Scandi Sewing Kit
This simple and stylish sewing set was made using a Craft Club Bundle kindly provided by Seamstar. The Craft Club is a monthly subscription service that delivers, direct to your door, a selection of coordinated fabrics, habby items and trimmings along with a 'Monthly Makeable' project so you have something to get started on straight away. The Craft Club costs £9.99 for a UK subscription plus £2.99 p&p (EU subscriptions are £10.99 plus £3.99 p&p)
The Craft Club Bundles change every month and bundles are based around a theme or colour. Above are some examples of past bundles so you can get a feel of what to expect. Find out more from www.seamstar.co.uk/craft_club
What you need to make the sewing kit…
A Seamstar Craft Club Bundle
Needle & coordinating sewing cotton
Embroidery thread & needle
Air erasable fabric marker
Note: Some of these elements are stitched on a sewing machine, but these can also be worked with hand stitches if you prefer.
Cut the fabrics
Select two sheets of print cotton in contrasting colours and two sheets of corresponding felt. Trim each piece to 11cm x 17cm.
Fuse the cottons together
Trim a piece of heavy weight fusible interfacing trimmed to the same size as the cottons. Following the manufacturers instructions, fuse the cotton to each side of the interfacing so that the right side are outermost. This will form the cover of the needlebook.
Trim the fabrics
Using pinking shears, trim each side of the needlebook cover. Working on each piece of felt in turn, trim the edges so that each piece is 0.5cm smaller than the cover.
Tip: Using pinking shears not only give a really pretty decorative finish, it will also help to prevent the cut edges of the fabrics from fraying.
Secure the felt
Fold the cover and the felt sheets in half and mark the centre line with a pin. Open out and position the two sheets of felt on top of the needle book cover, aligning centrally. With a straight machine stitch, work a straight line of stitches down the centre line to secure the felt into position.
Embroider a motif
Trim a piece of white felt to 5cm x 6cm. Using the air erasable marker write Needles on to the centre. Stitch over the markings using embroidery thread and neat back stitches.
Add mini pop pom trim
Pin length of pop pom trim around the outer edge of the felt motif panel. With small neat hand stitches secure in place.
Finish with the embellishments
Using a piece of fusible webbing – or strong fabric glue, secure the embroidered felt panel centrally to the front of the needlebook. Using small dabs of fabric glue, affix four small buttons to the corners of the cover to finish.
Cut the fabrics
Fold a small piece of felt in half and position the scissors so that the tip sits at the fold. Carefully trim the fabrics from the upper edge in a slight angle towards the fold. Repeat to cut the second side.
Cut the accent fabric
Open out the folded felt and use this a guide to trimming down a piece of printed cotton. The cotton needs to be 1.5cm shorter on each end than the felt section. Trim the ends with pinking sears for a decorative finish and to prevent fraying.
Secure the fabrics together
Following the manufacturers instructions, secure the cotton to the felt with fusible webbing, ensuring that there is 1.5cm of felt visible at either end of the cotton.
Join the side seams
Fold the fabrics in half with the right sides of the cotton facing and aligning the two ends of felt. With a straight machine stitch, or neat running hand stitches, join the pieces together along the two side seams working close to the edge of the felt. Trim the fabric close to the seams to neaten.
Add a button
Turn the cover through to the right side and press. Position a button onto the front of the cover and secure in position with neat hand stitches.
Add a button loop
Trim a small length of ribbon and fold to create a loop long enough to secure around the button. Secure the ends of the ribbon in place on the back of the case with neat hand stitches.
Tip: The cut ends of ribbon can also fray; heat sealing them will secure the ends. To do this, carefully and quickly pass the cut end through a candle flame. Ensure that only a 1-2mm of ribbon passes into the flame, the heat will melt the fibres and secure them. Be careful when using naked flames and remember the heated ribbon will be hot!
Insert the scissors
Place the scissors into the cover, sliding the tips right down t the bottom to the case. Pass the button loop between the handles of the scissors and fasten around the button to hold the scissors in place.
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Laura Strutt is the author of The Sewing Manual, Haynes, £21.99 www.haynes.co.uk and can also be found blogging at www.madepeachy.com be sure to visit her site where she has one of these beautiful & inspiring Scandinavian Craft Club Bundles from Seamstar up for grabs.
Seamstar are on online Fabric & Craft shop who have been supplying modern craft products since 2008. Along with their Craft Club they have recently restarted their blog which has a new free sewing project every 10 days. We recommend viewing their new blog which you can find here: www.seamstar.co.uk/blog