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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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Finished Tilda Painting Flowers Quilt

Tilda Painting Flowers Quilt by The Homemakery When the Limited Edition Tilda Collection Painting Flowers arrived a couple of weeks ago it was love at first sight and I immediately treated myself to a bundle for some bank holiday sewing.

Tilda Painting Flowers The Homemakery

I used the Painting Flowers quilt pattern from the Tilda website but rather than use the fabric requirements per the pattern I decided to use a full fat quarter bundle and see how far I got with that rather than using the exact fabrics specified in the pattern.

The pattern was really simple to follow and very quick to cut and sew together. Based on a 12 fat quarter bundle I made 25 rectangular blocks and laid them out in a 5 x 5 format. Each block is made up of 4 fabrics and measured 21cm x 29xm  (8″x11.5″) when sewn in.

TIlda Painting Flowers close up

To give you the stats my finished quilt measured 109cm x 146cm (43″ x 57.5″ inch) which is the perfect size for one person. It also meant that the quilt back was within the 112cm (44 inch) width of a piece of fabric so no pesky sewing together of backing fabrics, I just needed 110cm x 150cm for the back!Tilda Painting Flowers Quilt by The Homemakery

For the binding I used Tilda Kitchen Stripe in Blue (half a metre) and for the backing I used the Tilda Mini Gingham in Red (1.5 metre). I used my favourite Warm & White Quilt Wadding and kept the quilting very simple using straight line quilting on either side of the block seams.

Tilda Painting Flowers Quilt by The Homemakery

Its such a lovely quilt and goes very well in my garden, just what I need for those cooler summer evenings spent outside with a BBQ and a glass of wine!

Tilda Painting Flowers Quilt by The Homemakery

I have enough fabric left to make some scrappy patchwork cushions so that is next up on the to do list. I will share those as soon as they are finished!

As always happy sewing!

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PS. We have managed to get extra bolts of the most popular Painting Flowers fabrics but we only have about 8 full bundles left. So if you fancy making your own quilt don’t leave it too much longer!

Tilda Zipped Pouch Tutorial with Homebird & Belle


Hi, its Nicki here and I am delighted to have the opportunity to blog here at The Homemakery. Kate’s online shop is our go-to fabric supplier here at homebird and belle – Kate’s taste in all things crafty is faultless and I could spend all of my time and money browsing this super pretty site (and often do).

Today I am sharing a zipped pouch tutorial with a simple patchwork pattern using the gorgeous Tilda Happiness is Handmade collection.

I have made several of these pouches in various sizes.  They are perfect for storing and transporting any WIPs but also brilliant for keeping all kinds of things organised in your handbag, like make-up or those odd bits and pieces that float around at the bottom of your bag, never to be seen again (I’m thinking hand cream, mints, hair bobbles, tissues etc).

So let’s get started!  The pouch I am making here has a finished size of 9” square (23cm).

You will need:


*note, we will be using 1/4” seams throughout, unless otherwise specified*

1. Begin by pressing your fabric well.  I like to use spray starch to get that boxfresh look at the end.

2. Using your rotary cutter and mat, cut 18 3.5” squares from your fabric scraps. 


3. You will be making two outer pieces, each made of 9 squares in a 3×3 formation, so lay them out in a way that you find pleasing. You can use the same layout for the front and back pieces, or have a play around and do each side differently.


4. Now, you will have three columns of three squares.  You want to sew the squares together into columns first.  Starting with column one, put squares A and B right side to right side and sew across the bottom, as straight as you can make it.  Then, put squares B and C right sides facing and sew across the top.

Repeat for the other columns.

5. You then need to press your squares carefully, with the seams in column one pressed upwards, in column two pressed downwards and column three pressed upwards.  You can see how I’ve done this in the photo below.

PIC SEVENPut columns one and two right sides together and make sure that the horizontal seams in each column butt up against each other nicely.  This will make sure that the points of your patchwork are perfectly aligned.  I have tried to demonstrate this in the picture below.


6. Pin the fabric into place and sew carefully along the length of the columns. You will finish with two pieces of fabric, each made up of 9 squares each.  Nicely done!

Want to stop for a cuppa?  You’ve earned a little break!

8. Ok, so now we need to baste the patchwork pieces to a piece of wadding each.  This will make sure that your pouch is nice and thick and holds its shape.  You can either use pins, tack the fabric to the batting with large running stitches (to be pulled out later) or use 505 basting spray (which is, frankly, fabulous).

If you are using basting spray, spray the fabric lightly and evenly with 505 and press carefully onto the wadding, taking care to smooth out any creases as you go.  (I press gently with the iron at this point, just because I’m obsessed with smooth fabric.)

9. Switch to the walking foot on your machine (you can do this with a regular foot too, but go slow) and increase the length of your stitches ever so slightly.  Line up the foot with the ditch of the squares (the seam where they are joined together) and sew a straight line approx 1/4” from the seam line.   I used an 1/8this time as it always feels simpler on my machine.


Complete the process until both outer pieces of fabric have been quilted with vertical and horizontal lines on both sides of the seams.

PIC TEN10. At this point, you might want to embroider or embellish the pouch.  Go ahead! I wrote Claire’s name freehand with a frixion pen (which is removed with heat) and did a simple backstitch with sparkly floss.


11. Now you are ready to insert the zip, if using a larger zip cut off the bottom so that you have approx 1 inch of extra zip on either side of your fabric, then we will pin into place first, as follows:


Lay your outer piece face up and place the zip face down on top of it.

Then, place a lining piece face down on top of that (so your zip is sandwiched between the two pieces of fabric).  Make sure the top edges of all three pieces are neatly aligned and pin.

