local haberdashery once he had finished work. I attached the bias tape over the back and shoulder seams. Of course the stitching shows through to the right side of the fabric – but I do actually quite like this look (thankfully!)

The Next bit to attach is the sleeves. This is fairly easy as you just match up the centre seams of the shoulders with the centre mark of sleeves, its a straight line and I decided to use bias tape to finish the seams. IMG_1183

Next, is to sew up the sleeve and side seams, very easy, straight lines. That must be the mistakes over with? Its an easy pattern – so how can any more mistakes be made. Well, here is the biggest one: I had attached the fronts on the wrong sides….

Spoiler: its not supposed to go up at the sides like that! doh! and because I’d decided to use the bias tape to finish the seams, they were well and truly finished meaning if I unpicked this flimsy material then it would be wrecked. Unexpected gap at the side it is then! I must admit I don’t hate the gap.

Next is the collar – this you stitch the back neck piece to the two side pieces, on both the interfaced pieces and the non interfaced pieces. Because I’d attached the front pieces the wrong way, this threw up more problems, namely that the front collar pieces weren’t long enough. I trimmed the front pieces a bit, but even then I needed to add extra bits onto the long collar pieces.

I trimmed the width to ensure they matched. The next is to stitch the interfaced piece around the neck of the jacket.

Right sides to right sides. You then stitch the non interfaced pieces onto these, again right sides together. IMG_1211

I then trimmed it down at the bottom to ensure that it lined up with the bottom of the jacket. You then turn this collar piece right side out, so the non interfaced piece becomes the facing to the collar. This then made the next issue I had become apparent. The collar. I have no idea what is wrong with it, why it looks like that. I’m going to have to ask my more experienced friends I think – it is a mess though and I don’t know how to rectify it.

I have mentioned previously that I like to topstitch when I can as I like the extra finish it adds, and I also hoped it might sort out the collar a wee bit, it didn’t.

The next step is to turn in the edge of the collar and slip stitch along the seam. I have lamented my lack of ability when it comes to hand sewing previously. I actually don’t mind the stitching showing often, hence why I’ll often use a contrasting thread. So I machine stitched the bottom edge of the collar, this predictably made the collar worse.

Next, I hemmed it, which, the gap at the sides that shouldn’t be there made that process even more interesting haha.

Finally, onto the last step – phew! Attaching the sleeve cuffs. I lined these also and you sew the seam right sides together.

Next you attach them to the main sleeve body, once again right sides together, then hem.

I am so upset with how badly I made this, the mistakes I made, as he pattern is a great pattern and had I made it well it would have turned out great. The next time I can I’m going to buy some less transparent material and I’m going to make this well, learning from my mistakes. with concentration, and I cant wait to put it to rights as it should make up really well (still unsure on what to do with the collar though haha). I’m so cross with myself.

On a more positive note I did manage to produce a garment that is wearable and I’m happy to wear it, I just have to keep the collar flipped down haha.

Life over the last week…


Firstly, I haven’t been particularly industrious this week, especially on the sewing front. This is due to a number of factors but mainly because we’ve all been struck down by this horrid cough and cold that seems to be doing the rounds, so each child has had at least one day off this week. IMG_1165

No 3 has been the worst affected due to his asthma so hubby and I have been up several nights with him.

Due to some of the kiddiwinks being off school I was unable to go to my paper cutting class on Friday. I have been practising at home however!

One of the things I enjoy about paper cutting is that you work at cutting out from the smallest piece to the biggest piece. This means it requires you to be ‘in the moment’ and concentrating on figuring out the right order. This makes it a great mindfulness activity and I would recommend anyone who suffers from anxiety to give it a try! You also can see each picture getting more clear as you go on. EZFZ1909

I stuck some of the smaller pieces onto card – glueing them onto coloured paper first – that didn’t go to well – I don’t think glueing is my forte haha. IMG_1065

I am so enjoying paper cutting and am finding it such a good mindfulness activity that I have bought some equipment, not a massive investment as its quite a cheap hobby!

The eldest wanted to try papercutting also, so I allowed him under constant supervision, with my heart in my throat – but sometimes children need to experience threat to know how to handle it. He is 10 years also, I wouldn’t allow any of the others to do it, but he’s old enough to learn from it.

He seemed to enjoy it.

