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


What did I buy at The Knitting & Stitching show?

Ok. I realise I haven’t shown you what I bought yet. I know it’s rude of me but I have been so busy battling with tonnes of fabric to make a tablecloth for Christmas.

I wanted to find some fabric at the show for said tablecloth as my table is so big when extended that they are extortionate in price. They can’t be difficult to make thought I. They are simply straight hems!!!!!!!

Well, it was more awkward than difficult I have to say. I dont have a small space to work in but it sure felt like it. I wanted an elegant feel to the table so opted for an overhang of 50cm per side. This put the fabric I would need at 3m by 2m.

So, without further ado…….here is the fabric……

And this is what I fought with it for……


I apologise for the terrible piccies. The weather here today is so dark and autumnal it’s lights all the way.

I guess you wanna know what else I bought right?

For Christmas napkins

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These are for for a Christmas wreath and a tree skirt 😉

The fabric on the right is for a bag I want to make by Lisa Kan. The other fabrics – well I just loved them.

And a bright zesty jelly roll


I best start making my Christmas napkins. See ya later ☺. Faye x

Ally Pally – The knitting & Stitching Show

Today was the day I went to Ally Pally. How excited was I? I’ve never been before and a friend suggested it – who was I to turn it down?!?!?

When I arrived in North London I couldn’t believe how beautiful the grounds of Alexandra Palace were. The sun was shining and lighting up the wonderful backdrop of London city. I could even see the shard!!!!!!!

I didn’t realise but back in the day the BBC broadcasted from here because it was such a high point in the city and the television Arial is still on the roof of Ally Pally. I couldn’t believe how high it was

Here is my friend, Michelle, who made me spend a fortune!!!!! And she will kill me for putting this on here but I luv her cos this was my birthday pressie

And look at this amazing window!

It was intensely busy and my pointy elbows came in very handy 😉 but we battled on and bought lots of goodies. I will show you these in the next post. I thought they were all justified as I have plans for all of it :). How good am I?

Eventually we sat down and had afternoon tea. I was so thirsty and famished I must have drank a gallon of tea. But I was tired out and wanted to go and play with my goodies.

We went back in to the show for an hour and I bought a lovely bright, zesty Rowan fabric jelly roll for a chevron table runner I think 😉 and then we went back to the coach. We were the last on and the day was fun but…….boy was I glad to get home!

Have you been to The Knitting & Stitching show this year? What did you think and what did you buy?