Friday, 18 August 2017

Patch it!

Hello lovely people!

I have been loving all the embroidered clothes in the shops over this year and clothes with a patch on them.  The only this is the patches aren't always my style.  So I went on the hunt for some and found some lovely patches on  I bought some and the makers of these patches have kindly let me add links to their shops just in case you wanted to go take a peek!

  This super cute patch is from mini felts .  I just love unicorns at the moment and this wee patch just makes me smile.

These quirky patches are from Katie Abey designs.  They are just full of fun and made smile,,, especially the be nice or go away patch.  I hope that she makes more patches because I would love to purchase more of her designs. 

This bold patch is from Jane at number 13  who has a lot of different patches and adds new ones so you need to keep checking back in her shop.

I bought quite a few patches from Silver clock threads .  I just loved all the craft themed ones and have my eye on the typewriter key patches too.  I haven't used the heart patch on my jacket as I want to keep it for a dress I'm making for my wee girl.

This lovely patch is from Half stitch embroidery .   I just loved the wee bee and thought it would look good on my pink denim jacket.  I also love a few more of her patches so will be adding them to my favourite list on etsy :)

I decided to put most of the patches on the left hand side of the jacket.  Think that is because I am left handed and it just felt right for me.  I carefully matched my thread to the edge colour of the patches.  I like to sew them on but you can just attach them using the iron.

This is the back of the denim jacket.  I kept the last two patches quite close together and I still have lots of space left on the back and the sleeves in case I see anymore I like.

One very happy lady in my custom patch jacket :)

Dittery Dot

Christmas Stockings

Hello lovely people!

I have been getting ready for Christmas....I know it's a bit early but I just didn't know when I would get time to make them with a little one to look after.

So I have been making them during nap time and bedtime to make sure that no little curious fingers get into my fabric stash :)

I started out by free hand drawing a stocking shape on pattern paper.  I wanted it to have a slightly pointed toe....bit like an elf boot.

Once I had done this I laid it out on a beautiful tartan fabric and cut 2.  I also cut the same boot out of a fine linen fabric too.  

Once all the bits were cut out I was trying to decide what design to have on the stocking....this took a while!  I wanted a snowflake or a heart with hand stitched names but it just didn't look right at all.  A friend suggested a reindeer......which looked like a deformed dog!!  Finally I settled on nice big bold letters.

I drew around the letters I had made out of pattern paper and place my tartan fabric under the linen one and pinned it in place.  Then I free hand stitched the letters.  Once this was done I carefully cut away the linen to reveal  the tartan under it.

I stitched the tartan and the linen stocking separate because one was for the lining.  I used a 1cm seam allowance on all of this project.  You need to make sure you have your right sides together when sewing the top and don't stitch it all the way closed, you need to leave a small gap so you can turn it inside out.

 So you can see I have left a gap here.  It just big enough to turn my stocking inside out.

Once I had done this I hand stitched it closed.

Then I turned it down and added a fancy bobble trim to the edge.

And voila!  I have a lovely set of matching family stockings that will hopefully last us for years!

Dittery Dot