Thursday, 24 May 2018

Travel Design Board Tutorial

Hello! So, as we move towards half-term and with the summer holidays looming (honestly, doesn’t this year seem to be flying by?!) my mind always turns towards hand-sewing: something that I can take with me on days out or for when I can grab five minutes peace!

I love hand-piecing in particular and always use a design board to plan my block and keep it together during sewing. I used this great tutorial by Bee Lori for my board and would highly recommend it! It uses a thick cardboard which is great for use at home, but not so practical when you're out and about, so I came up with this roll-up travel design board. It’s a quick project, perfect for using up any wadding and fabric scraps that you have hanging around and probably took me an hour all in, including taking all the photos!!!

Finished size;
 8 1/2” x 8 1/2”

Materials Needed;


1.   Place bondaweb sticky side down on the wrong side of the outer fabric, in the centre leaving a 1/2” border all the way around. Press.

2.   To position the fastening, measure 4 3/4” up/down (to find the centre line) and 4” in from the left hand side and mark with a pencil (Note: you can vary the distance but I would recommend 3-4” if you want to roll it up). If using a snap fastener, push the prongs through the bondaweb and fabric. Otherwise, use a pin/mark the right side of the fabric. Remove the paper backing from the bondaweb BEFORE attaching your fastening!!!
 (TIP: once the backing paper is removed, the fabric is quite sticky so be careful with handling. I found it easiest to roll up the fabric in order to attach the snap fastening)

3.   Place the wadding wrong sides together with the outer fabric, overlaying the bondaweb, and again leavings 1/2” border on each side. Press on the outer fabric to bond the layers together.

4.   Fold each outer corner in at a 45* angle to meet the corner of the wadding, and then fold again. Pin in place to secure.

5.   Starting on one side, fold the edge of the outer fabric in half to meet the raw edge of the wadding. Press. Fold over again to give a 1/4” binding around the edge of the travel design board. Press and pin in place. 

6.   Repeat on all sides - where the corners have already been folded this should give a neat mitred finish. A wonder clip on each corner helps to keep everything in place.

7.   Wadding side up - and starting part way along one side - begin stitching just in
from the inner edge of the binding. It is best to take it slowly and, as you approach a corner, remove the wonder clip/pin, hold carefully in position (a seam ripper can help with this), pivot on the corner and continue until you reach where you started. [OPTIONAL] Add a second row of stitching just in from the outer edge of the binding.

8.   To finish, place the Travel Design Board right side up and, using a ruler to ensure it is level with the previous fastening, mark 1/2” in from the left hand side. Attach the other half of your fastening.  

Make it your own;
·    To make a bigger/smaller Travel Design Board: chose the finished size of board that you would like and cut wadding and bondaweb to this size. Cut outer fabric +1” bigger on width and height.
·     If you don’t want to use the self-binding method described above, cut all three layers the same size and then attach binding as you would normally for a quilt.
·     If you are not keen on fastenings or don’t have any to hand, some other ideas are:
o   Sew some ribbon in to the binding so that you can fasten the design board with a bow
o   Use a button and loop closure

And there we are! I hope you’ve enjoyed the tutorial! If you make one then please do let me know and tag it #traveldesignboard on instagram so that I can see your makes, and do let me know if you have any questions.

Back soon,

S x

Today’s sky:::  grey and rainy…. *clearly* nearly half term!!!

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Helllooooooo........ anyone there?!?!?!

It's been a fair while since I last blogged hasn't it?! It's been a crazy few years but I've started to miss this space so am having a bit of a dust down of the ol' pages and will be putting up some posts up......I've got lots of ideas of things I'd like to share with you.

In the meantime, if you'd like to see some of what I've been up to over the past few years (!) then please check out my Instagram @fabricandflowers and a few new patterns that I've recently launched in my Etsy Shop!

