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Lovely Little Patchwork – Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Homemakery and my spot on the Lovely Little Patchwork Blog Hop!

Kerri Horsley Blog Hop Cover

I was delighted to be asked to join in Kerri Horselys blog hop for her book Lovely Little Patchwork. The book was released back in the spring and is packed full of adorable sewing projects.


When I saw Kerri’s book I fell in love with the cover for her cross stitch rose sewing book,


a cross stitch rose on gingham….incorporated into a spot of patchwork….. all my favourite things in one!

Rather than making the sewing book I decided to turn pretty rose cross stitch piece into a cushion cover, so say hello to my cross stitch rose cushion cover!


The book has the chart for the Cross Stitch Rose and it’s a really quick pattern to stitch up once you get going. I stitched it on a Raw Sugar Mini Gingham (see below for links to supplies used).


For the patchwork I picked some of my favourite fabrics from the Tilda Memory Lane and Cabbage Rose fabric collections and I very carefully fussy cut my pieces so the rabbits from the  Tilda Memory Lane Rabbit & Roses Teal would be front and centre in the corner pieces.


The finished patchwork cover measures 9″ by 9″ so to increase the piece to a more cushion friendly 12 x 12 size I added two rounds of plain borders using 2 inch pieces of fabric (including seam allowances). Kerri’s book is packed full of projects including a patchwork cushion so once my patchwork piece was complete I followed her instructions to assemble the cushion cover which included quilting the patchwork to some wadding (I just stitched in the ditch), making the backing panel (I added a zip for ease of access) and then finally sewing the binding onto the cover and hand stitching it to the back panel.


It was such a lovely project to stitch up and combining my three loves of cross stitch, patchwork and homemakeries I was one happy girl making it!

Cross Stitch Rose Cushion Cover Ingredients:


Lovely Little Patchwork Book

DMC threads – I used colours 3363, 989, 498, 603, 224

Mini Gingham – you will need a small scale gingham for the cross stitch I used Mini Gingham in Raw Sugar

Patterned Fabrics – I used the following Tilda fabrics: Tilda Memory Lane Rabbit & Roses Teal,  Tilda Cabbage Rose Libby Pink and  Tilda Cabbage Rose Tilly Red

Plain Fabrics – For the borders I used Tilda Cabbage Rose Plain Teal & Tilda Memory Lane Plain Pink

Binding – For the binding I used Tilda Cabbage Rose Tilly Red

Wadding – I used Warm Company Warm & White Wadding

Zip – 30cm standard zip

Hop along with the rest of the Lovely Little Patchwork Blog Tour

The Blog Tour started at the end of August with Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl and continues until 25th September, to catch up from the start you can find the full schedule here:
Date Participant Instagram Blog
27.08.2016     28.08.2016 Amanda Niederhauser   Sarah Edgar @jedicraftgirl @sarahedgarprettyfabrics
29.08.2016 Heidi Staples @fabricmutt
30.08.2016 Megan Jimenez @QuiltStoryMeg
02.09.2016 Cheri Lehnow @tinkerellen
03.09.2016 Ange Hamilton @alittlepatchwork
04.09.2016 Sedef Imer @downgrapevinelane
05.09.2016 Kimberly Jolly @fatquartershop
06.09.2016 Samantha Dorn @aqua_paisley
07.09.2016 Ayda Algın @cafenohut
08.09.2016 LeAnne Ballard @everydaycelebrations
09.09.2016 Sharon Burgess @lilabellelane
10.09.2016 Lauren Wright @mollyandmama
11.09.2016 Kate May @thehomemakery
12.09.2016 Debbie Homick @happylittlecottage1
13.09.2016 Wynn Tan @zakkaart
14.09.2016 Kim Kruzich @retro_mama
15.09.2016 Jennie Pickett @cloverandviolet
16.09.2016 Veronica AM @VividFelicity
17.09.2016 Nadra Ridgeway @ellisandhiggs
18.09.2016 Amanda Woodruff @acraftyfox_amanda
19.09.2016 Minki Kim @zeriano
20.09.2016 Sharon Yeager @daisycottagequilting Instagram
21.09.2016 Peta Peace @shequiltsalot
22.09.2016 Sarah Scott @piccolostudio_sarah
23.09.2016 Kristin Cobb @goobadesigns Instagram
24.09.2016 Erin Cox @whynotsewquilts
25.09.2016 Kerri Horsley @sewdeerlyloved

Tomorrow is the turn of Debbie Homick and her sweet blog A Happy Little Cottage so be sure to check out her Lovely Little Patchwork project. You can also follow the Blog Tour on Instagram by searching the following hashtags: #lovelylittlepatchwork  #lovelylittlepacthworkblogtour

Thanks so much for popping by and as always Happy Sewing!

