Congratulations Vickie!! Your prize will be on its way to you this week...
...200 gorgeous Cath Kidston labels and stickers, and a set of 40 die-cut Shabby Roses heart, ready to applique! Have fun with them, Vickie!
Now, you know that Blossom has the sweetest and kindest heart, don't you?
As soon as she saw Jennifer's little 5yo daughter Ruth's tea towel challenge entry she declared we *must* encourage the next generation of sewing prodigies! So, with love from Blossom, Ruth is the winner of the *junior* section of the Challenge, and will be receiving some cute girlie fabrics to use with her new sewing machine!
Congratulations Ruth! Could you ask mummy to email me with your address please, sweetheart?
Are you ready for the February Challenge??
Have you worked out yet that all my Challenges are aimed at using something you already have, or can be purchases *very* cheaply? Well, this next Challenge is going to clear you of some surplus fabric offcuts - binding strips!
I have been gradually building up a bag of leftover binding strips. Part of my personality is to 'be prepared' (and no, I was never a Girl Scout, but I admire their motto!), so when I make binding strips for quilts, runners, bags etc. I always make extra just in case.
This habit has left me with a lot of unused binding, and I thought it would be a good challenge to myself to find a use for it all - and of course, I figured you would all like to join in.
I asked Cath the other day if she'd like to join me in 'whipping up' an idea for using the strips, and today she sent me a photo of her binding bag - I was drooling with envy when I saw it!!
This is such a gorgeous bag! And I love the little flower, too...
My own effort at giving you an idea on using the strips is not as lovely as Cath's, but Blossom just loved it and thought she should model it for you. I decided to challenge myself even further with this one by incorporating the items used in the last two challenges as well - so I have used a tea towel, Moda cotton twill tape, and of course, binding strips!
I began with a large tea towel ($1.50 at the after Christmas sale), and cut off the corners...
...and using leftover binding strips from sets of Christmas placemats I made last year, I made an apron!
I used the corner pieces I'd cut off as mock pocket flaps, and added the funky dotty buttons I won from Stephanie last year, and put three rows of the binding along the waist - the top strip became the apron ties...
...then I ruffled some of the binding along the bib top, and added the final piece of binding around the top edge of the apron. The Moda cotton twill tape has been used as the neck strap.
So without further ado, here is my Blossom in her mum's new Christmas apron!
(She had just come home from school sports, so would like me to assure you that her hair is not usually that messy!)
So my dear friends, it's time to make use of all that binding you have lurking in the craft cupboard!
If you haven't got any binding you can still join in the challenge because binding is just a 2 1/2 inch strip of fabric folded lengthwise...if you have spare 2 1/2 inch strips floating around (left over from a jelly roll perhaps?) you can turn them into binding strips and start creating!
As always there is a giveaway at the end, and I'll show you the prize in a few days because I am still making it - yes, the prize this month is something handmade by me. It's my birthday month you see, so I thought it would be nice to give something special in February.
Now, off you go, you have binding to work with!