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Make a sewing basket and gift tags to treat your mum on 18 March, this Mother’s Day

Decorative gift tags

A beautiful gift tag will add a special touch to flowers and any other presents

Take the stiff card and cut into the shape of an old-fashioned luggage label, which is basicafly a rectangle cut to a point at one end. Cover one side with snippets of wallpaper, lace trim and buttons, sticking everything  on with PVA glue. Use the hole punch to make a hole at the pointed end for the ribbon and thread through a little length to secure the tag to your present.

Description: A beautiful gift tag will add a special touch to flowers and any other presents

A beautiful gift tag will add a special touch to flowers and any other presents

Strawberry pincushion

Almost too good to stick pins in, this fabric fruit is practical as well as pretty

You will need

Red velvet or felted wool jumper, fabric scissors, pins, hand-sewing needle, sewing threads, polyester stuffing, green fabric, tapestry needle, thick green or yellow embroidery thread.

1.    Use scraps of red velvet or wool from a felted jumper and cut out two triangles a little bigger than the size you want the strawberry to be. Pin them right sides together and backstitch around  the two sides, taking a narrow seam allowance and making a rounded point for the bottom of the strawberry.

2.    Turn the cone right side out and fill with stuffing, packing firmly.

3.    With a needle and red  thread, sew a line of running (straight line) stitch all the way around the top of the opening. Pull up the gathers tightly and make a few stitches across them to close the top of the strawberry.

Description: Almost too good to stick pins in, this fabric fruit is practical as well as pretty

Almost too good to stick pins in, this fabric fruit is practical as well as pretty

4.    Cut out a jagged-edged circle from the green fabric to look like a leafy stalk. With thick green thread, sew a loop in the centre of this so you can hang the strawberry up. Sew the leaves in  place over the gathers with small stab stitches and matching green sewing thread.

5.    With a tapestry needle and yellow thread, start at the in the bottom and gradually work towards the top making tiny stitches to look like pips

 Little needlebook

A fabric book will keep your sewing needles safe

You will need

Several pieces of fabric, fabric scissors, pinking shears, pins, hand-sewing needle, sewing  thread, iron, needles

1.    Cut out three different- coloured fabric rectangles to fold in half to make the book as large as you would like it to be.

2.    Then, using pinking shears, cut a piece of fabric in a rectangle slightly larger than the pages to make the cover.

Description: A fabric book will keep your sewing needles safe

A fabric book will keep your sewing needles safe

 

3.    Pin the smaller rectangles of fabric to the inside of the cover to make the pages of the book. Use running (straight line) stitch and cotton thread to sew them in place down the centre. Fold the book over along the stitched spine and press it. Pop a few needles into the pages.

Sewing basket

Add a fabric liner to an it into a beautiful place

You will need

Old wicker shopping basket, newspaper for template, paper and fabric scissors, fabric, iron . hand-sewing needle or sewing machine, sewing thread, long needle

4.    Start with a whole sheet of newspaper. Scrunch it up, then flatten it out so it creases more easily, then push it down into the corners of the basket. Trim off all the edges sticking up above the sides of the basket. Use this paper as the template to cut out the fabric for the lining, adding a little extra all around the top for a hem.

Description: Add a fabric liner to an it into a beautiful place

Add a fabric liner to an it into a beautiful place

5.    Turn under the hem and iron. Sew all the way around, either by hand or using a machine.

6.    Place the hemmed circle  in the basket and, using a long needle and thick sewing thread, sew the lining into the basket all the way around with running (straight line) stitch. You will need to look carefully to see where the needle can fit between the strands of wicker. Sew just under the edge of the basket, gathering the fabric up where necessary so it’s evenly pleated all the way around.

 

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