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Use your fabric scraps to stitch up these quick and easy patchwork ideas
There's no need to worry about selecting colours when crafting a patchwork quilt. Honour traditional quilting history by sewing a one-patch pattern from random fabric scraps and pieces of old clothing. You can blend a mixture of contrasting prints with tone-to-tone and neutral patterns to break up particularly busy areas, but remember, there are no rules!
A charming pin cushion is a craft room essential, and it’s so easy to create your own. Begin by stitching seven hexagonal patches together to make a rosette shape, then fold each of the outer patches in half, right sides together, and stitch where the sides touch to make a cup shape. Sew a final hexagonal patch into the gap in the top, leaving one side open for turning, then turn right sides out, stuff with fibre filling, like the Six Penny Memories Vlieseline Deco-Wadding (465601), and slip stitch the gap closed. Why not try decorating your cushion with tiny button embellishments?
Patchwork patterns can add rustic charm to every area of the house, including the dining room! Switch out your usual tablecloth for a homespun table runner made from padded panels to protect your table from hot dishes. Another great project for using up scraps – experiment with patterns and colour combinations for a design that can be used throughout the year.
To stitch your own practical yet stylish draught excluder, cut six 16cm x 20cm rectangles from patterned fabric and sew a straight line to join the 20cm edges about 1cm from the edge. Press out the seams and cut a back section the same size as the patchwork strip. Pin together and sew around the edges, leaving a small gap so that you can stuff the excluder firmly with wadding. You can also fill a couple of freezer bags with stones or dry sand and carefully place the weights in the bottom of the excluder. Hand sew the gap closed to finish.
Whether you'll be using it to hold pencils or sticky notes, a handy patchwork pouch is a quick and fun stash buster. Simply sew patterned squares of fabric together to make a rectangle and add a contrasting border. Adding batting and backing, quilt the piece and attach a zip, such as Habico's 10inch Tagged YKK Nylon Zip (374446), to the longer sides. To finish, stitch the side seams together and box the corners.
All you need to sew a quilted hot water bottle cover is some cotton fabric (try this Snazzy Grey fat quarters bundle (470176)), plain cotton lining and medium-weight quilt wadding. To make a template for your project, draw around your hot water bottle onto A3 card, leaving a 5cm margin all round, then fold the drawing in half and cut out. Quilt and sew together your design, then pop in some lining.