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How To: Fabric Pumpkins in 3 Sizes

Fabric & Felt Pumpkins

This year I had high hopes of growing my own pumpkins but unfortunately I planted them too close to what turned out to be a couple of very aggressive courgette plants so absolutely no pumpkins for me! Taking matters into my own hands I decided that I was going to make my very own fabric pumpkin patch as well as making a mental note to next year plant the pumpkins well away from the courgettes!

I think its fairly well acknowledged that when it comes to making fabric pumpkins Martha Stewart pretty much nailed the pumpkin tutorial and its a great place to start. But nevertheless I thought I’d share how I made my own little pumpkin patch.

The pumpkins will vary in height/width based on how you stuff them, my biggest pumpkin ended up at around 7 inches wide by 4 inches tall and my smallest was around 4.5 inches wide by 3 inches tall (excluding the stalk). The smallest pumpkin was definitely the easiest to make so if you are making these with the kiddos that is probably the best place to start.


Fabric – I used Orange Leaf from Vintage Happy by Lori Holt, Fox & Friends Cream Leaves by Lewis & Irene and Sevenberry Vintage Ditsy Flower Orange & Mint
Toy Stuffing
Needle & Thread
Embroidery Thread 
Knitters Needle
Felt – Chocolate, Grass Green, Holly Green
Beacon 3 in 1 Craft Glue

This is how I made my three pumpkins:

Fabric Pumpkins in 3 sizes

Cut your fabric:

Large fabric pumpkin : 21 inch x 10.5 inch

Medium fabric pumpkin: 19 inch x 9.5 inch

Small fabric Pumpkin: 15 inch x 7.5

1. Fold the fabric in half right sides together and sew the short sides together.

2. Knot your thread tightly then do a running stitch along one of the open sides, it wont be seen so it doesn’t need to be too neat.


3. Pull the thread tight so your fabric bunches up and secure. I tie a knot then wrap the thread around a couple of times, taking my needle and thread back through the gather and then knot off.


4. Turn your pouch out the right way and stuff full of toy stuffing

5. For the next step I used a double piece of thread (take a long piece of thread pop it on your needle make sure the two ends meet and tie a big knot). As before do a running stitch along the top of the opening. You will need to pull it tight once you get back to where you started and depending on how much stuffing you have used it may break if you don’t double up or use a strong thread.


6. Once you’ve done your running stitch pull tightly and secure with a knot and a couple of stitches through the gathers.


7. To form the pumpkin shape you will need about 2 metres of embroidery thread. I found a metre made 4 segments of a pumpkin and to get you pumpkin looking really pumpkiny you need 8 segments. Take your embroidery thread and a knitters needle, tie a knot at the end starting at what will be the base of the pumpkin. Push your needle through to the hole at the top of the pumpkin, this can be a bit tricky I found pushing the pumpkin down onto the needle made the needle easier to find. Once at the top of the pumpkin take the thread over the outside and back up through the bottom of the pumpkin and again to the top to form a segment.


Repeat on the opposite side, do this again so your pumpkins are in quarters. I then took another metre of thread and made each quarter into an eighth, doing it with two pieces of thread meant that you could adjust and pull your threads tighter or looser at the end when you had made all your segments. Tie the two threads together to secure.


8. For the stalk take a piece of felt approx 3inch by 8 inch for the large stalk, 7 inch x 2 inch for the medium stalk and 6 inch x 1.5 inch for the small stalk, roll the stalk up and glue the end in place with some Beacon 3 in 1 glue.P1015405

9. If you want to add leaves to your pumpkin cut a leaf shape measuring approx 1.5 inch wide by 3.5 inch long from the grass green felt and then cut a slightly larger leaf from the holly green felt, I then sewed around the leaf and up the middle on my sewing machine. (I made a smaller leaf for the smallest pumpkin)

P101540810. If your pumpkins are going to be man handled by little people stitch your stalk and leaf to the centre of your pumpkin, since mine were more decorative I glued them in place using my Beacon glue.

Thats it finished pumpkin!

Finished pumpkin

If you are feeling in an autumnal sewing mood be sure to have a look at the brand new Lewis & Irene fabrics Fox & Friends they have been flying out since they arrived last week.

Fox & Friends Lewis & Irene

Happy pumpkin making!

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DIY Waste Paper Bin Kit

DIY Waste Paper Bin Kitjpg

Don’t you just love instant fix crafts? The ones that don’t take long to do but you still get that “yes I made that” feeling when they are done. Well today I’m talking about waste paper bins, not something I tend to give much (if any!) thought to at all, but they are one of those insanely useful things to have around the house.  I recently relocated my sewing area to our spare bedroom and was in desperate need of a bin for all my sewing off cuts, so rather than buying I decided I was going to make one! Cue these rather awesome DIY bin kits!

