#GBSBLive on Facebook creating fabulous Applique

As part of the @TheGBSBLive event at Excel in September I am so excited and honored to have been asked to run workshops at the show. As many of you know, I am a big fan of applique and will try and pop some applique on to most of my designs when possible!

Join me in the video below as we go on a little journey into applique and watch as I create a little applique bird live on Facebook for @theGBSBLive!

Let’s sew a quirky Cat from fat quarters

In this video we are making a quirky cat made with some gorgeous Fat Quarters from my @PinkSewingBus partners @Hobbycraft.

Join me @MissLibbyRose as I guide you through how to make this fun and quirky cat friend.. Soon you’ll be wanting to make one for everyone!

Download the pattern here:- cat page 1  & cat page 2

In this project we are making a fun Cat Creature made with some gorgeous Fat Quarters from my @PinkSewingBus partners @Hobbycraft.

You will need:-
Pattern pieces :
Page 1: http://www.misslibbyrose.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/cat-page-1.pdf
Page 2: http://www.misslibbyrose.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/cat-page-2.pdf
Sewing machine : http://janome.co.uk/
Scissors : http://ow.ly/4nmDGt
A pack of fat quarters : http://ow.ly/4nmDQJ
Ribbon for whiskers
http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/sewing/haberdashery/ribbon-and-trimmings?filter=RWIDTH~Thin+Ribbon+-+10+Mm+Or+Narrower/
Buttons for nose and eyes
http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/sewing/haberdashery/buttons
Stuffing: http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/polyester-soft-toy-stuffing-250g/567212-1000
Bondaweb or Heat n Bond:
http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/heat-n-bond-ultra-hold-iron_on-adhesive-93-cm/573666-1000?pn_rty=%20sp
Pins : http://ow.ly/4nmDWh
Sewing thread : http://ow.ly/4nmGRP
An iron

Method:-
Print out patterns at A4 size and stick them together as instructed on the pattern piece.
Lay your fat quarter piece in half and pop the pattern with the straight line on the fold.
Cut 2 x pieces of the main body (1xfront and 1 x back)
In contrasting fabric, cut out the heart piece for the face with matching bondaweb or heat n bond
Attach the heart face to the front piece using the iron and following the instructions on the heat n bond or bondaweb.
Create the whiskers with the ribbons, put a pin in the middle and sew them in place.
Hand sew on the buttons for the nose and eyes.
Lay the front cat piece on top of the back so the right sides are facing each other & pin.
Leaving a 0.5 to 1cm seam allowance (lay the edge of your foot against the edge of the fabric) stitch the whole way around the shapes leaving a gap in the bottom wide enough to fit your fingers through.
Once all stitching is in place remove pins and use your scissors to create notches or small cuts up to the stitch lines on the curves and corners. (make sure you don’t cut the stitching!)
Turn the whole cat through to the right side using the gap you left earlier.
Press flat.
Open your bag of toy filling and take small handfulls of fluffy stuffing to fill your cat. Push the stuffing all the way up to the top of the ears, then filling up the arms, face, legs and last of all over filling the tummy.
If you are having troubles getting your stuffing into all these spaces you could use a chopstick, knitting needle (not the pointy end) or any other blunt long apparatus.
Once you are happy with the stuffing qty it is time to stitch up the hole!
Using a small zig zag stitch on the machine or hand-sewing (hand sewing is the preferred method) stitch up the hole in the bottom.

Do tweet or facebook a picture if you try this yourself! @misslibbyrose & @pinksewingbus
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Let’s make a fun fabric sunglasses case from fat quarters

In this video we are making a fun fabric sunglasses case made with some gorgeous Fat Quarters from my @PinkSewingBus partners @Hobbycraft.

Join me @MissLibbyRose as I guide you through how to make this fun and quirky sunglasses case.. Soon you’ll be wanting to make one for everyone!

Download the pattern here:- sunglasses pattern

You Will Need:-

Pattern piece : http://www.misslibbyrose.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/sunglasses-pattern.pdf
Ribbon: http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/sewing/haberdashery/ribbon-and-trimmings
Sewing machine : http://janome.co.uk/ with a button hole foot!
Scissors : http://ow.ly/4nmDGt
A pack of fat quarters : http://ow.ly/4nmDQJ
Pins : http://ow.ly/4nmDWh
Sewing thread : http://ow.ly/4nmGRP
seam ripper: http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/small-seam-ripper/571969-1000
Safety pin: http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/hemline-safety-pins-100-pack/567002-1000
An iron

