Lakeshore Stitches for such a wonderful gift!
I was sending to Cucki Stitching Cove and as soon as I started reading her blog I could see that embroidery was a big part of her life. I knew what I was going to make her - a Travelling Embroidery Wallet from the book Patchwork Please. I have already made two of these - one for me (left) and one for my Mum (right) - and I use mine constantly.
I did make another little gift for someone else, and this is a good present for any kind of needle user (up to a point anyway) ("point" ha! it's the way I tell'em).
Gather your materials.
I cut out the circle and folded it into six segments.
- Use the paper template to cut two of these shapes from two fabrics.
- Sew them together, right sides facing, ALL the way around the outside, using your own seam allowance.
- Now cut a line in the centre of the fabric that will be on the inside of your petals and turn the whole shape inside out through this hole. You do not need to sew it closed as it will be glued to the underneath of the bottle top.
- Press and, if you want to, sew a line of stitching around the edge of the flower shape.
- Using doubled thread, sew a line of running stitch where the top of the bottle top will be once this is gathered.
- Gather the thread until your bottle top fits snugly inside the flower.
At this point I remembered this was supposed to be a tutorial.
Do not tie off your gathered stitches. First apply a thin layer of glue to the outer edge of the bottle top, where your gathered fabric will meet it. Then sit your bottle top inside the flower, finish gathering your stitches, tie the thread off and ensure the gathers are evenly spread around the top.
Now the final step - you need another circle the same size as your original one. Sew another row of gather stitches around the edge and gather, adding a ball of stuffing to the middle.
Tie off the gather and add a thin layer of glue to the inner rim of your bottle top. Pop the stuffed ball you've just made inside and leave to one side for the glue to dry.
Now for the mistakes:
1. My petals were too big. More modest ones reduce the amount of ruffle. I know Madame Samm likes it but you just want a ripple here, not full on ruffle.
2. My stitches for the gather of the flower piece were possibly too small. Larger stitches make the ruffling into a subtler affair.
3. My gathering of the flower shape and adding of the centre left the rim of the bottle top exposed.
It could have been worse, but in retrospect if I had moved those gathering stitches up a few mm it would have gathered just above the rim and hidden it from view.
Despite these points I am very happy with my pin cushion!
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Monday, Nov. 17