Hope & Gloria - Sewing Inspiration for Children

Hope & Gloria - Sewing Inspiration for Children
Get Set For A Sew Fabulous Easter!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fabulous Floral Easter Egg Tutorial Number 4 - Vintage Rosette

Oops! This post is slightly later than planned due to a hectic weekend visiting my family. So, last but not least here is the final design in my fabric Easter Egg tutorials. Being a huge fan of bright colour and bold design, this one is my favourite. Hope you like it.

To make the rosette, follow one of my earlier tutorials from January 2013

To make the egg, follow steps two and three from  my tutorial from March 2014 , sewing the rosette on to the front of the egg instead of the cross stitch design.

We are going to get the Easter decorations out of the loft today and decorate our home with lovely Spring colours. I plan to thread a loop through the top of all of the eggs I have made over the past few weeks and hang them over door handles - gorgeous!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Reverse Applique - Floral Fabric EAster Egg - Tutorial Number 3

So school is now out for Easter and I have three very excited Easter Bunnies in my home - looking forward to just over two weeks of relaxation, playing with friends as well as numerous days out and visits to and from family and friends and of course the inevitable tonnes of chocolate!

It's two weeks until the big day - time enough to get busy with your needle and make the next in my series of floral fabric Easter Egg designs. This week's technique is reverse applique. It's a really lovely way to bring a touch of colour and pattern to the basic egg design and gives a lovely vintage feel. Here's how to make one:

Step one:

Cut two basic eggs shapes as in tutorial number one. On one of the egg shapes draw and cut out a simple five petal flower shape.

Step two:

Choose a scrap of pretty floral fabric that will cover and slightly overlap the edges of the cut out flower shape. Pin in to place on the back of the felt egg shape and sew around the edge of the flower shape using back-stitch to secure the patterned fabric in to place.

Step three:

Sew one or two buttons on to the centre of the flower shape. Pin the second felt egg shape on to the back and and sew around the edges using blanket stitch or over stitch. Leave a small gap and add a small amount of stuffing to give it depth and then sew up the remaining gap.

Your third felt egg is now complete. The final floral fabric egg tutorial egg will follow next week. In the meantime Happy Easter Hols!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Floral Fabric Easter Egg Tutorial Number 2

So here as promised is the second design for a fabulous Easter decoration. This week my inspiration came in the form of the gorgeous, happy, yellow daffodils which are bringing Springtime cheer in our garden at the moment. Love them!

To make this egg you will need:

2 felt egg shapes, (see last week's post for sizing), 15cm ribbon, 1 orange or yellow button, 1 orange felt circle cut with pinking shears slightly larger in size then the button, 1 yellow daffodil shape approx 5cm x 5cm

Step one:

Pin and sew the ribbon across the centre of one of the felt egg shapes wrapping the ribbon around each side to give a neat edge.

Step two:

Place the daffodil shape in the middle of the ribbon, the orange circle in the middle of the daffodil and the button on top of the felt circle. Sew all three together and through the ribbon and felt egg to attach the daffodil to the egg shape.

Step three:

As in last week's tutorial (click here to view) sew around the outside of the egg leaving a small gap on one side, (I have used blanket stitch for this one), add a small amount of stuffing and sew up the gap.

Ta dah! your gorgeous second Easter decoration is now complete. Number 3 to follow next week.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sew Fabulous, Easter! - Floral Fabric Easter Egg Tutorial Number 1

After a long and wet Winter, Spring feels like it is just around the corner- hooray! I for one am ready for some sunshine and colour.  There is gorgeous colour bursting through in our garden in the form of blossom, crocuses and Daffodils at the moment. It is a delight to see and whilst it is not quite time to throw open the patio doors and eat outside every day, it is the perfect time of year to bring some gorgeous Spring colour indoors.

Easter is on its way and its time to think about decorative touches here and there that herald this springtime celebration.We have already been thinking ahead to Easter in our school sewing clubs and have been making felt eggs as well as cute little chicks, rabbits and lambs (see the header image).

