Because life’s celebrations shouldn’t cost the Earth

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Appliqued Sewing Pouch

Antique Sewing Machine Travel Bag


A quick post today as I'm busy with preparations for Easter Sunday, but just time to show you this little make-up bag / pencil case appliqued with an antique sewing machine inspired by this gorgeous 'Handmade Harbour' digital stamp.



My sister asked me to make it as a birthday present for her sister-in-law.  I used upcycled wool in a soft dappled fawn colour which provides a lovely shabby chic feel.


The tiny sewing notions print fabric was peeled off a damaged sewing box, which I bought at a car boot sale last year.  I also used it for the zipper end tabs and they look pretty cute!



Don't forget also to enter my Easter Egg Cosy Giveaway, to take part you simply have to leave a comment on this blog and sign up to follow it either through Blogger or Bloglovin'.  The winner will receive a handmade pair of linen egg cosies lovingly appliqued in any design and colour scheme chosen from these.

Good Luck!



Sunday, 13 April 2014

SewforSoul ~ Appliqued Egg Cosy Giveaway!

Win a pair of Linen Egg Cosies


I have now finished stitching all of the little linen egg cosies needed for our guests on Easter Sunday, but I still have two more to sew.......

I'm offering a pair as a prize to one of my blog followers!


Simply have a look through all of the designs and decide which two you would like me to stitch especially for you! Then just sign up to follow SewforSoul, either through Bloglovin or Blogger, and leave a comment.  It's that simple!














The giveaway is open to everyone and I'm happy to send them anywhere the postal service delivers to!  The blogging community is worldwide and I have 'met' some lovely new friends from around the globe. I want to thank all of my readers by giving everyone a chance to win, regardless of where they live.

The Catholic School my children attend returns after the Easter break on 28 April and I'll be ending the competition and announcing the winner then.  With the children back at school I'll be able to sew the winning cosies without interruption!

Good Luck!


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Freestyle Machine Embroidery Home Bunting

Raw Edge Applique Garland


We've finally had a little bit of sun here in the North East of England today, so I decided to take a break from egg cosies and instead stitch a cheery length of bunting in some lovely Spring colours.  Unfortunately I still can't get outside to take some photos as it's now very blustery, but at least the wind has blown away the fog!




There is a bit of a heart theme going on in the bunting, both as the o of 'Home', and adorning the front of the cute little houses.




The garland features one of my favourite techniques, raw edge applique. This time though I used a little bit of blanket stitch, rather than a regular straight stitch, which makes a nice change.






Not surprisingly though, I couldn't resist sneaking in just a little bit of freestyle machine embroidery, so I dropped the feed dogs and quickly whizzed around the door, roof and windows!



It's now back to finishing the last of my Easter egg cosies!


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Freestyle Machine Embroidery - Easter

More Raw Edge Applique!



My 'spare' time here at SewforSoul is still taken up with producing thirty-two personalised linen egg cosies ready for Easter Sunday.  These three were inspired by the gorgeous digital stamps Owl waiting for Santa, Butterflies and hearts and  Flowers on the hill, over at Handmade Harbour. 



Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Easter Applique Bunting

Freestyle Machine Embroidery Garland


Here's a quick peek at a string of bunting which I'm stitching for Easter Sunday.  The message reads 'Happy Easter' and features a raw edge applique daffodil at each end.  The 'T' of Easter is a cross, a reflection of the true meaning of the festival.



Whilst the rest of the UK is enjoying a bit of a Spring heatwave, here in the North East we've been under a thick blanket of fog and rain since the weekend and it's forecast to last a few more days yet.  I've therefore not been able to go out and take any pictures in natural light.


 Hopefully I'll be able to share some better photos of the whole garland when the weather clears up.


What is everyone else stitching for Easter?  

Monday, 24 March 2014

Little Quilted Egg Cosies

Easter Egg Cosy Update


I'm still happily stitching little egg cosies whenever I get a quiet couple of minutes and I have to say that are looking very cute and perfect for Spring!




Regular readers will know that I need thirty-two of these personalised warmers ready for Easter Sunday.  They each have their new owner's initial on the back and a raw edge applique on the front.  I finished another little batch of front pieces last night and they now just need stitching up.




These designs are my own, but some of the previous cosies have appliques based on the work of other more talented folk.  You can see those designs, and their original source, on my Pinterest Easter board. 














Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Pretty Vintage Caravan Applique

Free Motion Embroidered Linen Pencil Case


There is something about the Spring sunshine that brings out the wanderlust and I've reflected this in today's sewing project.  It's a little linen pencil case embellished with a raw edge applique based on this digital stamp by Handmade Harbour.



Zipper pouches are so versatile and whilst I designed it with pencils in mind, it would also make a great make-up bag or mini travel pack. The colours are perfect for Spring and the bunting looks really cheery!


It's for one of my dearest friends who celebrates her birthday next week.  She is a talented artist who loves travelling.  I first met her almost twenty years ago when she was a Head of Year in a school in the North East of England and we've been friends ever since. She's such a talented needle woman and I often think of her when I am stitching.  When she lived in the North East we would sometimes work on projects together and she was always bemused by my need to measure everything at least twenty times before I would start work.  She, by contrast, would just grab her scissors and start hacking, I was always transfixed by this and would watch in awe.  The upshot of our very different methods was that her work was always better than mine!  In honour of this, I didn't obsess over measuring the pouch and I now don't think the caravan is placed quite straight, I guess I'm just not up to her standards, but I know she will smile when she sees it!


Happy Birthday Joan!