Method:-

Print out pattern at A4 size and double check this fits your sunglasses.
Lay your fat quarter piece in half and pop the pattern with the straight line on the fold.
Cut 2 x pieces of fabric on the fold… Be brave and bold with your fat quarters you can go clashy or matchy – the choice is yours!
Create your button hole by using your one-step button hole foot (the long snap on foot.) Stretch it to the widest point so you have a nice big button hole here. Set the machine to the button hole setting. On the left side of the machine in the needle area pull down the lever which is the stopper to gauge the length of the buttonhole, put your foot down on the peddle and go!
Once your buttonhole is created, lay the full fat quarter pieces with right sides together, pin along the top lines (above the buttonhole) and leaving a 1cm to 1.5cm seam allowance stitch the long first seam.
Open the seam and fold the fabric so you are creating a long sausage, pin and stitch all around this super long rectangle.
Go to the buttonhole, open up the buttonhole using seam ripper or small embroidery scissors.
Use this buttonhole to pull the whole fabric through to the right side.
Now you will have (again) a long sausage shape but with the fabric through to the right side now.
Push one side of fabric inside the other and press flat.
Now, go to your ribbon and pop a safety pin at the end of one side.
Thread the safety pin with the ribbon attached through the buttonhole pushing it all the way around the top and meeting you back again at the buttonhole. Pull through, remove safety pin and tie in a bow.
Untie the bow and slip glasses inside and re-tie!

Viola you now have a fancy fabric sunglasses case!

Do tweet or facebook a picture if you try this yourself! @misslibbyrose & @pinksewingbus

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Super Dooper Summer Lovin’ Lined Purse

In this video we are making a super dooper curvy lined purse made with some gorgeous Fat Quarters
from my @PinkSewingBus partners @Hobbycraft.
Join me @MissLibbyRose as I guide you through how to make this fun and quirky purse.

Download the pattern here: super dooper curvy lined purse pattern

In this video we are making the ‘Summer Lovin’ curvy lined purse’ made with some gorgeous tropical Fat Quarters from my @PinkSewingBus partners @Hobbycraft.

Join me @MissLibbyRose as I guide you through how to make this fun and quirky purse.

You Will Need:-
– Pattern piece : http://www.misslibbyrose.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/super-dooper-curvy-lined-purse-pattern.pdf
– Sewing machine : http://janome.co.uk/
– Scissors : http://ow.ly/4nmDGt
– A pack of fat quarters : http://ow.ly/4nmDQJ
– Ribbon: http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/sewing/haberdashery/ribbon-and-trimmings
– Pins : http://ow.ly/4nmDWh
– Sewing thread : http://ow.ly/4nmGRP
– An iron

The embroidery machine I used to create the ‘Summer Lovin’ writing is the Janome 350e:-http://janome.co.uk/janome_products/memory-craft-350e/

Method:-

Print out your pattern piece at A4 size and cut out around edges.

Lay 2 fat quarter pieces whole and place pattern on top (whole) watching your pattern directions as discussed in the video, pin and cut around.

Fold the pattern along the dashes as on pattern instructions. Pin and cut 2 x smaller pieces with the pattern folded.

Lay the 2 x smaller pieces with right sides together, pin along the top straight line and sew this straight line leaving a small seam allowance (foot against the edge of the fabric – do this for the rest of the sewing)

Open up this seam, press and fold over so the right sides are showing.

Decide which pieces are for your lining and lay the lining sides together so they are right sides together, pin and sew these 2 x pieces around this bottom curvy section. Leave a gap (around 3 x fingers wide) in the centre bottom.

Now do the same for the 2 x pieces that are for the outside. Lay with right sides together. This time slide one piece of ribbon (long enough to tie a bow at the end – around 20cm) and place this in the centre bottom (same place as you left the hole on the other side) leave a bit of ribbon poking through so you can stitch this into the purse.

Pin and sew around this bottom curved part.

You will have 2 x pieces remaining un-sewed at the top. This will make the top of the purse and you will feel like you are closing it all up now.

Take the other piece of ribbon (around 20cm long) and place it in the top centre with a small amount poking through on this side and the majority inside the purse.

Pin and sew these remaining 2 x top parts to each other with right sides together from stitch line to stitch line, sewing in the ribbon at the top.

Go to the hole you left in a previous step and pull it all through here.

Push the inside (lining) inside the outside pieces, lay flat and press.

Once you are happy you can go inside to the hole and sew up the final part (the hole).

VIOLA! You are done.. enjoy 🙂

Do tweet or facebook a picture if you try this yourself! @misslibbyrose & @pinksewingbus

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