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Paper Pieced Heart Cushions

Wednesday, 11 February 2015  |  Shelley


Paper piecing divides opinion here at Brighton Sewing Centre.  Some of us are fans, others frown at the thought of the technique.  Our samples whizz, Melinda, is one of the former and loves playing around with paper piecing (if you pop in, ask her about her stitched pigeons!).  

We wanted to make something with a Valentines Day theme, that was an alternative to traditional cutesy hearts.


A few weeks ago we were talking about making a jewel block, and Nicole mentioned a block she had seen on Pinterest.  The Gemology block is designed by Sarah Rose Quilts, and available to buy on Etsy as a downloadable pattern for £2.02.  The templates it comes with are for 6in and 8in finished blocks.  However, we wanted to turn our jewel into a heart, so Melinda worked her magic and adapted the pattern.  


Firstly the top was re-drafted so the jewel became a heart.  Then the whole block was resized so it would fit an 18in square cushion pad.


The cushions are made from Kona Cottons in a cold and warm colour way, and the background is Charcoal.  


Happy Valentines x



Double Gauze Baby Sleeping Bag

Tuesday, 27 January 2015  |  Shelley

We have been having a play with our new double gauze fabric!



About the fabric

Double gauze has quietly been becoming more popular with sewists over the last few years.  In case you have never come across it, the fabric is suitable for a wide range of uses, including clothing, crafts and quilts.  

It is constructed from two layers of gauze (a light, open weave fabric), however the layers are joined at regular intervals, so you use it like one piece of fabric, and it is not as transparent as one layer would be. In the photo below you can see where the thread joins the layers.



We have two prints in stock at the moment, both made in Japan by Sevenberry.  

Aqua car print

Fruit Print



The sleeping bag

Double gauze is very soft and the weave means it is light weight which makes it ideal for making clothing and accessories for babies.

The pattern for this sleeping bag was downloaded from the Burda website here and was just 99 cents.  Melinda made it from double gauze and linen, with a piece of cotton wadding in between.  It is lightly quilted, so has a lovely drape to it.  It was very easy and quick  to make, and we think the mixture of fabrics would make it a useful and luxurious present for new parents.


Burda 148 - Baby Sleeping Bag


Inner fabric - car double gauze 
Outer fabric - Kaufman Essex linen in aqua
Thread, bias binding, button and cotton wadding from stock


Baby Coat

Tuesday, 27 January 2015  |  Shelley


When we were browsing the Burda website after making the baby sleeping bag, we came across this lovely quilted jacket.  We were attracted to this pattern as it looks like something new parents would love to receive, and it looked so cosy.


It is a downloadable pattern, and cost just $5.99.  The pattern covers five sizes,  from age 6 months to 2 years so if you are making for a baby, you will be able to make more of these as they grow, and the seasons change.


What we used

The pattern suggested using sweatshirt material for the outside, and brushed cotton for the lining, however a quick peek outside the window made us feel we wanted to make something a bit warmer.  We chose a Kaufman shetland flannel for the outside, and a lovely retro poodle print for the lining.  The traditional weave on the outside contrasted really well with the slightly kitsch lining - and there is nothing more lovely than a pretty lining?!



Another little alteration we made was that we quilted the lining and the wadding, but did not quilt through to the front of the jacket.  This flannel has more body to it that the suggested sweatshirt fabric, so felt structurally it didn't need it, and that the herringbone didn't need any more texture or pattern on it.


Easy to make 

Despite the way it looks, the coast was very easy to make.  Once the pieces are together, the front and the hood are just finished off with binding. We used our linen effect one to add to the texture of the flannel, however this coat would also be lovely in spring made in bright colours with our gingham bias binding.



We choose buttons to match the herringbone fabric, but the black on the back makes them pop.  They are faux - so no buttonholes to sew, and the popper fastenings mean the coat is easy to get on and off. 



Pattern used 
Burda quilted baby coat 143

Fabric used 

Outer fabric - Shetland flannel herringbone
Lining - Aunt Grace Poodles
Bias Binding - Linen look - coral



Jersey Infinity Scarf

Monday, 19 January 2015  |  Shelley


Infinity scarves have been around for a while, but with the temperature rapidly dropping this weekend, we have been prompted to have a go.  In store we have quite a few different knit fabrics, and liked the idea of using them to make a scarf to take us from winter to spring.


There are quite a few tutorials on the internet, but we used this one from Simplicity and found it so easy we made three!