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Earlier in the year I was approached by Carol from Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover And Other Goodies to review their Ironing Board Cover.
I was given a free ironing board cover and underlay as part of my review – but my opinions in this blog post are my own.
I’d been looking for a solid colour ironing board cover as my previous brightly coloured/patterned one made taking pattern step photos on it impossible. I jumped at the chance to review this product when I saw that their ironing board covers came in a solid colour range. I’m sure you won’t be surprised to know I chose “my favourite yellow”. It makes me feel happy whenever I spot that burst of sunshine in my sewing room!
I was so impressed by Carol’s passion for her product and genuine interest in ensuring that her customers are 100% satisfied.
I had been using a thick padded ironing board surface and for the last little while, I’d just been putting new ironing board covers on top of the old, when I replaced them. Have you ever done that? In the end I had a “Princess and the Pea” style stack of ironing board covers on my ironing board. I hadn’t realised how many there were, until I took them off to try this one out. This ironing board cover is not padded but Carol sent an underlay for me to use with the ironing board cover.
I’ve got to admit, given my obsession with thick ironing board covers, I was a bit dubious when it arrived as to how it would go and worried that my initial preference for a thick ironing surface would stand in the way of me liking this ironing board cover. Luckily after using this ironing board cover/underlay combo I’m back to preferring a firm ironing surface, especially after sewing the Oasis Quilt on it.
My old “Princess and the pea” ironing board stack, had a tendency to move from side to side as I ironed. If I’d been trying to iron the large amounts of fabric involved in making the quilt on it I’m sure the whole stack would’ve lurched completely off the ironing board! Which brings me to another feature of this ironing board cover. It has a nifty cord arrangement which will help keep your ironing board cover exactly where it’s meant to be!
I think after using this new ironing board cover/underlay for a while (and wondering why I had totally changed my preference) that my desire for a padded ironing board cover probably came from using cheap underlays that I could feel the metal holes in the ironing board through. Rather than looking for a better ironing board cover/underlay I just kept buying cheapies and stacking them up!
So if you’re in the market for a new ironing board cover/underlay I’d highly recommend looking at Carol’s Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover.
Please note that this is an affiliate link. This means that if you purchase from them I will receive a commission – though I’d recommend them anyway. Carol’s product and customer service is second to none!
If you’ve got the Bonfire Jacket PDF Sewing Pattern in your Pattern Stash you’re going to LOVE the blog posts in this round-up.
Don’t forget to Pin this post so you’ll be able to easily find it, next time you’re sewing a Bonfire Jacket and want to mix things up!
You can find the blog post to show you how to add a zip to your Bonfire Jacket HERE.
You can find the blog post to show you how to add a hood to your Bonfire Jacket HERE.
You can find the blog post to show you how to add a welt pocket to your Bonfire Jacket HERE.
You can find the Stand Alone Pattern for the Bonfire Jacket HERE.
You can find Issue 5 which contains this pattern HERE.
Hi, it’s Lauren here from Molly and Mama ! Would you like to learn how to create a potted succulent or cactus? This is a great pattern hack for the Coco Flower Crown PDF pattern found in the current issue of One Thimble Sewing E-Zine (issue 8). The Coco Flower Crown pattern by Molly and Mama contains all the pattern pieces needed to create five felt flowers and seven types of succulents. Choose one of the pattern templates to create a succulent and read the rest here!
YOU WILL NEED
– green 100% wool felt for Succulent 1 – 28cm (11″) x 3cm (1.25″)
– 15cm (6″) brown 100% wool felt circle for the base
– polyester filling / stuffing / hobby fill or similar
– pot or container to place your plant into – pictured pot is 5.5cm (2.25″) tall and 6cm (2.5″) across
– needle and thread to match your felt colours
– small sharp scissors for cutting felt
– erasable marker (optional)
– circle template (optional)
– craft glue (optional)
MAKE THE SUCCULENT
Choose a succulent to sew from the selection available in your Coco Flower Crown pattern. As you can see, there are lots of options to choose from! Even the flower patterns make great succulents. Just change the colours!
For this project, Succulent 1 was the perfect pattern for me! Use the methods described in the pattern to cut out, and stitch, your felt succulent.
ADD THE FELT BASE
Trace a circle shape onto the felt with a water erasable marker. Use a pre-printed circle template or a round shape like a dinner plate or side plate as a guide. The size of your circle will depend on the size of the ‘pot’ you are putting it in. My circle was 15cm (6″) across.
Fold your felt circle in half and in half again to find the centre point.
Thread your needle with a doubled over strand of green or brown sewing cotton (or a colour to match your felt). Bring the needle up through the centre of your felt circle to mark the point.
Place your succulent in the centre of the felt circle and use small stitches to securely attach the succulent to the felt base. You shouldn’t see the stitches from the front. When you’ve finished, secure your stitches and trim off the excess cotton.
Thread your needle with a long doubled over strand of brown sewing cotton (so it’s long enough to reach around the circumference of the circle). Stitch a running stitch the whole way around the brown felt, about 1cm in from the outside edge. Gather the stitching as you go, by pulling the thread.
