Paris is reinvented for Dear Stella in French Lessons! In Jack and Lulu’s signature bold, illustrative hand and a charming palette of pink, navy, red and mint, these designs are a delight. We chose our two favourite designs from the collection and teamed them with the tiny navy hearts from Wild (pictured together below).
Fragments by Dear Stella is here! I’m such a sucker for a faux cross-stitch floral and that makes me a huge fan of this collection. Inspiration for Fragments includes cross-stitch, computer pixels and the Dear Stella team’s fondness for large floral patterns. Fragments teams well with Dear Stella’s versatile Net print in Peony (shown all together in the picture below).
Flirt by Dear Stella is now in stock! Inspired by hand-painted porcelain and blooming meadows in the English countryside, Flirt blossoms in a sea of pink and grey. I love this mix of colours – totally feminine but not so sweet it gives you a toothache!
Allison from Cluck Cluck Sew made this gorgeous quilt with Flirt! You can read more about it here.
Today we have a fun tutorial from Vicky of FrosterleyBazaar for a cute zip-top purse! This little bag is perfect for storing essentials and running out the door (I could totally hang this on a buggy hook!) or for tossing in your massive tote and finding easily (this is totally me!) Stitch it up in any fabric you love or bust your scraps and create a patchwork exterior. Fun! Over to you, Vicky!
Here is a sweet little purse for whatever bits and bobs you need to keep together. Inside are two pockets, one zipped and one open. The end panels allow the purse to open really wide so you can easily see what’s inside, while a curved top zip keep everything secure.
- Purse outer fabric – linen is good, or you can create fabric by piecing
- Medium weight fusible interfacing
- Lining fabric – quilting weight cotton or voile work nicely
- Binding fabric – quilting weight cotton
- Short zip, at least 18 cm
- Long zip, at least 40cm
Construction method: this purse is constructed with the lining and outer sewn at the same time. You won’t need to make a separate lining. Seam allowances are on the outside, and binding is applied to finish the seams; you can choose whether this binding blends with your outer fabric or contrasts with it – there are also plenty of opportunities to make this purse your own by choosing different fabric for the end panels, different colour zips, different front decoration, etc. Go wild!
Step 1: Cut all pieces
Using pattern pieces and measurements, cut the following – check them off as you go, and label each one.
- Main exterior piece (join pattern piece one and pattern piece two together before cutting fabric)
- Two outer end panel pieces (pattern piece)
- Lining piece number 1 (use Exterior pattern piece and cut fabric on red line)
- Lining piece number 2 (use Exterior pattern piece and cut fabric on green line)
- Slip pocket piece (pattern piece)
- Zip pocket piece (pattern piece)
- Two end panel lining pieces (use End Panel pattern piece)
- Two side binding strips, each 4x35cm
- Two top zip binding strips, each 4x40cm
- Two zip end pieces, each 6×12 cm
From fusible interfacing:
- Main outer panel and two end panel pieces
See photo below to make sure you have everything you need to get started!
Step 2: Make main lining piece (Create zipped inner pocket and open pocket)
Zipped inner pocket: Lay the zip pocket lining onto lining piece 2, right sides together, matching marks for corners (X). Baste around the marked zip opening, then sew around. Cut along the dotted line, cutting out to the corners without snipping the stitching. Push the pocket lining through to the back of the main lining and press the opening flat.
With right side of lining 2 facing upwards, lay the 18cm zip centrally behind the zip opening. Baste in place, then top-stitch neatly on all four sides of the zip opening, being sure to keep zipper pull visible in the opening. Avoid catching lining piece in this stitching, or letting machine needle hit the metal zip stop.
Fold pocket lining upwards, right sides together, to meet top edge of main lining piece. Baste in place along top edge, then stitch sides together to create the pocket. Trim the zip ends, and baste the top edge of the pocket to the lining piece.
