Thursday, 23 July 2015

Local Independents - The Duchess of Totterdown

Another little gem to share in my little 'Local Independents' feature; The Duchess of Totterdown.


Ok so once again this little place is not strictly craft / sewing related, but it does regularly harbor a bunch of crazy crafting ladies so that's a close enough link for me!

I popped down this morning to have a cuppa with a few pals expecting to find myself in a pub. I was greeted instead by a quaint little tea room complete with bunting and vintage china.



I sat and enjoyed a great coffee whilst beavering away with my latest EPP project (to be unveiled soon!) and treated myself to a 'High Tea' only with coffee.... naturally!

It includes cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches, a freshly baked (delicious!) scone with jam and cream AND a cake of your choice from that days selection all for a little over £6!


The proprietors are lovely and very accepting of the gals taking over with various craft projects / crochet etc. I'm told there was even a machine set up in the corner one week! The perfect spot for a bit of 'sew-cialising'!

The previous 'Local Independents' posts are listed below for your perusal...








I love finding new places (especially if cake is involved) so send suggestions my way!

Monday, 13 July 2015

Housewarming Cushion & Sewing In-Seam Ric Rac Trim

Last month we took a trip to East Devon and Dorset. Whilst we were there we stopped by to visit friends and needed a little housewarming treat so I set to making a cushion especially for Charlie.


Most of the supplies came from my stash but I bought a 'Frida's Garden' fat quarter from the lovely ladies over at Flo-Jo's on Gloucester Road who have a stunning selection of fabrics. No pictures I'm afraid as it was a quick in-and-out rush job! Next time though.

I took a couple of pictures as I went to show how I use ric rac as in-seam trim. It's my favourite way of sewing with it as it produces a lovely little scalloped effect which, yes I could have omitted for speed but I think really finishes it off.

So below you can see that I apply it to the right side of the fabric first stitching closer to the outside edge. If  your ric rac is very large you can line one wavy edge up against the raw edge of the fabric but in my case I drew a line around 1/4" from the edge to leave a larger seam allowance.



Now when you sandwich it between your layers it doesn't slip at all and you have a clear line of stitching as a guide for sewing your seam. I stitch just to the inside of this (furthest from the raw edge).


Top-stitching after a press is optional but keeps the seam allowances nice and flat. (Tip: Keep your hot iron plate away from synthetic trims by pressing through the fabric from the reverse -ask me how I know!)

Again for speed I could have opted for a simple envelope backed cushion cover but I prefer the plumpness of a zipped cushion so I folded the fabric to create a little zip cover whilst keeping, if I must say, a pretty reasonable pattern match.

Due to the placement and curvature of the cushion pad I should have made this just a fraction longer as you can see the zip tape just peeks out; hindsight is a marvelous thing!



I was quite taken with it on our grey sofa, so Charlie if you're reading this -you're lucky it made it out of our house!! What's your preference for jazzing up scatter cushions?