Scrap Happy Christmas – December Part 2 – Patchwork Christmas Stocking

The great thing about these patchwork Christmas stockings is that you can make them work for whatever size pieces of scrap fabric you have.

Start by drawing a template of the stocking you want to make – you can do this freehand or by drawing around a Christmas stocking you already have.

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Gather together your Christmas fabric scraps and decide on the combination of fabrics you would like to use.

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Cut your template into pieces so that each piece is the size you would like and that will fit on the fabric you have with a 1/2″ seam allowance around their edges.

Sew the patchwork pieces together – using half inch seams…

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Press the seams toward the darkest fabric…

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Use the completed patchwork as a template to cut out a piece of wadding…

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(My wadding was from part of the piece left over from making my floral quit.)

Also use the patchwork as a template to cut a back and two pieces for the lining. These all need to be exactly the same size as the patchwork.

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(The red fabric was left over from my pinwheel baby quilt and the cream some left over curtain lining from my kitchen curtains I made six years ago.)

Apply the wadding to the back of the patchwork and stitch in the ditch along the seams.

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If you’ve added a plain panel at the top for a name, embroider it on…

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With right sides facing, sew the back and front of the stocking together and the lining pieces together, leaving the top of each unseamed.

 

Clip the front curve of both stocking and lining …

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Turn stocking (only) out the right way and press then slip the lining inside.

 

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I used a piece of scrap felt to bind the raw edges. If you’ve more stamina than me, you might want to use binding.20191214_18183000I also inserted a scrap piece of ribbon beneath the binding before I sewed it on to make a hanging loop…

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Once the binding was secure, I sewed the edge down using the same stitch I had sewn in the ditch of the patchwork…

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All I need now is for Santa to put some gifts in it…

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If you like the idea of using your scraps, click on Kate or Gun (first two names in the list  below) and join us on the 15th of every month – or just those months you feel like joining in.  Here’s a list of both frequent and occasional Scraphappiers (?) if you want to see what everybody else is doing.

Kate,  Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn , Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJeanJohanna,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.

Until next time,

Bekki x

Scrap Happy Christmas – Cracker Gifts

Spoiler Alert: If you’re coming to our house for Christmas dinner this year, this post will show you the gift you’ll get in your Christmas cracker.

I do love Christmas crackers, but I hate that they are a pretty eco-unfriendly – with every bit of them usually ending up in the bin straight after the meal. I therefore do like to make my crackers from as much recycled and recyclable items as possible. Hopefully I’ll find time to post making my Christmas crackers this year, but for now I’m just going to share the gifts for this years crackers as my scrap happy make this month…

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Hopefully this picture explains all you need to know if you want to make any of these.

Pretty fiddly to make, but very little scrap fabric and ribbon needed.

If you like the idea of using your scraps, click on Kate or Gun (first two names in the list  below) and join us on the 15th of every month – or just those months you feel like joining in.  Here’s a list of both frequent and occasional Scraphappiers (?) if you want to see what everybody else is doing.

Kate,  Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn , Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJeanJohanna,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.

Until next time,

Bekki x

Sunday Sevens 2019 #38

Welcome to my Sunday Sevens – a post where I share seven (or so) photos of my week away from the blog.

Sadly our change in weather last week didn’t last and we’ve been back to more wind and rain, which continues to make for very muddy walks.

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In the woods the wind blew over a huge tree…

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We’ve also had hail and just enough sunshine on Friday to give us a rainbow…

 

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Despite the rain we’ve seen a beautiful moon rise early some afternoons.

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Getting close to Christmas I tried new nut loaf recipe for Christmas dinner – it tasted a lot  better than it looks!

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LH had his golf club Christmas do and won a bottle of port for getting his first shot nearest the flag on the 14th hole.

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And on Friday night we attended the village Christmas dinner at our local..

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Hope you’ve had a great week.

Until next time,

Bekki x

 

 

Sunday Sevens 2019 #37

Welcome to my Sunday Sevens – a post where I share seven (or so) photos of my week away from the blog.

