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Backyard Happenings Spring bunting instructions

 

This is a lovely little project to put together quickly. It is also the perfect way to introduce children or beginners to some simple sewing.

You will need

A Backyard Happenings Bunting kit

Thread to match the panels (off white or beige) plus thread to match the bunting tape.

Sewing machine and general sewing notions, scissors, pins etc

 

Press all your fabric before starting. This ensures accurate cutting and piecing.

Cut all pieces of fabric into 8″ squares to match the size of the images.

Arrange the flags that will face forward in an order that you like and take a photo for reference. I alternated an image with a patterned fabric piece. You will have 9 flag fronts.

Next arrange the fabrics for the back of the flags to also make a pleasing display that spreads the colours and patterns evenly.

 

Pair up each front and back with right sides together and pin or clip to hold in place. Make sure any directional designs are facing the right way up.

Sew down the right hand side, across the bottom and up the other side on each flag. DO NOT sew across the top.

Trim a small triangle off the bottom two corners making sure not to cut through the seams. This makes the turning out easier.

Turn the flags the right way out, easing out the corners to make neat squares.

Making sure the flags and seams are straight, press each flag neatly. At this stage you can top stitch the three sewn sides if desired but it is not essential.

Lay the bunting tape down and finger press in half as you lay each flag into the fold, face up in the desired order, use your photo for reference. Remember to leave a tail each end of the bunting tape approximately 45cm/18″ long for ease of hanging later. Place each flag about 2″ or 5cm apart. Pin or clip the flags in place.

Tucking in the end of the tape, start sewing all the way along the tape anchoring down both sides of the tape and the flag as you go. Sew as close to the lower edge of the tape as possible but check that you are catching both sides. You can use a straight running stitch or a zig zag or decorative stitch if you prefer. Sew all the way along. Check for any stray threads and hang with pride and a little smile.

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Customers Gallery

See what our lovely customers make and share with us.

We will update this page regularly to add more photos so don’t forget to come back to check it out for inspiration. If you would like to share your creations pop in so we can photograph it or email us a clear picture and we will let the world see how fabulous you are.

 

Look at this beautiful Around My Garden quilt completed by Deborah using a kit from us. Just stunning

Ann has made this pretty cushion using her stash of One Stitch at a Time fabric by Lynette Anderson. She’s now busy making kits for her sewing group so they can make one too. We think it is beautiful.
Linda came back in with a new summer version of her Kimono that she has lovingly made using selection of Cranberries and Cream fabrics. It took one layer cake, two charm packs and 2 mini charms and was made using a vintage Vogue pattern.
Fiona has used the kits in the Platinum Jubilee Box to make the bunting, Union Jack cushion and the pincushion. She has added extra details with machine embroidery and we think it all looks amazing. Fiona said some of the embelishments were to hide errors but we are sure they are really purposeful design elements. How often do we do something similar and end up with a much improved individual project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look at these delightful cards that Lisa made using one of our Lucky Dip Stitchery kits, aperture cards and her imagination. We love that she has been inventive with the threads, fabrics and images.

 

 

 

 

Jane has made this very beautiful quilt using mainly French General fabrics.

These two Easter Egg Hunt wall hangings were made by Deborah. We love how she has put her own twist on them both. Pattern is by Hatched & Patched

 

 

 

 

Nautical Flag quilt by Jan
Jan asked us to create a vibrant kit for this Nautical Flag quilt. This pattern is in Nautical Quilts book by Lynette Anderson.
Alison Made this seaside bunting from our button and fabric kits
Kathy appliqued a cute trio of elephants onto a quilt top made using Little Ducklings fabrics
Sue also used Little Ducklings fabrics for her quilt top. We love how the two quilts look so different but so pretty.
Look at this amazing quilted kimono worn proudly by it’s creator. It was a real labour of love and we are pleased that we helped with the creation of her vision. From sketches and an idea of colours to contrast with the William Morris print, the kimono came to life.

 

Pat has been busy making these two beauties. One using Janet Clare fabrics and the other the Habitat range. Very different looks but both lovely.