Slip pocket: Fold the slip pocket piece in half, wrong sides together, to make a piece 18×11 cm. Press the fold, then topstitch. Lay this pocket onto the right side of lining piece 1, matching edges Z. Lay the second lining piece (2), right side down, on top, matching edges Z again. Stitch along edge Z with 1cm seam allowance. Baste the edges of the slip pocket to lining piece 1.
Step 3: Decorate main outer piece
If you want to decorate the outside of your purse, now’s the time. You could even piece your outer purse fabric from patchwork.
Step 4: Apply interfacing to all outer pieces
Apply the fusible interfacing to the main outer piece (once decoration is finished), and to the two end panel pieces, according to the product instructions.
Step 5: Attach lining to main outer pieces
Lay the lining, right side up, on the wrong side of the main outer piece. If your outer piece is decorated, or has a ‘front’, make sure you have the zipped pocket (in the lining) on the ‘back’ part of your main piece, to avoid a lumpy front. Baste all around to keep the lining and outer together.
Step 6: Attach lining to end panel pieces
Place each end panel lining right sides together with an end panel outer piece. Stitch along the top (straight) edge with 1cm seam allowance. Turn right sides out and press the seam, then topstitch.
Draw a curve on the two bottom corners of each end panel, drawing around a cup or something with about an 8cm diameter. Trim along the line you have drawn.
Baste the sides of each end panel to hold the layers in position, stitching within the 1cm seam allowance so stitches will not show after the purse is finished.
Step 7: Assemble purse
Match the centre bottom of an end panel piece with the centre side point of the main outer piece, lining sides together (this will seem wrong, but it’s right! The seam will be on the outside, and will be covered with binding in the next step). Pin the main outer piece around the curves of the end panel corners, snipping seam allowance to ease as necessary. The main outer piece will extend beyond the top seam of the end panel pieces on both front and back. Stitch the pieces together with a 1cm seam allowance. Clip the seam allowance where necessary to remove folds.
Step 8: Apply binding to the purse ends
Cut two x 4cm wide binding strips, 35 cm long. If you are using a thick fabric for the exterior, bias strips will be easier to get round the curves; otherwise, you can use straight-grain strips. Starting at the top front corner of the main outer piece, pin the binding strip so that its raw edge aligns with the raw edges of the purse end. Pin all the way along the end panel seam, round to the top back corner. Stitch with a 1cm seam, then press over, away from the purse. Press under a 1cm seam allowance on the remaining raw edge, then hand stitch this down to fully enclose the raw edges of the purse end panel. Repeat for the other end panel. Trim the ends of the binding level with the purse exterior.
Step 9: Attach the long zip to the purse
Mark the centre point on each side of your long zip. Mark the centre point on the front and back of your purse. Your zip has a ‘top’ side, where the slider runs, and a ‘bottom’ side. Placing the ‘bottom’ side of the zip to the lining, align the centre mark on one side of the zip with the centre mark on the front of the purse (pay attention to which way you want your zip to close here, ie left to right or right to left). If necessary place the zip slightly away from the raw edges of the purse, so that there is 1cm between those raw edges and the zip teeth (you need this gap for the 1cm wide binding).
Use a zipper foot to sew along the zip, with a seam allowance just less than 1cm. There should be a long piece of zip hanging over at each side of the purse. Repeat for the back of the purse. Now you should be able to zip your purse open and closed, and the zip seam will be on the outside.
Step 10 Attach binding to the zip
Cut two x 4cm wide straight-grain (not bias) binding strips, 40 cm long. Pin the binding strip on so that its raw edge aligns with the raw edges of the purse front and zip edge. Stitch with a 1cm seam, then press over, away from the zip. Press under a 1cm seam allowance on the remaining raw edge, then hand stitch this down to fully enclose the raw edges of the purse front and zip. Repeat for the back.
Step 11 Stitch zip ends down
Cut two rectangles of fabric 6×12 cm. Press long edges under by 1cm (ensure the fabric will slip closely onto the zip end). Press each end under by 1cm, then press the piece in half, to form a tab 4×5 cm.