Delighted to tell you it’s been a mostly dry week with some lovely frosty mornings…

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We always put our Christmas decorations up the first weekend of December, but LH was playing golf, so we put them up on Monday…

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We also opened our jar of Arthur’s Amazing Lemon Curd that I bought at the produce market the Saturday before – it really was amazing! There was none left by Friday.

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On Tuesday I went for my first visit to a local art group. There isn’t room for new members at the moment, but visitors are allowed. Apart from at workshops you pretty much do your own thing. I made a seasonal still life and started sketching it out – maybe for next year’s Christmas cards?

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Thursday I went into Tavistock and spotted these lovely soldiers the Bedford Hotel put out for Christmas…

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Thursday was also book group Christmas dinner – where we failed to discuss last month’s book.  Personally I loved reading it until the end when I was totally disappointed and felt completely cheated by the limp ending of the various threads. I was also waiting for certain explanations  which didn’t come and therefore meant  that parts of it didn’t make any sense. So disappointing. I’m torn now whether to try another book by this author since she can write a compelling novel, but IMO completely let her audience down. Anyone else read this or anything else by Belinda Bauer?

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Friday was Dickensian Evening in Tavistock with the Christmas lights being switched on…

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Unfortunately Harry managed to skin the inside of one of the pads on his foot this week. My very kind friend gave me some dog shoes for him to wear, but I’m having a challenge getting him to wear them –  hopefully next week I can post a pick of him wearing them..

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But despite his injury Harry still had time for a quick game of Where’s Harry?20191117_19043300

Until next time,

Bekki x

 

WIP Round Up – 5/12/19

With Christmas closing in fast and me focusing on drawing, there’s not been a lot of crafting going on, including that I’ve still not sewn up my red sweater…

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I have however nearly crochet two more Charlotte squares…

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Only one more to go!

I’ve also started a pair of fingerless mitts – same pattern as the currently nameless pair of full mittens, but in a different colour way. 

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Knitting from both ends of the ball because I wanted to knit in the car and the next thing to do on the nearly finished pair was the tubular bind off.

Plan is to write both mitts and mitten patterns up and sell as one pattern. Hopefully that will happen before Christmas – but you know how it goes.

Until next time,

Bekki x 

Drawing People

I’m sure if you spotted the pic of an artist’s mannequin on Sunday, you’ll have known it wouldn’t be long before I was posting my attempts to draw it.

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As usual I tracked down a few YouTube videos to help me find some tips, techniques and best approaches and scribbled along with them.

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I particularly liked the idea of drawing the top half of the body as a domed cylinder – this helped make the process of drawing the shoulders and getting the right angles on them much  easier.

Over the next few days I tried to draw at least one pose a day.

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The idea is – apparently – that if you keep drawing the mannequin in different poses, you’ll:

  1. Get better drawing the different perspectives.
  2. Get the proportions/human form imprinted on your brain and therefore people become easier to draw.

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I’ve now set myself the goal of drawing a person every day for the next year. Hopefully at some point I’ll graduate from mannequins to something that looks more human. But don’t worry, I’m not going to post every single picture.

Until next time,

Bekki x

Sunday Sevens 2019 #36

Welcome to my Sunday Sevens – a post where I share seven (or so) photos of my week away from the blog.

Last weekend we went to visit the in laws. They live near Worksop where there’s been lots of flooding. There was a lot of water still around…

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…and dog walks were very muddy…

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…but the woods still very beautiful…

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Lovely husband found an interesting piece of fungi…

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… and I found a spooky pumpkin…

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Back at home, Lovely Husband decided to have just one slice of bread with his salad…

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… and this arrived in the post..

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Friday was cake craft afternoon. Here are the advent calendars two of the ladies had made in a WI workshop…

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Harry’s friend also came to stay for the day on Friday, but can you spot Harry…

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Hope you’ve had a great week.

Until next time,

Bekki x