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  1. We’ve survived Christmas and the New Year and it’s time to look forward to new beginnings, on that note I thought I’d use our first blog of 2019 to share our first ever Monthly Mystery parcel now all its recipients have received theirs. I was over the moon with the response I received from those who have signed up and received theirs, so I thought I’d show you what it was all about.

    So…….on the 7th January I posted quite a few of these pretty looking parcels out

    I’m a sucker for pretty post, who isn’t? So I like to think that the packaging adds to the build up of what’s inside and hopefully the tissue paper and ribbon can be recycled and made use of.

     

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    I popped a little note in, I didn’t want anyone confusing this parcel of loveliness with any others, as a fellow fabric collector I know how easily we can lose track of the fabrics we have ordered (that’s my excuse anyway)…….or is that just me!

     

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    For our first parcel I’ve chosen a random selection of fabrics in grey, yellow and navy, all of these blend well together. Left to right we have:

    1. Lambkins – Arista Oats from Art Gallery Fabrics
    2. Petal & Plume – Panache Profundo from Art Gallery Fabrics
    3. Spectrum Solid – Slate from Makower UK
    4. Flowers Multi Charcoal – Nest from Dashwood
    5. Indian Summer – Menagerie Onyx from Art Gallery Fabrics

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    I wanted our Mystery parcels to have more than fabric in them so this months parcel also included a quilt pattern, Tilda’s Birdpond Mountain Holiday, I mean who can resist those mountain goats. Its such a cute pattern and I’m hoping that it will encourage anyone who hasn’t already had a go at quilting to give it a shot after they received this.

     

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    Lastly, I wanted to add just a bit of something to maybe make you think about making something you wouldn’t normally make, so I added a couple of lobster clasps in this months parcel and I would really love to see what you all used them for.

     

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    Well that’s the parcel and all its contents, it’s extremely good value for money and hopefully its given you all idea’s. Its not too late to sign up for February’s subscription*, which will include………………..you’ll just have to wait and see

     

    Lynne x

     

    *Our Monthly mystery parcel is a monthly subscription, January 2019 to June 2019, please read the terms and conditions before placing your order.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  2. Howdy. Well its our first Blog post so we thought we’d start it off with a bit of a freebie, a tutorial and a pattern for our little Jester Stocking. We've made ours out of our Tilda Bird Pond fabric which just goes to show that you don't just need Christmas fabrics to Deck the Halls.

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    Let’s get started:

    Download Jester Stocking Pattern here.

    Materials Required:

    Main Fabric 13” x 8” piece

    Complimentary Fabric 5” x 8”

    Lining Fabric 13” x 8”

    Medium weight interfacing

    Fancy trim or pom poms if required

    Thread

     

    Cutting Guide:

    Cut 2 x main stocking piece in main fabric (outer stocking), lining fabric (inner stocking) and interfacing

    Cut 4 x stocking top in complimentary fabric 

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    ¼” seam allowance throughout

    Step 1.

    Iron your interfacing onto the wrong sides of the outer stockings, make sure you place the right side of your interfacing face down on your fabric or you’ll end up with a bit of a mess on the bottom of your iron!!

    Step 2.

    Place right sides together of outer stocking and sew a ¼” seam round, excluding the top. Repeat with the inner stocking but leaving a gap of 2” down the centre back, this is to turn the stocking out when everything has been sewn together. Very carefully, cut notches round the curved areas being careful to not cut through your stitches.

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    Step 3.  (Stocking Top)

    Take 1 pair of stocking tops and place wright sides together, sew down one of the shortest sides (fig a.), repeat with 2nd stocking tops, press seams open (fig b).

    20181125_155335                                           Fig a.

    20181125_155927                                           Fig b.

    Place the stocking tops right side together, match the seams and pin if needed (if using pom pom trim now is the best time to add this so its sandwiched between the two stocking tops). Sew together down the curved seam (fig c.) (look at it as a rainbow shape and you are sewing the underneath arch of the rainbow). Press open and seam to one side. Fold in half, right sides together, matching the centre seam, in if needed (fig d.) and sew down the short side creating a “tube” (fig e.)

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                                             Fig c.

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                                               Fig d.

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                                               Fig e.

    Press seam open and turn tube wrong sides together and press (fig f.)

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                                               Fig f.

    If you are adding trim to your stocking top, then now is the best time. Attach the trim to the cuff edges of the stocking top, as close to the edge as possible (fig g. & fig h.)

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                                                  Fig g.

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                                                    Fig h.

    Step 4.  (Assembling the stocking.)

    Turn the outer stocking out and give it a good press, be careful when poking the toe out that you don’t poke too hard and make a hole (fig i.). Place the cuff over the top of the outer stocking, match seams together (fig j.), make sure if you have used trim it’s facing the right way. Now place the outer stocking and trim inside the inner stocking, again matching seams and pin seams and round the top to hold all three pieces in place (fig k.).

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                                                   Fig i.

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                                                    Fig j.

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                                                    Fig k.

    Carefully sew round the top (fig l.). Take care as it’s a bit of a tight squeeze so slowly does it manoeuvring the stocking round and removing pins as you go, a few stitches at a time.

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                                                      Fig l.

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    Step 5.

    Turn stocking out, through the gap left in the inner stocking. You can now close this gap by either machine stitching close to the edge or hand sew with a ladder stitch, the choice is yours (fig m.), give the stocking a press, push the inner stocking in place inside the outer stocking and give it another good press but with the stocking top facing up (fig n.). Finishing touch, sew a row of staystitches at the top of the stocking as close to the seam attaching the stocking top as possible 1/8” (fig n.), this will help to keep everything in place inside the stocking. If you wish you can hand sew a small jingle to the toe tip now. Give it another good press and Voila!!

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                                                        Fig m.

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                                                Fig n.

    Hope you’ve enjoyed our little make.

     

    These little stockings look equally lovely in Christmas and non-Christmas fabrics, the possibilities are endless

    Enjoy

    Lynne x