Move the zip slider to the middle of the zip, and leave it there until you have completed this step! Trim the zip so that it is 29cm long (14.5cm from centre to each end), and slip one end piece on each end. Top stitch each piece to fix onto zip ends. Hand stitch down at mark on end panel pattern piece, trying to avoid stitching through the lining.
We have three of the new colours of Dear Stella‘s Carousel in stock! I imagine these being sewn up as really fun dresses, but they’d also work really well in girl’s bedrooms, as toss cushions and quilts and any other project that needs a bit of whimsy!
Wow, it’s been a while since we updated our window! But I think this one is worth the wait. I love it so much!
Here are more details about the samples:
On our little girls we have two adorable dresses sewn by Zoe Edwards! These the two different versions of the Geranium Dress pattern by Rae Hoekstra and Zoe will be teaching a class on this pattern in June, if you’d like to make your own.
The first is sewn up in Mochi in Lime from Mochi by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cotton + Steel (this is sold out but we still have the fabric in Sky!) and the second is sewn up in Rose Border in Multi from Mustang by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel. Such an amazing use of this border print, am I right?
The quilt in the window is our Star Block of the Month quilt by Charlotte Newland! Each month Charlotte is leading a new block on The Daily Stitch and teaching a class on that block in our West Hampstead shop. You can find all the tutorials here and all the classes here.
This quilt uses Kona Cotton Solids for the stars and Widescreen in Grey by Carolyn Friedlander for the background. All fabrics are from Robert Kaufman. You can pick up a kit in the shop if you’d like to get started on your own!
I hope you love our window as much as we do!
Knitting Workshop for Beginners and Improvers with Natalie Selles – Monday, 11 May, 7pm – 9pm
This class is for total beginners, knitters who haven’t picked up their needles in years and want a refresher or students who want to learn or improve a knitting technique. In this monthly class we will tailor knitting instruction to your specific skills and goals so you can tackle a new project or just get started with your new favourite hobby! For more information and to reserve a place, click here.
Star Block of the Month with Charlotte Newland – Monday, 11 May, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Each month Charlotte is teaching a new block as part of our 2015 Star Block of the Month! Take one class or take them all – each block is a version of a star and together the blocks make up a 64″ x 82″ quilt top! The block we will learn in May is the Amish star. For more information and to reserve a place, click here.
Learn to Knit a Hat with Natalie Selles – Thursdays, 7 and 14 May, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
A hat is a great introduction to knitting using double-pointed needles. Knitting in the round is much easier than it sounds and results in a seamless finish on hats, cowls, mitts and other round projects! For more information and to reserve a place, click here.
Introduction to Free Motion Quilting with Trudi Wood – Saturday, 9 May, 10am – 4pm
Join experienced Free Motion Quilter Trudi Wood in a hands on class to learn (or build on your) free motion quilting skills. Focussing on technique, this class will show you how to set yourself up for success by sharing tips and simple designs which will enable you to finish a project without unpicking or throwing it out of the window! For more information and to reserve a place, click here.
May Quilt Clinic with Judith Dahmen – Sunday, 10 May, 10am – 1pm
Want to tackle a new quilt pattern and don’t know where to start? Want help perfecting your basting technique? Or just want to quilt in a social setting and pick up a few tips along the way? Join us for our monthly Quilt Clinic! The clinic runs every month and the use of sewing machines and tools are all included in your fee. For more information and to reserve a place, click here.
Quilted and Bound Cushion with Judith Dahmen – Saturday, 16 May, 10am – 4pm
In this class you’ll learn the steps to making a patchwork quilt by sewing a quilted cushion! Participants will learn how to use a rotary cutter, how to machine piece patchwork pieces together using a ¼ inch foot on a sewing machine, how to machine quilt the front of the cushion, how to sew a zip and finally how to attach binding. In short almost everything required to start making quilts! For more information and to reserve a place, click here.
