I decided to take time off work over the weekend and just 'play' with my sewing instead of designing with it.
I gathered some pretties...
...because I had a specific project in mind.
This would be a project which would require my current favourite Tilda fabric, vintage lace and trims, and one of my 1950's buttons....
You see last Friday I shared a tutorial to make a tea cosy and even though I loved the red, blue and white colour scheme I'd made it in, there was this little voice inside tickling my creative impulses to make a second version - shabby chic style.
So I began by gathering fabrics and trims that blended beautifully...
...then I printed up my Tea Cosy template and drew a pencil line about 1" inside the pattern line before cutting away the excess shape.
I have a number of tea pots that require new Cosies and this one was being made for a smaller pot than the first...
Once I had my four shapes cut out and the Pellon fused behind the two main pieces, I began hand quilting the front and back of the Tea Cosy.
The spots on the fabric gave me a perfect line to follow with the Perle #12 thread...
Before sewing the two main (outer) panels of the Tea Cosy together I hand stitched a flower just to the right of the centre line using the lace, a small doily, and mother-of-pearl button.
Then I made the new Tea Cosy using the same process as the one featured in my tutorial.
After sewing the binding in place I hand stitched a row of vintage Ric Rac braid under the flower and added the 1950's pink button to the top.
My pretty new tea-pot dress was complete!
Much nicer than a plain white tea pot don't you agree?
I have a feeling a nice pile of new and varied Tea Cosies are about to fill a shelf in my linen cupboard.
Have you made one yet?
This week I'll also be sharing Tea Etiquette advice from Maxwell & Williams - after all if we're going to do tea let's do it proper...
See you tomorrow!