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Christmas Fair

I will be at the Pencaitland Guides’ big Christmas Craft Fair in Haddington’s Corm Exchange on 8th December.

Come along and do some Christmas shopping while supporting local artists, crafters and makers. I will be selling fabric boxes, embroidery art, coasters, notebooks, notelets and greetings cards.

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Bird Box

After six months of intense sewing to prepare for my exhibition last month, I’ve taken a short a break. Today I got back to action by making a storage box with this vibrant Hedgerow Birds fabric from Lewis and Irene.

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Oilcloth storage box

Today I made a lined oilcloth storage box. A friend had asked if I could make something spill-proof to sit on a coffee table and contain the TV remote controls. I used up some leftover tablecloth fabric and lined it with a navy polka dot cotton. Sewing the fabric on the reverse side was straightforward, using a jeans needle in the sewing machine. Getting the lining in was a big challenge as you can’t pin the oilcloth so I used paper-clips but they liked to slide out. The top stitching was hard to get neat, because you have to add a layer of tissue or baking paper (also paper-clipped in) to help the coated fabric run through the machine.