How To Sew A Free Motion Embroidery Easter Cushion #DDCraft Tutorial

How To Make a 'Happy Easter' Cushion by Denton Drapes

You will need:

  • Main fabric for cushion front and back
  • Co-ordinating scrap fabrics for applique pieces
  • Bondaweb
  • Piping cord
  • Zipping
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine with drop feed dog function
  • Dark grey sewing thread
  • Paper scissors
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Feather cushion pad

Step 1
Cut two 50cms x 50cms squares in the main fabric for the cushion front and back.
Make a template in paper of the bunny shapes and lettering, arrange the templates to your desired placement and so they fit onto the cushion front. (Spot the deliberate mistake in the picture – please ensure you place your letters the right way round so that you can see the full effect of your design!)

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Step 2
Iron Bondaweb to the wrong side of the fabric remnants.

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Step 3
Pin the bunny to the right side of the chosen fabric and cut out.

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Step 4
Do the same with the letter templates.

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Step 5
Decide on the shape you would like the grass background to be. Press Bondaweb to the wrong side of the fabric remnant to be used and cut out the shape required.
Remove the backing paper from the Bondaweb, place wrong side down onto the cushion front and press.

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Step 6
Drop the feed dogs on your domestic sewing machine and add the free motion embroidery foot (it is sometimes called a darning foot) reduce the stitch length to 0.
(Refer to your owners sewing machine manual for more advice on this).
We have used a dark grey sewing thread. It is a good idea to test your free motion stitching technique out on some scrap pieces before beginning stitching the cushion front. You can find lots of tutorials on You Tube on this technique (search: Free Motion Embroidery Tutorial).
Stitch around the edge of the fabric approximately 3 mm from the edge a couple of times. It does not have to be perfectly straight. The idea is to add an outline that adds definition. If your lines are wobbly this adds to the character!
It helps to think of it as drawing with the needle of the machine, like you would with a pen and paper.

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Step 7
Remove the Bondaweb from the back of the first bunny. Position into place and press.

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Step 8
Stitch around the edge of the first bunny twice.

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Step 9
Remove the Bondaweb from the second bunny. Position into place and press down
Stitch around this bunny twice. Do not be too concerned about keeping the stitching lines straight and even. The more uneven the lines the better!

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Step 10
Add a couple of white circles for the bunny rabbits’ tails and press down.

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Step 11
Stitch around the edges. Add some texture with some zig zag stitches around the edges.

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Step 12
With a pencil lightly draw in the bunnies’ whiskers.

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Step 13
Sew along the pencil lines to give the impression of whiskers.

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Step 14
Remove the Bondaweb from the backs of the letters and arrange until you are happy with their position. Be mindful that the letters are not too high or too low on the cushion front and that the words to do disappear over the curve once the feather pad has been inserted.

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Step 15
Press all the letters down making sure that you do not move them when pressing.

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Step 16
Machine around the edges of each letter twice.

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Step 17
Add some flourishes as required. I found a fabric with some small flowers. I added some Bondaweb to the back of the fabric cut the flowers out and pressed them to the cushion front to add some pretty detailing.

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Step 18
Add stems and leaves as required with the sewing machine.

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Step 19
The cushion front is now complete!
Pipe around the edge of the finished front with a contrasting fabric. You can omit this step if you’d prefer a non-piped edge or are limited on time.

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Step 20
Sew the front and back pieces together at the bottom edge 5cms in from each end and leave a gap in the middle. Insert the zip into the bottom edge of the cushion.

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Step 21
Stitch the remaining three sides together. Trim the corners, turn the cushion right sides out.

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Step 22
Insert a 50cms feather cushion pad and zip up. Your cushion is now complete!

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Do let us know if you have a go at this tutorial – we love you see your sewing and crafts – be sure to tag us @dentondrapes and use the hashtag #DDCraft

Happy sewing lovely people and wishing you all a very Happy Easter!

