Sewing for christmas

Well, I have been a busy bee today! I have used some of my Christmas stash to make some circular napkins for the Christmas table.

I admit to being very nervous – I can barely sew in a straight line let alone a circle!!!!!! But I have procrastinated for too long on this thought and so on with it I got!

I started by making the circular template – I needed it to be 17″ in diameter so had to use a string and a pin!!!!!! I made it 19″” so I could sew a larger seam *just in case*

I needed 8 napkins – double sided so I cut out 16 circles! That was a lot of cutting and I was a bit bored of it after that. Soooooo, then I pinned them right sides together and marked a 1″ seam line with my tailors chalk.

Measuring circular Christmas napkins

And sewed them together leaving a 3″ gap for turning.  I needed to adjust the tension too and also the stitch length  for more security.


Then, after I ironed the seam in of course, I cut both seams individually and in opposite places to limit bulk and turned them pushing out the curve with my card folding presser thing I have had for yonks!! Its the perfect tool.

Once again I pressed 😉 (I LOVE Pressing – Luckily)

Tucked the opening in…………and top stitched to close.

Now, they aren’t perfect are each unique and I am so so pleased with them especially considering I can’t sew straight!!!!!

And here they are folded as they will be on the Christmas table along with my handmade tablecloth. 🙂

So, totally stoked with these – I think they will look great on my Christmas Table.  If I remember I will try and take a pic – I’m usually a bit pickled by dinner time 😉

Till next time

Faye xx

To iron or to press?

Well, I have a confession to make (my Mum would totally agree too) and I am ashamed to show this pic really.

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I HATE ironing. With a passion. As I am sure you can tell by the size of this ironing pile. Now, some of you may not think this is too bad but this is for just 2 of us. However, sewing means a LOT of pressing (ironing). So why don’t I mind that?

 

Are they the same? Well, I don’t think so – Ironing is removing creases and the boring momentum of backwards and forwards, backwards and forwards, backwards……….. you get the picture!  Pressing, for me is putting in the creases that will make my items LOOK like they are professional and NOT handmade – I guess it’s a perfectionist thing whereas the ironing is just a chore.  In pressing you lift the iron….and place, lift and place, seeing that newly created seam is oddly satisfying.  So, I have NO problem, as a lot of people that sew seem to, with pressing and I am quite anal in ensuring I do it throughout every stage.  It really does give a lovely crisp finish to the garment.

 

Till later Blogworld

 

Faye x