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Scrap Fabric: Some New Cushions for the Bed

February 3, 2013

After the introduction of my quilt to our bed, Mr. B and I agreed that neither of us really liked the old cushions we had on the bed, so I went about making some new covers for them. In keeping with my pledge not to buy any more fabric until I’ve made a significant dent in my stash, I went through all my bigger scraps and found some suitable fabrics.

Two of our cushions were a little worse for wear, all flat and limp, so I rolled them up into tight sausage shapes, secured them that way with a row of stitches, and made them into little bolster cushions!

I really wanted to get the four new cushion covers done quickly, so I didn’t bother with piping or even putting zips in like I usually do, I just gave them all envelope openings. It took about 45 minutes to make all four, not bad really!

Scrap Fabric: Play Teabags and Patchwork Hotmat

January 27, 2013

Here’s my first scrap fabric project of the year, a nice fun little project making little play teabags out of scraps and a little patchwork padded hotmat, all to take into my class of reception children. I put a small amount of dry barley into each teabag to give it a bit of weight

. I started a new job in January as a reception teacher, so I am no longer supplying, and I absolutely love my new job. I forgot how much I love teaching that age group, and how much scope there is for being creative.

I used some of my smallest scraps in this project

scrap fabric teabags

If you have small children , or work with them, this is a great little project to make, very easy and helps use up from scraps. My class loved have been playing with them all week in their role play area which we’ve currently got a tea party set up in.

2013: The Year I Sort Out my Scrap Fabric Stash

January 23, 2013

A bit late I know, but I have finally decided what my challenge will be for this year. I am going to sort out and use my huge (huge) scrap fabric stash that I have been hoarding and accumulating for years.

I’m pretty sure I have a problem (and I know I’m not alone in this, having lurked on sewing forums). I actually cannot throw away fabric, unless it is literally less than half an inch square, I keep it. I have jars full of tiny scraps, I have boxes full of medium sized scraps, and I have bags and bags and bags full of all the other scraps. I also have a lot of fabric that probably wouldn’t be classed as scraps but is left over from all the sewing I did in 2011 that I really need to sort out.We are in danger of being burried under an avalanche of colourful cotton as piles of folded or scrunched up fabric teeter higher and higher on the workstation and shelves.

So, my aim this year is to not buy any more fabric. Although the thought of not being able to buy any more fabric brings me out in a cold sweat, I know I have to do it. It will be hard, I know, but it will ultimately be worth it. I have run out of places to hide store my fabric, and I have forgotten about the fabric I already own.

My first job is going to be to actually sort out all my fabric, and iron it (maybe). Then I am going to sort all the scraps into three different sizes and cut up all the smaller scraps into 1.5 inch squares for a postage stamp quilt.

I am also going to spend a lot of time browsing Pinterest for ideas on what to use my scraps for. I will try to actually get on with making some of the things I find on Pinterest, instead of just pinning them and getting distracted with pretty pictures.

If anyone has any good ideas or suggestions for what I can make with my scraps please do let me know! I am invisioning lots of patchwork items, definately at least one quilt, but I really don’t want to end up with hundreds of little pincushions of fabric bookmarks!

What do you do with your scraps? And do you have any clever tips for sorting and organsing them? And do you want to come over and iron them for me? I’m off to Pinterest to do more pinning…

Some photos of my scraps, so you can see just how serious the situation has become:

Astonishing Splashes of Colour: Rainbows

January 19, 2013

It is so dark, grey, wintery and colourless right now here in Cambridge, so to keep my sanity I have decided to bring back my Astonishing Splashes of Colour posts, starting with some lovely rainbow inspiration. Everything about these photos makes my heart swoon and my smile grow.

A Beautiful Mess

Dainty Loops

Mrs. Easton



Secret Ingredients

Early Bright


A Quieter Storm

Sew Together


2,500 toy cars! BoredPanda

Olive Manna


Lovely eye candy to brighten up my day, and hopefully yours too!

If anyone would like to see more inspiring images (both colourful and beautiful) you can follow me on Pinterest. I have two Astonishing Splashes of Colour boards dedicated to all things colourful.

Two Roll-Up Car Carry Cases

January 15, 2013

I was asked to make these by my blogging friend Dilly Tante who has a lovely blog and gets my respect for being a yarn bomber too. She asked me to make her two of my roll-up car carry cases for her nephews for Christmas, and I couldn’t resist customising them with their names!

magnetic clasp closure

*Edit* Due to the number of requests I have now had for these, I just wanted to add here that I am happy to take commissions for these, they cost £14 plus £2.50 to the UK. Postage costs to the rest of the world will be more. Email me at for more details or to order one.

Look What I Made! My First Ever Patchwork Quilt

January 13, 2013

Those of you who read my blog regularly might remember the 725 little fabric squares I cut out back in August 2011 out of my scrap fabric stash. Well, finally, eighteen months later, after many hours bent over my sewing machine and many many more procrastinating and putting off finishing it, I now have a large double bed size, beautiful, snuggly, cozy quilt! I absolutely love how it turned out, much better than I imagined it would, and it doesn’t even matter that not all the seams match up and there is no fancy quilting on it, it’s mine, it’s finished, and it’s beautiful!

725 squares from my scrap fabric stash

Sticking the quilt backing to the carpet with masking tape

The batting and the top layer are put on top of the backing and all three layers are pinned together. I worked in a spiral from the centre out while pinning, to get all three layers smooth.

I rolled the whole thing up to keep it all together while I quilted from one end to the other.

Stitching in the ditch

All finished

A sentimental embroidered square

I love this!

I have the quilting itch now and can’t wait to make another one, I should have enough scraps to make a smaller one for keeping us warm when we’re on the sofa. I am really pleased with this one, and Mr. B really likes it too, so I am truly inspired! I’m also really glad that I managed to make most of it out of scraps, I had to buy the wadding especially, and I bought a flat sheet to use as the backing, but I even made the binding from scraps of fabric. Even though it took me almost 16 months of procrastination and maybe two months of work, it was definitely worth the wait!

Using Paint Colour Samples to make Butterfly Cards

January 6, 2013

Recently I’ve come across more and more creative and resourceful ways of using paint colour samples (also called paint chips) on pinterest, and it inspired me to give my own project a go. I went to the Hobby Craft that has opened up in Cambridge and bought a butterfly paper punch and some tiny square sticky pads, and then went past Homebase and B & Q on my way home. While Mr. B and The Boy messed around in the garden centre I browsed the Dulux paint colour samples and helped myself to a nice rainbow of colours. I hope it’s not wrong to do this, I have bought a lot of paint from them over the years and I didn’t take too many samples.

When I got home I got busy making pretty cards. It was so much fun!

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