Penny x

Happy Easter DD 2017

#DDCraft How To Sew a Union Jack Pin Cushion Tutorial

In aid of World Mental Health Day 2016 #WMHD16 I’m sharing a sewing tutorial which I hope will help inspire you to take up a creative hobby to help you relax, de-stress, and take your mind off any worries or issues you might be dealing with. I find #SewingForPleasure really improves my own mental health and I’ll wax lyrical to anyone who’ll listen to me when it comes to the benefits of this super hobby…

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YOU WILL NEED:

Dark blue cotton fabric

4mm red ribbon

13mm white ribbon

25mm white ribbon

13mm red/white check ribbon

Red fabric for piping

Micro piping cord

Stuffing (we used wadding)

Sewing machine and thread

Hand sewing thread and needles

Scissors

Pins

Tape measure

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Ribbon’s you’ll need to complete this project. 

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1

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Cut two rectangles in the blue fabric 18cms x 15cms

Step 2

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Cut two lengths of the 13mm white gross grain ribbon to 23cms long and pin to one of the blue rectangles diagonal corner to the opposite comer. Stitch the ribbon on with a pin stitch as close to the edge as possible. Do this on both edges of the ribbon. This rectangle will be the top piece of the pin cushion.

Step 3

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Pin stitch the second piece of white 13mm ribbon in exactly the same way onto the opposite diagonal of the top of the pin cushion.

Step 4

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Cut 2 x 25cms lengths of the 4mm red satin ribbon and position this ribbon towards the upper edge of the white ribbon already in place. Pin stitch in the centre of the 4mm red ribbon. The red satin ribbon will be approximately 3mm away from the top edge of the white ribbon.

Step 5

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Turn the red ribbon at 90 degrees when you reach the centre and stitch in the same place on the downward white ribbon. Then stitch the 4mm red satin ribbon in the same way to the opposite side.

Step 6

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Cut two pieces of the 25mm white gross grain ribbon 1 x 15cms and 1 x 23cms.

Stitch the 15cms piece vertically in the centre on top of the diagonal ribbons already in place.

Pin stitch on each edge.

Step 7

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Stitch the 23cms piece horizontally in the centre on top of the diagonal ribbons already in place.

Pin stitch on each edge.

Step 8

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Cut two pieces of the 13mm red and white check ribbon 1 x 15cms and 1 x 23cms.

Stitch the 15cms piece vertically in the centre of the 25mm white ribbon already in place. Pin stitch on each edge.

Step 9

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Stitch the 23cms piece horizontally in the centre on top of the 25mm white ribbon already in place.

Pin stitch on each edge.

Step 10

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Cut strips of the red cotton fabric on the bias and make up around 70cms of red piping using the micro piping. Stitch this on all four sides of the top piece of the pin cushion and overlap the edges to neaten.

Step 11

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With right sides together sew the top and bottom of the pin cushion together leaving one edge open for stuffing.

Step 12

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Trim across the corners and trim away any excess ribbon

Step 13

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Turn right sides out making sure that at each corner the piping is pulled out fully.

Step 14

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Stuff to the desired size we used wadding.

Step 15

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Slip stitch the opening closed with a matching thread using a ladder stitch so the stitches disappear.

T’ah D’ah!!!

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Your pin cushion is now finished!

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Do let me know if you have a go at this fun tutorial – tag your pictures on social media using the hashtag #DDCraft and I’ll enjoy having a peek at your handmade pin cushions.

Penny

x

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#DDCraft How To Do Free Motion Embroidery

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I have been trying to feed my sewing obsession and get my fix with new sewing projects at home when I am not working.

You may have seen photos I have posted on my Denton Drapes social media platforms recently of a couple of Free Motion Embroidery courses I have attended.

With my new found skills I have been experimenting with different designs and techniques and have found that it is totally addictive! I have officially caught the free-motion bug.

So, I thought I would share with you a really simple project I completed recently that will definitely appeal to all my fellow-crafters out there.

It is a nice versatile make – pick your subject matter, select your fabrics and once you’ve sewn your picture you can decide how you’d like to display it – in a frame, on a cushion, as a tea cosy, as a sewing machine cover…the possibilities are endless!

You will need:

Co coordinating cotton remnants

Plain cotton backing fabric

Bondaweb

Iron on interfacing (optional)

Greaseproof paper

Plain paper

Pencil

Paper Scissors

Fabric Scissors

Black, grey or brown thread

Sewing machine

Open Toe Darning/Embroidery Foot

Steam Iron

How To Do Free Motion Embroidery

by Penny Bruce

Step 1

STEP 1

Step One

Find an image that you would like to use to create your picture. I found this really simple shape of a sewing machine online. I enlarged the picture to a size I was happy with (roughly A4).

