Monday, 4 November 2013

'Make it' Project - Noel Bunting

We just love Christmas and crafting for Christmas,so we though we would create a selection of festive 'Make it' projects.....sound good?

So to start off with, here is a rather Christmassy 'Noel' bunting to decorate your home .........

complete with jingly bells......

If you would like to make this you will need:

1 Fat Quarter in the fabric of your choice for the bunting flags (we used Tilda Mini Star Red)
Small pieces of contrasting fabrics for the appliques (we used Tilda Mini Stripe Red and Tilda Dotty Green)
2 plain red buttons for the Holly Berries (ours came from this bundle)

This is how we made it.....

Firstly, you will need to print this pattern. To do so, highlight the picture below, then 'Right' click on your mouse, then select 'open in a new window' and then print using the keys 'CTRL' and 'P'.

Cut out the templates

Now it's Bondaweb time.  Bondaweb by Vilene is the most amazing product, it is a fusible, iron on, double sided adhesive sheet and makes your applique projects a doddle.  Firstly and the most efficient in terms of fabric and Bondaweb use,  trace the outline of the letters in reverse on to the paper side of the Bondaweb (1), cut out roughly (2) and then iron them on to the reverse of your chosen fabric (3) cut out accurately and then peel of the paper backing (4).  You now have your applique ready to iron on to your bunting flag. 

Alternatively, you can iron a piece of Bondaweb on to the back of your chosen applique fabric and then draw around your letter templates.  This method is quicker, although you will have more waste, we do however keep all our leftover Bondaweb fabric scraps for future projects.

 The MOST important thing however for which ever method you use, is to ensure that you trace your letters in REVERSE.   

Repeat this process for the holly leaves using your green fabric.

On the reverse of your chosen flag fabric, trace around the bunting template and cut out 12 pennants.  (6 fronts and 6 backs)  You can of course use a cheaper alternative for the backs if you prefer.

Place 3 holly leaves on to the right side of your first bunting pennant, play with their positioning until you are happy, ensuring that they are at least 1/4" away from the outside edge of the pennant to allow for the seam allowance.  Carefully iron in place, you will need to hold the iron over the appliques for aprox 20 seconds to ensure that they are 'stuck'.

Repeat for the letters and the final holly leaves.

Using you sewing machine or if you prefer by hand (back stitch would be good, check out this tutorial on Sarah's Blog) , stitch the appliques to the flags.  We used our standard  machine foot and stitched aprox 2mm from the outside edge of the applique using black thread.  Use a complimentary shade of thread if you wish.

 Pull through and knot off all your ends.

Sew a red button at the centre of the holly leaves.

and a large button to the centre of the 'O'

Now match up your fronts pennants to the backs and place together, right sides facing.  Pin and sew with 1/4" seam allowances

Trim the point as shown

Turn through, press and trim across the top raw edge of the flag, so that you have a nice and neat straight edge.  

TOP TIP - Use a chop stick whilst pressing to get the pointiest points possible!

Place your flags in a pile in reverse order ( holly / L / E / O / N / holly). 

Measure and mark 25cm from the end of your bias binding, this is the start position of your first flag.  

TOP TIP - Fold over and crease your Bias Binding across the width along the entire length before you start you can then simply tuck your bunting flags in to the 'pocket' as you sew.

This bunting is made with 5cm (2") gaps in between the flags.  The easiest way to get an accurate gap is to stop stitching as you reach the end of your first flag and then measure 5cm ( you will see from our Little Kitten Homemade bunting days, that this measurement was marked on my sewing machine)

Fold back the bias binding and crease with your finger.  Now continue stitching and stop as soon as your needle reaches the crease mark.  Lift up your foot and tuck in the next bunting flag and continue sewing, repeating until you have stitched all 6 flags.

Trim the ends of your bias binding so that each tie, is the same measurement and your flags are nicely centred.  Fold over your ends and hand sew in place to create a loop for hanging.

Finally stitch little jingly bells to the tips of your flags.

Ta Dah........
That's it you're done, so stand back, admire and enjoy!

This project will take aprox a couple of hours to make. Hopefully the instructions are nice and clear, but please do get in touch if you would like any clarification.

We'll be back soon with another festive project!

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

And the winner.......

Thank you so much to everyone who entered our October Giveaway, we really appreciate it!

Janet if you can make contact, that would be fabulous and we can arrange delivery!!

Saturday, 26 October 2013

It's a Giveaway

We thought it was time for a 

So, we made a pretty tag..........

........and tied up a box with pretty ribbon

Are you wondering what's inside?

apart from lots of pretty parcels.......

oh the suspense...... 

