Cosy petal cushion tutorial…

I love the new collection from Gutermann ‘Cosy Moods’, one of my first projects is this ‘Cosy petal’ cushion

These beautiful green, red and blue, along with powdery pink are stunning, and definitely give off a cosy feel. I’ve used needle-turn applique to create my design

You can download my tutorial at the link below

 Cosy mood cushion tutorial

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See more of this beautiful collection here

https://consumer.guetermann.com/en/products/fabrics-accessories-guetermann-ring-a-roses/collection-cosy-mood

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‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Happy Sewing

Michelle

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Happy New Year…

Welcome to 2019! Isnt it exciting to think about what the year might have in store for us…

After having a full house for a couple of weeks, its going to feel awfully quiet when everyone returns to school and work next week, thankfully I have sooooo much to catch up with, and Im excited to get started – bring on 2019!

I got so wrapped up with Christmas I forgot to share my Christmas Hexi Tree cushion, so for anyone with some left over Christmas fabric, or you simply cant get enough of Christmas, you can download it here…

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Glitter Hexi christmas cushion cover

 

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On the 8th January, its my day for the Island batik Ambassador Blog hop, the blog hop begins 7th January through until the 1st February. Its a great blog hop because not only is if full of inspiration, but also showcases all the very new island batik fabrics, so be sure to stop by…

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If you’re looking for a new table runner for the new year, grab this months issue of quilt now magazine, where you can find my spring time floral table runner, with the cutest quilted bumble bees

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photo taken by Quilt Now Magazine

I love looking back through the year, seeing what was most popular… insights on Instagram tell me this was my most popular post of 2018.

Using beautiful fabrics from Dashwood Studio – flowerstalks and butterfly flower garden collection

My pattern is still available here…

www.overdalefabrics.com/make-sofa-sewing-caddy

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Thanks so much for all the lovely comments you’ve left me during 2018, Im so looking forward to 2019 – wishing you all a very happy new year

‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Check out my Instagram and Facebook page @creativeblonde66

~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x

 

Warning… contains Christmas inspiration

Hello, thanks for stopping by, I hope you’ll find something you like in this weeks blog, I must warn you, this week has been filled to the brim with Christmas projects.

Are you a Christmas crafter? do you love doing Christmas craft with the kids?

Well I’ve got some very cute projects to share with you, and different ways to use the projects when finished. Available from all good crafting retailers

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All the pieces needed to make this bunting are all available separately

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I used Gutermann metallic threads to sew the applique letters in place

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Next up are some Christmas sacks, i love the little pom pom kits, and so added them around the top of each sack

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Its been a few years since i made a pom pom, but these are super cute, and a great little project for the kids to get involved in

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Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a little cross stitch in front of the fire, and to add a little more sparkle, I used some Gutermann metallic threads

This kits come with a wooden hanging hoop, but i chose to cut mine out and use them to add some Christmas sparkle to a cushion

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Which leads me nicely onto these very cute felt kits, i mounted mine onto pre-made blank cards, I love the 3D effect, and i think would make a fabulous gift from the kids to someone special

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To locate a stockist for all the kits found in this blog please email

 groves@stockistenquiries.co.uk

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Yay I’m glad you’re still reading and haven’t become overwhelmed by the volume of Christmasness!!!

I have a very exciting gift to giveaway… I’ve had so much fun using my new metallic Gutermann threads,  I just had to give you the chance to win your very own pack – with huge thanks to Gütermann.

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To be in for a chance to win, simple…

1. Follow me here on my blog

2. Leave me a comment telling me what you would sew with these gorgeous metallic threads, i will choose a name at random next weekend.

Good luck

Sashiko Kit…

Wow, what a super kit!

This kit is by Sew Easy.  It comes with absolutely everything you need, a large piece of deep blue fabric, needles, thread , fabric pen and lots of stencils, giving you so much versatility of being able to create your very own design

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I decided to make a cushion cover, so after measuring and cutting the size i needed, i was keen to play around with the fabric pen and stencils (the fabric pen has the option of many colours which i loved)

 

The grooves in the stencils, also show you the length of each stitch, and as the Sashiko stitch can be done with four or five stitches at one time, it comes together quite quickly

 

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I was super pleased with the results, and keen to finish my cushion…

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These Sashiko kits are available at

http://www.facebook.com/grovesltd and http://www.instagram.com/grovesltd

They would make such a lovely gift for anyone who loves needle craft at any level

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To see more of my tutorials, you can follow my blog here at www.creativeblonde.co.uk and/or Instagram page www.instagram.co.uk/creativeblonde66 and www.facebook.com/creativeblonde66

Happy Sewing

x creativeblonde x

Inspired by my spring garden…

Spring is my favorite time of the year, although i think i say that about every season as it comes around. After living in Australia for 5 years, I seem to appreciate the seasons so much more, now i’m home

This month Island batik Challenge was to make a playful pillow

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I took my inspiration from my garden, I love to grow clematis, and year I’ve been fortunate enough to have two colours flowering. With the beautiful bold, bright colours of Island Batik fabrics, I knew this was going to work well to capture the colours from my garden

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I added batting under the flower, so i was able to do lots of quilting, i also added a few leaves, the greens from Island Batik are so vibrant

The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik, the threads i used were Aurifil threads

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Thank you so much for reading, what inspires you when making a quilt or cushion? i would love to hear, follow me here, and find me on Instagram @creativeblonde66 and Facebook @creativeblonde66

Happy Sewing

x creativeblonde x

Home Sweet Home cushion 😍

With spring upon us, this beautiful cushion is perfect for some garden furniture or simply to bring the spring into your living room.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

AMOUNT OF FABRIC

22″ x 14″ grey fabric

20 rectangles made from fabrics of your choice,  each measuring 4.5″ x. 3.5″

3.5″ x 2″ (3 of these in grey)

4″ x 8″ piece of aida

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Sewing in horizontal rows, then sew the rows together, trim to square any pieces up during this process and press seams in different directions, so as not to create too much bulk on underside

For the ‘home sweet home’ cross stitch, see my previous post on how to get this neat and accurate.

Use fabric glue around the edges to stop the aida from fraying and use a zig zag stitch to secure this to the grey fabric

Next position the grey fabric on the cushion cover and baste to hold in place, then using a marker, draw the lines to make the words look like they are hanging, use a hand chain stitch in a darkish thread to sew this in place.

With right sides together sew the two pieces of main fabrics together, leaving an 8″ gap for putting the cushion in, press and turn the right way out.

Put your cushion inside the case. Don’t forget to add any labels at this point, before sewing up the hole using a hand ladder stitch

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Happy crafting 🙂