See you soon,

S x

Todays sky::: beautifully sunny

Monday, 14 September 2015

Getting ready to #coatalong

Hello there! Well, today is the start of the #coatalong and typically I have a small boy home sick and last week flew by with secret sewing and other family related situations taking up my time, so I've not been able to write the blog posts I'd been hoping too. Ho hum. I did spend some time last week putting together a Pinterest board with interesting articles I've found about pattern matching, coat-alongs and interlining which will hopefully be interesting to you - if you find any other articles let me know and I'll make sure to add them as well as link up each of my blog posts so that you can follow along if you fancy.

So, excitingly, my second attempt at ordering coat fabric arrived yesterday. Woo hoo! I really love it and I think it's going to look amazing with the musical notes lining although I do admit to having slight (okay, many!) panic moments over pattern matching. What have I done choosing patterned fabric?! But I'm going with lots of prep and planning before any actual cutting....

Today I'm going to focus on finishing a couple of bee blocks that need doing and then I will begin cutting out all the pattern pieces. There are So. Many. Pieces!!!!! I fear it may take me all week just to do that! And then I'll make a start on a muslin.

There is no real schedule - partly because life is a little bit hectic and I don't want to over promise - and also because the idea is that we all sew at our own pace and give each other support. However, my plan is to post each week my plans, progress and failures (although hopefully there won't be too many of those!). See you soon,


Today's sky - overcast, grey and very rainy. Boo!

Friday, 4 September 2015

Would you like to #coatalong?

Have you got a wish list of things that you'd like to make? A quilt? A dress? A bag? Me...I have a wish list as long as my arm but one of the things I've been saying for - oooooh about three years now?! - is that I'm going to make myself a winter coat. It's become a source of amusement for Mr f&f each time autumn/winter comes along when there is no shiny new coat to wear. This year though I've decided to pull on my big girl pants and actually Do It (partly encouraged by the fact that my current coat is falling apart and I can't put anything in the pockets without it falling through the lining into Never Never Land. Very annoying!!!)

A couple of years ago I bought the Collette Albion Duffle Coat pattern but wasn't quite sure as it seemed like it would need quite a few changes to make it more feminine and then Grainline launched the Cascade Duffle Coat. Perfect! I've decided it will be my celebratory kids are back at school sewing project!

A chat on IG (where you can find me as @fabricandflowersuk) led a few people to say that they would also like to make a coat, and we thought it would be fun to sew along together in a #coatalong. Would you like to join in? It will be informal with everyone sewing the coat of their choice and helping/giving moral support to everyone else.

So, if you'd like to join in the fun (and maybe the odd bit of cursing!) all you need to do is come back early next week and I'll put together a blog post with an outline of the #coatalong with a view to starting Monday 14th September.

Have a great weekend,


Today's sky - some sun and still cloudy but no rain. Yay!

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Recent goings on!

My word, the last few weeks have flown by! I always forget how little I get to do sewing wise over the summer. However, a few secret-sewing projects have now been published so it's exciting to finally be able to show you these! First up are these giant pin-cushions that I made for a new to me e-zine, Make Modern Issue 7. It's a really good read with lots of patterns, articles and a modern medallion Block of the Month. There are some fantastic contributors in there so I'm really honoured to have made it in too.

Next up is a Colour Block cushion that is published in Issue 14 of Quilt Now. These blocks are a gentle introduction to improv and a great way of using up little scraps of fabric. There is also a scaled down version of the block to make a set of coasters.

Other than that very little has happened! There was the very exciting arrival of a new sewing machine which I had to have an immediate play on.....

...I used some Cotton & Steel scraps that I had lying around to whip up this little pouch and took the opportunity to play with some of the quilting stitches. It was lots of fun but I felt like a new sewist trying to find my way around the machine!!!! Hopefully once the kids are back to school (tomorrow!) I'll get some time to play and get back up to speed.

In the meantime there has been some stitching of a different kind with a small knitting project. I've made a start on a Hitchiker shawl, I'm a slow knitter but am hopeful that it will be finished for Autumn/Winter.

See you soon,


Today's sky - mostly grey with the odd splash of blue and lots of rain. Meh.

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