Recipe Tea Towel

This week’s make is a selfless sew, it may seem a bit early to be sharing Christmas makes but let me explain. My Dad and his wife, Therese live in Cyprus and I don’t always get round to sending Christmas presents, however, my Dad is coming to visit next week and in the spirit of Christmas, I wanted to send him home with something.

So… I saw this tutorial for recipe tea towels on pinterest, I glanced over it and I’ve blatantly used the idea but I didn’t actually follow the tutorial if I’m honest.

I used a recipe that Therese wrote down for me 9 whole years ago, when I was just 19 (gulp!) and I went to visit. I scanned it, enlarged it and printed it on to transfer paper. I ironed it on a thick white polyester and cut a border round it using a ruler and rotary cutter. I cut a second piece out in the same size for the backing.

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I raided my scraps and made a patchwork binding using lots of different colours and sizes. I just went for the anything goes approach with this and cut random, rough sizes which I chain-stitched together and then cut with a rotary cutter once I had a long strip. I snipped the seams as close as I could and ironed. Easy! This was such a relaxing process, done in my front room watching Harry Potter. I’ll definitely prepare some more of this at some point. It’s really effective and fun!

I tacked the two pieces of white fabric together and attached the binding like you would a quilt and ta-dah! A super cute (rustic) but personal tea towel, which I’m hoping they will love. (Is it wrong that there’s a small part of my hoping it doesn’t actually get used as a tea towel?! It’s saying ‘Please don’t wipe your pots on all my hard work!’)

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I wrapped it ready to go in this funky word search paper which you can customise from Something Turquoise. I think this makes a really sweet gift and have prepared some for other pressies ready for some hard-core Christmas wrapping sessions!

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Mini Circle Skirt Refashion

Happy Friday everyone! A refashion is on the menu for this Friday’s post… Today’s garment began life as this dress from Next.

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Apologies for the bad quality pic

It was a buy from Ebay and was too small on my chest. I tried to make alterations but I think the print was a bit too sickly for me in the end.

Time for a change. I massively downsized this circle skirt tutorial I used in this blog. I followed the instructions using the average measurements for a 5 year old and made a full skirt. I cut a waist band and used tissue paper to make a quick circle skirt pattern using my best maths skills! All the measurements worked out great; the waistband and skirt matched up perfectly and this super cute skirt for my niece is the result!*

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The hem is straight but it doesn’t photo well without me holding it up and nearly breaking my wrist to take a picture!

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It’s super full and really showcases the fabric. I used the bulk of the fabric to do this and even unpicked the contrasting zip from the original dress so I could use it.

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I finished the hem in a contrast pink cotton binding I quickly made to add another feature and make it a big more ‘sticky-outy’!

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This is the first time I’ve made anything for our gorgeous niece and I loved it because it came together so quickly. I always thought it would be a waste to make her things because she grows so quickly but making things in miniature is super quick so it’s well worth it. She may be getting a home-made Christmas pressie!

Also not one to waste anything I managed to squeeze two luggage tags for my Mum and sister for our trip to Dublin !

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Cute!

*I feel I should admit at this point that the skirt didn’t actually fit her, as I made it using average sizes (and children are usually far from average) it was about an inch to small on her waist, which I was gutted with. I definitely should have measured her before. This is why there are no pictures of her actually wearing it, but I wanted to show it to you all how to worked out anyway. I don’t know anyone else with girls so I’ll just have to keep looking at it, sighing…

Mum’s Birthday Pressie

I have recently made this top for my Mum, for her birthday. (New Look K 6483) The pattern claims to take one hour* with an asterisk, the small print being that this should be sewing time. However, it took me more like two and a half* 1.because I’m so novice, 2.because I wanted my binding to be the neatest in the world and 3.because I inserted and unpacked an entire sleeve! Major sulk at this point.

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Though possibly not the most seasonally appropriate (I was going to put sleeves in but it seemed the bunch round the neck- a common problem for me- so I left them out) I still think it’s really sweet and will really suit my Mum.

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This is my first venture in to making a clothing gift for someone, my lovely Mum being the perfect candidate. It means that you put so much more in to it but this is something I’m trying to do with all my makes anyway. It was tricky though because she couldn’t try it on along the way and I just had to hope it would fit. I got so jealous of the way it turned out though that I made myself this top following the same pattern. Then because it’s so easy, I made this cute chiffon top, ready for Dublin too!

I did this super cute contrast binding, which I love.

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I feel like this is a genuine proud moment for my little label!

I also used the binding on the side slits, another first, so I’m glad they turned out so neat.

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Although the pattern didn’t call for it I also added a little zip for another feature and just in case it was needed.

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She loved it and said she could see all the work that has gone in to it. I’m really pleased my first hand-made clothing gift was so well received!

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