Summer style

We had a glimpse of summer weather over the bank holiday weekend which was perfect for trying out my summer hats. My original intention was to sell the hats in my folksy shop but every time I made one I fell in love with it and decided to ‘buy’ it myself! They are such a great style and so easy to wear, I love the way you can manipulate the brim to whatever style you want. They are also reversible only trouble is making my mind up as to which way round to wear it.

I’m currently in the process of making my third hat, Hubby said how many hats do you need, you’d think he’d know me by now, when I like something I get it in every possible colour/pattern! I’m super excited about this latest one as I have some great beach hut fabric, from the lovely Patchwork Paradise, which co-ordinates perfectly with the two fabrics I’m using for the hat and will eventually become a matching beach bag. I have so many projects on the go now I don ‘t know which one to get on with and finish.

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Thought I’d update you with the hat that is to match the beach huts beach bag, now I need to get on with the bag!

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Fabric Roses

I found this great tutorial today on making Fabric flowers on Ulla’s Quilt World. They look so pretty I think I might just be putting them on everything I make!

I found it a little bit fiddly but I think that had more to do with the tiny square of fabric I started with, a much bigger flower would be easier. I’m not sure my first attempt exactly looks like a rose but I think it still looks effective.

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Memory cushions

My husband was about to throw out two of his much loved t-shirts when he stopped by my sewing machine and pondered on an idea. Do you think you could make a cushion out of these? Mmm now there’s a challenge! It was actually quite a good idea of his (don’t tell him I said that!) as the t-shirts in question remind us both of some great holidays we had in the USA, not just because he wore them on said holidays but the prints on them are about the places we’ve been to, it would be a shame to throw them out.

I haven’t yet started on the challenge but am thinking of perhaps putting a little batting behind them although not sure the fabric will behave well if I try and quilt it, will have to interface them. I have ideas of a patchwork border or maybe cut the t-shirts up into patchwork squares, I could even find a way of mixing in an old pair of his jeans somehow.

Now I’m starting to get creative!

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