I also updated my Jamicure – and got some more free samples as I’m hoping to become a consultant at some point in the next few weeks for Jamberry.

I have also been beavering away making knitted squares for creative space cornwall’s (who I go to knit and natter and the craft classes with) yarn bombing project (of a tree) in July.

I framed the picture that number 3 drew me – I’m hoping to persuade the other 3 to draw me one each in their own style, which I’ll also frame.

And finally I have done a bit of sewing this week. I covered two of the projectsΒ  in How I did … blog posts already. The third, the kimono did not go well…. I will detail why in the blog post about it, but it was entirely my fault, and not because it was too hard either!

Heres to hoping we and you all feel much better next week πŸ™‚

Simplicity 8019: How I did…

I got myself some Michael Miller cool spools fabric in a sale a while ago, in the knowledge that I wanted to make myself a skirt out of it, but I just needed the time and the right pattern. The pattern had to require less than 2 metres of fabric as that was all I had ordered. I saw this on Jaycotts website in the simplicity sale and knew it was the one. I do love retro and especially the 1970s.

I am only 5 feet 1 inch, so I decided to make view A knowing that this would probably sit on my knee. When cutting out my patterns I tend to cut all the sizes out, then fold and trace the right markings on the fabric later. This was no different, however, as it goes up to size 24 I figured I’d not need to go up to that size, so I cut out up to a size 20. Good job I did! When I measured myself I needed a size 20. In shop sizes I am a small 14, and in sewing patterns I usually measure to a 16. So I would say this pattern measures up a wee bit small, so just be aware of that. I cut out all views on the length also which was fun when folding to cut! haha

This pattern calls for interfacing to be used on both the waist and as reinforcement on the front skirt opening where the buttons go. Don’t do as I did and not read the instructions on the pattern pieces properly and cut the front interfacing piece out of fabric! doh!

Shhhh, I’ll tell you a secret: the only time I iron is when I’m sewing. The benefit of having a hubby in the forces is that he loves ironing so I take full advantage of that πŸ™‚

The next part of this pattern is to fold over the front of the skirt opening over the interfacing, encasing the raw edges. You are then to baste at the top. I decided to sew both across the top and downwards, down the whole length of the interfacing:

As you can see the stitching shows through to the front side, but I like this look as I think it adds definition to the front.

The next stage is to sew all the skirt panel pieces, constructing the main body of the skirt. IMG_1092

Next is the waistband. I started to pin mine and found it was randomly too small for the skirt body – I have no idea why – perhaps it was fairies? haha. That was another piece to cut out of fabric and interfacing.

Once this is done you attach the waistband to the skirt, right sides together: IMG_1095

Next, in order to get the raw edges all enclosed in the waistband easily, you fold it in half back on itself, right sides together. You then sew the ends in line with the front opening.

Trim the waistband at the ends quite close to the stitch line.

Turn the waistband right side out, making sure to poke out the corners. Then you finish the waistband on the inside.

I do love a bit of topstitching, so I decided to finish off the main skirt with some topstitching and of course I hemmed the bottom.

The next job was to sew the button holes. 6 in total. On my old machine it was a 4 step manual button hole. I have a 1 step automatic button hole on this machine. I am definitely torn as to which is better. On the whole the automatic button hole is quicker, easier and much more accurate. The problem is if something goes wrong as its sewing the button hole you can’t really rectify it as its a programmed pattern of stitches. This means you have to unpick the whole button hole you’ve sewed and start again. On some fabrics this can mean you wreck the fabric. With a manual button hole you just select that step of the process. As I said, torn haha. But, as I said, I now have an automatic button hole, and I took some pictures of it in action:

I have always struggled with handsewing, even sewing on buttons. I don’t know if its down to my dyspraxia or a lack of experience, but I struggle and find it takes me long time with very little reward. Even so, sometimes its a necessary evil, so my 6 buttons are attached via hand! yay!

I enjoyed making this pattern, and would say it is an easy pattern, quick to make for those with a bit more experience. For those beginners then it has lots of techniques to learn on, but in an easy way. Oh and the fit is fantastic (even if it is 2 sizes bigger than my usual) I love it and think it will get a wear (I mean show off haha) at knit and natter tomorrow :). Glad I picked this pattern for this fabric πŸ™‚


McCalls M7116 – How I did….

