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Lola loves… sewing a sugar skull cushion

Here’s two things I can’t resist; a cushion and sugar skull design. I really didn’t need another cushion I’ve made so many, but the fun of it took over.

Appliquéd and embroidered sugar skull cushion front

Appliquéd and embroidered sugar skull cushion front

What you will need:
2x large felt squares
Assorted felt scraps for appliqué
Assorted embroidery thread
Needles
Fabric scissors
Tailors chalk
(I also used Sublime Stitching iron-on designs for the appliqué).

What to do:
Cut a number of shapes from your felt scraps. These will be used to decorate the cushion. Traditional designs are flowers, hearts and diamonds. I used Sublime Stitching iron-on designs to give me the flower shapes.

Next, mark out a skull on your large pieces of felt and add a 1 inch seam allowance – but don’t cut it yet!

Lay  your shapes on top and decide how you want to arrange them. You will need to do this for the front and back.

Appliquéd and embroidered sugar skull cushion - back

Appliquéd and embroidered sugar skull cushion – back

Once you have positioned your pieces, take a photo of them so you can remember where they go.

You may wish to use some shapes for the features.  I used roses for the eyes and an upside-down heart for the nose.

It’s also nice to use a variety of stitches. I used back, chain, feather and rope stitch, plus satin stitch to fill in the black on the mouth.

Now it’s time to embroider your small pieces and the skull (not having cut it yet means you can position the felt in an embroidery hoop, which will make it easier to sew.)

You can either embroider the pieces straight on to the skull or embroider them first and stick them on using all-purpose glue. I found the latter best as it means you don’t have to sew round the edges to keep the shape in place. Also, sewing two layers of felt can be slightly stiff!

Once you’ve finished your embroidery and appliqué, place the two pieces with their faces together and sew round leaving a small gap for the stuffing.

Turn right-side out, stuff with padding and  hand sew the hole.


Lola loves… Making a DIY tattoo swallow necklace

I love a bit of jewelry and if you’ve read my other blog posts you may have worked out that I also love tattoo designs. Add a bit of craft into the mix and I’ve got a recipe for happiness.

Yup, this necklace includes many things I love and (being a bit lazy) it’s also great that it’s quick and easy to do!

What you will need:
Embroidered fabric with your choice of design
Black felt
Multi-purpose glue
Chain
4x Jump rings (1x large, 3x small)
1x Lobster clasp
2x Pairs of pliers
Metal cutters

I made this simple necklace using an iron-on embroidered bird, which I’d bought previously.  You can buy these on-line or in craft shops in a huge variety of designs; flowers, dice, animals, letters. Using the iron-on bird meant making the necklace was super quick, which was what I needed, but next time I will embroider the design myself – I’m toying with the ideas of cross-stitched pendants. I’m also considering selling a few on Etsy – what do you think bloggers, would it go down well?

I backed the bird to make it sturdier by gluing black felt to the back. I then trimmed all the edges with embroidery scissors. (If you do this, be careful that you don’t cut into the embroidered design while you’re at it.)

Next, measure and cut your chain; you will need two pieces of equal length. Drape the chain around your own neck to find the right length but remember to accommodate the width of your pendant, otherwise your necklace will end up longer!

Once your embroidered pendant is dry, pierce the bird with a thick needle in the place you want the chain to hang. (It is good to experiment with where you want the holes as this will effect the way it hangs). Next, hold a small jump ring with one set of pliers. Take the other half of the ring with the other set of pliers and twist to open the ring.  Using just one set of pliers now, ease the opened ring through the hole you just made with the needle.  Also thread one length of chain onto the ring before closing it using both pairs of piers and the same method as before.

Using the same method with your pliers, fix a lobster clasp to the other end of the chain using a small jump ring to attach it.

Now repeat this process for the other side but add a large jump ring the end of the other piece of chain instead of a clasp – this is what your clasp will latch on to.

Then, enjoy your lovely new necklace!

 


Lola loves… a heart-felt brooch

I made this heart-felt brooch (a heart made of felt – get it? I know, ouch!) in no time at all using scraps of old felt… So I then made a sugar skull one too!

What you will need:
Retractable pencil
Felt scraps
Scissors
Embroidery threads
Needle
Stuffing
Brooch clasp

First up, pick your design. I chose these just because I liked them but the options are limitless. A vintage tea cup and saucer? A pug? A record?

Draw your design on to felt using a pencil with a fine point. I find retractable pencils are best for this. You will need two matching sides for the front and back plus any extra bits for detailing the front.

You may wish to use an image from the Internet as a guide or template, or you may want to go freehand.

I used contrasting felt for the details on the sugar skull brooch, some I embroidered, others I simply glued on. For the heart, I embroidered a message into the ribbon and glued that on.

Then it’s simply a matter of sewing the front and back together (I used blanket stitch for this), stuffing with some padding just before you close up, then sewing your brooch clasp to the back.


Lola loves… Reversible bibs

Here’s another homemade effort for little Annabelle, the daughter of a good friend of mine. These bibs are reversible, meaning two for the effort of one and, if mum is run ragged, a little bit less washing. I tried a couple of designs, as you’ll see below.

What you will need:

Two types of fabric, one for each side of your bib (I used organic cotton and baby quilting material made with an organic soya blend.)
A popper or velcro
Felt or other material for the applique heart
Tailors chalk
Sewing machine or needle and thread
Pinking shears

To start, measure and mark your fabric. To do this you will need to know the circumference of the baby’s neck. I made this before Annabelle was born so I used a circumference of  14″/36 cms (a baby’s neck is on average 12-14″). 

Then mark the shape of the rest of the bib with tailors chalk on both pieces of fabric and cut this out. Make sure to snip the top of the bib where the two sides will join with a popper.

Next mark and cut your applique shape — I used a tattoo style heart and ribbon. Once you have cut these, pin them to one piece of your fabric, sew around the edge of your shape and sew your words if you are including them.

If you would like you decorate the other side of the fabric, now’s the time to do it. I simply sewed a matching bow to the reverse side.

Place the two pieces of fabric together with the faces meeting and pin them together. Sew around the circumference of the neck, then turn the fabric right-side out and iron flat. This will create a smooth seam that won’t rub baby’s neck.

Next, sew your poppers or velcro onto each side the top of the bib where the two sides will join.

Then sew round the edge of the rest of the bib and trim using pinking shears to produce a fun edge and stop any fraying.

I also sewed a napkin style bib using a simple triangle shape (right) and folded the backing fabric over to create a contrasting top.


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