For Handmade Thursday this week I really wanted to show you my cushions I've been making at sewing class. They're not quite ready yet though and I want to wait for the 'big reveal' (I'm of course assuming you're all waiting with baited breath!).
Instead, having been encouraged to make friends with my sewing machine (it hates me, I'm sure it does), I've made a little lavender filled hanging heart this week.
This has been made from an unusual cotton scarf I picked up in a charity shop for 99p. I loved the bicycle print, and although it had a slightly dodgy looking stain on it I bought it anyway. Sadly after much soaking, scrubbing and washing I have to concede the stain won't come out, so instead I plan to use it to make and cover things.
It's lends itself well to 'male' gifts much more than the floral stash I have, so I'm hoping I can hone my skills and make one for the old man's birthday and maybe cover a notebook for him too. Appropriately he will be doing the London to Brighton bike ride on his birthday, so it will be perfect!
I used this tutorial which was an excellent beginners guide, and although it's not perfect I'm pretty pleased with it as a first attempt. Anyway, there's loads more fabric left!
The blog guide I followed had loads of helpful tips - like making the point of the heart more curved for easier sewing, and snipping into the rounded edges so the hem lays flat. Give it a go!
Nip over to White Lily Green's blog to see what others have been up to.