Learn to Sew with Elisalex de Castro Peake – Wednesday, 21 May, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
This class will introduce novice stitchers – or those who need a refresher – to the basics of sewing, from threading the machine to stitching curves and corners. After getting to grips with the sewing machine, we will make a gorgeous 1950s inspired bow belt for you to take home. Taught by By Hand London Co-Founder Elisalex de Castro Peake, this lovely project was designed by Tilly Walnes for her blog, Tilly and the Buttons, and her book, Love at First Stitch. For more information and to reserve a place, click here.
Introduction to Lingerie Sewing: Sew Your Own Knickers with Laura Stanford – Saturday, 23 May, 10am – 1pm
Learn how to sew the knickers of your dreams in this special class with Laura Stanford, co-author of ‘The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie’. Students can choose to make either the ‘Pretty as a Picnic’ woven mini knickers or the tie-side ‘Love & Abandon’ knickers from Laura’s book and will learn how to sew with lightweight fabrics, use lingerie elastic and embellish with ribbons and lace. You’ll leave class with a gorgeous new pair of knickers and a new passion for sewing your own lingerie! For more information and to reserve a place, click here.
Learn to Crochet with Elisalex de Castro Peake – Wednesday, 27 May, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Learn the addictive art of crochet with the guidance of our experienced instructor! and it is suitable for beginners or students who want to brush up on their skills. For beginners, the project this month will be a chunky granny square blanket. More experienced students are welcome to bring a project they’d like help on. For more information and to reserve a place, click here.
Improvisational Patchwork with Charlotte Newland – Saturday, 30 May, 10am – 4pm
In this exciting class you’ll learn improvisational concepts and techniques that will change the way you think about colour, patchwork and your own creativity! First you’ll break out of your comfort zone and learn to embrace random, improvisational piecing. Then you’ll learn free cutting and piecing techniques, including improvisational curves and slash and insert methods. You’ll leave class full of inspiration and with a new foundation for bringing your own unique style into your quilting. For more information and to reserve a place, click here.
And for the kids!
Intermediate Machine Sewing for Kids: Zip Pouch with Charlotte Newland – Saturday, Saturday, 2 May, 10am – 12:30pm
In this class students will learn how to sew zips by making a handy pencil case! For more information and to reserve a place, click here.
After School Knitting Club with Carol Beckley – Wednesdays, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
In this class children will learn to read basic patterns and be encouraged to explore the world of knitting. Our patient tutor will show you the basics of knitting, including how to cast on/off and the essential knit and purl stitches. Start with some finger knitting and once comfortable with the needles you will have the opportunity to make simple projects like key rings, felted bracelets and small toys. We dare you not to get hooked! Please book at least 24 hours in advance! For more information and to reserve a place, click here.
After School Sewing Club with Caroline Garcia – Thursdays, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
This class is designed to introduce children to the fun and excitement of sewing! Students will meet after school on Thursdays to learn the basics of hand-sewing by completing simple projects such as felt soft toys and embroidery. Please book at least 24 hours in advance! For more information and to reserve a place, click here.
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You guys all seem super excited about Black and White, the newest collection by Cotton + Steel! This 12-piece collection features designs by Melody Miller, Rashida Coleman-Hale, Alexia Abegg and Sarah Watts in black, white and natural shades. Needless to say, it is very cool!
A fabulous Black and White quilt by @bettycrockerass (via Instagram)
This awesome Black and White clutch is by @oneshabbychickhawaii (via Instagram)
Here is the talented Sarah Watts at QuiltCon amongst samples in Black and White and the spooky Spellbound collection (coming next!) shared by @cottonandsteel (via Instagram)
There are so many, many amazing makes by our customers in this round up of “Lovely things our customer have made!” Oh man. Get ready to be seriously inspired! And don’t forget to share your own makes #tvhhaul and you could win prizes!
This baby quilt by @mangosteenha is such an awesome idea for personalising a simple block layout!
We are so impressed with @seasaltstitches‘s first ever quilt! Wow!!
These mug rugs by @sairzey are awesome!
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