We have been in a strawberry mood in our house lately. My kids can't get enough of them and I have been drawn to them in a big way for inspiration. Everywhere I look there are strawberries - Pinterest, fabric prints, my favourite blogs, even specials on strawberry jam at my supermarket! Something had to be done.
Remember the hexagons from last time? This is what they have turned into. The backing for a felt needlebook. With a super-fussy-cut strawberry applique front.
I used this tutorial by Amy from Nana Company (did I mention how much I adore that blog?).
The page labels have been printed on inkjet-printable fabric
- crewel needles, sewing sharps, tapestry needles, beading needles and so on. The lining fabric is a gorgeous strawberry print that I have been meaning to use for a long time. The felt pages have been trimmed with my scallop pinking shears
for a cute finish. I am using the needlebook every day now, I don't know how I survived without it! However I wish I
had followed Amy's advice in a later blog post and left the button
closure out - it is not really necessary (but a cute touch
My strawberry madness did not end there. We had a crazy heatwave here in South Australia last week - several days above 45C, and on one of those days Adelaide was officially 'the hottest city in the world'. That day my west facing sewing room was simply too hot to work in despite the air conditioning, so I decided to spend the day making strawberry pincushions in our cooler lounge room. There is a tiny bit of machine sewing involved but most of the work is by hand - perfect for the couch.
These aren't my first strawberry pincushions. Although I loved my first 'strawberry patch' I wasn't entirely satisfied with the shape of the strawberries. So I set about tweaking my pattern and method until I got my strawberries just how I wanted them - not too thin, not too fat, not too pointy, not too squat. I think they are delightful, and a great way to keep a momento of my favourite fabrics.
If you would like me to blog my pattern and a tutorial please leave me a comment. Be warned they
are addictive - you won't be able to stop at just making one. I set out to make three this time, and ended up with six! You try picking only three of your favourite fabrics - it's virtually impossible if you are a fabric addict like me.
But I have to say, the sweetest of all the sweet little strawberries in my house has to be this one, without a shadow of a doubt.