Just the word ORGANIC makes me go all weak.
I swear, chocolate tastes better with the word 'organic' on the packet.
Bread has no fat or calories if it is 'organic bread'
I am a gooood person if i use organic cottons...
Aaaah, the lies i tell myself.
The fact that these new cotton tapes are 'organic' is really just a PLUS, incase there are crafters who need / like to use very earth-friendly products or they are sewing with babies and children in mind.
I bought some because they are very pretty and have a vintage look and feel to them.
http://www.lovepaperfish.com/ is selling them as a mixed bag of 3metres - 1 in each colour: sage green, periwinkle blue and a strawberry pink. yum-yum.
I have been keen to get a bit of sewing done, just so i can use them. I try to NEVER sell a craft product that i haven't used myself. I think then iam a more trustworthy retailer? you know, i know, what i sell is good etc....
I made a bit fat quilted Lavender Heart and you can too, if you want.
I had scraps left over from a cushion. 2inch wide strips of cotton fabric.
You can sew them together to make up a block of fabric.
I then quilted this (actually the wadding is also Organic and made with Bamboo - it is gorgeous to work with ) i just did any random quilt pattern all over the top.
My piece was big enough to slice in half - so i did - 'just like that' - no planning or thinking. Let's just freestyle this whole thing.
I cut out a paper heart as a template and cut around it on both pieces of quilted blocks.
Go back to PHOTO.1. and you can see i added a few embellishments on top - scraps i had from previous failed projects plus 2 small strips of the organic cotton tape. Very nice.
I placed this finished heart block FACE DOWN on top of a very loose weave fabric.
Sewing machine around the edge and leave a 2inch gap.
Turn it inside out - so correct sides now facing out.
I stuffed these big hearts mainly with lavender - and yes! it was organic lavender.
but i popped a little stuffing in also, to help keep it's shape.
Sew it up at the gap by hand.
I also used the Cotton Tape as the final hanging ribbon and fastened it in place with a big button.
Happy Lavender Heart Gift! with lots of organic elements.
And this sobering picture is really what i should ahve been doing today, rather than quilting Lavender Hearts....
Do think again before you assume that selling crafty supplies is all fun and games.... those packets need a great deal doing to them before they can be ready for sale.
(I am waving happily to *my best girl J* as she knows SHE is helping me out with this large task)
ToodlePip Craft fans!
I am off to do some Half-Term stuff and pop into the Post Office en-route.
MAKE STUFF! it is good for your soul xxx