Quick velveteen scarf project

My sponsors, Dragonfly Fabrics, sent me some gorgeous velveteen from their lovely selection. I am super keen to make a zippy pouch with it, paired with some lovely Liberty lawn from my stash, and a while ago I gauged opinions on FB and Instagram about the best partnership of fabrics: Velveteen choices

A lot of people went with the bottom right choice, which all you experts will recognise as Ianthe (E). It is gorgeous, but I have to confess that the seventies child in me was more taken with the top right selection, the awesome paisley print called Karm (B) (which is a variation of another Liberty print called Mark – see what they did there?). There’s something about velvety fabric plus paisley that says Jimi Hendrix to me, and that is *always* a good thing.

The zippy pouch has yet to appear, but the velveteen and a piece of Karm have been sitting, looking gorgeous together, on my shelf for about a month now, and I couldn’t resist them any longer. Here’s what I threw together on Monday morning:

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A funky (and Glam with a capital G!) but very simple scarf/wrap to keep me cosy and to cheer me on these wet, (very) cold mornings of an English winter.

If you’d like to have a go – it’s so easy. You need a 30cm or 12 inch length of velveteen from Dragonfly (happy news – they will cut exactly 0.3m for you, and it’s just £4.47) and a similar length piece of Liberty (you can always ask me if I have a piece in stock, although I can’t always guarantee it!). The velveteen in 135cm wide and the Liberty is helpfully just 1cm wider, so all you need to do is trim a little bit off the Liberty, then pin the 2 strips wrong sides together. Stitch all round with a 3/8inch or 1cm seam, leavning a 6inch or 15cm gap in one of the long edges – make sure you reverse stitch at either end of this turning gap to stop the stitching unravelling when you turn the scarf through. I like to curve my seam line round the corners (rather than make right angles), but it’s not essential. One problem you might encounter is that the velveteen and Liberty become misaligned as you sew, because of the nap of the velveteen – you can solve this problem by using a walking foot, if you have one. Finally, turn the scarf through, press (NOT on the velveteen side!), and then stitch up the turning gap with a ladder stitch. And that’s it – my version looks great with my bargain eBay coat!

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I’ve been looking at combinations…

Velveteen & Liberty combos

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And there’s loads more you could try. And now I’ve started thinking of a cute skirt with Liberty-trimmed pockets… what would you make with these gorgeous fabrics?

Fabric & Sewing News

Tonight we’re talking about gorgeous new fabrics and projects you can sew with them, with the help of my awesome sponsors Dragonfly Fabrics, My Fabric House and The Sewing Directory. So what goodies have they got for us right now?

Dragonfly Fabrics - Designer Dressmaking Fabrics

Well it didn’t take me long to feel inspired… There’s definitely (definitely!) still time to stitch up a party top using some of the gorgeous new lawn and crepe de chine fabrics they have in stock, using one of the beginner patterns which are also available:

Party tops from Dragonfly
Clockwise from top left: Sencha Top pattern from Colette; Peacock Feather Cotton lawnWiksten Tank & dress patternSilk Crepe de Chine, Ruby Floral.

Or if your mind is turned to stitching projects for colder weather – there are some very inspiring cosy fabrics just waiting to be turned into something lovely. And check out the really cute mitten kit – which would make a great stocking filler – made or unmade!

Winter warmers from Dragonfly
Clockwise from top left: Sew your own cosy mittens; Ponta Roma jersey in raspberry/black; stretch velveteen in tealwool tweed in pink

There are some more great ideas for projects matching fabric and patterns in the Dragonfly Newsletter this month. There’s some fantastic stuff here, probably because the lovely Dorte, joint owner of Dragonfly, is a real dressmaker, instead of a purely imaginary one like me!

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My Fabric House

My Fabric House also have lots of delicious new fabrics in stock – if you are sewing for little ones at this time of year, there are some gorgeous ditzy pinks, and I love this adorable kawaii bundle:

Cute & ditzy from MFH
Clockwise from top left: Bundle – Woodland, clouds & rabbits in pink and blue, extra wide cotton fabric; Ditsy pink and green petite floral cotton fabricBundle – Woodland, clouds & rabbits in pink and blue, extra wide cotton fabric; Ditsy pink & scarlet petite floral cotton fabric.

They also have this brushed cotton with a brilliantly colourful owl design, which has me reaching for my wallet. What a fantastic fabric for soft cushions, hot water bottle covers, fleecy blankets and more – a real stunner.

