#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 Make a Kimono style wrap top!

To celebrate the Pink Sewing Bus turning 1, we had a celebration on Facebook doing a LIVE design and sewing session on board the Pink Sewing Bus making this kimono style wrap!

Measuring up:
Hold your arm straight out to the side and measure out from the middle of your neck straight out to the length of your sleeve ¾ sleeve for mine. (measurement  1)

Measure from the middle of your neck to the middle of your shoulder (measurement 1.5)

Measure from the middle of your neck down to your chest / bust line. (measurement 2)

Measure around your bust and divide by 4 (measurement 3)

Measure down from your bustline to your waist line (measurement 4)

Measure around your waistline and divide by 4 (measurement 5)

Measure down from your waist to hip (measurement 6)

Measure around your hip and divide by 4 (measurement 7)

Draw the pattern:
Go to your roll of paper leaving around 15cm from the top of your page, label each line with the *number

From the edge of your paper draw a straight line out measurement *1

From this first line drop down vertically using measurement  2

Draw a straight line from the edge of paper using measurement *3

From this first line drop down vertically using measurement 4

Draw a straight line from the edge of paper using measurement *5

From this line drop down vertically using measurement  6

Draw a straight line from the edge of paper using measurement * 7

Create another line halfway between line 5 & 3 (9)  and join this below to 7 & 5

Create a curve starting at line 5, curve out touching line and slowly curving to line 9 then curve out to the edge of the page

Go back to the top of page of your page and use measurement 0.5 along line *1 from this 0.5 point draw a diagonal upwards above line *1. Go back to point *0.5 and draw another diagonal line to just hit the edge of the page 4cm above line *9.

Add 2cm for ease and seam allowance the whole way around

Cut out and lay your fabric on the fold!

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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Summer Fun Fat Quarter Skirt

In this video we are making the ‘Summer Fun Fat Quarter Skirt’ made with some gorgeous polkadot Fat Quarters from my @PinkSewingBus partners @Hobbycraft.

Download the pattern here:-

summer skirt1  &  summer skirt page2


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

You Will Need:-

The embroidery machine I used to create the gorgeous appliqué is the Janome 350e:-

Memory Craft 350E

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 4 x pieces on the fold as a start (for a childrens skirt or a small size 8-10 adult)

You can cut more at this stage if you know you will definitely want a larger skirt. You will try it on for size in a short while so you can cut more then or we can say now that 2 x more fat quarters for a size 12-14.

Be brave and bold with your fat quarters you can go clashy or matchy – the choice is yours!

In contrasting fabric, cut out the heart (or other fabric shape) piece for the appliqué with matching bondaweb or heat n bond.

Measure your elastic piece by slightly stretching it around your model and overlapping it by an inch. Put the elastic aside for a later stage.

Lay the first fat quarter piece on top of the second piece so the right sides are facing each other & pin along the straight (diagonal) lines.

Leaving a 1cm to 1.5cm seam allowance stitch the long seam.

Open the seam and lay your next piece on top with right sides together, pin and stitch.

Carry on the above method until all the fat quarters are joined.

Wrap the long piece around your subject, participant or model and check that the pieces overlap each other with room as the elastic will gather or ruche it all together, you dont want it tight at the top!

You can now add more fat quarter panels if required and once you are happy that you have a nice overlap you can stitch the final seam so you have a circular shape.

At this stage it is good practice to go back to your seams and zig zag close to the seams raw edges so you will stop any fraying at a later stage.

Press flat all seams flat.

Apply your appliqué fabric piece in your chosen position by using the iron and following the instructions on the heat n bond or bondaweb.

Stitch around the edge of the appliqué using a zig zag or fancy stitch.

Go to the top of the skirt to create the elasticated waist-band.

Fold down the top of the skirt first of all 1cm and press this flat.

Take your elastic and measure the width (usually 1 – 1.5 inch or 25mm – 32mm works well here)

Fold down the top of the skirt a further gap so your elastic will slide through nicely.

Not too tight here add an extra 1cm if you are not sure.

Press and pin this fold down so the seams match up and don’t worry if you create any pleats or gather to make the seams match each other and fit. This will be disguised later in the elastic ruching.

Using straight stitch or a fancy stitch now it is time to sew within the 1cm turn up following the edge of your presser foot against the edge of the fabric turn up. You are creating a channel at the top of the skirt, leave a gap (enough to thread your elastic through) before you meet yourself back to the start of the stitching.

Take your elastic and safety pin one end to the edge of the hole in the waistband. Safety pin the end of the elastic and push through the channel until you meet yourself back at the start.

Unpin both safety pins.

Pull out both pieces of elastic so you are creating the gather / ruching. Ensure the elastic has not twisted at any point.

Once you are happy sew up the elastic using a zig zag stitch so it can ‘ping’ back into the waist-band channel.

Sew up the hole.

Lastly the hem… go to the bottom of the skirt and ensure you are happy with the length. Adjust if necessary.

Iron a rolled style hem by folding up 1cm and then another 1cm. Iron, pin and sew using the edge of your presser foot against the edge of your fabric as a guide.

VIOLA! You are done.. enjoy 🙂

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

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