I am enjoying my half term holiday, although the days are going far too fast for my liking! Yesterday I went into Norwich and did a sewing class to learn how to make a cushion with buttons. I must say that the sewing machines are just top notch. They pretty much do everything for you! I chose a Scandinavian style fabric and added a green contrast band with fabric covered buttons to pick out some of the colours in the pattern. I'm really pleased with how it turned out.
Here's a close up of the button band. I shall have to try the button hole maker on my machine now. I can remember using my Mum's old Singer machine and having to hand sew the button hole using blanket stitch on the rare occasions when I did some sewing years ago.
I am gradually replacing all our bought cushion covers with handmade ones - here's how the sofa is looking so far! There's still plenty of space on the other sofa.
I can now share with you properly the free motion embroidery I did a few weeks ago. I made a bag for my friend Michele. She was my swap partner in the ThreeBagsFull group on Ravelry, and is also bag maker and sewer extraordinaire of ThreeBagsFull on Etsy. I decided (rather rashly, given how fabulous Michele's sewing is!) that I wanted to sew something for Michele, and settled on an idea to use free motion embroidery so that it would be completely different from the bags Michele usually sews. I was thrilled with how it turned out and I learnt a lot about the placement of designs during the making process. There will definitely be more of this kind of sewing in my future!
Come back soon and I'll show you what's keeping my knitting needles rather busy right now. xxx