12. Switching to the zipper foot on your machine, sew as close to the teeth of the zip as you can without sewing into them.  As you can’t see the zip you’ll have to feel for it, but it should be quite obvious.  Take it slowly and get a nice straight edge.  As you get to the bulky slider of the zip, stop sewing, leave the needle in the fabric and lift the foot.  This will allow you to move the zip away into the part of fabric that you just sewed and it will be easier to get nice and close.


When you’ve done that, flip both pieces right way round and press well, away from the zip.

13. Still using the zipper foot, top stitch a nice straight line along the top of the outer piece.


14. Complete the same process with the other side of the pouch.  So, lay remaining outer piece up and put the zip face down on top of it (the other side of the zip obviously has the completed pieces attached, try to forget it’s there for now).  Then, place a piece of lining fabric face down on top of the zip, to sandwich it again.  Pin, as before, and stitch as before.
When you have finished, press both pieces away from the zip and top stitch neatly, the same distance from the zip as you did for the first piece.  Snip the ends of the zip flush with the fabric.

You will be left with this:


15. Here’s where we finish off the whole thing.  And where I forgot to take a photo and hastily made a little sketch.


Open out the fabrics and put the matching pieces of fabric right sides together.  So, the two quilted pieces are right side together and the two lining pieces are right side together.  You’ll have a rectangular, inside out piece of fabric with a zip sandwiched in between.  Rather like the sketch below:

Homebird sketchLine up the pieces neatly and try to align the seams of the squares with each other on the two quilted pieces.  Pin carefully and start to sew all the way around the edge of the rectangle (the dotted line), leaving a gap at the top of the lining pieces of approx 2”.  This will allow you to turn the pouch right way round at the end.

When you get to the bulky bits of fabric where the zip is, take care!  It is super bulky here and you need to go slow through the layers to ensure you don’t break a needle.

16. Phew.  Once you have sewn all the way around the edge, clip diagonally across the corners of the pouch and chop some of the bulky zip away taking care not to cut through any of the seam you just made.

Turn the pouch right way round from the inside, using the gap you left in the lining fabric.

Use a pointy tool to poke the corners out nice and square.


It’s a bit of a faff poking the zip out but do your best.  The corners at the top will be slightly rounded.

17. Press the lining fabric and stitch up the gap either by hand or with the sewing machine.  Push the lining neatly into the pouch and then press carefully.

Fill with treats and give to a friend.


I hope you love your new patchwork pouch.  If you have any questions then please let us know.  If you make one, then do tag us on instagram, facebook or twitter so that we can admire your handiwork.

Nicki x

homebird and belle

**A huge thank you to Nicki for her fantastic Tilda pouch tutorial, I’m definitely going to be making one of my own very soon. Nicki is one half of homebird & belle, a handmade home and lifestyle shop/blog which she recently launched with best friend Claire (who was the lucky recipient of this gorgeous pouch).Homebird and belle sew and stitch the prettiest cushions, tablet cases and home accessories which are available in their shopClaire & Nicki both have swoon worthy Instagram accounts and I definitely recommend following them so you can see all their gorgeous makes and cosy cottage homes.  Kate **


Our top Homemakery craft projects from 2014

2014 projects

As we say farewell to 2014 and hello to 2015  I thought it might be nice to look back on a few of our most popular craft projects in 2014! If you missed them first time around here goes:

Crochet Embroidery Hoop

How to crochet an embroidery hoop

This little tutorial has been pinned over 15,000 times on Pinterest and may be my most popular blog post ever!

Crocheting around an embroidery hoop is so simple and a great way to frame embroidery, stitching or other hoopla projects. I turned mine into an earring holder and still use it every day, definitely one of my favourite makes of 2014.

hoop & earrings

Lined Box Pouch with Lace Zipper

Lace Zip Pouches

When these new lace zips arrived earlier in the year I fell in love and had to come up with a useful project which showed them off in all their lacy glory! These box pouches can be used for storing crafty bits, as a make up bag or a place to keep all those useful bits at the bottom of your handbag. I use mine for all my english paper piecing supplies, perfect for taking along to our local craft group!

Needle Felted Heart Garland

Valentines Garland

Ah needle felting my favourite craft for stress relief, something about stabbing away at a piece of wool roving really takes all the tension away 😉 Once I started making needle felted hearts I couldn’t stop so I turned them into a sweet valentines garland which has actually stayed up all year round!

If you are new to needle felting you can find our how to here

Paper Pieced Hexagon Pin Cushion

Mini Hexi Pin Cushion Tutorial - The Homemakery Blog

I really love english paper piecing and this quick pincushion project is a great introduction to paper piecing, if you are a newbie and fancy trying paper piecing in 2015 do check out our how to and our guide to paper piecing with a gluepen.

Patchwork Sewing Machine Cover

Finished sewing machine cover

To match my pin cushion I whipped up a co-ordinating Sewing Machine Cover for my Singer Sewing Machine, I ended up upgrading it to a Husqvarna a couple of months later and was thrilled to find that it fit my new slightly larger machine too! If your sewing room needs a makeover in 2015 this project will take you an afternoon to complete!

Thats a very quick summary of a few of my favourite projects from 2014, writing this post has made me realise the number of Works-In-Progress I still have on the go, I know I’m not the only one! Like most crafters I am constantly inspired and itching to make new things. I have really enjoyed having a few days off over Christmas I am now brimming with crafty ideas for 2015 and I look forward to sharing them with you on the blog.

“Make More” is definitely my mantra for 2015!

Wishing you a wonderful new year!

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