Friday, November 21, 2014

Ideas for using vintage linens...

I love vintage linens.
I have an obsession with them I think. 

These are just a few I've collected over the years. Once upon a time they would sit neatly inside this plastic tub, but now they spill over and find themselves stored in all sorts of hidden nooks and crannies...

I enjoy finding uses for them.
Some have been been revived in baby quilts made for friends. Both the blue and the yellow quilts below were made in 2008 so I only have a few photos and they're not the best - however you can see the use of vintage linens among the patchwork, applique and embroidery....


The quilt below is one I made last year but it's been hidden away by Blossom for 'one day'. She's not letting me give it away to anyone but her...

It's quite nourishing and comforting to the soul when using aged linens by unknown hands to create something new - to know that their handwork is once again 'on display'. It carries forward a gentle promotion of their skills, often times with appreciation and awe!

A few years back I shared THIS tutorial for making little journal covers and soap sachets from embroidered linens. They are so easy and perfect for gift giving at this time of the year...

As I gently folded a small pile of white doilies the other day I thought how lovely it would be to use one as the background for a new design which will feature in December's Stitchery Club set.
Isn't it sweet with the blue floral 30's fabric?


The new design has been traced onto the centre of my pretty doily, and the threads are waiting for me to bring this project to life.
A stitchy theme seemed 'just right'...



I thought you may like some more ideas for using vintage linens?
Here are some that made my jaw drop they are so beautiful!







Found on Pinterest...


Is it time you made a cup of tea and sat with your vintage linens for inspiration?

Hugs



Thursday, November 20, 2014

TUTORIAL - let's make a Rosedaisy Bag!

The 20th of the month rolls around pretty quickly doesn't it!?
But I'm sure that's a good thing because it means I'm sharing another Rosedaisy Tutorial.

This month we're featuring the "Live Your Life With Love" block...

...and we're using it to make this sweet bag!



The bag has internal pockets so you could use it as your everyday bag or fill the pockets with your stitching supplies, crochet or knitting! It's rather versatile...




 If you'd like to purchase this stitchery pattern to feature on your bag it is HERE in the shop as a single pattern, or HERE as part of the 10-stitchery Rosedaisy set.

What you will need to make the "Live Your Life With Love" bag:

One feature stitchery measuring 6" x 10 1/2"
1/2 yard of green and rose floral fabric
3/4 yard of cream tonal fabric
One set of bamboo bag handles with a straight bar measure of 8 1/2" across the inside edge
One length of fusible Pellon 14" x 26"
General sewing supplies


Cut your pieces:

From the green floral fabric, cut -
two, 1 1/2" x 6" lengths
one, 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" length
one, 12 1/2" x 16 1/2" length
two, 6" x 8" lengths

From the cream tonal fabric, cut -
one, 12 1/2" x 24" length (lining)
one, 12 1/2" x 32" length (pockets)

Let's begin!

Sew the 1 1/2" x 6" lengths of green down both sides of your stitchery, and the 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" length across the top.
Sew the 12 1/2" x 16 1/2" length across the bottom. 
Press the seams away from the stitchery.
Put this aside for now.


Now we're going to use the two lengths of cream tonal fabric.

To make the internal pockets fold the 12 1/2" x 32" length in half across the middle, right sides facing. Sew a 1/4" seam along the raw edges. Press the seam open, turn it right side out, and position the seam line to the centre not the edge...


Press this section flat with your iron.
Find the centre of the 12 1/2" x 24" length of cream lining and finger press a fold. Open it out again and lay flat, right side facing up.
Lay your prepared pocket section onto the lining, the seam line of the pocket mirroring the fold line you made on the lining. Pin them together either side of the seam line...



Machine-sew along the seam line, and again, 1/4" either side of the seam line...


This is where you will sew down the length of your main pocket sections to make smaller pockets if you like. 
I have two pockets on one side and three on the other. Sew your lines from that triple seam line across the centre, to just above the top of the pocket edge. Reverse your machine needle back and forth a couple of times for extra security.
Sew how ever many you prefer...


When your pockets are complete, join the edges of the pocket to the edge of the lining fabric with a scant 1/8" seam...


Fold the pocketed lining in half across the middle seam, right sides facing...


...and sew down both sides with a 1/4" seam.


Put the lining aside.

Take your outer bag and fuse it to the Pellon. The Pellon is larger than the outer bag, but it will be trimmed later...


Quilt as you like. I echo quilted around the stitchery, then added wavy lines over the remainder of the outer bag...


Trim away the excess Pellon.

Take your two, 6" x 8" lengths of green floral fabric, and fold them in half - right sides facing.
Sew a 1/4" seam down both narrow ends...



Turn them right side out and press flat.
Lay them across the middle of each end of the outer bag, raw edges together, and pin...


Sew them to the outer bag with a scant 1/8" seam...


Fold the outer bag in half across the middle, right sides facing, and sew down each side with a 1/4" seam...


Now we're going to 'square' the bottom edges.

Fold one side seam down onto the centre of the base, forming a point at the bottom of the seam.
Draw a line 1" from the point, then sew across the corner. repeat for the other corner, then trim away the point leaving a 1/4" surplus from the line. 
Do the same with the bag lining...


Turn your bag lining right side out.
Place the lining inside the outer bag, right sides together, and pin all the way around the top edge...



Sew around the top edge with a 1/4" seam, but LEAVE a 3" or 4" opening.
 Gently  pull the bag right side out through the opening...


Use your iron to press the top edge flat, and to press down a 1/4" hem along the open edges. Pin the opening and ladder stitch it closed.


Turn your bag inside out and place the straight lengths of your handles onto the handle flaps. Fold the handle flaps over to the inside of the bag, and pin to enclose the bamboo handles...


Sew the edge of the handle flaps to the inside of the bag with small slip stitches.


Turn the bag right side out again, and there you have it!
The Rosedaisy Bag...


Mine is going to hold crochet, what will yours hold?

hugs

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Joyful moments...

Fresh fruit salad, chia coconut pudding, feta and spinach bake, chunks of roasted pumpkin in the garden salad, practice runs for sugar-free/grain-free Christmas cakes...

A book to read, and books to stitch from...

Dolls to make...

New threads to swoon over...

...and a gift to give thanks for.



 hugs