I am busy designing fabric eggs to decorate our home using different sewing techniques and for the next four weeks until the Easter weekend I shall be adding a new felt & fabric egg tutorial each Sunday. These eggs can be hung individually as decorations on an "Easter Tree" like this one that I made last year.

They will also look gorgeous hung over door handles around the home or make lots and hang them on to springtime coloured ribbon to make Easter Bunting.

So here is the first tutorial - inspired by beautiful spring tulips and using cross stitch, this adorable egg decoration is simple to make and has a gorgeous vintage look.

You will need:

Two felt egg shapes approx 12cm height x 10cm width, 12 count Aida cross stitch fabric approx 4cm X 12cm, embroidery thread, small amount of soft toy filling.

Step one:

Make your cross stitch tulip decoration. To do this I used 12 count Aida, pink and green embroidery thread and a very easy to follow pattern. (You can find the cross stitch pattern at the end of this post).

Four tulips with two squares in-between each one are ideal to place across the egg.

Step two:

Sew the tulip strip on to the front of one of the felt egg shapes using a contrasting coloured thread.

Step three:

Pin the two egg shapes together and sew around the edge using small running stitch. For a colourful decorative touch use a contrasting thread to make this lovely whipped running-stitch. To do this you simply thread the needle under each of the running stitches, wrapping the thread around each as you go. 

Leave a gap of about 5cm. Add a small amount of soft toy filling, just enough to give the egg some depth and then sew up the remaining gap using the same technique.

Ta dah! Your first Floral Fabric Easter Egg is complete. Look out for the second fabulous floral egg tutorial next week.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Fabulous Ms Fox

As a child I dreamt of having a pet fox. If the truth be told I still wouldn't mind having one as a pet. However, I am old and wise enough to appreciate the impracticalities and having had the chance to get up close to a baby fox at a local fete a couple of years ago I also realise that they smell pretty unpleasant(!)

We have the occasional foxy visitor in our garden - when we first moved into our home we were lucky enough to have a family of foxes living at the bottom of the garden and the boys and I spent ages watching the cubs playing together at twilight. They have since grown up and moved on but we still get the odd fox passing through and all feel very lucky to see these beautiful creatures.

The trend for woodland creatures in home decor and accessories looks set to continue which is brilliant as I adore anything that is just the right side of kitsch. I have been playing around with the idea of a fox cushion for a while and this is what I have come up with.

I took my inspiration for the design from retro fabrics and I was pleased to find the fabric below in a local shop. This fabric will be put to use shortly when I am designing the Hope & Gloria Summer projects - patchwork bags. Like the fox in the fabric my fox has patches of cream on his face but I have also used a retro spot fabric on his ears to give him a colourful "lift".

This lovely lady would look fab sitting on a bed or chair in a child's room and I am so pleased with her that we shall be making these as part of an Easter workshop - I can't wait!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Super Stitched Scarves and Snoods....

.....or how we went from this

 to this:

This morning we had a truly lovely workshop. Outside it was raining and I mean really raining. The sky was grey and as we looked out of the windows at the Broomhall Park Pavillion we couldn't help feel a little sorry for the children and parents braving the great outdoors in spite of the puddles that were rapidly forming in the playground.

Inside, I am happy to report we were full of cheer and very enthusiastic about the lovely scarves and snoods that we created in lovely bright colours in defiance of the dull grey weather that we looked out on. A huge well done to all of the sixteen children who came along - you were amazingly creative and should wear your fab new accessories with pride!

Here are just a few pics of projects in the making and finished items.

A lovely floral scarf design

Beautiful flowers!

Super-cool Snoods!

An adorable scarf

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day From Hope & Gloria!

Hope your day is filled with love

If you are in a crafty mood this valentine's day why not take a look at some the previous Valentine's inspired post. Make something with love today....

To find out how to make these adorable applique hearts click here

Find a Shabby Chic Lavender Heart tutorial by clicking here

and finally, to see the most recent tutorial from Hope & Gloria click here

Happy Sewing!