Monday, 27 March 2017

Allow me to introduce BEJEWELED

Allow me to introduce my newest pattern release.
EPP Cushions 

This pattern was inspired by a little pile of Alison Glass and Elizabeth Hartman fabrics that I had in my studio. I wanted a modern way to showcase them and ta-da my new cushions. Of course these cushions do not need to be made in brights. I am currently playing with my beloved Bonnie and Camille making some more :)

The pattern includes full instructions for the two cushions pictured on the cover (shown above) and a third bonus cushion (all pictured below) All three cushions use the same 4 custom shapes and fit a Size 16 Cushion insert. 

Also included in this pattern is the laser cut papers so you are ready to go.
No need to be spending money on excess papers. There are enough papers included to make any one of the cushions at one time. You can then remove the papers and reuse them for subsequent cushions.

With this pattern, like my Tenderness Pattern I have included Scan N Cut friendly pages for those who like to cut their own papers or if you wish to make extra papers.  The template sheets can also be copied onto a 160 GSM card and hand cut.

Please ask for it at your Local Quilt Shop and if they don't have it in stock they can order it in for you.  For wholesale orders, please contact Creative Abundance.

Alternatively I have some in stock in my Etsy Store including the PDF Pattern.

May your day be "BEJEWELED" :)

hugs Sharon x

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Repurpose a Vintage Tin - Apple Farm Tin Tutorial

*I am reposting this Tutorial here as it seems to have gone missing from its original location *

Hi, Sharon here from Lilabelle Lane Creations, today I have a fun Tutorial for you.  
I am always stitching on the go and usually have a few hand piecing projects that I can grab as I run out the door and take with me 'just incase' a stitching moment arrises.  I like to store these projects in tins so today's tutorial will show you how easy it can be to turn any tin into more than just a tin!  

For me a tin that is pretty and functional for storing any "stitching on the go" project in is a necessity. 

I will also share a quick EPP (English Paper Pieced) Pincushion and a Needle Book tutorial to complete the set.

I picked this tin up in an thrift shop a little while ago and immediately I knew that I wanted to pair it up with Elea Lutz's Apple Farm line from Penny Rose.

To get started you will need:- 
 Basic sewing and EPP supplies,
Soft 'n' Stable,
Cotton Lace Trim,
8 x 2" Square EPP Papers or card to make your own,
Fibre Fill,
2 Buttons,
3" x 6.5" piece of Felt,
4" x 8" piece of Parlan (fusible interfacing)
and a Glue Gun.

1.     Start by taking the measurements of your tin. 
Length, width and height of the base and the internal measurements of the lid. 
For the base, add together the length + Height + Height = Figure A 
Also add together Width + height + Height = Figure B  
Cut a piece of Soft 'n' Stable to this size  (A by B) and then remove the corner squares.  
This should now sit nicely in your base.  
Now cut another piece of Soft 'n' Stable to the internal measurement of your lid.

2.    For the base cut a piece of fabric 1" bigger.
Layer it with your Soft 'n' Stable, take it to your sewing machine and stitch along what will be the fold lines.

3.    Pin the 4 corners together and stitch with your sewing machine as pictured.
You are only sewing the fabric, not the Soft 'n' Stable.

4.    Open the seam allowance fabric at the corners (this helps hold your Soft 'n' Stable in place) and fold over the top bit, pin in place and sew down close to the top edge. About 1/8".

5. For the inside of the lid. cut a piece of fabric 1" bigger.
Mitre your corners and pin in place.


6.   Stitch around the perimeter, again close to the edge (1/8").

7.   Heat up your Glue Gun and glue the fabric panel for the lid to the inside of the lid.

8.   Glue the Cotton Lace Trim around the outer edge of the fabric panel.  This should cover the edge of the panel and the stitched line to finish it off nice and neat. Fold the end over and glue down.

9.   Glue the base into the tin. Bottom and sides.

10.  Glue the trim to the top of the base lining. This should cover the sewn line and make everything nice and neat. Again, at the end, fold over and glue down for a neat finish.

"Ta-da" one lined tin.

Now for some accessories.

First up a simple EPP (English Paper Pieced)
(This tutorial assumes that you already know the basics of EPP).

Prepare eight (8) 2" Squares

EPP together two panels of four. Press with your iron. 

Start sewing the two square panels together as pictured (the pink and brown square).

Then begin to work your way around the squares.
As you can see here the pink is joining to the white.

At this point you can remove the paper from the pink square.

Keep working your way around, joining and removing papers as you go.

Leave the last seam open.

Remove any remaining papers and carefully turn your pincushion right side out.

Stuff your pincushion firmly with Fibrefill and slip stitch closed.

Using a long needle (I use a Doll Needle) sew a button to the centre of the top and bottom, pulling the thread in to make an indent and tie off. 

Congratulations you have a pincushion.

Now for a,
Needle Book.

You can download the APPLE TEMPLATE HERE.