Step 2

STEP 2

Step Two

Cut your backing fabric to the desired size and press to make sure that it has no creases. If the fabric is thin and lightweight you may want to add some iron-on interfacing to the wrong side with a steam iron to add stability, especially if you are going to frame your picture.

Step 3

STEP 3

Step Three

Decide which shapes of your image you would like to cut out and use as a pattern for your fabrics.

Choose your fabrics to create your picture.

In my case I only used two quilting weight cotton fabrics.

Step 4a

STEP 4

Step 4b

STEP 4

Step Four

Place each pattern piece wrong side up on the wrong side of the fabric and trace around with a pencil or disappearing marker pen. Cut out each pattern piece.

Step 5

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Step Five

Once you have cut out all of your pieces assemble your picture to make sure everything is correct.

Step 6

STEP 6

Step Six

The next step is to place all of the fabric pieces wrong sides down onto the adhesive side of the Bondaweb. Cover with greaseproof paper and press with a steam iron for a few seconds.

Step 7

STEP 7

Step Seven

Cut out each fabric piece from the large sheet of Bondaweb and peel the backing paper away from the back of each piece. Position onto your backing fabric.

Press each piece into place on the backing fabric with a steam iron for around 5 seconds to ensure it adheres properly.

Step 8

STEP 8

Step Eight

Use tweezers to help position all of the small fiddly pieces into place. I used a pencil to lightly draw the cotton reel on the top of the machine and the thread passing through the machine.

Step 9

STEP 9

Step Nine

Once all of the pieces are stuck to the backing fabric you are ready to embroider them into place. Now this is where the fun begins!

Step 10a

STEP 10

Step Ten

Prepare your sewing machine for free motion embroidery by inserting a new sharp needle and threading with black, brown or grey sewing thread. I chose to use a grey thread for this project.

Drop the feed dogs on you sewing machine. This switch is usually at the back of your sewing machine. If you do not have a button to drop the feed dogs you may have a cover that fits into your needle plate to cover them.

Remove the straight stitch foot and replace with a darning/embroidery foot. A darning/embroidery foot usually comes with your sewing machine accessories. I used an open toe embroidery foot, the open toe foot just gives you a better view of your work.

(Please refer to your individual sewing machine manual for instructions.)

Step 10b

STEP 11

Step Eleven

You are now ready so sew. Free motion allows you to move the fabric freely through your machine: using your needle as if it were a pen and your fabric the paper – you can draw freely using the thread to create a picture.

It’s a good idea to practise using your sewing machine for free motion embroidery before stitching your project as the stitch sizes are determined by how fast or slow you move the fabric under the needle.

There are plenty of YouTube videos showing you how to do this if you have not tried it before.

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STEP 12

Step Twelve

You are now ready to start to stitch your picture!

Place your presser foot down – you will find that your presser foot does not actually go completely down unless your needle is in the down position.

*A great tip is to make sure that your needle is in the needle down position every time you stop sewing if you have that option on your machine.*

Start by inserting your needle into you fabric and bringing it back up again. This will bring the bobbin thread up to the top of your work, hold onto the two ends of the thread.

Insert the needle down into your work again and start to stitch. Do not sew too close to the edges of your work as you will have a tendency to slip off of the edge.

Stitch around the edge of each shape by following the edges to add definition to your picture. The lines do not have to be perfectly straight, in fact, if the lines are not straight it adds character texture and individuality!

You will get a feel for what feels right for you as you go along.

Stitch around each edge at least twice.

Step 13

STEP 13

Step Thirteen

Carry on stitching around the edge of each shape until you have completed defining the edges. Make sure that you stitch around the shape of the cotton reel on the top of the machine and the screw that sits on the left hand side of the needle…

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STEP 14

Step Fourteen

Change the colour of the thread in your machine to fill in the thread on the cotton reel and the thread passing through the machine.

Make sure that you leave a couple of centimetres of loose thread at the end of the needle to make it a little more authentic.

I stitched a slight curve on the thread on the reel to add texture.

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STEP 15

Step Fifteen

Add a slogan.

