Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Making crafty and useful stuff with fabric.

Hello. It's a lovely morning and I want to get on the bus and go to Hull, so here is a quickie. The notebook cover I started on Monday is finished. They are so easy to make, sew strips of fabric together with the machine. Add cross stitch and sequins, make a lining for it, and blanket stitch the top and bottom together, making inside pockets to slide the front and back cover in.  
Front. 
Back.

Inside front.

Inside back.



My next project. Unpicking the stitching on a duvet to separate the layers, which will then be cut up and made into cushions and pet beds.



Phew, I'm busy. Don't forget, walkers unite, it's the last day of the month. Tomorrow is check in day for the Walking Group, we want to know your mileage, whatever it is. I know some of you are forging ahead and doing splendidly, but it isn't a race, it's all about taking part. It's about doing some walking, it doesn't have to be marathons, you just need to get up off your bums and walk.
Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

16 comments:

  1. Lovely video! Following your journey with interest :)

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  2. Great idea. Labour intensive, but better than dumping it. You're the upcycling queen, Karen.

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  3. I so enjoyed your video Ilona.You would maje? a good teacher being so clear,calm and patient.The notepads would cost pounds in a shop to buy.You'll get lots of pads and cushions out of one duvet but there's no rush is there.The only thing I have done is reuse my old duvet as a bed folded for my Lily.She lays under the redundant dining table,or the chair ,sofa ,bed etc.I wondered if a warm waistcoat could be made out of the wadding.I have cut off sleeves of old coats to stay warm.In the winter I turned a old game fur coat inside out and wore it indoors x

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    1. I 'm sorry I didn't type game but fal<e fur-I have found a hairline cracl< on my screen x

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    2. You are struggling a bit with your wonky device, ha ha.

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    3. I l<now ,I don't want to get a new one yet.I stood on it.Only recently I also dropped my lap top too-it's quite badly broken.I'm not drunl< either x

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  4. Love that book cover! I'm going to have a go at making one, thank you for the inspiration. I don't envy you the duvet picking, that's tough work. It's a gorgeous day here today, hope you're having a fab time in hull,xxxx

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  5. Miss Meanqueen, your videos give me a real boost. They bring a smile to my face, and ideas to my brain. Keep up the good work! Sheri

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  6. Love your book covers, Ilona. I recall that our first needlework project when I started at the grammar school in 1968 was to make embroidered covers for our hymn books. Mine was very slapdash but the girl who was to become my best friend did a truly beautiful job.

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  7. Brilliant use of a duvet and admit to doing something similar. I do donate old duvets to pet rescue places too.

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  8. Love the little book cover. Have you given any thought to attaching the sequins with french knots? Just a suggestion!

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    1. Hi. No I haven't, I usually put a little bead in the centre, but this time I couldn't be bothered.

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    2. Your crafts are wonderful, Ilona. I'm hopeless with my hands but I'm going to try to make some of the covered notebooks for my little nieces.

      Separately, did you enjoy Hull? I've recently been reading a lot about what a renaissance the city is enjoying. Tempted to make a visit there myself if you recommend it for a day out.

      Heloise Xx

      PS. Love your blog. You are one of the few people I have ever encountered who I genuinely believe to have found the key to contentment.

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  9. Walking update month May 2017 = 152
    Total since January 2017 = 499 miles
    Sonja, North Carolina

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