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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

Step aside proud Mother coming through……

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IMG_3049We are all proud of the clever things our offspring do………..so 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 http://www.treehousetextiles.com.au/. 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

Ahola ………ʻO ka haliʻa aloha i hiki mai

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Sweet memories come back to me………

Of an island holiday in Hawaii in October for Oliver’s 21st.

Have inspired me to create a beach theme in Andrew’s bedroom. These retro cushions made from fabric bought online from a fabulous store called Retro Connects are pretty cool with their gorgeous ladies and old wagons, perfect for a teenage boy. https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/retroconnections.

This cool blue  van painting in acrylics on a 1m x 1m canvas is a focus for the room. The bright crochet rugs took a while but was a fun way to learn to crochet and made for Andrew last Christmas. I like the eclectic feel his room has now and hope it inspires him.

Written by Penelope Leonard

November 29th, 2015 at 2:25 am

‘Flowers in Milk Bottles’ linen cushion covers.

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Flowers in Milk Bottles

I really enjoyed creating this pretty, very girly cushion. The fabric is a 100% stone linen screen printed with a very simple design I created in illustrator (the computer program) and printed in white ink. The embroidery is a easy stem stitch with flowers made from circles of fabric. The circle is turned over around the edge with a tacking thread and drawn into create the gathered circle. I attached the flower circles with two buttons, the first a gorgeous shell flower I picked up from No Chintz in Willoughby Sydney and a lovely green buttons that I have had for agers. If you would like to create your own design I have a few milkbottle printed cushion pieces available. Happy Sewing my sewing friends it is a prefect day for it, wet and wonderful outside on the Mornington Peninsula today.

Written by Penelope Leonard

June 20th, 2015 at 1:03 am

The Owl and the Pussy Cat

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The Owl and the Pussy Cat

These beautiful creations from The Sewing Room were created for Sophie Sanders as a Baby Shower Present. Inspired by the Owl and the Pussy Cat. Sophie My Wise Owl of a friend and her gentle as a Pussy Cat husband. The bunting, cushions and baby blankets will all be available to complete as kits shortly or as a classes in the Sewing Room.

Written by Penelope Leonard

February 28th, 2015 at 11:43 am

So come in and sit down in the sewing room.

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“Sit Down” Cushion Covers

I love the idea of making tons of different pillow covers and just swapping them over whenever you want a little change in a room.I have just had these printed up. I hope you like them, their just a little bit of funny for the family room. If you would like to learn how to make cushions, come along to a class or if your confident to make them up by yourself, you can purchase the printed squares of linen and instructions. Just drop me an email at penelopeleonard@thesewingroom.com.au. I will show you how to make a zippered pillow cover, which is easier than it sounds. So come in and sit down in the sewing room and learn to make these fun cushions.

Written by Penelope Leonard

February 21st, 2015 at 10:49 am