I got last months issue of Love Sewing magazine, and free with it was McCalls M7116, which I have been planning to make since, along with a few others: IMG_0605

The McCalls one is the dress, which I decided to make with some Ikea fabric I got the last time I was north in Warrington, in the Easter holidays: IMG_0576

This pattern asks for the top part to be cut out on the grain and the skirt part on the bias.IMG_0657

I decided to make the top out of the spotty fabric and the skirt out of the floral (not dis-similar from Cath Kidston fabric) fabric.

One of my worst jobs is transferring the pattern markings to the fabric. When I first started I was taught the ‘proper’ way of tacking (big, loose stitches) along the markings and then unpicking so a slight line of holes was left… yeah, I only did that once! haha. My current way is to draw the pattern markings on in air erasable fabric marker under the pattern piece. I say current because I’m always on the look out for easier ways to do things haha. IMG_0687

The back neck facing was cut on the bias, and this meant it was a lot easier to fit to the back of the bodice. IMG_0688

One of my favourite features of this garment was the sleeve detail. They have a pleat in them, and are gathered along the top, to both help ease them into the arm hole as they are set in sleeves and to give a bit more volume to them. The next is the buttons, and the pattern notions request ball buttons. I am guessing these are buttons that look like balls haha. These are well worth getting as they give the sleeves a real vintage look, and really complete them. IMG_0697

Before sewing the bodice to the skirt I would recommend trying it on, just to get an idea how far over the two front pieces need to overlap: IMG_0694

Also make sure you know which piece of the skirt is the front and which is the back – as the front waistband is higher than the back: IMG_0701

When sewing the skirt to the bodice, once again make sure you know where you need the two front pieces to cross. The pattern does call for gathers in the front bodice pieces, but you may need to may them a little longer.

The most tricky bit is, as in a lot of garments, the zip. The pattern calls for a 12 inch zip, but I found this a little short (I made a size 16). If I did it again in this size I would probably get a 14 inch zip. It is an exposed zipper and because it is at the side it is not too difficult to sew. IMG_0705

I must say I did enjoy making this pattern! It was just the right level for me and the end result I love and have had lots of compliments on it – I will be making it again.

Fun & Family


I’ve lots to blog about, but have been too busy to come on and write about it haha.

My family have come down for a impromptu visit over the weekend. But first, to the sewing!

They didn’t arrive until Saturday evening, the weather was pretty overcast, and we had chores to do, so we spent Saturday in the house. On Friday evening I had spent the night cutting and planning what I was going to sew so I was ready to go whenever I got chance, which happened on Saturday. I decided to start sewing with the free Mccalls pattern from Love Sewing magazine: IMG_0576

I enjoyed this pattern and found it the right level of challenging. I will do a pattern review in another post, but I’m pleased with how it turned out:

Whilst I was sewing this, the hubby took the 4 kiddies out to the fun fair (a yearly rip-off that comes to our little town). Even no 3 wanted to go and had a whale of a time – which we didn’t think he would as he gets stressed in noisy/ busy places due to his sensory processing disorder. I am so pleased he was able to go though:

As you can see, lots of smiles πŸ™‚

My sister is a professional performer with Aida cruise ships. She trained in London at the URDANG in musical theatre. She spends most of the year on board, travelling the world and singing, with her boyfriend of 2 years, a lovely man from the Ukraine, called Sascha. As a result of this I’m lucky if I get to see her yearly, so whenever we get the opportunity we try to get together and the children love seeing their glamourous Aunt. She drove herself and my parents down from where they live near Manchester for a flying visit over the weekend. They arrived on Saturday evening bearing fish and chips – always a winner in our house!

I did my sister, the girly and the youngest a accent nail each out of Jamberry nail wraps on their big toes:IMG_0709

This went down a treat, as did the slippers she brought us from Amsterdam: IMG_0718

Clogs! A pair each – and they are soooo comfy!

I think I have also found a new craft after my current Friday classes: paper cutting. They leant me a cutting board and knife to practise with and I am finding I am really enjoying it – it is so relaxing as it doesn’t require any thinking, so I have ordered a knife handle, some blades, a book of templates and a cutting mat off amazon so I can keep it up. Here is my latest effort: IMG_0740

Oh, and on Saturday morning the 2 youngest decided to have a play with some food colouring.. luckily they decided to play it in the bath so it was mainly them affected!