This is completely optional but I added the slogan “Love Sewing” to my final piece at the end. I used a pencil to lightly draw in my slogan on a slight curve.

*A good tip is to practice writing your slogan a few times on a plain piece of paper before you actually draw it on to your project.*

Once you have drawn in your guide for the slogan in pencil, stitch along these lines with your sewing machine, going over them several times to add definition.

And voila…you have completed your picture!

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Your free motion embroidery picture is complete!

If you do not want to frame your picture you could use your piece of fabric to make something else.

For instance a cushion cover, a shopping bag, a tea cozy, or a sewing machine cover (see picture below).

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The possibilities are endless…!

The main thing is to let your imagination run riot, have a go and enjoy it!

For loads more Free Motion Embroidery ideas and inspiration take a peek at our Pinterest board…

Happy crafting my lovelies…

Penny x

 

Beautiful Fabric Tulip Tutorial & WIN! a bouquet of flowers with our first #DDCraft competition #PennysTulips

Fabric Tulips Tutorial Denton Drapes

It’s been a really long time since we published a blog post here on A Curtain Maker’s Blog. We’ve had a very busy few months working super-hard in the workrooms and getting to grips with developing our social media platforms: we’re absolutely chuffed with how they’re looking and are now very excited to be back blogging once again.

We plan to post much more regularly here from now on, so do make sure you’re following the blog and @dentondrapes over on our other social media platforms, so as not to miss an update.

We have loads of posts in the pipeline: you can expect technical curtain making help and expertise, craft tutorials, a glimpse ‘behind the scenes’ here at Denton Drapes as well as lots of interiors inspiration and some posts about my travels as and when they happen. We hope this blog will become a super-helpful resource for fellow curtain makers, as well as keen home crafters and interiors enthusiasts.

Fabric Tulip Tutorial by Penny Bruce

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Today, I’m bringing you a fabulous craft tutorial – the first of many I hasten to add and I hope you really love it.

 

We have all become totally addicted to making these stunning fabric tulips here at DD HQ  – they really are the PERFECT Spring make! Who wouldn’t love a bouquet of Spring flowers that never wilt or die?

The best thing about this make? It’s speedy, simple and uses a tiny amount of fabric – the perfect way to use up scraps!

You will need:

Coloured cotton fabric scraps

Wooden kebab sticks

Wadding or similar for stuffing

Paper to make a template

Pencil

Scissors

Pins

Needle

Strong Thread

Iron

Sewing machine

Step-by-step Method:

Step 1

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Make a paper template for the tulip head. We drew ours free hand it is approximately 9cms wide at the base and 10cms tall. We have curved the pattern at the top.

Step 2

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Place the template on to your cotton fabric placed right sides together. Pin into place and cut out.

Step 3

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Machine around the two curved edges with a 1cm seam allowance.

Step 4

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Trim the seam allowance around the curve at the top by half. This just makes achieving a nice curve at the top easier.

Step 5

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Press the seam flat to set the stitches, then press one edge back.

Step 6

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Turn right sides out and press, making sure the seam is on the edge.

Step 7

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Stuff the tulip bud with wadding, making sure it is nice and full.

Step 8

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Turn under a 5mm seam allowance and add a small running stitch with a strong thread all the way around the opening at the bottom.

Step 9

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Pull up the running stitch to close the opening at the bottom. Make sure you leave a small hole for inserting the stem. Secure the running stitches with a few over stitches and trim the thread.

Step 10

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Make sure the stuffing is even and round. If necessary redistribute the stuffing by inserting the needle through the fabric and moving it around with the tip of the needle.

Step 11

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Cut a piece of green fabric for the stem approximately 30cms long by 4cms wide. We used a dark green velvet from our fabric stash.

Step 12

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Fold right sides into the centre and fold in half again. Press flat.

Step 13

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Take the stem to the machine and edge stitch the stem closed. Press.

Step 14

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Make a template for the leaf. We drew a free hand leaf shape approximately 4cms wide at the base and 20cms tall.

Step 15

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Cut a pair of leaves out in a green fabric. We cut one in dark green velvet to represent the outside of the leaf and one in a lighter colour in a brushed cotton.

Step 16

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Pin the leaves right sides together. Take to the machine and sew a 1cm seam allowance on the two outside edges.

