Friday, March 7, 2014

Yes I Can Ruffle!

I'm so happy to be participating in another blog hop. A big thanks to Amy and Madame Samm for all their efforts!

I was fortunate enough to win this Riley Blake gingham fabric from Vickie during the Kona blog hop. It looked like the perfect fabric to use in this ruffle that's what I did!
I made two small projects: A pincushion and a tea cozy, (shown here with two cups from my collection of Nicholas Mosse pottery).  
The tea cozy was made using Madame Samm's lovely tutorial. I used the turquoise gingham for the lining, binding, tab top, and ruffled flower, and a grey solid for the body. The ruffled flower was made using a 3" x 36" strip, which I folded in half (wrong sides together) and then hand-gathered on the raw edge with a waxed hand-quilting thread. I formed it into a flower and stitched it to the tea cozy. Then I added a button in the center.
For my second project, I designed a square pincushion with a ruffle (made from the grey gingham).
This ruffle was made in a slightly different fashion from the one on the tea cozy. I used a 6” x 20” strip and folded it in half, right sides together. I sewed it with a 1/4" seam, and then turned it right side out. I pressed it with the seam in back (slightly off center), and then gathered it by hand-stitching it up the center. The center is then covered with a fabric strip. Here's a link to the detailed pattern on how to make the pincushion, which is my giveaway to you all.

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