Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Tilda Creations

My favourite craft books are those by Tilda. She makes the most beautiful home items you can imagine. The animals are also very cute and very detailed - just amazing. There are actually blogs specifically about her - like this one. People showing items they have created from her books. I have two of her books, Sew Pretty Christmas Homestyle and Sew Pretty Homestyle. They are permanently on the coffee table as I love to flick through them.

The table mat I made last week is from the Homestyle book. Really simple patterns and quick instructions.

Last night I cut into the bolt of floral fabric I bought yesterday. There was actually about ten metres on it, so at $2 a metre that was truly a bargain. This is what I made - a makeup bag. Didn't take long either, and now that I know how they go together I was able to sew another one this morning, finishing it by 9.30am. Talk about productive!! Not what I usually do at that hour but I'd done my chores in the kitchen. Very ho hum they were too, the chores that is!

This one is wrapped ready to take to a friend this afternoon. I won't name her as she reads this blog and would find out her pressie before she's even opened it.

This pillow case is another example from Tilda's book. I made it for Daughter no.2's bed. She adores it and insists on sleeping on it instead of having it as a show pillow. I can't blame her really, it must be so soft on her little face at night. I made it out of off white polar fleece as there was a left over piece in the drawer. Tilda has a very clever way of appliqueing, you cut two shapes the same, sew the edges, then cut a line across the back piece and turn through. Iron them flat and hand stitch the edge of the bottom layer to the pillow case etc. This way is very neat looking and very accurate.

I love making covered buttons at the moment. They are so easy and so much fun. I taught the girls how to make them last week and they agreed with me. They look very personalised and match the item perfectly. These ones are at the opening edge of the pillow case. The flowers are embroidered before cutting the circle out.

Don't you just love the layout of the pages? All so attractive and full of beautiful things. The colours are just lovely and the fabrics gorgeous. Apparently you can buy the fabrics she uses - overseas of course! I don't think I have made anything from the Christmas book yet, but I must do so this year.

I must remember to get a supply of zips to make some more bags when I am out this afternoon. Oh and get something for dinner as well!! Must feed the family sometimes, can't survive on fabric alone. Have fun today!


Attic24 said...

Lovely to visit you blog are so creative! I adore your babette blankie, it's fabulous...and all your sewing too..looking forward to following you along with the hexies?

Hazel said...

Thank you so much for the lovely make up purse - it's gorgeous! You are so clever! I hope you recovered after your circus ride around my house. I don't know how you manage to maintain such a calm, serene household! Would love to see more of your covered buttons, they look fab! xx

coupdecoeur said...

a small mark at the time of my passage on your very beautiful blog!
thanks for making us share your moments
you have a translation of my English space!

cordially from France
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tkhnelson said...

Wowsie! Brilliant blog me love. Can't believe you make these items so beautifully and have time to write about them. With 4.5 children as well - are you a magician? Please share your secrets with me. Can't wait to see the next creation. xx PS you should put some of your cards on here too. I LOVED the one you made me. Now a very classy bookmark.

Corrie said...

I haven't bought any of tilda's books but always tempted but I think I might need to! they look great!

well done! love that quilt too! I made a lovely pink strip quilt for keira last year and am about to make her another princess one!