Saturday, November 16, 2013

Winter creating: chronicling my first sewing experiences

My lovely mother-in-common-law lent me her sewing machine so I could alter some curtains that had been draped all over our bedroom floor for months. I bought some pins from Wilkinsons and after an evening of toiling, swearing and one desperate phonecall when the bobbin thread ran out unexpectedly I managed to achieve this goal, if rather haphazardly. Luckily all the mashed up bits of thread and tangles are on the inside of the curtains hidden against the wall...

Feeling very proud of myself and fueled by the success that was only my second sewing machine experience I decided to make some Christmas bunting, as I knew how to do it from the bunting workshop hen party I attended in August.

Note fortifying glass of red wine
My friend had given me a small stack of Christmas fabric for my birthday, I went to a sewing shop (having had to ask my friend what the name of the foldy strip bunting joiny together bit was called - 'bias binding' if you were wondering) and in one evening I made this double sided mini Christmas bunting!:

I have never been a sewing type person so this is all very new to me and I never thought it would be so fun and satisfying. To be honest I never thought I could do it!

I have been wanting to make Mostyn an advent calender he can use every year and after some Googling I came across this.

The numbered pockets hold 24 tiny decorations and every day in December you put a new one on the tree! Those ones are really American (ice skates? rabbits?) and mine are going to be more traditional English (excuse me. 'British') - also, every one is going to be different.

I used the sewing machine to make the cream background from one of a pair of cheap Tesco curtains I mistakenly bought the wrong size of. With the other curtain I'm going to make a makeshift blind for the kitchen window so it won't go to waste. I have left the top open to machine sew across later with some ribbon loops to hold the stick (a garden bamboo cane I had already).

Each pocket now made, this was before sewing the numbers on and the pockets down.
So far I have hand-sewed each pocket, cut out and sewed felt numbers on each one and then hand sewed them onto the background. I have cut out and hand sewed the Christmas tree too. It's taken me a few evenings of solid work in front of Netflix.

Next I have to make tiny fabric tree decorations 4cm across. I have made a list of the ones I want to make (my mum is going to make five of them) and I am starting that tonight. My list is as follows: star, gingerbread man, holly, christmas tree, christmas pudding, robin, father christmas head, reindeer head, snowflake, bauble, snowman, festive heart, train, candy cane, bell, wrapped present, candle in holder, wreath, mince pie, cracker, christmas cake, mistletoe, ivy, yule log.

This whole thing is costing me just a few pounds for two reels of thread, some cheap felt from a local shop and a few new buttons to complement the ones I found around the house so as I am not working this winter it fulfills my thrifty requirement too. I have quite a lot of random fabric now from the rug making for the decorations. My aforementioned amazing friend of wedding/bunting workshop fame posted me some of her craft/button/ribbon stash so that will help too. (I love you friend!)


I have also made another multicoloured rug out of Huw's old t-shirts for a Christmas present for some friends.

Will post my advent calender again when it's finished!

1 comment:

  1. This is some prolific crafting Eleanor! I love the bunting, and oh, that advent calendar is glorious!! I love the idea of all the wee decorations. Lovely. :)


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