Bambino Bobbin Hair Scrunchie Blog

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Hello,  my name is Annelies and I am going to show you how to make a hair scrunchie (well I am making two at the same time). Firstly we measure out our fabric. I used the measurements shown above which are: 13cm wide by 50cm. After you have measured it you need to cut it out and zig zag the outside edges.

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Fold the fabric in half lengthways making sure you put the good side of the fabric next to the other good side. Then you pin the fabric together leaving about 6cm unpinned at each end.

Next you need to sew from one side of the pins to the other side using a straight stitch. Don’t forget you need to leave both ends open.

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After that you need to turn it the nice way around by turning it inside out. Then you need to pin the open ends together like shown in the picture.

Sew the two ends together where you have pinned, remembering to go forwards and backwards at the beginning and end. If you don’t go forwards and backwards your stitching will come undone in the washing machine.

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Next you need to thread some elastic on a safety pin and push the safety pin through the fabric carefully until you get to the other end. Here’s a picture of me doing it.

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Tie a knot in the elastic, checking it is the right length for you (how long you want it is up to you). Where you are left with the opening you need to tuck the good sides in and pin them together and sew the hole shut as close to the edge as possible. Ta Da! Your finished scrunchie, well done. Love  Annelies xxxx

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Upcycling skirt from old jeans

Hello and after a mad few weeks I am back. Things have really taken off with the business and my idea of growing the business slowly have kind of taken a back seat! Hey at least I love my job! I wanted to do a separate blog to show you how easy it is to make a skirt from a pair of jeans. This skirt was for my daughter and we made it together as you can see. She didn’t like the big flares on the bottom of the jeans so we decided to cut them off! I hope you like the result.

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So firstly we cut off the legs of the jeans quite high up so it ended up looking like a mini skirt. Then we cut a large rectangle of fabric. We basically used the width of the fabric that we had, and to give a nice finish I overlocked both edges (which is why Annelies didn’t make it all by herself as the overlocker is too dangerous with the blade).

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Then we sewed two parallel lines of stiches as shown, making sure we used our longest straight stitch and didn’t do any reverse stitching at the beginning and the end so that we could pull the thread to gather our stitches. Again Annelies needed help with the gathering as it was quite a large rectangle (now a hoop), and I was afraid she would snap the gathering threads. Once the gathering was exactly the same width as the bottom of our denim section we pinned it in place.

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We then sewed a straight line down the middle of our two rows of parallel stitches. This holds the gathering in place and secures the fabric to the denim. After it was attached, we removed our pins, and unpicked our long gathering stitches and this is the result. I hope you like it as much as we do!

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1st March 2014

Rosie, one of my loyal Wednesday morning students is creating a beautiful quilted blanket for her mother. She is blessed with two sets of twins and here are the beginnings of four of her squares to go on her quilt, each taken from the actual hand print of one of her children.

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Once she has finished the quilt I will show you the results. Meanwhile Sharon from the same class has been also creating a quilt which requires 260 squares. Every third square she is making an applique creation, from butterflies and hearts and pieces of fabric from special items from when her twins were younger. Her quilt will be covering two lovely retro sleeping bags! Yes Sharon and Rosie did meet through their twins!

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On the theme of applique we have been learning in the childrens class as well as my adult classes some of the different methods of applique. Here is a picture of Libby, having appliqued this fabulous stiff sparkly fabric onto her sisters denim shorts. It only took her about 5 minutes each and they look amazing!

In the last 3 weeks my new Wednesday evening class has grown from 1 person to 5 people. We have fun sewing from 8-10 in the evening once the kiddies are in bed (not always sleeping!), the fire is usually on and we have lots of tea and coffee and good company learning to sew. So far we have been learning the basics of our machines, zipper insertion, making oilcloth box bottom bags, gathering and two applique stitches. Over the next few weeks some of them will be making dressing gowns like this one I made for Annelies (with matching ones for the bear of course), and messenger bags.

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Dont forget to read Bambino Bobbins blog, where Annelies has posted a blog on how to make a beautiful peg bag from babies clothes in 10 minutes.

Thanks for reading x