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Behind the scenes One Thimble Issue 13

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A little behind the scenes look at One Thimble Issue 13 …

There comes a time in every sewing Mum’s life when you have a conversation with your kid that goes something like this …

Kid: *sigh* I wish I had my style of clothes?
Mum: What is your style?
Kid: Store brought
Mum:  No problem.  We can go check out the shops, see what’s in fashion, and then I’ll find some patterns to sew you up some new clothes.
Kid: *rolling eyes* No. Store brought.  As in, go to the store and buy the clothes.  Like all the other kids.
Mum: *deflated*

I had this conversation with Kt a few years ago and feared my days of sewing for her were over.  But then a few days later she was asking me to sew a Bonfire Jacket for one of her friends birthdays.  We’ve reached an arrangement whereby I can sew for her (& her friends – who are far more into my sewing than she is) … but only if what I’m sewing, passes her fashion radar!

When she introduced me to the Pop Asia music show on SBS back in 2015 I felt like I’d hit the jackpot.  So much colour! So many fun shapes! So much clashy goodness! So much inspo for Issue 13.

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Photoshoot Styling for sewists

Handmade Photography Tips: How to shoot Spring in Winter

Our inspired photographer and stylist, Chrystal from Poetic Light Photography, managed to shoot our ‘Watercolour Wonder Spring Issue’ in the middle of winter! While I was struggling in the Cairns version of winter (ie. turn off the fans and aircon and leave the windows open), Chrystal was letting me know of snow 20 minutes from where she was planning to shoot!

Here’s her account of how she brought this shoot together (with bonus tips for your own shoots!).

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Backdrops & Backgrounds for handmade photography

I’ve been wondering where to start this series … Then I realised it has to start with backdrops and backgrounds.

Now if you’re a little further along in your handmade photography journey, you might be thinking, oh I know this already, but stay with me … or skip to the end for some tips on backdrops.

Picking the perfect background for your handmade photos

When I first started photographing my handmade items I didn’t really give much thought to backgrounds.

I’m embarrassed to say that some of these photos below (…shame … the one in front of the washing machine) were photos I actually used, in my listings on made it and etsy, when I first started sewing to sell.

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Photo Fortnight

You know that feeling when you’ve sewn something AMAZING, but when you share a photo of it with your bestie, or in a group or use it for your handmade business’s social media, nobody is as smitten as you are.  The frustrating thing is you KNOW that if they could see it in real life, they’d be excited too.

Over the next fortnight I’m going to be sharing tips, tricks, blog posts and links to help your photos live up to your sewing!!!!

Photo Fortnight - let's start at the beginning


Here’s a run down on what we’ll be covering.  I’ll update with links as the posts go live!


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Singer Liberty Rainbow Cushion by Mandy Murray

Today we have a very exciting guest blogger!  Mandy Murray is here to share her tutorial for making a Liberty Rainbow Cushion.

Mandy Murray Profile Pic Mandy Murray aims to inspire the younger generation to sew with fun and quirky designs! Working for Blessington, which is a major distributor of sewing machines and accessories, including notable brands Singer, Husqvarna Viking, PFAFF, Handi Quilter and AccuQuilt. She fulfils a career creating unique and innovative projects to share with and inspire others to sew! Mandy created this super cute Liberty Rainbow Cushion on a Singer sewing machine. From home décor and clothing construction, to embroidery and quilting, Singer is dedicated to helping people express their creativity!

Singer Liberty Rainbow Cushion

o 40cm | 16” white cotton fabric
o (7) rainbow fat eighths (I used a variety of liberty prints)
o (7) rainbow embroidery threads
o White construction thread
o 40cm | 16” fusible web
o Stuffing
o Tear away

Cutting Instructions
From the white cotton fabric
o Cut (2) front & back pattern pieces
o Cut (1) 3 ½” x 43”

Pattern Pieces

Download your pattern pieces here -> A3 Singer Liberty Rainbow Cushion Pattern Pieces

OR -> A4 & letter Singer Liberty Cushion Pattern Pieces


1. The technique used to construct the rainbow is basic fusible appliqué. Trace the appliqué pieces onto the paper side of the fusible web.

2. Cut around the outside of the shapes approximately ¼” from the line.

3. Iron these shapes onto the wrong side of the rainbow fabrics (refer to diagram 1).

Diagram 1 Singer Liberty Cushion

4. Cut each shape out along the line.

5. Lay (1) front pattern piece onto an ironing board (right side facing up). Remove the paper backing from each of the appliqué pieces and position on top of the front pattern piece (refer to diagram 2).

Diagram 2 Singer Liberty Cushion

6. Place a piece of tear away behind the rainbow.

7. Thread your machine with co-ordinating thread and select different decorative stitches. Sew down the middle where each colour of the rainbow joins (refer to diagram 3 & 4). Satin style decorative stitches work best for covering the raw edges!


Diagram 3 Singer Liberty Cushion

Diagram 4 Singer Liberty Cushion

Singer Decorative Stitches

Note: There is no need to stitch around the outer red section of the rainbow as this will be in the seam allowance once sewn together!

8.Gently remove the tear away from the back and trim threads (refer to diagram 5).

Diagram 5 Singer Liberty Cushion

9. Mark the centre base of the rainbow and pin the rectangle at this point (right sides together).
Note: Leave a half inch seam allowance to join the short ends later.

10. Start sewing using a 2mm triple stitch with a 3/8” seam allowance.
Note: Stop approximately 3/8” from the corners (ensure your needle is down) and cut a slit in the rectangle. Pivot to continue sewing around the rainbow (refer to diagram 6).

Diagram 6 Singer Liberty Cushion

11. Once you have sewn back to the centre point, match the short ends of the rectangle and sew together creating a complete tube. Press the seam open.

12. Mark the centre base of the back pattern piece and match up with the seam of the rectangle. Pin and begin sewing as per step 9, however leave a 3” gap in the base.

13. Clip the curves and turn the right way out through the hole you left at the bottom.

14. Stuff your rainbow cushion firmly and then hand sew the hole closed.

Singer Liberty Rainbow Cushion
Congratulations on finishing your Liberty Rainbow Cushion!

#sewitwithsinger #libertyrainbowcushion

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