1.    Cut three (3) 8" x 4" rectangles. 
One for the front, one for the lining and one for the pocket.

2.   Trace the Apple, Leaf, Stem and light reflection onto Visofix. Cut out slightly larger than the drawn line.

3.  Iron onto the back of your selected fabric and cut on the drawn line.

4.   Iron the front 8" x 4" panel in half. Peel the paper from the back of your apple, stem, leaf and light reflection.  

5.   Centre the Apple on the right hand side of the front panel ensuring you have a clear 1/4" all around.  Tuck a little bit of the stem under the apple and iron the stem and apple in place. 

Iron the leaf and light reflection in place.

6.    Iron the piece of Parlan to the back of your work.
Shorten the stitch length on your sewing machine and with dark brown or black thread in your machine sew around your apple. I like to go around twice for a darker line.

7.    Fold your pocket fabric in half and iron. 

8.   Layer your three pieces as pictured, (fold side of the pocket up - raw edge down), pin and sew 1/4" around leaving a 2" turning gap at the far left hand side. Backstitch at the start and end.

9.   Trim back the corners but be careful not to cut through the sewn line.

10.   Turn right side out, iron and slip stitch the opening closed.
11.   With the inside of your needle book facing up, position your felt page in the centre, pin and take it to your machine and sew into place down the centre forming your pages.

Well done, if you have made it this far you may just have a completed and pretty tin set to put your next portable project into.

Mine has already been put to good use.
More on that project soon :)

Happy Stitching,
Sharon xx

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Students get first play - BEJEWELED - Class anyone?

This year I am excited to share that at each of my Classes at Cotton Factory Ballarat
there will be a NEW RELEASE pattern for the Attendees to play with.

It will be a sneak peek at an upcoming release

Next Saturday the 25th March I am teaching again at
Cotton Factory in Ballarat and releasing

The Attendees in the Class will be the first to see and play :)

I have been playing with a mix of Allison Glass and Elizabeth Hartman fabrics and throwing in a little stripe for some fun.

Today I am busy packing paper kits.
Yes not only do the attendees get the pattern, they also get the papers.

I am looking forward to sharing more.

If you would like to join in on the fun please give 
Alison at Cotton Factory a call on  0434600817
or alternatively visit her website HERE and secure your place before it is to late.

The day is fully catered with tea, coffee and lunch. You just need your basic supplies and some fabric or of course you can shop in store.

Will I see you there?

Hugs,  Sharon

Sunday, 5 February 2017

A new Free Tutorial - "Book Worm" Library Bag

I have a new free tutorial over on the Bernina Blog today for.....

"Book Worm" Library Bag

I made Lily a Library bag when she started in Prep. It was big so that it would fit the large picture books that she would be bringing home. Now she has started Grade 3 and she so graciously asked me for a new, smaller one as she was now reading "Junior Fiction".

How could I possibly refuse?

I have also had a play with the Embroidery Unit for my machine.

You can pop on over to the Bernina blog HERE for all the details.

If you would like to see my other Free Tutorials they can be found by clicking the
Blue "Free Tutorial" button up the top right.

Thank you for stopping by and remember to always,

"Create what YOU love",
hugs Sharon x

Saturday, 21 January 2017

A fussy cutting frenzy with Torrington Place - Tutorial

Today I am sharing with you what I have been up to with Michelle Yeo's debut line,

Torrington Place 

for Penny Rose Fabrics over on the Penny Rose Blog HERE

Fussy Cut, pieced Clamshells!

To find the Tutorial and more photos visit the Penny Rose Blog.

If you would like to see what else I have been up to you can find me on Instagram, just search @lilabellelane.  

Happy stitching and always remember,

"Create what YOU love"

Sharon xx

Monday, 16 January 2017

My "A Place for everything bag"

I did it, I made a

"Place for Everything Bag"

Oh my let me say, this is one of those patterns that has been here for what feels like forever and is always in the back of my mind as a 'must make'.  It is also, even now, one of those projects that scares me.  After all it has SO MANY zips and I just do not do zips! It is an irrational fear. I can do them once I put my mind to it but I just dislike them sooooo much.

So, exactly one week today I bit the bullet and did a fabric pull.  I decided on Tula Pink fabrics and some much hoarded Racoons.  I knew that I would have more chance of sticking with this project if I truly loved the fabrics and of course, I didn't want to waste the fabrics by creating a WIP that gets lost in the studio.

When it came to piecing on the first night I do have to admit that there were a few choice words dropped. Some things just were not sinking in so instead of asking the pattern why I just followed the instructions and low and behold my bag started taking shape.  Nothing wrong with the pattern, just me!

So look, I have a bag :)

I do have to admit that I do still have one page of pockets left to make, oneday, just not today ;) It's that zip thing again. But this is fully functioning and I love it and I am so glade that I stuck it out.

Do you have a pattern that you have purchased but you are just not "ready" to make yet?

Well dig it out and dive right in. Believe me the feeling you get once it is done is worth the effort.

Until next time,

"Create what YOU love"
Happy Stitching,
Sharon x