Wednesday, 4 April 2012

More Spice Cake fabric projects

This first fabric project won’t make it to the class – mainly because this bauble took me an hour and a half to make... and I still got it wonky! But it’s pretty impressive, if you only view one side at a time anyway.

I nearly fell at the second hurdle on this one as, with instructions in front of me and 42 squares of fabric cut and ready to go, I read the dreaded word “press”. Yes, you’re supposed to fold them and then iron them into shape. “Stuff that”, I thought – there will be no time to iron in a class!  So I decided to wing it. Turns out there would be no time to make one of these in a class either, unless it was an all-dayer, so I knocked it on the head.  If you’re tempted to have a go, I found the instructions here.

I wanted to use taffeta ribbon but in the end it had to be seam-binding to cover my terrible joins!

Supplies: Spice Cake fabric, Crumb Cake seam-binding ribbon
Non-SU supplies: Polystyrene ball, hundreds of pins

Meanwhile, In my search for fabric projects, I stumbled across a really cool rosette which can be attached to a bag, hair slide or band, or a box or anything really.

The sewing looked pretty easy so I stuck my neck out and decided to have a go. It couldn’t be that hard to make something reasonable could it? Well it turned out that even this was probably a bit too hard for someone as sewing-challenged as me. Look at the lovely pleating on the top left. Now look at the lack of pleating at the bottom. Hmmm.

But the main thing is that I had a go. It’s not the winning, it’s the taking part, etc etc. Bah.

To make this properly, all you need is a strip of fabric – mine was about 14” by 3” (ish). Fold it along the length and then sew with very large stitches along the rough edges to join them together. Gather it up and then sew the two short ends together. All went well up to this point, it was adding the button that made it all skew-whiff! Someone who is good at sewing would also realise that a cross stitch in the middle of the button would surely look better. Ah well. 

Supplies: Spice Cake fabric, large Designer Buttons

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