Everyone since has been randomly finding themselves with blue food colouring on them!

On Sunday we decided that as it was such a beautiful day we would take my parents and sister to one of our favourite beaches further down into Cornwall – Perranporth. We had a great day if got a little sunburnt!

We all had a great time. My sister and I actually managed to get our picture taken together, which is very very rare! This picture perfectly sums up the differences between us, our mother said in her facebook post, my two lovely daughters in a perfect picture of them both, Anna looking glamorous in her wetsuit, Kate looking like a Cornish farmers wife! I was wearing my memademay purl bee free tutorial dress πŸ™‚ which I love for the beach and am planning on making more, and my wellies as I hate sand haha: IMG_0825

Another Kate make on the beach was worn by the girly, some Jo Cole simple flares in capri length out of Rose and Hubble fabric, with rick rack around the bottom which I love πŸ™‚ I think they look really retro πŸ™‚ IMG_1004

I did suffer the stupidity of not putting sun cream on: IMG_1035

You’d think at my age I would of learnt by now!

The parents and sister left today – which is always a bit sad, but the parents are coming down for half term in a couple of weeks as the hubby is going away with work.

Of course I’m very excited for the great British sewing bee beginning again tonight – but I’m gutted that for a few days at least I won’t be able to ‘sew along’, as I had to post my machine’s foot pedal off this morning to sewing machines direct. It has been randomly cutting out and slowing down for the last few weeks, and it is only 3 months old so we are trying a new foot pedal, but I needed to send mine in first 😦 I’m really hoping it is just the foot pedal as this means I can’t sew for a few days, if my machine had to go in then who knows how longs I’d be unable to sew for?!?!?! IMG_1042

Maybe I am being a tad dramatic haha, worse things happen at sea as they say! And at least it gives me chance to catch up with this and have a turn with my other crafts πŸ™‚

Hope we all enjoy the great British sewing bee tonight πŸ™‚ sooooo excited πŸ™‚


Busy days

Although I’m missing my friend, I have had a lot to do which has taken my mind off of things a little bit.

On Wednesday I had a friends association meeting to attend for the school, to organise some summer events to raise money for some new equipment.

During the day on Wednesday hubby had taken the youngest to Porth beach in Cornwall, for a beach clean he had organised with some newly qualified submariners and surfers against sewage. The youngest had a great time being the centre of attention:

On Thursday mornings I usually attend a knit and natter local group, run by creative space Cornwall, at a local community centre. Β At the moment we a making knitted squares for the St Germans festival in July to yarn bomb a tree (? :/ ?) haha. We do plan on making the squares into blankets for the homeless once they have been finished with. We have yarn bombed previously, but on a much smaller scale. so this should be interesting! IMG_0552

I have quite a few sewing projects in the pipeline. I have been cutting and preparing for those these last couple of days as the hubby has been busy with his coaching and work commitments it has taken me a couple of days! haha

I’m looking forward to starting the actual sewing soon πŸ™‚ look out for the pattern reviews πŸ™‚

On a Friday IΒ go to the ‘Make It…’ craft classes again with creative space Cornwall. At the moment we are doing paper cutting classes. If you have ever seen paper cutting you will have seen it can be absolutely beautiful. What you may not know though is that it is very relaxing, enjoyable and satisfying. You feel you can achieve quite a bit in a relatively short space of time. Have borrowed a cutting board and knife until next week so if I get time I can have a bit more practise :).

At the rock pooling session last weekend one of the leaders mentioned that my eldest might benefit from taking rock climbing sessions as he seemed to have a natural ability. The hubby took him, the girly and the youngest tonight to the local rock climbing place. The older 2 climbed and the hubby and youngest watched. The youngest then came home having learnt a few new tricks…

The youngest really is a bit of a wild child haha πŸ™‚

You may be aware that our no3 has autism. He has never really been one to draw, he can write his name, but doesn’t see the point in writing anything else, and certainly not drawing unless there is a purpose to it. So when the hubby found this picture in his bag I was so very touched. I’m going to get a frame and hang it in my sewing corner. It means so very very much to me πŸ™‚ The fact his first inteligible drawing was associated with me has really touched me, as with him we haven’t always felt he even knew we were ‘special’ people to him, not just people who lived in the same house. He is a lot more engaged with us now, but this was still lovely πŸ™‚

This is the picture of my sewing machine and him as he is typically enjoying milk πŸ™‚

Anyway, hope your week has been good and will blog again soon πŸ™‚




I always think that pipingΒ is a simple and effective way to finish off lots of things. It is especially nice on cushions (above). It is actually a very easy technique to do (I think its easier than binding!).