 

Cindy has been very busy with these quiilts, some inspired by photos in the Quiltmania Diary that we sell each year. What gorgeous colours.

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Beaks & Bobbins Liberty Wall Hanging

Michelle used the Cottage Garden Stitch Kit from Beaks & Bobbins to create this delightful wall hanging. She has teamed it with pretty Liberty fabrics and we all love it. It reminds us of warm summer days and the heady smell of flowers dancing in the summer breeze.

To replicate this idea you will need the following-

the Beaks & Bobbins kit of your choice

Strips of fabric for the piecing and a piece for the backing to fit the size you make. Michelle used a fat 1/4 for the back, hanging sleeve, and one of the frames around the embroidery, plus a fat 1/8 for one frame and the binding, then three other strips of fabric for the remaining frames, approximately 1″strip x width of fabric or a fat 1/16 or fat 1/8 will do it

An 8″ or 10″ embroidery hoop if you like to use them

wadding approx 12″ square

a wire hanger, Michelle used the Flower Garden hanger

general sewing notions

 

Complete the stitch kit as per the instructions included.

Trim the completed panel to a neat square leaving at least a 1/4″ seam allowance all around. Approximately a 6 1/2″ square.

Cut 2 strips 1″ x 7″ and stitch to the sides of the panel

Cut 2 strips 1″ x 8″ and stitch to the top and bottom of the panel

Press and trim to a square.

Continue to add 1″ strips in this way until you have 5 frames around the panel. Each strip will increase by 1/2″ in length on each round ie frame two strips will be 1″ x 7 1/2″ and 1″ x 8 1/2″.

Layer up the finished top with wadding and the backing. Quilt as desired. Michelle stitched in the ditch between frames one and two, two and three and four and five.

Now add the binding and a hanging sleeve or tabs depending on preference. If adding a hidden hanging sleeve, sew this on before adding the binding. Cut a strip of fabric 11″ long x 2 1/2″ wide. Wrong side up fold over the short ends by 1/2″ and sew down, next fold in half wrong sides together down the length and stitch in place at the top of the back. *You can only use this method if you are using a dowel hanger otherwise you will need to add the wire hanger into your hanging sleeve before stitching the sleeve down. Hand stitch the sleeve down if needed to ensure it is hidden from the front.

Michelle added binding using the mitred corner method. Cut binding strips 2 1/2″ wide joining if needed depending on if you have width of fabric or fat 1/8s to work with. With raw edges matching sew your binding on, mitring the corners as you go. Hand sew the edge down on the back of your quilt.

Slide your dowel through the hanging sleeve and admire your summery creation.

 

 

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Mary’s Show n Tell

Our Mary is an exceptionally talented needle woman, and has designed so many beautiful patterns which we’ve run as classes, and sold as patterns and kits, & you can see a few of them here.

Mary made this gorgeous quilt using Brenda Riddle fabrics a few years ago that started as a Jelly Roll Race, but ended up as an alternative version of Rail Fence. It has little additions of small embroidered “heart felt sayings” on squares dotted throughout this pretty quilt, that were taken from an old magazine Vingette by Leanne Beasley.

We think it would look beautiful in Brenda’s latest fabrics which are called Grace.

Rail Fence Quilt

 

 

 

 

 

One of Mary’s beautifully designed kits is this Care, Share, Dream Rotary Wrap made from Le Beau Papillon French General fabrics, perfect for carrying your rotary cutters, etc., with purpose made pockets inside.

Care Share Dream

There’s nothing more iconic here in Cornwall than a Mining Engine House perched high on the cliffs, & Mary’s foundation pieced pattern Poldark reminds us of this.
Mary’s kit been made by so many of our customers, who have sent them all over the world to friends and family to remind them of home.

Poldark Country Kit & pattern

 

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Mandy’s Show n Tell

A lovely lady called Pam Woods started the embroidered pictures on this Gardener’s Journal Quilt, which Mandy inherited & has now completed & I think you’ll agree, is absolutely beautiful!

