It’s been a busy few days but I’m back on my home turf now having had a marvellous time in Leeds. No markets this time, but I had a good old rummage in lots of vintage charity shops, Sue Ryder Vintage and Retro shop, Headingley, being a real corker! I came away armed with more fabric – just to add a bit more excitement to the stash! I also discovered a total gem of a pub serving delicious food! It’s called The Town Hall Tavern, Leeds and their pies look like this…
So that’s a great big pie-shaped tick next to snacking…what about sewing?
Fear not, I’ve been busy and am sticking to my Me-Made-May pledge! Day 25 of #MMMay15 was a recent make – another pair of Tilly & the Buttons Margot pyjama bottoms (from Love at First Stitch). I love every pattern in this book – it’s completely foolproof! I made them from some fabric I bought at a vintage fair a while ago, in fact it was in the same purchase as the red material I used for my 1940s tea dress. Again, this fabric only cost me a couple of quid and it is the softest, warmest cotton ever. Perfect for PJs. However, I came a little unstuck when I accidentally sewed a wrong side to a right side and ended up with two right legs! Whoops – the dangers of a fabric with no obvious ‘right’ side. The fabric is white and grey so to jolly it up I used pink stitching and the brightest pink ribbon as a drawstring. The ribbon is actually salvaged from a Lush gift box so it smells gorgeous and the whole ensemble was cheap as chips! Mmm, chips…must focus!
Today is Day 27 of #MMMay15 and I’m wearing exactly the same outfit I wore on Day 3. I consider that to be a bit of a slow news day so I thought I’d share some other sewing news with you. I recently made some bandana-style bibs for a mum-to-be and they went down a treat. I’ve seen these bibs in the shops and they always make me visualise a really cool bandana-wearing baby! Fancy giving it a go? That’s the spirit!
You’ll need: a fat quarter of cotton fabric, a soft towel and some velcro (this should make around four bibs).
2. Next place the fabric right side down on top of the towelling and give both pieces a good press with the iron. You’ll find the towelling will fray quite a bit but don’t worry, it will be fine once you’ve finished.
3. Trim off any wonky edges and pin the pieces together with the fabric right side down.
4. Using a seam allowance of 1cm, sew along the longest edge, pivot at the corner and sew along one shorter edge. Pivot again and sew approx. 3/4 of the way along the third edge.
5. You should now have a triangle with all sides stitched and with an opening of approx. 5cm. Trim the seam allowances down to about half their width. You may find the soft towelling has stretched a little so take this chance to even up the edges. Clip the corners to avoid too much bulk.
6. Now for the fun bit! Turn your triangle the right side out through the small opening you left in one side. This can easily turn into a wrestling match or tug of war but try to control yourself and remember this is a baby’s bib! Carefully edge the fabric a little at a time until you have something resembling a bandana bib.
8. Give everything a good press again and hopefully you should have two neat edges and one that looks like the photo.
9. Very carefully hand stitch the opening together. Use tiny stitches and push the needle through the towelling so that you just catch the pretty fabric without any stitches being visible. Fold the fabric back on itself to get a neat finish.
10. Cut yourself some Velcro tape, about 4cm, and shape it into a bit of an oval. Hand stitch one piece to one end of the long edge of the towelling and the other piece to the opposite end of the long edge but on the fabric side. Be careful not to catch the fabric/towelling on the other side.