So, what do you need? Well, piping itself firstly, which is kind of like rope, and it comes in lots of different thicknesses, you just have to decide which is most appropriate for your project. You will also need binding in the colour/ pattern you want. Optional but to make it a lot easier is a zipper foot (most machines come with a zipper foot as standard):

L-R: zipper foot, binding & piping, binding, piping.

Next you will need to encase your piping in the binding. This is very simple, you open out your binding and place the piping inside down the centre:

You then fold the binding over so the piping is encased in the centre of the binding and I like to pin it so it stays in place (and it slows me down as I have a bit of a lead foot haha):

Attaching your zipper foot (if you have one) or with an ordinary foot if not, sew as close to the piping as you can, I like to use a slightly longer stitch:

Sew until you have reached the required length.

You now have piping! Next is to attach it to your project, in this case I was attaching I to a cushion cover. Once I had appliqued the front, prior to sewing on the back, I needed to attach the piping. This needs to be attached to the RIGHT side of the fabric, around the edge with the actual piping itself at the seam allowance, facing INWARDS, pin in place: IMG_0422IMG_0421IMG_0420IMG_0419

I find the easiest way to turn the corners, rather than abuting them is to snip the binding (careful not to snip the stitching and piping) at a 45 degree angle at the corner: IMG_0418

Not a neat example haha – but you get the idea.

Next you need to sew this, once again as close to the actual piping as you can, using a zipper foot if you have one:

Once this is done, it is time to attach the back. You lay the fabric right side to right side as you would do normally. You pin once again as close to the actual piping as possible

Β (hence why you place the actual piping along the seam allowance – in this case 15mm/5/8 in). and sew as close to the piping once again:

Depending on the seam finish and if it is needed I then trim the excess binding/ fabric away so I hopefully get a nice crisp, clear finish once the project is turned right side out πŸ™‚ This is the finished project: IMG_0468

And here are some other uses I have found for piping since I learnt how to do it and I think you’ll agree in the right context it adds an nice finish and it is easy to do:

Collars, dress edging and more cushions πŸ™‚ I do love piping and it is quick and easy – hope you have fun experimenting with it πŸ™‚

Last few days…

I’ve been very busy creating! I’m loving the applique at the moment. Had a few gifts to make and been a little busy too.

Firstly some nice pictures taken by the hubby at the park:

The youngest 3 having a good time in the sun πŸ™‚

Next, I have been no poo for 14 weeks now – just using water only. I have very greasy hair naturally. My hair did balance itself for a couple of weeks after about 10 weeks, and then I used hairspray and my hair just panicked and became a grease bucket again – I decided I needed to ‘wash’ it so have used some baking soda and apple cider vinegar – just a little bit but enough to de-grease my hair slightly – I think I’m going to have to do this once a week as I’ve reached my breaking point with the water only unfortunately – I’m still no poo though! πŸ™‚


My new no poo kit πŸ™‚

I finally managed to dig out some of my summer clothes so as part of me made may here is my ‘duck dress’ worn today (my megan dress by tilly and the buttons from her love at first stitch book)


I’ve been creating a few appliqued gifts. One is a tote bag which a friend asked me to create for her sisters birthday, the other are two cushion covers to give to friends who are leaving this week to remind them of Cornwall.

My friend is very tall so I’m assuming her sister is also, so I made the straps quite long – hence why the bag looks so long on me (I’m 5ft 1in) haha. I piped around the cushion covers and took some pics to do a basic post about piping πŸ™‚

Lastly, I’m planning on making some bunting for my neighbours who are leaving (as well as the cushion cover) as they have been exceptional friends in the time we’ve known them. I’m really going to miss them. I did get a nice surprise this evening from the consultant who conducted my Jamberry party the other night – a lovely card and some wraps and other goodies πŸ™‚

That’s all for now πŸ™‚ take care all πŸ™‚