Today I’ve spent some more time with my sewing machine. I’ve made two more presents :
1) A trivet/pot holder
This was made by patchworking together two contrasting fabrics, backing with wadding and a different fabric and quilting across from corner to corner and along the joins.
I then spent ages working through the steps showing me how to attach bias tape and mitre the corners properly. Previously I’ve done this sewing by hand and hoping for the best… I didn’t know you were meant to sew one side and then do the second! Oh well! I know now!
As with all my first attempts at anything this is far from perfect… There are stitches showing in places where they are meant to be hidden,
the end of the bias tape looks odd,
the stitching is wonky along the edge of the bias tape
and i started the stitching at the edge of the bias tape rather than part way in
.. but i hope it is functional, and i still think it looks really pretty. I hope my friend likes it too and I’m sure she will appreciate the effort despite its little imperfections.
2) a rather large pencil case
This is for my secret santa in work. I wanted to make a pencil case and then put sharpie markers in it as they are handy for all sorts of things. I bought a zip and naïvely thought everything would be simple!
I checked out the instructions here about hiding the ends of your zip and I used some bias tape for this. So far so good. Then I spent a good 10 minutes fiddling with the zipper foot so that it would finally attach onto the sewing machine.
Then I obviously didn’t follow the instructions properly as I sewed the front piece on the wrong way round. I unpicked it and went again. Then I attached the lining but again obviously didn’t follow the instructions properly as now both the lining and front piece come out from under the zip, rather than the lining seam covering over the zip edge. I decided I could live with that but would do the second side properly.
Zip finally attached I changed the foot back on my machine… Much quicker this time, and sewed round the edges. I chopped off the excess down the sides and on the corners and then struggled for some time to get the zip down as the whole thing was inside out and zipped closed! I managed in the end and was then disappointed to discover that the top edges either side of the zip look really bulky and rubbish.
I can’t work out what to do to make them better and am reluctant to undo the whole edge to sort it out. I’m less proud of this but hopefully the sharpie markers will make up for it. It’s definitely functional…. And it’s obviously home made! Hopefully she’ll appreciate it too, despite the rather major imperfections.
Finally I thought I’d show you what I made for my advent swap, which I am really proud of. It’s a mug and small plate coaster thing! I hand sewed the whole of this and I loved doing the redwork on the sunbonnet sue design.