I love my needle case. I use it all the time and it has saved me hours in hunting down needles.
My mum loves her’s, requested after she had seen mine.
I’ve just made these three with three particular ladies in mind; made from the half price Liberty Lawn I picked up at the recent Yarndale Festival.
You’ll find my tutorial for making one of these lovelies here.
But there is one tip I’ve picked up while watching the odd Craftsy video class (which I could get quite addicted to if I didn’t need to slip a decent amount of sleep into each 24hrs).
Have you ever joined 2 pieces of fabric together (e.g. for a zipped purse or pocket front) by sewing around the edge (front face to front face) and then clipped the corner prior to turning it the right way around only to push your knitting needle/crochet hook right through the corner stitches whilst pushing out the corners? This method prevents all that.
It’s a little tricky to show you but basically instead of sewing to the corner, needle down, foot up, turn fabric, foot down, carry on sewing along the next edge. You sew straight off the edge of the fabric, cut the threads, turn over the corner along the line of previous stitches and sew the folded section of fabric down as you sew the next edge. Then you press with an iron all the edges, folded in, towards the centre before turning the right way round.
It really works! You end up with nice crisp corners and no tell tail signs of being too aggressive when pushing the corners out.
One of these will get delivered this weekend; the rest are put aside for Christmas.
Oh, and they say things happen in threes? It was pointed out to me yesterday, that I actually had 2 photos appear in Love Sewing magazine, yesterday.
These are my wedding purses advertising (with permission off course) the online fabric store, White Tree Fabrics
I had a lovely email from White Tree Fabrics and they tweeted all day and put a post on Facebook giving me all the credit for my image.
My next aim is to actually get a reference to my blog in print!!!
Love, Lucie xx