Tag Archive | Sewing

The Creative Craft Show 15-18 March

If anyone would like to attend the Creative Craft Show at the NEC in Birmingham from 15 to 18 March, you can enjoy 2 tickets for the price of 1 using code: EV16.

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New curtains … at last!

IMG_20160417_084349337_HDR [3418]It’s been a while since I had time to blog, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been busy knitting … and sewing … along in the background.  There have been quite a few changes here at handmadebysoo towers since Christmas.  Our lovely builders have helped us realise our ambition to convert the ‘other’ barn, the former engine shed, into habitable accommodation and make it part of the house.  They packed up their tools for the final time at the  end of February and since then we’ve been spending every spare moment decorating our new rooms and getting them ready for furniture.  There’s still quite  a long way to go, but finally this weekend one of those new rooms, my husband’s office, is finally being revealed to the light of day.  Whilst Mr handmadebysoo was busy with wiring and cables, I made sure the new curtains were hung.  They are sewn from a remnant of Laura Ashley Gosford in paprika which has been languishing in my stash for a while, but is Mr h’s favourite fabric.  To make the curtains long enough for the window I have extended the remnant with a length of Laura Ashley linen union in olive and a cheeky border of gingham to finish.  There was even enough fabric left over for me to make my first attempt at an applique cushion!

Sew me a skirt

I bought this remnant of printed cotton fabric years ago in a charity shop (Cats Protection League in Maidstone, since you ask!).  It’s been languishing in my stash ever since.  At the beginning of the summer I decided I would finally make myself a new summery skirt.  But then other things, like starting a new job (!) got in the way.  But now I’ve finally finished my skirt and, although it’s not quite summer any more, I wore it for the first time yesterday.  Luckily the rain stayed away and it was quite sunny.  I also got lots of very kind compliments!  The pattern?  Well, I borrowed a waistband from a vintage Simplicity pattern, also in my stash and the rest I’m afraid I just made up as I went along!

Full cotton skirt, gathered at the waist.  Side pockets.  Concealed opening at one pocket.  Button closing waistband.IMGP8633

Pegging out the washing makes my Happy Friday

You know that Spring is really here when you can peg out the washing on the line early in the morning and happily leave it to waft in the blossom-filled breeze all day.  Candle makers may seek to emulate that lovely fresh fragrance of newly-laundered linen, but nothing quite compares with the real thing.

With the warmer weather, what all winter has seemed a bit of a washday chore suddenly becomes a real pleasure.


vintage style peg bag sewn from Laura Ashley rubens fabric by handmadebysoo

Once I’ve finished hanging out the washing I’ll be popping over to http://planetpenny.co.uk/2015/04/23/happy-friday-number-16/ to see what everyone else is up to.



Rainy day sewing

Today was a day for staying indoors and bringing some sunshine into the house with some up-cycled curtains.  I originally made these curtains from Laura Ashley fabric for my daughter’s bedroom in the 1990s.  I have cut them down, re-lined them and added new rufflette tape.  Sewing them transported me back to my daughter’s lovely sunny bedroom when she was a child – the fabric is a little sun-faded in places.  Other damage the curtains had sustained is thanks to her pet rabbit at the time, who was partial to a little nibble on the edges of the fabric.  I’ve incorporated the faded bits and the bunny damage along with all our happy memories in the ‘new’ curtains.  The material is so pretty that I don’t think anyone will mind.  They certainly brighten up my laundry room on such a dreary day.

bunny-damaged curtains

bunny-damaged curtains

sewing new rufflette tape

sewing new rufflette tape

'vintage' Laura Ashley fabric

‘vintage’ Laura Ashley fabric

I couldn’t remember the name of the fabric, but Laura Ashley have very kindly reminded me via Twitter!
Soo @handmadebysoo
@LauraAshleyUK upcycling ‘vintage’ LA curtains, but can’t remember the name of the fabric. Can you remind me, please? pic.twitter.com/43KFVIuuVd – Feb 22

Laura Ashley @LauraAshleyUK

@handmadebysoo I can confirm this was our old ‘Dotty’ fabric and this colour way is named ‘Poppy’. I hope this helps, thank you.

10:06 AM – 23 Feb 15

Happy Friday, happy tacking

Heart tailor tacks

Heart tailor tacks

My happy crafty moment came this week as I was watching The Great British Sewing Bee and spotted contestant Lorna making good old-fashioned tailor tacks.  So glad I’m not the only one still using them!  Can’t wait to see what’s made everyone else smile this week over at Planet Penny.

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