The Gardener’s Journal Quilt has been designed by Anni Down’s of Hatched & Patched & is in her book “A Gardener’s Journal”.

There are many small individual projects in the book, each using one of the adorable stitchery designs, or you can complete them all and make the full quilt.

Here are some close up photos of Mandy’s beautiful quilt.

 

 

 

Mandy has been using Songbook fabrics to make a stunning quilt she saw in the Homespun magazine issue 205.  She’s used a Songbook Layer Cake, or you could cut your own pieces from a fat 1/8th or fat 1/4 bundle too.  It has a background made from one Bella Solid Charm pack for a small quilt, or 1.5m of cream background fabric for a larger quilt.  Love the quilting Mandy!

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Michelle’s Show n Tell

Look at this gorgeous sample using one of the images from the Blume & Grow panel from The Birdhouse. Michelle has used fabrics from the Blume & Grow range and we think it’s a delightful sunny wall hanging that could also be made into a cushion. The back is equally as pretty as it is made up of pieced strips of the fabric. The hanging is displayed on a heart top wire hanger.

Michelle has plans for the remaining images to use in bags and a block keeper. Watch this space for updates.

Life’s a Journey is one of our all time favourite wall hanging patterns, with the words “Life’s a journey, take time to smell the flowers along the way”, which reminds us to stop for a moment and appreciate what’s around us, whilst we rush through our busy lives.

Designed by House on the Hill, their pattern was made in earthy colours, but we also love Michelle’s version done in beautiful Tilda fabrics in blues, pinks and reds!  Michelle & her friend Vicki stitched them “virtually” together, with Michelle here in Cornwall & her friend Vicki who’s overseas, & you can see their beautiful wall hangings below.

You can have fun embellishing the hearts and tabs with some of your favourite buttons from your button tin, or perhaps with a pack of our beautiful hand painted heart buttons?

Life's a Journey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle has been busy designing a new paper pieced cushion using Lynette Anderson’s new fabrics, the Colour of Love fabrics by Lynette Anderson, with the Jewel 1.5″ x 3″ paper pieces to create the heart shapes.  There’s also an acrylic template available to help you cut out your pieces.

The hearts were stitched on a cream background & Michelle used our soft Sligo in Sand colour for the cushion back.

She’s added embroidery using DMC 221 & a lovely selection of wooden & shell heart buttons

You can make the cushion as long as you want, but Michelle’s is approx 40cm high x 1m long & has 1 1/2 pillows inside.  Michelle’s pattern is available to purchase here

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Botanicals Lap Quilt Using Days In Provence Pattern


In the last two years, especially after taking up wild swimming and with the addition of a puppy to our family, I have become more aware of the nature and landscapes around me in the beautiful county of Cornwall where I live.  From walking across fields & seeing wild flowers, to swimming in the sea & watching my friend Fi feed a friendly Robin after our swim, so when I was shown Janet Clare’s stunning Botanicals fabrics I fell in love with it.

I’d been looking for the perfect pattern to show off all the beautiful bird & flower designs featured on the Botanicals fabrics & decided to use the Days in Provence pattern by House on the Hill.

I used a fat 1/8th bundle of Botanicals fabrics, adding an extra 1 1/2″ (finished sized) border of Moda Textile Solid Parchment fabric, before adding the final border, which I chose the soft black Sligo Linen.

On two of the blocks where the lavender was embroidered on the original pattern, I used Janet Clare’s Little Wren embroidery kit instead, to keep with the theme of Botanicals.  I did a running stitch in a charcoal embroidery thread on the parchment border, adding a little snail who has slightly strayed from the line.


On the black Sligo Linen I embroidered the flying owl design found in Janet Clare’s beautiful Field Guide book, using chacopy paper to transfer the design onto the linen.

I put wadding in between, then backed it with a Farmer’s Shirt Flannel and quilted in the ditch, adding a chunky running stitch in embroidery thread on a couple of centre blocks as a feature, along with some black buttons on a couple of the longest thin blocks.