Making a bin is so easy, it takes about 30 minutes tops and if you have made a lampshade in the past it basically follows the same kind of principles. If anything the hardest thing about making the bin is picking which fabric to use!! I was tied between using the Yellow Crochet Squares from the Dashwood Studios Prairie range or one of the Flower Sugar Roses fabrics. In the end I decided on the Flower Sugar, making that decision almost took as long as making the bin itself, I kid you not.

All you need to make a waste paper bin is:
1/2 metre of fabric – I used Flower Sugar Roses in Pink
Bin Making Kit
Scissors or Rotary Cutter and Mat

1.  First iron your fabric getting out any creases. Put the fabric right side down on a clear surface and put your adhesive panel on top. Have a think about the direction of your pattern, the longer length of the panel will form the top of your bin and the shorter length the bottom so make sure your fabric is the right way up now!

Place panel on your fabric

2. Pull back the paper from the adhesive panel and stick the panel to your fabric. Slowly remove the paper bit by bit and apply even pressure to the panel so it adheres to the fabric with no lumps, bumps or creases. Once done flip it over and smooth the fabric onto the panel.Remove the adhesive coveringSmooth down the panel onto the fabric

3. Using scissors or a rotary cutter, cut the excess fabric from around the panel.Cut around the fabric

Covered panel

4. Snap the creased edges on the top and the bottom of the panel and remove them carefully leaving behind strips of fabric.Crack the sides

5. Take the metal rings and apply the double sided tape around the outside of the ring. Remove the paper from the tape and then fold the tape over the rings so it s fully covered and ready for sticking on your panel.

Apply double sided tape to the metal rings

press the tape down over thring

6. On one side of the panel there is some self adhesive tape remove this, then align your rings with the edge of the panel on the opposite side.

Take off the strip of adhesive

7. You want your rings to line up exactly where the panel meets the fabric. The large ring is at the top and the small ring is at the bottom.Slowly roll the rings down the panel

8. Gently roll your rings along the panel ensuring you keep the rings in line with the edge of the panel at all times.

Start rolling the ringsMake sure the rings are right on the edge of the panel

9. When you get to the end firmly press down on the overlapped fabric to get it to adhere to the sticky strip

10. Now comes the most time consuming bit folding the fabric over the rim and getting a neat finish. My tips are cut off any frayed edges before you start. Use the corner of the serrated edge of the tool to push the fabric firmly under the rim, a couple of pushes should get it in. Finish any stray threads using the pointed end.Tuck the fabric under the rings

On the picture above you can see I folded over the end of my fabric before tucking it in to get a neat finish.  Finish

11. Repeat with the bottom ring and you are nearly finished!

11. To finish peel of the plastic protective covering to the base and then firmly push the base into the bottom of your bin. You will be able to remove the base  if needed, or if you want it stay put just glue it down.

Pop the base in and you are finished

Thats it your bin is finished!  The finished bin measures 31cm tall and has a diameter of 25.5cm, it also makes for rather handy yarn storage!

DIY bin kit also makes for handy yarn storage!

Yes I definitely need to make another to store my current crochet WIPs, an excellent opportunity to use that yellow crochet squares fabric!

Happy Crafting

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Homemakery How To: Earring Hoopla

Earring Hoopla

If you caught my tutorial on how to crochet around an embroidery hoop you will recall I promised to share what I did with my completed hoop. Well I turned it into what I’m calling an Earring Hoopla! Its an idea that has been on my mind as a way to display my some of my prettiest earrings for some time! In total this project probably took me two hours to complete so perfect if you have a quick gift to make!


Yarn – Rico Essentials Cotton DK in Candy Pink (12)
4mm Crochet Hook
Embroidery Hoop – 7 inch
Fabric –  Petal Taupe French Dots by Tanya Whelan
Crochet Lace Trim
Felt (optional)

Earring Hoopla ingredients


1. Crochet around your embroidery hoop following our tutorial here

Crochet around an Embroidery Hoop

2. Cut a piece of fabric to fit your hoop and arrange your scalloped crochet lace across the hoop taking consideration of how long your earrings are. On a 7 inch hoop my first scallop trim was 2 inch down and the second line of trim was 2 1/4 inch from the bottom of the scallop trim above. Pin your scallop trim in place.


3. Sew your crochet lace down using your sewing machine.


4. If you intend to cover the back of your frame trace around the inside of the inner hoop onto a piece of felt. Cut out your felt and keep to one side.

5. Put your fabric back into your hoop and tighten your hoop ensuring the crochet lace trim is straight. Cut the fabric off so you have about an inch remaining around the edge. Glue the fabric to the inside of the hoop.


If you cut out your felt piece, place it in the back of the hoop to cover the fabric. It may need gluing down, mine didn’t.


6. Add some ribbon to the top of your hoop for hanging and your earring hoopla is finished, just add earrings!!

hoop & earrings

Earring Hoopla

Happy Crafting!

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