I’m having a sunny happy dance, even though weather is wet and dismal. In my sewing room, I have been surrounded by bright colours.
At Christmas, Izz, of Isabel’s Needleworks sent me a surprise parcel, including some fabric and the most gorgeous machine embroidery.
I carefully folded this away in a drawer, allowing my little brain time to think about how to finish it off. And yesterday was the day.
A delve into my fabric stash, and I came up with two fabrics: a bright purple and a very sunny yellow. I wanted to keep fabric colours rather basic, so as not to detract from the rainbow of colours in the embroidery.
The plan – to make a fabric tray. I had some rigid Jeffytex (I think it’s called) in my stash that I had bought years ago but never used. I decided to cut a small square and use that for the base. So, I sewed that onto a larger piece of normal wadding thus
Then, with my purple fabric, I sewed bands around the embroidery to frame it.
Sandwiched my pieces: purple backing fabric, wadding (with rigid part on wrong side of backing fabric) and top fabric together and did a quick seam just inside of the purple border to hold things nicely in place before doing some stippling around the edges
So far, so good ^^ Next, I cut a 2” band in my sunny yellow fabric, to make my binding thus. Machine sewed on for the first seam and then hand-sewn on the back.
Folded corners in (approx 1.5”) and did some stitches with a dark purple thread to secure corners
And I have the most gorgeous fabric tray which is simply perfect for keeping all those “bits” that a sewer needs to have close to hand.
A big warm thank you to Izz. I had a lovely time making this, and it only took a couple of hours. The longest part was hand-sewing the binding ^^