Finally to finish the quilt, I made a scrappy binding from the fabrics left from the fat 1/8th bundle.

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Redwork Embroidery – Deck the Halls

 

We love the simplicity of Redwork Embroidery, with its impactful clean lines, and the designer Natalie Bird from The Birdhouse Designs produces some of our favourite line work stitcheries, with adorable and whimsical characters and phrases. We’re also a little rebellious at Coast and Country . . .

. . . We really enjoy adapting patterns to make them more personal to our own styles. Michelle has been working on the design Deck the Halls and has created a stunning wall hanging! By playing with various stitch techniques and introducing colour to the Redwork Embroidery pattern (we know it’s shocking!), she has been able to create something that is simply beautiful and unique for the festive season!

With a little bit of Christmas magic, some help from the ‘Embroidery Stitching Handy Pocket Guide,’ a selection of DMC threads and our useful stitch guide below, you’ll be able to make a wall hanging just as gorgeous!

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Summer Projects for you and your little ones!

With six weeks of summer holidays ahead of us, and the British weather not always playing ball, we know how important it is to have a couple of rainy day activities up your sleeve. We love spending time crafting with our little ones and so we’ve put together a list of some great projects for different ages, which we hope will bring you hours of entertainment!

 

Projects for 4 Years +

These are great project books for your Littles to get stuck into with a bit of assistance from you.

We also love the felt kits, Corinne Lapierre which are simple enough for younger children to enjoy making and can start learning how to do basic stitching. Everything is included with these kits all you need is a pair of scissors to get going!

 

Projects for 8 Years +

‘In a Hoop’ projects are fantastic for older children as you are able to help set them up and allow them to explore and have fun crafting. Corinne has two beautiful hoop kits for the animal lover’s out there.

We also highly recommend Nan’s Garden, which is perfect for beginners to learn a series of embroidery techniques. These can be great to make as a beautiful wall hanging, or can be reproduce in different colour-ways as gifts for their friends.

 

Projects for Teenagers

We thought a bit of dress making would be just the thing for your teenagers. We have some really beautiful patterns from Merchant and Mills & Sew House, simple, modern and perfect for the beginner to learn out to make their own clothes!

 

Let us know what you are getting up to with your young one’s and we’ll add it to our list to inspire others!

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Dragon Wings!

 

Some of the best things in life is seeing your little ones face when you give them a new toy … the other is spending the majority of the day sewing an awesome pair of dragon wings!

As an adult I do enjoy a bit of dress up with a fine set of fairy wings, but I am completely in love with the Dragon and Bat Wings pattern from Wife Made.  It is a gorgeous pattern with clear illustrations on how to make the wings, very adaptable to the size of child and great fun in imaginative play for both boy or girl. My only advice with this pattern would be to read it all before starting, as I made a few mistakes . . . thinking I knew best  . . . I’ll explain this further down the page

I really enjoy working with and adapting patterns, to individualise the final outcome. With this set of wings, I have used: the Moody Bloom Effloresce Fabric, and a yummy egg yellow batik for the body and tail of the wings, and the Blossom and Watermelon linen texture for the tail spikes.

I haven’t adapted this pattern too much but I couldn’t resist adding a little extra to the tail. With this I cut two sets of tail spikes in the Blossom and Watermelon Linen Texture fabrics, and using bondaweb to applique the lighter fabric to the darker to give a two tone effect. This worked really well as it pulled all the colours out of the main floral fabric and gave the wings a little extra fire!

My mistake and confession . . .   in the pattern it asks you to use several layers of interfacing as well as wadding to bulk out the wings. I would highly recommend following the instructions exactly, I decided it would make the wings too bulky to sew through and opted to just use wadding. I regret this as the wings ended up being quite floppy and folds over the shoulder, it is however adorable when she runs and the wings flap in the wind. I am hoping a bit of starch spray will stiffen the fabric to make them stand more proud . . . fingers crossed!

I really enjoyed making these wings, and if you want any advice please don’t hesitate to ask us questions!

Happy Stitching, Alice x