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If you are still stuck for Christmas presents for the sewer in your life (especially the ones with an enthusiasm for modern sewing and quilting, and Japanese fabrics), then can I urge you towards the wonderful subscription boxes at My Fabric House – boxes of gorgeous sewing goodies put together by experts with an eye for the adorable!

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the sewing directory

If you’re looking for inspiration for last minute Christmas presents so that you can make use of all these gorgeous fabrics, then the list of FREE gift projects over at The Sewing Directory should be your first call:

Sewing projects for gifts

There’s so much good stuff on this list, especially if you are a bit short of time, but my particular favourites are the lovely wallet for women, and the super cute bear Kindle case, the very simple boxy purse tutorial and the elegant fabric storage cube pattern.

Sewing directory collage

And, finally, I really need to draw your attention to the fantastic Christmas competition that The Sewing Directory are running in conjunction with Minerva Crafts:

Christmas giveaway from Minerva Crafts

All you have to do is browse the Minerva website, choose your Christmas wishlist (up to a value of £100) and leave a comment on this blog post with your letter to Santa Claus. You have until the 22nd December to enter!  Fingers crossed for us all….

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Meet my sponsors (and win a prize!): Dragonfly Fabrics

Dragonfly Fabrics - Designer Dressmaking FabricsI’m delighted to introduce the lovely people at Dragonfly Fabrics as the first ever sponsors of my blog – I am so pleased to have their support – it means such a lot to me and my work here at Very Berry. Dragonfly is owned and managed by husband and wife team, Simon & Dorte, and their aim is to provide beautiful dressmaking fabrics at affordable prices.

Their store is well known for its lovely range  and excellent customer service – you just have to look at their testimonials page to get an idea of how much they are appreciated. They have a lovely, well chosen selection of fabrics, which is no doubt the result of Dorte’s background in the fashion business and teaching sewing classes – she really knows what works when it comes to selecting fabric for clothes – and the good news that she is happy to help with advice about fabric choices.

For the winter season they have a gorgeous selection of boiled wools:
Boiled Wool

To help you get started with sewing wool, Dorte has written this really helpful blog post to take your jitters away – and there’s a short accompanying video to watch.

I’m also a huge fan of these beautiful velveteens and they also have lots of options for a fabric that I know is really popular at the moment – Ponte Roma jersey.

Ponte Roma

If you want to get a feel (and to check colours of course) of any fabrics in the shop you can get up to 5 generously sized samples for just £2.50.

I am always a fan of a one-stop shop, where I can get all the bits and bobs I need for a single project – and Dragonfly fits the bill there with an excellent selection of haberdashery, interfacings, zips and dress linings. The only thing that is missing here is buttons! Most importantly, they have a brilliant range of patterns from indie designers such as Grainline Studio, Tilly and the Buttons, Colette Patterns, Sew Over It, By Hand London, Oliver & S, Named Patterns and many many more. So there’s everything you need for your next dressmaking project!

The Giveaway!

  • I have a £25 voucher for Dragonfly Fabrics to give away to one lucky reader. All you need to do, to be in with a chance of winning, is complete this super-short survey (it really is, I promise – it’ll take you 5 minutes, plus 5 minutes to have a drool over the lovely Dragonfly website) about Dragonfly/fabric buying in general.
  • So you don’t have to leave your name and email on the survey if you don’t want to, you then need to pop back here and leave a comment telling me you took the survey. And that’s it!  You can enter the giveaway any time until I do the draw on Monday 16th November.
  • Remember, leave a comment here after completing the survey or you WON’T BE IN THE DRAW!
  • The giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere in the world.

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Promo code!

If you can’t wait to get buying, I have a Promo Code for Dragonfly Fabrics for all Very Berry readers. For 15% off any time before November 30th just enter BERRY15 during checkout.

Dragonfly Winner and a Discount Code

So, I have done the draw for the Dragonfly giveaway… The winner of the first prize is:

Dragonfly winner 1

And that’s Kerry – Pennydog! Congrats to you Kerry.

The second prize goes to:

Dragonfly winner 2

And that’s Amy – congrats to you too. I will be in touch with you both.

If you are feeling disappointed you didn’t win, here’s a little bit of consolation for you. Very Berry readers can use the discount code DRAGONFLY12 for a 15% discount at Dragonfly from now until Sunday December 15th. Enjoy!