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Hillarys Blinds Country Craft competition - Stamping plate pouches

A few weeks ago I read a post over on Caroline's blog Burkatron about the Hillarys Blinds Country craft competition.  Although I'm not actually a craft blogger (I hope I can still enter even though I'm not) I love making things, I just haven't been able to do anything like this for years now due to uni work.  Now I've finally finished uni (after 6 years!) I'd love to be able to get back into crafts again, so I've decided to enter.

To enter the competition all you have to do is complete a form with some of your details and select from one of four fabric options.  Hillarys Blinds then send you a one meter square piece of fabric to get crafty with.  

I knew I wanted to make something that would be useful for, or relevant to my blog, but to begin with I had no idea what I was going to make.  I recently won my first MoYou nail stamping plate on Twitter (a tool used for nail art) and when it arrived I thought it would be lovely if you could get little pouches to keep them in to protect them when you're not using them.  While thinking about this my piece of fabric caught my eye on my bedroom floor and inspiration struck me, I'd make one!  I've since ordered some more stamping plates and those ones have actually come in cardboard sleeves, but I still decided to make a pouch for each of them.  

The fabric I chose was called Calluna and this features abstract brush strokes meant to capture the textures of moorland heathers.  What I love about this fabric is that depending where you take a cut of fabric from the design differs; in some areas the brush strokes are dense and in others there's just a few brush strokes.  This means each of the pieces I've made looks different, as you'll see in the pictures below.  I also like that the fabric actually kind of looks like my PJ bottoms where I've painted my nails several times resting on my knee and there's various different blobs of colour!  

How I made the stamping plate pouches

Step 1 - Using a plate as a guide I cut two generous sized pieces of fabric the same shape as the plate.

Step 2 - To make neat edges for the opening of the pouch I folded over the top edge of each piece of fabric, pinned it down into place and used a running stitch along the bottom of the fold to hold it in place.

Step 3 - I then placed both pieces of fabric together back to back and pinned them together to stop them moving.  

Step 4 - Using a plate as a guide again I placed this in the middle of the fabric with one edge close to the top edge of the folded over sections.  I lightly drew lines around the plate, using a ruler to make sure they were straight, roughly 5mm away from the edges of the plate (to allow for the fabric curving round the plate once turned the right way).   

Step 5 - Again I used a running stitch and stitched all the way round three edges of the plate along the lines I'd drawn. 

Step 6 - I then trimmed the fabric down so there was roughly 5mm of fabric left around the stitching (to allow for fraying) and then cut diagonally across the bottom two corners (not too close to the stitching) to make sure there wasn't too much extra fabric in the corners.

Step 7 - I then pushed the pouch in on itself to turn it the right way and used a needle to pull out the two bottom corners fully.

Now that I have four plates altogether (I haven't made the fourth pouch yet) and also have the scraper and stamper that you have to use with them I thought it would be nice to have something to keep them all together in.  So I decided to make a matching bag.

The bag was made in pretty much exactly the same way, the only difference is that the bag is bigger and when I folded the fabric down to make the neat edge for the opening I put a piece of ribbon in to make it a drawstring bag (it's a good job I hoard pretty pieces of ribbon!).

I'm very proud of my little creations and I really enjoyed making them.  I hope you've enjoyed seeing what I created and if you fancy having a go yourself be quick as today is the last day you can request your piece of fabric over on the Hillarys Blinds website. 

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  1. So clever! I wish I was crafty... my sewing expertise pretty much ends at sewing on buttons! They look lovely x

    1. Thanks hun. I've always been quite good at this sort of thing and did GCSE textiles, although that was a long time ago now! x

  2. Now this was a great idea, so practical too! The print of the fabric you chose is super nice, I wish I had chosen that one now. Good luck! :)
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing


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