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Vintage Tea Towels perfect to Cushions!

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Vintage Teatowel Cushions

New cushions for the lounge made from vintage tea towels. These vintage tea towels ones come from Great Aunty Jeans shop Frewin’s Fabric in Hunters Hill. I just love the vintage colours and prints. Very easy to make, if you would like the instructions. Have a wonderful day, maybe curl up on the lounge with a good book against soft feather cushions.

Written by Penelope Leonard

February 27th, 2016 at 9:42 pm

Dead Sexy Shirt…..

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This gorgeous shirt was made by one of my clever students I really love the fabric selection with the white trim and interesting buttons. There are so many sewing techniques in a shirt, that it can be a little overwhelming. But through our step by step construction class, you learn so many new skills you will take it in your stride. The trick is to break it down into smaller elements and focus on them one at a time.


This beautiful cuff and sleeve placket – we carefully slash the lower edge of the sleeve and lay pleats in the lower edge of sleeve in the direction of the placket. Attached placket underlap piece to right side of sleeve and stitch. Fold the facing over the seam allowance to wrong side, fold in 6mm. Stitch overlap edge in place. Attaching your cuff is next ……. So many lovely techniques to learn and master.


This clever detail on the shirt collar with stand adds so much interest with the contacting floral, stripe and plain white front facing in striking black and white. This type of collar is commonly found on men’s shirts, the collar has two sections, collar and stand. As a rule, it is the under collar that is interfaced and it gives the collar that beautiful structured look. Dead Sexy Sue is a very clever student, hope you are still enjoying your sewing skills.

Written by Penelope Leonard

February 20th, 2016 at 12:52 am

Step aside proud Mother coming through……

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IMG_3049We are all proud of the clever things our offspring do……… when I suggested to Andrew if he would like to learn to screenprint, I would love to show him how, he said ‘yes’. I was so excited to come home to an amazing drawing of a fox. After explaining the idea that each shape had to be fully enclosed so you can cut the design out of paper, a few day later he had scaled the drawing up to A3 and cut the design out of paper ready to print onto the linen fabric. One quiet Saturday afternoon we printed the fabulous Mr Fox in blue onto our fabric. The first few were a little fuzzy on the edges but after a few practice goes, getting the angle and presser right with the squeege he was off and racing. Andrew’s design was a two colour print so after the blue was dry, we set up a sheet of clear plastic to help us line up the black eyes in the right place before printing.

A visit to the fabulous patchwork store in Mornington called Treehouse Textile They carry beautiful fabrics and accessaries. The lovely lady who owns the store found the perfect fabric to back Andrew’s cushions. The next step in Andrew’s screenprinting journey was for him to sew the cushions together.I was very impressed with his sewing machine skills and even more impressed with the 12 beautiful buttonholes he created, three on each of his four beautiful cushions. Step aside very proud Mother coming through…..

Written by Penelope Leonard

February 14th, 2016 at 11:45 pm

The Lovely Linen Recycling Plastic Bag Bag….

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I try to remember to take the green bags with me when I go shopping but I seem to forget more often then not. So when I have to use the plastic bags, I like to keep them and recycle them as bin liners. So when the plastic bags started to take over the pantry, I decided to make this lovely natural linen bag with elastic at the bottom to hold the plastic bags. I think it looks quite lovely hanging in the pantry. It did take a few weeks for Andrew to find the plastic bags to put his smelly sneekers in……

Written by Penelope Leonard

February 5th, 2016 at 11:01 pm