Leave an opening large enough to add polyester stuffing or fill. Add just enough so that the brown felt holds it’s shape. You don’t want it too firmly stuffed though, as the brown felt has to neatly and easily fit into your succulent’s pot. Once you’ve added sufficient filling, pull the thread taut and seal the opening of the gathered felt with some extra stitches. Your little plant should be ready to be ‘potted up’ (see the image bottom right).
Gently pop your succulent into your pot. To ensure it can’t be removed, feel free to glue it in place with some craft glue. Now you have an everlasting plant that will brighten up any space! And it could even be used as a pin cushion!
I love that the Coco Flower Crown pattern is so versatile and can be used for other projects too! If you’d like to see a whole bunch of pretty accessories made with the same pattern, head over HERE.
Happy stitching, Lauren x
This post was written for One Thimble by Lauren Wright from Molly and Mama.
Want to know more about Molly and Mama? Feeling the urge to get creative but not sure where to start? Lauren from Molly and Mama (http://www.MollyandMama.com.au) has a passion for encouraging beginners on their creative journey. Her patterns and tutorials are perfect for all sewing levels, lots of fun to make, and great to get the creative juices flowing! See more in the store.
If you’ve got the Archie Shirt PDF Sewing Pattern in your Pattern Stash you’re going to LOVE the blog posts in this round-up.
Don’t forget to Pin this post so you’ll be able to easily find it next time you’re sewing an Archie Shirt and want to mix things up!
You can find the Short Sleeve Pattern Hack HERE.
This blog post includes a free downloadable PDF with the short sleeve pattern piece. There’s a slim or wide fit option.
You can find the “How To” for sewing a split bias yoke HERE.
I just love how this technique can add extra WOW when you’re using a striped fabric for your shirt.
You can find the “How To” for sewing a shirt sleeve cuff HERE.
This blog post is pretty cool because it shows you a different way to do this than that covered in the pattern.
You can find the “How To” for sewing a two-piece collar HERE.
This blog post shows another method for sewing a fiddly two-piece collar than that covered in the pattern.
You can find the Pattern Hack for Swapping the Continuous Bound Sleeve Placket to a Chimney Sleeve Placket HERE.
This blog post shows a different method to what you might be used to.
You know that feeling … when you’ve finished sewing a dress and you get that little skip of disbelief in your chest and you think, “Wow I can’t believe I made that!” … that’s the feeling that got me hooked on sewing. It was so different to how I usually felt at the end of a working day.
People who aren’t into sewing don’t really get how much the word sewing covers. They think because you love to sew that you can sew anything (oh and want to take up their pants, because that’s sewing … right?). I think I could fill notebooks and bookshelves and rooms, with all I want to know and discover about sewing. Even with an aspiration to be a passionate life-long sewing learner, I’m sure I won’t ever know it all.
Which brings me to my point … quilting.
When Kt was a baby, Nanny Fox made her a quilt. That quilt has been just about everywhere. It’s been the comfy spot to sit while out in the garden having fairy teaparties. It’s been the curtain that drops dramatically at magic shows in our kitchen, to reveal *gasp* no Kt (dun-dun-duuuun). It’s been a rowboat in her imaginings and it spends each night on her bed. I’ve always imagined that “someday” I’d make a quilt like that too. In fact I’ve been collecting snippets of my favourite fabrics for my “someday quilt” since I started sewing. But someday has always been so far away and there have been so many other things to sew and learn first.
But suddenly someday has arrived!
I’ve rearranged my sewing space and now have a cosy reading/drafting nook. I was telling Rachael (from Sew today, Clean Tomorrow) that it looks … whatever the opposite of Pintrest-able is, when she offered to walk me through making my first quilt to jazz that space right up! One idea led to another and she’s agreed to run a “first quilt sew along” in the One Thimble Sewing Enthusiasts group on facebook.
It’s one of those “Leap and grow your wings on the way down”, moments (quote by Les Brown). To be honest, I’ve got butterflies wondering whether attempting something epic, like my first quilt, in front of people is a good idea. Surely I should wait till I know if I can do it before I tell anyone about it! Do I have the time right now? There’s always going to be excuses to put off making my first quilt if I think about it too much – so here’s me leaping …
If you’ve been planning a “someday quilt”, or always wanted to make a quilt but needed a little hand-holding I would absolutely LOVE to have you join me! We can learn together!
If you’re a quilting aficionado who gets excited about mentoring newbies through their first quilt, we’d love to have you along too!
How will it work?
1) Join the One Thimble Sewing Enthusiasts group on facebook.
2) Get your copy of the Oasis Quilt as a stand alone here or in Issue 8 here.
3) Drop by the group each day to see which steps we’re doing, read Rachael’s extra tips/explanation for beginners, ask questions and share your WIP. Search the #oasisquiltsewalong
When is it?
Things will kick off “officially” on Monday 24th August, but there’ll be some preparatory information over the weekend to help you with choosing and preparing your fabrics.
If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to ask – either comment below or send me an email. I’m a big fan of questions because they help me learn too!
Hope to see you there.