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Monday, 14 December 2015

Getting creative 1

I've been out today to The Ropewalk at Barton on Humber to the studio of Jane White who runs Jane White Couture Tuition.  I've done dressmaking on and off all my life and I can honestly say that Jane is the best teacher EVER that I have had.

Just before Christmas every year she runs a special sewing day in preparation for Christmas, not making a special outfit but rather sewing things to decorate ones home or use as presents.  Today  I decided to make some decorations to hang on my tree and with great trepidation I'm writing my first ever tutorial.

Picture 1
Cut two squares of contrasting fabric.  I used 12cm squares.  if you have an overlocker put the two squares wrong sides together and overlock around.  (If you don't have an overlocker put the squares right side together, sew around leaving a small gap.  Trim the corners then turn the square right side out and slip stitch the gap closed.)  

Fold two sides of the square to the middle and catch them together in the middle with a few small stitches.  Do not cut the thread.  (Picture 1)  

Picture 2b
Picture 2a
Then fold the other sides to the middle, pushing the corners out.  Attach a button or sequin over your hand stitching.  (Pictures 2a and 2b)

Picture 3
Now poke the corners through to reveal the inner fabric.  (Picture 3)

Attach a ribbon et voila!  A small decoration to hang on your tree!  (Picture 4)
Picture 4

I don't think writing tutorials is my "thing" but maybe I'll learn!


  1. I thought you did a great job, it was easy to follow. Makes a very nice decoration.

    1. Thank you. This was a "fear and trepidation" post!

  2. I'm going to do this now, for fun. I'm not sure what fabric I'll use but I WILL figure it out :) Great tutorial.