So here we go........

first off there is a selection of gorgeous Tilda fabric 
(5 'mini' pieces) 

also, a sprinkling of co-ordinating buttons
(including our best selling stripey, polka dot and mother of pearl buttons)

there's some little snippets of super soft felt
(3 x 5.5" squares)

and we've also included some little lengths of lush ribbons
  (9 different designs ~ just over 2m in total)

and there's still more..........

you'll also find some lovely pretty cotton lace
 ( 5 different designs ~ 2.5m in total)

beautiful bakers twine
(10m in total)

and finally some of our extremely popular scrumptious scraps of Tilda

how does that sound?

So if you would like to enter, here's what you will need to do:

  • First off, be or become a follower of this blog, now this can be done in a variety of ways, either by subscribing by email (click the box in the right hand column) or via Bloglovin or by some other preferred method and then leave ONE comment below to let us know which way you do.

  • For a second chance, visit our Facebook page and follow the instructions on the Giveaway post pinned to the top of our page.

We will happily post worldwide so everyone, from everywhere is most welcome to enter!

The Giveaway is open until 9pm GMT Tuesday 29th October 2013 and we will pick a winner at random from all the entries here and on Facebook.

We will announce a winner after 6pm on Wednesday 30th October 2013.

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We will combine all the entries here on this blog and those names on Facebook.
No cash alternative can be offered.
We will cover all postage costs
The winner will be announced both here and on our Facebook page and we will request that the winner get in touch by email.  If we have not heard from said winner within 7 days, then we reserve the right to redraw.

This competition is run by Pretty Fabrics and Trims and is in no way Sponsored, Endorsed, Administered by, or associated with Facebook.

Good luck everyone and thank you for entering!!

Edit 29th October 2013 9PM (GMT) ::  The Giveaway is now closed, thank you so much for entering

Thursday, 24 October 2013


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Thursday, 10 October 2013

It's 30% Thursday

As a thank you to you our super duper customers, each
Thirteen hours
 we'll be offering at least one of our lovely products with a
Thirty Percent

Up for grabs this week are some Christmas Goodies including our extremely popular wooden Christmas tree buttons, a scrumptious selection of May Arts ribbons, our gorgeous Christmas Bakers Twine Bundle and finally our lovely red cotton teeth lace.

The offer is available on our WEBSITE and lasts from 8am on Thursday morning to 9pm on Thursday night (UK time), so make sure you make a note in your diary so that you do not miss out!

Thursday, 3 October 2013

'Make it' Zakka style Pincushion

 Now I'm sure that you must have heard our the squeals of delight, when Penny and I opened the parcel containing these beautiful fabrics by Japanese maker Sevenberry.....are they not just the prettiest!  Having used Sevenberry fabrics for many years in our own crafting, they have been on our wish list for Pretty Fabrics and Trims since the outset.  The problem we had, was choosing just which ones to stock!

Now obviously, whilst cutting up some precut 'mini' and 'small' pieces for the shop, I couldn't resist making something.  As you may know from my Little Kitten Homemade days, one of my favourite things was to combine pretty fabrics with linen and as I've been wanting a  new pincushion for my downstairs sewing kit, I set too gathering up some supplies and made this.......

If you would like to make one too, you will need:

some scraps of pretty florals, I used Sevenberry fabrics Flower Meadow Pink, Floral in Yellow and Blossom in Pink, available as a pretty Pink and Yellow Bundle

For the front of the Pincushion, cut a piece of linen measuring 4 x 4 1/2" and from each of the florals,  a strip measuring 1 1/4" x 4 1/2"
From Flower Meadow Pink, I also cut a piece measuring  5" x 4 1/2" for the back of the pincushion

Please note I used 1/4" seam allowances

First off sew the three florals together along the 4 1/2" side, neatly press

Now sew the florals to the linen and press

Using the seam line as a guide sew on a piece of cotton lace and for an extra pretty touch sew a button positioned at the centre on top of the lace

With right sides together pin the backing fabric to the front piece and sew around the outside edge, leaving a gap as indicated by the two pins

 Trim the corners

Turn through to the right side.  I find a chop stick is a great tool to get nice pointy corners.

Stuff (whilst we're talking stuffing, for the pin cushion I used some toy safe poly fill, however, I am definately going to make some more these and fill them with lavender as Christmas gifts for my children's teachers) 
Finally slip stitch the gap closed and ta da, you're all done!

And just because we love them so much, here's some more pictures of our gorgeous new fabrics

I hope that you enjoyed the project and feel tempted to give it a go and if you would like to view our full range of Sevenberry fabrics, they can be found on our website HERE

Happy Crafting