Saturday, 24 November 2012

{Quick Tutorial} How To Make Bias Binding

Whilst there are a huge number of bias bindings in all colours, patterns and widths, do you ever find you just cant find the right one to bind that quilt/edge that apron/finish that project??

Well look no more and keep on reading!  We may just have the answer :) A fab little gadget came into the shop a couple of months ago so thought I'd put together a tutorial on how to use it!  

For this you will need:

- Bias Tape Maker (I prefer the 25mm one but it also comes as 12mm) 
- 1 Fat Quarter of fabric (I used Anthology Raining Rainbows - Spots)
- ruler
- scissors
- iron and ironing board
- sewing machine

1. Cut your FQ so its a square, then cut diagonally so you have two triangles.

2. Lay out and pin as per the diagram below then stitch along the pinned edge using a 1/4" seam.  Iron the seam open.

3. You will end up with, what I believe is called, a parallelogram (maths was never my strong point).  At this point, draw lines length ways 45mm apart.  Depending on how big your FQ is, you may need to trim a little from one of the long edges.

4. Putting right sides together, bring the short sides together and pin, matching up your pencil lines.  Sew using a short straight stitch and you'll end up with a tube kind of thing (technical, I know).

5. Starting at one end, cut along the lines so you end up with a continuous strip of fabric.  You'll almost be cutting around the tube shape, if you see what I mean?!

6.  This is the fun bit!  Feed one end of the fabric strip into the tape maker, right side down.

7. Pin one end of the fabric of to the ironing board and as the fabric feeds out of the tape maker, carefully press it with the iron (I dont want to state the ridiculously obvious but please be careful the iron is hot and it gets quite close to your fingers)

8. Keep that going until you reach the end of the tape.  You may need to go back over some part a few times, including where you've stitched the seams.

9. Ta dah!  Lovely bias binding that you can make to match ANYTHING!!  

Rhi @ The Sewing Boutique x x

p.s. a few tips...this works better with thicker cottons or cottons with a slightly stiffer texture.  The Anthology fabric I used in this worked out well but did keep slipping.  

Also, any square of fabric would work, doesnt need to be a FQ, could be bigger or smaller.  A FQ will make around 2.5 metres of bias binding as a guide.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

{Freebie Friday} A Winner And Whats New

Its like Christmas every week here at The Sewing Boutique HQ at the moment!  New fabrics arriving, lots of lovely fabrics going out to customers, it couldnt be nicer!

These are our latest additions....

Three fabrics from the Bella collection by Lotta Jansdotter. I've loved these since they were released and have waited AGES for them to be re-printed so we could get them in stock.  We're still waiting for one print to come in but for now, Im happy with this little lot! 

Another new one, Michael Millers Bunting Stripe in Denim.  I wish we'd had this for the Jubilee/Olympics as the colours are very fitting.  Still, you cant go wrong with a bunting print.  How amazing would this bunting print look as bunting?!  Hmmmm...might give that a go!

Also we've re-stocked the very popular Michael Miller - Forest Life.  Like me, you seem to love those crazy owls!

And finally......the winner of our {Freebie Friday} Giveaway is

Mrs M Makes 


Apologies for the late result, blogger was not my friend yesterday when I tried to post this....actually, neither was Facebook when I was checking out the shares, so I gave up and tried again today! 

Rhi @ The Sewing Boutique x x

p.s. we have a lovely week coming up on the blog, a couple of tutorials and something I hope will get your festive juices flowing! :)

Friday, 9 November 2012

{Freebie Friday}

From here on in, one Friday a month shall be known as FREEBIE FRIDAY!  Who doesn't love a freebie right?

As a thank you to all our lovely Facebook Friends, blog followers and twitter peeps, every month we will have a giveaway.  It may be some fabric, it may be some buttons, it may be a felt bundle, but it will definitely be fabulous!! 

To kick things off, this months Freebie is.....

Pretty Peony Bundle

The newly listed Pretty Peony Bundle, which consists of four FQs and two metres of pink and green satin ribbon.

As always, the rules are simple.  All you have to do is...

1. Follow our blog and comment below for one entry.

For extra entries....

2. Follow us on twitter and tweet about the giveaway


3. Follow us on FB and share our status.

Please leave a comment for each entry to make sure I dont miss anything. 

You can enter up until midday on Friday 16th November and a winner will be randomly chosen and announced later that day.

Good luck!! 

Thursday, 8 November 2012

New in the Shop...

For those that dont follow us over on Facebook, I must inform you that I am not the most patient of ladys!  Especially when I am waiting for a delivery of beautiful fabric!!  Its not easy for an impatient person like me, ordering so far in advance then having to wait (and wait, and wait).

So I was very excited when I had the call to say this lovely little lot had arrived....

Riley Blake Polka Dot Stitches.....finally! 

If its possible to have a favourite, this one is it....

This was my least favourite when I ordered, but its stunning in real life!  The yellow is a lot more vibrant and the flowers are so pretty!  

These would make a beautiful quilt for an older girls room as its so pretty but a bit more grown up!

Cant wait to show you what arrives next! 

Rhi @ The Sewing Boutique 

p.s. for a sneak peak of whats going to be arriving over the next few months, take a look at our "Coming Soon" album over on Facebook

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Help Me Decide!

Im very lucky that my little fabric shop is growing at a rate I never thought it would so soon.  This has meant I've been able to get so many lovely new products on the site including new fabrics, new buttons and not to mention the new ribbons!

It was always my intention to stock sewing patterns.  Im not much of a pattern follower myself but I do love having a pattern to start with (I often trail off and do my own thing towards the end!)and inspire my makes.  I've started making clothes for my little ones and need a pattern to know where to start!

One of the patterns we could be stocking soon!
I've found a fantastic company that stocks the most amazing range of patterns and my question is this...

What type of pattern would you like to buy?

I also asked this recently over on the Facebook page and there has been a clear winner!  The original choices are...

Accessories i.e. bags and bunting
Childrens clothing
Adult clothing
Quilt and soft furnishing patterns
Soft toy patterns

A few more were added but I think these are the main ones.  Feel  free to suggest any others!  I would love to hear your thoughts and your help is very much appreciated!

Super cute twirly skirt pattern
Just comment below with your choice and who knows, you could see some gorgeous patterns of your choice within the next month!

Rhi @ The Sewing Boutique x x