Project #20

So I’ve tried my hand at something new this time! This picnic rug came about after toying with the idea of a picnic-themed wedding but being unable to find picnic rugs that were both nice and affordable.

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After sewing all the squares together, I sewed on a white cotton backing and then quilted the whole thing to some tarp to make it waterproof. The tarp is actually part of a white drop cloth that I found at a hardware store.

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I initially thought I’d add a border like you would on a quilt, but ended up deciding it wasn’t necessary so just zig-zagged the edges of the fabric and folded them over the tarp. It’s not padded or anything so needs some fairly thick grass under it to feel really comfortable. It also doesn’t look as smooth as I imagined it would, but I suppose it’s bound to crinkle when it’s sat on anyway!

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We still haven’t made a decision about its use at the wedding, but I’m happy with how it turned out and had lots of fun making it! Definitely looking forward to many summer picnics!

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Projects #17, #18 and #19

It’s again been a while since I’ve posted anything, so I’m using this efficient post to put things back on track! These are all basic pieces I made a while ago but hadn’t yet gotten around to photographing. It’s probably been obvious from my posts so far that I’m obsessed with floral prints…I must also admit that I’m immensely fond of polka dots! 🙂

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P.S. I’ve been working on something a bit different to usual this week – I’m looking forward to sharing it soon! 😉

Project #16

After reading this post from Eclectic Threads, I felt inspired to use the Sorbetto pattern I’d had sitting in my pile of ‘to dos’. The pattern is super easy and a rewarding way to spend a couple of hours. I hadn’t made bias-binding before but found the tutorials on the Coletterie site really helpful and straightforward. I love the idea of using bias-binding for the edges – it’s such a nice detail. And the box pleat is very sweet. What a great pattern! I’ll definitely be making more of these 🙂

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