Step 17

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Trim the seam allowance around the curve at the top by around half. This just makes achieving a nice curve at the top easier.

Step 18

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Press the seams flat to set the stitches then press one edge back.

Step 19

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Turn the leaf right side out making sure the seam is on the edge. Use your fingers to roll the seam into position and press into place.

Step 20

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You now have one stem and one leaf for your tulip bud.

Step 21

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Insert the wooden kebab stick into one end of the stem.

Step 22

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Sew both ends of the stem closed with a simple over stitch using a matching thread.

Step 23

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Insert the stem into the hole of the tulip bud. Make sure that it is pushed quite a way into the wadding.

Step 24

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Using a strong thread, stitch the stem into place by catching stitching from one side of the bud to the other through the fabric of the stem. Do this several times around the stem.

Step 25

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Neaten the bottom of the leaf by turning in 5mm raw edge and then slip stitch the opening closed with a matching thread.

Step 26

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Fold the leaf around the stem approximately 5cms up from the bottom of the stem.

Step 27

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Stitch the leaf into place by over stitching the two edges together using matching thread. Make sure that you also stitch through some of the stem fabric to stop the leaf from moving.

Step 28

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The tulip flower is now complete!

Repeat this process to make a nice bunch for a Spring display.

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Don’t they look wonderful?

 

WIN! 

I would absolutely love you to have a go at making these yourself… if you do then be sure to share a picture of your finished tulips on your social media platform tagging @dentondrapes and use the hashtags #DDCraft and #PennysTulips and we will pick a person at random to win a beautiful bouquet of flowers! This competition will run until 5pm on 20th June 2016 – so get making and brighten up your Spring/Summer home!

Bye for now & happy crafting…

Penny & The DD Team

x

Christmas Cushions

The period running up to Christmas is the busiest time of the year in the Denton Drapes workroom as we work hard to deliver beautiful new curtains to our lovely clients. However for a little light relief we decided to put together a Christmas cushion display.  This guide shows how we went about it.

First we cut a pattern for the tree applique

Pattern for the Tree

We gathered together fabric for the cushion itself, for each element to be applied and some beads and bobbles for decoration.

Materials for the cushion

All these shapes were bonded onto the base fabric with pieces of wonderweb to hold them in place before stitching began

Tree

Trunk

Pot

Star

We then took the front of the cushion to the machine. we used a decorative zig-zag stitch and a metallic gold thread making sure the stitches were close together.

At the machine

Carefully we followed the outline of the Christmas tree, trunk, pot and star.

Ready for decoration

Once we had completed the outline of the applique it was time to decorate the rest of the tree.

Decorations ready

We used a selection of beads, buttons and bobbles which we sewed on by hand randomly across the tree.

Decorating the tree

With the front panel finished we added the back and  zip. A nice plump cushion pad finishes the job.

Our Christmas Tree cushion

We always have crackers at Christmas so we thought a Cracker Cushion would be a good idea. We used a beautiful silver silk satin remnant with a contrasting striped velvet fabric to create the body of the cracker.

Cracker Fabric

We measured around a bolster cushion to get the width of the satin and length of the cushion adding 30cms for the ends of the cracker

Contrast in place

The striped centre panel is approximately one third of the full width of the silver fabric. This was then top-stitched onto the satin by machine. Putting right sides together we sewed a small seam along the length of the cracker to create a tube.

The seam

We did not allow any seam allowance on the circumference of the bolster so that when the seam is sewn the tube will fit snugly and give the cushion a plump appearance.

Sewing the bows

All we did then was to insert the bolster into the tube and tie an organza ribbon at each end to match the striped velvet.

The bow

And there we have our Christmas cracker!

A Christmas Cracker

We had a lot of fun that day playing with trimmings and fabrics

Play time

We even made a little cushion with a star

A Christmas star

Three Christmas cushions

A few liitle touches and there’s our Christmas display

We’ve had a busy year at Denton Drapes and I haven’t posted as many blogs as I would have liked. I promise to make a New Year resolution to do better.

Until then on behalf of the whole Denton Drapes team I would like to wish each and every one of you a peaceful and happy Christmas season and a healthy and prosperous year in 2012

Penny

xxx

Merry Xmas from Denton Drapes